To celebrate Australia Day this year, the City of Perth will host diverse family-friendly events from 21 January, with the Australia Day Skyworks returning on Wednesday 26 January.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said Australia Day was a time to celebrate our multiculturalism, with the chance to enjoy a range of inclusive events for the whole community, including the Big Aussie BBQ in West Perth and Sunset Sounds at JH Abrahams Reserve, Nedlands.
“We’re welcoming everyone in the lead up to, and on, Australia Day this year. It is a time for us all to reflect, respect and celebrate our unique country we call home,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
“The highlight will, of course, be the City of Perth Skyworks on 26 January, which is back in full swing after a break last year. We’re excited to bring you Western Australia’s largest fireworks display on the banks of the Swan River.
“We encourage everyone to make their way into the city to enjoy a range of cultural experiences, music, entertainment, rides and international cuisine. Bring your friends and family, set up for the day and watch the sky light up as we live up to our name as the City of Light.”
With the safety of the Western Australian community in mind and with current COVID advice from the WA Government, all attendees to Skyworks 2022 must wear a mask at all times.
While proof of vaccination will no longer be required, for the safety of everyone attending we encourage visitors to be double vaccinated, practice physical distancing where possible and use the hand sanitiser provided. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and get tested.
Visitors to Skyworks can use the WA Government’s new ServiceWA app to check-in using the QR codes located around the event. Manual registers will also be available.
Supported by the National Australia Day Council, Lotterywest and Mix 94.5, this year’s City of Perth Skyworks will be an opportunity to build community spirit and celebrate what it means to be Australian.
Skyworks will commence at 3pm, with the City of Perth Air Show taking to the skies, providing exciting aerobatic entertainment above the water.
Featuring free family entertainment on both sides of the river, families can also enjoy free and accessible rides and activities at the Entertainment Zone presented by Lotterywest in Langley Park from 3pm. Plus there’s a water playground and international food markets to delve into, too.
Over in Supreme Court Gardens, the Birak Concert will feature an Elders Marquee and local performances to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Approximately 70 Aboriginal people will deliver the concert with the event broadcast across the Pilbara and the Kimberley.
To conclude the day, the Swan River will explode into colour at 8pm, with Western Australia’s largest annual fireworks display.
The City of Perth is proud to host Skyworks as an accessible and inclusive event, featuring a sensory guide, audio describing and Auslan interpreting, closed captioning and quiet zones for people with sensory sensitivities. With the help of VisAbility WA, two Assistance Animal Relief Areas will also be set up on Langley Park.
Families are encouraged to take note of road closures and plan their journey to and from Skyworks. For those families driving into the city, a road closure map and list of carparks are available on Visit Perth.
For more information about Skyworks, including a full line-up of entertainment, accessibility guides and the best locations to view the fireworks, head to visitperth.com/australia-day.
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The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.
TWILIGHT HAWKERS MARKET
Friday 21 January | Forrest Place | 4.30 to 9.30pm | Free
Experience delicious dishes from around the globe at Perth's original and largest hawkers market. With various food vendors and live entertainment, it’s the perfect place to spend a balmy Friday night this summer.
Friday 21 January | Fairlanes Amphitheatre, 181 Adelaide Terrace | 5 to 8pm | Free
Head down to see 'The Tonesmiths' in the street level plaza amphitheatre out the front of the Fairlanes building in East Perth.
NORTHBRIDGE PIAZZA AUSSIE MOVIE NIGHT
Saturday 22 January | Northbridge Piazza | 4 to 9pm | Free
Pack a picnic blanket, grab a bite to eat and settle in under the stars to watch two Aussie classics with Storm Boy and The Castle.
BIG AUSSIE BBQ
Sunday 23 January | Hay Street between Outram and Colin Streets | 3 to 8pm | Free
The Big Aussie BBQ pays homage to a favourite Australian pastime. What better way to celebrate than by closing the street and filling it with a BBQ for all? Make your way through a diverse selection of cultures, with vegetarian and vegan options included. Accompanied by musical performances and a pop-up bar, this street vibe event is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Sunday 23 January | JH Abrahams Reserve | 5 to 8pm | Free
Nestled in the Crawley community, Sunset Sounds will feature multicultural performances and classic Aussie music. Pack a picnic or enjoy one of the food trucks on offer with children’s activities also available including face painting, bubbles, storytelling and games.
CLAISEBROOK IN CONCERT
Tuesday 25 January | Victoria Gardens | 5 to 8pm | Free
Pack a picnic and join your local Claisebrook community on the green for this free concert. Enjoy an evening filled with music, entertainment and food stalls in the beautiful Victoria Gardens.
Kids entertainment includes face painting, bubbles, storytelling and games.
CITY OF PERTH AUSTRALIA DAY SKYWORKS
Wednesday 26 January | Perth Foreshore | From 3pm | Free | visitperth.com
In its 37th year, the City of Perth’s Skyworks is the largest Australia Day celebration in the country. Come along from 3pm and enjoy the free family activities at the Entertainment Zone presented by Lotterywest in Langley Park and the Air Show ahead of the fireworks display at 8pm.
Wednesday 26 January | Supreme Court Gardens | From 3pm | Free | visitperth.com
With a variety of music, dance, art and food, the Birak Concert at Supreme Court Gardens is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities. Featuring an Elders Marquee, local and interstate performances, community stalls, workshops and a live radio broadcast, this cultural event is not one to miss.
FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL 2022
Every day | Throughout the city | Various times | Ticketed and free | fringeworld.com.au
You’ll be spoilt for choice with hundreds of shows to see at venues including The Woodside Pleasure Garden and Girls School. There’s something for everyone at FRINGE WORLD; from comedy, music and musicals, circus and much more.
21 to 25 January | 68 Roe Street, Northbridge | 6pm | Ticketed | rooftopmovies.com.au
Experience the ultimate summer movie entertainment atop the City of Perth parking complex in the heart of Northbridge.
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