Wine is definitely the theme to this weekends happenings, with tastings, awards and festivals dedicated to the stuff! Don’t worry though, if you’re less fill me and more feed me, we have you covered on that front too. There’s plenty of other cool things going on like the Freo Festival, hawkers markets in the city, film festivals in Northbridge, sausage dog fashion parades, Halloween parties and some whimsical craftiness in between.
Here are 15 amazing things to do in Perth this weekend.
Starting tomorrow night and going for ten days, the festival showcases music, comedy, fashion, performances, visual arts and heaps more across various venues in Freo. If you’re looking for specific recommendations this weekend, we’re going to be all over The Jezabels and Justin Townes Earle at the Town Hall, Wardarnji Nyoongar storytelling and Salary at the Arts Centre, and Arcs d’Ellipses along the High Street. All the festival info can be found here.
UNWINED AT MARKET SQUARE
This Saturday and Sunday Subi’s Market Square will be transformed into a wine lover's dream with 250 wines to try! Try, buy, eat, relax, learn, watch, lounge and soak up all the deliciousness coming out of the Great Southern. Tickets start from $26 and looking at the line up, you’re not going to want to miss this one. The pretty epic two-day schedule and all the ticketing info can be found here.
LITTLE ITALY BY THE SEA IN FREMANTLE
Starting on Friday night, the Fremantle fishing boat harbour is being transformed into a mini Italy, with a few different piazzas each themed to represent a region of Italy. Cute. There will be a pop-up bar, live music, and, of course, food. Did we mention the spaghetti eating competition? Click here for all the details.
RUSSIAN FILM FESTIVAL AT CINEMA PARADISO
It’s all things Russia this weekend at Cinema Paradiso for Russian Resurrection—otherwise known as the largest Russian film festival outside the country itself. This year's line up is a mixture of genres that will have you wanting to book your flights to St Petersburg. Looking for the hot tip? We hear Viking, Arrhythmia and Cold Tango are some of the highlights. Head here to check out the films and session times.
Thursday 26 October
MEET THE MAKER AT PETITION WINE BAR & MERCHANT
It’s all about Whistler Wines tonight at the State Buildings' Petition as Josh Pfeiffer from the South Australian winery shares all his secrets behind their grenache, red blends, and rose. It’s free so knock off work at 5:30 and head down the Terrace for some big delicious tastes from the Barossa. Check out more here.
Friday 27 October
WINE SHOW OF WA GALA AWARDS DINNER AT THE HYATT
You’ve got between now and tomorrow night to brush up on your wine snobbery, for the grand ballroom at Hyatt Regency will be all about the industry mingle and we’re certain one thing will be on their minds: wine! Get your Sunday bests out—this is a formal affair from 6:30pm and everyone’s invited. Purchase your $185 tickets here.
WINE LOFT AT THE QUEENS
Tomorrow night The Queens is shaking things up a bit and turning their wine loft into a pop up cellar door. For $35 you’ll get to taste more than 35 wines (do the maths, it’s a good deal!), smash freshly shucked oysters and eat all the canapés. Happs, Flametree, Driftwood, Juniper are among the wineries on show, so it’s sure to be an absolutely delicious night of WA wines. Grab your tickets here.
TWILIGHT HAWKERS MARKET AT FORREST PLACE
Yaaaaas it’s that time of year again! For those not so clued in on the hap haps around Forrest Place, it’s the Twilight Hawkers Market. If you missed opening weekend last Friday night, you'll want to get there tomorrow night for all of the eats! All the stalls. All the food. All the countries. Get. Around. This.
Saturday 28 October
SAUSAGE DOG RACE ON KARINYA EQUESTRIAN PARK
This Sunday, Long Dogs WA is making all our dreams come true by hosting their annual fundraiser Around The World In 80 Barks. Not only with the dogs be in dress ups (CUTE) but there’ll be a sausage sizzle, games, races and yep… a fashion parade. Head here for more info.
LASER CUT LAUNCH AT THE ARCHIVE
Annabelle Williams is launching her insanely amazing business, Laser Cut this Saturday night at The Archive in Freo. She’ll be showcasing her skills for the first time and offering a special price throughout the evening for her designs. For those not so cluey on what laser cuts are—think paper that is hand cut into just about anything that Annabelle’s imagination can come up with—animals, buildings, designs and more. Head here to find out more.
HALLOWEEN PARTY ON WOLF LANE
Wolf Lane will be transformed into a secret hideaway for chills and thrills this Sunday for their Halloween party and we’re not sure what’s better: the fact that popcorn and toasted cheese sandwiches are on the menu, the $7 spiced rum and Brooklyn Lager on offer, or that costumes are mandatory. Doors open at 4pm, the DJ starts at 7pm and shenanigans will continue through to the wee hours of the morning. It’s free entry but to reserve your VIP entry head here.
Sunday 29 October
TAI CHI AWARENESS DAY AT NORTHBRIDGE PIAZZA
Calling everyone, young and old, to experience the wisdom that is Tai Chi this Sunday in Northbridge. From 12 noon, you’ll learn the hidden secrets behind this ancient physical, mental and spiritual art form. Feeling zen and centred afterwards is highly likely. Doing the movements perfectly the first time isn’t—this is harder than it looks! All the info you need is here.
THE KITE STRING TANGLE AT JACK RABBIT SLIM’S
This Sunday, Jack Rabbit Slim’s is hosting The Kite String Tangle album launch. After a hugely successful first gig, the team has just announced a second Perth show and it will definitely be their last so don’t miss out as tickets are selling quick smart. Grab them here for $35 and experience the insanely talented Brisbane alternative electronic producer Danny Harley live.
MEXICAN FOLK ART CLASS AT THE MAKER MOVEMENT
Channel that inner Mexican craft you have inside you and join Tara Brooks from Cactus Head Studio in letting out all your creativity and imagination into a box (or a nicho shadow box shrine to be precise). The three-hour class kicks off bright and early this Sunday morning on Angove Street. For $64 you’ll learn the significance and story behind Mexican folk art and that you can never use too much glitter! Grab your tickets here.
PAW-SOME DAY OUT
If you're a dog owner or you just want to cuddle someone else's pooch, head down to North Beach this Sunday for the ultimate pooch day out. With a range of stalls, food vendors and so many other dogs to hang out with, your dog will love you forever. This is a free event, click here to find out more.
Day Of The Dead At El Publico
The guys over at the El Publico are putting together a list of Espolon Tequila cocktails to celebrate Day of the Dead. There’ll be live face painting from 6pm – 10pm for one night only on Thursday 2nd November and Mexican music playing. Drink Responsibly.
Celebrate Day of the Dead with Espolon Tequila at Oceans 6019
Join in the celebrations of Day of the Dead. There’ll be ice-cold Paloma’s at the bar, face painting and live entertainment and that sounds pretty damn good to us. From 4pm on Sunday 29 October, we suggest you head to Oceans 6019, get your face painted order a bev and settle in with your mates for the night’s festivities. Drink Responsibly.
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