For the month of September, Kings Park Festival is celebrating its fiftieth birthday with wonderful walks, awesome live music, heaps of family fun, interesting learning experiences, fantastic school events and breathtaking art and exhibitions for families, children and garden lovers. With a jam-packed calendar of events both free and ticketed, it's no wonder more than 600 000 visitors are expected every year.
Take a look at their events calendar to plan your visit. For more information on transport, parking, food and drinks, etc., please see their website.
Wildflowers and Walks
Take advantage of Western Australia's diverse flora with the Wildflowers and Walks program and check out some 3000 native plant species.
Bring your binoculars and spot a range of gorgeous birds at What Bird is That?, join 720 ABC Radio Perth Broadcast with James Lush for their breakfast show introducing 'Roots and Shoots' with Sabrina Hahn over coffee and breakfast, and if you've ever wanted that perfect lawn but it just doesn't seem to happen, don't miss The Grass is Always Greener and shoot your questions at the turf technicians.
There will be so many wonderful walks available throughout the month including Kambarang - Spring in Bold Park where your volunteer guide will introduce an assortment of wildflowers and the native wildlife and insects attracted to them; Wildflower Wonder Walks, where you'll discover the beautiful Australian flora in Kings Park and Botanic Garden; and Botanic Garden Secrets Walk, where you'll meet the brilliant horticulturists and be let in on the secrets of the creation of a world-class botanic garden.
Lots of free live music is on the agenda for the month of September at Kings Park Festival presented by Santos. The Main Stage at Botanic Garden will be a host of happenings every Sunday from 8 September from 11am.
Don't miss the Sixties Soul opening concert on Sunday 8 September with Stratosfunk kicking off and finishing with James Morrison and The Motown Experience. Grab your coolers, lawn chairs and your favourite beverage and relax to the sounds of James Morrison's terribly talented trumpeteering.
Week two presents Boodja Gnarning Waakiny which features Indigenous musicians Ulla Shay and Oz Island. You'll experience a combination of various styles from WA's most gifted musicians which will get you strutting to toe-tapping tunes in the park in no time.
Folk fans don't miss Folk and Flowers in week three. Ruby Boots and Tinpan Orange have come together to present some groocy folk music for the masses.
Last but not least, Swing into Spring in week four with Cottontail Trio, The Supper Club, Adam Hall and Velvet Playboys. Dress up, dancing shoes on and swing your hips for this brilliant event.
Be entertained by splendid fun family events suitable for children and adults alike. Witness the Botanic Garden come to live with Kings Park's legendary wildflower characters, the Adorable Florables every Sunday, learn about the Indigenous history of Kings Park and Botanic Garden and its connection with the local Nyoongar people at Boodja Gnarning Family Fun Day, and whatever you do, don't miss out on the Fantastic Faraway Festival on Saturday 21 September. Catered for kids from 2 – 12 years old, the Ivey Watson Playground at Kings Park will be full of fab activities from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
This is a fantastic opportunity for primary school students to join in the festivities of the Kulunga Katitjin Festival. With various activities, shows and displays, students will be exposed to and learn about Aboriginal culture, science and the environment. Bookings essential.
Artists and Exhibitions
Throughout September, there will be plenty of arty events to inspire and impress you.
In addition to all the incredible displays of art, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet much-admired silver specialist, John Harris, of Harris and Son as well as Sue Codee, who is a master in hand cut paper art.