Things To Do

8 Unmissable Events To Schedule In For Your Long Weekend

By Sophie Oddo
2nd Jan 2020

With the Australia Day public holiday falling on a Monday, it’s officially the last year we can soak up a three day weekend (until 2024 that is).

So with that in mind, we thought it’s only fitting to round up all the best events happening on the long weekend, thanks to City of Perth. Gear up, it’s going to be a big one.

BYO Picnic At Skyworks

If there’s one thing to firmly lock into your weekend, it’s a picnic with all your mates in one of the Skyworks BYO Picnic Zones. Relax with some delicious drinks and some well assembled grazing boards in the lead up to the magnificent fireworks show at 8pm. But be sure to get in early and secure a good vantage point to watch the show unfold. Please note the BYO Picnic Zones allow 18+ event-goers to bring either one six pack of beer or mixed drinks, or one bottle of wine per adult to be consumed between 6.30pm and 8.45pm.

When: Sunday 26 January 
Where: Kings Park and Botanic Gardens (select areas) and Langley Park Reserve (bounded by Terrace Road, Plain Street and Victoria Avenue extending to Swan River foreshore.
Cost: Free
Click here to find out more.

Lotterywest Entertainment Zone At The Australia Day Skyworks

You can enjoy a slew of free events at Lotterywest Entertainment Zone at Langley Park including free carnival rides, an international food market celebrating Australia’s diverse culture with dishes from around the globe, plus the mix94.5 & Channel Nine Skyworks Village is giving you the chance to win $1000 every 30 minutes from 3pm alongside loads of other activities. Adrenaline junkies can also enjoy the freestyle motocross and BMX stunt shows, bringing together the best of Australia’s extreme action talent where you'll gawk at amazing backflips, mind-blowing stunts and crazy tricks.

When: Sunday 26 January 
Where: Langley Park, Riverside Drive
Cost: Free
Click here to find out more.

Birak Concert At The Australia Day Skyworks

The free entertainment at Skyworks continues with the Birak Concert at the Supreme Court Gardens. Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities, you can expect energetic music, dance, art and delicious food.

When: Sunday January 26 | 3pm - 7.30pm
Where: Supreme Court Gardens
Cost: Free
Click here to find out more.

Air Show At The Australia Day Skyworks

Turn your eyes to the sky to experience an impressive aviation display! The Air Show makes its return to Perth skies from 3pm with a packed schedule of aerobatic performances.

When: Sunday 26 January | 3pm - 8pm
Where: Swan River Foreshore (directly opposite Langley Park)
Cost: Free
Click here to find out more.

FRINGE WORLD

Returning to Perth from 17 January to 16 February at more than 150 venues all over Perth and regional Western Australia, there’s plenty to see and do at FRINGE WORLD over the Australia Day long weekend. With everything from comedy shows, musicals and even circus acts, there’s something for everyone to get around. Our tip? Make a beeline for one of the festival’s central hubs, such as The Woodside Pleasure Garden or Girls School, and enjoy the energetic atmosphere, tasty food trucks, pop-up bars and free entertainment. 

When: All weekend
Where: Various locations
Cost: From $18
Click here to book.

Big Bash League

Nothing says Australia more than cricket. So, if you love your sport, make sure you get along to the Big Bash League on Friday 24 January to watch the Perth Scorchers take on the Adelaide Strikers. Whether you’re a cricket fanatic or not, the great atmosphere, cold beers and great vibe is well worth the ticket. 

When: Friday 24 January | 6.10pm
Where: Optus Stadium
Cost: From $26
Click here to book tickets. 

Twilight Hawkers Market

Twilight Hawkers Market is back this summer and serving up some of the most mouth-watering street food from around the globe, so, naturally, it’s making our list as one of the top things to do this long weekend. Held at Forrest Place every Friday night over summer from 4.30pm until 9.30pm, it’s the perfect way to kick off your long weekend. 

When: Friday 24 January |4.30pm - 9.30pm 
Where: Forrest Place
Cost: Free entry
Click here for more information.

Moonlight Cinema

Running until 29 March, the Moonlight Cinema at Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the perfect way to spend a balmy summer evening in Perth. Pack a picnic, or try some of the delicious local food offering while you relax on plush bean bags and enjoy a flick. Catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Friday night and Jumanji: The Next Level on Saturday evening.

When: Friday 24 January & Saturday 25 January| 8pm
Where: Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cost: From $18
Click here to book. 

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