What’s happening in Perth this month, you ask? More like what ISN’T happening in Perth this month, guys.
Just when you thought you could go in to winter hibernation and not socialise until it's warm again, Perth decided to cram June with some serious fun times. And the best part of all is that much of it is centred around WA Day.
Yep, Monday June 6 doesn’t just mean a day off work—it also means Perth is turning it on to celebrate all things WA. From food festivals, wine tastings and whisky masterclasses, to live music, free entertainment and art exhibitions, it hasn’t been this exciting to be a west aussie since Masterchef came and filmed an episode on The Busselton Jetty.
Here are the best events happening in Perth this June.
June 1, The Dominion League, Northbridge
Think you don’t like whisky? Wrong. Albany’s very own Limeburners Whisky has just won three gold medals at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards. (Yes, Western Australia! Represent!) So the whiskey-tasting experts The Whiskey Word are bringing the Limeburners team up from Albany to give you a taste of this award-winning magic at this fun event. You’ll enjoy five whiskies and a cocktail, paired with side dishes from The Dominion League’s kitchen.
A Moment In Time
June 3, Western Australian Museum, Perth Cultural Centre
RTRFM and the Perth Symphony Orchestra are teaming up to pay a musical tribute to some of our State’s most iconic artists and bands, like Abbe May, Tame Impala, The Drones and Felicity Groom. Sound like the coolest thing ever? Damn right, it does. Five local vocalists and a 20-piece orchestra, performing the home-grown songs you know and love.
Perth International Jazz Festival
June 3—5, Various Venues
Even if you think you don’t like jazz, you should go to the Perth International Jazz Festival. This event is back for its fourth year, presenting more than 50 incredible jazz performances in venues including The Ellington Jazz Club, Cathedral Square, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza, Brookfield Place and St Georges Cathedral. The three-day festival will feature a blend of ticketed and free community events with a host of local, national and international artists.
June 4—5, Edenvale Homestead, Pinjarra
The Pinjarra Festival is back for another year, showcasing the best music, food, art and entertainment the Shire of Murray has to offer. Last year’s event attracted more than 15,000 people, so you can be sure there will be plenty to see. Expect live music, a wine tasting shed, a petting zoo, local pottery, tea rooms and pony rides. Yes that’s right, pony rides! Not just for the kids, adults can ride ponies too. Don’t judge.
WA Day Festival
June 6, Various Locations
This WA Day, the whole State will come alive thanks to the good people at Celebrate WA, who make it their mission to revel in all things Western Australian. The WA Day Festival will see celebrations at Elizabeth Quay, Fremantle’s Esplanade Park, Mandurah, Albany, Geraldton and Port Hedland. All events are free, and will offer live entertainment, community projects, interactive art workshops and of course plenty of food vendors to make sure you don’t go hungry while you’re doing all that celebrating.
State Of The Art Festival
June 6, Elizabeth Quay
The State Of The Art Festival returns as part of the WA Day long weekend for 2016 in its new home of Elizabeth Quay. And best of all, it's now free. What that means for you is a musical line-up of awesome home-grown WA talent, including Jebediah, San Cisco, Koi Child, Ta-Ku and The Love Junkies, all free of charge. We repeat—FREE. Dammit, its good to be Western Australian, isn’t it?
City Wine Festival
June 10—11, Perth Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre
Want all the best wine from WA’s wine regions without actually having to go out there? Firstly, stop being lazy; and secondly, you should probably get around the City Wine Festival. This is the event when Western Australian wine comes to the City’s doorstep. Taste some of WA’s finest, and when you find something you like, purchase by the glass or buy a bottle (or seven) to take home. Local street food traders will be on hand as well to offer tasty tapas, plus there'll be live local music.
Get The Blues | Blue Cheese And Fortified Wine Pairing
June 19, Olive Farm Wines, Millendon
I don’t really need to provide an explanation, because cheese + wine = where do I get my tickets? But I’ll give you one anyway. The clever people at The Olive Farm Wines and The Cheese Barrel know the only way to soothe winter blues is with cheese and wine. Obviously. So they are giving us just that. Set in a long-table dining setting at The Olive Farm’s cellar door, you’ll enjoy a hand-picked selection of blue cheeses, paired perfectly with fortified wines, all whilst being serenaded by live blues guitarist Shaun McIlroy. Winter suddenly just became appealing.
June 24—26, Fonty’s Pool, Manjimup
Truffle Kerfuffle is a must, not just because ‘kerfuffle’ is a fun word to say, but also because it’s a weekend-long celebration of truffle season, right in the heart of Australian truffle country—Manjimup. Yep, that’s right, little old Manjimup in our south-west supplies more than 80 per cent of Australia’s truffles. Yes, Manjimup! Gettin’ it done, like an absolute boss. The kerfuffle has loads on offer, like truffle growers and farmers holding cooking demos and discussions; storytelling sessions from local truffle-hunters; food markets and bars where you can buy produce direct from local truffle growers, winemakers, cider makers and food artisans; truffle dogs, where you can see how our four-legged friends get trained to become truffle-hunting helpers; and loads of live music. Plus, if you’re really serious, you can join truffle-hunters searching out prized truffles or get a seat at one of the impressive truffle dining events.
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City Wine Festival | Image credit: Big4