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Top 10 Free Events in September

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Published August 23rd 2017
This month you're going to need a car
Spring is here and with the warmer weather comes the first of the big free festivals, not to mention a host of great markets and art trails across the city. This is the month for getting in the car and visiting parts of our glorious state.

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1. Kings Park Festival
When: runs from September 1st to 30th
Where: throughout Kings Park, West Perth

This huge festival takes place across the whole of the month and consists of various free events for the whole family including art installations, walks, talks, native plant sales and plenty of free concerts. Check out the huge program for all the details.

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2. Balloon Fiesta
When: Saturday 2nd September from 4pm
Where: At Henry st Oval Northam

Part of the National Ballooning Championships which will see hot air balloons from all over Australian compete for their national titles, the Balloon Fiesta is a free family friendly event that will have your heart soaring. With carnival rides, stage shows, games, market and food stalls and more, the highlight will be Balloon Glow, where grounded balloons all fire their heaters at the same time making them all glow.

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3. UWA Research Week
When: September 4-8
Where: University of Western Australia, Crawley

This amazing event with over 50 talks and workshops is a great opportunity to learn about a range of incredible discoveries at UWA including driverless vehicles, rock art, virtual reality, biomedical research, cell science and more. Register now for your favourite workshops.

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4. York Festival
When: from September 16th to October 15th
Where: various locations in York, about an hour east of Perth

The York Festival will take place over a whole month with various events bringing locals and visitors together at this gorgeous historic town. Events include the watching the entries in the hay-bale art challenge (Saturday Sept 16th), the great gold hunt challenge where families race off against each other in a foot race where you hunt for clues (Sept 16) plus plenty of music, art, markets and more. Check out the website for full details.

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5. Spring Into Armadale
When: throughout September
Where: venues across Armadale

The Spring Into Armadale festival is so big is actually started last month, but it is now only beginning to gear up with a range of various events including the Open Studio Art Trail, numerous markets, acoustic music weekends, informative talks and nature events, a free skate clinic and more. Check out this article for more details.

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6. Highland Gathering and Kilt Run
When: Sunday 10th September, 8.30am-4.30pm
Where: Minnawarra Park, corner Orchard Ave and Armadale Rd, Armadale

Celebrate all things Scottish in this fabulous free family day in the hills. The Quilt Run will start the morning and will be a spectacle to watch. This is followed by a big day of events including highland dancing, Scottish Dog show, arts and crafts, bagpipe competitions, the Heavy Events, medieval fair plus plenty of Scottish food to taste and tempt (haggis anyone?).

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7. Chittering Spring Flower Festival
When: September 15-17th
Where: in and around Chittering, one hour north of Perth

Over three days, the Chittering Spring Flower festival will heave with the beauty of wildflowers and the excitement of a small town festival. There will be market stalls, quilt displays, arts and crafts, vintage vehicles and displays and more as well as plenty of stunning floral displays, talks, workshops and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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8. Art Trails/Open Studios
Across the city, various groups of local artists will be opening their studio doors and displaying a range of artistic styles and mediums including ceramics, Indigenous sculpture, watercolours, textiles, steel sculpture, wood turning and more.

City of Melville Open Studios and Art Trail
When: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd
More information: click here

Armadale Hills Open Studios
When: From September 8 to 24
More information: click here

Noongar Art Trail
When: every Friday in September at the Fremantle Markets
More information: Click here

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9. Perth Makers Markets
When: Sunday September 24th, from 9.30am to 3.30pm
Where: Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Applecross

One of Perth's biggest and best markets, the Makers Markets are full of Perth's top artisans, crafters and small businesses each providing local and handmade gifts, fashion, crafts and more. Relax to live music, enjoy the stunning grounds of the Heathcote Precinct and taste delicious food at this enormous market with over 150 stalls.

10. Other Markets this month
Kalamunda Village Markets
When: Sunday September 3rd from 8.30am to 3pm
Where: 26 Central Road, Kalamunda
More information

Penny Garden Market
When: Sunday September 3rd from 10am to 3pm
Where: 4752 West Swan Rd, West Swan
More information

Falls Market
When: Saturday September 9th from 8am to 1pm
Where: St Stephen's Anglican Church, 5 Falls Road, Serpentine
More information

Roleystone Market
When: Sunday 10th September from 10am to 3pm
Where: Cross Park, Corner of Jarrah & Wygonda Roads, Roleystone
More information

Beaufort St Artisan Markets
When: Sunday 10th September from 10am to 2pm
Where: Mary Street Piazza, corner Beaufort and Mary Streets, Mount Lawley
More information

Local and General Markets
When: Saturday 16th September from 10am to 12noon
Where: South Perth Community Centre, South Terrace and Sandgate St, South Perth
More information

Perth Upmarket
When: Sunday 17th September, from 10am to 4pm
Where: UWA, Crawley
More information

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Why? The best free events across WA in September
When: September 2017
Where: Across Perth and neighbouring towns
Cost: FREE
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