Lake Mac POP BAM: Pop Culture Festival

Next date: Saturday, 27 July 2024 | 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

Lake Mac POP BAM
Wham, bam, POP BAM! Lake Macquarie's newest pop culture festival returns this July!

Join us for the ultimate pop culture extravaganza at Lake Macquarie’s most anticipated event of the year – POP BAM!

Dive into a world where your favourite movies, TV shows, comics, and music come alive in a vibrant celebration of creativity and fandom.

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday 27 July
  • Location: Rathmines Theatre, nawayiba and Rathmines Park.
  • Time: 10am-3pm

Event highlights:

Cosplaying with the 501st and Rebel Legions
Learn about two international Star Wars costuming organisations and take the opportunity to get a photo with your favourite Star Wars character. Wearing screen-accurate costumes, learn about the work of these two organisations and how to join them. A must-see for all Star Wars fans.

Swordcraft Battles
Have you ever wanted to join in a battle like the ones you’ve seen in Lord of the Rings? Well, here’s your chance! Swordcraft Newcastle will showcase their skills and you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in a battle.

Heroes and More
Simon Wait, formerly of Heroes and More, will bring along his impressive array of characters including Bumblebee, Blue and Predator. Simon is an Oz Comic-Con FX award winner and is well-known in the cosplay world for his incredible attention to detail and amazing builds.

Who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters team will be on hand to discuss all the movies, cosplaying and the iconic props.

Saber Academy Demonstration with The Sons of Obiwan
The Sons of Obiwan are Australia’s first and only lightsaber theatre combat facility. They will showcase their non-combative work in a high-energy all-inclusive demonstration featuring Balintawak stick fighting.

Rainbow Bricks LEGO fan mini-exhibit
Rainbow Bricks is a recognised LEGO User Group and is based in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Mid-North Coast of New South Wales. They are a group of active Adult Fans of LEGO builders and exhibitors of LEGO creations.

POP BAM Vehicles Exhibit
View your favourite pop culture vehicles the DeLorean, Ghostbusters Ectomobile and more!

POP BAM Trivia
Fancy yourself as a trivia guru? Test your knowledge against other popular culture buffs with our specialist, lightning-quick quizzes throughout the day.

Anime drawing for beginners
Pop into an Anime drawing session with Art Heroes

Underground Arcade Gaming Pop-Up
Free-play video games including Nintendo, Xbox or PS, virtual reality. Tabletop games including Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering and Warhammer intro sessions.

Superhero Mask Craft
Visit the kid’s zone to create your superhero mask

Lake Mac Libraries pop-up stall and Comics Panel
Join local comic artists and creators as they discuss their creative processes and their work within the field of comic creation.

Propmaking in Hollywood – Dean Knowsley
Hear from a prop builder, armourer, consultant and actor working on productions such as The Hobbit and Avatar.

Event MC - The Pretty Amazing Jono
Part magician, part mad scientist and part MacGyver. The Pretty Amazing Jono combines comedy, magic and stunts with his chaotic brand of wonder and whimsy.

Cosplay meet and greets all day and pop culture stalls!
Disney Princesses, movie extras and more.

Whether you're a die-hard fan or just curious about pop culture, POP BAM is an inclusive event for all ages and abilities and offers something for everyone. Bring your friends, family, and your passion for all things pop culture – feel free to come in costume - to Lake Macquarie for an unforgettable Day.

Tickets are on sale now

  • Adults $20 + booking fee
  • Adults Lake Mac Arts $18 + booking fee
  • Youth (5-17 years) $10 + booking fee
  • Children under 5 Free
  • An adult must accompany children up to 15 years old.

Don’t miss out on this epic celebration – see you at POP BAM!

Other information:

Children attending POP BAM

Children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children aged 16 or over may attend POP BAM on their own but we strongly recommend that they be accompanied by a parent or guardian where possible. If they do attend on their own, we recommend they have a method of contacting a parent or guardian and that they be aware of where the Information Desk is at the event. This will be a meeting point for anyone who gets lost, separated or feels at any stage uncomfortable and need staff assistance.

If you have any questions regarding the event or ticketing, please contact the team on 4921 0400 or email [email protected].

Lake Mac POP BAM: Code of Conduct

We want you to enjoy your time at Lake Mac POP BAM! We encourage you to make the most of what is planned for the day. POP BAM is a welcoming and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance (including costumes), body size, race, or religion.

We ask you to be considerate of others and help create an environment where everyone feels safe and accepted. To create this safe and welcoming space for all we ask you to observe our Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions regarding the event or ticketing, please contact the team on 4921 0400 or email - [email protected].

Would you like to be a stallholder at POPBAM? Please get in touch with [email protected]


  • Saturday, 27 July 2024 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Rathmines Theatre, 25 Stilling Street, Rathmines, 2283, View in Google Maps

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