Don’t blink because you might accidentally miss the last blissful moments of summer! While some of you might be too busy lamenting the fact that ‘February’s already half over’, the rest of us are out soaking up every last ounce of Perth summer goodness—and boy is there a lot to be absorbed.
Aside from the usual (but still crazy exciting and unmissable) Fringe and Perth Festival suspects, this weekend seems to be throwing us some serious ‘stop being lazy and get healthy’ vibes with numerous MYO and DIY health food, wellness and lifestyle workshops on offer. But don’t fear, there’s still a decent dose of tequila, beer and wine related events to don your Saturday and Sunday best for, too.
Tell your cats you’ll see them Monday, here’s everything to do in Perth this weekend.
We’re sure you’ve all read our top picks for this year’s Fringe Festival, so instead of repeating ourselves; here’s a few bonus tips on shows for you to catch this weekend, and things that it might be your last chance to see!
Elixir In Northbridge
Has anyone had enough of mind-boggling acrobatics and/or sweaty performers yet? No, us neither. Elixir is possibly the pinnacle of these two things, with a dash of science. It follows the journey of three ‘enthusiastic’ acrobats who try to create the ‘elixir of life’, resulting in a slap-stick, science-fiction-esque circus show. One of the funniest and most impressive Fringe shows we've seen this year, we’d recommend you nab a tikky.
Comedy Pub Crawl In Northbridge
A pub crawl with a twist, this night of different venues and surprise comedians is (unsurprisingly) brought to you by a bunch of Scots. Bound to be a big night of belly laughing, you’ll either be laughing at the comedian, at yourselves, or at your unruly mates—any of which we’ll take!
Bey Party At Elizabeth Quay
Not to be mistaken with the No Lights No Lycra Beyonce Edition, this Bey Party comes complete with an actual instructor, breaking down them juicy Bey moves for all you bootylicious babes and boys out there. Go in you, come out absolutely flawless and 100% famil’d with all of Bey’s most iconic moves. If you’re a diva, this is about as seriously cultural as it gets.
My Greatest Period Ever In Northbridge
If you haven’t yet heard the good things coming through about this show, you must be living under a decent sized rock. Singer and storyteller Lucy Peach recounts her journey of teaching sex-ed, and how her womanhood has inspired her to write award-winning music. A man leaving this show was reportedly heard saying, ‘I wish I had a period’, so, you know… it’s pretty good.
Briefs: Close Encounters In Northbridge
If you’re only Fringe-ing on weekends, this one might be your last chance to catch one of the Festival’s most loved shows—Briefs: Close Encounters. With tickets still available for Sunday night this weekend and next, you’re already too close (pun intended) to put off snatching a ticket any longer. They’re not called the ‘world’s hottest all-male boylesque group’ for nothing, guys.
Gurrumul At UWA Somerville
This film is a beautiful tribute to one of Australia’s greatest musicians, Gurrumul, and is particularly poignant following his saddening death mid-last year—at which point the film had only just been completed. Transport yourself to traditional Arnhem Land through Gurrumul’s rich music and life story, surrounded by Somerville’s towering pine trees and a starry sky.
Farewell To Paper At Heath Ledger Theatre
Is anyone else feeling sentimental about the demise of paper? This charming one-man show is giving paper a proper, and rather amusing, send off. The show’s from Russia and is premiering in Australia for the first time, so it’s worth a look in if you’re feeling down for something a bit different.
Sunset Wine Festival At Brighton Reserve
There’ve been a lot of events happening in Scarborough that contain the word ‘wine’ in the name lately, so it’s fine if you’re a little confused. Basically, you can just rock up at this byortiful beachside location at any time, any day this weekend and someone will hand you a glass of vino (in exchange for cash). The difference is the Sunset Wine Festival runs all weekend, and your ticket gets you complimentary tastings thank-you very much. One of summer’s best boutique events, this festy is a great cornerstone for a good weekend.
Bankwest Fan Of Everything Booth At Noodle Palace
If you’re as excited about Perth’s brand new Stadium as we are then you need to get down to Noodle Palace this Friday and Saturday night for your chance to win two tickets in the exclusive Bankwest Club to every event at Optus Stadium for an entire year. We’re not kidding! Visit the Bankwest Fan of Everything booth and have some fun dressing up as Taylor Swift, your favourite footy player or someone else and get your photo snapped on their green screen. If you’re a Bankwest customer you can upload the pic to the comments on this post for your chance to win this incredible prize. May the odds be ever in your favour!
Thursday 15 February
Scarborough Sunset Markets
Guys, we can’t emphasise enough how much these are the quintessential summer sundowner markets that need your attendance stat. If the amazing location, iconic sunset and pop-up stores aren’t enough to lure you in, there’s also a bar. Run don’t walk!
$10 Burgers & Beers At Clarences
In honour of Fringe at all that is holy in this world, the crew at Clarences are offering a downright banger of deal for the good people of Perth: $10 for a burger and a tap beer, cider, or house wine. Now, this isn’t some average deal put on to use up leftovers. The burgers at Clarences (if you’ve never had the good fortune to try one) are seriously good and will not leave you disappointed.
Friday 16 February
Shake ’N’ Bake At Mojos Bar Fremantle
This annual event is back with some big names. Sure, there are other artists on the lineup, but if you haven’t yet seen Boo Seeka live: just go. This is guaranteed to be a high-energy, extremely sweaty, dance-filled party, packing out one of Perth’s most loved live music venues.
Sunset Sessions At Claremont Pizza
Head down to the Claremont Showgrounds and grab a sunset pizza tomorrow night at Claremont Pizza. Wines and beers are going for $5 or you can BYO, so if you’re looking for a night out that’s easy on the pocket, this could be it. There’s also live music and a giant tipi village!
Terrace Nights On Bay View Terrace
Bringing a little bit of that Broome vibe down to Claremont is Terrace Nights, a twilight food market that’ll see the northern end of Bay View Terrace filled with pop-ups from local restaurants, bars and cafes. PSA: You could possibly win a trip to Broome, so it’s worth popping your head in.
Saturday 17 February
Free Interior Design Workshop With Madox Piara Waters
Madox is one of Perth’s newest southern precincts, and to celebrate, the crew are offering up this free workshop for home styling and designing for peeps on a budget. Sound like you? Yes, I hear you all say. Head along and you could also win a one-hour, one-on-one, in-home consult with the creative behind Element’s at Home, Kristie Castagna.
Fermenting Workshop In Victoria Park
Let’s be honest, our immune systems and general strength and vitality probably need a bit of a boost as we reach the latter end of Feb. Learn how to make delicious sauerkraut, kombucha and Kefir yoghurts and cheeses, which are all super healthy things that are good for the gut, at this sneaky little fermenting workshop by Gaia’s Organic Gardens.
MYO Soap Workshop At Perth City Farm
Inspired by a desire to encourage a more waste-free culture, this workshop will teach you how to make your own soap, deodorant, toothpaste and beeswax food wraps—all things that contribute to landfill incase you didn’t make the connection. Get into some adulting before it’s too late!
Intro To Plant-Based Eating At Raw Kitchen Fremantle
If we could all learn to cook even half as well as the crew at Raw Kitchen, there would literally be no reason left to eat meat. So why not start at this workshop which will cover the basics of plant-based eating, including some delicious sounding things like a ‘Persian inspired spiced cauliflower recipe’ and a recipe for the ‘most nutrient dense smoothie of all time’. Woah.
Dizzee Rascal At Chevron Gardens
The ‘King of Grime’ is back to lay down some of his classic bangers for the bass-line lovers of Perth and beyond. We Perthlings are so darn excited about this event that there are currently only waitlist spots available for tickets—so if you can weasel a ticket somehow, we say do it.
Sunday 18 February
Ocean Heroes At Trigg Beach
If you want to feel good about yourself and make some other people feel good too, head down to Trigg Beach and lend a hand at Ocean Heroes, a day for improving the lives of people with disabilities through surfing! It’s always a fun morning in the sun but your skin won’t be the only thing left warmed when you see the smiling faces of participants. Go have a splash!
Perth Chinese New Year Fair In Northbridge
Hitting the streets in all-out Chinese New Year fashion is lion-dancing, dragon-dancing and general Chinese festivities from the Chung Wah Association in celebration of the start of the Year of the Dog—which isn’t hard to get excited about. Cultural performances and delicious food stalls are going to take over the streets of Northbridge, providing a hot spot to kick off your Saturday night with a dose of culture.
Dancin’ In The Street At Leedypalooza
Oxford Street is being taken over by LeedyPalooza for a full steam dance-off. I repeat: dance-off. If you fancy yourself a bit of a dancing king or queen, here is your dance floor, my friends. You can choose to be a star or spectate from the sidelines but either way, you’re guaranteed a good time.
Perth Symphony Orchestra At Music At Murdoch Concert
Set in the gorgeous natural surrounds of Murdoch’s Bush Court, the Perth Symphony Orchestra is going to be strumming some strings and blowing on some horns for Music at Murdoch this weekend. The night will deliver your favourite Motown classics and—wait for it—it’s free! Unless you want the special treatment, then you gotta’ cough up.
PURE VIBE Sundays At Rosemount Hotel
The Rosemount Hotel courtyard is a darn good place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, especially thanks to Pure Vibe Sundays. The kind record-collecting Dj’s of Perth have done their thing to bring you the sweet sounds of decent music from the Congalese, reggae, funk, latin and beat producing genres! Head here for the ultimate chill sesh with a good group of mates.
Wafia With North East Party House At Chevron Gardens
A seriously good live act, Wafia can’t be missed in this year’s Chevron Gardens line up. The Elizabeth Quay atmosphere and the open-air concert vibes always makes for a fun night out, with the electronic-rock vibes Wafia will be emanating being the absolute cherry on top.
One Day Sundays At Noodle Palace
The party that needs no introduction, One Day Sundays is back at Noodle Palace this Sunday and ready to deliver an even bigger and better version of Perth’s favourite outdoor hip hop party at Embargo. If you’ve never been to a One Day Sunday, this is the one to get down to!
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Image credit: Music at Murdoch