Everyone, we’ve made it. September is here, which means winter is finally over. With that comes not only extreme happiness but also a bevvy of springtime events. Beer festivals, live concerts, wine tastings, mindful marathons, twilight markets—oh, and a plebiscite party. There has never been a better time to be alive.
Here are 24 of the best things to do in Perth this September.
Father’s Day At Peel Estate
Peel Estate Wines, Karnup, Sunday 3 September
Treat dad to a day in the beautiful country surrounds of Peel Estate. This winery is holding a free dad’s day event with live acoustic music and free wine tastings. So sample a few of their drops, buy a bottle of your favourite and head out to the greenery with your BYO picnic. If you’re not organised enough to pack a couple of sambos for yourself and dad, fret not, they’ll have a food truck on site serving delicious feeds. Find out more here.
International Beer Club
The Left Bank, East Fremantle, Thursday 7 September
This month, The Left Bank is doing a special international edition of its popular Beer Club, featuring the crew from Fuller’s. For a mere $10 you’ll get six beer tastings, nibbles, your own beer glass to take home, plus all the knowledge you can absorb from the Fuller’s team. They’ll guide you through the tasting, tell you some beer stories and educate you on their iconic brews from London. This event is a popular one though so make sure you email The Lefty to secure your spot. Find out more here.
The Dead Grape Society
The Grosvenor Hotel, Perth, Thursday 7 September
The Grosvenor is hosting a wine tasting event featuring favourite local WA winery, Vasse Felix. For just $25 a ticket, you'll enjoy a selection of premium wine tastings, delicious matching food platters and discounts on any Vasse Felix wine orders. Find out more here.
Battle Of The Wineries
Lot Twenty, Northbridge, Thursday 7 September
Seriously, how is this even free? For zero dollars, you get wine tastings from Singlefile Wines, Castelli Estate, 3drops and Rising Star Wines; meet the winemaker sessions and complimentary bar snacks. If you do feel like spending some money though, each winemaker has selected a bottle of their finest wine, which has been paired with a canapé created by the Lot Twenty head chef. With every flight of wine and canapé board package purchased on the night, you can vote for your favourite pairing (the winner will make its way on to the Lot Twenty menu and wine list), plus you’ll go into the draw to win a winter wine hamper. Find out more here.
Joondalup Spring Markets
Central Walk, Joondalup, Friday 8 September
Twilight markets will spring to life in Joondalup this September, with the first of the series kicking off on 8 September. Central Walk will be transformed into a marketplace filled with food, fashion, arts and crafts, gifts and homewares. Find out more here.
The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Friday 8 September
Who doesn’t love the 90s? Go celebrate the incredibly entertaining and thrilling music of this era with eight-piece band Neapolitan at The Ellington. There’ll be boundless opportunities to get up and have a boogie to Destiny’s Child, Hanson, TLC, Usher, Ginuwine, Sir Mixalot and S Club—just to name a few. Find out more here.
Lake Gwelup Reserve, Gwelup, Saturday 9 September
The World’s Only Mindful Triathlon is what this event describes itself as, so naturally, we’re intrigued. The event kicks off with a five kilometre run, followed by a 75 minute session of DJ-powered yoga, and finally a group meditation to bliss you right out. Sounds pretty nice! But wait, there’s more—there will also be a market on site with local stalls selling food and goodies, and field activities like hula hooping and games. Get your tix here.
SuperSake Beer & Sake Festival
Supersake, Mosman Park, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September
If you’re a fan of all things Japanese, this event is free to just go enjoy, soak up the vibes and chat to sake producers and Japanese beverage experts. If you do want to enjoy some tastings though (there will be more than 50 types of beverages on offer, including sake, plum wine, Japanese whiskey and craft beer), $15 will get you 10 tastings plus a ceramic sake cup to use. There will also be Japanese festival food plates for as little as $5, plus door prizes of sake, plum wine and Japanese beer. Get the deets here.
The Cove Carpark, Cottesloe, Sunday 10 September
Back for its eighth year, the ICEA classic is bigger and better than ever this year! They've gone and scored songstress Thelma Plum who will be performing on the main stage as well as a few DJs and a silent disco on the music front, but it's not all about the music (we're just really excited about Thelma Plum). While the aim of the game is reconciliation, the guys at ICEA like to call it unconscious reconciliation and it's all about fun, genuine reconciliation. You can also expect bush tucker tastings, canvas painting, didgeridoo and sound meditation as well as surfing, skating and basketball games. Get all the info here.
The Boulevard, Floreat, Sunday 10 & 17 September
All you can eat cheese. Four of the happiest words you’ll ever hear. For a mere $30, you can eat as much cheese as you physically can at The Boulevard. They will have a carefully curated selection of cheeses from all over the world, so whether you are into the hard, soft, sharp or blue variety—they’ll have you covered. Find out more here.
Learn To Gin Good
Frisk Small Bar, Northbridge, Wednesday 13 September
The team at Frisk sure know how to make us all better humans, and teaching us how to gin good is just one of the ways they help us reach our full potential. They also know that the best people to educate us on gin are the crew behind Australia’s most popular distillery, Four Pillars. $15 will get you intimate time with the Four Pillars owners Stu and Cam, a G&T on arrival, three gin tastings, a Four Pillars spiced Negroni, plus snacks to line your stomach. Get all the details here.
Mansionair At The Rosemount
The Rosemount, North Perth, Friday 15 September
Mansionair has sold out headline shows, played Laneway Festival and Splendour in the Grass, and shared stages with the likes of Florence and the Machine, Alt-J and The Temper Trap. So in our humble opinion, it is a damn bargain that we can go see them at The Rosemount this month for $23 a pop. Get your tickets here.
Jazz And Shiraz At Coast
Coast, Port Beach, Saturday 16 September
Is there a better combo you can think of than jazz and shiraz? Not only does it rhyme, they’re both just bloody good things. For $10 you’ll enjoy five tastings of Australian shiraz; feast on food like woodfired bread, cured meats and cheese; and enjoy live jazz music all while overlooking a stunning Perth sunset at this beachside venue. Find out more here.
Plebiscite In The Park
Hyde Park, Perth, Saturday 16 September
Nothing like a same sex marriage plebiscite to bring people together for a picnic—we’ve always said that. But seriously, how about it? Band together with your opinion poll papers and tick your ‘yes’ box while enjoying a picnic with friends. All you need to take down to Hyde Park is your voting paper (obviously), a pen, beers, champagne, BBQ supplies and a picnic blanket. Rainbow merchandise (if you have some) is also encouraged. Find out more here.
York, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September
This is obviously not in Perth but if you’re up for a drive, the town of York turns it on each year for their annual festival. Expect food from local producers, entertainment, art, music and shopping from local artisans. Find out more here.
Perth City Farm, East Perth, Sunday 17 September
The Perth City Farm Artisan Markets will feature some of Perth's best creative talent, who focus in upcycling, recycling, handmade and local products. There will also be local performers through the day, delicious food and drinks to help wash it down.
Twilight Market At Perth City Farm
Perth City Farm, East Perth, Wednesday 20 September
The first twilight market of the season will be an amazing night under the stars at Perth City Farm. Food stalls will be serving up organic, vegan and vegetarian food, and local retailers will sell beauty, household and artisan items. Find out more here.
WA Beer & Beef Festival
Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Friday 22—Monday 25 September
The WA Beer & Beef Festival celebrates all things beef alongside its perfect pairing, the almighty frothy. Set at Elizabeth Quay in Perth City, the festival will showcase more than 75 different brews from 20 local, interstate and international breweries and crowd favourite beef dishes from Perth’s best restaurants and food trucks. There’ll be live music, beer tastings, beer masterclasses, cooking demos, pop up restaurants and food trucks. If you ask us, there is no better way to spend your long weekend.
Kalgoorlie, Wednesday 20—Sunday 24 September
We know, it's not in Perth, but if you feel like a road trip the Kalgoorlie Spring Racing Carnival is on and it is looking better than ever. Featuring a slew of events including a cocktail party, sunset market and ladies day on the green, this will be worth the trip. Plus, Georgia Love will be hosting—you don’t score a Bachelorette with a less-than-spectacular event, so you know this will be good.
Flour Market | West Coast Bake
The Goods Shed, Claremont, Saturday 23 September
After huge success in May, the Flour Market's west coast edition is back this September. Last time everything sold out and the coffee line was heaving, so they've got an extra coffee vendor on hand to sort your caffeine cravings and a heap of Perth's best bakers. Think loaded brownies from Ox and Rabbit, Lena Lu's famous Nutella bomboloni, doughnuts (and more) from Mary Street Bakery, Top Dup and Glazed and Confused, amazing marshmallows from Little Polka Dot Pantry plus bread, cakes and other treats from The Flour Press, Baked 180, Baker Street, Bittersweet Bake and Carina's Kitchen. OMG. There will also be flowers from Debra Hayes. Kicking off at 9am and running until everything is sold out, it's free entry so you'd be a fool to miss it. Get all the deets here.
Perth Royal Show
Claremont Showgrounds, Claremont, Saturday 23—30 September
Perth Royal Show is back and there's a lot of things to love aside from the thrills and showbags. There will be cake decorating classes, gardening demos, plus Taste WA Pavillion is back for the second year and Dance of the Drones is making its Australian debut!
Perth Makers Market
Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Applecross, Sunday 24 September
This exclusively handmade only market in Applecross will have more than 180 stalls selling handmade woodwork, toys, clothing, terrariums, art and sculpture. If you’re not in the market for handmade wares though, you can still enjoy the event with a picnic or BBQ, dine on some food truck feeds and enjoy the live music.
Faber’s 20th Birthday Celebrations
Faber Vineyard, Swan Valley, Sunday 24 & Monday 25 September
Faber Winery is turning 20, and like any good 20 year old, it wants to party. Which is why its throwing one hell of a birthday celebration. For $65 you can get yourself a ticket this party which includes free wine tastings, meet the winemaker sessions, a vineyard tour, barrel tasting, aged wine masterclass, live music, two bottles of Faber wine to take home, plus vouchers to redeem for more wine, food or other fun things around the vineyard. Find out more here.
Angus & Julia Stone
Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Friday 29 September
We can’t think of a cosier way to spend a Friday night than in the warm intimate surroundings of Perth Concert Hall, listening to the acoustics of Australia’s most loved siblings, Angus & Julia Stone. Find out more here.
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Image credit: Nancy Hanna