While it’s pretty scary that we’re already half-way through October and most of us still haven’t managed to institute our New Year’s resolutions, we’re pretty stoked that warmer weather is seeing lots of summer-inspired activities pop up around town.
From food and wine festivals and night markets to beer tastings and dim sum degustations, there are so many things to do (eat) and see (drink) this weekend it’s not even funny. There’s even a running festival on over at our very own turquoise paradise, for those who are so keen for summer they’ve started running marathons in excited bids to get their bods in shape.
Here are 16 awesome things to do this weekend in Perth!
Beauvine Food & Wine Festival At Birdwood Square | Friday, Saturday & Sunday
One of the loosest and largest food and wine events to have ever hit Perth, Beauvine is back at Birdwood Square this weekend and you are going to want to lock in your drinking sesh. There’s only a few final release tickets left, and those babies will get you your very own tasting glass, plus two hours of totally complimentary tastings from more than 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries. There’ll also be a bunch of food trucks rocking up to keep you fed—entree at Bao Wow, dinner at La Cholita, dessert from Gusto and a midnight snack at Filos & Yiros or Mack Daddy’s is our plan.
Limited Screenings Of Mandy At Luna Leederville | Friday & Saturday
The sophomore feature from experimental filmmaker Panos Cosmatos that has already been labelled as ‘batshit crazy’ by IndieWire, Mandy looks like it’s definitely a film worth seeing. Where better to do so than at Luna Leederville? The crew are hosting a couple of limited late-night screenings this weekend for your pleasure.
Home Open At Dogs’ Rescue Home Of WA | Saturday & Sunday
Dog lovers, unite! The pooches at Dog’s Rescue Home need your money more than you do, so head on down to their Home Open and throw some gold coin donations around. Hit up all your favourite nostalgia-filled fair stalls including Trash & Treasure, book stalls, plant sales, doggo merch and wash and even a Dog Kissing Booth. You heard right. Don’t even try telling us that a photo of you and your pooch locking lips isn’t worth a two-berry!
Thursday 18 October
Tiny’s Tastings At Tiny’s Liquor Emporium
Keen to discover all the latest wine releases and most delicious bevs on offer before you kick the weekend off? Tiny’s Liquor Emporium has got you more than covered with their weekly Tiny’s Tastings of the latest wines, craft beers and artisan spirits! Oh, and did we mention it’s free? Just roll up and smile nicely!
Drift Tasting Series: Colonial Brewing Co At Drift Kitchen
In case you couldn’t already taste summer coming, Drift Kitchen have invited the legends from Colonial Brewing Co Margaret River to pour a couple of their hand-crafted brews this Thursday night as part of their Drift Tasting Series. While you enjoy the hoppy flavours and eat your choice of burger from the kitchen, the Colonial Brewing team will chew your ear about all things beer.
Friday 19 October
Pasar Malam Multicultural Night Market At Curtin University
This year celebrates more than 10 years of one of Curtin’s most-loved events: the Pasar Malam Night Market. Head along to enjoy incredible food from more than 40 vendors sharing food from all over the world, and in most cases, meet the people who cooked it! There’s also a bunch of craft and artisan stalls, live on-stage music and roving artists and performers showcasing an array of cultural song, dance and ritual.
Kalamunda Night Market At Central Mall
You know summer is finally back on the cards when all the night markets start crawling back out from under their cold, wet rocks. Enter: the Kalamunda Night Market. Making its return this weekend, the markets will bring you all kinds of Friday night splendour in the form of international food, artisan wares and fun-filled fam activities.
Beers With Mike At Wise Child Wine Store
Looking for a totally free Friday night party complete with good drinks, good tunes and good chat? Look no further than Wise Child Wine Store’s Friday night tasting, Beers With Mike. The great man Mike Bennie (food and wine writer for Gourmet Traveller and the like) is here for one show only, pouring his latest Wildflower Brewing & Blending collab brew for anybody who likes things that taste good. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll go.
A Vegetarian Delight At Odyssea
Bringing veggies back from their side dish relegation, Odyssea is putting on A Vegetarian Delight that’s not to be missed this weekend. Spring gives life to a whole new basket full of green (and yellow, and orange, and purple and red) goodness, and the Odyssea crew plan to showcase it all in this delicious four-course vegetarian spread.
Saturday 20 October
Dim Sum Dego At Ezra Pound
It’s Dim Sum but not how you know it. Flock into the Ezra Pound laneway for this Dim Sum Dego! Expect three courses of delicious dim sum from New Moon paired cocktails from the Ezra team. The only thing we love more than a good old neighbourly collaboration is eating the result—so lock your spot in now before you miss out!
Pure & Wild Wine Market At Petition Wine Bar & Merchant
Catch some of the world’s most impressive biodynamic, low-intervention, natural and artisanal winemakers this weekend at Petition’s Pure & Wild Wine Market. Grab a ticket, receive your glass and taste your heart out from producers such as Cullen Wines, Dormilona, and Blind Corner, all the while learning a thing or two about how these centuries-old techniques have become ‘new’ again.
Seasons Opener At The Camfield
The sun is back and so is Seasons, everyone’s newest favourite outdoor day party! They’re kicking things off for the summer with a blowout at Perth’s biggest pub, The Camfield. Expect two fully customised stages boasting awesome live acts from around town, silent disco and lots of food and drinks!
FOAM With Yomi Ship At Lucy’s Love Shack
Your new favourite late-night pizza and live music joint is heating up this weekend and if you haven’t been yet, now is the time. FOAM will be taking to the stage downstairs, joined by special guests Yomi Ship for good psychedelic measure. If that’s not enough, there’s also greasy pizza and free pool ‘til the early hours.
Sunday 21 October
Perth Makers Market At Fremantle Markets
In a collaboration to end all collaborations, the Perth Makers Market has teamed up with the Fremantle Markets to put on this lil’ gem of an event boasting stalls from more than 35 of Perth’s most talented artisans, makers and creatives. Now, you can browse through all your usual Makers Market pleasures while also devouring the food-mountain that is the Freo Markets.
Sunday Music: Spacey Jane + Nika Mo At Fremantle Arts Centre
With the warm weather back on regular rotation, the Fremantle Arts Centre music program is warming up too. Translation: Sunday Music in the Front Garden is back! Catch Spacey Jane and Nika Mo this Sunday, and don’t forget to bring your picnic makings and a bit of cash for the bar. What a way to spend your Sunday arvo.
Rottnest Running Festival At Heritage Common
You know what they say: sun’s out, runs out. We’ve all heard that, right? Well, someone definitely has because the Rottnest Running Festival is on this weekend and we can only assume its purpose is to ring in the season of bathing in turquoise bays—why else do people run around in circles if not solely in excitement? Runners are heralded onto the course by a row of bagpipes, before looping around the island four times. Event proceeds go to the very deserving Royal Flying Doctor Service. Get around it!
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Image credit: Beauvine