If you are looking for best free events in Perth in August, then here are some of the biggest and most interesting things this month.
1. Avon Descent Family Fun Days When: Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August
Where: Northam, Toodyay, Caversham, Bayswater, Belmont and Bassendean More information
The Avon Descent Family Fun Days are held alongside the famous white water race and consist of family-orientated events in multiple locations across the 124km course. Starting in Northam, there are also events throughout the course. Each event is slightly different but all offer free family activities, plenty of food options plus possibly rides and games, parades, markets and more.
2. Toodyay International Food Festival When: Saturday 4th August from 10am – 4pm Where: Stirling and Duidgee Parks, Toodyay More information
Taking place on the day of the fabulous Avon descent, the Toodyay International Food Festival will showcase dozens of delicious international food stalls, pop-up bars, live performances and plenty of free activities for kids and families.
3. Pawsey Supercomputer Open Day When: Saturday 11th August from 10am – 3pm
As part of Science Week, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre – which houses some of the biggest and most powerful computers in the world – will host an open day for the general public. Tour the centre, learn all about the computers and be fascinated by big science.
4. Live Lighter Community Fair When: Saturday 11th August from 10am – 4pm
Head east for a fabulous day of fun and activities with lots going on including street performers, exhibitions and displays, market stalls and food vans, vintage tractors and motorbikes, animal farm, rides and games and much more.
5. UWA Open Day
When: Sunday 12th August from 10am - 4pm
Where: University of Western Australia, Crawley More information
Whether you are about to finish high school, a teacher, parent or curious member of the community the UWA Open Day provides a huge range of interesting events, activities, tours, competitions and prizes and more. There will be plenty of information, talks and exhibits for future students plus lots of fun for everyone else including a ninja course, try your hand at being a (virtual) dentist, fly a drone, learn about Aboriginal art and bush foods, try suturing like a doctor, get free morning tea, craft your own graduation cap, DIY a bath bomb and lots more.
6. WAAPA and ECU Mt Lawley Open Day
When: Sunday 12th August
Where: 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley More information
If you've wanted to see behind the scenes at the place where some of WA's top actors and performing artists come from, then head to the WAAPA open day and see current students in rehearsal, explore the lighting and sound labs, see the costumes and props and take a backstage tour.
7. Save the Children Book Sale
When: Friday 17th August to Wednesday 22nd August
Where: Winthrop Hall, University of WA, Crawley More information
One of Perth book-lovers' favourite events, the Save the Children annual booksale at UWA is one of the biggest sale of second-hand books in the state. With a huge range of genres plus CDs, DVDs and sheet music, they also have special bargain days on Tuesday and Wednesday.
8. Twilight Markets at Yagan Square
When: Friday 24th August from 4pm to 9pm
Where: Yagan Square, corner William and Wellington St, Perth More information
Brought to you by the Perth Makers' Market this new twilight market series will incorporate beautiful handmade artisan stalls as well as all the yummy new food stalls and restaurants at the square. A great way to start the weekend.
9. Kennedy Baptist College Community Open Day
When: Saturday 25th August from 10am – 2pm
Where: Farrington Rd, Murdoch More information
Everyone is welcome to the KBC Open Day which promises a huge range of entertainment and activities including food and market stalls, face painting, bouncy castle, baby animals, as well as guided tours of the school's facilities and special performances by the students.