Kind of like the little sister of January, February often gets a bad wrap. You’re back at work, it’s the last month of summer, you're broke as anything and reality is setting in. But alas, do not despair. We Perthites have absolutely zero to complain about in February—in fact, it could be fair to say it’s the single best month to live in this glorious city.
With Fringe World and the Perth Festival happening throughout the entire month, there are plenty of free events to get along to, and there’s still so much more—festivals, markets, the first footy game to be played at our new stadium (yeah the girls!), concerts and surf.
So before you bury your head in your desk once and for all, here’s to one last hurrah—here are all the free things to do in Perth this February.
Fringe World | 26 January—25 February
The weird and wonderful Fringe World Festival needs no introduction. You absolutely cannot let February go by without carving out a couple of nights with friends or fam to soak up all that this homegrown festival offers. While you could spend an absolute bomb on Fringe shows, head right this way to find all the free events on offer this year.
Perth Festival | 9 February—4 March
It goes without saying that you absolutely must attend at least one event on the Perth Festival calendar, if not multiple. There’s so much happening, we can’t even begin to sum it up. There are plenty of amazing ticketed events worth your hard earned dollies, but if you're not willing to part with them (we geddit), check out these free events.
Hayao Miyazaki Studio Ghibli Film Festival | 1 - 25 February
If you missed out last year, the Miyazaki Film Fest is back, alongside Perth Festival. With free screenings almost every night of Feb at the Northbridge Piazza, you can catch all your Studio Ghibli faves with either English or Japanese audio! If you aren’t sure what the heck we’re talking about, take your first step on your journey as a life-long addict of these films here.
Scarborough Sunset Markets | Every Thursday Night In February
Welp, there’s not much convincing necessary for this one—delicious food, thirst-quenching bevs, live music and pop-up stores, all by the sea at sunset? Why would you want to spend your Thursday night anywhere else? The construction site that has been Scarborough beach has taken a bit of a toll on local businesses and the lifestyle itself, so it’s time to get back out and about and make the most of summer at one of Perth’s most iconic beachfronts!
BYO At Fremantle Markets | Every Friday Night in February
If you haven’t heard, you can now BYO to the Fremantle Markets every Friday night. Yes, you'll have to splurge on a $10 bottle of wine and buy some dinner, but getting to fill your belly with all your favourite eats and enjoy the sweet sounds of vinyl with a live DJ while sipping on your reasonably priced, store-bought vino is priceless.
Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market | Every Friday Night in February
We Perthies just can’t go past a food market, can we? There’s nothing like satisfying the watering tastebuds that come from lining up for food by inhaling your freshly made, delicious eats while still standing. The Mt Hawthorn Hawkers Market is no exception, with some of our faves showing up like What The Bao, Shak Shuka and Simply Paella. If you're really trying to pinch your pennies, share some food and then sit back and enjoy this beautiful pocket of Perth with live music.
Harbour Sundays | Every Sunday Night in February
If you haven’t yet realised how damn beautiful the WA Maritime Museum is, now is the time to get down to Harbour Sundays and appreciate. RTRFM is bringing us four free shows in Feb out on the museum’s balcony at sunset, featuring music from a diverse array of genres—they’ve got soul, jazz, Cuban salsa, folk, rock and reggae. What a way to prepare for Monday…
Inglewood Night Markets | Every Monday Night in February
There’s something about ‘that end’ of Beaufort street—it just keeps getting better and better. There’s no better way to enjoy it than wandering through the Inglewood Night Markets on a slow Monday evening, with tasty eats galore. This really is one of the best food markets in Perth and who wants to cook on a Monday, anyway?
AFLW at Optus Stadium | 10 February
Guys, the bloody AFLW is opening footy’s proceedings at the brand new Optus Stadium, with the Fremantle women’s team versing Collingwood in the first ever game of footy the stadium’s seen. With a $2 entry fee that goes straight to charity (seriously women are great), we reckon this is as good as free.
Let’s Go Surfing Day | 17 February
Anyone who’s been down to Leighton to volunteer in the water for the Disabled Surfers Association knows how much fun this is. What better way to spend a beautiful, sunny February morning than down at the beach, helping improve the quality of life of disabled Australians through surfing? Stay for the BBQ and awards ceremony and watch the smiles on everyone’s faces grow to breaking point!
Chinese New Year Fair | 18 February
Celebrate all the best our multiculturalism has to offer at this Chinese New Year celebration put on by the Chung Wah Association. Taking up basically all of Northbridge, this party has lion and dragon dancing throughout the day and night on James Street, Lake Street and Roe Street, plus a parade, food stalls and pop-ups and a concert. A great way to set the night off to a roaring start!
Rottnest Channel Swim | 24 February
Yes, we know, a ferry ticket to Rottnest is not even close to being free. But you've got two options, my frugal friends. Find someone who owns a boat and score a ride over there, or just head down to Cott beach to watch the swimmers take off, then go and treat yourself a coffee—because $4 is much cheaper than a ferry ticket.
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