Strap yourself in, because this weekend there are a tonne of events to give you a taste of all the action to come this summer—we're talking festive fun, pop-up parties, live shows, fiestas and more—plus, a good dose of food and drinks too.
Here are all the best things to do in Perth this weekend.
Yuck Circus Returns With New Show, Wrekd
If you blinked, you would have missed out on tickets to Deadset last January, but fortunately, the talented Yuck Circus crew is bringing a magnificent, daring, cheeky new show to the Rechabite this December. These incredibly talented artists have been titled ‘Flight of the Conchords meets Cirque du Soleil’ so trust us, you’ll be feeling pretty yuck if you miss them. Head to the website for tickets this weekend.
Fremantle Arts Centre’s Bazaar
If you want to do your Christmas shopping with some lush gardens as the backdrop, there’s no better place than Fremantle Arts Centre’s Christmas Bazaar. Running all weekend, the FAC grounds will be packed with 50 of the very best local market stalls selling the highest quality handcrafted goods, from woodwork and textiles to sculptures and ceramics. Consider your office secret santa sorted.
Friday 3 December
The Ice Cream Factory Opens This Weekend
After a year away, the iconic Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival returns to its iconic Northbridge home this Friday 3 December. Expect all the old Ice Cream antics you know and love, amped to the absolute max. We’re talking three immersive stages, two rooftop decks, endless creative activations and unique outdoor zones, all backed by a supreme selection of live music, DJs and top-notch food and drinks to really get you into the festive spirit. This weekend you can scoop up final tix to the opening party on Friday or the Block Party on Saturday.
La Cholita Is Turning 10
Can you believe it? La Cholita is celebrating ten years of serving up some of the best damn guac in town alongside drool-worthy Baja fish tacos and endless margaritas. And to celebrate, they’re throwing a free 2-day laneway party spanning this Friday and Saturday night that’ll transport your straight to the streets of Mexico. Expect party lights, bright colours, loud sounds and zesty flavours, with all your fave street eats and drinks on offer, plus DJs keeping the dancefloor pumping all night and a live Mariachi band for good measure.
Christmas Wine Matching With Kate Flower Food And Old Bridge Cellars
The wine legends at Old Bridge Cellars have teamed up with Kate Flower Food to bring some awesome Christmas recipe ideas matched to cracking WA wines. Get down to the North Freo store between 4pm and 7pm to sample some of the eats alongside Jay Beeson’s perfect wine pairings. While you’re there you can also discover local distiller, South Beach Aperitivo, grab yourself a copy of Kate Flower's Christmas recipe book, A Local Table, and start ticking off your Christmas booze shopping early.
Saturday 4 December
Matso’s Pool Party
Matso’s is throwing a sweet little pool party this Saturday to celebrate the relaunch of their Hard Flavours fruity drinks range. With The Day Break Club behind the shindig, you can expect plenty of summer vibes with poolside DJs all day and ice-cold drinks to keep you cool. Scoop up a ticket here.
Slate Cafe’s Christmas Jingle And Mingle
If you’re craving some wholesome family time, head to Slate Cafe this Saturday for a little festive community fun. They’ll have live music going as well as kid-friendly activities like face painting, balloons, lolly bags and a visit from Santa. Head here for all the details.
Sub Rosa X Mrs Brown Courtyard Party
This free all-day courtyard party will see Sub Rosa and Mrs Brown team up to raise awareness and funds for mental health, so you’ve got all the more reason to drop in for a boogie and bev. Enjoy crafty brews from Nail Brewing and top-notch natural wines from Chouette all day while local music selectors spin their stuff well into the night. More details here.
The Sewing Room’s Espresso Martini Party
If you’re serious about your espresso martinis, don’t miss this night dedicated to your beloved coffee cocktail at The Sewing Room in Perth. There are six drool-worthy flavours to work through including Golden Gaytime, Jaffa, After Dinner Mint and The Bounty, plus, the No Scrubs DJs will also be there to keep you dancing to iconic 90s and 2000s pop hits all night long. Get tickets and all the details here.
Sunday 5 December
Sunday Brunch At Short Order
Short Order know how to make a mean burger, but they've recently just launched a new Sunday brunch at their Freo outlet and it's honestly the stuff of hangover dreams. Just picture a greasy American style brekky with fluffy hotcakes drowned in syrup and yummy sausage and egg muffins, all served up alongside pet nat mimosas and bloody mary's. Available 11am 'til 2pm Sundays, just email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a seat.
CBH’s Beach Club X Sundays Around the World
The Cottesloe Beach Hotel is switching up their usual Sunday sesh this year, with a brand new summer series that’ll see you travel around the globe, with each Sunday bringing you the vibes and flavours of a sweet new holiday destination. This weekend you’ll be heading to Capri, with a selection of $15 spritzes on offer and some yummy woodfired pizzas featuring La Delizia Latticini’s famous cheese. Entry is free, just head here for all the details.
Sunday Sesh At The Arbor
If you’re not ready to call the weekend quits, you can get on the $10 spritzes at The Arbor this Sunday from 5.30pm, with DJs and tasty pub grub to help you really round out your weekend in style. Entry is free.
Le Vietnam Collab Beer Launch And Kitchen Takeover At Nowhereman Brewing
The brew makers at Nowhereman Brewing have teamed up with the creators of some of Perth’s tastiest bahn mi, Le Vietnam, for a one-day collab that is bound to get your mouth watering. Get down to Nowhereman’s brewery to sample the special Le Vietnam's Lemongrass And Ginger Rice Lager while tucking into a special bahn mi made just for the occasion. The bar will be open ‘til 8pm but be sure to book on the website before 5.30pm and place your food order before 6.30pm if you want in on the goods. More details here.
Christmas Festival In Stadium Park
Perhaps the biggest Christmas market you'll find is this beauty running every Sunday at Optus Stadium. It's basically a festive wonderland, with market stalls packed with awesome gifts, free Christmas movie screenings, tasty food trucks and even a festival bar if all that shopping makes you thirsty. Everyone will have a good time at this one.
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