Another weekend is almost here, and it’s looking much brighter than the weather. Full of delicious degustations, insightful exhibitions maybe even a cheeky south-west getaway. Trust us, this one's gonna deliver all of the goods.
Don’t let the dark clouds deter you. Here are 20 awesome things to do this weekend in Perth.
The Comedy Lounge | Thursday, Friday & Saturday
If you haven’t done it yet, you need to hit up Perth’s first ever purpose-built comedy venue this weekend. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, the line-up includes comedic happy hour Six in the City, a fast-paced, hilarity-packed show that warms you up for Live Laughs, a hand-picked selection of the best local, interstate and international comedic talent going around. Go on, stay for both, and then stay extra late on Saturday for The Late Show, which brings the big names on a hot ticket.
WAAPA Performs Carousel At Regal Theatre | Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Catch a talented WAAPA cast led by award-winning Director Jason Langley in their rendition of Carousel, voted the best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine. Set in an isolated New England fishing village, Carousel follows the tragic romance between a troubled carnival worker and the young woman who gives up everything for him—all played out to a timeless score including the iconic ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
Winterworld Fremantle | Saturday & Sunday
Guys, the Freo ice skating rink is coming back! Kicking off in just a few weeks, Winterworld celebrates everything there is to love about winter. The huge outdoor ice-skating rink will be back in full swing, with a snow pit (for snowman building, obvs) and the new addition of the Cabin Bar – that’s mulled wine and warm winter bevvies at The National Hotel, if you don’t mind. This year will also see the addition of the Market Square, with local producers and retailers showcasing a range of products and food stalls dishing out heart-warming delicacies. There’s even fire pits for marshmallow roasting!
Truffle Kerfuffle At Fonty’s Pool | Saturday & Sunday
The ultimate winter getaway is happening this weekend. Manjimup’s Truffle Kerfuffle is a weekend-long festival celebrating one of the world’s most luxurious ingredients: the black truffle. Set at the historic Fonty’s Pool, but spanning the region’s incredible forests and waterways, the program is packed full of satellite feasts with world-class chefs, farm shed wine tastings and fireside events. Check our list of everything to check out at Truffle Kerfuffle for more info.
Art In Place: Confluence At Canning Beach Road Foreshore
See our iconic rivers in a new light this weekend with Confluence, a collaboration between local artists VJzoo (Kat Black and Jasper Cook) and Kambarni (Kamsani Bin Salleh), whose work seeks to both modernise ancient stories and reposition Eurocentric ideas from an Indigenous perspective. VJzoo, known for their video, interactive and projection based installations, bring Kambarni’s work to life with a light projection across the body of water and illumination of a fleet of boats, right where the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) and Djarlgarro Beeliar (Canning River) meet. Launching tonight, audiences can also witness a unique Welcome to Country from Olman Walley.
Thursday 21 June
Fromage Thursdays At The Treasury Lounge And Bar
They had us at ‘fromage’. Yep, it’s a Thursday evening entirely dedicated to cheese – what more could you ask for? Fromage Thursdays invites you to settle in by the fire with a selection of fine cheeses, paired with a glass of wine, an aged whiskey or a hand-crafted cocktail. That’s how you get through the week.
Dine The Regions Of Italy At Il Lido
As if the menu at Il Lido could get any better, they're packing in the winter goodness with Dine Italy: a 20-week series of specially curated four-course, wine paired menus that span the 20 regions of Italy. This week they’re in Piedmont, the home of the white truffle and Italy’s most sought after red wines. You know what to do.
Yeast & Feast At Baby Mammoth
The title of this event really says it all: head straight to Yeast & Feast for expertly crafted beers and a five-course meal of adventurous food pairings. More than just a smorgasbord for the senses, this dinner will give you an eye into the science behind brewing, cooking and the art of working with a living organic entity—yeast.
Shin, Shank & Cheek Degustation At MUST Winebar
'MUST' believe that some things should never change, and their 17-year-running annual dinner pairing slow cooked shin, shank and cheek with blockbuster red wines is one of them. Get an early start on your weekend: indulge in five courses of slow cooked goodness, savouring each and every melt-in-your-mouth bite.
Scinema International Science Film Festival At Luna Leederville
Science nerds, unite! Science is taking over the big screen! Catch all the best picks from the International Science Film Festival in one glorious night of Scinema. Showcasing films from dramas to documentaries, the evening will satisfy the curious, explain the baffling and ask the impossible.
Friday 22 June
Antarctica: Night At The Museum At WA Maritime Museum
If you’re a lover of Perth museums, you need to head down to this swanky event featuring all things Antarctica (it is winter after all). Not just because it’s at one of Perth’s most beautiful museums, but also because it’s fundraising to keep all of them alive and functioning. Enjoy tasty delights and home-grown beverages amid the glaciers.
Saturday 23 June
Rocky Horror Picture Show Immersive At Luna Leederville
We love a good immersive film experience, and this weekend sees The Rocky Horror Picture Show hit the big screen again. Only this time you aren’t just watching the film—you’re in it. Catch pre-screening entertainment as well as a themed goodie bag full of items to play along with during the screening. Plus, there’s an in-cinema bar and prizes for best costume! Sold.
25 Years Of Live Music At Universal Bar
Celebrate a whopping 25 years of live music and good times hosted by Universal Bar at their home on William St by, well, going and dancing to some live music from resident band Soul Corporation. Expect the bartenders to be mixing up a storm—literally, they’ll be mixing their rendition of a dark and stormy—the bar’s iconic Smokin’ Aces. That'll warm your winter soul.
Urban Circus Opening Party At The Rosemount
Perth’s newest Saturday night party, Urban Circus, will be kicking off this month just in time to cure your cabin fever. Customising the newly renovated Rosemount Hotel, Urban Circus promises to be a seriously unique social environment where all you have to do is dance. Sounds good to us.
Lollipop Lane Presents: Candy Land At Soda Pop
Taking over your new favourite winter pop-up this weekend is the crew from Lollipop Lane with their latest Saturday night party, Candy Land. Bringing you fresh hits, house, RnB, hip hop and a bangin’ list of throwbacks, this is the ultimate icebreaker for a cold weekend.
Sunday 24 June
Perth Upmarket At Winthrop Hall
Lovers of everything handmade need to head to Perth’s premier market for WA designed handmade wares: Perth Upmarket. Offering everything from artwork and clothing to ceramics and candles, plus gourmet preserves and home-made chutneys, this place is Pinterest brought to life. It only comes around every few months, so you’d better grab the opportunity.
Short Back & Sidewalks Exhibition at Bivouac Canteen & Bar
Feel like doing something good this weekend? Head to Bivouac to help them raise funds for Short Back & Sidewalks through this awesome exhibition. It features the works of photographers Jacqueline Jane, Matsu Photography and Ta-ku, as well as bangin’ beats from the latter, plus Charlie Bucket and Rok Riley. Who are Short Back & Sidewalks you ask? Only the legends who give no-cost, no-judgment haircuts to homeless and at risk people all over the country! Take my money.
La Famiglia Lunch At Post
Spend your Sunday afternoon indulging over this delicious, rustic Italian-inspired lunch at Post—designed to share among the fam, of course. On the menu? Char grilled spatchcock chicken and panzanella with heirloom tomatoes, or market fish in salsa verde, fennel and lemon with parmesan and rosemary chips.
Champagne Sundays At Bistro Guillame
Send your weekend out with a bang by spending Sunday sippin’ Champagne out at Crown. That’s right, Champagne Sundays is now a thing, so you can live like an A-Lister this weekend. Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch with flowing champers, all while enjoying the river views from Bistro Guillame. Nice.
Sunday Favourites At Odyssea
All your prayers have been answered: Odyssea are bringing back all your favourite menu items for Sunday Favourites, and you can hit it up this weekend. Get there to enjoy their beloved fish tacos, crispy pork belly and lamb gnocchi, just to name a few. What better way to wind down your weekend than with a full belly and salty air?
Wine Down At Petition Wine Bar & Merchant
If you’re feeling less like a Sunday Sesh and more like a refined evening with your besties this weekend, Wine Down is probably more your scene. You’ll enjoy the luxe and intimate surrounds of Petition Wine Bar almost as much as the wine at takeaway prices.
Better idea: head to one of Perth's great all-you-can-eat restaurants, loosen those pants and just go nuts.
Image credit: Winterworld Fremantle