4 unmissable street festivals in Perth this autumn
April doesn’t just mark the arrival of beautifully mild autumn weather in Perth: it also brings a host of new events and attractions that are essential additions to any travel itinerary. While many assume the events season has quietened down as we wave goodbye to summer, the opposite is true as we approach a packed calendar of festivals, exhibitions and celebrations that serve as timely reminders that Perth really is one of the best cities in Australia.
Fremantle International Street Arts Festival
Witness the historic streets of Fremantle come alive over the Easter weekend (April 19th to the 22nd) in what has become one of the most popular -- and somehow still underrated -- festivals in Australia. What began in 1999 as a celebration of Fremantle’s famous busking cultural has flourished into one of the world’s pre-eminent celebrations of the the best street theatre and seems to get better and better every year.
You’ll see the weird, the wonderful and everything in between as Fremantle is taken over by buskers, theatre acts, roving performers, live music and ticketed shows in a lively display of street arts and culture. The combination of established performance locations and impromptu, pop-up demonstrations makes the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival a thoroughly engaging weekend. What’s more, a wide range of pop-up bars and eateries punctuate Fremantle for the duration of the festival, ensuring you’re thoroughly nourished as you enjoy the spectacle.
Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival
Hip hip, hooray! Get ready to celebrate the birth of Buddha and Australia’s exceptional diversity at the Supreme Court Gardens in Perth CBD. You don’t need to be Buddhist to get excited for this event -- in fact, it’s a great chance to learn a thing or two about the multicultural community of Perth and how the core philosophies of Buddhism can translate to your everyday life.
The two-day Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival on the 13th and 14th of April will centre on ‘Respect and Tolerance’ and ‘Fath and Legacy’ with the goal of promoting harmonious coexistence and how to achieve true peace and happiness. The event will feature a range of attractions and activities including ceremonial demonstrations, delicious vegetarian food, chinese calligraphy, children’s DIY arts and crafts, tai chi, meditation, fireworks, chinese lion and dragon dance and much more. Entry is free, so checking this festival out is a no brainer.
The Subiaco Street Party
Before you take a trip around the world for Buddha’s Birthday, there’s another unmissable opportunity to explore Perth’s vibrant multicultural community at the Subiaco Street Party on the 6th of April. Based on four geographical and cultural themes of the Americas, Asia, Mediterranean and Down Under, this colourful celebration combines everything you love about festivals: music, bars, food trucks, kids activities, workshops and dancing.
The festival will feature a number of performances and although organisers are keeping the full line up close to their chests, we already know the list of official entertainment will include a Yaolin Kung Fu Lion Dance, Taiko On Japanese Drumming, Juan Rando Dance Studio and the Commedia Academy.
Everyone needs time to relax, unwind and clear the mind away from the hustle and bustle of work and responsibility, and there’s no better place to do so than at Soul Festival on the 6th and 7th of April. Idyllically held at South Beach Fremantle, this festival is a confluence of everything body, mind and soul with a variety of performances and activities to enjoy. Grab a one-day or weekend pass and catch every session on the festival’s two stages which feature live music, guided yoga, meditation, soul workshops, dance and flow, healing and therapy and plenty more.
There’s plenty to learn, discover and enjoy at Soul Festival with the likes of laughter yoga, Afro-Kreol reggae, salsa dancing, breathwork, sound healing, stress management, Congolese guitar beats and yin meditation. There’s also an organic licensed bar, arts and crafts, food and drink stalls and markets to keep you refreshed and entertained between each session, while kids yoga and circus play make it a fun-filled day for the whole family. Trust us, this is a festival you won’t want to miss -- grab a ticket before it sells out!
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