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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 twilight market 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 musical shows to good booze and all-you-can-eat feeds, here are some the best things to do this weekend in Perth. 

Thursday 16 May

Drag Bingo At The Court

The Court is hosting an extra special edition of its drag bingo night in support of IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia), which marks the day that homosexuality was removed from the WHO Classification of Diseases in 1980. Tix are just $20pp and include a drink on arrival to get you in the mood for the ball-slinging sass to come, with all ticket sales are being donated to WAAC to help support our LGBTIQA+ young people here in Perth.

$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 17 May

Vivendi Pop-Up

Modus is back with another after dark pop-up outta their beaut lil Vic Park cafe. This time coming to you in the form of 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.

Taylor Made: The Music of Taylor Swift Reimagined And Performed By Perth Symphony Orchestra

Tay Tay may have given Perth the snub (she's a busy gal), but thankfully the Perth Symphony Orchestra is bringing us a whole Swifty Symphony to make up for it. Choose your era, start making friendship bracelets and prepare to sing your heart out and dance in the aisles with your fellow Swifties while the orchestra brings to life T Swift's greatest hits. Whether you're a die hard fan or just wanna taste of the Taylor Made magic, this epic tribute is not to be missed. Tickets are available now on Ticketek

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.

Saturday 18 May

Greek Wine Lunch

Wine Merchant’s Greek-inspired wine lunch is the perfect opportunity to delve into the world of Greek wine, from its ancient roots to current day resurgence. Your ticket includes a four-course feed with Greek eats like spanakopita, mezze, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and loukoumades and paired wines. Tickets are $165pp and available here.  

90s vs 000s Brunch

If you love your bottomless brunch with a side of nostalgic 90s and 2000s hits, book a spot at The Aviary this weekend. For $75pp you’ll get two whole hours of free-flowing cocktail jugs, mimosas, house wines and tap beers plus your brunch of choice. 

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 19 May

Three Negroni Lunch At Bertie

This Basso beauty is throwing it back to the heydays of slamming three cocktails at lunch before sliding back into your ad agency Don Draper style. After knocking martinis off last month, they’re now giving the negroni its time in the sun. Your $75 ticket includes a dedicated masterclass with awarded bartender James Connelly washed down with a trio of negronis and paired lunch plates. 

Beau with the Fab: Disco

There’s ordinary bottomless and then there’s The Elford’s bottomless drag brunch. Basically, the vibes are dialled right up with a little help from Perth’s fiercest queens Donna Kebab, Cougar Morrison and Fay Rocious. This time they’re transporting you to the world of disco, so slap on some sequins and prepare to blame it on the boogie … or the free-flowing prosecco. 

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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