April is packed with things to do in the Perth region.
We have gathered together some events to showcase what's on in Perth April*, with something for every taste and age. *some events may not take place annually.
Toyota AFL Season
Optus Stadium, Perth
April marks the start of the AFL season, so check with Optus Stadium for matches that you can attend. Don't miss the popular Western Derby between West Coast Eagles and the Dockers. There are usually games on Good Friday evening and Easter Saturday. Get your scarves out ready!
Revealed: WA Aboriginal Art Market
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
This is one of the essential things to do in Perth for anyone who enjoys art! Spread around the gardens of the iconic Fremantle Arts Centre, Revealed has become a popular annual event, bringing together Aboriginal artists from as far away as WA's Kimberley region. Items sell for as little as $50, and profits go to the artists and art centres that support them. Come and meet these amazing creatives, and browse stalls packed with paintings, textiles, ceramics and jewellery.
KickstART Festival Market
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Perth's KickstART Festival Market is a Youth Week event, meaning all stallholders are under the age of 26. They will be working alongside Propel Youth Arts WA, which is focused on creating opportunities for young people to engage in the arts. Come along, support the emerging talent of WA and stay for the day! There are lots of things to do in Perth Cultural Centre and Northbridge, including the Art Gallery of WA and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Buddha's Birthday & Multicultural Festival
Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
This important event on the Buddhist calendar has become an all-embracing festival and among favourite things to do in Perth for families. Entertainment, informative stalls and ceremonies invite people of all backgrounds and ages to join in the celebrations. Come and find out more about the prince who became Sakyamuni Buddha more than 2,500 years ago, and how his teachings still resonate today across cultures. The action includes mass meditation sessions, colourful performances, the bathing of the Buddha, arts and crafts for kids, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, tea appreciation and vegetarian food stalls.
Bach's St Matthew Passion
Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Classical music fans should check what's on in April at Perth Concert Hall. A key performance is Bach's St Matthew Passion, a classic presentation of the Easter story - the journey of Christ to the cross - told by one of the world's greatest composers. The West Australian Symphony Orchestra co-presents the concert with St George's Concert Series, conducted by Joseph Nolan and featuring the exquisite Cathedral Consort singers with WA's beloved soloists, Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell, Paul McMahon and Andrew Foote.
Australian Heritage Festival
Heritage means different things to different people. This annual nationwide festival aims to embrace a diversity of stories, performances, ceremonies, arts and tours to reflect the wide range of histories experienced by Australians. In doing so, it works towards this year's theme of Connecting People, Places and the Past. The festival runs for a whole month and takes place in and around various historic buildings, sacred sites and landmarks.
Fremantle International Street Arts Festival
Fremantle Cappuccino Strip, Fremantle
Over the Easter Weekend, one of Fremantle's most popular events fills the streets. Famous for street performances all year round, April sees Perth's port city turn the art into a full-blown international festival. Amazing acts and visual displays create a bustle of excitement as visitors throng to get the best view. The cafes, restaurants and pubs along the main drag throw open their doors, claim space on the pavement and create pop-up bars, adding to the festival atmosphere. A couple of the best spots, if you can get them, are on the balconies of the Sail & Anchor or the National Hotel, giving you an overhead view of the action.
Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival
Dwellingup Primary School, Dwellingup
This one might not have appeared on your 'things to do in Perth' radar before, so add it now for a delightful trip to the country on Easter Saturday. Dwellingup is a gorgeous little town to visit, nestled in the forest, and the kids will enjoy this quirky event. As well as gasping at the size of the pumpkins, they can have a pony ride, play mini golf or Laser Tag, interact with Radical Reptiles, enjoy the Circus Challenge and fill up on pumpkin-inspired snacks.
Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra
On the last weekend of April, Perth's favourite festival of folk, world and roots music continues to go strong, bringing almost 100 acts to Fairbridge Village. Organisers have the logistics down to perfection, creating a traffic-free area filled with a variety of stages and stalls. The best way to experience the Festival is by camping on-site so you can relax and enjoy music into the night, soaking up the family friendly atmosphere and background buzz of instruments and voices.