Perth in May is in the ‘goldilocks’ zone for weather – not so warm you need to crank the air conditioning but not quite cold enough to think about turning the heating on.
This perfect storm of conditions means it’s the ideal time to head outdoors and take in the best that Perth has to offer in the month of May.
From Mickey Mouse and co. making a visit on ice to award-winning indie pop from an up and coming Aussie star – there’s plenty of things to do in Perth for the whole family.
Sunday 19 May, Perth CBD and surrounding suburbs
This event sees 35,000 participants take over the streets of Perth in May on an, otherwise sleepy Sunday morning, in their finest running apparel for HBF Run for a Reason.
There are several distances to choose from to suit all abilities, from the seasoned veteran to first-time runner/walker. All events start in the heart of the Perth CBD in William Street and end at Gloucester Park Racecourse.
Last year’s event raised more than $1 Million for WA Health charities such as Cancer Council WA and Diabetes WA.
Given that’s it’s the events 10th year expect a celebratory atmosphere as the official Run for a Reason T-shirt has a burst of confetti added to the lower third. For Perth runners it’s one of the top things to do in Perth for the year.
Hopefully, the medals presented at the end make up for those sore legs on Monday in the office!
Art Ball 2019
Saturday 25 May, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is set to turn it up in Perth in May with the provocative flagship gala Art Ball.
Centred around the State Art Collection, AGWA's iconic building will be transformed into an immersive world of wonder and discovery.
You’ll get to explore the weird and the wonderful as the worlds of art, fashion, music and performance collide to present an event not to be missed in Perth in May.
Friday 31st May - Monday 3rd June, RAC Arena, Perth
Whether you have young children to entertain, or you’re still nostalgic for a bit of Mickey Mouse and co. Disney on Ice will be pulling out all the stops to put on a spectacular show to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse.
You can expect fun-filled adventure with Dory through the unexplored seas of the Pacific Ocean, The Toy Story pals will take you on a thrill ride and true love with Frozen’s Elsa and Anna.
New for 2019, you can experience fearless Moana on a high-seas adventure with demigod Maui, so grab those Mickey ears and get on board with all the fun!
There’s plenty of opportunities to see the Disney crew with 3 shows a day on the Saturday and Sunday of the WA day long weekend, with 1 show on the Friday and Monday.
Friday 2 May – Sunday 4 May, Barbagallo Raceway, Wanneroo
Petrol heads will be delighted as the Supercars Championship roars into town for round 5 of the championship.
There’s an extra twist in store for 2019 – It’s the first supercars race under-lights in Western Australia and after the track was resurfaced over summer, expect lap records to be broken when the cars line up for 2 action-packed races on the notoriously tight and twisty circuit.
There’s plenty of support events running alongside the Supercars too. Other categories include the Dunlop Super2 Series, ECB SuperUtes Series and Australian GT Championship so there will be on track action throughout the weekend.
This is one of the biggest motor racing events in Perth all year and ranks highly as one of the top things to do in Perth in May.
Saturday 4 May – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
After taking over the airways, charts and our hearts for almost all of 2018, Australia's reigning queen of pop Amy Shark will captivate WA fans when she takes to Fremantle Art Centre's South Lawn stage on Saturday 4 May.
Hear tracks from her debut, award-winning album Love Monster, which took out four ARIA awards last year including Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release and Best Producer.
Amy Shark will be supported by special guests Slowly Slowly and Earthlings. Image: Photography by Michelle Pitiris.
The ARIA award-winning indie pop singer-songwriter from the Gold Coast is the big thing for 2019 and is not to be missed.
Spellbound - WA Youth Orchestra
Saturday 25 May – Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Check out the Western Australian Youth Orchestra as it launches its 2019 Concert Season at the Perth Concert Hall with the sounds of witchery and wizardry in their new show, Spellbound.
Expect a collection of mystical masterpieces of Dvořák's, The Noon Witch, the fantasy and sorcery of John William's, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and be captivated by William's Devil's Dance from The Witches of Eastwick.
The second half of the program will reach its pinnacle as a lovesick musician’s hallucinatory fantasies and passions come to life in Berlioz's most famous work, Symphonie Fantastique.
Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day & Honey Festival
Sunday 26 May - Gidgegannup Showgrounds, Gidgegannup
Is there anything better than the combination of farming and honey?
If you’ve answered “yes” to the above, then lock away Sunday 26 May in your calendar as the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day & Honey Festival takes places at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds.
You can expect talks, demonstrations, competitions and special activities for children and plenty of honey! A great excuse to head out of Perth in May and enjoy the fresh country air.
Girls Night Out!
Thursday 30 May – Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley
If you need a bit of Girl Power in your life, Perth Symphony Orchestra has teamed up with WA's foremost powerhouse singers for Girls Night Out.
Featuring fully orchestrated versions of Beyoncé, Tina Turner, Madonna, Adele, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and so many more like you've never heard them before, Girls Night Out is a celebration of women, by women, for everyone.
With many emotion-charged stories emerging as part of the #metoo and #timesup movements, celebrating women's achievements is at the forefront with Girls Night Out!
Adventurethon Demolish Stage Race
Saturday 25 May – Sunday 26 May - Various locations around Dwellingup
Hundreds of competitors and supporters will head to Dwellingup, about an hour and a half outside of Perth, in May for one of Australia’s leading multi-sport off-road challenges.
The Adventurethon Demolish Stage Race will run over two days and includes three stages; downhill paddle, trail run and mountain bike course.
As an added bonus for competitors, a high ropes obstacle course at Tress Adventure has been added to the adventure run stage, the first time this fun and unique element has been offered as part of an Adventurethon race.
Whether you’re spectating or taking part, expect adrenaline-fueled thrills and spills.
Love the Earth Festival
Wednesday 22 May – Perth City Farm, East Perth
Get ready for an environmentally friendly food bonanza. This year sees the spotlight turned on amazing vegan and raw creations for dinner with all ingredients local and fresh.
If you’re on the hunt for organic, all-natural, biodynamic and eco-friendly products then you’ll have landed in heaven. The past two events have been a rip-roaring success and there’s no question the third one will follow suit.
For more things to do in Perth, go to: What's on in Perth