April 2019 is packed with things to do in the Perth region.
We have gathered together some events to showcase what's on in Perth this April, with something for every taste and age.
2019 Toyota AFL Premiership
7, 13, 19 and 27 April
Optus Stadium, Perth
It's AFL season, and time to check the spectacular Optus Stadium for what's on in April.
On Sunday 7th, Fremantle Dockers will play St Kilda, who have never yet won at Optus Stadium. The evening of Saturday 13th sees the popular Western Derby between West Coast Eagles and the Dockers. On Good Friday evening (19th), the Eagles go head to head with Port Adelaide, and Saturday 27th will be a tribute match between the Dockers and Western Bulldogs.
Get your scarves out and book now!
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
This is one of the essential things to do in Perth for anyone who enjoys art! Spread around the gardens of the iconic Fremantle Arts Centre, Revealed has become a popular annual event, bringing together Aboriginal artists from as far away as WA's Kimberley region.
Items sell for as little as $50, and profits go to the artists and art centres that support them. Come and meet these amazing creatives, and browse stalls packed with paintings, textiles, ceramics and jewellery.
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Vying for your attention on 13 April is Perth's KickstART Festival Market, a Youth Week event, which means all stallholders will be under the age of 26.
The arts and crafts stalls are being curated by the folks at Perth Makers Market, who are experienced in bringing the work of local creatives to the public. They will be working alongside Propel Youth Arts WA, which is focused on creating opportunities for young people to engage in the arts.
Come along, support the emerging talent of WA and stay for the day! There are lots of things to do in Perth Cultural Centre and Northbridge, including the Art Gallery of WA and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
This important event on the Buddhist calendar has become an all-embracing festival and among favourite things to do in Perth for families. Entertainment, informative stalls and ceremonies invite people of all backgrounds and ages to join in the celebrations. Come and find out more about the prince who became Sakyamuni Buddha more than 2,500 years ago, and how his teachings still resonate today across cultures.
The action includes mass meditation sessions, colourful performances, the bathing of the Buddha, arts and crafts for kids, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, tea appreciation and vegetarian food stalls.
Bach's St Matthew Passion
Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Classical music fans should check what's on in April at Perth Concert Hall. A key performance is Bach's St Matthew Passion, a classic presentation of the Easter story - the journey of Christ to the cross - told by one of the world's greatest composers.
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra co-presents the concert with St George's Concert Series, conducted by Joseph Nolan and featuring the exquisite Cathedral Consort singers with WA's beloved soloists, Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell, Paul McMahon and Andrew Foote.
Australian Heritage Festival
18 April - 19 May
Heritage means different things to different people. This nationwide festival aims to embrace a diversity of stories, performances, ceremonies, arts and tours to reflect the wide range of histories experienced by Australians. In doing so, it works towards this year's theme of Connecting People, Places and the Past.
The festival runs for a whole month from 18 April and takes place in and around various historic buildings, sacred sites and landmarks. Keep an eye on the festival website for what's on in Perth during April and May.
10-13 April 2020
Fremantle Cappuccino Strip, Fremantle
Over Easter weekend, one of Fremantle's most popular events fills the streets. Famous for street performances all year round, April sees Perth's port city turn the art into a full-blown international festival.
Amazing acts and visual displays create a bustle of excitement as visitors throng to get the best view. The cafes, restaurants and pubs along the main drag throw open their doors, claim space on the pavement and create pop-up bars, adding to the festival atmosphere.
A couple of the best spots, if you can get them, are on the balconies of the Sail & Anchor or the National Hotel, giving you an overhead view of the action.
Dwellingup Primary School, Dwellingup
This one might not have appeared on your 'things to do in Perth' radar before, so add it now for a delightful trip to the country on Easter Saturday.
Dwellingup is a gorgeous little town to visit, nestled in the forest, and the kids will enjoy this quirky event. As well as gasping at the size of the pumpkins, they can have a pony ride, play mini golf or Laser Tag, interact with Radical Reptiles, enjoy the Circus Challenge and fill up on pumpkin-inspired snacks.
The Little Mermaid Concert
Crown Theatre, Burswood
For many kids, this will no doubt be the highlight of the school holidays. To celebrate the 30th birthday of this much loved Disney classic, three special screenings this April in Perth's huge Crown Theatre will be accompanied by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Hearing the Academy-Award-winning music live promises to add a rich new dimension to the story of Ariel, the Little Mermaid. Don't miss out on this unique experience!
Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra
On the last weekend of April, Perth's favourite festival of folk, world and roots music continues to go strong, bringing almost 100 acts to Fairbridge Village this year. Organisers have the logistics down to perfection, creating a traffic-free area filled with a variety of stages and stalls.
The best way to experience the Festival is by camping on-site so you can relax and enjoy music into the night, soaking up the family friendly atmosphere and background buzz of instruments and voices.