Perth is sinking into the Hygge and exploding with awesome winter activities to keep you off the couch and out of the house this July. Go for a spin on some ice rinks, frolic in (fake) snow, toast marshmallows by the fire and warm your cockles at a festival dedicated to soup.
Add to this a decent dose of virtual reality, immersive experiences, film festivals and a sprinkling of sport and you’ve got yourself one hell of a busy month.
Here are 15 things to do in Perth this July.
Snow Mall At Hay Street Mall
Until 21 July
Snow is forecast in the Hay Street Mall every Friday from 5pm to 8pm, as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm until 21 July. Snowfalls last for 10 minutes, with three sessions each hour, so grab yourself a hot chocolate and experience a little bit of winter magic while you shop.
Skating At Elizabeth Quay
Until 21 July
We don’t often get the chance to play in the snow here in Perth, so sometimes we have to grin and fake it. Thankfully the popular pop-up Skating at Elizabeth Quay is back for 2019, with a giant open-air ice rink and ice slide, plus a kiddo-friendly bouncy castle. Grab yourself a bite and a warming beverage from the Alpine Bar, and have all the fun exploring this winter wonderland.
Winterworld At Esplanade Park
Until 21 July
Once you’re done skating up a storm at Lizzy Quay, head down to Fremantle’s Esplanade park to catch Winterworld (AKA Australia’s largest outdoor ice skating rink). If making snowmen and throwing snowballs at your friends is more your speed, head to the Snow Pitt and get a taste of fresh powder. For those who want to explore a little, Market Square is the place to be. Browse the stalls and pick up a few tasty treats, then settle in at the Winter Lounge. It’s a great place to roast a marshmallow (or ten) and listen to Freo’s best live music.
Cosy At The Quay At Elizabeth Quay
Until 21 July
For the first time ever, Perth is invited to dine on the gorgeous Elizabeth Quay footbridge thanks to Cosy at The Quay. With a stunning 360-degree view of the river and the city, it’s popping up every Friday from 4pm to 11pm and Saturday from 12pm to 9pm for the duration of the event. Grab some food from a nearby stall (or one of the incredible venues at the Quay) and devour it as you take in one of the city’s best vantage points from the fairy light-adorned, heated dining hall that’s popping up on the bridge.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival
Fill up on culture this winter at Luna Leederville with the Revelation Film Festival, which opens with Kursk, a film about a sinking submarine by Scandinavian director Thomas Vinterberg. Kick on for the after party which will feature brews from Otherside. Ridley Scott fans will definitely want to catch doco Memory: The Origins of Alien and Get Your Shorts On is always a good time.
XR:WA Virtual Reality Festival
Perth And Fremantle
The inaugural XR:WA Virtual Reality Festival takes place across Perth this July with some pretty awesome events ready to be experienced. We’ve got our eye on the 3D Great White Shark movie, Antarctica Experience and VR Undersea World at the WA Maritime Museum, as well as Rone’s 360 Immersive Cinema.
Cirque De Perth At Forrest Place
Get hyped for the adults-only Winter Fest Theatre when Forrest Place is taken over by magicians, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, singers and dancers on 12 and 19 July, or stop by from 6 to 21 July for the family-friendly version. This event is free but bookings are essential, head here so you don’t miss out.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth. The theme recognises the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ role in deciding Australia’s democracy. Catch the opening ceremony in the Supreme Court Gardens on 7 July and enjoy performances from singers and dancers, as well as community stalls. Then on 8 July head to Artitja Fine Art Gallery to marvel at the Our Land | Our Place exhibition which combines works from 40 regional artists with the Indigenous Jewellery Project.
KATENA—Architects Of Air At Carine Regional Open Space
Inspired by Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, KATENA is an immersive art installation that’s been making its way around the globe, and now it’s finally hitting Perth. Setting up in Carine Regional Open Space, this inflatable maze of colour, light and sound will delight the senses, and your Instagram feed.
Manchester United Tour At Optus Stadium
A different kind of football will take over Optus Stadium this month, with the official pre-season Manchester United tour. Watch the red-clad lads kick the ball around with Perth Glory on 13 July and rivals Leeds United on 17 July, and if you want to get up close and personal, you can on 11 July at An Evening With Man UTD Legends.
Fremantle Festival—10 Nights In Port
Fremantle Festival is bringing together a slew of killer events to get you through July. Our picks? Soak, the mysterious outdoor hot tub experience in a secret location; a nighttime sculpture walk celebrating the local dogs of Freo; Campfire Karaoke with s’mores at Moore & Moore; the six-course Feast of the Deceiver; and this cosy fort hideaway complete with hot drinks, live tunes and VHS classics.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
13, 16, 18 & 20 July
Starring Ben Mingay of Packed to the Rafters and Home and Away fame, Sweeney Todd is a chilling opera about a vindictive barber and his unhinged pie-maker Mrs Lovett. If you’re not familiar with the story by now, in a sentence, Todd murders his victims and Lovett bakes them into pies and sells them to unassuming passers-by.
Australian Geographic Stargazing Nights
Carousel And Hillarys
To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Australian Geographic is encouraging us all to look skyward at their Stargazing Nights. In Perth they’re being held at Westfield Whitfords and Carousel from 5pm to 8pm and you’ll learn all about space photography and telescopes as the team guides your eyes across the galaxy.
Soup Fest At Elizabeth Quay
A festival dedicated to soup is coming and now we’re convinced we’ve seen it all. BYO reusable spoon and get ready to dig into flavours like ramen, pho, Indian dal shorba, Louisiana gumbo, bratwurst soup, creamy chicken gnocchi soup, French onion soup and good old pea and ham, plus more. The festival is popping up at Cosy at The Quay so once you have your bowl/bowls in your hands head on over to the heated dining hall on the bridge to tuck in.
Top Dog Film Festival At State Theatre Centre Of WA
A film festival dedicated to the best creatures in the universe? We’re in! This two-hour celebration of our favourite four legged friends will warm your cold winter heart, with stories from dogs all over the globe, in all walks of life. As they say, “you’d be barking mad to miss it.”
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