When & Where: Various time & locations in the City of Vincent (details below). More info here.
City of Vincent (who may cease to exist in the future) has organised four concerts in this annual series and 3 of them fall in the month of February:
2 Feb 3-7pm (Hyde Park, amphitheatre near William St): WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO)
9 Feb 3-7pm (Weld Square, cnr Beaufort & Newcastle Sts, Perth): Urban Hip Hop and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
22 Feb 5.30-9.30pm (Hyde Park, amphitheatre near William St): Some Like It Yacht and Film Project Screening
Summerset Arts Festival
When: 24 Jan to 8 Feb Where: Various locations in City of Stirling (details below).
More info here
There are still some free kids activities In the last week of Summerset Arts Festival:
Paper Planet (Karrinyup Library Forecourt, 4-6 Feb, 10am-12noon & 2.30-4.30pm): A space created for and modified by children 2-12 years old, with paper as the main material to play and construct with.
The Lorax and Dirtgirl (Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre, Fri 7 Feb, 6.30-7.30pm): Live stage shows featuring Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Dirtgirl from dirtgirlworld.
Perth International Arts Festival
When: Month of Feb Where: Various locations in City of Perth (details below).
More info here
There are not a lot of free family events in the Perth Festival, however the few available are usually spectacular and well-attended. For this year, they are:
Veles e Vents (Langley Park, Perth, 7-9 Feb, 8pm, picnicking welcome from 6.30pm): Pyrotechnic/ fireworks theatre show which tells a story of a ship on a voyage across the sea.
I Think I Can (WA Museum, Perth Cultural Centre, 8-19 Feb, 11am-5pm, except 13-14 Feb: 1-7pm): The setting is a model town with puppets as the residents. Audience are invited to participate by choosing a puppet as their alter ego and the puppeteers will play out the life of your avatar.
Sacrilege (Supreme Court Gardens, Perth, 17 Feb – 1 Mar, 11am-7pm, except 17 Feb: 2-7pm & Sat-Sun: 9am-7pm): A bouncy castle in the shape of a full-scale Stonehenge.
Veles e Vents
Perth Chinese New Year Fair
When: Sat, 9 Feb, 10am-9pm Where: James St, Northbridge
More info here.
Welcome to the year of the Horse. The Chinese New Year day proper falls on Friday, 31 January 2014, but depending on who you ask, we're allowed to celebrate for 15 or even 30 days. So having the fair 10 days after the New Year day is fully acceptable. Although only in its toddlerhood, the Perth Chinese New Year fair has been attracting quite a big crowd. And it's no wonder as they do provide non-stop entertainment, unique cultural activities, and food & stall galore to be enjoyed by all.
Opera in the Park
When: Sat, 15 Feb, 7.30pm Where: Supreme Court Gardens, cnr Barrack St & Riverside Dr, Perth
More info here
Opera in the Park is another annual event not to be missed as it's quite in a category of its own. The title for this year is Tosca by Puccini. I'm not an expert in this but I'm told that it's a sad love story with a diva, her lover, and a villain. And if you prefer you can also watch the live simulcast at Northbridge Piazza.