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The Best Free Perth Events in January

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Save your money to pay off those Christmas credit cards
January may be long and hot but it doesn't need to be expensive. Here are some of the best free events taking place in Perth this month.

Fireworks at the New Year's Day Concert


New Years Day Beach Party and Fireworks
Have you recovered from New Year's Eve yet? Time to get your dancing shoes back on with a New Year's Day community concert with live music and entertainment, kids' activities and the first fireworks of the year.

When: Sunday 1st January, 2017 from 3.30pm, fireworks at 8.15pm
Where: Shelley Foreshore Park, Riverton Drive, Shelley
FREE
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Bookstops
Bookstops in South Perth, image courtesy City of South Perth

Bookstops
Do you love reading and sharing books? Join a book exchange with a difference with the social experiment: 'Bookstops'. Pick up a free book at a selection of bus stops located within the City of South Perth, and once you have finished, either return the book or donate a new one!

When: 4th January to 30th April, 2017
Where: Bus stops around South Perth
FREE
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Swim and Survive

Free Swim and Survive on the Swan this Summer
The Royal Life Saving Society is providing adults and children who have reached stage 10 and above the opportunity to learn lifesaving skills, first aid and CPR. Offered at two riverside locations in Bayswater and South Perth, participants of the program will learn river rescues and how to prevent drowning deaths in inland waterways. Participants over the age of 14 are also eligible to obtain their Bronze Medallion in this program.
Free but you must enrol here.

When/Where: ANA Rowing Club Bayswater: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th January, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
When/Where: Fun Cats Watersports South Perth: Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th January, 2017 from 9am to 2pm
FREE but you must enrol.
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Mandurah Sundowner Concert
All are welcome to the Sundowner Concert Series, with a free concert on the beautiful Mandurah Marina. People are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and head to the Reserve for an evening of tunes by the Moorditj Brothers and Johnny Law & the Pistol Packin' Daddies.

When: Saturday 7th January 4pm-7pm
Where: Keith Holmes Reserve, Mandurah Ocean Marina
FREE
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Hang Out
Hang out in South Perth

Hang Out
Discover the lazy hammocks hidden around South Perth as part of the 'Find Me' series. Have a nap or just enjoy the sun.

When: all month from 4th January
Where: around South Perth
FREE
Click to learn more.

Little Creatures
Beer School at Little Creatures

Beer School @ Creatures Next Door
Head to Creatures Next Door (hint, it's next door to Little Creatures in Fremantle) for their monthly beer school, perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the amber ale. It's free but you must book in advance, and Beer School students will learn about the ingredients and processes of beer making, and probably get to sample a drop or two.

When: Alternates between the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month
Where: Creatures Nextdoor, 42 Mews Rd, Fremantle
FREE but you must book your place by emailing beerschoolfreo@littlecreatures.com.au
Click to learn more.

Guildford Twilight Markets

Guildford Twilight Markets
The Stirling Square Twilight Markets will begin its short season in January, running on the second Friday of each month with a range of handcrafted and locally produced items, plus vintage and upcycled crafts and goods. There will also be a hawkers food market, live music and dancing. There is a playground for the kids and dogs are permitted on a leash.

When: Friday 13th January from 5pm-9pm
Where: Stirling Square, Meadow Street, Guildford
FREE
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Fringe Festival
Free events at Fringe

Free Events at Fringe World
Fringe is in town between January 20th and February 19th with an enormous line-up of mind-blowing events and shows. While most shows are ticketed events, here are a few free events and shows during January.

Click here for the full line-up of community and free events which will be running in various locations across Perth.

The Bubble Lab from the UK with its enormous 5 metre long bubbles and fascinating mix of clowning, street performance and bubble science.
When: Friday 27th January to Wednesday 1st February, daily at 5pm
Where: Fringe Central Street Pitch
FREE (but you are welcome to donate to the performer)
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Chinese New Year Festival a full day of excitement, dancing and food in Northbridge with lion dances, Chinese folk dancers, martial arts and more.

When: Sunday 29th January, from 11.30am
Where: Northbridge Piazza
FREE
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Salute the Sun free Saturday yoga session at sunrise on Scarborough Beach.

When: Saturday 21st January from 8am
FREE but you must register here.

Silent Disco operating four days a week throughout the Festival at the Perth Cultural Centre and Pleasure Garden.

When: various days, starting usually at 8pm
FREE
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Under the Sky Sessions free, regular acoustic music from some of Perth's local musicians at beautiful Scarborough Beach.

When: Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January from 5.30pm
Where: Sunset Veranda, Brighton Reserve, The Esplanade Scarborough
FREE
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Starlight Craft Markets
The Starlight Craft Markets will have an eclectic mix of handmade items, decorations, jams, preserves, furniture and crafts.

When: Friday 20th January from 6pm-9.30pm
Where: Vic Park Hotel carpark
FREE
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City of Vincent Summer Concerts
City of Vincent Summer Concerts

City of Vincent Free Summer Concert Series
The whole family is welcome to this free twilight concert. Bring a picnic and rug or enjoy dinner from the food trucks. This is the first concert in the series, and you will be enjoying the chilled vibes of Riley Pearce & Nicky Sandover.

When: Sunday 22nd January. from 5.30pm-7.30pm
Where: Braithwaite Park, Mount Hawthorn
FREE
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Joondalup Resort Family Fun Day

Joondalup Resort Family Fun Day and MiLi Markets
MiLi Markets will at the resort with a range of craft and market stalls, plus the Resort will also be providing golf, food stalls and cooking demos as well as free kids activities, wine tastings, a DJ and more.

When: Sunday 29th January, from 10am-5pm
Where: Joondalup Resort, Country Club Boulevard
FREE
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Why? There are so many free things to do in January
When: January 2017
Where: Across Perth
Cost: FREE
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