There's plenty of fun to be had and things to do this winter in Perth, with a calendar full of events that are sure to delight!
If you're not used to checking out what's happening in winter, you're in for a treat - in recent years, Perth has further cemented its well-deserved reputation as "Australia's capital of cool" with a range of exciting events all year round. From the upcoming internationally renowned sporting events to local community festivals, you'll find a plethora of events for everyone to enjoy in Perth this winter!
Let it snow
The Winter Village Perth (daily until 5 September) in Northbridge is dishing up those cosy feels. This outdoor pop-up event at the Ice Cream Factory is a magical winter wonderland that's perfect for the whole family, with ice-skating, snow showers, a pop-up bar and kitchen and of course, a magical igloo village where you can cosy up in a private igloos, decked out with comfy armchairs, soft cushions and twinkling fairy lights. The Winter Village is free to enter, open 7 days a week, and boasts a full season of events and activities to explore.
Noongar storytelling and stargazing on Rottnest Island
Start your winter off with some kwop wirrin (good spirit) as you join award-winning Noongar guide Walter McGuire from Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences at Wadjemup, Rottnest Island for Djindoon Djenung (11 June & 2 July), two beautiful (and free!) evenings of storytelling and stargazing this Makuru. Journey to Thomson Bay and settle in as Walter shares traditional Dreamtime stories that tell of the moon and the stars - beneath the backdrop of a beautiful night sky, learn about the Noongar people's extraordinary connection to this boodja (country) and deepen your own appreciation of the land and seasons in turn.
Cabaret, theatre and film
The Perth International Cabaret Festival (19 - 27 June) is WA's first dedicated cabaret festival, honouring the great tradition of storytelling: particularly, storytelling set to music. Held within the many performance spaces at His Majesty's Theatre, the Festival involves artists from diverse cultures, genders and ages, creating a rich, multicultural, intergenerational celebration.
'The greatest musical of all time' is coming to Perth this winter! West Side Story (29 June - 17 July) is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, a tragic love story that tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City's urban jungle. An undisputed and timeless masterpiece, West Side Story features an unforgettable score including 'Maria', 'Tonight', 'Somewhere', 'America' and 'I Feel Pretty'. This iconic dance musical remains one of the most poignant stage works of the twentieth century.
The annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival (1 – 11 July) presents a curated program celebrating independent filmmakers and boundary pushing storytellers. The theme of Distant but Connected is reflected not only through the epic program featuring content from 21 countries, but also through the Festival's specially commissioned artwork from acclaimed Augmented Reality artist Marc-o-Matic. The full line-up of over 35 feature films and documentaries, plus a comprehensive selection of shorts, is online and on sale now.
Ancient Greeks and sunken ships
Enjoy a blast from the past with two exciting WA Museum exhibitions! Firstly, head to the WA Museum Boola Bardip in Perth City for the Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes (20 June - 7 November) exhibition. This is the museum's first major international exhibition, displaying one of the largest selections of Greek artefacts loaned by the British Museum with materials ranging in age from the sixth to first centuries BCE. From the sporting triumphs of the original Olympians to the conquests of Alexander the Great and the epic tales of Homer, Greek history is filled with the glorious deeds of athletes, warriors and heroes.
Next up, head to the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle for Brickwrecks: Sunken Ships in LEGO® Bricks (27 June 2021 - 30 January 2022). A quirky, fun exhibition with a difference - it's made of LEGO® bricks! Learn the stories behind eight of the world's most fascinating shipwrecks, and admire the craftsmanship of Ryan "The Brickman" McNaught, the Southern Hemisphere's only LEGO® certified professional. From the Batavia to the Titanic and more, uncover the stories of these voyages, life aboard their ships and their watery demises.
Winter markets by the sea
The Scarborough Sunset Markets - Winter Edition (Every Saturday until 30 October) returns with a cosy sanctuary at Scarborough Beach of all your market favs along with a few new wintery delights. Let Perth's best food trucks and dessert connoisseurs treat you to their soul-warming eats and sweet delights. Looking to stay warm? The custom-made fire pits will be a blaze, and in true Scarborough Winter Markets style, there will be an abundance of marshmallows ready for roasting. S'more party, anyone? Beats from local DJs will provide the perfect soundtrack to your wintery Saturday afternoons.
Further up the coast, join The Marina, Mindarie for their first-ever Winter Markets (27 June)! Enjoy browsing handcrafted items, homewares, clothing, treats and everything in between. There will be food and drinks, music, free kid's activities and much more for everyone of all ages to enjoy.
Come down to Waikiki and Port Kennedy in Rockingham and have a great night out with family and friends at Food Truckin' For A Cause (3 July, 1 August, 7 August, 4 September & 2 October). You'll find an awesome selection of food trucks to try, great music to listen to and free games for the kids to enjoy. This is a community event, and there will be donation cans to raise money for Horse Power Peel (Riding For The Disabled).
Celebrate WA's amazing produce
Discover the best of WA produce with a number of special dinner events taking place across the season.
Plating Up WA (1 - 30 June) celebrates WA's incredible produce with select venues plating up WA-inspired dishes featuring ingredients from our regions farmers, cattlemen, fishmongers, cheese makers, winemakers, and beverage crafters. From from fine dining, pubs and casual cafes, to wineries, burger bars and fish 'n' chips - the options are endless. Fraser's are celebrating one of the world's most prized ingredients, the truffle, with a 6 course degustation Truffle Dinner (23 June & 1 July) featuring the freshest truffles from Manjimup, Western Australia, paired with wonderful wines and a spectacular view.
World Gin Day is on 12 June and The Flour Factory are celebrating with two Spirit of Little Things Gin Masterclasses (9 & 10 June) where you'll explore three of their gins paired with premium tonics and eats, three-course World Gin Day Ginners (10 - 12 June) with paired gins and a special World Gin Masterclass (12 June) on World Gin Day, featuring four gins from around the world! If wine is more your thing you won't want to miss the Cape Mentelle Wine Dinner (24 June) at The Reveley where you can experience a premium selection of vintages that capture a unique sense of viticulture history in every sip.
Bid farewell to June in style with one exquisite night of feasting at the The Rockpool Quartet Dinner (30 June)! Rockpool Bar & Grill at Crown Perth will collaborate with renowned Sydney and Melbourne sister restaurants Rosetta Ristorante, Spice Temple and Saké Restaurant & Bar (all part of the beloved Rockpool Dining Group) for the Rockpool Quartet Dinner - delivering an exclusive menu with dishes from each premium brand and showcasing the very best of West Australian produce.
A feast of culture in Fremantle
Fremantle's annual Fremantle Festival: 10 Nights in Port (1 - 19 July) returns with a range of events from dance and music to rituals and fireside dining, with a program that will have you connecting with the wild. Farewell the day and welcome the night at Sunset Pitches; soak in an outdoor hot bath and relax in the mobile sauna with Soak & Steam; experience a visual and physical celebration of the dance history of Fremantle with Epic Dance; discover the Stories of Walyalup through the voices and visual projections of local First Nations performers, singers, musicians and visual artists, performances traversing the wild mysteries embedded in the season of Makuru at Makuru Walyalup; explore a visual arts exhibition and installation created by leading West Australian visual artists in Deep Winter, and more!
Taste the craic
A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation (2 July) returns to Mandurah at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre with a performance that is 'Celtic - for this generation'. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands, featuring acclaimed Irish dancers, dazzling folk musicians and contemporary vocalists. Experience the raw, rhythmic passion that is the original story of the Celtic motherland with A Taste of Ireland. There is also a performance in Perth at the Regal Theatre on 4 July.
Love is in the air
Getting hitched (or daydreaming about it)? Come and experience one of the most idyllic wedding settings WA has to offer - the picturesque Swan Valley - for the free annual Swan Valley Wedding Open Day (4 July). Venues will be showcasing their wedding facilities and settings, so grab your best girls (or boys) and feel the love! All venues will have staff on hand to provide specific information relating to their venues and menus, as well as other service providers such as transport, cakes, decorators, celebrants and more.
Arts in the hills
The Perth Hills Artisan Market (11 July), in Mundaring, is the biggest market of its kind in Perth, and a perfect place to find gorgeous WA handmade goods, with works produced by local Perth Hills crafters, makers, jam masters, sweet treat makers, artists, creatives, and many more! Hear local buskers, indulge in delicious food, and enjoy music, workshops, art, authors and more. Stop in to enjoy the atmosphere and pick up some treats for your Perth Hills picnic!
The picture-perfect Avon Valley town of Toodyay has quite the thriving art scene, and you can experience it in its full glory over the Toodyay Arts Trail weekend (17 & 18 July), when artists in and around Toodyay open up their studios to visitors, showcasing their work and offering it for sale.
A celebration of sport through arts and culture
Sneakerland (9 July), the premier sneakers and streetwear convention, will take place at the home of the Perth Wildcats, RAC Arena! The arena will transform into a sea of colour for Sneakerland; creating a space to bring together and showcase extraordinary local brands and businesses, to push boundaries and to elevate sneaker-loving culture. There's also going to be basketball themed entertainment throughout the convention, including a three-point shooting contest with awesome prizes up for grabs!
This year's Winter Lights Festival (15 - 24 July) at Brookfield Place will transform the precinct into a thrilling light show, with a collection of installations, projections and entertainment celebrating the wonderful world of sports. Now in its eighth year, festival highlights include show stopping sporting projections by Electric Canvas, and thought-provoking light sculptures from Australian artists Zara Pasfield and Renzo B. Larriviere. The 10-night event will also feature performances 'Roving Skaters' and 'Greek Olympias' by Red Top Creations as well as 'Sprites Sports Addition Edition' and 'Sports Bubbles' by Fliptease.
One of the biggest rivalries in world sport is coming to Optus Stadium, when WA hosts its second Bledisloe Cup (21 August)! The Bledisloe Cup action returns when the All Blacks take on the Qantas Wallabies in front of what is sure to be another sell-out crowd. For lover's of sport, this is one you won't want to miss - general public tickets go on sale Wednesday, 9 June at 10am WST via Ticketmaster.
The annual Avon Descent (14 - 15 August) - one of WA's most iconic and longest running multisport races - is a two-day, 124km adventure river race from Northam to Bayswater with competitors using powerboats kayaks, skis or SUPs, as single, double or relay teams - including a wide selection of shorter races for diverse levels of experience and ability. And for some perfect family-friendly fun, the Avon Descent Festival Weekend includes Family Fun Day events in Northam, Belmont and Bayswater, where spectators can enjoy all the action from the river bank as well as various fun activities.
In particular, you can enjoy delicious cuisine from around the world at the annual (and free!) Toodyay International Food Festival (14 August), held on the banks of the Avon River in Stirling Park & Duidgee Park. This vantage point offers visitors, race spectators and festival-goers the perfect view of the Avon Descent. Tempt your taste buds with dozens of stalls offering an incredible range of mouth–watering international cuisine, as well as boutique beer and wine, and watch the main stage come to life with a diverse range of performances inspired by cultures from around the globe and headlining acts not to be missed. And of course, there's plenty of awesome activities for the kids too!
Winter finishes on a high note with the Australian National Ballooning Championships (30 August - 4 September) taking place in Northam. This spectacular event will see the skies of Northam awash with colourful hot air balloons, with various unique, ballooning-themed activities during the Championships including the gorgeous 'Balloon Glow' and festival, a 'History of Ballooning' display at the Northam Visitor Centre and a pop-up ballooning shop on Fitzgerald Street. And if you're inspired to try hot air ballooning yourself, you're certainly in the right place for it! Northam is widely considered Australia's premier ballooning destination, and you can enjoy guided hot air ballooning tours with Liberty Balloon Flights and Windward Balloon Adventures. Windward ho!
We hope we've inspired some seriously "eventful" fun for you with this fantastic line-up of winter events! If you're looking for more awesome things to do in Perth this winter, keep an eye on our Best of Perth Blog for Perth's latest and greatest.