Spring has sprung and so have the cherry blossoms in Perth. But that’s not all on the agenda this month, stay tuned for musicals straight from Broadway, a shark exhibition, ping pong competition, fried chicken festival and a conference to get you thinking.
Thanks to some help from our friends at Nando's, we've rounded up some of the hottest events in Perth this month. All that's left to do is pick your poison (or spice), whether it’s wholesome and mild or spicy and wild.
Girl’s School Cinema At Old Perth Girls School
Girls School Cinema is hanging around until October and this month the program is serving up some killer 80s double features. There's Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty in Pink, E.T. and Jurassic Park and all three Back to the Future flicks. Buy your tickets online and while you’re there pre-order pizza from Mack Daddy’s New York Slice.
The Book of Mormon At Crown Theatre
In news that’ll amuse and delight the most ravenous of culture vultures, the famed and acclaimed musical The Book of Mormon is coming to Perth. This means all your favourite hits from ‘Hello’ to ‘Spooky Mormon Hell Dream’ will be dancing across the stage in all the vibrant, tactile glory of a live performance. The story follows the bright-eyed Elder Price, fresh out of the missionary training centre and ready to embark on his mission. But his plans to convert the entire planet go hilariously awry when, instead of Orlando, Florida, he is sent to a poverty-stricken village in Uganda with the incompetent Elder Cunningham. Hilarity and culture shock ensues as the unlikely duo set about doing God's work.
Kings Park Festival
For the whole month, Kings Park is going to be packed with events, workshops and festivities. As well as the world’s biggest display of WA wildflowers, there’ll be art exhibitions, guided walks and plant and flower sales. So stop making excuses and get to our beauty of a landmark like you always tell yourself you will.
Coffee High Tea At The Westin
Forget tea, The Westin is serving up a high tea with a caffeine hit straight to the heart this month. With three drool-worthy espresso martinis to choose from, hazelnut coffee cake and Irish whiskey cream petit gateaux, as well as some savoury items for good measure, you’ll want to book yourself in for a feast, stat.
Planet Shark At WA Maritime Museum
If you’re up for a little educational adventure, a trip to WA Museum’s Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibition is well worth the drive. You'll get up close and personal with real teeth and jaws from some of the biggest sharks on Earth, as well as larger-than-life shark models, fossil teeth and cartilage that’s up to 370 million years old. WA Museum's dedicated experts have one goal for this exhibition, to create a greater understanding of these impressive beasts. Now that’s something we can get around.
Open Air Cinema At Ozone Reserve
4 September—6 October
American Express Openair Cinemas is bringing the greatest films right to our backyard. You’ll be spoiled for choice with tasty noms from the Sultan Pepper food truck, a fully-stocked bar and a bunch of seating options under the stars. You can even add a touch of comfort by adding an air-lounger or blanket to your booking. Why not go all out and grab the premium ticket, with reserved seating, wait staff and a glass of Giesen wine in the exclusive Prime Video Lounge.
Let’s Get Gooey At Frisk. Small Bar
5 & 12 September
We’re betting Frisk is going to be packed out this month because what’s not to love about baked cheese and mulled gin? On 5 September it’s all about bacon and cranberry baked cheese with rhubarb and cranberry mulled sloe gin and on 12 September they’re serving a chilli jam baked cheese with lemon and honey mulled gin. Don’t miss it.
Perth Fashion Festival At Yagan Square
Need some inspiration for your new wardrobe? Perth Fashion Festival is kicking off this month, and for the first time, Fashion Paramount is hitting Perth’s Yagan Square precinct. There’ll be six runway events with models showing off the best wares from local, national and international fashion designers. There’s also a bunch of community and industry events to check out, peep the program here.
TEDxPerth At Perth Concert Hall
Feed mind, body and soul at TEDxPerth, a one day only opportunity to absorb the thoughts and ideas of some of WA’s brightest and most extraordinary minds. Enjoy talks, performances, films, interactive activations and Q&As that will blow your mind and humble your heart at the same time. This year’s theme is The Human Adventure… intrigued?
Sustainability Workshop At Perth City Farm
Sustainability and the environment are on everyone’s minds right now, and Perth City Farm is coming to our rescue with this MYO masterclass. You’ll learn how to make everything from soap and deodorant to toothpaste and beeswax wraps, all in the space of a few hours. Most supplies are included in the $30 ticket, but save up some containers so you can take home the fruits of your labour.
Australian Tattoo Expo At Perth Convention And Exhibition Centre
Throw caution to the wind this month and head to the Tattoo Expo to get your skin inked on the spot. If you’re not feeling the daredevil vibes, you can watch tattooing live, meet over 300 artists and witness competitions, as well as pick up merch. If the sight of blood makes you queasy, you might want to give this a miss.
Blossom Festival At S&R Orchard
S&R Orchard in Perth’s Hills will be throwing its annual Blossom Festival this September. For three straight weeks, visitors will get to bask in the beauty of the orchard in full bloom, get among some traditional Japanese eats and drinks, peruse market stalls and perhaps even ride a pony, if that’s your thing. Bonus, pets are welcome.
Palace Pong Competition At Palace Arcade
Start practising your backhand because Palace Arcade is throwing a ping pong competition. The comp is free to enter and the winner will score a $200 Palace Arcade card and mini arcade machine. Challenge accepted.
$11 WTF Ribs
23 September - October 18
Prepare your taste buds for this hot deal. Lock in your dinner dates for every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this month because Nando’s are dishing up $11 WTF Ribs. Sink your teeth into a quarter PERi-PERi chicken, four BBQ ribs and your choice of a regular garden salad, corn on the cob, spicy rice (yes, please), coleslaw, garlic bread or Nando’s famous PERI-PERI chips. But wait, there’s more. If you’re a registered PERi-Perks member you can get this delicious deal any day of the week. We’ll see you there.
Perth Fried Chicken Fest At Curtin University
Buttermilk, Buffalo, Korean and Southern Style Chicken… Need we say more? This year’s Fried Chicken Festival is back with delicious street food, games, live music and bars. Expect plenty of juicy, crispy fried chicken as the vendors battle it out in an effort to be crowned the 2019 Aus Street Food Colonel.
Listen Out At HBF Arena
Head to Joondalup’s HBF Arena to catch some pre-summer vibes and dance music at Listen Out. The killer line-up will knock your socks off, with acts including Diplo, Flume, Set Mo and the Triple J Unearthed winners.
Is it getting hot in here? The Nando’s story started in Jo’Burg back in 1987, when mates Robbie and Fernando walked into a PERi-PERi chicken restaurant as customers and came out owners. That’s the power of PERi-PERi. Since then they’ve been obsessing over those flavours, so today their famous PERi-PERi marinades, bastings and sauces are made with Nando’s very own African Bird’s Eye Chillies grown in Southern Africa, plus a dash of lemon, garlic, onion and herbs. There’s a flavour for everyone on Nando’s PERi-ometer, ranging from BBQ all the way up to Extra Hot!
Image credit: Jillian McHugh