Stuck on ideas on what to do with the family? Here’s your monthly cheat sheet of just some of the various events and activities on offer in Perth. 

Get Cultured

WA Ballet and West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra have teamed up to bring Perth the classic ballet, The Nutcracker for a limited season at His Majesty’s Theatre. Ballet not your thing, check out the food and culture festival in Beckhenham or the First Lights drone light and sound experience in Fremantle.  

The Nutcracker by West Australian Ballet
17th November – 10th December
His Majesty’s Theatre

First Lights – Kooranup
Starts Friday, 3rd November
Multiple dates over multiple locations

Fusion Food and Culture Festival
Friday and Saturday, 10th and 11th November
Mills Park, Beckenham


Movie releases

Are you a comic book geek family? The Marvel cinematic world continues with the anticipated release of The Marvels in early November. Animation afficiandos and younger kiddos have not been forgotten as Headspace and the latest troll movie are also out this month.

9th November – The Marvels
9th November – Headspace
30th November – Trolls Band Together

Get Outside! 

The popular Muddy Hands Festival is back… so pro tip… bring a change of clothes for the kids and YOURSELF. It’s not just mudpits and messy play though, the festival aims to encourage outdoor play and nature appreciation.  

Can’t make that? Why not visit the Sustainability Fair at Herdsman Lake? There’ll be sustainable crafts and activities to entertain the kids and foster the little environmental warrior in them. 

If you’re after something bigger, November is your LAST CHANCE to see Humpback whales in their annual migration. Whale Watch WA run daily tours departing from Fremantle with a 100% sighting guarantee. If you don’t see the whales species of your tour on the day, you will receive a return ticket which can be used at ANY time in the future. 

Eliabeth Quay will be hosting the Lotterywest City of Light Show. With entertainment, food trucks and a sideshow alley, it’s sure to be a hit with every member of the family.

Free Family Nature Day and Sustainability Fair
Sunday, 5th November
1pm onwards
Herdsman Lake

Lotterywest City of Light Show
Saturday and Sunday, 18th November
5pm onwards
Elizabeth Quay

Muddy Hands Festival

Saturday, 18th November
10am – 3pm
Kent Street Weir, Wilson

Whale Watch Western Australia – departing Fremantle
Various dates in November until 19th November
Departs 10am and 1pm

Christmas is coming… so is Santa!

Have you booked your Santa photos yet? Now is the time to get on it Santa Villages open up across the state. Some of the bigger shopping centres will also celebrate the festive season with a Santa parade, check them out below: 

Santa’s Arrival Parade at Lakeside Joondalup
Saturday, 4th November
North Mall, Lakeside Joondalup

Santa’s Arrival Parade at Karrinyup Shopping Centre
Saturday, 4th November
West Deck, Karrinyup Shopping Centre

Santa’s Arrival Parade at Westfield Carousel
Sunday, 12th November
Santa’s Village, Bottom of the Hoyts escalators


Support local this Christmas! 

It’s more important than ever to support our local businesses, so why not pick up a unique gift from your local artisan market? Most local artisans will have produced extra goodies for the Christmas surge but now is also your last opportunity to put through any custom requests you might have in mind.

While most markets will have some form of entertainment, some have gone the extra step of providing activities to occupy the kids with while parents take turns browsing the stalls. Our personal favourite is Perth Makers Market at Heathcote Reserve. The giant pirate ship themed playground is always a magnet for the kiddies… you might have trouble leaving the markets! 

Summer X Salt Markets’ kids tent will feature ocean themed arts, crafts and play from 9am – 11am. These activities are run by the Kids Nature Club so make sure the kids get in early as their activities often draw a crowd.

Summer X Salt Markets
Saturday, 4th November and 18th November
8am – 1pm
Clarko Reserve, Trigg

Perth Maker’s Markets
Sunday 5th November
9.30am – 3.30pm
Heathcote Reserve, Applecross


We’re just scratching the surface here, don’t forget to follow our socials @PerthHappenings or check our calendar here to see what else is happening in Perth.

Is there something coming up in December that we need to know about? Drop me a DM @rojakwayoflife by 15th November for consideration in our December wrap up!