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Published December 31st 2017
The Best Things in Life are Festive
Street theatre sparkles (by Fremantle International Street Arts Festival)
The social calendar in Perth is packed with festivals to appeal to food, film, music, art and theatre lovers. From thrilling amusement rides to wild water slides, wine tasting workshops to fine fashion, setup a fun-filled 2018 with this list of Perth's best festivals, listed in chronological order.
Fremantle Falls Music and Arts Festival - 6, 7 January 2018 – Ticketed Event
Push past the mainstream music scene in this festival which takes over Fremantle, using historic architecture and hidden laneways as a backdrop for dozens of edgy artists. While pop up bars, food trucks, beer gardens and gourmet restaurants serve local treats, enjoy the tunes from musicians including Anna Lunoe, The Kooks, and Liam Gallagher. Read more at the Fremantle Falls Music and Arts Festival website.
Electric Gardens Festival - 19 January 2018 – Ticketed Event
If slow dance makes you sleepy, turn up the bass and the beats per minute in the Red Hill Auditorium for a day of the best electronica in WA. Shuffle between 4 stages to gyrate to house, techno and progressive dance music flowing from the fingers of the best DJs in the world, including Armand Van Helden, Fatboy Slim, Gorgon City and Bella Sarris. Get in the mood with the streaming music and video banner, then book tickets at the Electric Gardens Festival website.
Fringe World Festival - 26 January - 25 February 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Fringe Festivals tend to take over Aussie cities, and Perth's edition is no different, with over 750 events during February, it's the third largest Fringe in the world and WA's most popular festival. Start with a few free events, including the Big Splash search for dolphins, Aboriginal music and dance at the Birak concert, and a noodle palace with live music beside the river. Read more at the Fringe World Festival website.
Festival of Sail - 27 January - 2 February 2018 – Free Event
During summer, a day in the water is only topped by a day on the water. At Elizabeth Quay, children and adults can climb aboard the majestic yachts for free 'try sailing' sessions before a series of races, including a 'Women on Water' and Corporate Cup, will see local businesswomen and corporate teams vying for friendly bragging rights. The festival finishes with a splash of colour from the sporty kite foilers, skimming across Perth Waters. Read more at the Festival of Sail website.
Perth Home Grown - until 28 January 2018 – Free Event
Cut out the carbon miles and pass on the postage as you shop local at the Murray St Mall. Each Sunday morning from 11am to 4pm, you can fill your shopping basket with fresh bread and pastries, fruit and veg, homewares and handmade gifts. Mark the occasion with a memento from the henna artist as she etches tattoos. Read more at the Perth Home Grown website.
Liven up the laneway with live music (by St Jerome's Laneway Festival)
Fish and Sips Festival - 2, 4 February 2018 – Ticketed Events
Summer equals seafood on the beach and on the first weekend in February, escape to Port Beach for WA's biggest seafood and wine festival. Forget the frustration of fishing or shopping for your seafood feast as you browse the seafood dishes sizzling at food trucks along the coastline. Eat your lunch to the sounds of live music after learning a few masterchef tips from the cooking demos and wine tastings. Read more and get tickets at the Fish and Sips Festival website.
Perth Festival - 9 February - 4 March 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Don't miss our state's best festival, packed with events, and mini-festivals for all audiences. The exhaustive range includes theatre and dance, classical music, circus performers, literature and film. After 65 years, the Perth Festival is our top community event, and to plan your visit, begin with curated packages for the first timer, the fearless, the feel good, and the family.
Telstra Perth Fashion Festival - 9 February - 4 March 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
During the last month of summer, revitalise your wardrobe with the inspired ensembles from Australia's most talented fashion designers. As their clothing hits the catwalk, network with industry experts, grab selfies with celebs and enjoy the atmosphere at the Crown Pyramid. Read more at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival website.
St Jerome's Laneway Festival - 11 February 2018 – Ticketed Event
In Melbourne, a city famous for its laneways, St Jerome's took over a local community, creating a popup festival atmosphere with a dynamic session of musical acts. The summer sensation now hits 7 cities, with the annual finale in Fremantle's Esplanade Reserve and West End. Book your ticket to hear the latest sets from musicians including Alex Cameron, Miss Blanks and Pond from Australia, and Tokimonsta, Wolf Alice and Odesza from the US. Read more at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival website.
Don't be crabby (by Mandurah Crab Fest)
Exposure Youth Music Festival - 18 February 2018 – Free Event
If you're young or young at heart, you'll appreciate the potential of our local youth as they perform their hearts out atop Alderbury Reserve. During the afternoon event, festivalgoers can hit the skatepark, browse the market stalls and ponder the spraypaint and brushstrokes of the park's urban artworks. Read more at the Exposure Youth Music Festival website.
Splashfest - 11 March 2018 – Free Event
Bored at the beach? Add thrills to the water at Swanbourne Reserve as you splash through aqua adventures in rides, slides and challenges. Refuel at the food stalls as jugglers, dancers and magicians compete for oohs and aahs from the audience. Read more at the Splashfest website.
In WA's largest free community event, over 120,000 people will crab-walk through Mandurah, seeking a peek at the strikingly blue Manna Crab. While local artists display their creations, competitions and cooking demos, celebrity meet and greet and children's entertainment will offer fun for the family. To take the taste home, grab a copy of the Crab Fest cookbook. Read more at the Mandurah Crab Fest website.
Toodyay Music Festival - 24 March 2018 – Free Event
Add a day of live music to March in the Duidgee and Stirling parks in Toodyay. On the main stages, hear tunes from all genres, from pop and rock to country and jazz, or ponder the spiritual in St Stephens Church, resonating with harmonious choral and classical music. While you browse the street food at the pop-up market stalls, watch out for buskers, adding melodies to the historic surrounds. Read more at the Toodyay Music Festival website.
Fremantle International Street Arts Festival - 29 March - 2 April 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Fremantle's historic streets come alive during this festival of street theatre. During Easter, dozens of actors and musicians will tap into our emotions with drama, comedy, circus and cabaret. Read more at the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival website.
Add wow to your wardrobe (by Telstra Perth Fashion Festival)
Cottesloe Sufferfest - 14 April 2018 – Ticketed Event
Who said there's a fine line between pleasure and pain? Test the song lyric in the usually idyllic Cottesloe Beach in this painful double triathlon, beginning with a sprint round of 500m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Catch your breath during a 105-minute break before round two, with a 150m swim, 9km cycle and 2km run. As you refuel, cheer on the children as they race in the KidsFest. Read more and book your entry at the Cottesloe Sufferfest website.
Fairbridge Festival - 20 - 22 April 2018 – Ticketed Event
In the heritage-listed village in Pinjarra, families will enjoy the day trip for folk, world and roots music performed in over 100 acts. While you're in town, pick up a few raffle tickets for a chance to win a handmade guitar. Amongst the early 1900s chapel and timber cottages, profits from the workshops, talks, concerts, market stalls, concert acts and raffle will support children's charities. Read more at the Fairbridge Festival website.
Perth Comedy Festival - 22 April - 20 May 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Doctors are handy for treating our aches and pains but they still struggle to tickle our funny bones. Although it's not bulk-billed, our annual laughfest will cure your ills during a session of giggling, guffawing, chuckling and snorting. In 2018, comedians with funny accents and foreign passports will fight off the hecklers, with stars including Urzila Carlson, Jason Byrne, Stephen K Amos, and Tom Segura. Book your boisterous laughter night at the Perth Comedy Festival website.
Banff Mountain Film Festival - 22 - 27 May 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Skiing is exhilarating but if you can't cope with the cold, feel the thrills inside the State Theatre with a sublime celebration of all things icy. Films capturing the majesty of snow-capped mountains will immerse you in a remote world filled with adrenalin rushes, human drama and butterflies-in-the-stomach moments. Read more at the Banff Mountain Film Festival website.
Perth International Jazz Festival - May 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Jazz is one of the most creative forms of music as the spontaneous freestyling leads to moments that can only be experienced during a live performance. Feel that magic during a weekend in May when some of biggest names in jazz will play saxophone, piano, bass and trumpet while sultry vocals float over the audience. Read more at the Perth International Jazz Festival website.
Witness centuries-old dance (by Fringe World Festival)
Revelation Film Festival - 5 - 18 July 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Can cinema be more than an escape? For 2 weeks in July, film becomes a revelation at theatres throughout Perth during the premiere of a series of Australian and international films and documentaries. The festival pushes the boundaries of possibility, featuring experimental works while industry experts host discussions and masterclasses. In 2017, highlights included Death in Brunswick - a celebration of John Clark, Becoming Bond with a Q&A with George Lazenby, and 66 Days, based on Bobby Sands' hunger strike. Read more at the Revelation Film Festival website.
Social Impact Festival - 7 - 20 July 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Feed the soul as you discuss making your community a better place with a host of international and local change makers. During this unique event on the Perth social calendar, you can consider innovative ideas in galleries, labs and schools, forums, open houses and markets. Every event is designed to create an impact, with topics in 2017 including 'Sowing the Seed for Change', 'Living and Ageing Well', 'Powering Homes for a Sustainable Future', and 'Using Policy, Research and Evaluation to Drive Change'. Read more at the Social Impact Festival website.
Good Food & Wine Show - 24 - 26 August 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
As winter winds up, warm the soul with tastes to tickle the taste buds, including local natural cheeses, chocolate, and the freshest seasonal produce, finishing with something for the sweet tooth, with jam doughnuts, cupcakes and honey cakes from a local patisserie. Learn the power of your palate with wine tasting classes, celebrity chef masterclasses and coffee appreciation sessions. Read more at the Good Food & Wine Show website.
Kings Park Festival - August 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Escape winter chills and celebrate the colours of spring with wonderful wildflowers. In Kings Park, collections of colourful plantlife are on display in gardens, pots and planters. Amongst over 25,000 flowers, artists and musicians put on a show while horticulturists host workshops and talks. Read more at the Kings Park Festival website.
Multicultural Week - October 2018 – Free and Ticketed Events
Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, and the benefits include the diverse and delicious choice of cuisine, compelling cinema, thought-provoking literature and poignant art. At the University of Western Australia, with international students from every continent (Antarctica pending), the best aspects of multiculturalism are celebrated during mini-language classes, origami displays and a spring feast with over 50 food stalls. Read more at the Multicultural Week website.
Henna tattoos (by Perth Home Grown)
Which Perth festival are you most looking forward to in 2018? Please let us know with a comment.