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

22 Aug to 1 Sep Hair Theatre|Dance|Film

Radical, rebellious and tribal, 2019 marks 50 years since Australia first let its HAIR down in this genre defining revolutionary rock musical. All these years on, we continue to challenge the establishment with this brand new Australian production that breaks convention and all the rules. Defy your expectations with this contemporary take on the classic hair raising musical.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

24 Aug to 15 Sep Chittering SpringFest Festivals|Celebrations

A three week celebration of all things Chittering: Wildflowers, Art, Heritage and the region's natural beauty. With over 20 events held over these weeks, there will be something for everyone.
Various locations in the Chittering Valley

1 Sep Piano Battle Music|Concerts

Welcome to a musical duel between two highly talented, competitive pianists. Phenomenal pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis will go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting audiences with a variety of classical pieces by Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. The two artists will even spontaneously improvise tunes requested by the audience. At the end of each round, all members of the audience are invited to vote on the duo's performances.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

1–30 Sep Kings Park Festival 2019 Festivals|Celebrations

Spring 2019 will be a feast for the senses with thousands of wildflowers and more than 3,000 native plant species on display. There will be dozens of free and fabulous events, outdoor exhibitions, guided walks and talks, photography displays, family activities and more.
Kings Park, Fraser Ave, West Perth Ph: 9480 3600

3 Sep Bill Bryson – Observations on Life and the Human Body Exhibitions|Displays

With his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bill Bryson will exercise his razor-sharp wit in sharing his globe-trotting travel experiences, his forays into science and his latest endeavour – the human body; live on stage. Joining Bill Bryson on stage in the role of host will be French-born Australian television presenter, radio host, actress, singer, writer and comedian Julia Zemiro. Zemiro is best known as the host of the musical quiz RocKwiz, co-host of the ABC’s Star Gazing Live with Prof Brian Cox and for her own show for the ABC; Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

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

6–7 Sep WASO: Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back Music|Concerts

Experience the complete Star Wars film on the giant screen with John Williams’ epic score played live by WASO. As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) journeys to the mysterious, marshy planet of Dagobah, where the wise Jedi Master Yoda teaches the young hero the ways of the Force. Little does Luke know that all his Jedi training will be called upon so soon. A stunning revelation – and a seeming life-or-death duel with Darth Vader – await.
Riverside Theatre – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

6–7 Sep Jazz @ the Maj: The Afro-Cuban Explosion: Miami Cuban Jazz Music|Concerts

Hot hot hot. Feel the vibes of samba, bossa nova, and salsa as WAYJO turns the heat up with Afro-Cuban inspired jazz across two sensational nights. From Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca”, a fan favourite at WAYJO gigs, to music by band leaders and percussionists extraordinaire like Tito Puente, the Afro-Cuban Allstars and Buena Vista Social Club you will want to move your booty all night. Featuring guest artists Steve Richter and Iain Robbie, leading a percussion explosion and Adolfo Chavez on vocals, these gigs are going to be party central.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

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

7 Sep Hilltop Hoods Music|Concerts

Hilltop Hoods are back with their Great Expanse World Tour. Joined on the tour by special guests Mojo Juju, Shadow and DJ Nino Brown, fans will be treated to a blistering high energy performance by one of Australia’s most loved live acts.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

7–8 Sep Guy Sebastian Music|Concerts

Australia’s much loved singer, song writer and producer will take audiences on a musical journey spanning his 15 year career that has seen him rise to become one Australia’s most successful male artists.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

8 Sep A Farewell to Doris starring Melinda Schneider Music|Concerts

A nostalgic celebration of Doris Day’s remarkable life, with Melinda Schneider performing Doris’ timeless hits, including Que Sera, Sera and Secret Love, backed by the Young At Heart Orchestra.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

11–22 Sep Black Swan State Theatre Company: Black is the New White Theatre|Dance|Film

Nakkiah Lui’s raucous smash hit Black Is The New White directed by Paige Rattray comes to Perth, from sell out seasons in Sydney and Melbourne. It’s a hilarious meet-the-parents shake down presented with Sydney Theatre Company. A very Australian romantic comedy that will captivate and delight.
State Theatre, Studio Underground, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth

12 Sep Emerson String Quartet Music|Concerts

Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years. Founded in 1976 and with only one personnel change in all that time, the ensemble has stacked up more than 30 recordings and countless awards. With such a pedigree, it is no surprise that the Emersons play with masterly warmth and ease: a spontaneous confidence and joy.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999

13–29 Sep WA Ballet: Giselle Theatre|Dance|Film

A 178-year-old tale of impossible love, vengeful ghosts and the ultimate forgiveness. With coveted virtuoso roles and an iconic ‘white ballet act’, this transcendent Romantic-era ballet has stood the test of time – maybe because first love and heartbreak resonates with us all. Peasant girl Giselle, beautiful and innocent, falls deeply for Albrecht, a prince in disguise. When she discovers he is engaged to another, her grief and shock at his deception sends her mad. She dies of a broken heart and her spirit joins the ‘Wilis’ – ghosts of women betrayed. The revengeful Wilis lure men into the forest and cruelly force them to dance to their death. They have set their eyes on Albrecht, and Giselle must summon all within her to save him from this terrible fate. The stunning classical costumes and atmospheric sets will spirit you away to an idyllic time and place, while West Australian Symphony Orchestra bring every emotion to life as they masterfully present Adolphe Adam’s score.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth

14 Sep From Broadway to La Scala Music|Concerts

Following two sold-out tours, From Broadway to La Scala returns with a bigger and even more exciting line up. Soaring with the exuberance of the great stage musicals and enriched with the passion of grand opera, From Broadway to La Scala has become one of the most popular orchestral concerts on the entertainment calendar. From Puccini to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bizet to Gershwin, Verdi to Cole Porter, Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this bi-annual concert event is renowned for its world-class presentation of the greatest songs, arias and duets of the last two centuries.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth 9231 9999

14 Sep Yamato: The Drummers of Japan Music|Concerts

Following their hugely successful tour in 2017, the Yamato Drummers are back in Australia by popular demand. Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences of over 7 million people in 54 countries across the globe.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

15 Sep Tex Perkins: The Man In Black Music|Concerts

Returning to the stage with his Helpmann Award winning performance, join Tex Perkins & The Tennessee Four with Rachael Tidd as they bring you the songs and stories of Johnny Cash.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

16 Sep Troye Sivan: The Bloom Tour Music|Concerts

Perth-raised Troye Sivan is touring in support of his sophomore album, Bloom featuring the US Top 100 and ARIA double-platinum smash hit My My My! (sensationally performed with Taylor Swift at her Rose Bowl show last year) and Gold-certified singles Bloom and Dance To This featuring Ariana Grande.
HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

18 Sep Australian String Quartet: Ives Westlake Debussy Music|Concerts

The music of Charles Ives is made of pictures from a long-lost America, depicted with such vivid immediacy that they seem absolutely alive. Through the magic lantern of his musical imagery, this New England world appears like a nostalgic dream – white-painted churches in autumn forests filled with congregations joyously chanting hymns and spirituals.
Government House Ballroom, St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

21 Sep Sound On Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Get ready to experience some of the hottest live performances in Australian music with Peking Duk (DJ set), Ruel, G-Flip, Stevan, and FlexMami at Sound On 2019 – Perth’s only festival for high schoolers.
RAC Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

21 Sep James Reyne: A Crawl to Now Music|Concerts

Following countless requests at live shows and online, James is ready to explore his extensive catalogue of more than twenty albums with songs selected from throughout his career.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

27 Sep The 1975 Music|Concerts

Just days before they send fans worldwide into a feeding frenzy by dropping their obsessively anticipated third album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, English pop mavericks The 1975 have tipped their hat to their legion of followers in Australia by locking in a huge run of 2019 shows. The tour will mark the bands first trip to Australia since 2016.
HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

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

28 Sep Michael Mosley: Wonders of the Human Body Theatre|Dance|Film

Known for subjecting his own body to all things crazy in the name of science, BBC, ABC and SBS star Michael Mosley takes you on a journey through all facets of what makes us tick (or not).
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012