Most visitors to Perth enjoy its laid-back vibe and easy access to beautiful beaches and wildlife.
After all, Perth is often considered as a gateway city to the rustic region of Western Australia.
However, Western Australia’s largest city also boasts an exciting annual calendar of events. From showcases of art, antiques, and foreign arthouse films to delicious farm fresh foods and drinks, holidays in Perth promise something fun for everyone.
Here are some of our choice Perth picks.
1: The Spanish Film Festival Australia
Imbibe richly in the culture of the Iberian peninsula and beyond. Happening from 18 April to 17 May 2017, the annual Spanish Film Festival in Perth offers an extensive spread of Spanish films for movie lovers that will be screened at the art house venue Cinema Paradiso.
Some screenings offer Q&A sessions with directors, such as From Rosendo to Rosendo. Festival ambassador Miguel Maestre is a Sydney resident who is famous for being a restaurateur and TV personality.
Part of the Luna chain of cinemas, Paradiso has also hosted international film festivals and screened cult foreign films. Festival tickets are AUD19 for adults and AUD15.50 concession, the minimum age to attend is 18, and English subtitles will be shown.
2: Banff Mountain Film Festival 2017
Trail Dog. Credit: The African Attachment
Scale the dizzying peaks of the gorgeous Canadian Rockies from the safety of your cinema seat. From 19 to 24 June 2017, Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to Perth as part of its annual Western Australia stop.
First kicking off in 1976, this international film competition with over 375 annual entries and short film and documentary presentation focuses on Canada’s mountain culture and sports.
As part of the festival’s global tour, both a 90-minute running program featuring 4 films about runners and their dreams in France, New Zealand, the Swiss Alps, and Nepal, and also a 130-minute selection of winning films will be screened in Australia.
If you’re in Perth in November instead, you can catch the affiliated Radical Reels Tour featuring films based on action sports in the mountains.
3: Supanova Pop Culture Expo
If you love superheroes and otaku and fan culture, you should not miss the annual Perth Supanova Pop Culture Expo at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Happening from 23 June to 25 June 2017, this is a must-go convention for local and international fans of science fiction and fantasy, graphic novels, anime, gaming, and pop culture characters. Travelling from the Gold Coast to Melbourne to Sydney and finally stopping at Perth before heading on to Brisbane and Adelaide, 200,000 fans are predicted to visit this year.
Snap up mementos of your favorite on-screen or comic book hero, or catch celebrity sightings on stage. From cosplay to Nerf guns to makeup workshops to gaming chair product exhibits, the event promises to help you uncover your inner geek. Tickets will be available online.
4. Carnival Fever Perth
The annual Carnival Fever 2017 returns yet again from 3 to 5 June at the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds.
Unlike funfairs where you have to pay for each individual ride, this outdoor fair allows you to pay a flat fee to enjoy all the rides at its showgrounds which are suitable for ages 2 and up. A highlight is the Star Flyer, known as the tallest ride in Western Australia at 30 metres.
Be entertained by Carnival Fever’s array of roving performers, stage shows, face painters, and the Zap Circus acrobatic duo. Online tickets start at AUD25 for one person or AUD65 for a family of three. Feeling famished? Tuck into any of the numerous food trucks available at the fair.
5: Perth Comedy Festival Gala
Enjoy rib-tickling Australian humour at the Perth Comedy Festival.
Happening 26 April to 21 May in 2017, the Perth Comedy Festival features Australia’s funniest Youtube stars, stand-up artists, and international performers every year. This year’s lineup includes Anne Klinge from Germany, Dane Baptiste and Sarah Callaghan from the UK, the South African Comedy All Stars, and Urzila Carlson from New Zealand.
Curated by festival director Jorge Menidis, the Festival kicks off with a gala night of comedy to mark three weeks of sketch performances, satire, improv, magic and childrens’ comedy. Tickets to individual performances are available online, and free festival guides are deliverable to Australian addresses.
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