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Perth's Top 22 Festivals in 2019

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Published January 10th 2019
The best things in life are festive
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FlameOz Street Theatre (by Fremantle International Street Arts Festival)


The social calendar in Perth is packed with festivals for food, film, music, art and theatre lovers.

In 2019, choose from thrilling amusement rides to wild water slides, wine tasting workshops to fine fashion.

Fill your calendar with this list of Perth's best festivals, listed in chronological order.


Fringe World Festival - 18 January to 17 February 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
Fringe Festivals dominate the social scene when the events kick off and Perth's Fringe is no different. You're spoiled for choice with over 750 events during a month of Fringe, making it the third largest Fringe in the world and WA's most popular festival.

Start with a few free events, including the teaser shows and market stalls on Fringe Sundays, Aboriginal music and dance at the Birak concert, and FlameOz Deluxe for fire dance with circus artistry.

View the program at the Fringe World Festival.


Electric Gardens Festival - 19 January 2019 Ticketed Event
If slow dance makes you sleepy, turn up the bass and the beats per minute in the Belvoir Parklands 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 best DJs in the world, including Sigma, Erick Morillo, Asta, and Eats Everything.

Get in the mood with streaming Soundcloud tracks at Electric Gardens Festival.


Festival of Sail - 27 January to 1 February 2019 Free Event
During summer, a day in the water is only topped by a day on the water.

At Elizabeth Quay, families board the majestic yachts for free 'try sailing' sessions before a series of pro racing sets sail.

See the 'Women on Water' and Corporate Cup, with 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.

View the program at the Festival of Sail.

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Liven up the laneway with live music (by St Jerome's Laneway Festival)


Perth Home Grown - until 28 January 2019 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.

Plan your day at Perth Home Grown.


Beats Under the Bridge Summer Youth Fest - 30 January 2019 Free Event
13 - 17 year olds can sleep in on Wednesday, then head to the Western Foreshore under Mandurah Bridge music, giveaways, inflatables and food.

View the program at the Beats Under the Bridge Summer Youth Fest.


Perth Festival - 8 February to 3 March 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
After 65 years, the Perth Festival is our top community event. Don't miss our state's best festival, packed with events, and mini-festivals for all audiences.

The stacked program includes theatre and dance, classical music, circus performers, literature and film.

See The Trees Speak at Kings Park, pick up a good book during Writers Week, and experience the animated action in Mozart's Magic Flute.

View the program at the Perth Festival.


St Jerome's Laneway Festival - 10 February 2019 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 Courtney Barnett, Jorja Smith, Denzel Curry and local singer-songwriter, Carla Geneve.

View the program at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival.

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Don't be crabby (by Mandurah Crab Fest)


Splashfest - 10 March 2019 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.

View the program at Splashfest.


Mandurah Crab Fest - 16, 17 March 2019 Free Events
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 Mandurah Crab Fest.


Toodyay Music Festival - 23 March 2019 Free Event
March into autumn with a day of live music 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.

Seek the spiritual in St Stephens Church, resonating with harmonious choral and classical music.

Browse the pop-up market stalls for lunch, watching for buskers as they trickle melodies through the historic surrounds.

View the program at the Toodyay Music Festival.


Fish and Sips Festival - 29 to 31 March 2019 Ticketed Events
Perth's autumn warms up with seafood on the beach. On the last weekend in March, 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 while relaxing to live music, then pick up a few MasterChef tips from the cooking demos and wine tastings.

View the program at the Fish and Sips Festival.

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Ancient Birak Celebrations (by Fringe World Festival)


Fremantle International Street Arts Festival - 19 to 22 April 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
Fremantle's historic streets come alive with the world's best street theatre.

During Easter, dozens of actors and musicians will tickle into our emotion with drama, comedy, circus and cabaret.

View the program at the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.


Perth Comedy Festival - 22 April to 19 May 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
Doctors treat our aches and pains but they struggle to tickle our funny bones.

It's bulk-billed, but Perth's annual laughfest will cure your ills with a dose of giggling, guffawing, chuckling and snorting.

In 2019, comedians with funny accents and foreign passports will fight off the hecklers, with Craig Hill, Nazeem Hussain, Daniel Sloss, and Alice Fraser hitting the stage.

Book a boisterous night out at the Perth Comedy Festival.


Fairbridge Festival - 26 to 28 April 2019 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.

View the program at the Fairbridge Festival.


Banff Mountain Film Festival - 21 to 25 May 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
Skiing is exhilarating but if you can't cope with 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.

View the program at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

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Henna tattooes (by Perth Home Grown)


Revelation Film Festival - 4 to 17 July 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
Can cinema be more than an escape? For 2 weeks in July, film becomes a revelation at theatres throughout Perth with Australian and international film and documentary premieres.

Revelation pushes the boundaries of possibility with experimental filmmaking while industry experts host discussions and masterclasses.

In 2018, highlights included Salyut-7, Russian space adventure, The Experimental City with futurist Athelstan Spilhaus attempting to solve modernity's problems from a utopia in Minnesota, and Bill Evans: Time Remembered, a portrait of the jazz pianist's career, including playing with Miles Davis and Chet Baker.

View the program at theRevelation Film Festival.


Social Impact Festival - July 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
Feed the soul as you discuss making your community a better place with a host of international and local changemakers.

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 previous highlight events on citizen science, sustainable homes, transforming our food production and distribution with social enterprise, and innovating aged care.

View the program at the Social Impact Festival.


Good Food & Wine Show - 23 to 25 August 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
As winter winds up, warm the soul with tastes to tickle the taste buds.

Sample local natural cheeses, chocolate, and the freshest seasonal produce. Finish with something for the sweet tooth (besides the chocolate), 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.

View the program at the Good Food & Wine Show.


Kings Park Festival - August 2019 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.

View the program at the Kings Park Festival.

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Fashion flowering on the beach (by Telstra Perth Fashion Festival)


Telstra Perth Fashion Festival - September 2019 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 outfits hit the catwalk, network with industry experts, grab selfies with celebs and enjoy the atmosphere at the Crown Pyramid.

View the program at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.


Multicultural Week - October 2019 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 almost every continent (Antarctica pending), the best aspects of multiculturalism are celebrated. Join mini-language classes, see origami displays and taste a spring feast from over 50 food stalls.

Read more at Multicultural Week.


Perth International Jazz Festival - November 2019 Free and Ticketed Events
Jazz, unique for its spontaneous freestyling, creates moments of musical perfection that can only be experienced live.

Feel that magic during a weekend in November when jazz's biggest names will play saxophone, piano, bass and trumpet while sultry vocals float over the audience.

View the program at the Perth International Jazz Festival.


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When: All year!
Where: Throughout Perth
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