Winter is coming in Perth! Batten down the hatches, prepare those snowmobiles and be ready to scrape the ice off your car windscreen for the next 90 days.
Well, you know we’re telling complete fibs here – Perth has a very mild winter climate compared to those in Europe and the USA/Canada which leaves no excuse to get out and explore all the things to do in Perth this winter.
As well as some tasty deals and offers lined up for you this winter in Perth and three fantastic competitions for you to enter, we’ve compiled nine events that are taking place in Perth between June-August that you must check out.
Every weekend throughout winter, Perth Metro Area
During the Perth winter months, the wide variety of farmers markets across the metro area will offer the best homegrown food the region has to offer.
Quality local fruit and veg, freshly baked bread, oils, honey, plants & flowers and handcrafted gifts can be found in abundance at Murray St Mall every Sunday.
Moving to East Perth, the Perth City Famers Market aims to inspire and educate each Saturday morning.
Growers who are organic, biodynamic, in organic conservation or who farm ethically and sustainability are naturally attracted to this market. There are cooking and gardening workshops aimed at kids and adults to pass on these wonderful and important skills to the community.
There are many more farmer’s markets in the Perth metro area, each unique in their atmosphere and stalls provided. Discover them all here.
Saturday 13 July & Wednesday 17 July, Optus Stadium, Burswood
One of the biggest world footballing team’s heads to Perth this winter to take on the Perth Glory and old-time rivals Leeds United in a doubleheader at Optus Stadium.
Whilst the Red Devils have not had the most vintage of seasons on the pitch, finishing in 6th in the EPL after an embarrassing 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff City, the star-studded lineup of Paul Pogba, David De Gea, Marcus Rashford and co. will razzle-dazzle Optus Stadium and entertain the thousands of Perth based Manchester United fans.
Four days later on Wednesday 17 July, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will take on their bitter rivals from across The Pennines, Leeds United.
There’s also a myriad of fan activities planned, including a Legends dinner, team open training session and an afternoon with fellow supporters in Perth's picturesque Swan Valley.
Saturday 3 August, Toodyay
Held on the banks of the Avon River in Stirling Park & Duidgee Park, Toodyay, the festival allows visitors, race spectators and festival-goers the perfect view of the Avon Descent.
The main stage will be chockers with entertainment with a diverse range of performances inspired by cultures from around the globe.
The kids will be kept busy with bouncy castles, face painting and balloon twisting, freeing you up to excite your tastebuds with mouth-watering international cuisine and boutique beer and wine.
It’s a great excuse to head an hour out of the Perth CBD to explore this wonderful region.
Friday 9 August – Saturday 10 August, Rigby’s Bar & Bistro, Perth CBD
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be served in the kitchen of Faulty Towers with Basil, Manuel and Sybil? Or as Basil would often bellow - SYYBIIILLL!!??
All your old favourites are in town at the Faulty Towers Dining Experience in Perth this winter - officially the world’s longest running and most successful tribute to the BBC’s famous sitcom.
Anything can happen in this show as 70% of it is improvised. Having your dinner served late is probably a given, knowing the renowned service of Manuel, but with two hours of comedy, three courses of food and a truck full of chaos to be had, do you even care?
It’s a show that’s been performed around the world for more than 21 years with continuous critical and audience acclaim and ranks highly as one of the most successful interactive comedy shows of its kind.
Saturday 10 August - Optus Stadium, Burswood
With soccer and basketball well catered for over the winter months in Perth, it would be unfair not to include Rugby Union in there as well.
This is not just any old game of rugby – it’s one of the biggest rivalries in world sport and it’s coming to Perth’s Optus Stadium with WA’s first ever Bledisloe Cup match.
In August, the Wallabies and Wallaroos – the women’s side - will feature in a doubleheader in Perth against New Zealand.
Last year saw the All Blacks whitewash the Wallabies 3-0 in the best of three series, which broke new ground by visiting Yohokama, Japan for game three. Let’s hope their first visit to Perth can restore home glory for 2019!
Tuesday 13 August – Friday 16 August, State Theatre Centre of WA, Northbridge
You may know Roald Dahl from his timeless novels such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, but the world-renowned writer was also talented at children’s nursery rhymes, with a big twist!
The multi Helpmann Award-nominated production of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts heads to Perth's State Theatre Centre from 13 - 16 August.
Think you know the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Goldilocks and Jack and the Beanstalk? Think again!
The show is perfect for the whole family, especially those between the ages of 5-25 as the seriously funny and frighteningly silly stories will delight and disgust in equal measures.
Friday 16 August – Saturday 17 August, RAC Arena, Perth CBD
Let’s go Boomers, let’s go!! Our Aussie Boomers are taking on Canada, as both prepare to head to the FIBA World Cup. The two teams, packed with NBA players, will battle it out to be the best in the west over two huge matches.
With the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup to be contested in China in September, expect the players to be firing on all cylinders as they fight for their place in the starting roster for the big event.
If you’ve been a regular to the Perth Wildcats games at RAC Arena this season you may recognise some familiar faces. Nick Kay, Angus Brandt and defensive extraordinaire Damian Martin are part of the squad and may feature at some point over the 2 game series.
Wednesday 21 August – Saturday 24 August, RAC Arena, Perth CBD
Best known for his long role as Wolverine in X-Men and lead actor in the 2012 movie adaption of Les Misérables, which smashed the box office, Hugh Jackman's The Man. The Music. The Show, is heading to RAC Arena in Perth this August.
The tour will see Jackman perform a new show with hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more, accompanied by a live orchestra.
Jackman may have hung up his claws from X-Men but his multiple talents are clearly on show while he’s on stage.
Whether it’s the spine-tingling rendition of A Million Dreams with A 50-strong community choir, or the momentous, era-defining anthem, This Is Me with special guest Keala Settle, you’ll be amazed by the range of performances on offer at this show.
Sunday 25 August, Perth CBD to City Beach
This is the 2nd biggest running event in Perth of the year, conveniently bookmarking the end of the winter season in style.
20,000 runners, walkers and rollers tackled the marathon, half marathon, 12km and 4km courses in 2018, helping to raise over $10 million for charities in WA since its inception 15 years ago.
The longer courses weave in and out of Kings Park before heading towards the Indian Ocean via Subiaco, Floreat and City Beach, taking in some of Perth’s best sights along the way.
With the finishing line in touching distance, there is a big hill to tackle before the descent to sea level at City Beach for a triumphant climax in front of a large crowd. Make sure you save your legs for the last 2km’s – you’ll need it.
To explore what’s on in Perth in winter, go to: Perth Winter Playground