June is officially the first month of Perth’s winter and despite the fact that our city doesn’t really have a classical ‘European’ climate of heavy snow, frosty windows and long nights punctuated by 5 hours of sunlight (I’m looking at you, Sweden), there’s a whole heap of things to do in Perth that embrace the cooler change and will entice you outside of the comfort of Netflix and Uber Eats.
Plus, there’s a public holiday to kick off the month, our last one until September, which gives you another reason to get out and explore the best Perth has to offer in June. Here are our 8 highlights to add to your calendar:
LiveLighter Pinjarra Festival 2019
Saturday 1 June – Sunday 2 June, Edenvale Homestead, Pinjarra
Located right at the southern end of the Perth metro area, the Pinjarra Festival transforms the tranquil Edenvale Homestead in Pinjarra into a hive of activity over the WA Day Long Weekend.
There’s a nice country vibe about this event which blends together the Murray’s distinctive rural history and lifestyle and a plethora of family friendly entertainment.
Kids and teens will be entertained with interactive shows, circus acts, vocalists and dance performances and the adults can get stuck into the wine tasting, as well as exploring the best the Murray region has to offer in its market stalls, featuring local arts, crafts, produce and recreational activities significant to the region.
Sunday 2 June – Monday 3 June, Burswood Park, Burswood
There’s no better way to start the month of June than a public holiday and this year the highly popular WA Day Festival returns at a brand new riverside location at Burswood Park.
The kids will be kept quiet all day inside the Bupa Play in WA zone, which has an inflatable playground. There are also amusement rides, arts & crafts village, live music and entertainment on the family stage.
If you fancy turning back the clock to the gold rush era of the late 1900’s, the Perth Mint are hosting a gold panning exhibition where you can sift through dry sand to find hidden treasures as the generations did before them.
This will all be capped off after sundown with the channel 7 fireworks at 7:15, putting on a dazzling show along the Swan River with a soundtrack celebrating WA artists, old and new.
On Monday its SOTA 2019. This part of the WA Day Festival will have you rocking out to banging tunes from some of WA’s biggest and best home-grown artists and performers.
SwanSongs - Northern Lights
Saturday 8 June - Steinway Gallery, Leederville
The Northern Lights are THE reason to visit countries inside the Arctic Circle such as Norway, Finland or Russia, for the dazzling displays of atmospheric colours above stark, snowy landscapes.
SwanSongs presents a series of great songs from countries bordering the circle with music that blends finely-drawn simplicity, soaring passion and echoes of folk music, with the clear-sighted vision that comes from those wide winter landscapes.
New Zealand-born singer Brigitte Heuser returns in spirit to her former home of far-north Norway, with Alexandra Bak. No gloomy introspective Scandi-noir here, just magical wintery goodness here in Perth!
Artwalk Freo 2019
Saturday 15 June - Various locations across Fremantle
If Sculptures by the Sea has fired up your taste for art, then you must take a peek at Artwalk Freo 2019.
Local art lovers will have the chance to step inside a selection of local artists’ home studios and observe how an artist’s home and artistic works intersect, gaining an invaluable insight into the creative process.
Whether you’re an art aficionado or just someone who is just a bit nosey and wants to understand how the creatives tick, Artwalk Freo is definitely worth adding to the itinerary and is an enjoyable way to explore the vibrant creative hub of Fremantle.
Artists include fashion designer and artist Megan Salmon, ceramic artist Pippin Drysdale, painter and sculptor Michael Knight and painter, arts educator and musician Ian de Souza.
Saturday 15 June – Thursday 30 June, Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth
The Black Swan Theatre Company presents The Torrents – a newsroom comedy based on the Oriel Gray book written in 1955.
Set in the Goldfields in the 1890s, Jenny Milford is a smart, savvy and incredibly qualified reporter who is ready to pull apart the chauvinistic print journalism world when she arrives in the small town of Koolgalla.
The book was arguably ahead of its time and The Torrents casts a magnifying glass on environmental destruction, corruption and media chauvinism – topics that are chillingly relevant today.
As there are a few adult themes at play in The Torrents, the show is recommended for children over 12 years old.
Monday 17 June – Crown Theatre, Burswood
There was a period in the early to mid-1980s where the Billy Ocean hype train was in full swing.
With classic hits such as ‘Caribbean Queen’ and ‘When The Going Gets Tough’ plastered over the TV and radio, Billy Ocean sold more than 30 million records and is performing his greatest hits in Perth at Crown Theatre on Monday 17 June.
His latest UK tour sold out, proving his soulful earworms are as popular today as they were 3 decades ago. Who doesn’t love a bit of ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car’?
State of Origin 2019
Sunday 23 June - Optus Stadium, Burswood
Rugby League’s biggest game comes to Perth this winter for the first time at Optus Stadium for game 2 of State of Origin 2019. New South Wales take on Queensland in one of Australia’s greatest sporting rivalries that spans more than three decades.
The 2019 game will be only the 10th time in State of Origin history that part of the series has been played outside New South Wales or Queensland and allows West Aussies – who have had to make do with watching the game on TV – a chance to see the teams in the flesh in Perth.
Last year The Blues won their first State of Origin series in four years, defeating The Maroons 22–12 and 18–14 in the first two games. Will Queensland reclaim the title in 2019?
Extra train services will run to Optus Stadium to make sure fans arrive with as little delay as possible, so ensure that you plan your route with TransPerth and allow enough travel time to see one of the Perth sporting highlights of June.
Professor Brian Cox - Universal World Tour 2019
Thursday 27 June, Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, Perth CBD
English physicist Brian Edward Cox OBE is one clever man – he’s a professor of particle physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.
Prof. Cox has also been a staple on British TV for more than a decade and has unofficially been given the title of “the next in line after David Attenborough and Patrick Moore” for science programming on the BBC.
Brian is presenting his Universal World Tour in Perth at the PCEC at the end of June where he will explore the latest missions to the planets amongst other things. He will be using state of the art graphics and imagery from ground-based telescopes and space probes. These will be presented using ultra-high-resolution LED screen technology.
He will also touch on the nature of space and time from the Big Bang to black holes and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the Universe. If you love a trip to SciTech now and again, this will be high up on your bucket list for things to do in Perth in June.
Bon But Not Forgotten
Friday 28 June - The Charles Hotel, North Perth
Are you ready to time travel back to the 1970s to hear AC/DC in their prime blasting out their greatest hits and hidden gems?
Well, we don’t quite have a time machine for you, but Bon But Not Forgotten is the next best thing - it’s the closest you will ever get to AC/DC in that golden era here in Perth.
This show brings together some of the world’s greatest rockers to pay tribute to the legend behind one of the world's greatest ever bands, AC/DC, and their iconic singer Bon Scott who celebrates his Birthday on 9 July.
Featuring a knock-out line-up, including past and present members of Aussie rock icons, Baby Animals, The Angels and The Poor, this band knows how to electrify a crowd with its explosive repertoire of AC/DC's greatest hits.
If AC/DC was on high rotation in your youth, or you’ve just discovered them (where have you been?) you can’t afford to miss this when they come to Perth in June!
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