This is the season of festivals, sunset markets and Sunday sessions.
Plan and book now, then sit back and watch your summer unfold. This is our guide to Perth summer events to put in your calendar now.
Perth Summer Events
These key festivals and sporting events in Perth over summer 2018/19 will attract crowds, so get in quick and book ahead.
Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton
When: 8 December
Where: Rottnest Island and Leighton Beach, North Fremantle
More than a hundred kite boarders will take to the seas for this annual race from Rottnest Island to the mainland.
Making the most of the south-westerly sea breeze that freshens the coastline on steamy Perth summer days, competitors from around the world will head across to Rottnest in the morning to prepare for the race.
Spend a day in sunny 'Rotto' and cheer them on their way, or head to the fabulous Leighton Beach to see them arrive. The race will begin around 2.00pm and finish around 20-30 minutes later. Reserve days are scheduled for 9, 15 and 16 December.
When: 29 December - 9 January
Where: RAC Arena, Perth
The Hopman Cup is one of the key events on the world tennis circuit in the lead-up to the Australian Open, taking place once again in the impressive RAC Arena. The indoor venue with retractable roof provides the ideal environment for Perth summer events.
Amongst the top seeds competing in 2019 is popular world no 2 Roger Federer, returning with doubles partner Belinda Bencic to defend their title, while the extraordinary Serena Williams will team up with 23-time grand slam champion Frances Tiafoe.
The New Year's Day match featuring Federer and Williams is already sold out, so don't delay!
Fremantle Falls Festival
When: 5-6 January
Where: Fremantle Oval Precinct
The Falls Festival brings a world class lineup of musicians each summer to Perth's port city. Centred on the Oval opposite Fremantle Markets, historic venues around the area will be used for supporting events.
The basement of the historic Norfolk Hotel will become a Downtown Comedy Club, and Fremantle Prison will transform into an Old Time Music Hall, with blues, jazz and swing to dance the night away.
Fremantle Oval has shady trees and an old covered grandstand to protect you from the Perth summer rays, and a large outdoor beer garden promises to keep your thirst quenched. Pass outs enable you to wander around the markets, bars and restaurants of Fremantle, which buzzes even more than usual on Falls weekend.
Fremantle Falls tends to sell out, so book your tickets now! This is an 18+ event.
Fringe World Festival
When: 18 January - 17 February
Where: Various venues around Perth CBD and Northbridge
Now the third largest fringe festival in the world and one of the most anticipated Perth summer events, Fringe World aims to bring a huge variety of performances and experiences, either free or at affordable prices, to involve absolutely everyone.
Events cover all bases - comedy, circus, theatre, visual arts, musicals, dance and cabaret - staged in 63 venues, mostly spread around Perth CBD and Northbridge, including the new Yagan Square development.
The festival hubs, Fringe Central in Perth Cultural Centre and The Pleasure Garden in Northbridge, will be pumping with energy. Here you can grab a drink and bite to eat under the stars, take in a show and spot roving performers.
The Pleasure Garden's Perth summer vibe is enhanced by the real life Fringe World Mermaids - just watching them makes you feel cooler.
When: 8 February - 3 March
Where: Various venues in and around Perth
This summer's Perth Festival lineup of international arts is as mind-blowing as ever. Many of the key performances are reinventions of familiar tales. There's a contemporary production of The Magic Flute, a play that retells The Great Gatsby, Swan Lake transported to Ireland with Nordic and Irish music, a very different Giselle set in an African village, and a world premiere opera showing a different side to Ned Kelly.
Add more world and Australian premieres of fascinating new works, live music in Chevron Gardens, a full Visual Arts programme, Lotterywest Films, Writers Week and more ...
Full details and booking information are at PerthFestival.com.au
St Jerome's Laneway Festival
When: 10 February
Where: Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle
The Laneway is another hugely popular Perth summer music festival - one day chock full of diverse and original acts from around the world, including Australian debuts, new stars and established musicians such as Jon Hopkins, Courtney Barnett and Gang of Youths.
The Fremantle festival is the last of a tour through New Zealand and Australia, and ideally suited to Perth's love of emerging and indie music. Food and drinks will be on sale at the festival, and pass outs let you make the most of Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour bars and restaurants, Bathers Beach and the laneways of the west end.
Book well ahead to avoid disappointment. This is an 18+ event.
Perth Summer Markets
Glorious Perth summer days and balmy nights lend themselves to lazily browsing arts and crafts markets, especially in the lead-up to Christmas. Note these dates and discover some original gifts.
Twilight food markets are a joy too over summer, bringing international food stalls for you to choose from as you watch the sun set and enjoy live music.
When: 30 November, 5.00-9.00pm; 1-2 December 9.00am-5.00pm
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre
This popular annual Perth summer event is your chance to purchase unique Christmas gifts from 50 of WA's most talented creatives. Stalls selling fashion, ceramics, jewellery, artworks and stunning items for the home will be spread around the gardens of Fremantle Arts Centre. Spend Friday evening or a whole day there, enjoying food, drinks from the bar and DJ entertainment.
Joondalup Twilight Markets
When: Friday evenings 30 November - 21 December, 5.30-9.00pm
Where: Central Walk, Joondalup
On Friday evenings leading up to Christmas, Joondaup is hosting evening markets to tempt shoppers looking for something a little different. Spread along Central Walk, the stalls will carry locally made items, while live music entertains you and workshops are offered for all ages.
South Beach Sunset Market
When: Saturday evenings throughout summer, 5.00-9.00pm
Where: South Beach, Fremantle
Locals look forward to December, when the South Beach Sunset Markets begin again, making the most of Perth summer weather. There are no gifts on sale here, but instead a range of food stalls set up on the foreshore with cuisine from around the world, a pop-up bar and kids' activities. Take a picnic rug and listen to live music as the sun sets over the ocean.
Perth Makers Market Pop Ups
When: 2 December, 9.00-4.00pm
Where: Fremantle Markets
This summer, Perth Makers Market has added more opportunities to bring together local artisans, giving you access to beautiful hand-made wares that would otherwise be difficult to find. On 2 December, 40 makers will join the eclectic stalls of Fremantle Markets.
When: 11-13 December, 11.00am-3.00pm
Where: QV1 Outdoor Courtyard
This pop-up market runs for three days in the run-up to Christmas this summer in Perth's QV1 outdoor dining area. This is a great opportunity to indulge in Christmas shopping, with food on hand to keep you going.
When: 16 December, 9.30am-3.30pm
Where: Heathcote Cultural Precinct
It's getting closer to Christmas. Head down to Heathcote on the southern bands of the Swan River to rummage through more than 150 stalls of beautiful hand-made items and explore artists' open studios. While you shop, the kids can enjoy the pirate ship playground, and Santa will pay a visit too!
140 Local Christmas Markets
When: 5 and 19 December, 11.00am-3.00pm
Where: 140 William Street, Perth
140 William Street is Perth's latest retail and dining hub. This is where you'll find Jamie's Italian and The Aviary restaurant and rooftop bar, great shopping and ever-changing artworks. A must-do Perth summer event this year is their Christmas markets selling a range of gifts. Extra treats include a gold coin gift wrapping service, free eggnog and doughnuts, gourmet food for sale, kids' activities, and an 'elfie' booth.
Summer x Salt Markets
When: Alternate Saturdays until 16 February, 9.00am-1.00pm
Where: Brighton Reserve Scarborough Beach until 22 December; Scarborough Beach Central from 5 January
In the surfy salty vibe of Trigg and Scarborough, the annual Summer x Salt Markets run right through the warm months. Before or after a dip in the ocean, surround yourself with ocean-themed products from local designers, delicious food and live music. These markets focus on community and sustainability, so look out for plastic-free alternatives among the items on sale.
Twilight Hawkers Market
When: Friday evenings throughout summer, 4.30-9.30pm
Where: Forrest Place, Perth
Throughout summer, Perth CBD buzzes with life on Friday evenings, when locals relax at the end of the week, enjoy some late-night shopping and stroll through the Twilight Hawkers Market. Spread along Forrest Place, right in the heart of the activity, these stalls serve up a huge range of delicious international street food.
Perth Summer Sunday Sessions
Sunday sessions are a tradition that come into their own during summer in Perth, when the weather heats up and outdoor venues offer cool drinks and tasty snacks. These are just some of the locations to check out on a hazy Sunday afternoon:
In Fremantle, enjoy live music in the gardens of Fremantle Arts Centre, with delicious food and drinks available in the courtyard cafe. The Norfolk Hotel is another Fremantle heritage building, where you can sit out in the courtyard or take shelter from the sun indoors.
Beachfront venues are especially popular during summer in Perth. Coast in North Fremantle is right on the beach with plenty of room to spread out. In Cottesloe, the Ocean Beach Hotel has been a traditional Sunday session venue for many years, and has a wonderfully relaxed vibe with open windows overlooking the ocean. Cottesloe Beach Club is another great choice - a little more dressy with a large courtyard restaurant and bar at the back.
Perth rooftop bars fill up in summer, giving you a feeling of fresh air and space as you gaze over the city and Swan River. A popular venue is the Nest Rooftop Bar at The Aviary on top of the new hub on 140 William Street. Greenery, daybeds and comfy furniture make this a chilled place to while away your Sunday. Another great choice is Henry's Rooftop Bar at the Reveley on Elizabeth Quay, where you can breathe in the fresh breezes blowing across the river.
Riverside locations ideal for kicking back on a Perth summer Sunday afternoon include The Point Bar and Grill right on the Swan River in East Perth. This easygoing restaurant bar sells $10 espresso martinis from 11.00am on Sundays, with live music gearing up from 4.00pm. Left Bank on the other side of the river in East Fremantle serves lunch and dinner specials, plus $8.00 pints of craft beer every Sunday.