April has the potential to be a bit of a sad month in Perth—the weather starts getting a cooler, the sunshine is a little dimmer, the beaches are a little emptier, it starts getting dark at 6:30pm, and the general realisation that winter is coming starts to sink in. Cue sadness.
Well, luckily for us, Perth has got it goin’ on. Gone are the days when Western Australians would go into hibernation and cease socialising as soon as summer was over. Oh no, nowadays we have enough fun stuff cranking to keep us out and about even when the mercury hits a chilly 20 degrees (brrrrr!)
Here are the best events popping up in Perth this April.
Night Noodle Markets
30 March—10 April, Elizabeth Quay, Perth CBD
The Night Noodle Markets have found their way to Elizabeth Quay, offering a feast of tasty hawker-style stalls with dishes starting from as little as $10. Cuisines include Korean, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese. Plus, there will be pop-up bars, a beer garden and live entertainment.
Lefty Food Trucks
Every Wednesday in April, The Left Bank, East Fremantle
The Lefty already has a fair bit going for it. Stellar views, good drinks, delicious food and a nice beer garden. But now this Freo institution is adding another string to its bow with Lefty Food Trucks. Every Wednesday night will see The Lefty parking lot filled with food trucks for you to come grab some mid-week grub. Enjoy your food truck deliciousness sitting on the grass by the Swan River, or even head in to The Left Bank and enjoy your dinner inside their pub or beer garden with an icy cold beverage.
Martinis And Oysters
Every Wednesday and Thursday in April, Frisk, Northbridge
We love to get a bit fancy, and apparently so do the good people at Frisk, because they are bringing us a special little treat for April—martinis and oysters. For 25 bucks, you get six freshly shucked natural oysters and a Bombay Sapphire martini with three juicy Sicilian olives (or one of Frisk’s classic gin and tonic’s if you can’t quite get in to martinis).
Art Transforming Claremont
2—21 April, Claremont Park, Claremont
It’s not often you find a good deal in the Perth’s western ‘burbs, but the Town of Claremont are all over that like a powerful moss. From April 2 to 21, they will be presenting Art Transforming Claremont, which will see the neighbourhood transformed into a creative wonderland with outdoor cinema, public art, creative workshops and live performances. Some of the highlights include a free concert by Clare Bowditch and a line-up of impressive films at outdoor cinemas—also for free. Yay free stuff!
Food Truck Rumble
April 3, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
The third annual Food Truck Rumble is set to be bigger and better than ever, with 40 food trucks stationed around the Cultural Centre as well as the Museum Gardens. This year, there will also be 10 street food stalls at the Urban Orchard, and 15 stalls in the Arts and Crafts Laneway Market. As if that wasn’t enough to keep you occupied, there will also be entertainment and a breakdancing competition. So much to see, so little time!
Polo In The Valley
3 April, Swan Valley
“Hey, what are you up to this Sunday?” “Oh, just heading to the valley to see some polo.” Sounds sophisticated, doesn’t it? So get your nicest threads out and head to Polo in the Valley for a day of fanciness.
Cellar Door In The City
April 7, The Aviary, Perth CBD
If you love wine from the Swan Valley and Perth hills but can’t be bothered going all the way out there, good news—Cellar Door in the City is bringing it to you at The Aviary in Perth. Head along to this event to taste wines from these two remarkable regions, with live music and canapes.
Ship-Wrecked Music Festival
April 9, Victoria Park Foreshore
Ship-Wrecked is dubbed The People’s Festival, because they ask Western Australians who we would like to see perform so they can plan their line-up. And evidently, according to the 2016 talent, we asked for Abbe May, Andy Bull, Holy Holy, Kingswood, The Delta Riggs, Thundamentals and… Shannon Noll. Yep, the people of Perth have spoken and we want Shannon Noll. We all apparently have a huge hankering for Shannon and his rustic Aussie pub-rock tunes, so he is heading to Perth to perform at Ship-Wrecked.
April 17, Queen Street, Fremantle
‘Sagra’ is an Italian term used to describe food festivals happening in little Italian towns organised by local communities to bring people together with food. Sound like a fun thing to do? Hell yeah it does. So, luckily for Perth, four Italian ladies have kindly decided that we should all ‘sagra’ together, and have organised Perth’s first traditional Italian food festival. Let’s Sagra will feature homemade Italian meals just like nonna would make, folk dance, local wine, Italian beer and long sharing tables for families and friends.
In The Pines
April 24, Somerville Auditorium, UWA, Crawley
RTRFM’s local music love-in In the Pines returns to the striking surrounds of UWA’s Somerville Auditorium, featuring 20 of Perth’s best acts across two stages. In its 23 year history, In the Pines has played host to the likes of Methyl Ethel, Tame Impala, Abbe May, San Cisco and Jebediah. This year’s line-up includes Bucket, Davey Craddock and the Spectacles, Helta Skelta, Jacob Diamond and Joni in the Moon. It’s the perfect place to picnic with 11 hours of local music among a plethora of delicious food and drink options.
Perth Garden Festival
April 28—May 1, McCallum Park, South Perth
For all you green thumbs out there, or anyone after an addition to their plant-family, this year the Perth Garden Festival will play host to WA’s Largest Plant Market with over 1,400sqms of nursery markets. Bursting with colour, the Perth Garden Festival delights visitors with inspirational landscape show gardens, plant sales, a daily seminar program featuring some of Perth’s best horticultural experts, an educational playground for kids including a variety of hands on workshops and activities, as well as live demonstrations and live music and entertainment.
TruckStop Sunday Sessions At Perry Lakes
April 3, 10, 17 and 24, Perry Lakes Reserve, Floreat
The TruckStop convoy is on the move, parking up at Perry Lakes for the month of April. This revolutionary roving eatery has previously parked itself in Northbridge and Hillarys, and now it’s Floreat’s turn. TruckStop celebrates homegrown street food, craft beer and cider, boutique wine, live music and local artists, and will have four exclusive Sunday sessions during April.
Image Credit: Meast Food Truck