It’s already the second weekend of February so it’s time to get your act together and start soaking up all that the remainder of summer has to offer! Fringe Festival is in full swing (yes, I know we keep going on about it, but srsly) and Perth Festival kicks off this weekend too!
From open-air cinemas and sunset hawkers to sports games of historic proportions, dance parties and music festivals, there’s so much to do in Perth this weekend that it’s slightly overwhelming. Get your yet-to-be-used diaries out and start locking in some pals: here are 25 amazing things to do in Perth this weekend!
You all know how much we love Fringe—it’s no secret that we think it’s the absolute best time of year to be in Perth. If you’re anything like us, you’ve got the sudden urge to become a lifelong supporter of fringe theatre and the arts and are striving to get along to as many shows (on as tight a budget) as you possibly can. We’ve already made it easy for you by compiling our list of top picks at this year’s Fringe—many of which are on this weekend—but we’ve highlighted a couple of must-see’s for you specific to this weekend, too!
Club Swizzle In Northbridge
There are still some tix available for this absolute blockbuster of a show from the guys behind La Soiree but we are sure they’ll be gone soon, so if you haven’t caught a show yet (or even if you have!) head along to Club Swizzle this weekend for an otherworldly experience! You absolutely will not regret it!
Hot Brown Honey In Northbridge
This hotly anticipated show opens tonight and has already sold out quite a few shows so you need to get on it ASAP! Shake what your mama gave you and laugh ’til you cry with the genre defying, fiercely resilient, and theatrically gifted cast from Hot Brown Honey, performing all weekend and onward.
Studio Ghibli Fringe Flicks At Northbridge Piazza
For a more mellow evening, head along to the Northbridge Piazza to catch one of the beautiful Studio Ghibli films playing over the weekend. You’ve got a choice from Porco Rosso on Thursday night, Kiki’s Delivery Service Friday, personal fav Spirited Away on Saturday night, and My Neighbour Totoro to wrap things up on Sunday night. It’s a dream come true I tell ya.
Dome Date Night At Scitech
Celebrate the ever-closer looming V-Day a bit early at Dome Date Night, a uniquely romantic experience that we promise isn’t just for science nerds. It’s a film and multimedia show that captures the vastness of our universe at Scitech’s planetarium! Tickets include a complimentary beverage and a tonne of brownie points from bae. P.S. The actual Valentine’s Day show is sold out so, yeah, this is kinda’ your only option.
Jeez’ Louise, where do we even start when it comes to Perth Festival happenings this weekend! It’s the first weekend of the festival so things are going pretty all-out, but there are some definite highlights worth hitting up above all else, IMO. See below…
Museum Of Water at Fremantle Arts Centre
The Museum Of Water is a total reimagining of what a museum can be, showcasing WA’s relationship to the most essential life force—water—as the driest state in our country. The water sources and stories that go with them have been collected from all over the state, including from someone’s laundry and a Paralympian’s swimming pool!
God’s Own Country At ECU Joondalup Pines
If you haven’t yet heard the hype about this film, you must have been living under a seriously big rock. Following the story of an angry young man from bleak ol’ Yorkshire who’s path intersects with a Romanian seasonal worker who changes his life, the film is moving and tender. The perfect palette warmer leading into Valentine's Day!
Ballet At The Quarry
Opening on Friday 9 February and running all weekend, the West Australian Ballet and guests from the Larrakia and Yorta Yorta nations ballet and opera come together to deliver Milnjiya, Milky Way (River of Stars), a sensory, dance-based delight under the stars at Quarry Amphitheatre. If this amazing venue and the promise of an incredible dance performance alone isn’t enough to entice you, there will also be food, so go.
Thursday 8 February
Scarborough Sunset Markets
Delicious food, cold bevs, pop-up stores and live music by the sea at sunset—why not? Park up on the beautiful beachside lawns with a glass of wine or peruse the stalls showcasing locally made bits ’n’ pieces at the Scarborough Sunset Markets. What better way to wind down before heading into the joke of a work day that is Friday?
Pasta Workshop At Perth City Farm
If tonight calls for a carb-overload (you’ll need some serious energy for the weekend ahead, trust me), then go hang out with Sophie Budd and learn how to make pasta at this Pasta Making Workshop. Sophie has trained under Jamie Oliver and ran the pasta section at his Cornwall restaurant ‘Fifteen Cornwall’, soo, you know, she’s pretty good.
Hip Hop Kara”Yo”ke At The Bird
Back at it again is everyone’s favourite karaoke night, Hip Hop Kara”Yo”ke, with a special love edition in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Think Jay Z and Bey, Kelly Rowland and Nelly, and Rhi Rhi & herself: this is an all-out love fest celebrating or saying ‘cya later’ to the lovers, haters and heartbreakers of this world. Stretch your vocal chords and don your dancing shoes, this one’s a vibe.
Friday 9 February
Electric Fields At Chevron Gardens
Promising to be one of the best acts on the festival’s line up, Electric Fields are a duo of electro-pop splendour, with angelic, Sia-like vocals and stereotype-defying performances. They’ve been stunning audiences around the nation lately and we are psyched to have them here in Perth tomorrow to open proceedings for the Perth Festival! Oh and don't eat beforehand, The Standard, Sauma and Lalla Rookh will all be there dishing out the goods.
Perfect Strangers At Cottesloe Film Festival
Stretch out on the Civic Centre lawns with beautiful ocean views and a drink in hand (read: Aperol Spritz) to watch Perfect Strangers, a highly acclaimed Italian film about a dinner party turned deep-dark-secret-revealing-nightmare. Best put your phones away for this one so as to avoid any ironic mishaps.
Sunset Sessions At Claremont Pizza
Giant tipi village? Check. Pizza? Check. BYO? Check. Live music? Check. What better place to kick the night off or wind down the week than at Claremont Pizza’s Sunset Session, enjoying delicious pizza and pasta under the starry tipi village with BYO or seriously cheap ($5) wine and beer?
BYO Event At Fremantle Markets
Guys, we can’t keep banging on about this—but we will if we have to. The Fremantle Markets now have BYO every Friday night and it’s freaking awesome! Think of all those tantalising, mouth-watering, delicious eats. Think of the atmosphere, the buzz, the characters that you see wandering around the market stalls. Think of the limited impact the whole thing has on your bank account. Now add in BYO drinks and live DJ’s. Done!
Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market
For the perpetually hungry, you can’t go past a good suburban hawkers market and this might just be the one to satisfy the cravings. The Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market is set at the beautiful Axford Park, with fairy lights galore and a lot of food to be eaten. With the list of food stalls changing a bit from week to week, there is always something new and delicious to feast on!
Saturday 10 February
Block Party At Chevron Gardens
Eat, drink and dance the night away down at the spectacular Elizabeth Quay venue at Block Party, a party put on by DSB and Lab Six showcasing the best local up-and-coming DJ’s and producers. The food on offer promises to be above your usual ‘pop-up’ standard, coming from Lalla Rookh, Sauma and The Standard—so be sure not to eat beforehand ‘cos yuuuuum.
AFLW At Optus Stadium
Guys, they have already sold more than 45,000 tickets to the first ever footy game to be played at our brand new Optus Stadium—and it’s the AFLW! The Freo Dockers are coming up against Collingwood, and the event is set to become the most attended standalone women’s sporting event in Australian history which is downright fantastic, so you better get there and be part of history.
Closing Night | Three Summers at Cottesloe Film Festival
Enjoy the closing night of the Cottesloe Film Festival by curling up to watch Three Summers, an Australian made, awkward romantic comedy with a twist about two rather contrary musicians who flail in love after meeting at a summer music festival. A film that embraces the modern diversity of Australia, it’s perfect for viewing beside our beautiful Indian Ocean.
Sunday 11 February
If you’ve watched Anderson .Paak’s performance at the Adelaide instalment and somehow resisted the urge to buy tickets to Laneway Festival, we applaud you, but we also seriously encourage you to drop the act and reconsider your frugality. This is one year of Laneway not to be missed with a seriously impressive line-up and a bloody Perthect day forecast!
LeedyPalooza Unfair Day
This is Fringe Festival’s market day with a rather dark (yet still family friendly) twist, featuring all things ‘unfair’ like including unlucky dips, bad family portraits and misfortune cookies. We’re sure there’ll be lots of other weird and wonderful stuff on offer (knowing Fringe), not to mention the whole of Leederville at your very fingertips.
Oceanic Sessions | Sunday Music at Fremantle Arts Centre
Perth Festival’s Oceanic Sessions are here to delight and surprise, with rich musical flavours from all over the globe. This Sunday see South Africa’s Bongeziwe Mabandla singing in both English and Xhosa, sharing his unique Afro-folk sounds with elements of hip hop, dub and soul. Citing Tracy Chapman as a key influencer, we are sure Bongeziwe won’t be a disappointment, and what better way to wind down a busy weekend?
Harbour Sundays at The Maritime Museum
Hosted by RTRFM and the WA Maritime Museum, Harbour Sundays are also here to bring your weekend to a slow and relaxing close. This Sunday you will be blessed with sounds from Human Contact, De Cuba Son and DJ Claude Mono, who are, in all honesty, completely unbeknown to us but apparently extremely good and rather eclectic. Take a musical excursion through the worlds of jazz, Cuban beats and salsa all while enjoying a refreshing beverage on the beautiful Museum balcony, overlooking the stunning docks and ocean at sunset.
Noodle Sundays At Elizabeth Quay
Finish the weekend off right with seriously chill vibes at Noodle Sundays, enjoying $8 drinks and eats from Feral Brewing Company, Bao Wow and What The Cluck, along with live DJ’s and a coupla’ surprise pop-up Fringe shows. Yas please!
Kalamunda Farmers Market
If you are pretty serious about your fresh produce and like to stock up for the week, there is seriously no better place to do it than at the Kalamunda Farmers Market. If you’re not local, it does take a bit of getting to—but bet your bottom dollar that it’s worth it. There’s brekky eats, coffee, juice and smoothie aplenty, plus a whole host of fresh and local produce for sale at unbelievably good prices.
Growers’ Green Farmers Market
For those living at the opposite end of our fine city: don’t worry, there’s a Sunday farmers’ market for you too. Held at what used to be South Fremantle High School, Growers’ Green is refreshingly spacious as far as farmers’ markets usually go. Get all your goods for the week and chow down on some seriously delicious brekky (we recommend Shak Shuka or The Crepe Cart!) before sprawling out on the mats in the sun and enjoying live, local tunes.
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