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Darwin Carnivale Extravaganza

Our beloved Mindil Beach Sunset Market is turning 30 years young.

In 1987, six Darwin entrepreneurs brought to life a collective vision to share a taste of Asia’s night markets with the Top End. Setting up shop in Darwin’s Mitchell Street Mall, the stalls soon moved to the coconut palms of Mindil Beach Reserve – and our treasured Mindil Beach Sunset Market was born. 

Cue the party.

To celebrate, Mindil is gifting us with a four-day extravaganza, kicking off at the Thursday night markets with a showcase of local and visiting artists and a taste of carnival.

The party raises the roof on Friday night with live music, carnival costumes, a licenced bar, roving performances, Darwin’s finest drag queens, a late-night curfew and, of course, a glitter booth.

Continue the fun on Saturday with Territory Day celebrations including markets, entertainment and the iconic official Territory Day fireworks. 

The weekend wraps up with a huge community day filled with beach activities, live music and free workshops including art, music, dance, circus and more. 

Artists, performers and community groups can put their hand up to be involved – contact Lanie on 0447 682 975 or email

Happy birthday Mindil! Here’s cheers to another 30 years.

Thu 29 Jun, 5-10pm | Fri 30 Jun, 5-11pm | Sat 1 Jul, 3-10pm | Sun 2 Jul, 10am-9pm | Mindil Beach

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