What most people want in a city is a lot of activities to go to, to feed a need for music, to feed the tummy with delicious food or to feed a craving for a good laugh. Perth has an abundance of festivals and events that tick all the boxes, some for all the family, others just for grown-ups.
When you need to choose where to live, study or holiday, rest assured that Perth is a fun and active city with lots on throughout the year.
The world’s third largest Fringe Festival runs for 31 days and boasts a program of events that is diverse, fun and a little wacky. If circus is your thing, you’ll love it. If you enjoy comedy, you’ll be thrilled. How about theatre? That’s there too. There are musicals and children’s events, films and street performances, physical theatre and more. All up, there are over 730 events held across 155 venues throughout the Perth area. As an open access event, artists from the world over are welcome to register to perform there. Check out the pop-up venues for surprising acts!
Yes! The massive fan convention that travels around the country lands in Perth every June. Fans of anime, gaming, fantasy film and TV, sci-fi and collectables dress up in elaborate costumes and converge on the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Supanova is Australia’s biggest pop culture event and runs for a whole weekend. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to shake the hand of your favourite celebrity, maybe even get a selfie with them! Or you might like to attend a creative masterclass, meet up with fan clubs, compete in a tournament or catch some of the performances. Get geeky, get dressed up and get to Supanova!
City folk meet country folk at the annual agricultural show. It’s your chance to see gorgeous farm animals in the flesh, many of which are best-in-breed. Enjoy the thrills and spills in Sideshow Alley, purchase armloads of showbags in the pavilions, see the incredible cake decorating displays and sample your way through the Taste pavilion. For many, the Show is the one day of the year that the diet is ignored, and they get into toffee apples, fairy floss and dagwood dogs. Don’t forget the nightly fireworks and other ringside events.
Established in January 2018, SummerSalt was a huge success. It’s an outdoor concert event that tours the country and the Perth concert is like the soundtrack to Summer! Local and international performers are featured and the crowds party for 12 hours. SummerSalt is held on Rottnest Island, a location of outstanding beauty. The event is as much a sightseeing event as a music one but generally, all eyes and ears are on the stage!
Knock the foam off a cold one at BeerFest, an amber ale extravaganza that runs for three days in Esplanade Park, Fremantle. Hosted by local brewery Little Creatures, it brings together 50 of the state’s signature craft brewers, distillers and cider makers. You can attend a craft beer masterclass, beer cooking demonstrations, learn about beer and food pairing and find a new favourite at the tastings. Learn how to brew your own beer and meet professional and amateur brewers. Keep your tummy happy with satisfying street food, all to the strains of live musicians and DJs as well as roving performers and comedians.
Up for a laugh? Up for lots of laughs? You need tickets to the comedy festival! For four weeks, some of Australia’s greatest comedic talent is in town to get Perth laughing. The event also attracts international comedy stars. Expect the calendar to be chock-full of traditional and cutting-edge comedy gigs from satire, stand-up and improv to absurdist, magic and kids’ comedy. There’s something to appeal to all ages and every sense of humour.
Frock up or suit up and place your bets. The Ascot Racing Carnival begins in late October and runs until early January. Choose any of the key race days and make a big day out of it. Sip champagne, bet with a bookie, dine on fabulous seafood and cheer along your favourite to win. It’s always a fun event, particularly if you have ambitions to be voted best-dressed man or woman. The last day of the carnival, in January, is the running of the TABtouch Perth Cup; the big event that everyone wants to attend. In Perth, they call it the ‘party of all parties’.
Appropriately timed to coincide with the Indian festival of Deepavali (Diwali) which is also known as the ‘festival of lights’, the SWOL is hugely popular among Aussies, Indians and anyone else who wants to go along. It’s an alcohol-free, smoke-free, vegetarian and family-friendly event held over multiple venues in the Perth CBD. Expect art exhibitions, poetry readings, feature films, panel discussions, street art, amusement rides, processions, Bollywood dancers, ballet, arts and crafts, outdoor cinema, camel rides and more. And of course, there are nightly fireworks. Feast on exotic Indian sweets like jalebi, laddu and gulab jamun, munch on pakoras and samosas, snack on chaat and bhel puri, tuck into dosas and fill your belly with your favourite naan and paratha. Wash it all down with a sweet lassi or comforting chai.
Australia’s largest festival of Latin American cinema runs for 10 days and caters to all film tastes. The films are all from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Cuba. With more than 30 films on the bill, you’re sure to find something that sparks your imagination. Documentaries, comedies, dramas, rom-coms, biopics and thrillers will all be shown, and the venue is Palace Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge.