Western Australia Event Listings January to July 2015

Western Australia Event Listings January to July 2015

Western Australia Event Listings January to July 2015


Arts and Culture

ANZAC - The Legends of Gallipoli Lectures

January 6, 9, 13 & 15

Albany, Australia's South West

The Legends of Gallipoli Lectures is a series of four lectures that will provide a focus for debate and discussion about the circumstances surrounding the Gallipoli campaign. The lectures will be presented by Professor Peter Stanley, Professor Graham Seal, Dr John Moses and Mr Ron Bodycoat. The lectures will be followed by light refreshments where audience members have the opportunity to discuss the lecture content with the speaker. The event will take place at Albany Town Hall.

W: albanysummerschool.com.au


Western Australian Circus Festival

January 24 – 26

Karridale, Australia's South West

This event, held in WA's South West, is a three day celebration of circus with performances from midday to midnight on all three days. Performers come from all over the world to complete circus skills in large and small troupes. There are shows for the whole family to enjoy, ranging in length and genre.  

W: lunarcircus.com


Boyup Brook Country Music Festival

February 11 – 15

Boyup Brook, Australia's South West

The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival is WA's premier country music event. The festival is held in the picturesque South West town of Boyup Brook every February. Featuring WA's established and emerging country music talent, as well as Australian country music legends including Troy Cassar-Daley, Tania Kernaghan, Ray Kernaghan Amber Joy Poulton, the festival consists of live music, bush poets breakfast, a street carnival, the West Australian Country Music Awards, concerts, workshops, the Boyup Brook Art Awards and more.

W: countrymusicfestival.com.au

Perth International Arts Festival

February 13 – March 7

Perth and the Great Southern

The Perth International Arts Festival is the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere and annually offers some of the world's best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and free community events. The 2015 Perth International Arts Festival is jam-packed with big ideas and big-name artists including, an Australasian exclusive of Royal De Luxe, The Giants commemorating the centenary of the Anzacs; Madama Butterfly; The Rabbits and much more.

W: perthfestival.com.au


Nannup Music Festival

February 27 – March 2

Nannup, Australia's South West

Nannup Music Festival is a vibrant weekend full of fun and entertainment for the whole family and showcases national and international musical talent, including Siobhan Cotchin, Hey Geronimo, Rose Parker and Phoebe Corke, The Darling Downs and Jordie Lane. It offers a diverse program of concerts, workshops, dance and activities for people of all ages and musical tastes. The festival is held over the WA Labour Day long weekend every year.

W: nannupmusicfestival.org


Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival

March 13 – 30

Great Southern, Australia's South West

The fortnight long Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival involves a range of events and activities taking place at a number of South West venues including Denmark, Albany, Mount Barker and Cranbrook. The activities include markets, a wind power and kite show, sustainable home tours, recycled art exhibitions and hands-on workshops. 

W: festival.greenskills.org.au

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

March 6 – 23

Perth, Experience Perth

Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe Beach for its 11th annual exhibition in 2015. One of Perth's largest free public events, Sculpture by the Sea transforms Cottesloe Beach into a sculpture park with more than 70 sculptures on display from artists across Australia and the world. Enjoy exhibits from some of the world's top sculptors against a backdrop of one of the city's most popular beaches. 

W: sculpturebythesea.com


Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest

March 14 – 15

Mandurah, Experience Perth

The Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest is Mandurah's premier annual event, which was enjoyed by more than 140,000 visitors in 2014. Year after year, the Crab Fest showcases the vibrant foreshores, Mandjar Square, arts and cultural precincts and Mandurah's jewel in the crown and the beautiful Peel-Harvey Estuary. With a variety of stalls, exhibitions, games and rides there is something for everyone at this family fun day. Mandurah is located south of Perth, around a 65 minute drive, or 50 minute train ride.

W: mandurahcrabfest.tv


Anzac Centenary

April 25

All of State

Between 2014 and 2018, Australia and New Zealand will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since their involvement in World War I. Located in WA's South West, Albany was the location where the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand troops departed for the First World War. A range of commemorative events will be held across WA to mark the Anzac Centenary and pay respect to Australian service men and women.

W: anzaccentenary.gov.au


ANZAC - A Tribute to the ANZACs by Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company

April 12 – 13

Albany, Australia's South West

A Tribute to the ANZACs by Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company is a two hour concert hour concert which will pay homage to the sacrifices of those who fought in World War I. The concert is open to the general public at a small price, with all proceeds being donated to the Returned and Services League and/or Legacy. The event will be held at the Albert Hall in Albany.

W: anzaccentenary.gov.au


ANZAC - The Dreaming Hill

April 23 – 26

Albany, Australia's South West

The Dreaming Hill is a theatrical production examining the stories of young Australian soldiers and nurses on the Greek Islands of Lemnos, awaiting deployment at the battlefields of Gallipoli. There will be six performances in total; two matinees and four evening shows. The event will take place outside the Western Australian Museum in Albany, in front of the Residency building.

W: anzaccentenary.gov.au

ANZAC - A Salutation to ANZACs

April 25

Albany, Australia's South West

A Salutation to ANZACs is a project involving the talents of the Albany youth with the guidance of street artists to create a 268 square metre wall mural. Local schools will also be encouraged to submit artwork and poetry over the ANZAC long weekend for judging by the Returned and Services League members. The unveiling of the artwork will take place on 25 April 2015 at the Dog Rock Shopping Complex in Albany.

W: anzaccentenary.gov.au


Fremantle Street Arts Festival

April 4 – 6

Fremantle, Experience Perth

The Fremantle Street Arts Festival is set to bring some of the world's best street, outdoor theatre, music, comedy, circus and cabaret performers to this iconic port city over the Easter long weekend.  With artists coming to Fremantle from all over the world, you can expect a diverse range of top-class performances from a human knot to giant roving dinosaurs. 

W: fremantle.wa.gov.au/festivals


Vancouver Street Festival

9 May

Albany, Australia's South West

The Vancouver Street Festival is a large-scale street festival held in conjunction with the Western Australia Heritage Festival. The event will focus on the historic Vancouver Street in Albany with a program featuring music, markets, heritage tours, visual arts, street entertainment and Great Southern food and wine.

W: albany.wa.gov.au


Moondyne Festival

May 3

Tooday, Experience Perth

Once again the town of Toodyay steps back in time to celebrate the annual Moondyne Festival, bringing infamous Moondyne Joe and his various escapades back to life. The Moondyne Festival is a display of life during the pioneer years from the re-enactment of the 1860 Rifle Regiment to the grace and favour of the enchanting Clydesdale horses. With a variety of stalls, exhibitions, games and rides there is something for everyone at this family fun day.

W: moondynefestival.com.au


The Barramundi Dreaming

May 4 – 9

Kununurra, Australia's North West

The Barramundi Dreaming is an annual community event held in the East Kimberley in WA's North West. The event showcases local Aboriginal talent in a variety of genres such as music, dance, art and culture, providing the opportunity for local artists to experience performing, teaching and exhibiting to a large audience. Activities include basket weaving, bush toy making, Indigenous painting and textiles, jewellery making, didgeridoo and wood carving, hip hop, arts media, modelling, basketball and barramundi fishing tours.

W: facebook.com/BarramundiDreaming


2015 Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest

May 22 – 23

Mount Magnet, Australia's South West

The Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest includes Aboriginal rock art workshops, rock collection displays, astro photography viewing and presentations and night sky observing with Aboriginal interpretation. There will also be science shows, an outdoor cinema screening, children's galactic displays and students' astro art display.

W: www.mtmagnet.wa.gov.au


Jazz by the Bay

May 29 – 31

Dunsborough, Australia's South West

Jazz by the Bay delivers a smorgasbord of talent - from trad and gypsy, to fusion and syncopated rhythm artists. Free and ticketed community events will be held in the heart of Dunsborough town, located in WA's South West. Visitors are urged to book their accommodation in advance so they don't miss out on this fun and exciting weekend experience.

W: jazzbythebay.com.au


LiveLighter Pinjarra Festival

May 30 – 31

Pinjarra, Experience Perth

With an exciting arrangement of activities and live entertainment for both the young and old, you do not want to miss the LiveLighter Pinjarra Festival. An entertaining line-up of live performances, children's entertainment stage and face painting, art exhibitions, amusement rides, food and wine tasting and market stalls, will ensure the festival will be enjoyed by the entire family.
W: murray.wa.gov.au

Denmark Festival of Voice

May 29 – 31

Denmark, Australia's South West

Denmark's Festival of Voice is a celebration of the human voice with a focus on community singing. The festival features free community concerts and workshops, and brings together local, national and international artists performing a cappella and accompanied by choirs, ensembles and groups. The festival fringe offers free events for all ages. The event closes with a gala concert featuring a headline act at the Albany Entertainment Centre.

W: denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au


Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster

May 15 – 24

East Kimberley, Australia's North West

Now in its 15th year, this iconic WA event will feature an outstanding line-up of concerts and activities for the entertainment of Kimberley residents and the many visitors from around the nation and across the globe that the region attracts.  Highlighting its extraordinary cultural diversity, stunning primeval landscape, friendly folk and warm country hospitality, the Ord Valley Muster is an all-embracing community celebration of the prodigious talent to be found in the East Kimberley region.

W: ordvalleymuster.com.au


Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival

May 22-24

Exmouth, Australia's Coral Coast

The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival is an annual event held in and around the town of Exmouth. The festival celebrates the annual migration of the whale shark, its conservation and the tourism industry it supports. It also provides an opportunity for Exmouth to showcase its talents and raise awareness of its various organisations and sporting clubs.

W: ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com


Wyndham Stars on the Bastion


Wyndham, Australia's North West

Wyndham Stars on the Bastion is a night of fine dining and entertainment by some of Australia's top country music singers, set on top of the spectacular Bastion Range – one of Australia's best lookouts. Start this amazing experience off by taking in the magnificent sunset on top of the -Bastion' at the Five Rivers lookout. Enjoy an evening listening to Australia's own talented music artists, both well-known and rising stars.

W: wyndhamstarsonthebastion.org.au


Goldfields Kidsfest

July 4-5

Kalgoorlie, Australia's Golden Outback

The Goldfields Kidsfest features 13 different zones where children can participate in interactive and educational workshops and activities. The 13 zones include science, construction, mining, adventure, outdoors, creative, under 5's, busy bodies sports, music, kids kitchen and main show arena.

W: goldfieldskidsfest.com 


Mowanjum Festival

July 09

Derby, Australia's North West

A public concert featuring more than 200 Aboriginal performers from across the Kimberley region. The festival is a celebration of Indigenous cultural life for the people of the Kimberley, in particular the Worora, Ngarinyin and Wunumbul people involving dance, music, song, story and art. Prior to the performance, free afternoon workshops are held by Aboriginal artists which include Boab Nut carving, Ochre painting and Didgeridoo playing.

W: mowanjumarts.com


Food and Wine


IGA Taste Great Southern

19 February – 31 March

Denmark, Australia's South West

2015 marks eleven years of Taste Great Southern - a festival of world-class gastronomic entertainment that takes place over a six week period in and around the vast and diverse Great Southern region. It is the largest geographically spread food and wine festival in Australia; it crosses over the sub-regions of the Great Southern wine appellation, including Denmark, Albany, Frankland River, Mount Barker, Kojonup, and the Porongurups.

W: greatsoutherntastewa.com


Eat Drink Perth

March 20 – April 24

Perth, Experience Perth

The Eat Drink Perth festival will run for five weeks from March 20 to April 24 2015. The foodie event will offer food lovers of all tastes and budgets an additional week of savouring a multitude of foods, cooking demonstrations and master classes, wine tastings, degustations, progressive dinners, food and fresh produce markets, and pop-up events from a diverse range of restaurants, cafes, bars and specialty retailers across Perth City.

W: eatdrinkperth.visitperthcity.com


Truffle Kerfuffle - Southern Forest Food Festival

June 26 - 28 2015

Manjimup, Australia's South West

The Truffle Kerfuffle Southern Forest Food Festival is an annual event highlighting regional food and wine. It's a celebration of the range of cultures which brought about the ability to produce the foods grown in the Southern Forests, the range of foods themselves, as well as a focus on the black truffle. WA produces more black truffle than the rest of Australia combined.

W: trufflekerfuffle.com.au




Hopman Cup

January 4 – 10

Perth, Experience Perth

Perth's premier tennis tournament showcases top international talent at the state-of-the-art Perth Arena. The 2015 all-star line-up includes World No.1 Serena Williams and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, joining Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios, Casey Dellacqua and Eugenie Bouchard. In total, nine of the world's current top 20 players, including three top-ten women, will start the tennis season in Western Australia. Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, USA and France are set to join Australia, Great Britain and Canada at Hopman Cup 2015.

W: hopmancup.com


WA Country Builders Albany Half Triathlon / Kids Du-Aquathon

January 9 - 10

Albany, Australia's Great Southern

Come and experience an action-packed and fun-filled weekend of ocean swimming, bike riding, and beach running at Albany's premier sporting event, the Albany Half Triathlon. This is a long distance triathlon with a 1.9 kilometre swim, a 90 kilometre cycle and a 21.1 kilometre run. If doing it as an individual sounds a bit daunting, why not get together some mates and enter a team. And bring the children along for a kids du-aquathon.

W: albanyhalf.com.au


Lancelin Ocean Classic

January 15 – 18

Lancelin, Experience Perth

The Lancelin Ocean Classic was started with a group of enthusiastic windsurfers and business people in Lancelin in 1986 and to date is still the longest running windsurfing event in Australia. It is set to attract world-class competitors and spectators to the picturesque crayfishing town of Lancelin. The event features three disciplines and has competitors from more than 18 countries competing in spectacular wind and water conditions over four days.

W: lancelinoceanclassic.com.au


Grapes & Gallops Festival

18 January 2015

Mount Barker, Australia's South West

Where equines meets wine! The Grapes and Gallops Festival combines country horse racing with a wine festival. Featuring the $90,000 Mungerup Sprint, there will be 10 horse races on the day plus local wineries showing their award-winning wines and regional food. Get dressed up and find a hat, and come and try a glass of the award-winning Riesling with local oysters, while watching horses race. 

W: grapesandgallops.com


BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series

January 30 – February 1

Perth, Experience Perth

A festival of water-based sport featuring one of the world's richest international swimming meets. The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series features some of Australia's finest swimmers, and is the only annual event in Australia featuring the national swim team and water polo team competing on the same stage. Swimming powerhouse, the United States of America, will compete in next year's BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series (BASS). Now in its third year, BASS is a unique home-grown event, which sees some of the world's best swimming teams compete over two nights for cash prizes. Other teams competing in pool competitions include Australia, China and Japan.

W: aquaticsuperseries.com.au


SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim

February 7 – 8

Busselton, Australia's South West

The SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2015 event will be held over two days, with activities and family entertainment for everyone. The event is regarded as one of the South West's premier sporting events. The course will take participants out and around the 3.6 kilometres of Busselton's iconic Jetty, in the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay.

W: busseltonjettyswim.org.au


Club Marine Geographe Bay Race Week

February 14 – 20

Busselton, Australia's South West

Club Marine Geographe Bay Raceweek is WA's longest Yachting Regatta which attracts around 100 yachts and 1,000 sailors annually. Held on the pristine waters of Geographe Bay, the event boast some of the best sailing conditions in Australia and the world class facilities of Port Geographe Marina offer safe and secure berthing of vessels. 

W: gbyc.com.au


ICC Cricket World Cup

February 28, March 4 & 6

Perth, Experience Perth

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup is the flagship event of the international cricket calendar and takes place every four years, with matches contested in a 50-over format. The 2015 edition will be the eleventh of the tournament and will be jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia. This is one of the world's largest international sports tournaments with 14 competing teams. 

W: icc-cricket.com


Quit Forest Rally

March 27 – 29

Nannup/Busselton, Australia's South West and Experience Perth

WA's round of the Australian Rally Championship attracts Australia's best cars and drivers, including the best classic cars. The rally also incorporates motor bikes, making it a weekend of motor sport extravaganza. With more than 200 cars and bikes expected to compete across the weekend, the Quit Forest Rally is a motorsport event you don't want to miss.

W: rallywa.com


SunSmart Karri Valley Triathlon

March 21

Pemberton, Australia's South West

Held at the picturesque Karri Valley Resort, this iconic event showcases the beauty of WA's South West. The fresh waters of Lake Beedelup provide a great start to the race. Participants will then be challenged by an undulating bike course under the canopy of the Karri forest. And during the run leg you'll participants will soak up the majestic views and natural charm of the Karri Valley Resort.

W: stadiumtriclub.com/sunsmart-karri-valley-triathlon


Northam Flying Fifty

March 28 – 29

Northam, Experience Perth

The Northam Flying Fifty is a two-day classic motoring event. The event encompasses a hill climb with a -round the houses' re-enactment in the streets of Northam and attracts more than 100 cars to compete in up to 24 timed regularity heats for varying classes of vehicles. There are also special parades organised for specialist car clubs and local interest groups to participate in throughout the day, as well as a free Family Fun Fair.

W: vsccwa.com.au


Country Cups - XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup

March 12

Bunbury, Australia's South West

The biggest horse racing event in WA's South West, which includes live music and activities throughout the day. WA Country Cups are events to be celebrated, where regional communities welcome visitors from near and far to experience a truly unique racing holiday.

W: wacountrycups.com.au


Action Sports Games Mandurah

March 14 – 15

Mandurah, Experience Perth

The Action Sports Games is part of the Mandurah Crab Festival and features expo stalls, fantastic local seafood dishes, licensed areas, live music, DJ's, fun for the kids and families. The extreme event features daredevil freestyle motocross action, skate and BMX competitions, wakeboarding and world class water skiing events.

W: actionsportsgames.com.au


GAMEX Fishing Tournament

March 14 – 21

Exmouth, Australia's Coral Coast

This six-day event is held at the tip of Ningaloo Reef off Norwest Cape. No other event in Australia offers such diverse fishing within such a short distance from shore. The event incorporates social evenings, scientific studies, educational sessions and product information. There are ladies' functions, children's clinics, celebrity chefs and fishing talent to entertain you with fresh local produce from the ocean to the outback.

W: egfc.com.au


Velofest (previously Perth Festival of Cycling)

March 22 – 29

Perth, Experience Perth

Velofest is WA's only dedicated cycling festival, running in March 2015. Velofest is made up of the Telethon Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma, the UWCT Perth and the Woodside Tour de Perth. The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. The UWCT Perth is a masters qualifying event leading to the UWCT Final. The UWCT Perth attracts amateur cyclists from Australia and overseas as it offers a Time Trial at Rottnest Island and a 113 kilometre Gran Fondo.

W: velofest.com.au


Chasing the Sun Golf Festival

April 11-18

Goldfields-Esperance, Australia's Golden Outback

Chasing the Sun Golf Festival is a week-long 1,365km journey beginning at the Ceduna Golf Course, South Australia and travelling along the Eyre Highway. The event involves playing along the world's longest golf course - Nullarbor Links. The festival also incorporates a cabaret show at Fowlers Bay and Kalgoorlie, whale watching along the Nullarbor, a treasure hunt and a 12.5km charity dash to the WA border from Eucla.

W: nullarborlink.com


Margaret River Pro

April 15 – 26 

Margaret River, Australia's South West

The Margaret River Pro is WA's premier surfing event. In April, the top 32 ranked male and top 18 ranked female surfers in the world will descend upon the Margaret River Region to surf its world-class waves. The event is expected to see thousands of spectators flock to Surfer's Point in Prevelly to watch the world's best surfer's take on the famous Margaret River Mainbreak.

W: margaretriverpro.com


V8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint

May 1-3

Perth, Experience Perth

Get your pulse racing with a 2015 V8 Supercars Championship ticket to the Perth SuperSprint. A Dunlop Series race, additional support categories, Friday training sessions and qualifying races complete the package. Don't miss out on seeing your favourite men of motorsport take to the track again for some fast-paced, fuel-injected action.

W: v8supercars.com.au


ANZAC - Sail Albany

April 17 – 28

Albany, Australia's South West

Sail Albany 2015 is a festival which starts with the Fremantle to Albany Yacht Race and ends with the Albany to Fremantle Anzac Commemorative Yacht Race. The Anzac Commemorative Yacht Race will begin on Anzac Day and local schools will be invited to adopt-a-yacht, with each yacht being assigned an Anzac Troop Ship. At the Regional Schools ANZAC Day Service, yacht representatives will be presented with their troop ship emblem. Students will then follow their adopted yacht/ship via the satellite trackers whilst learning about the troop ships.

W: anzaccentenary.gov.au


York Motorcycle Festival

April 18 – 19

York, Experience Perth

York Motorcycle Festival is held on Avon Terrace, York. Market and trade stalls will be set up along the street displaying a range of products and services. Highlights include live music and family entertainment, exciting freestyle motocross demonstrations, trial demonstrations, junior moto gymkhana, custom bike displays and raffles. The festival is a free family event run to support charity.

W: yorkmotorcyclefestival.com.au


SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon

April 30 – May 3

Busselton, Australia's South West

The popular SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon is a three day festival incorporating the Busselton IronMan 70.3 triathlon which provides a challenging course for competitors. Participants will swim 1.9 kilometres, ride 90.1 kilometres and run 21.1 kilometres. The festival will also hold the SunSmart Kids Triathlon for seven to 15 year olds.

W: busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au


Goldfields Cyclassic

May 29 – 31

Leonora, Australia's Golden Outback

The Goldfields Cyclassic is billed as 'Australia's Richest Handicap Cycle Race", and features a two-stage cycle race across the Goldfields. It starts in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and heads 132 kilometres north to Menzies. Stage two leaves Menzies and heads on to Leonora the following day. As a handicap event, it attracts all manner of cyclists - from the professional riders to the weekend enthusiasts - all with an equal chance to take home a substantial prize purse.

W: cyclassic.com.au


Leonora Golden Gift


Leonora, Australia's Golden Outback

A truly unique event held in the WA outback. The Leonora Golden Gift is a weekend filled with family friendly activities all centred on the running of Australia's richest mile running race, the Golden Gift. Other activities over the weekend include; Horse Racing at the Leonora Race Club, free community concert featuring Chelsea Basham, live children's entertainment and a community breakfast.

W: leonoragoldengift.com


Albany Urban Downhill

June 20 – 21

Albany, Australia's South West

Albany Urban Downhill features mountain bikers racing from the Princess Royal Harbour through the streets of Albany ending at the ANZAC Peace Park. The endurance event on Saturday afternoon has participants competing in a -King of the Mountain' style race, riding from the base of Mount Clarence to the summit in a test of fitness and skill.

W: facebook.com/albanyurbandownhill


Broome Racing Season (Country Cups)

May 30 to 15 August

Broome, Australia's North West

When thinking of escaping the winter blues to enjoy Broome's sunshine, make sure you plan to visit during the Broome's Racing season and experience unique competitive racing just a stone's throw from Broome's famous Cable Beach.  Book early if planning to attend the Broome Cup Carnival. Dress up for Ladies Day on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 and finish off with the biggest event on the Broome Racing Calendar, the Broome Cup on Saturday, 15 August 2015.

W: wacountrycups.com.au