Wondering what events to lock into your calendar? We've done the hard yards and combed through everything happening in Perth to help you find the best.
Here’s what’s on in Perth this week, this month and beyond. If you need more, check out more of the best things to do this weekend in Perth.
Explore our editor's top picks:
- Fremantle International Street Arts Festival | 7-10 April—The largest of its kind in Australasia, this four-day arts fest will see the historic streets of Freo bursting with international buskers, musicians, roaming performances and an open air theatre.
- The Muster | 13 May—A massive rodeo and country music festival that you don't even need to leave the city for (and the perfect excuse to whip out your cowboy boots and hat for the day).
What's On This Month In Perth
Boola Djarat Wardan
Hillary's Boat Harbour | Monday 13 March – Sunday 2 April
As part of Joondalup Festival, Hillary's Boat Harbour is hosting a kaleidoscopic light show that you absolutely have to see. Boola Djarat Wardan (meaning many lights across the sea) merges First Nations storytelling and an immersive soundscape with digital laser light technology, water haze and geysers for seven minutes of pure brilliance. Pack some nibbles, throw down a picnic rug at Hillary's beach and settle in as bright shapes and figures emerge from the sea and dance above you. The dazzling light show runs every half hour from 7.30pm til 10pm each night, with a special smoking ceremony and yarning session on from 6pm on Monday 13 March, Saturday 25 March and Sunday 2 April.
City Wine Festival
Russell | 24-25 March
Vino fans, listen up. Perth’s City Wine festival is back for another year set among the beautiful greenery of Russell. Across two stacked days, Friday, 24 and Saturday, 25 March, the festival will be filled with an extensive lineup of wines, beers, ciders, spirits, cocktails and delicious food from across Western Australia for you to explore. Sit back and enjoy your beverage discoveries in one of the many seating areas, and support local producers by taking some goodies home to your bar cart and wine fridge. You can join Barrel Sessions to expand your knowledge with experts, or simply enjoy live music and tasty tapas all weekend long. For tickets and all the details (including how to upgrade to a Park Lounge ticket which includes an exclusive courtyard, complimentary Miles from Nowhere wine, beer and catering) head over here. Urban List readers can nab 25% off a standard ticket by using the code, URBANLIST25, at the checkout.
WA Museum | Until April
Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s wonderful world of imagination, exploration and curiosity at WA Museum’s newest exhibition, Wonderland. Exploring Alice’s journey from book to screen, the kaleidoscopic exhibition features an immersive Mat Hatter’s Tea Party, a mind-boggling hallway of doors to lose yourself in a tiny house to squeeze yourself into, and a playful Queen’s croquet ground. You can also catch Illuminate: Alice, a spectacular after-dark family-friendly projection launching as part of the City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail. After dark on Fridays, channel your inner child and gather your friends on an adventure through Wonderland at the Half Mad Bar complete with drinks, music, performances and more.
Birdbath Beer Garden By The Rechabite
Northbridge | All Summer
The Rechabite is setting you up with a lush new beer garden for summer—opening a brand new pop-up bar smack bang in the heart of Perth Cultural Centre. Enter up the staircase on the James St cul-de-sac to find the cocktail-filled oasis of good times and Fringe-like festivities, with a packed program of cabaret, circus, music, art and special events on throughout the season. Birdbath is open 5pm til late Wednesday to Sunday.
UWA's Somerville Auditorium, Crawley | Until 9 April
The Perth Festival has kicked off in style with everyone’s favourite outdoor cinema Somerville Auditorium at UWA. Catch a whole heap of great local and international indie films whilst being perfectly nestled amongst the deck chairs, festoon lights and fairytale-like surrounds of the gorgeous grounds. Bring a blanket, grab a couple of pizzas and you’re promised a truly special night out. Check out the entire program here.
Optus Stadium, Burswood
A brand new custom built outdoor karting experience is coming to Optus Stadium this January. You'll be whipping around a heart-racing 740m track in world class SODIKARTS at speeds of up to 70km/hour. You can rev up for one drive from $59, two drives from $99 or better yet three drives from $139. For those looking to save, check out the off peak times with drives starting from just $39. Snap up bookings here.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Burswood | From 26 February
Arguably Luhrmann's magnum opus, the 2001 Moulin Rouge film follows a group of bohemians doing their best to keep a stage show alive. The ten-time Tony Award-winning theatre adaptation follows the same story, except with a heap more music, dancing, glitz and glamour. It's due to land at Perth's Crown Theatre next Feb. Until then, head over to the official Moulin Rouge! The Musical website and jump on tickets. If you're keen to snap up one of the 'can-can' table seats and completely immerse yourself in the action, we suggest you act quick—there's only a small number available for each show.
Cottesloe Beach | Sunday 2 April
If you've been wondering where your heads at, Basement Jaxx won't have answers but will have their big nostalgic dance jams when they play Electric Island alongside Roger Sanchez, Mark Knight and Dr Packer this April. After a few years trying to sort through that whole covid thing, the fest has finally found a home at Cottesloe Beach on Sunday 2 April. It's going to be a belter, so get tix here.
Fremantle International Street Arts Festival
Fremantle | 7-10 April
Eat alfresco, drink at pop-ups and take in the splendour of the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival. This four-day experience is the largest of its kind in Australasia; a celebration of interactive art, the historic streets of Freo will be bursting with international buskers, musicians, roaming performances and an open air theatre. Why not inject a bit of surprise, delight and shock to your Easter break? It’ll cost you absolutely nothing.
Disney 100: The Concert
Riverside Theatre | 21-22 April
Disney is celebrating 100 years of magic with a breathtaking new musical experience presented by MM Creative Productions that combines a massive live orchestra, all-star musical cast (led by Perth greats, Amy Manford and Genevieve McCarthy), enchanting animation, theatrical lighting and other special effects. Over two wonderous hours, they'll be diving deep into the archives—serving up back-to-back classics from iconic Disney flicks like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, The Lion King, Moana, Frozen, Encanto and more (so you're bound to hear your faves). If you're a true Disney die-hard (or you know someone who is), make sure you grab tickets early!
Manjimup and Pemberton | 28-30 April
Pinot Picnic returns to the Southern Forests this April with three days of pop-up events throughout Manjimup and Pemberton, all teeming with local produce and of course, plenty of primo pinot. It's the ideal excuse for a weekend escape, with a jam packed program full of sparkling soirees, masterclasses, behind the scenes experiences and endless wine-matched brunches, lunches and dinners that you won't want to miss. Get booking!
Arimia X Santini Bar & Grill Wine Dinner
Perth | 29 April
If you’re yet to experience the premium farm to table dining of Margaret River’s illustrious Arimia restaurant, this four-course wine dinner at Santini Bar & Grill might just be your last chance unless you’re able to get down south before the iconic kitchen closes its doors this June. Tickets are $150 each and include four course with matched wines. Get yours here.
Claremont Show Grounds | 13 May 2023
Buckle up cowgirls and guys, Perth is looking a helluva lot more like Yellowstone this May with a massive rodeo and country music festival landing at Claremont Showgrounds on Saturday 13 May. Expect all the country thrills on and off the stage with big name performers like Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Kingswood and more coming to town. Better start shopping for your ultimate rodeo look now.
HBF Run For A Reason
Perth | 21 May
Whether you're chasing your next runner's high or dedicated to raising much-needed dollars for a cause close to your heart, HBF's Run For A Reason is the perfect excuse to hit the pavement. This year, you have three distances to choose from—4km, 12km or 21km—depending on your fitness level and eagerness. Each course will see you explore Perth by foot and of course earn you bragging rights, even if you end up walking most the way.
The Beauty And The Beast Experience
Perth | 24 June
CluedUpp, who you might recognise from their outdoor, immersive, escape room-style experiences like Alice In Wonderland and Cluedo, are back with a brand new themed experience, this one based on Beauty And The Beast. The event will have you wandering the city streets to complete challenges, interrogate fairytale characters and crack clues against the clock. All you need to participate is a phone and a team of two to six crack detectives (though costumes are also encouraged). Tickets are available now and selling fast—you can grab them here.
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