It’s July! We are officially done with the first half of 2016. We know what you’re thinking—how is it July already, where did that time go? Well, time really flies when you’re having fun—and by having fun, we mean reading The Urban List.
Speaking of fun though, Perth is serving up heaps of it this month. Despite the cold weather, there are loads of good reasons to leave the house—like winter feasts, art festivals, wine tastings and 90s parties. Oh, and just Australia’s biggest ice-skating rink. No biggie.
So to lure you out of your winter hibernation, here are 14 of the best events popping up in Perth this July.
1—17 July, Esplanade Park, Fremantle
Snowy, icy weather is a bit of a novelty for we Western Australians; so when the annual Winter Festival rolls up each year, we get a bit excited. And with good reason! The Fest is docking in Freo for the second year in a row, bringing Australia’s biggest ice rink back once again. Plus there’s falling snow, local Fremantle food vendors, a pop up bar and live entertainment.
Cocktail Degustation Series
7 July, The Classroom, North Perth
Food and wine pairing is so passé, right? Food and cocktail pairing, on the other hand, is where it’s at. The clever cookies at The Classroom will be serving up five exciting cocktails and cuisine to match. And because they are such a caring bunch, they make sure the food is nice and substantial, so you don’t end up on the floor on a school night. What good eggs.
The 90s Party
8 July, Amplifier Bar, Perth
We all love the 90s; and we all have—at one stage or another—had a love affair with good old Amps. So this is really a nostalgic no-brainer. Live DJs will be spinning old-school 90s beats with something for everyone, including Indie, Brit-Pop, Hip Hop, RnB and Electronic. So make like the Spice Girls and say you’ll be there.
The Good Food And Wine Show
8—10 July, Perth Convention Centre
The Good Food and Wine Show is back! What a time to be alive. PCEC will be transformed into a culinary wonderland, with hundreds of local and international exhibitors dishing up delicious things for you. There is grazing garden if you just want to chill and grab a snack; a good food theatre, where you can watch local and interstate chefs cook three course meals in front of you; a cellar door for all your wine lovers out there; celebrities including Maggie Beer and Adriano Zumbo; plus a Cheese Alley—yes that’s right, a whole alley dedicate to cheese. This is not a drill, people.
Julian Gargiulo | Direct From Carnegie Hall
16 July, Downstairs at The Maj, Perth
Heralded as “Saturday Night Live with a piano” meets “Woody Allen-ish wit”, Julian Gargiulo is a classical musician unlike any other. In the intimate setting Downstairs at The Maj, we think this is the perfect winter date night activity.
The Strange Familiar
16—30 July, ARTLAAB, Crawley
Plastic bottles are pretty ugly, right? Well, artist Kathy Allam has certainly proved this wrong with her exhibition The Strange Familiar. Featuring hundreds of recycled plastic bottles, her visual art installation is nothing less than breathtaking. You’ll leave feeling inspired to dig out your old placky bottles from the recycling and transform them into something incredible!
Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series
Every Thursday in July, High Street, Fremantle
Music-lovers, assemble! The Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series is a month-long concert program celebrating everything that is special about Freo’s music scene. Nationally-recognised legends and new up and comers will be performing in a bunch of venues including The National Hotel, Bar Orient, The Navy Club and The Pakenham Street Art Space. Plus, after a long night of gigging, you can stop by Nonna’s Lounge—opposite the Art Space venue on Pakenham Street, Nonna’s is a chill out area where you can grab a coffee and biscotti and enjoy a pop-up acoustic show.
Hatched | National Graduate Show
Until 17 July, PICA, Northbridge
July is your last chance to catch the visual masterpieces from the latest wave of art school graduates as part of Hatched at PICA. The exhibition is free and there’s also an audio descriptive tour to get your hands on, but be sure to book to avoid disappointment.
A Perfect Specimen
30 June—17 July, State Theatre Centre Of WA, Perth
It seems being an ape woman in a travelling freak show is not all it’s cracked up to be (who’da thunk?) in A Perfect Specimen. Based on a true story, the play follows Theodore Lent and his pregnant wife (and ape woman) Julia as he takes steps towards a decision that could cost him his friends, sanity and even his life. Part of the Winter Arts Festival, this five-star show is not to be missed.
Chocolate And Whisky Pairing
26 July, Halford Bar, Perth
If you think red wine and chocolate are a match made in heaven then you obviously haven't tried whisky and chocolate yet. The Whisky Word has joined forces with Sue Lewis Chocolatier for a night of indulgence (and whisky and chocolate education of course) at Halford Bar. Whether you're a whisky connoisseur or a total newbie, you'll be able to appreciate five whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and Australia, each matched with one of Perth's finest chocolate truffles. July is the month to give this excellent little combo a go, red wine will be waiting for you in August.
The Sneaky Pinot By The Unfiltered Wine Club
20 July, Angels Cut By The Trustee, Perth
Don’t you hate it when you go to a wine event to find people talking about ‘legs’, ‘tannins’ and ‘tasting notes’, so you just pack up and leave feeling very uncultured and unrefined. You can barely tell the difference between a shiraz and cab sav, but Reginald over there is talking about the peach notes he can detect in his riesling. (Seriously though, how is that possible? There is no peach in there, just grapes. Stop being a tool, Reginald.) If you’re like us, fret not, because The Unfiltered Wine Club has got us covered. They bring wine to people who love it but don’t love the arrogance that can sometimes come with it. Sneaky Pinot will be a tasting of different pinots from all over Australia and the world. Heaps of wine, heaps of canapés and heaps of normal people who don’t tell you they can taste notes of mossy forest floor in their merlot. Winning.
The Swan River Run
24 July, Perth CBD
“Oh gosh, the Swan River is actually quite nice isn’t it, we really should go enjoy it more.” Said every Perth resident ever. Well here’s your chance! The Swan River is the stunning backdrop for The Swan River Run, and we all know a picturesque location makes running much more bearable. There’s a 5km course for the normal people, a 14km course for the supreme athletes, as well as live entertainment along the course.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
8 July, Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Having already received rave reviews from BBC Scotland and The Daily Record, The Simon & Garfunkel Story celebrates the triumphs and turmoil that shaped the lives and careers of the 50s rock duo. Punters will get to watch film footage and photographs of the duo’s rise to fame while a band performs hits like Mrs Robinson, Scarborough Fair, The Sound of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival
7—17 July, Various Locations, Perth
With more than 100 films to catch, special guests, workshops for film buffs and a Jim Henson retrospective, Revelation Perth International Film Festival is back and better than ever in its 19th year. Mark your diaries people!
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