UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 6, 10AM: Due to today's total fire ban, the Spring Awakening festival will not include fire pits.
Cessnock's popular Spring Awakening festival is less than a fortnight away, and the city's libraries will hold a series of workshops next week to help the local community prepare for the family-friendly event.
The festival on Friday, September 6 will once again feature a lantern parade from Cessnock Performing Arts Centre to the TAFE park.
Lantern-making workshops will be held at Cessnock Library on Monday, September 2 and Kurri Kurri Library on Tuesday, September 3; while Cessnock will also hold a regent honeyeater mask-making workshop on Wednesday, September 4.
Cessnock City Council's library services coordinator Rose-marie Walters said Spring Awakening is a magical event for our community, and the library loves holding these workshops to help people get ready for the festivities.
"On the night of Spring Awakening, families can also visit the library fairies at the Cessnock City Library storytelling tent," Ms Walters said.
All workshops will run from 4pm to 5pm, with all materials and tools provided. Places are limited, so bookings are essential, and can be done online at libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au or by calling Cessnock Library on 4993 4399 or Kurri Kurri Library on 4937 1638.
The lantern parade will start at 5.30pm and will make its way to the TAFE park, which will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland for the evening, with flaming sculptures, fire pits and light installations.
There will be an array of gourmet food trucks, and an impressive lineup of entertainment, including Junkyard Beats, Outback Radio and JD's World of Magic.
The festival will conclude at 9pm.
Spring Awakening 2019 is a much-anticipated event, after last year's festival was cancelled due to inclement weather.