Hands up, who's ready for the warmer Perth spring days to come back with its trademark cloudless blue sky?
The farmers have enjoyed the constant rain throughout June and July, as have the dams, but there comes a point where we're all ready to step outside the comfort of our own homes, enjoy the warmer weather and explore the many vibrant outdoor events Perth has to offer.
Looking for ideas to keep the family entertained? Here are 8 things to do in Perth this spring, which will help you transition from winter pastimes such as Netflix and Uber Eats to the great outdoors of Perth.
There's no better way to kick off spring than celebrating the remarkable wildflowers, plant life and culture of Western Australia in one of the most Instagrammable spots in Perth.
In its 56th year, the Kings Park Festival runs throughout September and welcomes an extravaganza of events and activities for the whole family, including dozens of free guided walks, outdoor exhibitions, acoustic musicians, a roving performer and much more.
Science talks and other activities will take place, against a backdrop of colourful wildflowers. For those on a budget, most of the events are free and September, more often than not, will deliver those beautiful clear sky days in the low to mid 20° mark – perfect for exploring the best Kings Park has to offer.
Keen photographers should take note that the wildly popular 'Flowers in Focus' competition is back for this year, so get practicing your wildlife shots in preparation and stay tuned to the Kings Park Festival page on how to enter.
Wednesday 28 September – Monday 5 October, Claremont Showgrounds, Claremont
Would it even be a spring in Perth without the Perth Royal Show taking place?
The iconic event at Claremont Showgrounds is Perth's biggest community event attracting 350,000 visitors each year, which proves it's still one of the top things to do in Perth this spring.
Established way back in 1834, The Royal Agricultural Society held its first Fair and Cattle Show at Guildford, which included equestrian events, sheepdog trials, wood chopping, and prizes for cattle and sheep. These events are still part of the show in 2019!
Kids and adults will enjoy interacting with the animals in at the Animal Nursery, Pigeons & Poultry Pavilion and the Creatures Great and Small Pavilion. The spectacular fireworks will delight and amaze you on the Wednesday night of the show.
Sideshow Alley has all the show bags and carnival rides to keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours and keep an eye out for the regular shows and parades that happen in the main oval throughout the day. These will give you an opportunity to sit down and take the atmosphere while chowing down on the legendary Dagwood Dogs.
Wednesday 28 September – Sunday 13 October, York
Located an hour or so east of Perth, the historic town of York has a whole host of local cafes, galleries, museums and restaurants to explore as well as an enviable list of historically significant buildings and sites for history buffs to get stuck into.
It's the perfect setting for The York Festival which takes place in the September-October School Holidays in WA's oldest inland town.
Designed by local school kids, the York Escape Maze will have you wishing you didn't rely on Google Maps so much to navigate your every move.
Those interested in Japanese culture will take great interest in the creation of four giant straw sculptures by artists Shingo Miyajima, Akira Moriya and Masaharu Noguchi, as well as the 'Day in Japan extravaganza of Japanese culture' exhibition on show.
Other events with a more local flavour include the Chalk The Walk pavement painting, the York Art & Craft Awards, the Running of the Lambs costumed obstacle event plus walking tours, art, comedy and live music.
If you're going to visit York only once this year, make sure it's for this wonderful festival. It's a nice alternative to the events taking place closer to Perth this spring.
Friday 4 October – Monday 7 October, Various locations in the Swan Valley
Another event for those who love food - Entwined in the Valley brings intimate masterclasses and opportunities to learn from local producers in a number of events across the weekend in the Swan Valley.
Discover the art of making cheese, learn about the history of nougat before creating your own flavour, prepare asparagus all the way from earth to plate, or become a seasoned winemaker for a day. Foodies will be inspired Italian feasts, gourmet and bush tucker barbeques and so much more.
Those with a penchant for beautiful wine, beer and cider will have many opportunities to quench the palate. Families have plenty of options including the chance to enjoy picnics, fun and games and fresh produce markets.
You'll find out all of this and more at Entwined in the Valley. The full program is released in early September so keep an eye on their website for further updates.
Swan Valley Mud Fest
Sunday 13 October, Belvoir Estate, Swan Valley
Did you love running in the mud when you were a child? Sure, your parents hated cleaning up after you but it was a whole lot of fun!
The Swan Valley Mud Fest allows you, your kids and even your dog to tackle the craziest, funniest and muddiest 5km obstacle race in Perth at the Belvoir Estate in the Swan Valley.
You'll be relieved to know this course isn't on the same difficulty level as Tough Mudder, with no electric shocks in sight. It's suitable for family members aged 9 and above raring to get caked head to toe in mud.
The Muddy Paws Challenge allows you to take on the mud with your dog too, who will surely relish the opportunity to get filthy without being told off!
Once you cross the line prepare for a hosing down for both you and your dog, to prevent your car interiors becoming an extension of Mud Fest.
The Color Run Perth
Sunday 20 October, Claremont Showgrounds, Claremont
Since its inception in 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona, The Color Run has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, which encourages professional and novice runners to all join together, spread the love and raise money for good causes.
It only took 12 months for the Color Run to make its way to WA and it's no surprise that us Perthies embraced the fun loving, playful and just downright messy event!
Located at the Claremont Showgrounds, the Color Run is no ordinary running course. First of all, it's 'only' 5km, rather than the 12km, half marathon and marathon offering at other events.
It's untimed, so you don't have to worry about the stopwatch dictating your pace, and at each kilometer mark prepare to be doused head to toe in a variety of different coloured powders.
At the start of the event you'll be in a pristine white shirt, and 5km later look like the vinyl wrap on Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine!
Don't forget to save some energy at the end for the finish festival, a larger-than-life party equipped with music, dancing, photo ops, activity booths, vendors, and yes, you've guessed it, more massive colour throws.
If you're after a running event in Perth this spring that isn't all about performance and a whole lot of fun, look no further than The Color Run Perth!
Gourmet Feast in the Valley
Saturday 9 November – Sunday 10 November, Sandalford Wines, Caversham
Love great food? Yes. Love a whole festival based around gourmet BBQ food with some of the best culinary heavyweights from around the world? Where do I sign up!?
Save a bit of room in your stomach as there will be a truck-load of eating and drinking options to choose from.
Make sure you check out the Feast Fire Pit which will host top foodies such as Marco Pierre-White (UK), Jess Pryles (Austin, Texas) as they sear, sizzle and grill over open flames.
There's also a few hands-on workshops to get stuck into from local makers and artisans as well as live music from Aussie alt-rock favourites The Rubens, supported by the hugely talented Fergus James, Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics and many more!
Nothing gets the spring vibe going more than an outdoor celebration of mouthwatering food and epic live music in the historical and beautiful Swan Valley. Gourmet Feast in the Valley is ready to deliver and is definitely up there as one of the things to do in Perth this spring for foodies.
For more things to do in Perth in Spring, go to: Spring In Perth.