Continuing the evolution of Canning Show as one of Perth’s premier community events, last year’s event broke audience records for the second year in a row, and conquered COVID to inspire and entertain people like never before. 2021’s LiveLighter Canning Show will elevate the joy even higher, the happening Friday 5 & Saturday 6 November at the home of the Show, Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds.

We have exciting changes and unique offerings we can’t wait to announce, but expect the best value, inspiring and fun-packed weekend to excite all ages, including Fireworks both nights, unique collaborations with partner City Of Canning to celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Sideshow Wonderland rides, Carnival games, the Stay & Play Zone, Showbags, ZAP Circus, Farmland Animals, Food World, music, face painting, pony rides, performers and much, much more.

Plus, much of it comes FREE, included with tickets!

Before we announce more and tickets go on sale, we are pleased to reveal the first brushstrokes of the Show’s colourful, fun-packed picture.



Providing a creative wonderland with community heart, Canning Show is excited to launch one of WA’s biggest, longest-running community-showcasing exhibitions on a platform allowing online entries for the first time ever. This makes it even more accessible for anyone to have a go at igniting their creativity, practising new skills or showcasing their talents, whilst potentially being rewarded in $13,000+ in cash prizes on offer, plus awards, exclusive invites and more.

Whilst regular entrants can still enter the same ways they have in the past (including printed forms and a full-colour schedule available from our office ), the fully automated platform allows people to easily enter, pay, receive reminders, and track your Show entries online. Now there are more options to exhibit something at the Show to wow all your friends and family!



  • One of the largest annual exhibitions in WA showcasing a wide array of arts, crafts, hobbies, creations and produce, igniting communities’ creative spark.
  • Online entries allowed for the first time ever (printed forms and Schedules also available so can still enter as before).
  • Open to everyone, from talented amateurs to awarded artisans, the competition celebrates, promotes, rewards and encourages diverse passions and talents, plus inspires others in the community.
  • Over $13,000 in cash prizes rewarded to the best exhibits, plus trophies, sashes, and other awards.
  • Exhibition Champions receive a complimentary free invite to an exclusive, gala dinner awards event on Saturday 20 November.
  • Entries only $1/2.
  • Over 650 Classes to enter, covering Youth; Fruit & Vegetables; Flowers; Home & Dairy Produce; Honey; Home Cooking; Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Toys & Dolls; Handicrafts; Hobby Ceramics; Painting & Drawing; Photography; and Industrial Arts.
  • Numerous special classes celebrating the ‘International Year of Fruit & Vegetables’.
  • Unless breaking any By-Laws, ALL entries are exhibited as part of the LiveLighter Canning Show; it’s by and for the community.
  • ANYONE can enter, no matter where you are from, your age or level of experience.
  • Independently judged by experts in their field.
  • Revised By-Laws, new classes, new rules – all encouraging an even more impressive, all-inclusive Exhibition!


We are constantly searching for the best offerings to enhance the LiveLighter Canning Show experience. Applications are now open for a range of people, organisations and businesses looking to take advantage of the opportunities available, or to be a part of the fun as a volunteer. We are currently looking for more:

  • Food Trucks
  • Commercial and Community Stalls
  • Performers / Demonstrators
  • Volunteers (soon)


Last year’s celebrations attracted 13,500+ people, so don’t miss out on these opportunities and be sure to apply by Friday 25 August (extended until Monday 30 August) to be considered.


Last year we partnered with Healthway, through LiveLighter, allowing us to deliver important messages to improve people’s livelihood. Healthway’s Director Health Promotion Julia Knapton said it is exciting to continue this partnership with the Canning Show, adding, “This event provides a great opportunity to showcase how easy it is to lead healthier lifestyles.”

Expect this year’s Show to be filled with opportunities to Eat Brighter, Live Lighter!



DATES: Friday 5 & Saturday 6 November 2021

LINE-UP: Fireworks both nights, unique collaborations with partner City Of Canning to celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Sideshow Wonderland rides, Carnival games, the Stay & Play Zone, Showbags, ZAP Circus, Farmland Animals Food World, music, face painting, pony rides, performers and much, much more.

VENUE: Home of the Canning Show; Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds

TICKETS: Presale tickets to be announced closer to the event. Follow us on socials and free eNewsletter to take advantage of special first ticketing and line-up announcement!


Last year saw the LiveLighter Canning Show enjoy record-breaking crowds plus receive numerous prestigious accolades, including winning the Active Citizenship Award as part of the Community Citizen of the Year Awards presented by the City of Canning, and an award “In Appreciation of the Extraordinary Effort” of the Canning Show by the Western Australian Showmen’s Association (WASA). We would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers and staff who are involved and helped us making last year’s Canning Show a successful event, as well as all of our attendees. Now, we’re readying to take things to the next level…

2021, GET READY!

Off the back of these and exceptionally positive feedback from audiences, we are inspired to plan an even better show for 2021. This year’s Canning Show will be held on:

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 November 2021

Mark these dates in the calendar for an amazing, fun-filled event for all-ages. More information about this year’s show will be on the way soon, including limited free tickets for those quick enough to jump on them. If you want to have a glimpse of what the show will look like, click here.



We’re excited this year to also be launching online entries for the first time ever, opening things up even further for people to showcase their talents and have a chance at winning $15,000 in prizes. Whilst people can still enter the same ways they have in the past, this year we will be allowing people to enter online with a fully automated platform, enabling you to simply enter, pay, adjust and track online. This will help make it easier than ever to give it a go and exhibit something at the Show to wow all your friends and family!


This year will be ‘Fruit & Vegetable’ themed for a range of special classes in the Exhibition. Our CEO Dianne Begg stated, “This year we find ourselves living in the ‘International Year of Fruits and Vegetables’ and encourage our future exhibitors to plan ahead for this year’s show, just like urban farmers who are already starting to plan their planting or harvest days.”



We are also looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Events Management Assistant/s who would like to help us in organising for this year’s show, as well as assisting in other events that are happening within Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds. Detailed info about this position is listed here, with this volunteer role providing an exceptional opportunity to add to your CV and skills with meaningful educational experiences, whilst having fun doing it!


Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing more very shortly…


With more than 15,000 early bird tickets snapped up in just a few weeks, the Make Smoking History Canning Show is set for a record-breaking community celebration like no other! With two nights of fireworks, two days packed with fun for all, and first release now exhausted, don’t miss out on the action; save by grabbing Second Release tickets ASAP, now on sale from Eventbrite.

Exploding with good times for all on Friday 1 (5-10PM) and Saturday 2 (9AM-10PM) November, the Show’s latest additions include:

  • Landslide (playing the very best of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles live)
  • 12 food trucks taking your palette on a gourmet global tour at Foodworld
  • Festive music ranging from DJs to live hip hop, an Indigenous choir and roving carnival big bands
  • The West Coast Lego User Group (responsible for the wildly successful Bricktober) offering fantastical displays, interactive building and competitions for all to enter)
  • Buskers Lane highlighting local talent, from puppet shows to singer-songwriters
  • Farmland offers plenty of new friends to meet, including free pony rides and plays with alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, lambs, piglets, a dog and roving sheep live, plus camel rides

These join an already packed line-up that offers hundreds of things to do, and thousands of things to see – most of them FREE, included in the price of tickets!

Also, a reminder entry forms are due on 18 October to have your talents showcased in the Canning Show Exhibition, and secure your chance to win in over $13,000 in cash prizes. Covering 650+ different classes in arts, crafts, hobbies creations, produce and more, it’s open to all ages, and levels of skill.



  • Always a highlight on the Friday, what better way to celebrate than to set imaginations alight than with two nights of fireworks
  • Faves from last year’s Canning Show’s Friday night entertainment and our sold-out The Greatest Showman Free Movie Event, Zap Circus return for both nights to dazzle us with fire shows, as well as holding a free workshop.


In 2019 you can expect levels of fun to max at new heights, with an array of debut and exciting FREE entertainment planned, including:

  • A number of elements celebrating 2019 as the International Year Of Indigenous Languages, including Food World, gathering some of the most delectable cuisines from around the globe to tantalise your tastebuds
  • Sideshow Wonderland, presented by the WA Showmen’s Association, who recently celebrated their 50th year of providing hair-raising rides, discounted showbags and more to the best Ag Shows in WA
  • One10 Mini Style motorbike free style ramp shows
  • Progressive Axe Men –wood chopping demonstrations, along with chainsaw shows
  •  ‘Buskers Lane’ promoting incredible live music talent all festival long
  • A costumed fashion parade (wearing your own festive outfits also highly encouraged)
  • Worm farm making workshops for the kids (with takeaway results)


Of course, there will be a mix of the fascinating and fun fare you’ve come to expect from the Show, including FREE entertainment such as: Dave The Blacksmith, face painting, pony rides, roving sheep, roving entertainment, community group performances, school choirs, Old Mac Donald’s Farm, Machinery Preservation Society, West Coast Remote Control Trucks, WA Police Historical Society, and many more to be announced closer to the Show.


The Canning Show Exhibition Schedule has now also just been released.

  • There’s over $13,000 in cash prizes to be won, over 650+ Classes
  • One of the largest annual exhibitions in the state that showcases a wide array of arts, crafts, hobbies, creations and produce.
  • Open to everyone, from talented amateurs to awarded artisans, the competition celebrates, promotes, rewards and encourages diverse passions and talents, plus inspires others in the community.
  • All entries exhibited as part of the 2019 Make Smoking History Canning Show.
  • View the Schedule HERE




DATES: Friday 1 & Saturday 2 November

VENUE: Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds

Displays on Show            Gates Open                        Exhibition Halls Open

Friday 1                                5pm to 10pm                     5pm to 9pm

Saturday 2                           9am to 10pm                     9am to 8pm


  • Limited FREE Early Bird ticket registrations! Then…
  • Presale: $10+BF Adults / $5+BF Concession / Family $20+BF
  • Gate sales: $15 Adults / $10 Concession / Family $30
  • 5 & under free any time