Keep Up To Date With This Rolling List Of Cancelled And Postponed Events In Perth

By Anna Franklyn
16th Mar 2020

After growing concerns around public health, a few of Perth's major events have been cancelled. 

The news comes as public gatherings of over 500 people are banned across Australia and penalties are put in place for those who breach isolation terms in Western Australia, which should see anyone returning to the country from overseas enter into a mandatory two-week isolation period. 

Before we get into the nitty gritty, we'd like to encourage those of you who can afford it to go without your refund to cancelled events. Small businesses and the arts are already beginning to feel the impacts of Coronavirus so if you're in a position to support them, please do it (and give yourself a big pat on the back).

As it stands, these Perth events have been cancelled so far.

  • Henry Summer has made the decision to cancel pooch-a-palooza (sob) which was meant to take place on 28 March and the Wedding Open Day which was scheduled for 16 April.

  • The remainder of Sculptures by the Sea in Cottesloe has been cancelled, so well done to those of you who got down there early.

  • Celebrate WA has announced that all of this year's WA Day celebrations have been cancelled. That includes the festival at Burswood, the festival at Fremantle, the regional events and SOTA music festival, as well as the Western Australian of the Year Awards. Entries for the awards will be carried through to 2021 though so all hope is not lost. 

  • The 2020 Perth Comedy Festival has been cancelled and while they won't be rescheduling, a bunch of the artists who were due to perform will be trying to arrange new shows later in the year so keep an eye out. 

  • The Taste Great Southern team has made the very difficult decision to cancel all 30 events, including those smaller events, that were due to take place at the end of March and beginning of April. They'll take stock and come up with a new plan when there is more certainty around the events, so watch out for more news on how you can help the region.

  • Rooftop Movies was due to finish its season on Saturday 28 March but the crew have decided to finish up early and no more sessions will be going ahead, as of Tuesday 17 March. 

  • Groovin' The Moo has been cancelled for 2020. If you already have tickets, you can hold on to them for 2021—it's already been scheduled in for Saturday 8 May in Bunbury—or you can request a full refund. 

  • Perth UpMarket was due to take place this weekend but they've gotten a bit crafty and will be hosting a virtual market online instead. Get the details here.

  • Margaret River Open Studios, while not a mass gathering, has decided it's in the best interest of the community to postpone the event until spring this year. Keep an eye on their website to stay up to date.

  • The Scarborough Sunset Markets will be cancelled until further notice. If you're a regular and you have a favourite vendor, why not find them online and see if you can support them some other way.

  • Magnet House—aka Perth's answer to Studio 54—has made the decision to postpone the opening until the madness settles down. Watch this space for more details.

  • Diner en Blanc was due to take place on 4 April and has been postponed until Saturday 7 November.

  • The Perth Night Noodle Markets have been cancelled for 2020, though it’s worth noting the smaller Perth Good Food Month events will still be taking place at this stage and you can keep up to date with those here.

  • West Coast Chicken Festival has been postponed until later this year and all ticket holders will be refunded; keep an eye on your inbox for details.

  • RTRFM has cancelled both Neon Picnic—which was due to take place on Saturday 21 March—and In The Pines which was scheduled for Easter Sunday, 12 April. The plan is to reschedule both of them within the next six months and all ticketholders will be contacted by email with updates.

  • The remainder of the season of Lotterywest Films at UWA Somerville by Perth Festival has been cancelled.

  • The annual Fremantle International Street Arts Festival which usually happens over the Easter long weekend has been cancelled and will resume in 2021.

  • Fairbridge Festival 2020 will be postponed for six months, though the new date is yet to be announced. Tickets will be valid for the new date, though you’ll have the option to request a full refund. Ticketholders will be contacted this week.

  • The Good Day Sunshine festival in Margaret River has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 31 October. Tickets will remain valid, but if you can't make it on the new date you can email them before Monday 23 March to request a full refund. 

  • A Night With Pink Floyd has been postponed and will now be taking place on 12 December 2020. Your tickets will remain valid but you can request a refund if the new date doesn't suit.

  • Market Ground's Gin and Tonica Festival was due to blow our minds on March 29 but has now been postponed until November 2020. 

  • Perth BeerFest has been postponed and they've already locked in a new weekend, so you can put Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October in your diary.  

Simple measures—like washing your hands and social distancing—can be taken to minimise your own risk, along with the risk posed to those around you. While locals across Western Australia start to lockdown for staycations at home, the best thing we can do is take practical steps to look after ourselves and each other so that we can get through this together—and we have no doubt we will.

If you're looking for something things to do at home this week, there's plenty to keep you occupied even if you're practising social distancing.

Image credit: Diner en Blanc

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