While summer is on its way out (sad react), festival season happenings are still in full swing. There’s plenty of exciting things to do in Perth this March so get out there and make the most of the sunshine, while it lasts. From music festivals to the tail-end of Perth Festival and markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this March in Perth.
1. WA’s Great Graze
Across the month of March, the people of Perth are invited by WA’s Great Graze to reflect, share a platter and raise a glass to every person who helps to bring Western Australian (WA) produce from farm to table with eight unique foodie events around the state.
From street markets, winery luncheons, forest tours, and beach nights – there’s something going down near and far that’ll be sure to tantalise your taste buds while experiencing the best of WA flavours, thanks to Genuinely Southern Forests for the brand’s 10-year anniversary. Read all about WA’s Great Graze here.
2. Bjork’s Cornucopia at Perth Festival
One of the greatest art-pop musicians on our planet, Björk will headline Perth Festival for an exclusive season of her phenomenal concert experience, Cornucopia. The Icelandic singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, and actress has presented Cornucopia only a few times globally, and this truly is a rare window to witness a spectacular theatrical concert masterpiece for the first time in Australasia. Read all about Björk’s Perth performances here.
3. Higher Grnd
Higher Grnd will see the Red Hill Auditorium out in the Swan Valley pop with three emerging electronic artists from the UK headlining the soiree; Dimension, Conducta and Notion. The trio are dubbed UK dance music’s ‘best kept secret’. Find our more information about Higher Grnd and tickets here.
4. Songs For Freedom
The shores of Dyoondalup Point Walter will come alive on Sunday 5 March in an unforgettable evening of song and story for the third annual Songs for Freedom concert. Head down with family and friends to witness a powerful performance of songs, visions and messages from the Roebourne community in Ngarluma country, and experience a celebration of music, people and country; directed by Grammy-award-winning artist Lucky Oceans. Food trucks and cultural activities will commence from 5pm onwards, with performances kicking off from 7pm.
5. Roam Festival
Although no longer a camping festival due to some unforseen circumstances, Roam electronic music festival is still somewhat going forth across Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March at Metro City. The majority of the line-up is still able to give the people what they want, including Godlands, Anna Lunoe, K Motionz, Ben Miller, Lee Mvtthews, and Cassettes For Kids, plus a whole heap more.
6. Moulin Rouge! The Musical
In what is definitely one of the most anticipated musical theatre openings for 2022, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is all geared up and has officially made a grand entrance at the Crown Theatre in Burswood. And you can expect all the drama, fireworks, glitz, glamour and everything in between as this mesmerising transformation of Baz Luhrmann’s original film hits the stage. Find out more and nab tickets here.
7. Sculpture By The Sea
Now in its 19th year, and returning for a hefty 18 days, Sculpture by the Sea brings larger-than-life artworks to Cottesloe Beach, over 70 of them for that matter, 32 of which are created by homegrown, Western Australian artists. From Friday 3 through to Monday 20 March 2023, gaze upon the talents by creatives from near and far. Think Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United States, Taiwan and the Czech Republic; all meticulously selected to compete for the top prize. Read all about Sculpture By The Sea here.
8. St. Patrick’s Day
March 17 is the day for all things green and all things Irish and there’s a bunch of pubs across Perth that are turning it on for the annual celebration. The Galway Hooker are having a full Irish fry-up, Durty Nelly’s are bringing a tradition feast with heaps of Irish song and dance, while The Bassendead Hotel are doing quite the same with live music from local legends These Galah’s.
9. Dine at a restaurant with a view
There is something about a view that makes all of us feel just a little bit giddy. What is it about standing a few hundred meters in the air, or peering over a seemingly infinite horizon that gives all of us a feeling of peace and serenity? We’ve compiled a list of the 11 best places you can go to enjoy a bite to eat while staring out into the distance, and hopefully finding a moment of calm between the chaos. Check out the full list here.
10. Markets By The Sea
On Sunday 12 March from 10am until 3pm, the oceanside suburb of Kallaroo, just north of Hillarys, will be host to Markets By The Sea. With over 50 incredible artists, creators, designers, growers, and plenty of food trucks, the event will be sure to provide relaxed Sunday vibes, with a side of live music too. Read all about it and find out more details here.
11. Summer x Salt
On Saturday 4 and 18 March, Clarko Reserve will be host to Summer X Salt, an award-winning beachside market. It’s the ideal market for conscious folk and ocean lovers, with a keen focus on sustainability; being a completely plastic-free and zero waste affair. It’s easy to see how Summer X Salt took home WA’s Best Small Event award in 2021.
The surfy-salty market sees a huge line-up of more than 200 ocean-inspired local creatives, artists and designers showcasing their goods. And to compliment the moseying around the grounds, enjoy live music by emerging musicians, get the kids into some nature play activities, or get your hands dirty during a coastal clean-up. Read all about it here.
12. Somerville Outdoor Cinema
From now until Sunday 9 April, you can catch a film in style beneath the stars, surrounded by looming pines in some sort of cabin in the woods type scenario, minus the cabin. It’s no wonder Lotterywest Films at UWA Somerville was recently named one of Time Out’s Top 40 outdoor cinemas in the world.
All three Best Film winners from the international festival competitions Cannes, Berlin and Venice, feature within the program – Triangle of Sadness, Alacarras, and All The Beauty And The Bloodshed. As well as 16 other cinematic wonders. Find out all the details here.
13. Farah Al Qasimi: Star Machine Exhibition
Having opened on Saturday 4 February at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the vibrant installation that is Star Machine brings together over 20 works from a key five-year period of Farah Al Qasimi’s practice and includes some of her most well-known photographs and videos. Employing overflowing frames, reflective surfaces, precise lighting, and a meticulous attention to detail, the hyper-colourised photographs frame the mundane with fierce beauty, humorous indifference and transgressive social commentary.
14. Moonlight Cinema
Perth’s Moonlight Cinema has returned from now until Sunday 26 March. You’ll find it on the May Drive Parkland atop the stunning Kings Park and Botanic Garden, just on the outskirts of Perth City. Pack up a picnic rug or a bean bag and sprawl across the lawn for a perfect night at the movies. Read all about it here.
15. Rooftop Movies
Rooftop Movies has made a glorious return atop a six storey building on Northbridge’s busy Roe Street until Sunday 2 April . You’ll be able to catch all the buzz films with the likes of Don’t Worry Darling, and Amsterdam, along with some hidden gems such as The Woman King. A few other absolute classics set to show include The Princess Diaries, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Find out more information here.
16. Twilight Hawkers Market
The beloved Twilight Hawkers Markets are back in Forrest Place every Friday evening! From now until Friday 31 March from 4:30pm until 9:30pm, head on down and indulge in a vast range of street food from across the globe. Take in all the smells of noodles, dumplings, curry, and loads more, all while taking in the ambience and listening to live music in the centre of the city. Read all about it here.