By Tourism Western Australia on December 21, 2018


Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital, will be brimming with activity from January to March 2019 with a jam-packed calendar of activities and events showcasing arts and culture, food and wine, and comedy.

With warm days and balmy nights, summer is the ideal time to visit Perth. Travellers will marvel at the flurry of new bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural precincts, alongside major infrastructure developments such as Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square – which will transform into eclectic pop-up hubs across the summer festival season.

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FRINGE Central in The Perth Cultural Centre Photo by John Leonard Image credit: Tourism Western Australia


Get your theatre, comedy and music fix at Perth’s annual FRINGE WORLD and Perth Festival – which will bring a smorgasbord of event experiences to the city

Western Australia’s popular festival – FRINGE WORLD – is set to deliver the ultimate summer festival experience from 18 January to 17 February 2019. Now the third largest Fringe in the world, the jam-packed program will see a line-up of comedy, circus, free and family entertainment, theatre, visual arts, musicals, dance and cabaret presented by local, national and international artists. With more than 700 free and ticketed events held throughout the city, expect to see world class acts such as Club Swizzle, western themed circus act Railed, and new shows such as Fuego Carnal – a high-octane spectacle of wild stunts and mesmerising flames.

Perth Festival will then kick off from 8 February to 3 March 2019. As one of Western Australia’s premier cultural events and Australia’s longest-running arts festival, it provides a feast of world-class cutting-edge performances for all ages. Some of the world’s greatest names in international theatre, circus, music, dance, film, literature and visual arts will head to Perth – with the program also featuring a number of world premieres and local ‘Made in Western Australia’ offerings.

Highlight acts for 2019 include the world premiere of Ned Kelly, where the Lost & Found Opera will take audiences on an adventure to the outskirts of Perth; the world-renowned Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir headlining the 2019 Classical Music Program; acclaimed transgender artist Cassils; Booker Prize winner Ben Okri; and UK performance provocateur Ursula Martinez, who will present two different shows as the 2019 Artist-In-Residence. The festival will open with the popular Boorna Waaginy: The Trees Speak, which will light up Perth’s iconic Kings Park with a nocturnal walk-through experience.

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Perth’s Fringe World_IceCream Factory
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As the weather warms up, Perth will welcome the addition of vibrant outdoor pop-up bars throughout the city

The Ice Cream Factory will be returning to Northbridge from 14 December 2018 to New Year’s Day with a hot line-up of headlining acts such as The Presets, Hermitude and Cut Copy performing across seven stages. The venue will have more than 12 unique zones, including the Coconut Grove rooftop bar, The Pimms Pergola and The Corona Beach featuring a sand dance floor. Perth’s hottest pop-up bar Embargo will also be returning from mid-November, located on the Swan River.


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Image credit: Rooftop Movies

Perth’s balmy summer evenings offer the perfect setting to watch a movie under the stars

With a range of unique venues dotted across the Perth region, choose from a city roof top experience at the Rooftop Movies in Northbridge, or pack a picnic for an evening on the grass at the Moonlight Cinema in Kings Park, Lotterywest Films at University of Western Australia’s Somerville Auditorium, or choose from various locations at the outdoor Telethon Community Cinemas.

Foodies will also love the range of evening markets on offer

Food markets include the Twilight Hawkers Markets in Perth City every Friday night from now to 29 March 2019, the Inglewood Monday Night Markets, and the popular Scarborough Beach Sunset Markets.

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