What's on, October-December: Your entertainment guide to the end of 2019

Spring has officially sprung and it sure has put a spring in our step!

It won't be long before that beautiful summer sun sets in and brings with it an exciting crop of events for the last quarter of 2019 in the Peel region.

To help Mandurah Mail readers decide what to attend this October, November and December, we've collated the ultimate entertainment guide for all the major events, exciting festivals and impressive performances headed our way soon.

Make sure to pen them into your diary so you don't miss out on all the action!

Festival of Dog

  • When: Tuesday, October 1 - Thursday, October 10
  • Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is gearing up for another action-packed Splash! kids school holiday program, this time with a furry focus.

Featuring family and pet-friendly performances and doggone great activities, there is plenty to choose from this October at the Festival of Dog.

A tribute to the unconditional love that we share with our dogs and other animals, MPAC will be bursting with performances and fun stuff to celebrate the wonderful animals that enrich our lives.

For more information on all the workshops and performances call the Box Office on 9550 3900 or visit the MPAC website.

Jarrahfall Food and Folk Festival

  • When: Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6
  • Where: Jarrahfall Bush Camp, Dwellingup

A new weekend-long festival celebrating local music and food is set to take the Peel region by storm.

The very first Jarrahfall Food and Folk Festival will be a family-friendly camping experience boasting an action-packed few days of entertainment including music from Matt Gresham, market stalls and plenty of live cooking demonstrations.

There will also be heaps to keep the kids busy from rock climbing and archery tag to paint ball target shooting and zip lining.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Mandurah Yoga Festival

  • When: Saturday, October 5 - Sunday, October 6
  • Where: Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Now in its second year, enjoy a weekend of unlimited yoga, wellness and community at the Mandurah Yoga Festival.

Invoke peace and clarity, immerse yourself in mindfulness and go on a personal journey of awakening and transformation with expert instructors, speakers and musicians. A variety of different forms of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yoga Nidra, Yin and Kundalini will be on offer and are suitable for new and experienced yogis.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or the website.

Canned Comedy

  • When: Monday, October 7
  • Where: Piper's Inn

Canned Comedy is back for October and it promises to be bigger and funnier than before! Enjoy world class entertainment for the cost of a can of food.

Featuring Melbourne's finest Peter Jones as the emcee for the night as well as Triple J host and superstar comedian Ciaran Lyons, the event is hoping to raise more than the 2703 meals donated to Foodbank after the September event.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Mandurah Food Truck Frenzy

  • When: Second and last Tuesday of every month, starting Tuesday, October 8
  • Where: Hall Park

Head down to Hall Park on the second and last Tuesdays of every month this summer to enjoy great food, live music and an intoxicating atmosphere.

With some of the best food trucks from all over Western Australia, there is some mouth-watering tucker for everyone as well as plenty of seating and grassed areas to pull up a picnic rug and eat with friends or family.

For more information or to see the full lineup of each event's food trucks, follow the Facebook page.

Cats The Musical

  • When: Thursday, October 10 - Sunday, October 13
  • Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

It is the beloved Broadway musical that has been entertaining audiences for more than three decades and now, Cats The Musical is set to have Mandurah audiences 'feline' fine.

Grizabella, the Rum Tum Tugger and many more quirky characters from TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, decides which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

The Platinum Entertainment show will bring the award-winning, record-breaking family theatre favourite to life with music that stays true to the original score but a much brighter, more colourful and energetic vibe.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the MPAC website.

Mandurah Boat, Caravan, 4WD and Camping Show

  • When: Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 13
  • Where: David Grays Arena

Head down to Rushton Park to check out Western Australia's new premier leisure lifestyle showcase.

With food, demonstrations and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including Freestyle Moto X stunt shows, the large-scale exhibition will present the very latest in the boating, caravan, camper trailer, 4WD vehicle, accessories and camping industries.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or the website.

Wetlands Weekender

  • When: Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 13
  • Where: Peel-Yalgorup wetlands

The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council will host the first Wetlands Weekender this October - a mini festival that celebrates our beautiful Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Wetland and the amazing wildlife that inhabits these waterways.

There will be three days of fun activities including an art exhibition, birdwatching, cultural storytelling, a citizen science event, a movie night, children's activities including a competition and prize giveaways and a wetland tour by boat.

For more information, or to view the full schedule of events, visit the PHCC website.

Waroona Show

  • When: Saturday, October 12
  • Where: Waroona Showgrounds

Waroona will come alive with the biggest one-day country show in Australia - the Waroona Show. Enjoy a day of family friendly fun with live music, farm machinery, Sideshow Alley, plenty of carnival rides and showbags and fireworks.

There will also be demonstrations and displays from sand sculptors, blacksmiths and sheep shearers as well as petting zoos, animal judging, log chops, local food samples and much more.

For more information, a full program of the day's events or to purchase tickets, visit the Facebook event page or the website.

Reel It In clean up event with Tangaroa Blue

  • When: Saturday, October 19
  • Where: Port Bouvard Yacht Club

After the tragic death of dolphin calf Luca after being entangled in fishing line three times, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has partnered with local environmental groups to help clean the Dawesville Cut and Peel-Harvey estuary.

Held on Tangaroa Blue's national beach clean up event day, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, City of Mandurah, Estuary Guardians Mandurah, John Tonkin College, Underwater Explorers Club of Western Australia, Oceano Dive Centre, Mandurah Cruises, Recfishwest, Tackle World Miami and the Coastal Waste Warriors are encouraging residents to help collect rubbish from the beach and foreshore areas as well as jetties and platforms.

Please bring your own gloves and tongs to pick up rubbish and stay after the clean up to enjoy a complimentary sausage sizzle and cold drink. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Mandurah Children's Festival

  • When: Sunday, October 20
  • Where: Eastern Foreshore

Held during National Children's week, the Mandurah Children's Festival is a free event for kids of all ages that encourages participation in a number of fun family activities in a safe and friendly environment.

Enjoy a fun family day out with lots of fun activities, entertainment and learning opportunities including interactive workshops and a free dress up competition. There will also be food vans and market stalls from the Mandjar Markets.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or the City of Mandurah website.

YOH Fest finals

  • When: Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26
  • Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Students from around Western Australia will fill the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre finals of the Youth on Health Festival (YOH Fest) after competitive heats throughout September.

Bringing in talent from every corner of the state, from Albany to Broome, the festival promotes health education among young people through drama, dance, visual art, music and short film.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the MPAC website.

Grapest 5k Run featuring the Wine Waddle

  • When: Saturday, November 2
  • Where: Drakesbrook Fine Wines

Have your wine and drink it too in the Grapest 5k run. There is no event quite like it so enjoy an evening with friends, fitness and a lot of grape fun.

Work up a thirst with either the five or 10 kilometre walk or run through Drakesbrook Winery, then sip down and enjoy a wine tasting waddle before finishing the night with some live entertainment and dancing as the sun goes down.

This is an adults only event. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Facebook event page or the website.

Screamfest and Zombie Walk

  • When: Saturday, November 2
  • Where: King's Carnival

Screamfest is back for Halloween 2019 with plenty of spooky fun for the whole family. This year, will you be brave enough to enter the Chuckles the Clown's 3D Horror Maze, full of gory and gruesome surprises?

As part of your ticket, enjoy four hours of unlimited rides, glow in the dark mini golf, entry into Chuckles' lair, a trick or treat trail with heaps of lollies, scary face painting, scars and special FX makeup, live music, photo booths and food and drinks.

Before the festival starts, there will a Zombie Walk with the Day of the Dead marching band from the Eastern Foreshore at 5.30pm, in an effort to break the WA record for largest Zombie Walk.

Dress in your spookiest costume to win more than $500 in cash and prizes for best dressed. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Screamfest Facebook event page or the Zombie Walk Facebook event page.

Mandurah Arts Festival

  • When: Saturday, November 2 - Sunday, November 17
  • Where: Various places around the city centre

For the first three weekends of November, Mandurah Arts Festival will bring people together to share in the impressive local arts scene.

The new and improved Stretch Festival will include the launch of a photographic exhibition, Faces of Mandurah, on the Mandurah Bridge accompanied by a screening of Finding Vivian Maier.

An experimental program of more than 15 free projects will activate some of the city's most popular spots, in an effort to inspire festival goers to immerse themselves in the People, Places and Stories unique to Mandurah.

For the full program of what's on at the Mandurah Arts Festival, visit the website.

Dami Im

  • When: Friday, November 15
  • Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

One of Australia's most talented pop artists of the new millennium, Dami Im, is set to impress local audiences when she takes to the Mandurah stage as part of her national tour.

Since first coming to national prominence as the winner of The X Factor in 2013, Im has released four studio albums, hit number one on the ARIA charts and sold out a national tour.

Bringing her exciting band along, concertgoers can expect to see something special in her live show including an array of established hits and fan favourites from X Factor, power ballad and international Eurovision smash, Sound of Silence, and a mix of new material.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the MPAC website.

Musical Fruit

  • When: Saturday, November 16 - Sunday, November 17
  • Where: Keith Holmes Reserve

Musical Fruit will wrap up the Mandurah Arts Festival, providing a launch pad for local musicians in the fifth installment of the musical festival.

The free family friendly event will showcase all Peel artists playing all original music so chill out to some soulful sounds and a picnic with your favourite people.

For more information, follow the Facebook event page or visit the website.

Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing National Titles

  • When: Saturday, November 23 - Sunday, November 24
  • Where: Mandurah Surf Lifesaving Club

Check out some of the best ocean racing Western Australia has to offer, set in the pristine waters off the Mandurah coast.

The 2019 National Titles boasts a paddling program filled with exciting events for competitors and spectators, including a long course downwinder.

For more information, visit the website.

XTERRA Australia Champions

  • When: Saturday, November 23 - Sunday, November 24
  • Where: Dwellingup

The fittest and fastest off-road endurance athletes will descend on Dwellingup for the XTERRA Australia Champions to crown the next best in the global phenomenon.

Dwellingup will be the only Australian qualifier for any athletes looking to compete at the XTERRA World Champs in Maui in 2020.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit the website.

King of the Cut

  • When: Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December 1
  • Where: Doddies Beach, Halls Head

Some of the world's best stand-up paddle (SUP) racers will dash their way across a 24-kilometre stretch of water from Dawesville to Secret Harbour for the annual King of the Cut.

Now in its eighth year, Australia's most prestigious and the world's fastest downwind sprint event weekend offers plenty of races to compete in, as well as thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs.

For more information, or to register as a competitor, visit the website.

Community Christmas Pageant

  • When: Friday, December 6
  • Where: Eastern Foreshore

Experience the wonder of Christmas at the traditional Mandurah Christmas Pageant and watch local community groups and businesses parade their floats through the heart of the city.

After the parade, enjoy plenty of family fun for all ages including live entertainment, interactive nativity scene, Christmas carols, free amusements and a letter to Santa workshop. Also, visit Santa's Grotto and stick around to see the grand fireworks finale at 8.30pm.

For more information, visit the City of Mandurah website.

The Cheap and Dodgy 10th Birthday Bash

  • When: Sunday, December 8 - Tuesday, December 10
  • Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Carole Dhu and David Templeman will celebrate Cheap and Dodgy Productions' 10th annual show at MPAC this year so book now to confirm your disappointment.

Following last year's disaster, the duo went back to the drawing board and dredged up the most dreadful bits from recent years, dressed them up as 'talent' and will offer long suffering audiences a congo line of fading matinee idols, inept skits and politically incorrect renditions.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the MPAC website.

A Celtic Christmas

  • When: Sunday, December 15
  • Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Back by popular demand, the team that brought Mandurah A Taste of Ireland are bringing their seasonal production, A Celtic Christmas, to town for the very first time.

Featuring a cast of World, All Ireland & National Champion Irish dancers, alongside some of the most sought after traditional musicians from around the globe, the show tells the story of o star crossed lovers and transports the audience to a time and place where music and dance are the cornerstones of celebration.

Immerse yourself in an authentic Celtic experience by laughing, clapping and singing along to carols under the mistletoe and enjoy a magical night of tunes, taps and traditions as A Celtic Christmas brings the magic of Christmas in Ireland, down under.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the MPAC website.

New Years Eve celebrations

  • When: Tuesday, December 31
  • Where: Eastern Foreshore

Bring in 2020 with live music and fireworks as well as a live DJ all night, disco lights, roving entertainment and amusement rides.

The celebrations promise to be a great night out for the whole family with hours of entertainment and activities, fireworks at both 9pm and midnight and free shuttle bus services to welcome in the new year the best way.

For more information, visit the City of Mandurah website.