There's always a good time to to visit Perth.

Wanting to head west but not sure when to plan your trip for? Not to brag but the sun is usually out in Perth, so you only have to decide how hot you like it? 

From there hopefully our helpful calendar of key events below will make the decision easier for when you should come visit our great city.

Perth Summer Events to See and Do

If you like it hot then coming to Perth in summer will be for you. For starters it's the perfect time to make the most of Perth and WA's award winning beaches, but there is so much more to see and do than just beach and chill.

The year in Perth kicks off trackside with the annual Perth Cup - Perth's day of days on the horse racing calendar. If you are a fan of the track and a punt, then making your way to Ascot Racecourse for the Perth Cup will be ideal for you.

Planning your holiday around the Australia Day public holiday is not only smart giving you an extra day off work, but will allow you the opportunity to take in Perth's biggest fireworks display at the Australia Day Skyworks.

If it's something unique, quirky and perhaps straight out crazy than Fringe Festival will be high on your list of things to do in Perth. The festival kicks off in January and continues into February each year and will have something for everyone.

Wanting to take in more culture and arts - new to 2019's Perth Festival saw the trees of Kings Park come to life with a stunning lighting display Boorna Waanginy. Keep in touch with what's on for the 2020 Perth Festival here.

The Rottnest Channel Swim is the ultimate bucket list for the fitness freaks who enjoy a long swim.

Or if a sunset paired perfectly with wine and or beer is more your speed, Scarborough one of Perth's top beaches plays host to Sunset Wine and Brew festival as you witness the sunset over the ocean.

Planning a holiday in December 2019?

It is only officially summer in Perth once the first cricket event hits town. Perth not only plays host to the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League, but also hold a number of international events across the 'Summer of Cricket', most notably in 2019 Perth will host its first day/night test match at Optus Stadium as Australia v New Zealand.

The Rocketman himself will be returning to Perth for perhaps his last show as part of the Yellow Brick Road Tour. If you are going to be in town in December, you might as well book a ticket to see one of the greatest solo artist that has ever lived.

December 2019 Key Events

  • Elton John, NIB Stadium
  • Big Bash League - Perth Scorchers, Optus Stadium
  • Day Night Test Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium

January 2020 Key Events

February 2020 Key Events

Perth Autumn Events to See and Do

While cooler than the summer month, autumn in Perth still provides vast amounts of sunshine and perfect blue skies to get out and explore our great city.

In March Perth's favourite beach, Cottesloe becomes the picturesque setting for Sculptures By The Sea drawing crowds of 10,000's each year and is a must for any fan of arts and culture.

The food markets and festivals really start to kick off in March with the Twilight Hawkers Market turning Perth's CBD into a foodie haven and of course the annual Mandurah Crab Fest is a must for any seafood fanatic.

Optus Stadium goes into AFL mode every March as the AFL season kicks off, so make sure to look at the upcoming fixtures to see your boys take on the West Coast Eagles or Fremantle Dockers at Australia's #1 voted AFL stadium experience.

Once April ticks over there's even more food options. The Perth Night Noodle Markets offer the most exciting Asian Hawker food stalls at Perth's iconic Elizabeth Quay setting.

A day of fashion, wine and Polo can be experienced in Perth's annual Polo in the Valley. While you are in town experiencing the Swan Valley you should also consider the Swan Valley hop on hop off bus tours.

Eats and fashion might not be your jam, so the Perth Comedy Festival held over April and May is guaranteed to provide good times and plenty of laughs as the hottest international and local legends take the stage at venues across Perth.

The month of May sees an increase in adrenaline as the Supercar Championship tear up the track at Barbagallo Raceway or take part in one of Perth’s premiere race events with the HBF Run For a Reason.

March Key Events

  • Sculptures By The Sea, Cottesloe
  • Twilight Hawkers Market, Perth
  • Crab Fest, Mandurah
  • Sola Festival, Perth
  • AFL, Optus Stadium

April Key Events

  • Night Noodle Markets, Perth
  • Polo In The Valley, Swan Valley
  • Perth Comedy Festival, Perth

May Key Events

  • Supercars Championship, Barbagallo Raceway
  • HBF Run for a Reason, Perth

Perth Winter Events to See and Do

WA Day is the first off the ranks for Perth winter headlined by the WA Day Festival. 2019's festival is set to be bigger than ever at the new riverside location of Burswood Park to celebrate all things WA. SOTA part of the WA Day celebrations is perfect for everyone as a free all ages gig showcasing some of WA's best live acts.

July is going to be big in Perth with the arrival of the world's most popular sports team Manchester United. Optus Stadium will turn into a sea of red as Man Utd take on Perth Glory and Leeds United in a 2 game exhibition series.

Lover of beer? Then the Perth Craft Beer Festival in August is a must! 55 local WA breweries and cideries will be pouring over the 3 day event, so it's one to definitely mark on the calendar.

The good food and drink doesn't stop there with the annual Good Food and Wine Show, featuring local and international chefs and the perfect opportunity to taste your way through some of WA's best local produce all in the one place.

Another one for sports fans, the Boomers will be taking on the Canada National Team in a 2 game series and with the recent announcement on Twitter, NBA star Ben Simmons will be suiting up and playing for the Boomers in Perth.

June Key Events

  • WA Day Festival, Perth
  • Winter Lights at Brookfield Winter Lights, Perth
  • Cosy @ The Quay, Perth

July Key Events

  • Manchester Utd Tour, Optus Stadium

August Key Events

  • Avon Descent & Family Fun Days, Avon Valley
  • Perth Craft Beer Festival, Perth
  • Perth Good Food and Wine Show, Perth
  • Australian Boomers v Canada Basketball, RAC Arena
  • City to Surf, City Beach
  • Twilight Market, Yagan Square

Perth Spring Events to See and Do

Come September, Perth turns its attention to the AFL Finals. With West Coast and Fremantle always a chance to make the finals, Optus Stadium could play host in the AFL Finals rounds - so be quick to jump on tickets and take the trip west to support your boys.

September school holidays are a perfect time to bring the kids west with the Claremont Showgrounds transforming into the Perth Royal Show - a hit for families and for those young at heart. 

Looking for a challenge? Take on your not so average obstacle course Mudfest for a muddy good time. The 5km course in the Swan Valley is suited to accommodate any fitness level.

Rather stay clean and unwind while in Perth? Subiaco's premium food and drink event UnWined is the perfect festival to explore WA's best local wines and produce. We guarantee you won't be disappointed as you sip on world class Margaret River wines in the springtime sunshine.

As we dive further into Spring Perth food and drink scene comes to life. November see Gourmet Escape WA's premiere food and wine experience expand into the Swan Valley for the first time in 2019 - giving food and wine enthusiast even more opportunities with events held across the Swan Valley and Margaret River region.

September Key Events

  • AFL Finals, Optus Stadium
  • Kings Park Festival
  • Perth Royal Show, Claremont Showgrounds
  • The Book of Mormon, Crown Perth

October Key Events

  • Swan Valley Mudfest
  • UnWined Subiaco

November Key Events

  • The Color Run, Perth
  • Entwined In The Valley, Swan Valley
  • Gourmet Escape, Swan Valley and Margaret River

But wait there's more

The above is only just the start of the great things to see and do in Perth. So before you head west make sure to check out What's On in Perth for all the latest Perth events. 

Published on

30th May 2019


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