Experience Perth | Sep 22, 2016
Celebrate the Queen's Birthday with a long weekend from
24 - 26 September with some fantastic activities and events for families, foodies, cultural buffs and nature lovers.
The long weekend marks the start of the WA school holidays, which means there will be plenty on offer for families. Kids can become a pirate at the WA Maritime Museum, cuddle baby animals at the Fremantle Markets, go on a storytelling adventure in Cathedral Square and enjoy gardening at the Perth Zoo. Plus, they can enter The Bell Tower, cruise with Captain Cook and travel to Rottnest Island with Rottnest Fast Ferries for FREE!
Perth's favourite theme park, Adventure World, will be celebrating their first weekend open, and with the dedicated kids zone Dragon's Kingdom, the ever popular Kahuna Falls and endless lawn to stretch out on, it's the perfect place to hang out. If the weather isn't so great, why not check out Scitech's newest planetarium show, Dark Universe, where you can discover the deep mysteries of the cosmos!
Perth's biggest community event, the IGA Perth Royal Show also starts this weekend. As well as all your favourite rides and showbags families can get up close to their favourite animals, explore the many agricultural pavilions and enjoy plenty of live entertainment.
Mindarie Marina is celebrating the Queen's Birthday with fun activities and festivities on Sunday. There will be face painting, Royal crown craft workshops, soccer, Sunday roast and Yorkshire puddings as well as live music from local artists.
Head down to Elizabeth Quay this weekend for the 2016 Beer & Beef Festival presented by Harvey Beef. Showcasing over 70 of the best brews from 20 local, interstate and international breweries and crowd favourite beef dishes from Perth's best beef loving restaurants and food trucks - this is one festival you don't want to miss!
Do you love cycling? Do you love wine? Combine the two with Harris Organic Wines' Memorial Avenue Wineries Bike Ride this weekend. Pick up a bicycle from Harris Organic Wines, or bring your own, and cycle your way around the five wineries on Memorial Avenue - there is plenty to see!
Pick up fresh produce at a local weekend market. The Kadidjiny Park Spring Market, from 10am - 2pm on Saturday, offers over 60 outdoor stalls including food trucks, art and craft and homemade wares - just bring an empty stomach and an empty shopping bag! Or head along to the Palmyra Sustainable Mega Market on Sunday, with more than 40 stalls selling top fruit and veg, local produce and more.
For cultural buffs
The Perth Fashion Festival finishes up this weekend with free runway events in Forrest Place. Leading retailers, labels, designers and pre-loved op shop treasures will hit the runway in celebration of new season fashion on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.
If you are a lover of film, why not check out what’s on this weekend for the Lavazza Italian Film Festival at Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge and Luna on SX, Fremantle or the Korean Film Festival at Event Cinemas, Innaloo. You might also be lucky to get tickets for the last performances of WA Opera's Romeo and Juliet at His Majesty's Theatre or see Helpmann Award winning singer Emma Matthews at Perth Town Hall for the final SwanSongs event of the season.
In Kings Park, you can meet talented West Australian artist, Helen Ansell and watch her work in the beautiful surrounds of Aspects of Kings Park. While you're there, make sure to explore the stunning display of wildflowers in the botanic garden.
For nature lovers
The final event of the Shire of Mundaring's free Trek the Trail will be taking place on Sunday, with a 7km walk from John Forrest National Park to Swan View along the historic Railway Reserves Heritage Trail. This is great opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes and natural bushland of the region.
Of course, spring also means wildflowers are in bloom, and this season is proving to be one the best yet. You can see the biggest display of wildflowers in Kings Park, or if you want to head out of the city why not travel down to Jarrahdale or the Bibbulmun Track for a guided walk.
Get up close to Perth's wildlife on whale watching adventure or cruise around Penguin Island in Rockingham to see dolphins, little penguins and sea lions.
Check out our events calendar for more events and festivals in Perth!