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Everywhere you look, there’s a new pop-up popping up. From restaurants and bars to clothing stores and art exhibitions, there’s something irresistible about the pop-up concept: a blink-and-you’ll-miss it boutique experience that you only get to share with a few others. Dozens of events kick off around the country each week, so we’ve sifted through and picked out the most original pop-up events happening this weekend. Enjoy![listicle]
Sydney: Opera on the Harbour
Pop-ups at galleries and shops are one thing, but a pop-up at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, complete with harbourside views? Now you’re talking. Currently in its sixth year, the ambitious Handa Opera series presents opera like you’ve never seen it: outside. This year, opera’s most infamous femme fatale is coming to the Sydney Opera House forecourt, with a performance of Bizet’s famous opera Carmen set against the iconic Sydney skyline. Complete with pop-up bars, restaurants, tiered seats and fireworks, this is worth checking out, even if opera isn’t your usual thing.
Photo: Hamilton Lund/Opera Australia
Adelaide: Adelaide International Kite Festival
Kites bring out the kid in all of us, and there’s no better place to enjoy elaborate kites sailing gusts of wind than at Adelaide’s picturesque Semaphore Beach this weekend. The free event is held across three family-friendly days, and whatever you do, keep an eye out for the infamous lolly drop, in which bags of lollies parachute down from one massive kite (AKA heaven).
Photo: Paula Lund/Facebook
Melbourne: Black Star Pastry pop-up
Sydney’s renowned Black Star Pastry has arrived in Melbourne for a three-month pop-up stint. The famous strawberry and watermelon cake will finally be on offer in Melbourne, along with the patisseries equally as delectable lemon pistachio zen cake, vegan chocolate popcorn cake and more. The pop-up is taking place within Café Italia in Carlton, and though there’s only room for 20 diners, there’s more than enough sugary goodness to go around. The selection is reportedly more limited than what you’ll find in their flagship Sydney store, but it’s enough to satiate even the sweetest teeth out there.
Photo: Black Star Pastry/Facebook
Mornington Peninsula: Food Truck Carnivale
A travelling pop-up food truck festival is what foodie dreams are made of, and it’s coming to Mornington this April. Food Truck Carnivale is a roving festival of 12-15 food trucks that set out to satisfy every culinary craving, serving up gastronomic delights from around the globe. More than just food, the festival caters for the whole family, with an outdoor cinema, bar, live music, games and rides for kids. Having already stopped off at Murray Bridge and Lake’s Entrance, the carnival comes to The Briars on the Mornington Peninsula from April 15 – 17.
Photo: Food Truck Carnivale/Facebook
The Northern Territory might not get as much cultural recognition as the country’s east coast, but that’s not to say it’s not as beautiful or intriguing. There are millions of stunning photos capturing NT’s best angles on Instagram, and the best of these are going on display at the Northern Territory Library in Darwin’s Parliament House. The temporary photography exhibition will celebrate everything that Darwin and its lush surrounds have to offer; think blushing sunsets, vast landscapes, wildlife and indigenous Australian culture.
Photo: official website
This is one of the most eclectic international festivals you’ll ever get to attend. Performers of all kinds, from circus acts and acrobats to street theatre, buskers, comedians, cabaret performers and more will flock to Fremantle from the USA, UK, Japan, Cuba, New Zealand and all across Australia. Highlights include The Mobile Sewing Company, who’ve come from The Netherlands to upcycle unwanted clothes into fresh works of art, and Dancing Graffiti, a Hungarian performance that tells a story through the combination of expressive dance and urban graffiti.
Photo: Fremantle International Street Arts Festival/Facebook
Brisbane: Christopher Lees – Pathway To Solitude
Soak up some art and culture with a visit to the REDSEA Gallery, where you can check out Australian artist Christopher Lees’ latest exhibition, Pathway to Solitude. Lees’ beautifully hyper-real style grew out of his formative years as a landscape painter, and the result is a visually enthralling take on Australian scenery. Through his art, Lees aims to “take people to a place that they couldn’t get to alone,” so prepare yourself to be transported in the best way possible.
Photo: Christopher Lees/ REDSEA Gallery[/listicle]
Feature image: Food Truck Carnivale/Facebook
From galleries and festivals to markets and food trucks, there’s no better way to get the most out of your weekend than by experiencing something original and new. The celebrations continue with the help of Absolut Botanik Collektiv– click here for more information.