A colourful explosion of the arts, the summertime Perth Festival (February 10 to March 5) and Fringe World Festival (January 20 to February 19) brilliantly encapsulates diversity, culture and fun times, locally and from around the globe. From art, dance and theatrical performances to literary and film events, there’s something for everyone.           

Australia’s longest-running and most diverse international arts festival, Perth Festival puts the spotlight on international and local artists over three event-filled weeks and hundreds of shows, many of which are held outdoors to make the most of Perth’s late-summer days and nights. A collision of traditional and cutting-edge expression, the festival is renowned for showcasing Aboriginal culture, presenting major new international premieres, and celebrating Perth’s unique qualities and stories.

The third-largest fringe festival on the planet, Fringe World Festival unfolds over four spectacular weeks and more than 500 events. One of the best bits? Tickets are reasonably priced, so you can catch multiple shows in one night. Enjoy a performance under the circus big top, sway along at a musical, or laugh it up at a comedy performance. Whatever your artistic fancy, the Fringe World Festival surprises and delights.

Both festivals are held in venues in and around Perth, making them easily accessible by car or public transport.