October is here, boys and girls. The month synonymous with beer and German antics. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good Oktoberfest event and there are loads happening all over Perth this month, but October offers so much more than just beer-guzzling. We have wine festivals, dark chocolate dinners, community fairs, free live music and pop-up cinemas.
Here are all the best things to do in Perth this October
Perth Spring Hill Festival | All October Long
Now in its third year, the Perth Spring Hills Festival will run from Sunday 1 October to Sunday 29 October and will celebrate everything the Perth Hills has to offer. If you're a foodie, there's the Hainault Vineyard Asparagus Lunch, the Masonmill Beer Festival, Carmel Cider Festival, October Feast at the Core Cider House and Kalamunda Night Market to explore. Find out more here.
Oktoberfest At Rhein-Donau German Club | Every Friday & Saturday in October
October, the most magical time of the year. Because Oktoberfest. And what better place to celebrate this German festival than at one of the most authentic German clubs in Perth? Your $20 ticket will get you entertainment from the Edelweiss Dance Group, Echo der Berge Bell Ringers, and entry in the stein-holding competition if you choose. Plus there is German food, beer and even a German schnapps stall on offer. Get all the info here.
Sunday Music In The Courtyard | Every Sunday in October
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
As far as we’re concerned, there is no better way to end your weekend than with a trip to the Freo Arts Centre courtyard for free Sunday music. Take a picnic and enjoy free performances by leading local and touring acts. Get more info here.
Twilight Markets | Wednesday 4 October
Perth City Farm, East Perth
The Twilight Markets are back for another awesome season, and we couldn’t be more pumped. Get some dinner from the food stalls that have a large focus on organic, vegan and vegetarian food, and go shopping at the collection of local retailers with beauty, household, artisan and crafty items. Find out more here.
Light The Night | Friday 6 October
University of Western Australia
Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation's annual fundraising walk to help more Australians beat blood cancer. Participants receive a coloured lantern to carry as darkness falls, and then embark on an inspiring lantern walk on the UWA campus. Cities across the country and the world simultaneously take part in this event on the 6th October, making it a very meaningful event indeed. Find out more here.
Oktoberfest In The Gardens | Saturday 7 October
Langley Park, Perth
Oktoberfest in the Gardens features two massive big top beer halls, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and entertainment all day long. Taste your way across the great nation that is Germany with a massive selection of imported German beer, cider and wine. As an added bonus, your ticket includes a commemorative event stein so you can reminisce about all the fun you had. Get your tickets here.
Stella Artois Perth Sensorium | Wednesday 11 October
The Brisbane Hotel, Mount Lawley
The Stella Artois Sensorium culinary tour has finally made it to Perth and we couldn't be more excited. With food by chef Adam D’Sylva from Melbourne’s Coda & Tonka Restaurant, the menu is designed to challenge your sense of taste, sight, smell, sound and touch. Plus, every dish has been paired with a delicious Stella Artois beer. Find out everything you need to know here.
Entwined In The Valley | Thursday 12—Sunday 15 October
Swan Valley, Perth
Over one weekend in October, you can celebrate everything Swan Valley with a fiesta of food, wine, art, culture, music and comedy. Events will be popping up all over this magic region, giving you a chance to meet the makers and learn from the masters—like how to make a French macaron, taste the perfect chocolate and wine pairing, prepare asparagus all the way from earth to plate, or become a seasoned winemaker for a day. Plus there are foodie events like decadent degustations, long-table grazes, barbeques and tastings. Get all the info here.
The Kraken Karnival | Friday 13 October
The Left Bank, East Fremantle
If you’re a fan of rum and dress-ups then get yourself to the Kraken Karnival at The Left Bank. They’ll be paying homage to Kraken Rum, while celebrating the spookiest day of the year - Friday the 13th. Enjoy $6 Kraken and $10 Kraken Black Espresso Martinis (we’re intrigued.) A live band and DJ will entertain you all night long, with prizes for the spookiest looking guests. Get more info here.
Swan Festival Of Light | Friday 13—Sunday 15 October
Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
The Swan Festival of Lights is celebrated in a culmination of the well-known Indian festival of Deepavali (Diwali), a cultural festival celebrating the universal theme of light triumphing over darkness, celebrated by over a billion people around the globe. And this year, the vibrant state of Punjab will be celebrated with colourful Sikh turbans and their vivacious Bhangra dancers - and of course, there will be mouth-watering Punjabi dishes fit for royalty. Plus, the festival will offer yoga, cooking, art, music and dance workshops. Find out more here.
South Perth Pop-Up Cinema | Saturday 14 October
South Perth Foreshore
Pop up movies in the park sounds like our kinda jam. All you need to do is BYO beanbag, low chair or picnic blanket. You can also bring a picnic, or grab yourself a movie snack from one of the food stalls. Plus there’ll be a pre-show DJ if you feel like heading down. The first movie of the series on the 14th of October is critically acclaimed documentary, The Starfish Throwers. Get more info here.
Fremantle Folk Festival | Saturday 14 October
Princess May Park, Fremantle
Freo Folk Fest is a celebration of music, food, culture and everything we love about Fremantle. This year will be even bigger and better than the last, with some amazing acts joining in the fun including the likes of Kav Temperley from Eskimo Joe. Along with that, there’ll be food vendors, craft beer, wine and cider stalls and roaming entertainment. Find out more here.
Oktoberfest At Elmar’s | Saturday 14 & 21 October
Elmar’s in the Valley, Swan Valley
What better venue to celebrate Oktoberfest than the largest German restaurant in Perth and the Swan Valley’s biggest beer garden? Get your hands on some delicious gourmet bratwurst, and signature German dishes such as the schweinshaxe, pork schnitzel and crumbed camembert. There’ll also be live music, stein holding, Bratwurst eating and tug-o-war contests. Get more info here.
Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures | Wednesday 18 October
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Everything you’ve ever wanted to learn about one of WA’s finest actors. Guest curator Allison Holland will give an insight into the Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures exhibition, followed by a private viewing of the exhibition itself. This exhibition is curated and presented in partnership with the Western Australian Museum. Find out more here.
BeauVine Food And Wine Festival | Friday 20—Sunday 22 October
BeauVine Food & Wine Festival returns to Birdwood Square with more beer, cider, spirits and wine than you can poke a grapevine at. All those beverages are paired with food from a dozen of Perth's favourite restaurants who will set up shop with stalls and pop-ups, making for some solid good times indeed. Get more info here.
Goodlife Rottnest Running Festival | Sunday 22 October
The West Australian Marathon Club is hosting their 24th annual fun run around Rottnest Island. You can do a marathon, half marathon, or keep things light with a 10km or 5km run. All the proceeds go towards The Royal Flying Doctor Service, plus you get to have a day out on Rottnest. Find out all the details here.
Sunday Jam Caribbean Festival | Sunday 22 October
The Blue Flamingo, Leederville
Cure your Sunday arvo blues with a spot of reggae. The Blue Flamingo is holding a big old fashioned Caribbean jam, with dancehall, afrobeat and reggae tunes to make you forget about having to go to work the next day. Get more info here.
Megan Washington With WASO | Friday 27 October
Perth Concert Hall, Perth
One of Australia's finest singer-songwriters, Megan Washington, joining forces with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, in the intimate surrounds of Perth Concert Hall—can you think of a better way to spend your Friday night? No, we can’t either. Get yourself a spot toot-sweet for this very special one-night-only concert event. Find out more here.
Fremantle Festival | Friday 27 October—Sunday 5 November
Fremantle Festival is a celebration of Fremantle, its people and culture. The boutique ten-day Festival brings you awesome free shows across music, comedy, fashion, performance, visual art and talks. If you feel like some downtime in between shows, kick back in the Festival Local in Kings Square for a drink at the bar, and to listen to a raft of local performers acoustically serenade you. Ah, bliss. Find out more here.
Mount Hawthorn Old School Community Fair | Saturday 28 October
1 Killarney Street, Mount Hawthorn
The Mount Hawthorn community are pretty experienced in throwing a fair, and this year they’ve decided their fair theme is “Old School”. No, they’re not dressing up like Will Ferrell; they’re celebrating the history of the area. So go along and enjoy wonderful food, rad live entertainment and amazing live art. Get more info here.
Wembley Downs District Fair | Saturday 28 October
Luita Street Reserve, Wembley
This big community event offers a jam-packed program of live entertainment, delicious food, handmade products, plants and art. Come lunchtime, tuck into an enticing array of food and drink stalls serving up paella, curry, fairy floss, ice cream, lemonade, cakes, relish, pickles and organic olive oil. Yes, please. Find out more here.
Dark Chocolate Decadence Dinner | Saturday 28 October
Pan Pacific Perth
Hold the phone. A four-course dinner, matched wines, completely dedicated to dark chocolate? No, this is not a dream. This is in fact real life. Behold the exquisite five-star dark chocolate inspired menu at this incredible event, that is making us drool just thinking about it. Get more info here.
UnWined Subiaco | Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October
Market Square Park, Subiaco
If you want to experience tastings from more than 40 of Western Australia’s best boutique wine producers, then look no further. Tastings are available with your souvenir glass; and when you find something you really dig, buy a glass, grab one of the picnic blankets and enjoy a lazy afternoon on the lawn. Some of Perth’s finest street food vendors will be on hand to buy a meal or snack, there will be live music all day. Get all the deets here.
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Image credit: West Australian Marathon Club