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.



continuing Freighting Ideas: How Did I Get Here? Exhibitions|Displays

How Did I Get Here? asks what exactly brought us to this exact place in life? What went wrong, what went right, what random acts of fate, have set us down, just so, in this place at this time? The exhibition invites audiences to ask these questions about each work and its subjects. What forces have landed them in this moment, captured as themselves and as actors in a photographer’s drama? How did the work come to be?
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

to 12 Oct Girls School Cinema Theatre|Dance|Film

Girls School Cinema is a boutique winter cinema experience housed in a stunning castle-like building on the highest part of East Perth. Enjoy a program of special events, blockbusters and other toasty treats every Wednesday to Sunday through the winter months.
Old Perth Girls School, 2 Wellington St, East Perth

6 Jul 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

3 Sep to 27 Oct The Book of Mormon Theatre|Dance|Film

The New York Times calls it ‘the best musical of this century’. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Now with sold out productions in London, on Broadway, North America, Melbourne and Sydney, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

from 6 Sep Openair Cinema Theatre|Dance|Film

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up our huge movie screen from dusk. Chill out before the movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians.
Ozone Reserve, Riverside Drive, Perth

28 Sep to 5 Oct Perth Royal Show Exhibitions|Displays

The IGA Perth Royal Show is Perth's biggest community event attracting 400,000 visitors from the city and the country every year. With a rich history spanning 170 years, the Show is an iconic social and cultural event which showcases WA agriculture, small business and entertainment.
Claremont Showgrounds, Ashton Ave, Claremont

4–5 Oct WASO Masters Series: Symphonie Fantastique Music|Concerts

Inspired by unrequited romantic love, Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie fantastique is full of passions, dreams and phantoms – a lovesick musician’s hallucinatory fantasies. Astonishingly modern and revolutionary at its premiere in 1830, it is still breathtaking nearly 200 years later.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

4–5 Oct Jazz @ the Maj: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love: Chicago Blues Jazz Music|Concerts

King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong. Just some of the artists who made their names in Chicago, a city synonymous with jazz, swing and blues. WAYJO brings together the jazz and blues tradition across these two concerts, featuring powerful soul, big band swing, and bass grooves both familiar and infectious. Who knows, we may even drop some tunes by a couple of brothers who were on a mission from God.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

5 Oct 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

5–6 Oct Madman Anime Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Madman Anime Festival is a truly unique event that brings all things anime and Japanese culture to you! Featuring international guests and exhibitors, cosplay, and super exclusive anime events, Madman Anime Festival has something for every anime fan.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth

5 Oct Songs of Billy Joel Music|Concerts

More than just a Piano Man, Billy Joel is a living legend of the music industry with a catalogue of hit songs spanning more than 50 years. He turns 70 in 2019 and this unique concert display shares the journey of a remarkable career: the highs, the lows, private and public life, family and relationships, but most importantly, the music, through live performance and audio-visual footage.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

6 Oct Perth Marathon Sport

This event, conducted annually by the West Australian Marathon Club, includes the WA State Marathon Championship, Perth Kids Marathon, Masters Athletics WA Marathon Championships and incorporates a relay marathon over the same course consisting of four legs.
Optus Stadium, Burswood

6 Oct The Glenn Miller Orchestra Music|Concerts

Returning by popular demand with a brand new program of wonderful 1940s music as well as your favourite Glenn Miller hits: Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood and more.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

8 Oct The Next Step: Absolute Dance Live on Stage Theatre|Dance|Film

Get ready Perth, the cast of The Next Step is returning to Australia for what will be one of the most anticipated tours of the year. Featuring nine of the cast from the hit television series, this is a brand-new show that offers fans a chance to get up close and personal with cast members from the global hit TV show. The 90-minute stage show features solos, duets, trios and group numbers choreographed to popular hit songs along with original music from the show.
HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

10–27 Oct 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

10 Oct An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson Theatre|Dance|Film

A celebration of the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, this is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, informative look at his remarkable journey from the pit village in Yorkshire to the BBC with a talk show that for many defined their Saturday night. It will also be a chance for Sir Michael to fondly remember his time in Australia and some of the fascinating colourful and engaging people he met and interviewed which cemented his love affair with the land Down Under.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

11–12 Oct WASO Classics Series: Beethoven’s Eroica Music|Concerts

Inspired by the ideals of the French revolution and the German Enlightenment, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is also a deeply personal statement. This exhilarating and ground-breaking work is a triumph of artistic will over tragic adversity.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9326 0000

11 Oct Paco Peña: Esencias Music|Concerts

Paco Peña, one of the world’s leading traditional Flamenco players, is coming to Perth. Paco Peña is part of the phenomenon that has transformed the perceptions around the world of Flamenco. He expands his horizons as a guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer, beautifying Flamenco with flamboyance, whilst remaining true to the essence of this traditional Spanish art form.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

12 Oct Oktoberfest in the Gardens Festivals|Celebrations

Inspired by our love of the traditional Bavarian festival and great beer, Oktoberfest in the Gardens Perth features two massive big top beer halls, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco, dodgeball arena, a wood chopping demonstration and an eclectic mix of entertainment and competitions across multiple stages throughout the afternoon and evening.
Langley Park, Perth

16–18 Oct Radical Reels Film Festival Theatre|Dance|Film

A collection of short action-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Designed to take you into the wilds and out of your comfort zone, the films feature daring footage or some of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, wing-suit pilots, skiers, snowboarders and mountain-bike riders alive today.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

17 Oct Metallica: World Wired Tour Music|Concerts

Last here in 2013, Metallica have cemented their reputation as the powerhouse of hard rock. Their long-awaited return Down Under features six Australian stadium tours with special guest Slipknot in support.
Optus Stadium, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

19 Oct Nevermind Music|Concerts

Early music has rarely sounded as chic or brilliant! The four musicians of French ensemble Nevermind – combining flute, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord – met and founded their group while they were students in Paris. A breath of fresh air in today’s classical music scene, they are rewriting the rule-book on period-instrument concerts with a thoroughly engaging mix of virtuoso expertise and unpretentious charm. Delighting audiences across Europe in prestigious festivals and concert series and making their Australian debut with Musica Viva, Nevermind is disarmingly relaxed and unpretentious and thoroughly dedicated to the universal appeal of good music. 
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999

19–26 Oct WA Opera: Macbeth Music|Concerts

Lord Macbeth was a loyal General who had sworn allegiance to the King of Scotland but when a group of witches reveal a prophecy that he will one day be King, he and Lady Macbeth become consumed by greed. They plot the King’s untimely demise.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

23 Oct Shawn Mendes Music|Concerts

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter and global sensation Shawn Mendes is bringing his wildly-anticipated world tour to Australia.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

26–29 Oct Spot Families|Children

Spot is one of the most loved dogs in the world, and he’s coming to Australia! Spot and his friends are off on a new adventure to visit Spot’s Dad on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive, all the animals are lost! Can Spot and his friends find them all? They might need a little help from their new friends in the audience…
Heath Ledger Theatre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

26 Oct 2019 DanceSport WA Open Championship Theatre|Dance|Film

The LiveLighter 2019 DanceSport WA Open Championship is Perth's most prestigious competitive ballroom dancing event showcasing some of Australia's most exciting and talented DanceSport couples. DanceSport embraces all ages and abilities with a range of Amateur and Recreational events for competitors from six to over 60 years of age. Dancers compete in all three styles of DanceSport, being Modern Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue.
HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

27–28 Oct Suzi Quatro Music|Concerts

With a career spanning over 50 years of performing, it’s ‘one more time for Suzi’ as she returns for another Australian tour. All the hits, unbridled energy, powerhouse vocals, Suzi is a rocker who has perfected her craft over decades of touring, she’s pure rock royalty, the Queen of Rock and Roll.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

30 Oct Australian Chamber Orchestra: Intimate Bach Music|Concerts

Bach holds a special place in the heart of every ACO musician. In this program they explore his genius with an impressive line-up featuring Richard Tognetti, Erin Helyard, Brett Dean and ACO Principal Cello, Timo-Veikko Valve.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999

30 Oct Dame Edna: My Gorgeous Life Comedy

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring ‘Precious Possums’, announcing a surprise tour of Australia. In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, ‘failed actor and attention seeker’ Barry Humphries.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

31 Oct 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