Summertime, and the livin’ is easy!
Summer is in full swing, and Perth has come alive with festivals galore, from the artistic wonderlands of Fringe World to the international flair of Perth Chinese New Year Fair, as well as art, music, and so much more. There’s plenty to look forward to over the next few months, so get ready to jam-pack your itinerary with festival fun!
Fringe World Festival
Every year, the magic of the world’s third-largest Fringe festival transforms Perth, with performing and visual arts, comedy, children’s events and more. And there’s extra cause for celebration this year: FRINGE WORLD Festival turns ten!
Stroll through the magical Woodside Pleasure Garden, catch a comedy or cabaret show, enjoy amazing dancers, musicians and artists; you’re spoiled for choice! (This is a problem we can help you with: check out our fave Fringe picks.)
Australia Day Festivals
There’s plenty of exciting ways to celebrate Australia Day this year! City of Perth Australia Day Festival spans a five day period up to Jan 26, themed on Reflect, Respect and Celebrate. The younger set will love making earth sculptures at Cathedral Square, the annual Birak Concert boasts a stellar line up of Aboriginal entertainment, and the Lotterywest carnival and water playground are full of adventure for the young and young at heart. Lastly, the Big Aussie BBQ pays homage to the classic, beloved summer Aussie BBQ with bush tucker, BBQ foods from around the world, and even veg & vegan options. Yum!
There’s also Mandurah’s Longest Australia Day Weekend, spanning Jan 23 to 26. Enjoy live music, a unique laser and water show, a Great Aussie BBQ, Australia Day Cultural Tours and more. A little closer to the city, Coogee Beach is another great spot to spend the 26th, with live music, free sausage sizzle, multicultural food available for purchase, a sandcastle building competition and a chance to meet some mermaids at the Australia Day Coogee Beach Festival!
The ultimate WA Made Festival is here again, featuring a world of talent in our own backyard this summer! The Perth Festival this year features twice as many festival commissions as 2020, including 18 world premieres spanning theatre, music, dance, opera, film, visual arts, literature and ideas. You'll find the best talent from Perth and beyond, throughout the month of February! This year's Perth Festival is a love song to our home city and its people, its artists, stories and its river.
Around the theme of Bilya (river), it brims with Western Australian works that celebrate our community. Like a river, Perth Festival is ever-flowing, ever-moving forward.
Want to know more? Check out some highlights: House, Tim Minchin with WASO, Dreams of Place, Children of the Sea
Perth Chinese New Year Fair
The Perth Chinese New Year Fair is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, with a street carnival welcoming the Year of the Ox. Share the joy of Chinese New Year with this popular free community event, while experiencing Chinese culture and customs, and celebrating the culturally diverse fabric of Western Australia. From firecrackers and lion dances to delicious Chinese dishes, games, activities and more, it's a fantastic family-friendly day out. And if you’d like to get even more into the New Year spirit, check out the Year of the Ox Buffet Feast and the Dragon Boat Festival!
Perth Cocktail Festival & On Cloud Wine
For three utterly delicious days in late February (26-28), enjoy a showcase of cocktails and small batch booze from around the globe, shaken and stirred by specialty mixologists across four jam-packed sessions at the Perth Cocktail Festival. You’ll find the creme de la creme of Perth cocktails here, with dedicated areas like Sakura Saloon, The Gin Garden, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and more. It’s mixology magic!
You can also take a boozy masterclass to perfect your garnishing skills, enjoy a food safari and sample tasty fare from pop-up restaurants.
And if you’re partial to wine, brews or spirits, you’re in luck, thanks to On Cloud Wine, spanning the 27th and 28th Feb at B Shed, Victoria Quay in Fremantle. Enjoy the best of WA wines, with tasty tapas and live tunes.
A perfect way to enjoy the last days of summer!
Sculpture by the Sea
Sculpture by the Sea is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition transforming the white sands of Cottesloe Beach for its 17th year. It’s one of Perth's largest free public events, attracting an estimated 220,000 visitors. Seventy artists from 13 countries including Japan, the USA, NZ, Switzerland and more will be showcasing their work in this spectacular 18-day exhibition. An abundance of local talent will also be on display, with thirty five WA sculptors exhibiting our wealth of artistic talent in our home state, as well as interstate sculptors demonstrating that this beautiful artistic medium is alive and well throughout Australia and the world.
Toodyay Music Fest
Head out to the countryside for the Toodyay Music Fest on Mar 27! This free family-friendly event is held in the scenic town of Toodyay in the Avon Valley, a mere hour and a half inland from Perth City.
Bring a picnic blanket or a chair and enjoy the fabulous live on-stage music, and buskers lining the streets for those enjoying the many cafes and shops in Toodyay. There’ll also be lots of food and drink available in Duidgee & Stirling Parks, so come along and enjoy what promises to be an eventful and fun day. And don't forget to "slip, slop, slap"!
While you’re in Toodyay, don’t forget to spend some time exploring this gorgeous township; known for history and heritage, boutique shopping and countryside hospitality. Check out the Toodyay Bucket List for some ideas, and get planning!