The final weekend of this glorious February we’ve been having, this one’s shaping up to be memorable. With Perth Festival in full swing and, in particular, Writers Week coming into focus, there’s plenty to do in the way of arts and culture, so make the most of it.
Beyond that, there’s everything from live music and pop-up markets to documentary screenings and charity beer runs on offer this weekend. Here are 12 awesome things to do this weekend in Perth.
Magpie Goose Pop-Up At Stackwood | Saturday And Sunday
All of the bright colours and bold prints of Magpie Goose are returning to WA for another Stackwood Pop-Up. Expect brand new prints from Borroloola artists in the Northern Territory, as well as others from a collaborative artistic effort between the Jinibara artists in Queensland. Get in early or miss out.
Thursday 21 February
Methyl Ethyl Live At Mills Records
Celebrate some homegrown talent this weekend with Methyl Ethyl Live at Mills Records. The musical project of Jake Webb, Methyl Ethyl’s third album—Triage—written, produced and recorded by Webb, has just been released. The band usually expands to a five-piece for live shows, but this week Webb will perform a special live-in-store rendition of the album for your Thursday evening pleasure.
Boilermakers: Limeburners x Pirate Life At Petition Beer Corner
The third event in Petition’s recent Boilermaker series, Limeburners Whisky and Pirate Life have joined forces to produce a boilermaker in a barrel—a Whisky Barrel Aged Stout that combines everything you love of both beverages into one taste explosion. The kitchen will be preparing four delicious dishes to pair with your tasting, while Limeburners and Pirate Life founders Cameron Syme and Mick Cameron wax lyrical about their creation.
Friday 22 February
All Of Me Is Here At Octagon Theatre
There are a number of not-to-be-missed Perth Writers Week events, but this is one of them. In a one-off Friday night panel, acclaimed authors Trent Dalton, Carly Findlay, Future D Fidel and Sisonke Msimang explore crafting stories from the stuff of real life. If you’re planning on heading to other Writers Week events over the weekend, this is your essential compass. If not, it’s still essential.
Saturday 23 February
Crab Shack At Hyde Park
Join all your neighbours in your common backyard for an afternoon of music, friends, relaxation, food (obviously) and togetherness. Crab Shack is all about getting outside the confines of our own homes and Doing It Together. A low-key line-up of local talent will be setting the tone for the afternoon, bring your own everything else.
BOK Underground And Dance Mania At State Theatre Centre
You’re in for a night of queer education and dance vibes at the State Theatre Centre this weekend, with Perth Festival bringing icon Madison Moore’s Dance Mania to the stage to detail the influence of black, brown and queer cultures on the nightclub scene. Once that’s done, head to Bar Underground to catch House of BOK spinning tunes for free until 2am.
Arctic Monkeys At RAC Arena
It’s Arctic Monkeys live. Need we say more? The epic RAC Arena has got to be one of the best places in Perth to catch this electric live act, with the legendary band hitting stages to usher in their sixth studio album, Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino. Tickets are selling like hot cakes so we recommend securing yours ASAP.
North Freo Pub Crawl
While you might be used to the North Freo action happening along the main strip, the North Freo Pub Crawl is all about Tydeman Road. The Railway Hotel and the Swan Hotel, complete with all of their old-school charm, are bringing a killer line-up to their stages with the likes of The Love Junkies, Your Girl Pho and Noah Dillon on the bill. Lock it in.
Sunday 24 February
The Beer Run At Nowhereman Brewing
Beer lovers unite in the name of improving mental health in The Beer Run, a 5km run that combines all good things: exercise, beer and fundraising for a worthy cause. Starting at Nowhereman Brewing, the run will take punters to four other breweries (Northbridge Brewing Co., The Generous Squire, Bright Tank and Blasta Brewing), and a beer will be enjoyed at each stop.
On Sacred Ground Screening At Art Gallery Of Western Australia
Make time on Sunday for this very special screening of On Sacred Ground, a 1980 documentary exploring the importance of country to Aboriginal people and the well-known struggle to prevent mining at Noonkanbah Station in the Kimberley in the late 1970s. The documentary was politically censored by the federal government for several years after its original release, but can now be enjoyed in its full investigative glory. A keynote introduction will be given by the film’s original narrator, Ribnga Green Snr.
Santini x Starlight Feasting Lunch At QT Perth
The only thing better than an indulgent feast is one that supports a good cause. Enter: the Santini x Starling Feasting Lunch, happening this weekend for all of your feel-good needs. Expect a three-course taste sensation from Santini Bar & Grill Executive Chef Nic Wood who’ll be working alongside a bunch of other local chefs including the likes of Chase Weber (The Standard), Lucas Fernandez (Long Chim) and Amy Hamilton (Liberte). With matched wines to boot, don’t forget that all proceeds go toward proudly supporting the work of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Rhye At Chevron Gardens
Catch the unique brand of shimmering, glittery melancholy that is Rhye’s soul pop music, live at Chevron Gardens. Fingers crossed for a balmy evening so we’re all as slinky as his vocals are. With support from Lucy Peach and Rabbit Island taking to the Gardens Stage, this is the only way to see out the last weekend of February.
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Image credit: Elle Borgward