Perth Summer Cultural Events Guide

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January 15 View of Perth Australia at sunset

Perth sizzles in summer, with a smorgasbord of cultural events and experiences on offer. We have compiled our top picks to keep you entertained from sunrise to sunset – and late into the night.

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Perth International Arts Festival

13 February to 7 March 2015

With miles of breathtaking beaches and scenery on its doorstep, it is no surprise Perth is an inspired artistic hub. The Perth International Arts Festival is the longest-running event of its kind in Australia, and launches the city’s cultural calendar for 2015. From film to opera and dance, theatre and circus to classical and contemporary music, family fun, visual arts and even the Perth Writers Festival, this event offers up a feast of performances for all ages and tastes. This year’s highlights include Madame Butterfly, London Grammar, Black Diggers, and much more.

Perth International Arts Festival
Image by Tama Leaver

Tickets sell fast. To book, visit the Perth Festival website.

City of Perth Twilight Hawkers Market

Until 30 April 2015

Perth City comes to life every Friday night, with the popular Twilight Hawkers Market. Sample snacks, delicacies and gourmet fare from around the world as you stroll in the warm summer breeze, indulging in the laid-back lifestyle that is synonymous with the west coast.

Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea

6 March to 23 March 2015

Perth’s Cottesloe Beach is famed for its tranquil turquoise waters, its historic jetty, and bars with sunset views – and for the 11th year running, one of the world’s biggest free public events, as Sculpture by the Sea returns to the city.

Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea, Perth, Australia
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More than 70 renowned local, interstate and international artists will showcase sculptures to inspire, delight and excite against the backdrop of one of Western Australia’s most iconic beaches. Meander through the sculpture park in the evening and watch the magenta sun slink below the horizon.

Rooftop cinema

Until 11 April 2015

Take the elevator to the top floor of the City of Perth Roe Street carpark, and sit back, relax and enjoy Perth’s favourite pop-up outdoor cinema.

Offering a range of flicks from art house and cult classics, to foreign films, and the latest releases, Rooftop Movies guarantees a romantic evening under the stars or a fun-filled experience with friends and family.

Fremantle Arts Centre Summer Concerts

Until 26 March 2015

Concert at Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
Image by Al Black

The summer series of outdoor concerts at the historic Fremantle Arts Centre is an intimate affair. See New Zealand soul-shakers Fat Freddy’s Drop on Saturday 24 January 2015, or chill out to Melbournian musician Chet Faker on Saturday 22 February 2015 on the South Lawn. See the Fremantle Arts Centre website for more information and to book tickets.

Ready to immerse yourself in the best of Perth’s cultural events? Enjoy luxurious comfort and convenience at Pan Pacific Perth, where you can take in the panoramic Swan River views and stroll to the city’s premium precinct for shopping, dining and entertainment.


  • Cooper Patton says:

    Perth is such a beautiful city… still haven’t been out to Cottesloe beach though, that sculpture looks cool

  • LiamMcClure says:

    I have just moved to Australia and living in Sydney but I think I will have to have a look out West at some point.

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