There’s no better time to visit Western Australia (WA) than festival season. Between the months of November and April, WA comes alive with an extraordinary calendar of events that will excite everyone, from food and wine lovers, arts and culture enthusiasts and sporting fanatics.
1. Margaret River Gourmet Escape
16 – 18 November 2018
Western Australia is home to the renowned Margaret River Gourmet Escape (MRGE), attracting an all-star line-up of food connoisseurs from across the globe. For the seventh annual instalment, MRGE will bring together a unique series of events with a world-class line up of celebrity chefs in 2018, including Rick Stein, Luke Mangan, Guillaume Brahimi and much-loved food writer and TV cook Nigella Lawson. Festival-goers will enjoy three days of exquisite flavours in this exceptional wine region, located a three-hour drive south of Perth in the State’s South West. More than 45 incredible events are held over 25 unique locations in the region, including a Gourmet Beach BBQ, Gourmet Village, Chow’s Table Chinese Feast, Niki Nakayama’s Chef’s Table at Miki’s Open Kitchen, Feast in the Forest and Lyle’s V’s Este Dinner, and many more.
2. Western Australian Circus Festival 2019
19 – 20 January 2019
The WA Circus Festival is set on a sprawling property in Karridale, located in WA’s South Wes. The surrounding forest comes alive with the sound of whoops, whistles, and cheers as entertainment runs from 19 – 20 January 2019. Visitors can expect to see circus, cabaret, comedy theatre, music, workshops and market stalls across the weekend event. The WA Circus Festivals offers the perfect opportunity to disconnect from screens and reconnect to the real world.
3. Fringe World Festival
18 January – 17 February 2019
FRINGE World festival takes over Perth in the months of January and February, showcasing an eclectic mix of comedy, arts, circus, music and much more. As the largest annual event in WA, and the third largest Fringe festival in the world, more than 700 performances take over a mix of venues across Perth, including the CBD, Northbridge, Fremantle and Midland. From local artists to Australian and international performers, the program is huge and spectacular.
4. Perth Festival 2019
8 February – 3 March 2019
The Perth Festival is the longest running annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere and offers some of the world’s best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and free community events. The festival releases a highly anticipated program each year, showcasing a line-up of the world’s greatest artists. In 2019, Perth Festival will host many incredible performances such as Mozart’s the Magic Flute, Lang Toi, Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, The Great Tamer, and many more. Boorna Waanginy will transform Kings Park into a nocturnal wonderland over four spectacular nights, while Lang Toi will perform theatre, juggling, acrobatics, music, and circus for the whole family.
5. Fremantle International Street Arts Festival
19 – 22 April 2019
Each year across the Easter long weekend artists from all corners of the world gather in the port city of Fremantle to entertain tourists, as part of the annual Fremantle International Street Arts Festival. The streets of Freo (as the locals like to call it) are transformed into an amazing and unique open theater. Add to your festival experience by visiting one of the many local restaurants, pop-up bars, and shops in the area. Freo is located an easy 25-minute drive from Perth CBD.
For more information, visit: www.westernaustralia.com
Text and photos courtesy of Tourism Western Australia.