Say goodbye to winter and send the kids outside. September is the month of longer days and warmer weather, and there is plenty to do this month.
1. Fathers' Day
Whether it's brekky in bed, a sleep-in, or a pair of socks - Fathers' Day is all about telling your Dad/husband how much you love and appreciate him.
Check out your local Bunnings store to see if they have a free Father's Day Family Night in the week prior or check out this article listing all the yummy lunches and free events being hosted around Perth including free entry to the Perth Zoo.
When: Sunday 2nd September Where: your place or a variety of places across Perth Cost: varies
2. The Kings Park Festival The Kings Park Festival is a permanent fixture in the Perth calendar and every September we get a chance to enjoy one of the biggest and best public parks in the world. Not to mention our fabulous wildflowers.
Highlights include free gardening talks, guided walks, and native plant sales. There are activities almost every day and most of them are free, although some require booking in advance.
When: 1st to 30th September Where: King Park, various locations
3. Act Belong Commit York Festival
This popular event takes places just over an hour from Perth at the historic town of York. Over two days thousands will enjoy daytime and twilight markets, amazing art, food, music and performances, workshops and exhibitions, free activities and a huge free community concert on the Sunday.
4. Highland Gathering
While the thought of big men in kilts with nothing underneath might not seem all that family friendly, the annual Highland Gathering and Kilt Run is actually a fabulous family day out with the Highland Games, pipe bands and celtic music, highland dancing, Scottish food, market and craft stalls and plenty of free activities.
When: Sunday 9th September
Where: Minnawarra Park, Armadale, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: most activities are free, registration fee for Kilt Run Click for more information.
5. Chittering Spring Festival
Held over three days and with a range of events, including wildflower displays, vintage cars, workshops and exhibits, art and crafts, markets stalls and more, the Chittering Spring Festival celebrates all that is beautiful about spring and our fabulous northern towns, less than an hour from Perth.
6. The Month of Markets
September is market month – the weather is warmer and there are markets and festivals almost every weekend. From gardening goodies to high-end handmade crafts, there is something for everyone.
7. Swab The Decks!
International Talk Like A Pirate Day is bloody good fun for kids of all ages. You get to swear like a mangy curr and spend the day 'ahoying' and 'ayyyyye-ing' and no one can do anything about it. Stomp around pretending you have a peg leg and talk to your shoulder like there's a parrot sitting on it. So much fun. Even better if you do it in public with a whole crew of little pirates.
8. Perth Royal Show
Still one of the biggest events of the year, the Perth Royal Show features a lot more than showbags and roller coasters if you know where to look. This year there will be over 100 free events and things to do at the Show, so it can prove to be a good day of value if you plan properly.
When: Saturday 22nd to Saturday 29th September
Where: Claremont Showgrounds
Cost: $30 adults and $15 kids (gate price) cheaper if you buy early or online Click for more information.
9. York Medieval Fayre
For something a little different head to York for the two day Medieval Fayre. Don't be surprised to see full on battles in the street and there will be displays and demonstrations, people in amazing costumes, a banquet and plenty more. There will be plenty to do for the whole family including markets, food and entertainment.
When: Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd September
Where: Avon Park, Lowe Street, York
Cost: $5 adults, kids under 15 free Click for more information.