If 2022 has taught us anything it’s that Perth has fully cemented its status as a prime destination for world class events, and as we head into a busy spring/summer season it looks like the City of Light will be shining even brighter!
From Christmas Lights Trails and the return of the spectacular drone light shows, to delicious Hawkers Markets, Pride Parade and much, much more – we’ve tried to capture as many highlights to help you re-discover and fall in love with your city all over again.
Read on below, head to VisitPerth.com for more info and/or inspo, and don’t forget you can park for free around the city after 6pm every night, and for three hours on the weekends thanks to City of Perth.
City of Light Shows (19-20 November, 31 December, 26 January, 17-18 February)
After this year’s successful City of Light 60th Anniversary event, the stunning light shows will go monthly in the City! Each event will see the City come alive for an afternoon of family fun, before a spectacular light show engulfs the night sky, with special fireworks editions taking place on New Year’s Eve and Australia Day.
Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail (18 November – 2 January, 2023)
Now in its sixth year, the Christmas Lights Trail covers six whole kilometres around the City over 46 balmy summer evenings, showcasing a cast of 35 unique large-scale light installations. There’ll be Christmas icons, Aussie animals and immersive light projections across historic buildings to take in, along with festive entertainment, Santa and performances in the City every Friday and Saturday night.
Twilight Hawkers Market (Now-31 March, 2023)
WA’s original (and biggest) street food market has made its triumphant return to Perth’s CBD, running every Friday over summer from 4.30pm until 9.30pm. It’s the perfect spot for an after-work feed or to stop off during Friday night shopping, with a delicious array of affordable cuisines every week including Indonesian, Filipino, Nepalese, Italian, Polish, French, Brazilian, Indian, Malaysian and so much more! Not to mention heaps of vego, vegan, GF, halal and dairy free options.
Rooftop Movies (4 November-2 April, 2023)
Everyone’s favourite rooftop cinema is back for another summer of blockbuster flicks and throw-back favourites. Poppin’ corn and turning on the projector from November 4, the first program of Rooftop Movies’ season is on sale now – featuring the gloriously gossipy Don’t Worry Darling, ’50s caper See How They Run, the star-studded Amsterdam and more.
Pride Parade (26 November)
After a two year hiatus, PrideFEST returns to Northbridge – so you better believe there’s some lost partying to make up for! Be dazzled by a night of lights, colour, music and sensational costumes as the Parade marches down Aberdeen, William and James Streets in Northbridge, before winding up at Russell Square for a free, family-friendly community party until midnight. The Parade officially commences at 7.30pm, with plenty of pre-parade entertainment from 6pm.
Ice Cream Factory (2 December-1 January, 2023)
After some serious interruptions last summer Perth’s premier party palace Ice Cream Factory is back for a month of madness in its own stomping ground on the corner of Roe and Lake Street in Northbridge. Alongside a huge lineup of national guests that includes The Veronica, Vera Blue and Peking Duk, revellers will also welcome back the full suite of Ice Cream Factory bells and whistles, including unique activations, themed bars, silent discos and more.
It may be hard to believe, but Christmas is almost here and there’s plenty happening around the City to celebrate including the beloved Christmas Pageant (3 December), Carols In The City (10 December) and the popular Christmas Nativity family concert (December 17 & 18).
Arts, Culture & Music
Perth will be hosting performers from all over the world in the coming months, and there are some incredible shows to attend across an array of disciplines! For the family there’s the WA Symphony Orchestra’s Lotterywest Christmas Spectacular on 10 December and the return of FRINGE WORLD Festival from 20 January-19 February.
And for the big kids, the Perth Festival (10 February-5 March) is just about to launch its program, with Icelandic superstar Björk already announced. Around the same time St Jerome’s Laneway Festival will make its much-anticipated return to Perth after being hosted at Fremantle for the past few years, headlined by the likes of Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, Fred Again.. and more on 12 February.
For more of what’s happening in the City of Perth, head to the Visit Perth Website.
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