Is it just us or—and we’re not complaining—does the weekend keep coming around seriously quickly? If you can’t relate, don’t worry, because there is so much to do in Perth this weekend that the place is basically splitting at the seams and you’ll have left the week behind in no time. With Fringe World coming to a close this Sunday (*cries*) and Perth Festival on the home stretch, now is the time people—or you’re going to miss out! If bizarre cabaret and hit-and-miss comedy or serious international film and contemporary dance aren’t your thing, Perth is delivering the goods this weekend on many other fronts, too.
From special event movie premieres and outdoor cinemas to painting classes and fruit picking, to ocean swims, markets, art classes, concerts and too many Sunday sessions to count, you are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to your weekend plans, Perth. Buckle in for a big one: here are 30 (yes, 30!) amazing things to do in Perth this weekend!
The only bad thing about Fringe, is that it ends. And folks, it ends this weekend so you better all be out soaking up every last second of the glittery, grandiose, bizarre rambunctiousness that is Fringe. You’ve probably already caught all of our top picks (if you haven’t—quick, they’re almost sold out), so here are a few bonus tips for you to enjoy this weekend.
Reuben Kaye At The Ice Cream Factory
Far out, if you’ve seen Club Swizzle then you know what’s comin’ for ya in this one-night-only show with Reuben Kaye. This, ladies and gents, is the full Reuben Kaye experience—and it’s happening tonight only! Expect high notes, jokes that leave you gutless, lashes, teeth and tongue. If you want to see a show where the only thing more entertaining than the performer themselves is the audience’s reaction to them, this is it. Do not miss it.
Iconic: A Brief History Of Drag
The history of drag finds full expression through Velma Celli at this passionate, electrifying show that pays homage to all the most iconic drag moments in film, stage and pop culture. Apart from the apparently powerhouse vocals, Velma is also famous for having been a resident entertainer at The Hippodrome, London’s biggest casino and renowned entertainment venue. Need we say more?
Escape Room At The Pleasure Garden
If you haven’t jumped on the latest fad of ‘Escape Rooms’ yet, this is the one to go to! You’re working at a Speakeasy, and you’ve got 45 minutes before the cops are raiding it… solve the puzzles, clues and ciphers to open secret hidey-holes, panels and boxes to secure all the illegal booze before you get booked. Gather your own team or get matched up on the night, either way just don’t miss it.
Dirty Jazz Cocktail Hour At The Ellington
If you haven’t heard the hype about Perth’s very own Jessie Gordon yet, you better start listening. And we know just the place! Join her for a rather cheeky speakeasy themed adventure at Dirty Jazz Cocktail Hour, where not only can you enjoy some steamy vocals and dirty deeds, you can also drink something called the ‘Filthy Gordon’. Worth going even just for that, if you ask us!
Lean On Pete At UWA Somerville
If you’re in the mood for something emotional and a bit of Chloë Sevigny (when aren’t we), catch Lean on Pete in the beautiful surrounds of UWA Somerville. A story about a young man who stumbles into the world of low-stakes horse racing, this one sounds like it’ll pull on the heart strings. Plus, you have to go to Somerville at least once during the season—so this could be the time!
It’s Writers Week, a week full of stories, books, words and ideas - some of our favourite things. UWA is the hub to go to this Saturday and Sunday for anyone who’s into it, from writers to musicians, artists and theatre makers. But, this year the rest of the city is coming alive with the love of language too—there are events happening in bars, libraries and writing centres all over the place tonight and tomorrow (including one of our faves, Strange Company!).
Thursday 22 February
Painting Class At The Pickled Paintbrush
Become a master artist at this Painting Class from Pickled Paintbrush in Fremantle, the art school where you can BYO wine, and let the paintbrush do the rest. You can make group bookings and seriously, it’s the best outing for a good catch-up with neglected friends (or those you live on top of).
Epicly, Later’d Perth Premier Screening At Late Night Valentine
From SBS Viceland comes this premiere screening of Epicly, Later’d, kicking off the launch of a new, eight part documentary series. The series will feature never before seen footage of some absolute legends of the skateboarding world (as in, the characters you used to be on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater like Chad Muska and Bam Margera). Tonight you can catch the Australian premiere screenings of the Harmony Korine ad Jason Dill episodes. P.S. There’ll be eats from Meat Candy available!
Free Open Air Cinema At Windsor Park
Take your picnic rugs, doonas, pillows and gal-friends down to the South Perth Free Open Air Cinema tonight to watch Embrace, a documentary about one woman’s journey to inspire everyBODY. It looks like a funny, touching, and overall important doco that might just transform you from being a body-hater to a body-lover.
Scarborough Sunset Markets At Scarborough Ampitheatre
Taking over the Scarborough beach Amphitheatre once again are the Scarborough Sunset Markets, an afternoon full of sun, crystal blue ocean views, mouth-watering eats, cold drinks, live music and market stalls. What better way to wind down on a Thursday arvo?
Collab Launch: Rocky Ridge Brewing Co X Baby Mammoth
The hooligans over at Rocky Ridge and Baby Mammoth have teamed up on one epic achievement: they’ve created a chutney beer. We aren’t sure exactly what that means for our palettes but it sounds like something we should all experience, so head to this launch to find out! Also, there’s a five course dinner on offer, so, there’s that.
Friday 23 February
ACO Underground At Astor Theatre
Chamber music but not as you know it, life-long fans and virgins of the ACO alike should be flocking to this Perth Festival event. If you have never had your hairs pricked up by violinist and singer Satu Vänskä, this is the time. Watch as she leads her ACO spin-off, ACO Underground—a string quartet that’s making some seriously ethereal sounds.
Saturday 24 February
2018 Rottnest Channel Swim
Cancel your plans, the race that stops the state is about to happen. Head over to Rottnest this Saturday for the Rottnest Channel Swim. Join the welcome party as the swimmers drag their exhausted bodies up the beautiful sandy beach and into the pub. If you can’t make it to Rotto but still want a piece of the atmosphere, heading down to the starting line at Cottesloe Beach is also a pretty awesome, very Perth experience—if you can deal with the early morning!
TAL Free Spot Checker At City Beach Park
We bloody love the Perth sun and long, lazy days at the beach, but skin cancer is no joke. Never fear! The good people at TAL Insurance are coming out to some of Australia’s most iconic beach locations to provide free, quick and easy spot checks—and City Beach Park made the cut. The online bookings are full now, but there will be spots available for walk-ins so pop by after your morning swim and coffee this Saturday.
The Corsini Collection: A Florentine Festival Day At The Art Gallery Of Western Australia
For an extremely cultured day out, head to the Florentine Festival Day which is celebrating the opening of the Corsini Collection at the Art Gallery of WA, which is a huge deal. This is the first time the collection has left it’s home in Italy in 500 years and it’s the only showing in Australia - here in Perth! So go soak up all that our beautiful cultural centre has to offer while enjoying some top-class entertainment like aerial acrobatics and traditional Italian dance. Also, there’s a gnocchi workshop—so yeah, go.
The Ghosts Of Fremantle At Fremantle Prison
Head down to the scariest venue in Perth for this multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes and archival imagery of Fremantle’s architecture—and its ghosts. The show will bring to life some of WA’s most haunted places in what can only be seen as a bid to freak you all out.
Thai Cocktail Battle At Long Chim
Watch five of Perth’s best bartenders battle it out with their own unique spins on Thai favourites at this Cocktail Battle in the Long Chim courtyard! Bartenders going head to head include those from some of our favourites—Long Chim (obvs), Bobèche, Strange Company, The Dominion League and Print Hall—so you can expect good things. Cannot confirm who gets to drink the finished products. We hope it’s us.
George Maple Lover Tour At Villa
Catch this singer/producer/songwriter in all her glory at Villa on Saturday night for what’s supposed to be a hypnotising show (not literally—head to Fringe for that). George Maple is a seriously well-respected female artist and is touring her highly acclaimed album, Lover, for the good people of Perth and beyond.
Sunday 25 February
Pick Your Own Fruit At S&R Orchard
For a day of fun in the sun, and maybe for something a bit different, head out to S&R Orchard in Walliston for their Summer Fruit Festival, where you can frolic among the fruit trees and pick your own nectarines and plums straight from the tree and eat ‘em! You also get to take home a big ol’ bag, and we’re anticipating some seriously good IG content.
Leedy Streets Open
The third of four street Open Days for Leederville, this Leedy Streets Open is all about retail and restaurant pop-ups, music and live entertainment. There are some extremely good deals coming out of the local eateries for the day, including $12 cocktails all day from Meatball Bar, half price Sangria at Duende and a ‘pub classics’ meal and pint deal for $25 at Bill’s Bar and The Garden!
Perth Makers Market
Go here to stock up on all your future ‘handmade’ gifts—it still counts if it’s made by someone else’s hands, right? Seriously though, the Perth Makers Market has over 150 stalls, all selling exclusively handmade products of the highest quality. There are also food stalls, buskers, open art studios, a gallery and museum, as well as even a Beginners Wheel Throwing Ceramic Workshop offered free!
Markets In The Valley At Ugly Duckling Wines
Visit the Ugly Duckling cellar door to enjoy a delicious selection of food, wine and locally made goods at Markets in the Valley. Relax with a glass of wine and a meat and cheese platter (yes please) or hunt your way to a bargain among the many stalls on offer—either way, it’ll be a day well spent!
Sunday Funday At Claremont Pizza
You can never have too much pizza, so head to Sunday Funday at Claremont Pizza this weekend to indulge with pizza and a beer in Tipi Land. With live music and an oyster shucker from 4pm, as well as $5 beer and wines, this is a pretty snazzy way to top off the weekend.
Harbour Sundays At The WA Maritime Museum
Your last chance to catch Harbour Sundays and the incredible view from the Maritime Museum deck, this Sunday’s session is closing out the season with a serious party being brought by Boom Bap Pow, Crucial Rockers and DJ Foxman. If you haven’t yet made it down to one of these, this should be the one!
Underwater Film Festival At Fremantle Fibonacci Centre
If you’re anything like us, you dream of spending your days under water. Well, this is your opportunity to spend at least one night underwater, at the Fremantle Underwater Film Festival. Head down early for dinner and a drink, and catch the last official screening of this awe-inspiring film for the summer.
Pure Vibe Sundays At The Rosemount Hotel
Go catch the second last Pure Vibe Sundays for the season if you need an afternoon full of peace and pleasure. Expect serious vibes in the Rosie’s courtyard with record collectors taking you through the motions of the best congalese, reggae, latin and funk beats going around. The best part? No entry fee!
Eskimo Joe With WASO At Perth Concert Hall
Catch this iconic WA indie-rock band performing in partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at this world premiere event. Together they’ll be performing all the songs you know—Black Fingernails, Red Wine and Foreign Land—among many others from their album From The Sea. Remember it?
The Avalanches At Chevron Gardens
Catch The Avalanches live at Perth Festival on Sunday night, with Perth locals Ziggy Ramo as special guests and Your Girl Pho warming things up outside on the Gardens Stage. This is huge. They better play Frontier Psychiatrist. Twice.
The Green Flash End Of Summer Party At Late Night Valentine
The crew at Good Company Records are bringing you an End of Summer Dance Party in the beautiful Late Night Valentine Amphitheatre this Sunday arvo. They’ll be putting on some sumptuous BBQ eats and drink specials, and hosting some very special international guests. We’re just not sure how serious they are when they say ‘swim/beachwear encouraged’… we’ll leave that up to you.
Tell No Tales At Old Swan Barracks
This party has been drawing huge crowds over in Sydney and Melbourne, so it’s time to turn out and up big time for the Tell No Tales crew to keep ‘em comin’ back for more. Who hasn’t always wanted to throw a party at the Old Swan Barracks?! We are pumped to see what this place looks like all scrubbed up for a big night.
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Image credit: Scarborough Sunset Markets