Winter, the perfect time to snuggle up and do nothing right? WRONG! Perth City comes to life each winter with amazing shows, free activities and plenty of food & wine events and 2019 is no exception. To make it easy we’ve made a list of our favourite things to do this winter in Perth CBD, which you can even read without leaving the couch. From S’mores Cocktails, to comedy, there’s something for everyone.
Explore for longer when you stay in Perth City – plus save up to 30% off and enjoy FREE breakfast when you book with our Winter Escape Sale.
La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer)
Image credit: WA Ballet
We didn’t think it was possible, but this winter WA Ballet returns to His Majesty’s Theatre with a dance even more beautiful than the last. Go back in time to the 19th Century to learn the story of Solar, son of the Maharajah, as he’s forced to marry the Governor General’s daughter over the love of his life; la bayadère.
Dates: 9 – 25 May. Learn more.
Perth Mess Hall
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Perth’s very own food truck home is opening at the Old Swan Barracks in Northbridge on May 10th! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can expect to see a rotating mix of Perth’s favourite food trucks with tastes from around the world. Enjoy your food with a beverage from Gage Road and Matsos in the outdoor or indoor dining space.
Dates: 10 May – onwards. Learn more.
Girls School Cinema
Image Credit: Rooftop Cinemas
From the talented folks who bring us Fringe Festival and Rooftop Movies, comes the winter edition Girls School Cinema. Tucked away in a historic old girls school, is your new favourite destination – screening blockbusters, classics and art house films. Snuggle into a beanbag with a free blanket, some wine and popcorn for the ultimate cosy winter night.
Dates: 17 May – 12 October. Learn more.
Disney on Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends
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If you haven’t taken the family to Disney on Ice you’re missing out! Watch as Disney brings magic to life with all your favourite characters including Toy Story, Elsa and Anna, and for the very first time on the ice – Moana! Best of all, we’re just a short walk from RAC Arena and when you stay at Holiday Inn Perth Kids Stay & Eat Free.
Dates: 31 May – 3 June. Learn more.
WA Day Festival
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Taking place on the first Monday of June each year, WA Day celebrates all Western Australians and those who call WA home while recognising our Indigenous history. The FREE event will be located at Burswood Park this year, with plenty of family friendly activities (soon to be announced).
Dates: 31 May – 3 June. Learn more.
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WA Day Festival also plays host to a free, all ages music festival SOTA (Sate of the Art Festival). The event features well known artists including Drapht, John Butler, Jebediah and Slumberjack. There are plenty of food and drink stands, including a licensed bar area for over 18’s to enjoy.
Dates: 3 June. Learn more.
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Perth’s favourite Winter Wine Festival City Wine is returning for another year of wine, beer and cider tastings. Enjoy a tasting and have a boogie to local DJs or cosy up near one of the heaters with a glass of red. Don’t worry about getting rained out – City Wine is set up under cover at Yagan Square.
Dates: 7 & 8 June. Learn more.
Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow
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Some of the best Australian and International comedians are getting ready for a road trip! Travelling all around Australia, the Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow promises a laugh for everyone.
Dates: 21 & 22 June. Learn more.
Winter Fest 2019
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Who says winter is a season for hibernating? Perth City comes alive each winter with plenty of activations and family friendly activities including Winter Fest Theatre (free), Winter Light Installations and an Ice-Skating rink! Stay tuned for more info.
Dates: 22 June – 21 July.
State of Origin
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For the first time ever, Rugby League’s biggest event is heading to Perth, Optus Stadium. Watch as the teams go head to head in the biggest game of the year.
Dates: 23 June. Learn more.
S’mores Cocktail & Hot Choc
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Nothing says winter like a delicious S’more, but this winter Ivy & Jack have changed the rules of the game. S’mores Cocktail vs Hot Choc, which would you choose? *Stay tuned for the special 2019 version.
Date: 24 June – 21 July
The Camfield: EOFY Cocktail Party
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Join The Camfield for the biggest EOFY party in Perth! Enjoy live bands, a rooftop lounge, cocktails and more from just $35 a ticket. Hurry; last year’s event sold out to over 2500 corporates! Go on, celebrate the end of financial year with a bang – your clients, colleagues and friends will love it.
Dates: 28 June. Learn more.
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Well known for his confrontational single This is America, singer Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover is making his way to RAC Arena. Childish Gambino has earned multiple Grammy’s in his time including Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance, so you can expect a big show coming your way.
Dates: 14 July. Learn more.
Bangarra: 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand
Image credit: Bangarra Dance Theatre
Bangarra Dance Theatre are celebrating their 30th anniversary season with three contemporary works depicting the artistry and community connections that have concreted Bangarra in the Australian Dance scene. The three works are Unaipon, Stamping Ground and to make fire. You won’t want to miss this performance at State Theatre Centre of WA.
Dates: 31 July – August 3. Learn more.
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Catch the Wallabies take on the All Blacks for the Bledisloe Cup at Optus Stadium this winter. This will be the only time the Wallabies and All Blacks verse each other in Australia for all of 2019 – don’t miss your opportunity to watch them live.
Dates: 10 August. Learn more.
Exploring Perth City in the winter just got easier; forget wandering around in the rain looking for your car, stay longer and enjoy more when you book a room in the centre of the city at Holiday Inn Perth. Receive up to 30% off, free breakfast and free wifi when you book with our Winter Sale! Starts 16 May!