Perth, Western Australia, is a beautiful city that has many things to offer. One of the best things about Perth this summer is the events it offers for tourists and locals alike.
There are outdoor festivals with live music and food trucks, markets full of fresh produce and other goods from around the world, concerts in parks by some of your favourite Australian artists, as well as free movies on Wednesday nights at the State Theatre Centre Of Western Australia.
The vibrant atmosphere makes you feel like you’re part of something new and exciting!
This summer, there are many events taking place in Perth. It will be hard to miss an event that you’ll enjoy, from outdoor concerts and festivals to local theatre productions! Looking for more information? Read on below.
Let’s be honest – who isn’t looking forward to the summer sunshine and warmer weather?
I definitely am – so if you are anything like me, you have already started searching for events around Perth that you can attend with your family and friends.
After a little looking around, I have come up with the top events and activities to attend as the weather in Perth starts to heat up. Whether it be music events, comedy acts, local market fun, food and wine festivals, or something for the kids these school holidays, I have found something for all.
Scitech’s current exhibition
Aug 17th, 2020 – 9:30am – Aug 16th, 2021 – 4:00pm
Weekends 10 am-4 pm
Check the website to confirm opening hours.
Rethink the Future is a multisensory experience exploring the changes in our natural environment. Come on a journey as you learn how to innovate solutions for a more sustainable future.
Explore the relationship between humans and habitat, dive deep into the science behind biodiversity, climate and carbon emissions, and discover how the smallest of actions can significantly impact the world around us.
See the inner workings of a tree, learn about endangered species and step into a banksia woodland to discover what effect your actions have on the fragile ecosystem. Use pedal power to explore electricity generation, storage, transfer, and unearth ways to give nature a helping hand, starting with your backyard.
State Buildings Crafternoon
Feb 8th, 2021 – 12:00pm – Oct 31st, 2021 – 6:00pm
Every Monday @ 12-1pm, 5-6pm
Every Tuesday @ 12-1pm, 5-6pm
Every Wednesday @ 12-1pm, 5-6pm
Every Thursday @ 12-1pm, 5-6pm
Every Friday @ 12-1pm, 5-6pm
Every Saturday @ 12-1pm, 5-6pm
Every Sunday @ 12pm – late
Every ‘Crafternoon’, Beer Corner is celebrating their favourite local brewers.
At select hours enjoy four WA-made brews at just $7.50 each for a large pour. Beer Corner is currently featuring Burswood legends, Blasta Brewing Co.
Don’t like beer? Enjoy $10 house wines and bottles of Champagne for $75.
The subjects proudly independent Beer Corner heroes the art and science behind some of the best brews from Western Australia worldwide is not your average watering hole.
AFL Dine & Cruise
When: Mar 21st, 2021 – 11:00am – Aug 22nd, 2021 – 6:00pm
The Camfield, Captain Cook Cruises and The Reveley have teamed up to bring you the ultimate game day package!
Found it difficult travelling to the footy last season? Got tired of battling the crowds for a pre-game meal?
Dine the riverside at The Reveley, taking in the peaceful views of Elizabeth Quay before bounce down! They’re serving a 2-course set menu for you to enjoy before you depart Barrack Street Jetty and take a scenic cruise down the river with Captain Cook.
Arriving one hour before the game, you will get the VIP treatment and skip the line at The Camfield. Get excited in Western Australia’s favourite beer garden before you take your seats at Optus Stadium, or stay and watch live on the 5 metres Big-Screen amongst the roaring game-day atmosphere!
Ticket inclusions: 2-course set menu at The Reveley, 25-minute Cruise with Captain Cook to Burswood and priority entry to The Camfield.
Experience the footy like a VIP this year and book now. Available on all Optus Studium AFL days only – click here to view the schedule.
Films for Survival
Mar 31st, 2021 – 4:30pm – Dec 21st, 2021 – 7:00pm
Session 1: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Session 2: 6pm – 7pm
Watch human-interest short documentary films while enjoying a chilled glass of wine or beer!
Every Wednesday, three short films will be screened from specific categories and speakers from related charities, NGOs, community groups, will speak about their work within that category.
Our current categories: Art, Education, Entrepreneurship, Equality, Girls To The Front, Human Rights, Indigenous, Innovation, Leadership, Mental health, Personal Growth, Physical Health, Sport, Travel, Youth
Watch films featuring inspiring everyday heroes from around the world while enjoying a chilled glass of wine or beer. The ticket price is set by you!
Outdoor Painting with the Mandurah Plein Air Artists
May 5th, 2021 – 8:30am – Dec 12th, 2021 – 12:00pm
If you are visiting Mandurah and looking for a creative experience, go and paint with the Mandurah Plein Air Artists (Inc).
This friendly group of Plein air painters meet every Tuesday morning to paint somewhere in the great outdoors. All skill levels and mediums are welcome, and each paint out is often followed by a social coffee and an arty chat.
Plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air”. Plein air artists seek the quality of natural light and atmosphere outdoors, and their work directly responds to the beauty they find in nature. A variety of mediums are used, from oils through to watercolours and pastels.
There is no cost to participate, just BYO painting materials and equipment. If you like Plein air painting, you won’t want to miss Mandurah’s upcoming outdoor painting festival, Plein Air Down Under, on 25, 26 and 27 September.
May 8th, 2021 – 10:00am – Aug 30th, 2021 – 5:00pm
WA’s talented young artists are celebrated in this yearly showcase, gauging the pulse of young people who will influence, empower and shape the world we live in.
The selected works provide a window into young people’s private, social and artistic concerns. In turn, it is an inspiring, rewarding and insightful look at the world through the minds of our most talented young artists.
This year’s exhibition features 30 works by the 2020 Year 12 Visual Arts graduates from 21 schools across Western Australia. The chosen works span various subjects and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving images and textiles.
Human impact on the environment, identity and family are prominent themes and issues explored in this year’s Pulse Perspectives exhibition.
The judging panel for this year’s exhibition included contemporary WA artist Amy Perejuan-Capone, Department of Education, Teacher Development Cassie Bussell, and former AGWA Associate Curator, Projects, Rachel Ciesla.
Sunday Singles Comedy Show
May 16th, 2021 – 4:00pm – Aug 29th, 2021 – 7:00pm
Every Sunday, 4pm – 7pm
Perth, it’s time to put the phones away and delete the dating apps. This singles event is like no other!
Comedy Lounge and Sunday Singles have collaborated with some of Australia’s best comics to tailor an interactive comedy show for singles looking to laugh, meet new people, and win a huge array of dates around our beautiful city.
Hosted by professional comedians to bring you an evening of laughter and good times.
They offer the audience a chance to get on stage and participate in segments to win prizes around Perth. You do not have to get up on stage to have a good time. Although, we highly recommend it.
- Live Stand-up Comedy
- Blind Date (as seen on TV)
- If You Are The One (Famous Chinese Dating Show)
- Win Your Mate a Date (Your mate chooses your next date)
- Freak Of The Week (Never Have I Ever)
- Ballot Box (Worst date stories)
- Golden Ticket (We will explain on the night)
This is the Sunday Sessions of all Sunday Sessions, the singles event of all of singles events! It is guaranteed to keep you entertained.
After the show, grab a drink, and the room will be set up for karaoke to allow you to meet the people that caught your eye during the show!
Please note: this show is not for everyone. If you consider yourself to be more on the sensitive side, this isn’t for you.
If you have any questions, get in touch with the Comedy Lounge.
“We aim to be one of the biggest and best singles event provider in Australia if not the world, and with your support, we will be”
Weekend at the Markets
There is always something exciting happening in your local area, so why not hit up the events page on your local council’s website to see what they have on offer this summer.
From my experience, I have found that each local council market has something unique and different to offer their community. Here are just some of the weekend markets that caught my attention:
- Stirling Farmers Market
- Scarborough Rotary Club Swap Meet
- Kyilla Farmers Markets
- Spring into Armadale Festival
Australia Day Festivals
There’s plenty of exciting ways to celebrate Australia Day this year! City of Perth Australia Day Festival spans five days up to Jan 26, themed on Reflect, Respect and Celebrate.
The younger set will love making earth sculptures at Cathedral Square. The subject, the annual Birak Concert, boasts a stellar lineup of Aboriginal entertainment. In addition, 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 excellent 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! This year, the Perth Festival 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, artists, stories, and rivers.
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.
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! wanting
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 tasty sample 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.
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 most significant 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, 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 beautiful township, known for history and heritage, boutique shopping and countryside hospitality. Then, check out the Toodyay Bucket List for some ideas, and get planning!
Virtuoso Classical Accordion
Dates: Thu 29 Jul 2021
Part of Live and Unlocked Perth Summer Festival on Perth Concert Hall Plaza
Star of the future Ryan Corbett has already won awards across the globe for his accordion playing. So don’t miss your chance to see one of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s most promising young musicians in action.
Virtuoso classical accordion playing is extraordinary to hear. The reduction of massive scores for this small instrument necessitates remarkable instrumental dexterity and produces performances of genuine excitement.
This type of playing requires someone extraordinary, and Ryan Corbett is one such. Still a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ryan began playing the accordion aged eleven and has won prizes in Italy, Germany, China, and Scotland. In addition, he has performed in Barcelona and Berlin.
He has a fantastic career in front of him, and we are thrilled to present him in a programme ranging from mainstream classical to virtuoso accordion fireworks.
Jamie Macdougall Sings Vienna
Dates: Mon 2 Aug 2021
Part of Live and Unlocked Perth Summer Festival on Perth Concert Hall Plaza
From tenor soloist with Scottish Opera to BBC Radio and TV presenter Jamie MacDougall, one of Scotland’s leading musical personalities. So join him and raise a glass of something bubbly with a taste of Vienna, plus there may even be a chance to sing along!
Songs from Viennese operetta, opera and musical theatre
Join Jamie to raise a glass of something bubbly with a taste of Vienna. Come and hear classics by Léhar along with arias from well-known opera and musical theatre. There may even be a chance to sing along! In these pandemic times, there are no rules.
Jamie MacDougall is one of Scotland’s leading musical personalities in many guises. As a tenor, he was worked with Scottish Opera and some of the world’s leading orchestras. As a presenter, he performs regularly on BBC Radio and TV and presented the most recent Snowman concert at Perth Concert Hall. He is one of life’s communicators and an evening with him just makes the world feel a happier place, and couldn’t we use that at the moment?