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calendar of events: perth + fremantle


Here's all the news on events, shows, concerts, festivals and anything else you should see if you're in town. There's always something on, whether it be concerts, theatre, sport or something for the kids that you're interested in. Click on the individual event for more information. Details are subject to change, check the organisers' websites for the latest information.



to 11 Dec Bill Henson Photographs Exhibitions|Displays

This exhibition presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompasses translucent portraits and nudes, lush museum interiors and haunting landscapes, to create an intimate space where the viewer’s imagination can roam. The images in this show are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2013, and continue Henson’s study of the human condition, of the unknowable and the familiar, the strangeness and mystery of the world, which he has realised over his distinguished forty year career.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

continuing Dinosaur Discovery, Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous Exhibitions|Displays

Prepare for a close encounter with the most extraordinary creatures to ever walk the earth. Featuring 23 moving, life-size animatronic models of the Cretaceous period. With more dinosaurs than ever before, including two monstrous Tyrannosaurus Rex, the exhibition is an all-ages experience to remember. Step inside a meteorite crater and roam with dinosaurs using cutting edge augmented reality. Dedicated kids’ activities encourage discovery, with a centrally-located play zone, digital dinosaur track experience and more.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd, Perth

continuing Escape From Pompeii – The Untold Roman Rescue Exhibitions|Displays

In 79 BCE Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under huge waves of volcanic ash and debris. As many tried to flee, the Roman Navy attempted a heroic but ultimately tragic rescue of victims stranded at the foot of the volcano. You are invited to explore the disaster that unfolded as a result of the eruption and learn how the control of the Mediterranean gave the Roman Empire unprecedented prosperity.
WA Maritime Museum, Cliff St, Fremantle

20 Oct to 23 Mar City of Perth Twilight Hawkers’ Markets Markets|Shopping

Perth's original and largest hawkers market is back! From the Netherlands and Germany to Italy and Spain, there are plenty of European influences alongside exotic Asian cuisine. With live local music adding to the cultural atmosphere, it’s the perfect Friday night out.
Forrest Place, Perth

to 3 Dec Black Swan State Theatre Company: Let The Right One In Theatre|Dance|Film

A deeply moving and enigmatic tale of friendship – of promises made and bonds sealed in blood. This stage adaptation of the acclaimed Swedish novel and film, Let the Right One In, tells of a friendship between a boy and a centuries-old vampire. Oskar is a bullied lonely teenager living with his mother on a housing estate on the outskirts of town. Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn’t go to school and never leaves the flat by day. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn’t know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very, very long time. When a spate of sinister killings rock the neighbourhood, their lives become further entwined. How will they survive in a world that seems destined to tear them apart?
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

to 2 Dec Terrence McNally’s Masterclass Theatre|Dance|Film

The original diva. The greatest dramatic soprano of her generation. After a sensational career that saw her become the undisputed star of the world’s greatest Opera Houses including, La Scala and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Maria Callas accepts an invitation to conduct a series of master classes to a select group of young vocal students at the Juilliard School in New York. In Terrence McNally's extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time, as she passes on to her students, and to us, the experiences and lessons of a lifetime. We witness her passion and commitment and realise the uniqueness of her great talent as she cajoles and lectures her students, delivering wisdom and insults in true diva style.
Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

to 10 Dec West Australian Ballet: Peter Pan Theatre|Dance|Film

Peter Pan will once again take flight at His Majesty’s Theatre. With a little help from some fairy dust, Peter Pan whisks the Darling children from their London home to the magical realm of Neverland. Wendy, John and Michael find dangers and adventures hidden around every corner, while the wickedly wonderful Captain Hook lurks close behind. A fantasy-filled adventure for the whole family, this enchanting story features all the beloved characters including the ticking crocodile, mermaids, fairies, Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

15 Dec Joondalup Twilight Markets Markets|Shopping

The Joondalup Twilight Markets feature an exciting selection of hand-picked stallholders from around Western Australia. The popular markets will be held on five Friday evenings leading up to Christmas and will offer locally sourced, designed and created art, craft, clothing, jewellery, homewares and giftwares as well as delicious food stalls, children’s activities and local musicians.
Central Walk, Joondalup City Centre Ph: 9400 4926

continuing Lotterywest Festival Films Theatre|Dance|Film

Once again the world's finest dramas, comedies, thrillers and love stories light up the outdoor screens at Somerville and Joondalup Pines from November to mid-April this summer. For more than half a century, our Festival has presented the quintessential Perth summer experience; the very best arthouse films outdoors at the Somerville. Come early with a picnic or choose from the wide selection of food available at the venue. As Perth's premier outdoor cinema north of the city, Joondalup Pines at Edith Cowan University campus is an equally ideal destination for quality entertainment in a relaxed setting. Bring a picnic, enjoy a BBQ lakeside or be tempted by the selection of delicious culinary offerings available onsite. A Perth International Arts Festival event.
Somerville Auditorium, UWA, Winthrop Ave, Crawley and Joondalup Pines, ECU, Joondalup Drive, Joondalup

1–2 Dec Asher Fisch & WASO: Destiny, Fate and Heroes Music|Concerts

Avner Dorman’s sometimes introspective, sometimes explosive After Brahms: Three Intermezzi for Orchestra provides the perfect gateway between our world and that of Brahms, whose poetic works for choir and orchestra themselves pave the way for Richard Strauss’ autobiographical tone poem, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life). This is repertoire at the very centre of Asher Fisch’s art and promises to be a concert long-remembered.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

1–23 Dec Santa’s Magical Kingdom Families|Children

The magic of Christmas comes alive at Santa's Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land that includes everything you love about the festive season, plus an international spectacular Christmas show that will amaze young and old. Lasting memories of fun, laughter and special family time will be remembered by guests long after the event has come to a close. Santa's Magical Kingdom is for every child and the inner-child in all of us. 
Crown Pyramid, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

1 Dec The Rhythms of Ireland Theatre|Dance|Film

Experience a spectacular evening of traditional Irish dance, music and song enhanced by stunning costumes, lighting and sound.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

1 Dec Fat Pizza and Housos Comedy

Director, writer, producer, actor and comedian, Paul Fenech, is back on the road again with his brand new show: Fat Pizza and Housos. After five movies, thousands of live comedy shows and over a hundred half hours of TV and a sell-out tour of the Australian east coast, Fenech has developed his funniest show yet.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

1–24 Dec Santa’s Enchanted Wardrobe Families|Children

The real magic of Christmas comes alive with the unique immersive theatre experience. Begin with a game of hide and seek; come enter the enchanted wardrobe and discover Narnia, Mr Tumnus and the Enchanted Forest. Interact with our spellbinding characters in small groups and witness the giant magic mushrooms where the fairies play in the Elderling Tree; gather the fairy dust and journey to the North Pole. Help the reindeers fly and our workshop come to life before spending quality time with a quality Santa.
Claremont Showgrounds, Ashton Ave, Claremont Ph: 1300 795 012

2 Dec Paul McCartney Music|Concerts

Come and experience and relive all the great hits of Sir Paul McCartney and Wings together with the timeless classic hits of The Beatles in a spectacular international concert experience.
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

2 Dec Perth Racing: Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes Day Sport

The good times continue with week 2 of The TABtouch Masters featuring the $1,000,000 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes and a taste of the best from WA’S own Great Southern Region. With local foods and wine from the region, the finals of the TABtouch Regional Championships and the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final, it’s a day not to be missed. Book now!
Ascot Racecourse, Grandstand Rd, Ascot

3 Dec Handel’s Messiah Music|Concerts

Renowned for it's moving, dramatic and memorised performances of this work, the Perth Symphonic Chorus will again highlight the depths and celebrations of a libretto that delivers the Christmas message with joy and wonder. The sheer melodic inventiveness of Handel’s masterpiece allows the listener to indulge in an abundance of great well known arias and revel in the majesty and power of grand choruses unmatched by any other composer.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

3 Dec Summersalt Music|Concerts

SummerSalt is a brand new concert event which exemplifies the great Australian outdoor summer. Launching the first series of concerts will be some of Australia’s best loved and most notable bands and artists including John Butler and Missy Higgins. With sun, salt air, and sweet music to wash over the Australian coast, SummerSalt will create the perfect setting to dance the afternoon away with your friends or chill on the beach.
Hotel Rottnest, Rottnest Island

3 Dec Earthcore In The Park Festivals|Celebrations

Earthcore In The pPark is a one day outdoor event featuring some of the best acts and a taste of the same world class production you expect from the mothership 5 day earthcore festival in Victoria. Perfect for those of you that want all the fun without the travel and camping.
Mulberry on Swan, 34 Hamersley Rd, Caversham

5–10 Dec Menopause the Musical in Concert Music|Concerts

Inspired by a hot flush and a bottle of wine, Jeanie Linders created Menopause the Musical as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived ‘The Change’.  Since its first performance, the show has evolved as a ‘grassroots’ movement of women who deal with life after 40 and all the challenges they conquer mentally, physically and spiritually. 
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

6 Dec Shawn Mendes Music|Concerts

Multi-platinum singer songwriter and global sensation Shawn Mendes will bring his acclaimed Illuminate World Tour to Australian arenas this summer.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

6 Dec Shawn Mendes: Illuminate World Tour Music|Concerts

Multi-platinum singer songwriter and global sensation Shawn Mendes will bring his acclaimed Illuminate world tour to Australian arenas this summer. Joining Mendes on all shows and making her Australian performance debut is one of 2017’s biggest global breakthrough artists, Julia Michaels.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

6 Dec Jack Johnson Music|Concerts

Jack Johnson and his band return this summer to play all your favourite songs outdoors under the stars. Touring in support of his forthcoming studio album, All The Light Above It Too, Johnson will be joined by special guests Bahamas. ​
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Kings Park Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

7–9 Dec Have Yourself A Barry Little Christmas Music|Concerts

He puts the Boss in Bossa Nova and the Yes in Polyester. He’s Barry Morgan: the celebrity organ salesman who is wooing audiences with the golden syrup sounds of his vintage Hammond Aurora Classic. Get ready for a Christmas party with a difference… and a whole lot of organ. Barry hopes to get a kiss or two under the mistletoe, and who knows? This might be the night he finds a friend with medical benefits. Let Barry put a little organ joy in your stocking this year and have yourself a Barry little Christmas.
Downstairs at the Maj, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

7 Dec A Day on the Green – KC and the Sunshine Band, Village People and Sister Sledge Music|Concerts

Get set to put on your boogie shoes and party when these disco legends combine for a huge a day on the green tour. All artists will perform with full bands, including an impressive 15-piece outfit with KC and the Sunshine Band. Joining the celebration will be Australia's own disco royalty Marcia Hines. The king of boogie and the queens of disco sharing the same stage with a cowboy, a construction worker, a Native American, a policeman, a biker and a soldier at an event jam-packed with guaranteed party-starters. Can you dig it?
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Kings Park Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

8 Dec Christmas with The Idea of North & WASO Music|Concerts

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Australia’s leading vocal quartet. Multi ARIA Award winners The Idea of North are renowned for their beautifully distinct vocal sound and style that crosses many musical genres, from jazz to folk, gospel, pop and classical. With twelve albums in the catalogue, and legions of local and international fans, they have established themselves as one of this country’s most exciting vocal groups. In their first ever concert with WASO, The Idea of North perform Christmas songs and music from around the world - including your favourite holiday tunes! Enjoy the sophisticated harmonies and good old-fashioned fun that these superbly talented singers bring to the stage as they and WASO usher in the holiday season.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

8 Dec National Basketball League Sport

Perth Wildcats v Adelaide 36ers
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

8 Dec Acoustic Alchemy Music|Concerts

This year's Acoustic Alchemy show will be an awesome night to remember, with Things of Stone and Wood, Toby and Carus Thompson, Experience the magic. Picnic at sunset and have a dance on stage to the amazing acoustic tunes... under the stars. BYO picnic and alcohol.
Quarry Amphitheatre, Waldron Drive, City Beach Ph: 13 61 00

9 Dec J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only Tour Music|Concerts

Multi-platinum-selling artist J. Cole is touring in support of his fourth album, the Platinum-certified 4 Your Eyez Only, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2016. Each of its ten tracks has notched a place on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont Ph: 13 61 00

9 Dec Land Rover Polo in the City Sport

A rare opportunity to witness some of Australia’s top professional polo players, while enjoying premium food and beverage from either private, corporate or public marquees.
Langley Park, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

9 Dec Culture Club Music|Concerts

Culture Club are sounding better than ever as Boy George and the rest of the original line-up including Roy Hay, Jon Moss, and Mikey Craig are now joined by an incredible group of great musicians including extra percussionists, keyboard players, backing singers and a horn section. This bigger line up now stands as an incredible musical revue that adds a whole new element of warmth and sound to their live shows, all of which are consistently receiving glowing reviews.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

9 Dec Perth Racing: Magic Millions Kingston Town Classic Sport

Enjoy the festive good times with family and friends on the final day of the TABtouch Masters with the $1,000,000 Magic Millions Kingston Town Classic. Bring the kids and enjoy a relaxed afternoon under the blue skies with picnics available, kid’s activities and a special visit from Santa. To book a Christmas celebration in one of the many new dining and marquee options, go to
Ascot Racecourse, Grandstand Rd, Ascot

9 Dec Hyundai A-League Sport

Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

13 Dec Morning Melodies: WAYO Christmas Spectacular Music|Concerts

Celebrate the Christmas season with a showcase of Yuletide favourites performed by the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and some special guest vocalists. Including highlights from The Nutcracker, O Holy Night and Sleigh Ride, it promises to be the perfect send off for Morning Melodies 2017.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

14 Dec The Weeknd

Canadian singer, songwriter The Weeknd, aka Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, concludes his Starboy: Legend of the Fall world tour right here in Perth.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

14–18 Dec International Cricket Sport

Australia v England
WACA, Hale St, East Perth Ph: 13 61 00

15 Dec Texas Music|Concerts

With some of the 90s biggest anthems to their name, UK hitmakers Texas are heading to Australia for the first time in their 28-year career.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

16 Dec WASO: Symphony in the City 2017 Music|Concerts

This spectacular free event has become a highlight of the summer calendar for thousands of concert-goers in Perth. Symphony in the City is Perth’s largest free outdoor classical music concert and is the signal that summer has arrived and Christmas is around the corner. Join the Orchestra, WASO Chorus and special guest soloists for a fun-filled evening that features exciting, beautiful and heart melting music from your favourite classical works and film music scores. As always, the concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture accompanied by a pyrotechnics display. Save the date now and join us for a magical night under the stars.
Langley Park, Perth

16 Dec Hyundai A-League Sport

Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

16 Dec National Basketball League Sport

Perth Wildcats v Brisbane Bullets
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

17 Dec A Day on the Green – John Farnham Music|Concerts

Drawing on the phenomenal songbook from his stellar four decade-long career, 19-time ARIA Award winner and all-round top bloke, John Farnham continues to be ‘The Voice’ of Australian music, thrilling audiences with his onstage charisma and those incredible vocals. Joining John will be special guests the mighty Mondo Rock, the fabulous Kate Ceberano and soulful rockers The Badloves.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Kings Park Rd, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

17 Dec Hoodoo Gurus Live Music|Concerts

Hotel Rottnest will bring two of Perth's favourite pastimes together; a Sunday session at Rotto and the Hoodoo Gurus whom Western Australians call their very own. Set on a beachside stage with a breathtaking backdrop, the Hoodoo Gurus will rock out the afternoon playing all their hits and marking this a event not to be missed.
Hotel Rottnest, Rottnest Island Ph: 13 61 00

26 Dec Women’s T20 Big Bash League Cricket Sport

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars
WACA, Hale St, East Perth Ph: 13 61 00

26 Dec T20 Big Bash League Cricket Sport

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars
WACA, Hale St, East Perth Ph: 13 61 00

27 Dec Women’s T20 Big Bash League Cricket Sport

Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers
WACA, Hale St, East Perth Ph: 13 61 00

30 Dec to 6 Jan Hopman Cup Sport

Since the inaugural Hopman Cup was held in 1989, the unique world-class international tennis tournament continues to see the best in tennis descend on Perth to represent their country each year. Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis players of all time will join some of the world’s best as they battle it out for their country this Summer.
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

31 Dec Happy Zoo Year Families|Children

Enjoy live stage shows starring Poppy and Branch from Trolls, Fire Dog Marshall and Police Pup Chase from PAW Patrol and your favourite stars from Despicable Me 3, Gru, Dave and Mel. Packed with entertainment just for the kids. Sit back, relax with a picnic, visit your favourite animals and count in the New Year ‘zoo-style’ at 9pm.
Perth Zoo, 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth Ph: 13 61 00

31 Dec Origin NYE 2017 Festivals|Celebrations

Taking to the stage this New Year’s Eve is Danny Brown. The Detroit rapper is one of the most consistently intensive artists working in popular music right now known for his individuality, being described by MTV as ‘one of rap’s most unique figures in recent memory’. Also performing at Origin NYE 2017 is Alix Perez playing a collaborative set with Skeptical and English Grime artist Giggs will make a special guest performance that’s not to be missed.
Claremont Showgrounds, Ashton Ave, Claremont