Perth city

calendar of events: perth + fremantle


Here's all the news on events, shows, concerts, festivals and anything else you should see if you're in town. There's always something on, whether it be concerts, theatre, sport or something for the kids that you're interested in. Click on the individual event for more information. Details are subject to change, check the organisers' websites for the latest information.



to 4 Nov The Botanical: Beauty and Peril Exhibitions|Displays

This major exhibition explores the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it. The Botanical: Beauty and Peril draws from the renowned Janet Holmes à Court Collection and the AGWA Collection to present a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the glorious kingdom of plants.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

continuing WA Now – Eveline Kotai: Breathing Pattern Exhibitions|Displays

Over the past 15 years, Eveline Kotai’s interest in material dissolution and regeneration has culminated in the practice and process of cutting up and reworking her own paintings into new works. Her unique technique of reconfiguring pre-existing works into new compositions via invisible thread, and onto new surfaces, echoes a world in perpetual motion, transition and continuation. Like a computer program trying to repair itself or a human mind trying to get to know itself, new paths are found, new solutions forged. This method provides Kotai with, not only a never-ending source of new beginnings, but also an important meditative practice, a kind of breathing pattern, through the action of cutting and stitching her canvasses anew.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

to 24 Nov Pop-up Globe Theatre|Dance|Film

Pop-up Globe will be the home of an epic Shakespeare festival featuring the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the Second Globe, the theatre that Shakespeare and his company built and opened in 1614 after the first one burned down. This bespoke theatre will encompass an intimate opportunity to see four classic Shakespeare plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Measure For Measure. Expect to see full-scale battles, fake blood, stage acrobatics and more than 450 beautiful period costume pieces. Don’t miss your chance to experience Shakespeare classics like its 1614. The game’s afoot…
Crown Perth, Riverside Entry, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

to 3 Nov Black Swan State Theatre Company: Fully Sikh Theatre|Dance|Film

A world premiere co-production with Barking Gecko Theatre Company, directed by artistic director Matt Edgerton. Fully Sikh is written and performed by Australia’s Got Talent sensation, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa. It’s the first Aussie Sikh story to hit our stages and will be a sensory feast for audiences – unique and unmissable. Slam poetry from our suburbs like you’ve never seen before.
State Theatre, Studio Underground, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

to 6 Apr Inglewood Night Markets Markets|Shopping

On Monday nights, Beaufort Street in Inglewood turns into a lively marketplace; a mini festival with hundreds of people, delicious food, buskers and a variety of stalls. Come along and experience the atmosphere.
Beaufort Street, Inglewood

continuing The Outdoor Bed Cinema Theatre|Dance|Film

With a spectacular 150 beds under the stars, Mov'in Bed is the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world, and surely the most comfortable. Blankets, glow side tables, mattresses and a premium pillows experience by Ecosa are here to keep you warm and comfy.
Ozone Reserve, 1 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

to 2 Nov Yeoman of the Guard Theatre|Dance|Film

Blind passion, deceptive intrigue, mistaken identity, overdue beheadings, there’s never a dull moment around the Tower of London, according to WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan in their madcap musical, The Yeomen of the Guard. Set in ye olde merrie England but about as Shakespearean as Errol Flynn in tights, the plot, like many a G&S show, is as silly as a souffle but filled with the most wonderful characters and songs. Blindfolded heroines, dashing heroes, indomitable dames, and pedantic gaolers with a penchant for thumbscrew torture, compete with each other to steal the show and your affections.
Dolphin Theatre, UWA, Stirling Hwy, Crawley

to 3 Nov Crossing Over with John Edward Exhibitions|Displays

The evening will begin with a Question and Answer session. John will then connect with the other-side delivering messages to the audience from family, friends, pets and loved one.
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

continuing Rooftop Movies Theatre|Dance|Film

From the producers of the Fringe World Festival, Rooftop Movies returns to Northbridge for the summer season. Expect more old-school film favourites, cinephile classics, cult and arthouse movies going hand in glove with B-grade schmaltz every night of the week. Seven stories up, the panoramic views of the Perth city skyline under the Rooftop Movies palm trees is awesome. Get down and go up from 6pm for pre and post screening entertainment.
City of Perth Roe St Carpark, 68 Roe St, Northbridge

2–3 Nov Darlington Arts Festival Festivals|Celebrations

The Darlington Arts Festival is Western Australia's longest running free community festival. It’s a fantastic day out for all ages, held in the beautiful hills village of Darlington, approximately 30 minutes drive from the Perth CBD. From art exhibitions, to art and craft workshops, free entertainment and market stalls galore, the first weekend in November is the perfect time to head for the hills.
Darlington Hall, Owen Rd, Darlington Ph: 9299 6333

2–9 Nov EChO Kids’ Concerts Families|Children

Children (and their grown-ups!) will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra as they clap, sing and dance their way through stories and songs, well-known favourites and famous classics.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

2 Nov Womens National Basketball Sport

Perth Lynx v Townsville Fire
Bendat Basketball Centre, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

3 Nov Hyundai A-League Sport

Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners
HBF Park, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

6 Nov Katie Noonan & Australian String Quartet Music|Concerts

For the first time ever, powerhouse Katie Noonan will be joined by the acclaimed Australian String Quartet for a national tour of their new project The Glad Tomorrow.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

6–16 Nov Cats The Musical Theatre|Dance|Film

The classic musical, reimagined into an extravaganza of modern musical theatre, with awe-inspiring choreography and fun for all ages. Gone are the leotards and leg warmers, but the tale remains the same. Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.
Quarry Amphitheatre, Waldron Drive, City Beach Ph: 13 61 00

6 Nov Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra: Grand Concert Tour Music|Concerts

With over 15 performances annually, Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra is considered as the prominent symphony orchestra in Indonesia. Jakarta Oratorio Society is considered to be one of the leading choruses in Indonesia specialising in oratorio works. Since 2017, both JSO and JOS have been touring and performed in 17 cities, attracting over 45,000 audiences.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

8–9 Nov WASO Special Event: Disco Wonderland Music|Concerts

Can you feel it? You’ve made it behind the velvet ropes of New York’s most exclusive nightclub renowned for its celebrity guest list and hypnotic atmosphere, Studio 54. Join our disco inferno with singing legend, Kate Ceberano, X Factor finalist Nathaniel Willemse and a sensational Australian cast performing live on stage with WASO. See Perth Concert Hall transformed into the hottest club in town with electrifying music from artists like Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire through to Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive plus much more.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

8–9 Nov Jazz @ the Maj: Jazz at the Movies Music|Concerts

It’s destination: L.A. as WAYJO takes a deep dive into some jazz greats from the silver screen. From classic films including The Pink Panther and The Man With the Golden Arm to more modern movies like Oceans 11, WAYJO will put the shine on some unexpected jazz compositions. Even kids films like The Incredibles and Monsters Inc will get a run in a fabulous evening for young and old. With a family friendly matinee performance and special family prices, Jazz at the Movies will be guaranteed to make your day.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

8–9 Nov Andrew O'Keefe ‘Shouts’ Johnny O'Keefe Music|Concerts

Johnny O'Keefe was the pioneer of rebellious Australian rock and roll and now his nephew – the multi-talented Andrew O'Keefe – is performing in Andrew O'Keefe ‘Shouts’ Johnny O'Keefe. Highly applauded by the critics for his song interpretation and his storytelling, Andrew intertwines his own experiences with legendary stories his uncle, and takes audiences on a very personal journey through JOK's twenty-five year career, belting out the classics with an intensity topped only by Johnny himself.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

8–11 Nov Perth International Jazz Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Presenting an array of incredible jazz performances in numerous venues across the city, the three day Festival features a blend of ticketed and free community events. Showcasing a host of celebrated local, national and international artists, this year’s Jazz program offers something for everyone. Come and be seduced by the language of Jazz: sometimes intimate, often boisterous, layered with experience and life profoundly lived - it’s found in the act of creating the form itself.
Various locations

8–17 Nov Western Australia Gourmet Escape Festivals|Celebrations

Culinary leaders from all over the globe will come together for 10 extraordinary days this November. International superstars include David Chang, Marco Pierre White, Danny Bowien, Amanda Cohen, Pierre Koffmann, Carlo Cracco, Garima Arora, Ivan Brehm, Selassie Atadika and many other chefs and wine experts including some of Australia’s brightest stars. The festival will be held in three regions: the Swan Valley, Perth and food and wine hot spot Margaret River, offering guests more chances than ever to feast, sip, party and discover their way through a diverse program of more than 50 events.
Various locations in the Swan Valley and Margaret River

8–9 Nov Steve Martin and Martin Short: Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t Comedy

Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their critically acclaimed comedy tour for the first time to Australian audiences in November.  This celebrated comedy show redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century. The duo will be joined on stage by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

8 Nov International T20 Cricket Sport

Australia v Pakistan
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

8–10 Nov Quantum Words Perth Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Quantum Words Perth is Western Australia's first writers festival dedicated specifically to writing about science, creativity and the spaces in which they intersect. The Festival will bring together outstanding thinkers, scientists and creators from across Australia and overseas to engage in conversations about the ways in which we come to understand ourselves, our world, and the expansive universe we live within.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

9–10 Nov 3 in 1 Market at Showgrounds Markets|Shopping

More than 300 indoor market stalls: handmade crafts, antiques and collectables and Polka Dot Vintage Market.
Claremont Showgrounds, Graylands Rd, Claremont

9–10 Nov International Tennis Sport

Fed Cup Final: Australia v France
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

19 Nov to 9 Dec The Lester Prize Exhibitions|Displays

Forty adult finalists have been chosen for WA’s premier portrait prize – The Lester Prize. Formally known as The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, this award has a prize pool of more than $77,000 making it one of the country’s richest prizes for portraiture. It was renamed in 2019 in honour of the award’s leading patron Richard Lester AM. Works of the adult and youth category finalists will be on display at various venues thoughout Perth city.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

9 Nov Womens National Basketball Sport

Perth Lynx v Sydney Uni
Bendat Basketball Centre, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

10 Nov Kickstart Summer Concert Music|Concerts

Kickstart your summer with Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite, Diesel, Killing Heidi, THirsty Merc and more.
Ascot Racecourse, Grandstand Rd, Ascot Ph: 13 61 00

10–21 Nov As We Are Art Award Exhibitions|Displays

Now in its 17th year, the annual As We Are Art Award is WA’s premier exhibition showcasing works of Western Australian artists who have an intellectual disability. Visitors can expect to experience a range of inspiring artworks – including paintings, drawings, photography, prints, textiles and sculpture – and be immersed in an exhibition of unique vision, with artists taking inspiration from their family and friends, favourite football teams, Western Australian land and seascapes, as well as their distinctive personal interests such as zombies, mischievous characters and dooms-day apocalypses.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

12 Nov Skride Piano Quartet Music|Concerts

A new classical supergroup of four leading European soloists, the Skride Piano Quartet is sweeping through the northern hemisphere like a breath of fresh air – and is now bringing its dazzling energy to Australia. Sisters, soloists and regular duo partners, Baiba and Lauma Skride sought out two of their favourite chamber music colleagues in Lise Berthaud and Harriet Krijgh. 
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999

14 Nov Dylan Moran: What is it? Comedy

Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation. 
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

14–15 Nov Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos Tour Comedy

Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation.  
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

15–16 Nov WASO Classics Series: Organ Symphony Music|Concerts

To hear Perth Concert Hall’s 3000-pipe organ in all its glory is an experience in itself; to hear it in the exhilarating finale of Saint-Saëns’ grandly romantic Third Symphony is completely unforgettable! This spectacular and richly melodic work is brought to life by the exciting young French conductor, Lionel Bringuier.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

15 Nov to 28 Feb Twilight Hawkers’ Markets Markets|Shopping

The Twilight Hawkers Market is Perth’s original and biggest street food market bringing the tastiest street food from around the globe to the heart of Perth. This is the place to be on a Friday night over summer – meet with friends after work, grab a bite to eat pre-show or bring the family into town to enjoy the ambience of this wonderful market serving up authentic, delicious street food with live local music to add to the atmosphere.
Forrest Place, Perth

16 Nov KISS: End of the Road Tour Music|Concerts

After an epic and storied 45-year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS will launch their final tour ever. Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

16 Nov Lewis Spears: #NoSlideSeason Comedy

Lewis is back again with a brand new show full of material you probably shouldn’t laugh at but definitely will. After performing to packed comedy clubs in New York city, headlining across Australia and dominating online, Lewis is on his way to international fame and breaking ground for the next generation of Australian comics.
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

16 Nov Marty Sheargold Comedy

Marty Sheargold tours his stand up show around Australia for a night of must see comedy. Don’t miss the opportunity to laugh live with the star of the Nova networks Kate, Tim and Marty show, as he delivers a load of jokes and stories he can’t do between 4 and 6pm.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

17 Nov National Basketball League Sport

Perth Wildcats v New Zealand Breakers
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

21 Nov to 15 Dec WA Ballet: Alice in Wonderland Theatre|Dance|Film

A new ballet sensation that has played to packed houses and adoring audiences in Hong Kong. Exploding with jaw-dropping fantasy and excitement, Septime Webre’s extravagant production will bedazzle the whole family. Marvel at the sleek and chic costumes, colourful and beautiful sets and a thrilling original score performed live by West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra. We promise fun for all ages with this giddy, over-the-top re-imagining of the Lewis Carroll classic. Fasten your seatbelts, and join us on a spectacular adventure overflowing with unexpected humour and unbridled energy.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

22–23 Nov WASO Masters Series: Discovery Concert – The Art of Orchestration Music|Concerts

In this illuminating concert, Principal Conductor Asher Fisch explores how great composers transformed works originally conceived for solo keyboard into the orchestral masterpieces that we know and love. The concert features Leopold Stokowski’s spectacular, ‘Hollywood’ version of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue. Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg performs sublime Strauss songs in both their original and orchestral versions. Asher himself explores how the raw intensity of Mussorgsky’s most radical piano work was transformed into a sophisticated orchestral showpiece by one of the masters of orchestration, Maurice Ravel.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

22 Nov WAYJO Jazz Under the Stars Music|Concerts

On a balmy spring evening as we look towards summer, celebrate the year that was as all three WAYJO bands present an all star line up of songs and compositions. Sunset, stars, picnic blankets and jazz.
Quarry Amphitheatre, Waldron Drive, City Beach Ph: 13 61 00

23 Nov Rob Thomas Music|Concerts

Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era, a gifted vocalist, spell-binding performer and an acclaimed songwriter known worldwide as the lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty, as well as for his multi-platinum solo work and chart-topping collaborations. As a songwriter and collaborator Thomas has racked up global sales of more than 80 million records.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Kings Park Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

23 Nov Hyundai A-League Sport

Perth Glory v Sydney FC
HBF Park, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

23–24 Nov The Wiggles: Party Time! Big Show Families|Children

The Wiggles will explode onto the stage this November with Party Time! Big Show. All your favourite Wiggles songs will be included such as Do the Propeller!, E-M-M-A and Hot Potato’ as well as some hits from the upcoming Party Time! album.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

27 Nov Peter Bence: The Awesome Piano Music|Concerts

Internationally-acclaimed artist and the world's Fastest Piano Player, Peter Bence has announced he will return to Australia this year. The Hungarian pianist holds the Guinness World Record for most piano keys hit in one minute (765).
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

27 Nov U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 Music|Concerts

Following the highly successful 2017 tour in celebration of the band’s seminal album, The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 will see the band make a much anticipated return to Australia for the first time since the record-shattering U2 360° Tour in 2010. Special guest Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is confirmed as support for  the dates.
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

27 Nov to 18 Apr Telethon Community Cinemas Theatre|Dance|Film

We're Perth's community cinema group screening blockbuster films, classics and all your favourite movies throughout Perth's Summer months at four outdoor locations. Run by over 700 volunteers, we proudly donate all profits to kids charities through Telethon.
Burswood Parklands, Gt Eastern Hwy, Burswood. BIC Reserve, Guildford Road, Bassendean. Murdoch University, South Street, Murdoch. ECU Joondalup Pines, Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

29–30 Nov WASO Classics Series: Verdi’s Requiem Music|Concerts

Since his first appearance with WASO in 1999, Asher Fisch has forged a powerful connection with the Orchestra. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut we go back to where it all began as Asher conducts Verdi’s transcendent and monumental Requiem. Operatic in its earth-shaking intensity, Verdi’s great sacred masterpiece is staggeringly beautiful, dramatically exhilarating and heartfelt in its outpouring of human grief and devotion. Join Asher Fisch, four world-class soloists plus the massed voices of three choruses for an incomparable concert experience.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

29 Nov Queen Forever Music|Concerts

Witness the ultimate Queen tribute show which recreates the music and performance of one of the best British rock bands of all time. The essence of Queen is captured perfectly as the band plays all Queen’s biggest hits.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

29 Nov Womens National Basketball Sport

Perth Lynx v Dandenong Ranges
Bendat Basketball Centre, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

30 Nov to 1 Dec Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Music|Concerts

Music icon Elton John will deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences on this, his very last tour. The three-year global tour has already been hailed as one of his most energetic, dazzlingly-original and joyful celebrations, celebrating his legendary catalogue of hits and his 50+ year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin.
HBF Park, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

30 Nov The Cat Empire Music|Concerts

Australia’s kings of real good, feel good roots pop, The Cat Empire return home for another triumphant lap around the country still riding high on the success of their most recent studio album, Stolen Diamonds.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Kings Park Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

30 Nov to 29 Mar Moonlight Cinema Theatre|Dance|Film

Moonlight Cinema is Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema, showing advance screenings, new release and cult movies on the lawns of Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Synergy Parkland, May Drive, Kings Park Ph: 9480 3600

30 Nov Sticky Fingers Music|Concerts

Australia’s own Sticky Fingers are back for their biggest home run, touring their 4th album, Yours To Keep. They’ve earned themselves a household name status on the strength of their seductive style and high-voltage live shows.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012