Here we are on the brink of another glorious weekend in Perth. The forecast might not be that great, but that’s no reason to despair: there’s plenty happening that’ll keep your mind right off the weather, or maybe even making the most of cooler temperatures!
There are festivals, fairs and markets happening all weekend, a lot of art to be enjoyed, drinks to be drunk, music to be danced to and a pinch of comedy thrown into season the tasty dish that is this weekend.
So whether you feel like rummaging through marketplaces to find a few gems, getting inspired by amazing art and photography or simply eating and indulging your heart out this weekend, we’ve got you. Here are 19 amazing things to do this weekend in Perth!
Revealed WA: Aboriginal Art Exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre
Featuring work by more than 80 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists across Australia, Revealed showcases the vibrance and diversity of contemporary Aboriginal art. With artworks from across disciplines including painting, print, carving, photography, textiles, weaving and video (plus a bunch more!) this exhibition presents the work of artists from remote areas and communities as well as metropolitan centres. Plus, they’re all for sale!
State Makers Festival at State Buildings
We’re not sure that we’ve said it enough: the weekend line up at the State Makers Festival is downright epic! Friday night brings an array of options for winding down the week with Thai Eats & DJ Beats or Native Cocktails on the Terrace. Saturday brings flavours of Italy, with Thai Gin Smash this Saturday only and Aperitivo Sessions your obligatory first stop on a Saturday night in the city for a quick Spritz. Sunday is all about food. Sunday Brunch at Petition, followed by La Famiglia Lunch at Post, with a few drinks scattered in between at Long Chim’s Gins & Tins or Petition Beer Corner’s Local & Vocal.
For a magical escape from everyday life, head rural for Fairbridge Festival. For those who’ve never been, it’s a celebration of folk, world and roots music in a traffic-free, entirely self-contained, heritage-listed village. Make a long weekend of it and camp out!
Polkadot Vintage Market at Claremont Showgrounds
Been hunting for that perfect vintage winter coat? Polka Dot Vintage Market, Perth’s biggest and best pop-up vintage and retro clothing market, is happening Saturday and Sunday this weekend! There will be more than 300 stalls, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a bargain or a new piece that you’ll treasure forever. It’s all genuine vintage and retro clothing, plus heaps of accessories, vinyl, collectables and up-cycled wares.
KickstARTISTSxGOSHI: Yellow at City Arts Space
KickstARTISTS is an ongoing project empowering young and emerging WA-based artists to exhibit and sell their artwork commission-free. This year it also includes an artist development program, in which the co-author of GOSHI Magazine has mentored a local artist and gallery curator. This is a free exhibition where you can soak up all the art you need, and support young artists while you’re at it!
Thursday 19 April
Six in the City at Perth Comedy Lounge
The Comedy Lounge’s version of a happy hour, Six in the City brings you six comedians in a fast-paced, hilarity-packed one hour show. Laugh the day off and head in to work tomorrow full of jokes to crack to all your begrudging coworkers!
Sour Sirens at The Old Faithful Bar & BBQ
Sour beer is trending hard right now and we’re pretty stoked about it. Head to this night of sour beer exploration to enjoy four of WA’s best sours with a sumptuous feast from the crew at Old Faithful—paired perfectly, of course—and enjoyed in the bar’s brand spanking laneway space!
Friday 20 April
Kalamunda Night Market at Central Mall
We Perthlings love a good night market. This is the last one of the season for the Kalamunda Night Market, so if you’ve been meaning to check it out (or even if this is the first you’re hearing of it) you should probably get down. There’s international food on offer, all the local businesses open and spilling out onto the streets, plus a bunch of stalls offering handmade wares and art for sale!
DIVAS All Male Revue at Perth Comedy Lounge
Anyone who was lucky enough to see Adele last year knows all about Feminem—the drag superstar who sung on stage with her and absolutely slayed. Here, Feminem hosts Perth’s fave cabaret, DIVAS—think celebrity impersonations and a whole lotta’ glamour. If you didn’t catch it at Fringe, now’s the time people!
Brewed Laughter at The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar
Beer tasting hosted by a comedian? That’s a yes from us. A bunch of comedic legends are teaming up with Gage Roads Brewing Co. to bring you Brewed Laughter—a night full of frothy laughs, with a beer tasting hosted by comedian Mike Goldstein.
Sunset Sessions at Claremont Pizza
With only a coupla’ weekends of the Claremont Pizza pop-up to go, you’d better get down this Friday night to Tipi Village to enjoy some delicious pizza and cheap drinks under the setting sun! It’s the perfect way to wind the week down.
Saturday 21 April
Beginners Sourdough By Hand Class at Wild Sourdough
Still trying to achieve cafe-grade smashed avo on sourdough? In this small, hands-on class, you’ll learn every part of the sourdough making process so you can replicate it at home! You also get to take home the bread you make at the end of the class, so even if you don’t get into gear straight away, you’ll have at least a week’s worth of quality bread for brekky each day!
Women’s Wellness Brunch at The Raw Kitchen
Start the weekend off right with this beautiful long table brunch at The Raw Kitchen, who’ll bring you nourishing and carefully created food, fresh juices and kombucha. Over the meal, fill up on more than just food with inspiring talks from wellness experts and educators, and then after it, wind down with an incredible open-level yin yoga and meditation from the crew at YogaLab.
Record Store Day at Rhubarb Records
Leederville and East Victoria Park
Happening across two locations on Saturday is Rhubarb Record’s Record Store Day—opening up early at the Leederville Vinyl Cafe, where there’ll be a stack of limited edition vinyl for sale, delicious brekky and great coffee to fuel up for your rummage—and slightly later at the store in Victoria Park, where you’ll find the real mother load of records. Did we mention guest DJ’s keeping the vibes spinning all day, and an after party at Nowhereman Brewing Co?!
The Night Market Launch at Market Grounds
Be among the first to party at Perth’s newest night out, in Perth’s newest precinct. We’ve waited a long time for Northbridge and the CBD to be connected once again, and friends, we think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s been worth the wait. But Night Market is about to double down on goodness: $10 house cocktail specials, free entry, selected DJs all in a double story, 700 person venue with outdoor beer gardens, multiple bars and booths throughout—every Saturday night. Selecting for the launch this Saturday is ex-Perthling Nat Daws. You know where to find us!
Best Wishes Present: Toer Broers
For a serious dose of travel and life inspiration, head to see this exhibition depicting a six month cycling journey from Europe to Australia, completed by two brothers and captured on film. Sit back with a Gage Roads beer and take in their epic journey, then maybe grab one of their self-published zines to take home and keep on hand for whenever your motivation levels need another boost!
Fremantle Fashion Market at Pioneer Park
Lovers of sustainable fashion, this one’s for you. From the crew behind Little Market Place comes this Fremantle Fashion Market, set to be a platform for up-cycling and trading clothing, and purchasing from local, ethical boutiques and slow-fashion labels. You can apply to participate in a trade!
Live Laughs at Perth Comedy Lounge
Experience Perth’s brand new, first ever purpose-built comedy venue with this night of belly laughing. Live Laughs is an hour long show featuring a hand-picked selection of the best local, interstate and international comedic talent!
Sunday 22 April
Tequila Party at Mrs Browns
Your fave North Freo watering hole is turning 9 years old, and throwing a Tequila Party in the courtyard to celebrate! Specials on the only drink worth drinking—Tommy’s Margaritas—plus a bunch of others like Tequila Punch, Moondog Beers and boilermakers, not to mention some sweet tunes. It’s the only way to spend your Sunday arvo!
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Image credit: Emma Bryant