All of Perth’s festivals coming up south of the river – including Fremantle’s Beerfest and Cockburn Live
It turns out that scheduling more beer sessions through a pandemic might actually be a good thing.
Or at least the creators of Fremantle’s Beerfest believe so, after they discovered that being forced to divide their drawcard event into crowd-managed sessions three years ago was a hit with the punters.
Festival co-founder James Harding said the extra split session on day two of the three-day event was a COVID-19 precaution but ended up being a “surprisingly positive thing to come out of the pandemic”.
“We were pretty lucky that we could keep trading through COVID but it was stressful and hectic and nothing was ever set in stone,” Mr Harding said.
“So we split the Saturday up so that we could still get a good attendance but could reduce the amount of people that were on the site.
“But what ended up happening through that was that it became a really popular option for people because people were keen to start the day early.”
November signals the start of the festival season across the southern suburbs and while 2022 feels like a chance to get back to pre-COVID conditions, the lessons learned from the past three years have stuck with many event organisers.
Carnival ride operators have spent the week coming into Cannington ahead of this weekend’s Canning Show and much like Fremantle’s BeerFest, showgoers can again choose a specific time window to attend.
The show reached record-breaking attendance numbers last year, with more than 16,000 people enjoying the carnival fun across separate Friday night, Saturday day and Saturday night sessions.
This year, showgoers will have the option to go to three different sessions across the two days to take in the expanded sideshow, fireworks, arts and craft and exhibitions.
Beerfest will have four sessions run across November 11 to 13, where the biggest collection of WA breweries, cideries, distilleries, cocktail specialists, vineyards and local street eats will be on offer.
Ticket holders can also catch performances from Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley, Katy Steele, Jolyon Petch and Gyroscope.
From November 5 to 13 is Cockburn Live — a pop-up Fringe-style festival aimed at entertaining the whole family.
The 200-seat tent at Pop-up Park in Cockburn Central will feature at least 15 very different shows including top-notch comedy, rousing live music, daring burlesque and cutting edge acrobatics from across Australia.
After three years of cancellations, one of Perth’s biggest street festivals — the Vic Park Summer Street Party — returns on November 19, but will be staged along a different stretch of Albany Highway.
Town of Victoria Park mayor Karen Vernon said the new location closer to the city would showcase a different array of local businesses along the popular strip.
“The last Summer Street Party took place in 2019 in the East Victoria Park precinct. This year we are bringing the party to the other end of Albany Highway between Duncan Street and Cargill Street in Victoria Park,” Ms Vernon said.
“This year we have four stages with live music and performances by WA artists and local community groups, including Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics, the Washing Line Economy, Dangerous Delights, Mackie Street Singers and many more.
Albany Highway will be lined with food trucks and market stalls, so patrons can shop for Christmas presents or simply lounge with delicious food and a beverage with mates.
Also on November 19 is the Applecross Rotary Jacaranda Festival, for which Ardross Street becomes a pedestrian thoroughfare lined with about 150 stalls.
And if two street parties aren’t enough, the George Street Festival in East Fremantle just two weeks later will celebrate the Town Of East Fremantle’s 125th anniversary with music and more than 80 artisan food and market stalls.
About 10,000 people took in the free fun at the much-loved street event last year.
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