Looking for the best festivals in Perth, WA? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’ve put together an incredibe list of the best upcoming festivals in Perth!

Perth, the capital city of the state of Western Australia is a top Aussie city escape all of its own. There’s just the right balance of city, country and surf to please any traveler’s palate. Perth also boasts a smorgasbord of festivals, and the best part is, thanks to its mild climate all year, there’s events to pack your schedule year-round. 

And Perth festivals don’t just target music lovers. You can also enjoy art, food and wine, beer, comedy, aquatic, environmental, family and fringe festivals across Perth. Phew! 

I’ve chosen the 23 best Perth music festivals to pack your calendar – so pack your bags! 


1) Electric Gardens Festival

Electric Gardens -Electronic Dance Music Festivsals in Perth

When: January 2020

Where: Belvoir Parklands, Perth

Festival style: Electronic Music 

https://www.electricgardens.com.au/events/electric-gardens-perth/

“Get ready Perth! This Summer Electric Gardens returns in a brand new venue for our annual celebrations. Join us in paradise at the stunning Belvoir Parklands this January with an all-star line-up showcasing the very best of electronic and house music. This is a must-see festival for your musical calendar, save the date!”


2) Perth Festival

Perth Festival 2020

When: February 7 – March 1, 2020

Where: Various locations across Perth

Festival style: Arts 

https://www.perthfestival.com.au

“Perth Festival has been disrupting and celebrating Perth and Western Australia for over 65 years.

The Festival was born out of the University of Western Australia’s annual summer school entertainment nights as a ‘festival for the people’ on January 3, 1953. Since then, Perth Festival has seeded and cultivated decades of cultural growth as the oldest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. It is Australia’s premier curated multi-arts festival and one of the greatest in the world, known for commissioning major new works, celebrating the unique qualities of Perth and engaging diverse audiences. At Festival time in Perth, there is no other place like this on Earth. For a few weeks every glorious summer, the best artists from Western Australia and the world stand shoulder to shoulder in creative unity within the community.”


3) Fringe World Festival

Fringe World Festival 2020 - Perth Events

When: January 17 – February 16, 2020

Where: Various locations across Perth

https://fringeworld.com.au

“FRINGE WORLD started in 2011 and has grown to become the largest annual event in Western Australia and the third largest Fringe in the world.

The Festival runs for 31 days in the city’s buzzing summer Festival season and is loved by the people of Perth and beyond. The 2019 Festival achieved more than 850,000 attendances and box office sales of more than $12 million. The entertainment at Fringe is about big fun for everyone, with more than 670 shows to choose from offering everything from theatre, comedy, cabaret, circus and more at over 160 venues all over Perth and regional WA.”


4) HyperFest

HYPER Festival 2020 - Perth Festivals

When: March 14, 2020

Where: Midland, WA

http://www.hyperfest.com.au/Home

“The Hyper Series is a City of Swan based arts program of large and small scale events and activities organised by a group of young volunteers and supported by a full-time program coordinator employed by the City. There are three main program areas:

HyperFest – An annual large scale music festival held in Midland.

HyperVision – An annual visual art exhibition and competition held in Midland.

Hyper Miniseries – Smaller scale music events held around the City of Swan.”


5) St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Laneway Festival 2020 - Perth Festivals

When: February 2020

Where: Fremantle 

Festival style: Music 

https://fremantle.lanewayfestival.com

“St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers. The size of the festivals, the locations and the way we encourage community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present a live music experience like no other.”


6) Splashfest

When: March 

Where: Nedlands 

Festival style: Family 

https://www.nedlands.wa.gov.au/youth-events

“Splashfest is a day of summer fun for the whole family with water rides, slides and plenty of other fun activities. The event will feature a huge Aqua Rush slide, a pirate ship super slide, a Ninja Challenge obstacle course, water rollers, a bouncy castle, giant games, fairies, mermaids and much more. Best of all, everything is free! Children can indulge in all kinds of bouncing, sliding, screaming, spraying, bubbling fun. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the shade and enjoy performances by talented young performers who will make waves in the chill-out marquee. The community event will also have a range of stalls and activities, plus food and drink for sale.”


7) Sound On Festival

Best Perth Festivals 2020

When: September 

Where: RAC Arena, Perth

Festival style: Youth music festival 

https://soundon.murdoch.edu.au

“Some of Australia’s hottest electronic, hip hop and DJ talents are combining forces with The Indigo Project to create a must-attend festival.

Enjoy killer beats, awesome experiences, and life advice from the artists themselves. In this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, get to know how Peking Duk, Ruel, G Flip, Stevan, FlexMami and Bexx turned their passions into career goals.”


8) Toodyay Music Fest

Upcoming Perth Festivals 2020

When: March 

Where: Toodyay 

Festival style: Family / Music / Food

http://toodyaymusicfest.com

“The Toodyay Music Fest is a free family event for all to enjoy in March. Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy the many genres of music live on stage. With two stages in Duidgee & Stirling Parks along with St Stephens Church, there will be something for everyone. Buskers will line the streets for those enjoying the many cafes and shops in Toodyay. A variety of food and drink will be available in Duidgee & Stirling Parks. Come along and enjoy what promises to be an eventful and fun day.”


9) Fremantle International Street Arts Festival

Fremantle International Street Arts Festival

When: April 10-13, 2020

Where: Fremantle 

Festival style: Arts 

https://www.streetartsfestival.com.au

“Fremantle International Street Arts Festival started as a celebration of Fremantle’s local busking culture in 1999 and has grown into a showcase of the world’s best street theatre. Each year over the Easter long weekend, the streets of Fremantle are transformed into an open-air theatre of the amazing, weird and wacky, while Fremantle’s famous alfresco dining steps up a notch, with pop-up bars and eateries extending into the streets. Entertainment centres around several major ‘pitches’ or performance locations and roving performers pop up in surprising and interesting places all across the City.”


10) Perth Comedy Festival

Perth Comedy Festival

When: April / May 

Where: Various locations across Perth 

Festival style: Comedy 

http://perthcomedyfestival.com

“The annual Perth Comedy Festival brings a line-up of the world’s biggest comedy stars and next-big-things to WA stages every April and May.

The Festival program includes a series of special events and showcases, including the spectacular Galas at Subiaco’s Regal Theatre.

The Perth Comedy Festival has established itself as a landmark event on WA’s cultural calendar. From stand-up to sketch, satire, improv, musical, absurdist, theatre, magic and kids comedy, there’s something in the program to satisfy all tastes. The Festival attracts a diverse audience from Perth and beyond, representing all age groups.”


11) Good Food & Wine Show Perth

Perth Food Festivals 2020

When: August 

Where: Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Perth

Festival style: Food and wine  

https://goodfoodshow.com.au/perth/

“You can catch all the action at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre for three days of good food and great wine, spanning from Friday to Sunday. Enjoy a fun day out with friends discovering new foods, new wines and latest products. With hundreds of local and international exhibitors, your new favourite food and drinks are only a sample away.”


12) Fairbridge Festival

Fairbridge Festival - Perth, WA Festivals 2020

When: April 17-19, 2002

Where: Pinjarra, Western Australia 

Festival style: Music 

https://fairbridgefestival.com.au/wp/

“An annual family-friendly celebration of folk, world and roots music in a traffic-free, self-contained, heritage-listed village. Almost 100 acts will entertain you on this magical escape from everyday life. Don’t miss out on WA’s best kept secret that has been a firm favourite for years all just 5 km north of Pinjarra – only an hour’s drive from central Perth. Come for the day or camp for the three-day weekend!”


13) Falls Festival 

Falls Festival - New Years Eve Festivals Australia 2019

When: January 405, 2020

Where: Fremantle 

Festival style: Music 

https://fallsfestival.com/fremantle/

“Falls Music & Arts Festival (commonly known as Falls) is a multi-day music festival held annually in Lorne (Victoria), Marion Bay (Tasmania), Byron Bay (New South Wales) and Fremantle (Western Australia), Australia over the New Year’s Eve and January period. The festival hosts contemporary music performances, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other art forms. Camping is available and all locations have nearby beaches which are either walking distance or a short bus ride away. Artists playing at the festival include rock, hip hop, indie music, electronic music, blues and roots.”


14) Kings Park Festival

When: September 

Where: Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth 

Festival style: Family

https://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park/events/festiva

“Join us for the world’s biggest celebration of Western Australian wildflowers in spectacular Kings Park and Botanic Garden. The Festival program will feature an extravaganza of events and activities for lovers of wildflowers, gardens, conservation, art, local culture and the beautiful natural landscapes of Western Australia.”

 


15) Blues at Bridgetown

Perth Blues Folk Festival

When: November 

Where: Bridgetown, WA 

Festival style: Music 

https://bluesatbridgetown.com.au

“The sleepy township of Bridgetown – located 260 kms South of Perth and best known for it’s annual apple harvest – will come alive on the 8th, 9th and 10th of November for three days of acoustic and electric blues at the Blues At Bridgetown festival.

Now in its fourth year, Blues At Bridgetown is pulling out all the stops to consolidate its reputation as one of the countries finest showcases for established Australian blues artists and as a launching pad for up-and-coming blues talent of the future.”


16) Social Impact Festival

When: July 2020

Where: Various locations across Perth 

Festival style: Environment & Society 

https://socialimpactfestival.org

“Hear from global experts about major issues facing our society and how we can address them, get an insight into what it is like to be homeless and explore the Good Market where you can purchase ethically sourced products at the Social Impact Festival.Run by The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact, the festival will include more than 40 events during July, designed to spark discussion and ideas for solutions to complex social issues, challenge existing perceptions and motivate people to make a difference.”


17) Rottofest

Rottnest Island - Perth Itinerary

When: November 17-19, 2019

Where: Rottnest Island, WA 

Festival style: Music & Comedy

“Each year Rottofest aims to put on the most entertaining, bang for your buck, festival away. It’s a place where you and your friends can have a holiday away from the big smoke; it’s a trip overseas without needing to renew your passport and it all takes place within the idyllic and picturesque surrounds of our own Rottnest Island​​.”


18) Perth International Jazz Festival

Perth International Jazz Festival

When: November 

Where: Various locations across Perth 

Festival style: Music 

http://perthinternationaljazzfestival.com.au

“Established in 2012, the PIJF was the brain-child of (the late) Associate Professor Graham Wood. Together with the Board of Directors, the Festival in its first year was ranked 4th in Time Out’s ‘Top 7 Australian Jazz Festivals’ (August 2013) and featured in the West Australian’s Art’s ‘Best in the West’ (2013). The purpose of the PIJF is to promote jazz music to the wider community, including the international community. It aims to bring inspiring music by talented musicians from around Australia and the world to Perth, and present creative programs in an accessible and vibrant way. Our vision is to become nationally and internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s iconic jazz festivals and attract distinguished jazz performers from all around the globe.”


19) Nannup Music Festival

nanup Music Festival - Perth, WA, Festivals 2020

When: February / March 

Where: Nannup, WA 

Festival style: Music 

http://nannupmusicfestival.org/fp/

“Celebrating its 31st year in 2020, the much loved Nannup Music Festival presents an eclectic mix of acts over the first weekend of March each year, set to the stunning bush backdrop of Australia’s South West and the small town atmosphere of Nannup; a historic timber town on the banks of the Blackwood River. Since 1989, the festival – a community spirited event, operated by a passionate and dedicated team of Committee and Staff from the non profit  Nannup Music Club Inc – has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming and rewarding weekend of music around, and a much anticipated event in WA’s music calendar. It is an amazing and inspiring weekend for everyone and a special place to share a festival experience and authentic good times with your family and friends; a colourful celebration of original music, art, nature, community and diversity.”


20) Festival of Sail

City of Perth Festival of Sail 2020

When: January / February 

Where: Perth Quay, Perth

Festival style: Sailing  

https://www.swanriversailing.com/festival-of-sail-about/

“Swan River Sailing is excited to present an increasingly robust program of events, including two days of free ‘try sailing’ for children and adults at the quay. The main attraction at the City of Perth Festival is the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, which will be held from Monday to Friday, sailed in Perth waters, right outside the quay. This event is open to the world’s best youth sailors (under the age of 25 years) and offers a pathway to reach their match racing goals on the international circuit.”

 


21) Sculpture by the Sea

When: March 

Where: Cottesloe Beach, Perth

Festival style: Art 

https://sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe/

“Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is staged on the beautiful Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. The exhibition is featured from the sea wall all the way along the sand towards North Cottesloe and on the surrounding grassed areas creating a beautiful sculpture park. Access to Cottesloe Beach can be made from the ramps or stairs at different locations along Marine Parade.”


 22) Oktoberfest in the Gardens 

When: October 

Where: Langley Park, Perth

Festival style: Beer 

https://perth.oktoberfestinthegardens.com.au

Australia’s biggest and best Oktoberfest celebration

“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.”


 23) Perth Fashion Festival

Perth Fashion Festival 2019

When: September 

Where: Various locations across Perth 

Festival style: Fashion 

https://perthfashionfestival.com.a

“Now in its 21st year, Perth Fashion Festival is one of Australia’s premier fashion events. It has cultivated an international reputation for fostering some of Australia’s most sought after creative talent and showcasing Western Australian designers on a global stage. Each year will be bigger, better and brighter than ever before as we both share the same vision of creating a brilliantly connected future for everyone to enjoy.”


Am I Missing Any Epic Perth Festivals?

Being such a massive and vibrant city, I’m sure there are tons more upcoming festivals, events, concerts, and family fun stuff in Perth that I’m missing! So if you think I need to add any specific festival to this list, please do reach out and let me know! I’d love to keep this list as up-to-date as possible with the best information!  

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  1. Karen Dore says:

    East Fremantle’s George Street Festival – turning 30 this year (on 1 December) and this year the main stage music will be AMAZING thanks to the assistance of The Duke of George :o)

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