Not to scare anyone, but we’ve hit the last three months of 2019. In order to make the most of it, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to check out in Perth this October. We’ve got wine, food, colour runs, Disney-themed putt-putt and a rocket ship… keep reading and that last one will make more sense. Check ‘em out, gang.
Pixar Putt At RAC Arena
Prepare to get more emotional than the first five minutes of Up. A Pixar Putt mini golf course is hitting Perth's RAC Arena this Spring. The guys are running special after-dark sessions for adults, just rock up from 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for scream-free putt-putt action. You might have heard of these guys when they popped up in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane earlier in the year. Well, now it’s Perth's turn. The course itself can be played as either nine-holes or 18-holes. Each hole is themed around a particular Pixar movie or character. Expect the usual motley crew of Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Nemo, plus a few left-of-centre choices.
Subiaco Lounge Series
To kick off the first weekend of October in style, Subiaco is hosting a mini jazz festival, and most events are free. From intimate performances to open-air shows, you won’t want to miss the balcony performances above Jackson’s and Psychomug or the $25 Joni Mitchell tribute show with Penny King Quartet.
The Alchemists At The Goods Shed
From 4 October
A celebration in fibre art and weaving, The Alchemists is set to be a stunner. Brought together by FORM from Aboriginal artists living in Groote Eylandt (Gulf of Carpentaria) and the Mornington Peninsula, and everywhere in between, this exhibition features natural fibres like kelp and minarri woven to form everything from mats to lamps.
Groundswell Festival At Scarborough Beach
Youth festival, Groundswell, is headed back to Scarbs for its sixth year, and yes, it’s still completely free. Bring on the surf and basketball comps, skateboarding, market stalls and music, we say.
Pop Up Globe At Crown Perth
From 9 October
Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and take in the sounds of a Shakespeare play in the original Globe Theatre? That’s a really specific thing to want to do, but now you’re going to get your chance to do just that. This October—marking the 403rd year since Shakespeare’s death—a full-scale replica of the second Globe Theatre will be built at Crown Perth. Over a period of six weeks, the three-storey, 900 person theatre will be putting on Shakespeare classics such as Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night—you’ll be able to catch epic battles, laugh-out-loud comedy, special effects, elaborate costumes, spectacular dances, and sword fights in full suits of armour. And litres of blood...
The Magic Squirrel Chapter 2 At Fremantle Prison
An immersive cocktail bar that promises theatrics and is housed in the Fremantle Prison? The Magic Squirrel Chapter 2 is a no-brainer, for obvious reasons. The second instalment from the Squirrel crew, the story continues with custom-built sets (including a rocket ship), incredible cocktails and tasty noms. Get among the mystery here.
Fully Sikh At Studio Underground
10 October—3 November
If you haven’t had the joy of witnessing slam poetry, now’s your chance. Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is an Aussie spoken word artist that you may be familiar with from her appearance on Australia’s Got Talent where she gave a powerful performance on the topic of racism. This time, Khalsa is taking to the stage at the State Theatre where she’ll wax lyrical about family and Sikhism. Her performance will be matched with music from Pavan Hari and is sure to be a hit, don’t miss it.
Entwined In The Valley
There’s never a bad time to get out to the Swan Valley, but October brings back Entwined In The Valley in case you’re looking for an excuse. This year’s four-day festival is set to be bigger than the last with a secret supper, coffee carnival, MYO cider competition and intimate cellar tastings. Expect everything from wine, beer and cider to food, music and art.
Forrest LIVE Festival At Forrest Place
Jam-packing next-level DJs, delish food and drinks and even video gaming, Forrest LIVE Festival is popping up in October for three days only. You’ll find us customising our denim like it’s 1999.
A ten-day festival of food and bev in Leederville, you’d be mad to miss EATerville this October. Expect long table dinners in the Village Square, hawkers markets and open-air food court action… oh and a burlesque wine dinner complete with a snake charmer. Get the goss here.
Oktoberfest At Langley Park
Perth’s biggest annual sausage fest, Oktoberfest In The Garden, is back in October. Don your lederhosen and dirndls and make way to Langley Park to sink steins in huge pop-up beer halls, test your biceps with wood chopping, crush your mates at dodgeball and pull some sick moves at a silent disco. There’ll be more than 10 German beers to get around, from pilsners to doppelbocks, as well as cider and wine, and let’s not forget the reason we’re all here—bratwurst. Along with juicy sausages, there’ll be loads of food stalls dishing out German classics like schnitzel and pretzels.
YELLO Festival At The State Buildings
It seems October is having a thing with food festivals because there’s another one coming to the State Buildings… and no, you won’t want to miss this either. Bringing together food, wine, beer, cocktails, live art and music, tickets to YELLO include 10 tastings from the likes of Cheeky Monkey, Howard Park, Funk Cider and Feral. We can’t wait to see Pippa McManus at work as she creates art magic live in the Cider Orchard. Or the thigh-slapping Bavarian horn ensemble Oompah! Or the Afro-Peruvian jazz band DSUS. Ok, we can’t wait for it all.
Garage Sale Trail
With more than 18,000 sales popping up all over Australia, this year’s Garage Sale Trail is on track to be the biggest yet. Whether you’re selling or buying, it’s a great day to get together with the community and give our possessions a new life. Find one near you here.
The Colour Run Love Tour At Claremont Showgrounds
Don your whites that you’re happy to be white no longer and get down to Claremont Showgrounds for The Colour Run Love Tour. Not only will you be covered in a different colour for each kilometre that you smash (there are five in total), this year brings a Foam Zone and Bubble Zone. Post-run, there’ll be a DJ pumping out disco tunes, everyone will score a free Slurpee courtesy of 7-Eleven and there’ll be a ball pit for extra fun; and it’s all in the name of a good cause.
Fright Fest VR At Palace Raine Square
24 October—2 November
Steel your nerves, this virtual reality festival is no joke. Packing plenty of spooks into the Halloween season, Fright Fest will be streaming nightmares directly into our eyeballs with jump scares, ghosts, zombies, blood and guts. Think you can handle sitting in a pitch-black cave while strapped to a chair or waking up in a basement where something creepy is lurking nearby? Sign yourself up here.
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