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Published March 5th 2018
A hybrid of family-friendly festivals suitable for children
Once upon a time, I would shake my rump at dance festivals and eat and drink my way around a food, wine or beer festival with ease. Now that I have children, it's all about fairy floss, face painting and family fun, so I have to choose my festivals wisely. If you're in the same stage of life, here are some great family-friendly festivals for the south of Perth in 2018.
Only Just South
Bentley Harmony Festival Date: Saturday, 24 March from 11am to 3pm Address: Bentley Primary School, 15 Hedley Street, Bentley Website: See the Facebook event Cost: Free entry
This family-friendly celebration of cultural diversity will include community stalls, a delectable array of international food, family activities and live performances, making for a fun day out with the kids.
Harmonise Cultural Festival, Kewdale Date: Sunday, 18 March from 3pm to 6pm Address: Tomato Lake, Oats Street, Kewdale Website: Visit www.belmont.wa.gov.au Cost: Free entry
The Harmonise Cultural Festival is a celebration of local cultural and ethnic diversity and will feature music, food and activities for the whole family. There are children's rides and entertainment on offer, plus food trucks at the Global Food Village (costs apply.)
Coogee Live Festival, City of Cockburn Date: Friday, 23 to Sunday, 25 March Locations: Port Coogee Marina, The Omeo Wreck, Coogee Beach Reserve and Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Website: See the event website here Cost: Free entry
Coogee Live is a three-day festival featuring not one, but FOUR mini-festivals to celebrate everything Cockburn has to offer (no jokes about the name, thank you!) Set over the four hubs (see above for locations), each event will have its own lineup of entertainment, including markets, dance, music, movies, free community first aid awareness and even mermaids.
Alcoa Children's Festival, Calista Date: Saturday, 17 March from 11am to 3pm Address: Calista Oval, Walgreen Crescent, Kwinana Website: See the event website Cost: Free entry, some activity costs apply
The Alcoa Children's Festival will feature a huge array of free and low-cost science, art, music and environmental activities all for children aged up to 12 years. Just a few of the highlights include Old McDonalds Farmyard, African Drumming workshops, Make-Your-Own Arty Brellas for $3, OzKidz Karts and an Under 5's Zone. Parents will flock to the massage station, no doubt.
Mandurah Crab Fest Date: Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 March from 10am to 5pm Address: Eastern Foreshore Reserve, Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah Website: https://www.crabfest.com.au Cost: Free entry
2018 marks 20 years of the iconic Mandurah Crab Fest! It is Western Australia's largest, free community event and attracts more than 120,000 people to Mandurah to celebrate the native blue manna crab. This year's Crab Fest will include lots of family-friendly activities, including children's entertainment, cooking demonstrations, competitions, live music and of course, fresh food!
Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival Date: Saturday, 31 March from 10am to 4pm Address: Dwellingup Primary School, 10 Newton Street, Dwellingup Website: See the Facebook event or read on here Cost: Free entry
Bring the kids down to Dwellingup's annual Giant Pumpkin Festival and let them marvel in awe at the size of some of those pumpkins. Favourite activities include the Grand Weigh Off Competitions, and the Pumpkin Jambuskers event for under 18s only, which is sure to attract plenty of local talent. The festival will also feature over 80 market stalls and delicious country baking, plus a huge assortment of family entertainment such as mini golf, face painting, laser tag, a bouncy castle, live music, giant chess, a reptile display and loads more!
That's a big pumpkin. Image: Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival Facebook page
Fairbridge Festival, Pinjarra Date: Friday, 20 April to Sunday, 22 April Address: Fairbridge Village, Fairbridge Road, Pinjarra Website: https://fairbridgefestival.com.au/wp/ Cost: Ticket prices available here
Pinjarra's Fairbridge Festival is a spectacular family-friendly camping event that celebrates folk, world and roots music. You can visit for a day, or spend the entire weekend camping while enjoying live music. You can bring your caravan, camper trailer, campervan or tent, or take advantage of the 'Cosy Camping' options and arrive to find your tent waiting for you! For more information about family camping, read on here.
Food, Arts and Music Festival, Bunbury Date: Saturday, 18 April from 11am to 4pm Address: Stirling Street Arts Centre, corner of Charles and Stirling Streets, Bunbury Website: See the Facebook event Cost: Free entry
Come and sample some exciting local street food, including some delightful healthy choices, and be entertained by up and coming south-west musicians and artists on the pop-up stage. There will be acoustic solos, duos, live painting and an art battle, plus lots of fun activities for the kids.
Town of Boddington Medieval Fayre Date: Saturday, 26 May from 11am to 11:30pm Address: Boddington Rodeo Grounds, Hakea Road, Boddington Website: Read more here Cost: Adults from $15, kids under 16 free
Some 125km south of Perth, the town of Boddington will transform into a Medieval Fayre on Saturday, 26 May – come dressed as a chivalrous knight, a skilful craftswoman or dine with fellow nobles in the grand hall. See medieval enactments, and of course, graze on the finest dining of yesteryear at the great Feast!
Image: Boddington Medieval Fayre and Feast Facebook page