Fear not Perthians, another long weekend is coming our way very soon, and to make matters even better, there’s a whole lot of free stuff happening in our fair state for all to enjoy.
WA Day is going down on 5 June this year and there are plenty of festivities in Perth and regional Western Australia, so not to worry if you’re heading out of town for the long weekend.
Here are all of the free ways to celebrate WA Day this year.
Elizabeth Quay, 4 June, 10am to 7pm, and 5 June, 10am to 9pm
Perth gets to celebrate for two whole days with the WA Day Festival kicking off at Elizabeth Quay on Sunday 4 June. Enjoy a food truck feast with all the tacos, bao, crepes and burgers your stomach can handle, or if you’re after more top-notch nosh, some of Perth’s favourite food makers including Chicho Gelato, Miss Chows and Wok Street Chow House and bars like Alabama Song will be on hand to keep your bellies happy. Along with plenty of activities, entertainment, workshops and giveaways for the whole family to enjoy, the Perth Makers’ Market will be taking centre stage, so don’t forget to bring some cash. And on Monday, SOTA Fest is going down from 12 to 9pm, find out all about this awesome free music festival here.
The Esplanade, 5 June, 10am to 4pm
Head on down to the Esplanade for more delicious food, as well as entertainment, music, workshops and activities as part of Fremantle's WA Day festivities. There’ll be another Perth Makers’ Market down here and it will be abuzz with some of the best stallholders selling handmade gifts, homewares, art and accessories.
Museum of the Great Southern, 5 June, 10:30am to 3:30pm
Live music, thong throwing comps, petting zoos and pony rides—if you’re headed down to Albany for the long weekend there’s plenty to see and do this WA Day. Tour the Brig Amity, learn the art of Minang Noongar tool making or enjoy all of the delicious food and drink that’s on offer, the choice is yours.
Stirling Street Arts Centre, 5 June, 10am to 4pm
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make damper, head to Bunbury this WA Day. You’ll also be able to take part in wine and cheese tasting, a surfboard painting competition, Noongar dance performances and, yes, there is also a petting zoo. It doesn’t get more West Aussie than that!
The Makers, Tuckey Street, 5 June, 4 to 8pm
While you’re visiting Mandurah for a day out on the estuary, be sure to stop by the street party at the foreshore end of Tuckey Street to check out the gourmet food vans, suitcase mini markets and dance performances. Be sure to grab some fish and chips while you’re down there!
Museum of the Goldfields, 5 June, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Kalgoorlie is also lighting up with fun events for all to enjoy! The Hungry Snake reptile keeper and snake handler will be ready and waiting to show you all kinds of scaly creatures, there’ll also be a circus, climbing wall, fairy garden making, live music and prizes galore. Don’t miss the annual Golden Bone Dog Show where prizes will be awarded for the pooches with the waggiest tails, best costumes, scruffiest getup or those that perform the coolest tricks.
Image credit: Louise Coghill & Celebrate WA