As the cooler weather and rains start to set in (Marge) and the summer festivities come to a close, the streets of Perth begin to quiet down. But nonetheless, there’s plenty of different things to do in Perth this April so get out there and make the most of the sunshine while it lasts. From Easter lunches to international festivals and live music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this April in Perth.
1. Dr. Michael Mosley’s Surprising Science
Chances are you’ve been flicking through the TV stations in the early hours of the evening on any odd day of the week and come across a British dude spittin’ wild facts about the human body – that’ll be Dr. Michael Mosley and he’s touring Australia in 2023. The popular doctor, author, and television host is heading to Perth in April of 2023 for a live show where he will discuss a number of topics that will reveal the latest, interesting knowledge around weight loss, sleep, mental health. Find out more around Dr. Michael Mosley’s Perth tour here.
2. Fremantle International Street Arts Festival
The streets of Fremantle will burst to life as performers transform the city into a world stage with the iconic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival – the biggest street arts festival in Australasia. This year’s program hosts a melting pot of high-octane performances, heaps of punchlines, and contagious spirit as artists share their impeccable skills spanning acrobatics, dance, stunting, comedy, performance and more; with artists hailing from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America, plus some homegrown Aussie talent in the mix. Find out more about the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival here.
3. Bogan Literature
There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for the glorious summit that is Rooftop Movies in Northbridge – Bogan Literature. Atop the six storey building on Northbridge’s busy Roe Street, high above the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle with sweeping views of Perth City, the space will be transformed into an open-air Rooftop Theatre where the world premiere of Bogan Literature: Pride & Prejudice will go down. Find out more about the production here.
4. Emma Memma’s Twirly Tour
Emma Memma will be twirling into the Astor Theatre to bring visual communication to the forefront of the children’s media space. Emma Memma is honing in on a new generation of communication, where she and her friends navigate challenges and adventure using sign language, choreographed dance narratives, gesture, mime, singing, speaking, listening, making craft, and drawing. Find our more and nab tickets here.
5. First Lights
Presented by Fremantle Biennale, First Lights is a sweeping work of art that will utilise almost 200 drones, programmed with specialist 3D animation techniques, all while in synchronisation and collaboration with musicians and composers to create a cinematic soundscape to accompany the captivating visuals. Each First Lights show is set to be led by Traditional Owners and Aboriginal artists, portraying a site-specific story that tells ancient knowledge, living stories and the history of each location. Find out more about First Lights here.
6. Jurassic Kingdom
Burswood Park will transform into Jurassic Kingdom where you will be stepping back in time and coming face-to-face with the humongous creatures, amongst other dino-themed attractions. Over 20 life-size animotronic dinosaurs will freakishly come alive amongst the trees, as well as other attractions such as the Giant Fossil Dig, Dino Craft Station, the Prehistoric Education Zone with 10 interactive exhibits to put your imagination to the test. Find out more about Jurassic Kingdom here.
7. Australian Youth Orchestra
The Australian Youth Orchestra are set to revive and carry on the legacy of classical visionaries with their vivacious energy and incredible skill in a must-see performance at Perth Concert Hall. The upcoming performance will be the ensemble’s first in our neck of the woods for a whopping 12 years, as they celebrate 75 years of the AYO organisation in 2023. Find out more about the performance here.
8. Mo’Ju at Yagan Square
On Saturday 15 April from 6pm to 9:30pm, ARIA Award nominated Wiradjuri-Filipino musician Mo’Ju will make their debut at Yagan Square with their lyrics that speak to the highs and lows of the soul as part of the Boorloo Heritage Festival 2023. Local talents Flewnt and Optamus, and special guest 10-year-old rap sensation, Inkabee will also take the stage. A range of native ingredient-inspired food and beverage options will also be up for grabs at this one-night-only celebration of Indigenous culture, set under the stunning Boorloo city stars. Nab tickets here.
9. Carnarvon Solar Eclipse
On Thursday 20 April 2023, the moon will align perfectly with the sun, creating a stunning solar eclipse visible from Carnarvon, a (mere) nine-hour drive or two-hour flight from Perth City. The rare event will be marked by a series of showstopping activities and performances, dubbed Carnarvon Solar Eclipse, that will take place throughout the week leading up to the highlight of the festival, Symphony of Music on eclipse day. Find out more about the festival highlights here.
10. Melville Open Studios
For the fifth year in a row, the creative community of Melville will be opening the doors to their homes, studios, and creative spaces across a two-days that will allow art enthusiasts and the wider community access to behind the scenes of the city’s range of diverse and talented local artists for Melville Open Studios. Discover hidden creative spaces across Melville city and immerse yourself in local art, with a total of 60 artists opening their studios, galleries and creative hubs across 21 locations from Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 April between 10am and 4pm.
11. Pixar-Putt Mini-Golf
Disney’s Pixar-themed putt-putt course is returning with even more characters and a new-and-improved course at the RAC Arena. You will be met by perennial favourites Buzz and Woody before tackling either the nine-hole half-course or the full 18-hole level. It’s going to be an adventure no matter your age; with a pop-up bar for adult-only nights! Find out more about Pixar-Putt mini-golf here.
12. ALDI Hot Cross Bun Bags
Get your hands on a limited-edition Hot Cross Bun Bag from the discount supermarket, ALDI this Easter season. The bag is designed to keep your buns snug, with two insulated compartments for your toasted goods. Find out how you can get your hands on one of the handy bags here.
13. No More Blank Laneways
The lower laneways of Brookfield Place are getting a facelift during March and April. Watch muralists live talent in action as Cale Hummerston, Bec Abdy, and Michael Hartley take to the walls in a theme to redefine what it means to catch up on lost time. Find out more about No More Blank Laneways here.
14. Death By Chocolate Brunch
On Friday 7 April from 12pm to 3pm, head to The Aviary’s rooftop in Perth City for a decadent brunch and three hours of drinks, plus an eggspresso martini on arrival. Expect to tuck into fare with the likes of chocolate hot cross buns with toasted marshmallow, vanilla ice cream, Oreo crumb and chocolate sauce. Book in here!
15. Scarborough Sunset Markets Aussies Edition
In celebration of The Aussies (the 2023 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships taking place in Scarborough) Perth’s iconic beachside markets are bringing you an extra special nine days of the Scarborough Sunset Markets – The Aussies Edition. All your favourite street eats from around the globe, boutique retail stalls, pop-ups bar, live music, and iconic sunsets from Saturday 25 March through to Sunday 2 April between 11am and 8pm.
16. Pressed Flower Framing Workshop
Learn how to collect, press, plan and put together a framed flower arrangement from the pro’s on Saturday 1 April from 1:30pm to 4pm. Pressed and Open Hands Creative are teaming up and whizzing into the lush gardens of Henry Summer for a dreamy workshop for floral lovers. Be treated to two complimentary drinks throughout, a non-stop stream of tea and coffee, delicious Henry Summer grazing tables to nibble on and a beautiful flower artwork to take home and enjoy. Nab tickets here.
17. Yagan Square Easter Garden Party
Celebrate Easter at Yagan Square with a day of family-friendly fun at the Yagan Square Garden Party on Saturday 8 April from 10am to 2pm. Bring the kids along to enjoy activates from an egg hunt to egg craft, disco and DJs, DIY doughnuts, bubbles, glitter, magic and more. Snap a picture with the Easter Bunny himself, and keep an eye out for special guests on stilts, blowing bubbles and creating magic as they roam.
18. Perth Comedy Festival
More than 65 hilarious new shows will roll into town for the 2023 Perth Comedy Festival from Monday 24 April through to Sunday 21 May, in one of the biggest line-ups of live stand-up the city has seen in recent years. International heavyweights and comedy festival favourites including David O’Doherty (IRE), Dylan Moran (UK), Danny Bhoy (SCO), Daniel Sloss (SCO), Ismo (FI), Jason Leong (MY), Kumarsutra (SG), S
19. Take a trip down memory lane at Disney 100: The Concert
In celebration of the centenary anniversary of The Walt Disney Company, a magical evening of music, animation and tales as old as time is coming to Australia. Disney 100: The Concert will feature star-studded performances and three of Australia’s premiere orchestras. If you’re obsessed with all things Disney, now’s your chance to unabashedly revel in your love for it. Find out more about Disney 100: The Concert here.