Perth Icon in Full Bloom
For the entire month of September, Kings Park will host its annual Spring festival, with another fantastic program of events set amongst the wildflowers.
Highlights include the free Santos Live Sunday sessions, which kick off on September 7 with Christine Anu in the WA Botanic Garden. Anu will be supported by Stratosfunk, a popular 11-piece Motown band.
The following three Sundays feature a talented line-up of local artists performing jazz, blues and roots music. Bring your picnic rug and find a spot on the grass to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of entertainment. Concert times vary slightly each week- the first one is on from 11.30am - 3.30pm. Check www.kingsparkfestival.com.au for details.
Families with children will love the gigantic Fantastic Faraway Festival to be held on September 20. It will feature animal rides, games, theatre performances, magicians and more.
Also for the young ones, there is a new Naturescape Walk this year- especially designed for parents with children under five.
Wildflowers on the Move
A perennial favourite in Kings Park on Sundays at this time of year are the 'Adorable Florables'. You can't miss them- they wander around the gardens in extravagant, colourful costumes, often followed by wide-eyed young fans. Each character represents a particular type of West Australian wildflower, such as Zamia Cycad Warrior, Thinnid Wasp and Queen of Sheba Orchid.
More than 500,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's Kings Park Festival. Now in its 51st year, the program of free events is a must-see for locals and those who are new to Perth. From guided walks, outdoor art exhibits, live music concerts and thousands of native plants for sale, there is something for everyone.