Don’t feel like braving the busy roads down south this Easter long weekend? Fear not, there is an array of exciting events happening right here in Perth. Whether you feel like getting close to nature, watching a performance or hitting the town for a drink and a groove, we’ve got you covered.
Fremantle International Street Arts Festival
Dubbed ‘the world’s best street theatre’, the annual Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is a favourite for Perth locals during Easter. What started in 1999 as a celebration of Fremantle’s iconic busking culture is now a four-day extravaganza, featuring some of the most unique performers to every grace the historic Fremantle streets. Take a visit to the open-air theatre, pop up bars and scrumptious food stalls from April 19 – 22.
Have a picnic
Perth is filled with an abundant of lush picnic areas to discover. For those who enjoy the wilderness, take a visit to John Forrest National Park where you will find barbeque and seating facilities as well as the impressive Hovea Falls and walk trails. For a waterfall closer to home, John Oldham Park on Mounts Bay Road offers a peaceful inner-city oasis to enjoy a picnic. South Perth Foreshore is also a favourite set along the banks of the quiet Swan River with sweeping views of our iconic skyline.
John Forrest National Park by @sophstewart9
Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival
Feel like tucking in to a comforting bowl of pumpkin soup or biting in to a warm pumpkin scone this Easter? Why not check out the annual Easter Saturday Pumpkin festival in Dwellingup. Food vans will be on site to serve up delicious fuel to keep you going while you watch the 2019 Grand Weigh Off. The day will not be short of family fun with live music, circus challenges, laser tag and reptile displays sure to keep everyone entertained.
Get your groove on
The Easter long weekend is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house for a dance and a drink or two. The Leederville Block Party will be returning for a session spread across 5 venues on Sunday the 21st. Tunes will also be busting out of The Camfield as they host CAKE Block Party on the same evening. And if you weren’t lucky enough to grab tickets to the sold-out Touch Bass event, tickets to attend the official after party at Villa are still available.
Plant a vegetable patch
With sunshine set to be continuing over April, the Easter long weekend gives ample opportunity to get outdoors and grow your own vege garden. Plant seeds of household favourites including basil, broccoli, garlic and tomatoes now to start building up a supply for winter. Why not try incorporating some native edible plants into your garden, including salt bush and river mint. You could also try starting a compost system!
Easter Stargazing, Gravity Discovery Centre
Nestled amongst the tranquil bush in Gingin far from city lights is the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory. On both Easter Saturday and Sunday nights, WA’s leading astronomer Rick Tonello and his team will guide you through the sparkly wonders of our universe. You will have the opportunity to look through world class telescopes to spot and learn about the various constellations in the night sky.
Stirling Square Market, Guildford
Set along the picturesque grounds of Stirling Square across from Guildford’s iconic shopping antique strip, the Market will be popping up on Easter Sunday from 9AM – 2PM. There will be a unique array of stalls present, including clothing, quilt and craft displays. There will also be a variety of food options available to quench the hunger caused by shopping, as well as live entertainment. And the best bit? Dogs on leashes are welcome to attend!
About the author:
Caitlyn Watts is currently based in Perth and writes on a freelance basis while completing her studies in Journalism and Professional Writing and Publishing. Her favourite topics to explore include local news, culture and food.