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What will you do on WA Day this year?
WA Day
WA Day replaces what used to be called Foundation Day. It is a public holiday and is always celebrated on the first Monday in June to commemorate the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829.

Also important are the West Australian of the Year Awards and more can be seen on those nominated for this year's award at this website.

Because of the celebration of Western Australia Day, WA does not celebrate the Queen's Birthday Holiday in June, like the other Australian states, but we celebrate this one later in the year instead.

Here is a short video clip on the children's aspect of last year's WA Day and it will give you a bit of an idea of what a fun day it will be!

Festivities are held all over Western Australia and there are many areas where you can join in these festivities - these include:

Elizabeth Quay
Port Hedland

Other people just chose to stay home with the family and make that all Australian barbecue!

Throw another shrimp on the barbi! Image: Pixabay

Fremantle will be a buzz this year on June 5th! With so much planned, there will be something for everyone.

Make your way to the Esplanade, Fremantle on Monday to enjoy a fun-filled day out for the whole family and celebrate all things West Australian and what makes our state such a great one to live in.

Image: By Josh Bluntschli - Uploaded from Wiki Takes

There will be an exciting programme of events including:
Food, food, glorious food.
Pet accessories
So much more

You will be able to visit the WA Maritime Museum, join in an African Drumming workshop, or just chill out and enjoy the atmosphere which is endemic in Fremantle.

There will be International food trucks with many different types of foods, as well as local wines and the Makers Markets. More information on the stallholders for these markets can be seen here.

Festivities will be held at Esplanade Park starting at 9 am.

Elizabeth Quay
Celebrations at Elizabeth Quay will go on for two days of this long weekend and there will be fun, interactive activities, food, music, live performances/entertainment and much more, including:

A range of delicious cuisines at the International Eat Street.
The kids can run wild in the "Play in WA" zone filled with fun, interactive and educational activities.
Visit the Perth Makers Market.
Relax and listen to the soothing sounds of WA's best jazz musicians.
Explore the Art Meets Science technology zone.
Sample some of WA's top food & wine at the Urban Providore.
Rock with WA's biggest free music festival, SOTA, co-presented by WAM
Showcasing some of WA's biggest and best local talent on Monday 5 June, from 2 -9 pm.

WA Day

Here you will find a variety of international food trucks representing the State's melting pot of culture. There will be tacos, curry dumplings, bao, crepes and burgers to name but a few.

For the discerning diners, you can indulge in a plate by some of Perth's favourite restaurants and bars, accompanied by a glass of Western Australian wine!

Chefs will be in full force cooking their signature dishes!

Families can immerse themselves in an underwater wonderland where there will be activities, entertainers and several workshops for the children and also heaps of giveaways.

Mums and Dad will also be able to buy plenty of hot coffee and on the Sunday, it will be a shoppers delight with Perth Makers' Market taking residence under the Centre Stage Big Top and showcasing the goods made by local artisans.

At the same time, local musicians and performers will entertain the crowds throughout the day and you can watch the WA Celebrity Signature Dish cook-off featuring Justin Langer (WACA Head Coach), Pete Curulli (mix94.5), Rayne Embley (Blogger) and Mark Gibson (Today Tonight, Channel 7) who will all don a chef outfit, and face off in the pop-up kitchen.

SOTA at Elizabeth Quays
On Monday, SOTA, Western Australia's favourite music festival will have Elizabeth Quay buzzing with another sensational line-up of local acts taking to the stage.

Sota is put on to help "support, nurture and grow the creative opportunities for local artists."

This year, the concert is FREE and it will appeal to all ages.

With headliners that span heavy rock to Aussie hip hop, SOTA's line-up includes a mix of West Australian favourites, old and new. Many of these artists will be returning from international or national tours to join these festivities on this iconic day.

Included will be:
Rock legends Karnivool due to make a national Australian tour in July.
The ARIA-winning Drapht who will perform with his well-known party starters and high-energy stage presence.
Gyroscope have come together especially for this show, with rumours of a new LP on the cards.
Jebediah's Frontman returns as Bob Evans after a domestic tour and two shows in Japan.
Tired Lion who have been making waves internationally, including playing at Glastonbury.
Little Birdy's frontwoman, Katy Steele will be there with tunes from her new album.
Currently living on the East Coast of Australia, Crooked Colours return to Perth for a rare hometown show.
Doom pop award-winning songstress, Abbe May with her tunes from her future album, 'Bitchcraft.'
WAM Award winners POW
Rag n' Bone.
Hip-hop artist, Ziggy.
The incredible harmonies of The Money War
Powerhouse vocalist, Elli Schoen
The China Blue Experiment, who featured on the Sounds of the Goldfields CD, produced by WAM in 2016.

The WA Day Festival comes to Mandurah on Monday 5 June with heaps of fun activities for the whole family.

Fun for all

Mandurah Foreshore will come to life with a Winter Street Party to celebrate the best of Western Australian culture at a FREE local WA Day Festival.

Mandurah foreshore events

Come along to the Makers in Mandurah for a Winter Street Party, kids activities, gourmet food vans, suitcase mini markets, dance performances and more. And don't worry if the weather is cold as there will be roaring fires to make you comfortable!

Just a short distance if you live in Perth, Mandurah has plenty to see and do, and on June 4th and 5th it will be bustling with excitement and activity.

This event will be held in Tuckey Street (Foreshore end) and this street will be packed with things for the whole family.

Starting the night off will be an Aboriginal smoking ceremony and Indigenous dancing.

There will also be:
Bollywood dance demos
Interactive workshops
Drumming circles
Traditional lion dancing
Stroll through the street party
Join activities such as the celebration tree
Tiny Shop on Wheels Pop Up Shop
Just cuddle up with a coffee by one of the fire pits and watch the celebrations unfold.

If you need more information please contact Karen 08 9581 4606 or email

Festivities will be held at the Stirling Street Arts Centre on Monday 5th June from 10 am to 4 pm and the Arts Centre will celebrate the best of WA culture with a free day festival.

There will be something for everyone including:

Food truck alley
Sports events
Noongar arts, crafts, culture, and storytelling
Face painting
Community art project, building a large swan sculpture
Bunbury City Band
Roving performers
Bunbury Primary School singing
Chinese dumpling making
Bennell Indigenous paintings
Bunbury Soup Van

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The music will be live music and entertainment by renowned WA Noongar dance performer, David Dann, after which there will be an insight into Aboriginal history, with an Indigenous story-telling workshop.

Good Nights music will be on stage from 2 pm to 4 pm, and they will perform their eclectic mix of live acoustic music.

WAM nominee, Valentine, will be headlining the afternoon with her electro pop music. Valentine originally comes from the Bunbury area and has been touring WA, and is due to release her debut EP shortly.

There will be prizes and awards given to Bunbury Primary school art students, as well as sculpture competitions and you will be able to see some arts and crafts.

There will be a giant chalk wave mural which you can help colour in, or you can join in on weaving the WA swan mascot with natural materials.

If you would prefer something like gardening, Red Dirt Seeds is giving away 150 West Australian native seedlings, so be there early so you don't miss out.

You could also see the Chicks in Bowls demonstrating their impressive skills at the skate park and around the festival grounds, while Skateboarding WA will have some demonstrations and workshops, or you can even try your hand at the climbing obstacle course!

To give you sustenance, there will be a good array of food and drinks on offer, and these will include:

Grillin' n' Chillin' South American style barbecue
Thai food from Pride of India
German Bratwurst
Freshly made damper
Locally made sweets
Cheese and wine vendors ( wines from WA Geographe Wines and the Ferguson Valley)

If you need more information, please contact either Robyn or Bec 08 9791 1256 or email

This WA Day, the Museum of Great Southern will come to life to celebrate the best of Western Australian culture with a FREE local WA Day Festival.

The museum will have heaps of free activities for the whole family including:

Arts and crafts
Pony rides
Face painting
Balloon animals
Bouncy castle
Live entertainment by Jamie the Clown
Puppet performances by Southern Edge Arts
Live music from Albany Shantymen
Noongar musicians
Lockyer Leapers will perform an exciting skipping routine to
foot stomping music.
Free community barbecue

You will be able to experience life as WA's earliest convicts did on the voyage to King George Sound aboard the Brig Amity ship. Scrub the decks, become a convict in chains, taste convict food and try navigating with old-fashioned equipment, discover the sights and sounds below deck and more things which convicts experienced on their way here.

WA Museum Albany Regional Manager, Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the public holiday is a great time to explore and play at the Museum.

"We're looking forward to seeing people coming together and having fun as they learn more about their community, State and Museum," Ms Wilsher-Saa said.

WA Day events start at 10 am and will run until 4 pm.

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There will be food to taste with the best of Great Southern produce having free tastings of:

Local honey
Olive oils
Seasonal fruits
Jams and relishes
Coffee van
Sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation.

You will be able to help make a collective masterpiece with an Aboriginal artist or learn ancient Menang tool-making techniques with Noongar man, Larry Blight.

The Museum will have a display of creepy crawlies at the Museum's Discovery Centre where there will be A Wonderful World of Insects display.

The Ace Camera Club will show you classic photos of history and cameras used throughout the ages.

The Museum will be challenging the brightest in your family with a game of "Guess What?" introduced by Museum of the Great Southern and this will test your knowledge on historical WA objects.

If you need more information, please contact Tahli Crosby 08 9841 4844 or email

This WA Day the Museum of the Goldfields will also celebrate the best of WA culture with a FREE local WA Day Festival.


The Museum will be a hub of activity with the following attractions:

Live music from 11 Thirteen Records
Mario the Almost Magnificent will be performing some hilarious
magic tricks
Bizircus will also roam the crowd on stilts while juggling
Bouncy castle
8 metre high climbing wall
Face painting with Angie the Fairy
Sparkle Sister crafts
Fairy garden creations
Cuddly farm animals
Hungry Snake with lizards and snakes

Artist Gary Cooper, a member of the Wongutha people, will be at the museum with a giant goanna sculpture for the community to paint. The completed sculpture will then stay on display in the grounds of the museum!

The Annual Golden Bone Dog Show will take place at 1.30 pm and this will close the Kalgoorlie-Boulder's WA Day.

Prizes will be given for the "waggiest tail, best dressed, scruffiest pup, best rescue dog and coolest trick". The cutest pup will get the coveted Golden Bone Trophy, handmade by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Men's Shed.

Bring your dog to enter this competition!

For more information, please contact Cara 08 9021 8533 or email
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Why? To celebrate WA Day throughout the State
When: Sunday 4th and Monday 5th June, 2017
Where: Various destinations
Cost: FREE entry
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Great series of articles. A well deserved award.
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