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Spectacular Opening Weekend at FRINGE WORLD

Celebrate the start of Fringe-uary and enjoy some Fringe entertainment in our opening weekend, from Friday 20 through Sunday 22 January.

Here's seven things you need to know about what's on offer over the weekend.

1. Free entertainment for the kids

FRINGE WORLD Mermaids. Photo by Jarrad Seng

Perth's favourite playground, The Pleasure Garden becomes a children's wonderland for Little Pleasures from 3-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visit this FREE event and receive your The Little Pleasures Passport, a limited-edition keepsake booklet for kids of all ages. Receive a stamp at each interactive performance and activity point to double your fun! Games and activities for kids include a circus workshop, kids silent disco and garden games. The famous FRINGE WORLD Mermaids will also be back to make a big splash with children and adults alike over the weekend.

For the adults we've got loads of shady space to chill out and our bars will be open so you can enjoy a bevvy and sit back and experience the buskers on offer as part of Street Pitch.

2. Nightly entertainment in The Pleasure Garden

Buskers in The Pleasure Garden. Photo by Jarrad Seng

Enjoy free music and entertainment treats every night on The Pleasure Craft. The Pleasure Craft is a quirky wooden boat with a thousand stories to tell. Salvaged from the bottom of the Swan River, she's been given a second chance at life thanks to the artist, A Good Looking Man. Thanks to Gage Roads you can experience free live pop-up performances served from The Pleasure Craft. Check the blackboard at the Gage Roads Container Bar in The Pleasure Garden for the nightly line-up.

More free stuff in The Pleasure Garden includes Channel Nine's Hammer Strength Challenge, Silent Disco where you can dance like nobodies watching and Nova 93.7 Ping Pong Parlour.

3. FRINGE Central has heaps on offer

FRINGE WORLD Orchard. Photo by Leigh Stevens

In FRINGE Central at The Perth Cultural Centre there's a Ferris Wheel you can ride and experience an elevated view of Northbridge plus buskers will be setting up near the box office for Street Pitch.

The FRINGE WORLD Orchard opposite the Art Gallery of WA is a special place to relax on the opening weekend. Grab a drink and chill out under the magical fountain bar with your mates, before you check out a show nearby. DJ's will be keeping the tunes rolling on Friday and Saturday from 9pm.

FRINGE WORLD Orchard opening times are: Friday 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 3pm

4. There's over 150 events to enjoy

Sunset Veranda. Photo by Jarrad Seng

There are over 150 events kicking off at loads of venues all over the Perth metro area.

At Scarborough Beach you can check out the Sunset Veranda program. There's comedy, music, circus, cabaret, family shows, workshops, pop-up bar, food and more.

Noodle Palace at the North Metropolitan TAFE in Northbridge is loaded with a program of some of the best Australian comedy, circus, cabaret, storytelling and magic acts, paired with seasoned, international artists from around the globe.
The Gelo program also has comedy on offer at a range of venues in Northbridge.

For theatre lovers, check out the RECKLESS ACTS program at PICA and The Blue Room Summer Nights handcrafted performance program. Plus, The Flaming Locomotive is an eclectic curated program of emerging and established local, international and national artists at a range of venues in The Perth Cultural Centre.

And there's heaps more on offer, click here to browse all the venues in the 2017 Festival.

5. Our Homegrown Heroes are laying it on for you

Cabaret Moonstruck

We encourage all Perthlings to support your local WA talent this Fringe and the opening weekend is the best time to start.

When you enjoy a Westralian show you are supporting our very own Homegrown Heroes, the talented local artists and performers that make our state and city shine. Click here to browse all WA events in the 2017 Festival.

6. The most fun you can have in 60 minutes

The Gold Digger. Photo by John Leonard

Most Fringe shows are around 60 minutes in length, this is also the ideal time to arrive pre-show. Allow at least 60 minutes to find a park, collect yur tickets from a Box Office, find your venue then chill out for a pre-show drink or meal.

If you're collecting your tickets from a Box Office there can be a little wait on busy nights. You can help things along by having your photo ID and order confirmation ready (you'll find this on your email confirmation).

7. RushTix for the win!

All FRINGE WORLD tickets are great value and the average ticket price is a bargain $24. During the Festival and opening weekend you can also pick up extra special bargains with RushTix.

RushTix are discounted event tickets (around 50% less) and they're only available between 11am to 3pm every day during the Festival, for purchase from this website or a Box Office.

There's only ever a limited amount of RushTix available and the events with RushTix changes every day. Visit this website daily during the Fringe to see what's on offer. Many shows do sell out before the Festival kicks off, so grab your tickets before the opening weekend to avoid FOMO!

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