It’s the WA Day long weekend Perthlings, and what better time to celebrate what's best in the west. Whether it’s local music, the state's best wines, delish eats, yoga retreats or Perth pooches, we think our state has a fair amount to show off about.
Here are 14 super fun things to do in Perth this long weekend, and because we love you, three amazing things to do in the Margaret River region in case you're lucky enough to be heading south.
All Weekend Long
CYO Brownies At Ox And Rabbit
Our favourite oozy, gooey, chunky brownies from Ox and Rabbit will be available at Westfield Carousel and Whitfords this weekend, but to make things really interesting, the team at Ox and Rabbit are letting you create your own! Choose from a heap of indulgent toppings to go on your brownies, from Mars Bars and white chocolate to coconut and choc chips. Oh yeah.
Living Well In WA At Perth Convention And Exhibition Centre
Everyone could do with a bit more wellness in there life so why not get along to Living Well in WA this weekend. With some seriously inspirational speakers, food demonstrations, meditation sessions, mental health talks, a pamper zone and plenty of health products available, everyone will benefit. Get the full program here and and grab your tickets here.
Friday 2 June
Fortunes At Jack Rabbit Slims
Soak up the raw emotion and gritty groove of Melbournian duo Fortunes, kicking off at 9pm at Jack Rabbit Slims. They will be showing off their new Undress EP and are rumoured to have some pretty smooth supports. Head to the Facebook page for details and grab your $10 presale tix here.
Saturday 3 June
Game of Rhones At B Shed
The comic-con of wine has returned with countless varieties from the Rhone Valley and over 100 national and international drops to taste at Fremantle’s B Shed from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday. Master chefs Jessica Arnott and Fromage Artisans will satisfy all your cheese and meat needs and the Royal Pass will ensure your personal sommelier treats you like the king or queen that you are. Grab your medieval wear and get ready to drink up #wineiscoming. Visit the website for more info and grab your tickets here.
Greyhound Adoption And Play Date At Slate Cafe
Whether you own a greyhound, want to adopt a greyhound or are just addicted to snapchatting cute vids of pooches, this is the event for you! Pop by Slate Cafe with your pooch from 10am to enjoy a coffee and picnic with these beautiful creatures. If you don't have a pooch, there will be pups up for adoption. Just try and resist! Get the deets here.
Kim Churchill At Fremantle Town Hall
Kim Churchill is back on the scene with his catchy new single Breakneck Speed. Taking the stage to showcase his new album at the Freo Town Hall, this will be an emotional performance not to miss. Tickets are $40, get them here.
Sunday 4 June
Citizen Kay at Aviary Rooftop
In the words of Citizen Kay, what do you do when life gives you lemons? You cut those f$*%&ers up in 20 seconds and don’t sweat it! Enjoy a cocktail jug with mates while grooving to the sweet sounds of this hip hop artist. Touring with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Ice Cube, there is no doubt this Aussie rapper knows how to draw a crowd. Get all the deets here and be sure to register for free tix here.
Jazz And Cocktails At Guildhall
Freo’s heritage listed Guildhall will host a killer party with smooth jazz tunes and old school cocktails from 3pm to 11pm. All named after famous Freo authors, these classic cocktails are best enjoyed with friends in your fave frock. Get all the details here.
Karma Yoga Retreat At Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre
Take time out this long weekend to quiet the mind and offload mental baggage at this unique urban yoga retreat at the beautiful Point Walter. Learn how to incorporate the spiritual practice of karma yoga into your everyday life and enjoy yoga practice broken up with blissful tea breaks and a vegan lunch. Get further details here and buy tickets here.
Disney Party At The Court
Find your Prince Charming or Cinderella at The Court’s annual Disney Party from 9pm this Saturday night. There will be a Disney photo booth, themed cocktails, free entry if you dress up and makeovers available for anyone who forgot their glass slippers or sword. Visit the event page for more.
Tom Tilley DJ Set At The Botanica Bar & Bistro
Our fave Triple J host Tom Tilley (sorry Lewis) will be taking over the decks at Botanica alongside local talent. Dance the night away and take comfort in knowing you won't have to call the office Monday morning to take a sickie. Visit the event page for the full line up.
Monday 5 June
WA Day Festival at Fremantle Esplanade
Celebrate the diversity of the beautiful city of Freo with art, entertainment, food trucks and workshops. Check out all the free happenings here.
SOTA Fest At Elizabeth Quay
WA’s free music festival is back with a drool-worthy lineup. Grab your friends and head to Elizabeth Quay between 12pm and 9pm to catch live performances from Karnivool, Drapht, Gyroscope, Bob Evans, Crooked Colours, POW! Negro and many more. Plus, Eat Streets will ensure we have enough tacos, dumplings, burgers, bao and curry toasties to keep you grooving. Get more info here.
Sri Lankan Food Fair At Willeton Park
Enjoy the variety of cuisines available in our city by stuffing your face with roti, curries and delicious Sri Lankan desserts. Running from 10am to 2pm, this is the perfect opportunity to grab a picnic blanket and soak up the long weekend bliss. Visit the event page for all the details.
Bonus! What’s Happening Down South This Weekend
We know how many of you are going down south to celebrate the long weekend, so if you’re wondering how you'll fill the time, here are a few things happening down south for the WA Day long weekend.
Xanadu Wines 40th Anniversary At Xanadu Winery
Boy, do we love a good birthday party! Especially when it means amazing food and drinks for us. Xanadu Wines are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a two course lunch special, which is available every day over the long weekend, and a private winemaker tasting which is happening on Sunday between 11am and 1pm. Why not go all out and do the tasting with lunch for a cool $80. Book your spot here.
Jazz By The Bay At Various Locations
Jazz by the Bay is finally here and we’re excited! There are events happening from Friday through to Monday at a heap of locations including Caves House, Rustico at Hay Shed Hill (have a meal here and thank us later), Aravina, Rivendell and there's even one at Ngilgi Cave—talk about a beautiful venue! Plenty of them are completely free and others are cheap as chips or free with a lunch or dinner booking at the venue. Check out the program here.
Barrel Of Fun At Fraser Gallop Estate
Fraser Gallop Estate is hosting another of their famous barrel hall pop-ups so you can taste all the goodness before purchasing a bottle (or a magnum, double magnum or six litre bottle!) There will be a range of vintages of the award winning Parterre cabernet sauvignon, semillon sauvignon black and chardonnay as well as their 2007 cabernet sauvignon, get the deets here.
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