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The Best Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

By Claire Logan – who grew up in an ingredient household and swears by the healing powers of a good martini

A bowl of pasta from a bottomless event on this weekend in Perth

Ready to kickstart your weekend? We've tracked down your weekly heaping of good times in Perth. 

From must-see art exhibitions and musicals to good booze and epic feeds, here are some the best things to do this weekend in Perth. 

Thursday 23 May

$45 Lobster Frites

$45 for half or $85 for a whole succulent woodfired Western Rock lobster, served with crispy little hand-cut frites and a creamy Kombu béarnaise—yeah, we can see why this monthly special went wild last time Bib & Tucker put it on. Good thing, Bib & Tucker decided to bring the viral special back every Thursday night throughout May and June. To secure yours, you will need to book ahead here

Friday 24 May

The Shortcut Lane: Pop-Up Event Series At View Street Carpark

From an outdoor cinema showing cult favourites, to food stalls, live music and thrift events, North Perth is getting an all-out entertainment and food pop-up throughout May, thanks to the City of Vincent. Catch a family favourite at the outdoor cinema, hop between food trucks from locally loved vendors, catch live music, or hunt for your next vintage find at the community markets and thrift and clothes swap events. Running from Friday 3 May to Sunday 26 May, each weekend will be stacked with free events to explore. Find more information here.

Vivendi Pop-Up

Modus is back with another after dark pop-up that’ll see their beaut lil Vic Park cafe transform into a moody little bar by night. This time you’ll find Vivendi, an Italian wine bar headed up by chef Kashifa Moses. Bookings are recommended but they do always save some tables for walk-ins if you’re keen to try your luck. It’s on every Friday and Saturday for a limited time, so you know the drill.

Saturday 25 May

Neon Palms Bottomless Margarita Lunch

​Neon Palms just dropped a new bottomless menu and it might just be their best yet. The free-flowing drink offering is seriously elite, with signature cocktails like their neon margarita, tommy, paloma and a bunch of boozy slushies to choose from, on top of your regular old beer, wine and sparkling. Between drinks, you’ll be tucking into corn chips and guac, pulled brisket sliders, jerk chicken tacos and bbq jackfruit tostadas. All for a measly $75pp! It’s the best way to get boozed before 3pm.

La Delizia Latticini x Cosy Del’s Five-Course Dinner Collab

When the cheesemakers from La Delizia Latticini are involved, you know you're in for a treat. And honestly, who better for them to team up with than the Italian dream team at Cosy Del's. Roll up ready to feast on a five-course dinner showcasing La Delizia's gorgeous fromaggio. Think: ricotta gnocchi with mushroom ragù and truffle burrata washed down with something nice from the wine list. Pick up a ticket here.

Scarborough Sunset Markets: Winter Edition

Cosy firepits on the beach, mulled wine and comfort eats—trust us, the winter edition of Scarbrough's iconic markets slaps just as hard as its sunny counterpart. The winter markets will pop up every Saturday arvo from 3pm until 8pm, with up to 50 food stalls slinging hot bites from around the globe plus a string of stellar retail markets to shop too. And don't think the cold will scare off Scarb's DJs; they'll be on deck all winter too, bringing the party vibes.

Sunday 26 May

Bottomless Pasta + Prosecco

Need another excuse to check out the huge new Stories dining precinct in Yagan Square? Here it is! The legends at Yagan Square’s hot new Italian restaurant, alba, have just launched a delectable bottomless pasta lunch of epic proportions. We’re talking two hours of unlimited cult pasta dishes like vodka rigatoni and gnocchetti sardi for just $55pp. Keen to add booze? For an extra $20pp you can enjoy free-flowing prosecco or for an extra $40pp go all in on endless cocktail jugs. Oh and if you really want to, you can even bring the kids along too for $35pp. Spaces are limited so you better book here.

Pre Loved Market At FOMO Fremantle

Stock up on new season threads at Perth's fave thrift market. Taking over Newman Court, Walyalup Koort and FOMO's outdoor lanes from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 26 May, Pre Loved brings an unmatched selection of vintage, streetwear and secondhand sellers, all available for an absolute steal. To top it off, there's DJs, street eats and free public transport too.

The Sunday Service

Cozzie livs got you down? The Leederville Precinct has rolled out a wallet-friendly Sunday sesh that is too good to pass up. There are some ridiculously good value deals on offer from 6pm, including $6 wines ($28 bottles), $7 gin and vodka mixers and $12 cocktails. Plus, cheap eats like $10 cheeseburgers and $15 pizzas on the go too. 

All Weekend

Revealed Art Exhibition

The legendary Fremantle Arts Centre has announced the 2024 return of the Revealed: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists exhibition opening on Friday 10 May and running until Sunday 4 August. This wildly celebrated exhibit will showcase over 70 talented new and emerging First Nation artists from across the state—with this year's display boasting the highest number of emerging artists they've ever had contribute.

Rent The Musical

It may have recently been immortalised on screen, but the best way to see Jonathan Larson’s masterwork RENT will always be on stage, and next year we’ll finally have the chance to do so when it comes to Perth. The award-winning rock musical will hit His Majesty’s Theatre from 11-19 May, with tickets on sale now. The show hasn’t toured in Australia since 1998, so we wouldn’t wait around for another visit if you’re desperate to catch it—snap those tickets up as soon as you can.

Elvis: A Musical Resolution

Strap on your dancing shoes, because the latest Elvis extravaganza, officially greenlit by Elvis Presley Enterprises, is hitting Perth in a whirlwind of rock 'n' roll nostalgia. This sensational bio-musical delves into the life and melodies of the legendary Elvis Presley, taking you on a journey from his humble beginnings and his ultimate rise to the throne as 'The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll'. Get ready to groove to all the chart-toppers you know and love at this iconic musical, hitting Crown in May 2024. Featuring a star-studded Aussie cast, mind-blowing choreography, and hit after hit, this show guarantees you'll be head over heels.  

Look, look. Anna Park

From NYC all the way to Perth, 27-year-old art world prodigy Anna Park will premiere her major new exhibition at AGWA this April. Look, look. Anna Park will feature a series of large-scale signature black and white drawings, including 15 never-before-seen charcoal and ink on paper works created specifically for this show. Celebrated by next gen private collectors like Billie Eilish, Park draws inspo from pop culture and addresses the perception of identity, sexuality and power. She’s also taken the opportunity to team up with Aussie knitwear designer Wah-Wah while she’s here on a limited-edition fashion capsule. 

Freo Art Walk

Freo Art Walk is coming to Monument Hill this weekend, with a bunch of incredible local artists throwing open their homes and studios—welcoming you in for a super special peek behind the scenes of their creative process. 

To The Moon: WA Exhibition

Of all the planets, stars and satellites that twinkle above the night sky, Earth’s closest neighbour seems to captivate us the most. Now you’re invited to explore the importance, impact and future of this enigmatic celestial body with To The Moon, the large-scale exhibition now showing at the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Running until Monday 7 October, the exhibition delves into our enduring fascination with the Moon, interweaving lunar art, pop culture, planetary science, historical insights, and the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

PICA Presents Season 2 Djeran/Makuru Program

PICA is back with another banging program of art to devour. For the first time ever, this season (Djeran/Makuru) is dedicated to performance, so you’ll find some staggering displays of live music and dance on throughout the gallery. Trust us, you don't want to miss experimental dancer and choreographer Sarah Aiken (NSW), six-piece new music ensemble Decibel (WA), celebrated local dance outfit STRUT Dance (WA) and choreographic artist Shelley Lasica (VIC).

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Main image credit: alba | Supplied

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