Most visitors to Perth enjoy its laid-back vibe and easy access to beautiful beaches and wildlife.
After all, Perth is often considered as a gateway city to the rustic region of Western Australia.
However, Western Australia’s largest city also boasts an exciting annual calendar of events. From showcases of art, antiques, and foreign arthouse films to delicious farm fresh foods and drinks, holidays in Perth promise something fun for everyone.
Here are some of our Pan Pacific Perth team's choice Perth picks.
Imbibe richly in the culture of the Iberian peninsula and beyond. Happening from 24 April to 12 May 2019, the annual Spanish Film Festival in Perth offers an extensive spread of Spanish films for movie lovers that will be screened at the art house venue Cinema Paradiso.
Some screenings offer Q&A sessions with directors, such as From Rosendo to Rosendo. Festival ambassador Miguel Maestre is a Sydney resident who is famous for being a restaurateur and TV personality.
Part of the Luna chain of cinemas, Paradiso has also hosted international film festivals and screened cult foreign films. Festival tickets are 20 AUD for adults and 16.50 AUD concession.
Trail Dog. Credit: The African Attachment
Scale the dizzying peaks of the gorgeous Canadian Rockies from the safety of your cinema seat. From 21-25 May 2019, Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to the State Theatre Centre of WA in Perth as part of its annual Western Australia stops.
First kicking off in 1976, this international film competition with over 375 annual entries and short film and documentary presentation focuses on Canada’s mountain culture and sports.
As part of the festival’s global tour, a 2+ hour selection of winning films on landscapes, cultures, and high-action sports will be screened in Australia.
If you love superheroes and otaku and fan culture, you should not miss the annual Perth Supanova Pop Culture Expo at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Happening from 28-30 June, 2019, this is a must-go convention for local and international fans of science fiction and fantasy, graphic novels, anime, gaming, and pop culture characters. Travelling from the Gold Coast to Melbourne to Sydney and finally stopping at Perth before heading on to Brisbane and Adelaide, 200,000 fans are predicted to visit this year.
Snap up mementos of your favorite on-screen or comic book hero, or catch celebrity sightings on stage. From cosplay to Nerf guns to makeup workshops to gaming chair product exhibits, the event promises to help you uncover your inner geek. Tickets will be available online.
The annual Carnival Fever happens every June at the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds. 2019's is scheduled for the long weekend of 1-3 June 2019.
Unlike funfairs where you have to pay for each individual ride, this outdoor fair allows you to pay a flat fee to enjoy all the rides at its showgrounds which are suitable for ages 2 and up. A highlight is the Star Flyer, known as the tallest ride in Western Australia at 30 metres.
Be entertained by Carnival Fever’s array of roving performers, stage shows, face painters, and the Zap Circus acrobatic duo. Online tickets start at AUD25 for one person or AUD65 for a family of three. Feeling famished? Tuck into any of the numerous food trucks available at the fair.
Enjoy rib-tickling Australian humour at the Perth Comedy Festival.
Happening 22 April - 19 May 2019 and every year, the Perth Comedy Festival features Australia’s funniest Youtube stars, stand-up artists, and international performers every year. 2019's lineup includes Colin Ebsworth, Daniel Sloss, Nazeem Hussain, Simone Springer, Stephen K Amos (UK), and more funnybone-tickling talents.
Curated by festival director Jorge Menidis, the Festival kicks off with a gala night of comedy to mark three weeks of sketch performances, satire, improv, magic and childrens’ comedy.
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Arriving at Perth in other times of the year?
Alternatively, speak to our team at Pan Pacific Perth to enquire about tickets and showtimes, as well as our latest offers for rooms and suites. See you down under!