Summer might be over, but the fun isn’t stopping as March arrives on our doorsteps. If you thought you were in for a quiet month, think again, things aren’t slowing down in Perth anytime soon.
This month Perth is dishing up everything from food festivals and art to picnics and cheeseburger chugging competitions, all kicking off with a well earned public holiday.
Here are 15 awesome things to do in Perth this March.
WA Cider & Pork Festival
29 February to 1 March
From the crew that brought the WA Beer & Beef Festival comes the WA Cider & Pork Festival—so you know it’s going to be good. Taking over Burswood Park for the Labour Day long weekend, the festival offers up more than 100 ciders to taste alongside tasty pork cooked by some of Perth’s best chefs. Tickets include four 120ml tasters and are available here.
Highway To Hell
Fremantle To Applecross
Highway To Hell takes over Canning Highway on 1 March in celebration of one of WA’s most iconic bands AC/DC and its frontman Bon Scott. The highway will be closed from the shipping container rainbow in Fremantle to Canning Bridge and the roving festival begins at 3pm. Pick your zone and watch the semi-trailer stages roll by with musicians like the Pigram Brothers, Dom Mariani, Abbe May and Steve ‘N’ Seagulls performing covers of AC/DC’s best tracks onboard. Restaurants along the highway will be getting in the spirit with food and drink specials and there will be loads of other activities to check out in the zones, not to mention after parties to make Scott proud.
In Conversation With Margaret Atwood
Author of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Alias Grace and around 50 other incredible tomes, Margaret Atwood is heading to Perth for what is no doubt going to be an inspirational Q&A. Hosted by Meri Fatin, Atwood will discuss her life and career on stage at PCEC’s Riverside Theatre. All tickets are $59—an absolute steal for the wisdom the Booker Prize winner will be sharing.
Bib & Tucker #Take3fortheSea
2 To 8 March
We’re lucky to have so many beautiful beaches in Perth, and keeping them pristine is vital not only for our enjoyment but for the health of our oceans and the ecosystems within. Which is why Bib & Tucker is running a #Take3fortheSea initiative from 2 to 8 March. They’re offering up a free regular coffee for anyone who picks up three pieces of rubbish from a Perth beach, snaps a selfie of themselves with the trash and uploads the pic to Instagram with the hashtag Take3fortheSea. You’ll score a free brew while doing a good deed and encouraging others to do the same. Win-win-win.
Sculpture By The Sea At Cottesloe Beach
6 To 23 March
Boy, are we glad to hear Sculpture by the Sea is returning to Cottesloe Beach this March. The stunning outdoor art exhibition will feature works from 70 international artists and span the sea wall to North Cottesloe, stretching from the sand to the grass. Get out there and make a day of it by stopping by one of Cottesloe’s best cafes afterwards.
Russell Brand | Recovery Live
Part comedy show, part inspirational pep talk, Russell Brand’s performances always offer more than just a laugh. He’ll be gracing Perth with his presence this March for one night only at the Perth Concert Hall, where he’ll wax lyrical on the recovery program that saved him from self-destruction. Also on offer are VIP Meet & Greet tickets which include killer seats, a 45-minute recovery workshop and a three-day online meditation course led by Brand.
Alliance Française French Film Festival
From 11 March
Running from 11 March to 8 April, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will return for its 31st year. 49 new and classic French films will be making their way to Palace Cinema Paradiso and Windsor and Luna on SX, launching with the uplifting flick The Extraordinary which closed out Cannes in 2019. During the festival there will be prizes up for grabs, including return tickets to France.
Plasticology At The Goods Shed
From 12 March
The Goods Shed serves up some of the most mind-blowing exhibitions in Perth, and Plasticology is the next one set to wow. The kaleidoscopic climate-inspired art show looks at ways we can get creative when it comes to recycling, thanks to artists Leeroy New, Yufang Chi, Eko Nugroho and Angela Yuen. Opening night runs from 6pm to 8pm on 12 March, but the exhibition is kicking on until 31 May.
Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale
14 To 15 March
Does the air in your home need some purification? Some new indoor plants could be the answer. Head out to The Jungle Collective’s next epic plant sale at 20 Thorogood Street, Burswood between 14 and 15 March and you can stock up on everything from fiddle leaf figs and monsteras to rubber trees and ferns. Tickets are free, but as always reservations are essential. Dress in your beach best (inflatables, bathers, towels) to score $5 off.
St Patrick's Day At Galway
Where better to head on St Patrick’s Day than Perth’s newest Irish pub, The Galway Hooker? The fun starts at 8.30am for a traditional Irish brekky, coffee and pints and then the revelry begins. The lineup includes Irish dancing, music, giveaways, and of course Guinness. Book here.
West Coast Chicken Festival
Chicken lovers will want to book tickets to the inaugural West Coast Chicken Festival which is going down at The Camfield. Expect eats from the likes of RoyAl’s Chicken and Burgers, Thugg’s Chicken and Waffles, 7Grams Korean Fried Chicken, Mr Wee Zee Satay, Wingman, Kazz’s Jamaican Chicken and of course, The Camfield kitchen too. On top of that, there will be music, competitions and delicious drinks to wash it all down.
RTRFM Neon Picnic At Hyde Park Amphitheatre
RTRFM’s Neon Picnic takes over Perth’s lush Hyde Park this March, and the free event is on track to bring a great time. Catch the RTRFM disc jockeys live from 11am to 5pm for their regular Saturday shows, along with live sets from Rupert Gunther, Rinehearts, Lucy Peach and The Tommyhawks and more. This year the event aims to reduce plastic waste with reusable cups, so you can sink brews from the Alby Beer pop up bar without feeling guilty. Twin Beaks Burgers, Curb Your Hunger and Kuld will be bringing the eats, and you can pick up tasty treats from the bake sale.
Night Noodle Markets At Yagan Square
25 March To 5 April
Tasty times are forecast at Yagan Square at the end of the month, with the Night Noodle Markets taking over town at a brand new location this year. Here’s our comprehensive guide on what to devour. Entry is free and the event is dog-friendly and cashless.
ARTTRA Light Festival At Claremont Park
27 To 28 March
Claremont is set to be bathed in light for an entire weekend this March, thanks to the ARTTRA Light Festival. Coming to Claremont Park, the outdoor festival of light boasts 11 installations created by WA artists sure to blow you away. Pretend you’re a kid for the night and have your face painted with glow in the dark paints, pull your best moves on the silent disco dance floor, fill up on tasty food stall eats and see what the light painting photobooth fuss is about. In acknowledgement of Earth Hour on the Saturday, all non-essential lights will be switched off from 8.30pm and a fire show will light the night.
Fish & Sips Festival
28 To 29 March
Wine tastings, masterclasses, live music and WA seafood are taking over Coast Port Beach for the Fish & Sips Festival. Tickets include three $5 tokens which you can hand over in return for wine or food. Reggae DJs will be pumping out chilled tracks and there’ll even be mermaids. What better way to bid the month adieu?
Image credit: Emma Bryant