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The Best Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

By Claire Logan
30th Nov 2023

Things to do this weekend in Perth


It’s another bustling weekend around town so get excited and take advantage of the fabulous events happening all over Perth. 

Not sure where to start? We've rounded up some of the best things to do in Perth this weekend.

Thursday 30 November

Quiz Night At Sunshine Harvester Works

Round up your mates and prepare to test your ability to recall seemingly useless facts at Sunshine Harvester Works Quiz Night this Thursday. They’ll cover off a huge range of topics, so you’ll (hopefully) find your specialty and take home a slice of the $200 worth of prizes on offer. If nothing else, though, it’s a fun way to spend a Thursday and best of all, no bookings are required—just walk in and join the fun from 5pm.

Girl Dinner At Powell's

Perth's chicest fromagerie and wine bar, Powell's, is serving up a free 'girl dinner' every Thursday. Basically, it's a huge hand-sized cracker topped with an array of luxe cheeses and extras—the perfect four bite morsel to pair with your chilled vino. Throw on more grazing goodness and drinks from there, or just call it a night and go home for dinner. 

Scarborough Sunset Markets

Perth’s most iconic summer night markets are on again at Scarborough Beach. Drop by from 5pm to feast on all the new market eats including dumplings from Freo fave, Emily Taylor, and shop homemade goods from 30 artisan retailers before grooving on through to the Beach Club for beachside DJ dance parties. This year they've also launched a brand new series of free fitness and wellness classes if you're keen to get a little bit of a sweat on. Find out more here.

Friday 1 December

Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival

In a world where few things are certain, what you can always be sure of is Ice Cream Factory providing a good time over that treasured summer break. For the last five years, Ice Cream Factory has lined up the biggest, bestest and boogiest artists and DJs to spin tracks that will inevitably end up on your summer playlist on Spotify. The fun kicks off this Friday with Genesis Owusu, then backs it up Saturday with Safia. Final release tix are still available for both, so fire up the group chat now.

Harry Potter In Concert With The WA Symphony Orchestra

You’ve already seen the wizarding flicks a gazillion times, now relive some good ol’ dementor arse-kicking with the added thrill of a grand symphony orchestra. The final instalment of the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra's popular Harry Potter In Concert series lands at Perth Convention And Exhibition Centre this December. 

Friday Night Bites At Local & Aesthetic

Much-loved Mount Lawley cafe, Local & Aesthetic, is throwing open their doors every Friday night starting this week, serving up special new small plates from their talented kitchen, plus all the drinks and cocktails to see you into the weekend.

Saturday 2 December

Fremantle Arts Centre’s Bazaar

If you want to do your Christmas shopping with some lush gardens as the backdrop, there’s no better place than Fremantle Arts Centre’s Christmas Bazaar. Running from 1-3 December, the Bazaar kicks off with a twilight session on the Friday and continues with all-day markets on Saturday and Sunday. The FAC grounds will be packed with 45 of the very best local market stalls (each hand picked by a judging panel) selling the highest quality handcrafted goods, from woodwork and textiles to sculptures and ceramics. Consider your office secret santa sorted. 

Australian Geographic: Our Country 360° Cinematic Experience

Our Country immersive exhibition
Image credit: Australian Geographic: Our Country 360° Cinematic Experience | Supplied

Yet another huge new immersive experience is making its way to Perth this summer. This one draws inspiration from our own backyard, showcasing Australia's diverse, raw and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, wildlife and natural wonders in the most spectacular way possible—projected across huge 360° displays. The multi-sensory cinematic exhibition combines over 100,000 hours of stunning time lapse visuals with natural sounds and recordings—giving you a whole new way to appreciate our country at scale. 

Subi Night Markets

The markets are finally returning to Subi, with a new weekly night market taking over Market Square every Saturday night. Come hungry and work your way through the bulk street eats on offer from over 40 international cuisines. Pick up a cold bev or two from local distillers, Spirit Of Little Things Gin. Take a seat in the lush little grass and bistro area and soak up some live music on a balmy night. Then stroll on down Pre Loved Lane to shop endless sustainable fashion and gifts. With the train station right next door and endless Subiaco bars and restaurants to kick on to, it's super easy to make a whole night of it.

Sunday 3 December 

Spilt Milk

Officially Australia's fastest-selling music, food and arts festival, Spilt Milk is bringing its mammoth lineup to Perth this weekend. Huge homegrown and international stars will grace the stages including Post Malone, Dom Dolla, Latto, Tkay Maidza, Peach PRC, Ocean Alley, Aitch, Dermot Kennedy, David Kushner and many more.

Optus Stadium's Christmas Festival

Optus Stadium is rolling out the Chrissy decorations again this year, transforming the stadium into a massive Christmas-themed fun fair for two evenings this December. Stroll through all the markets, hit up the food trucks and drop into the Jingle Bar for a few cold ones. There's even an outdoor amphitheatre screening Christmas movies and plenty of family-friendly rides, games, crafts and activities. Best of all, entry is free.

Yeah Rogue! Sunday Session 

Bar Rogue’s new summer pop-up, Yeah Rogue!, is dishing up dialled up new snacks six days a week, with expanded opening hours and the kitchen serving right up til’ close. There’s some banging eats to get around every day, but if you wanna save your dollars it’s gotta be the Sunday sesh with $8 aperitivo libations and $2 snacks going from 3pm. Big yes.

Republic Of Fremantle’s Sunday Spritz Sessions 

Christmas may be around the corner, but we’re too busy making spritzmas a thing thanks to Republic Of Fremantle’s new Sunday Spritz Session. Load up on $15 spritz cocktails outside at the pop-up bar cart then head inside for complimentary spirit tastings. There’ll also be vinyl DJs spinning all arvo and of course you can throw on all the tasty morsels from the food menu too—the homemade crumpet topped with crème fraiche and smoked roe is a must! It’s on from 2pm til 7pm and entry is free.

All Weekend

Monet In Paris

Grande Experiences is giving Perth a major dose of Monet, along with a heap more of the world's most renowned artists of the Impressionist era, with their latest immersive exhibition, Monet In Paris. Be immersed in Monet’s Water Lilies and dance with Degas’ ballerinas as the walls around you illuminate the loose brushwork of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and many more. As with Van Gogh Alive, the new exhibition is also accompanied by a scent and music to really set the mood. Plus, this year there's extra experiences like high tea and paint and sips too.

Chicago The Musical

Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery, treachery and of course, all that jazz will be hitting the Crown Perth stage for Chicago The Musical. You'll want to snatch up tickets to the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, to watch Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer, as she tries to avoid being convicted for the murder of her husband and his mistress through a series of sensational tabloid headlines thanks to her criminal lawyer Billy Flynn. Tickets are on sale now.

Rooftop Movies

It’s time to whip out the mozzie repellent, ‘cos your fave pop-up cinema is back with another season of non-stop movie hits. Have a peek at the first release of the program and you’ll find there’s something for everyone. You can get super nostalgic over feel-good classics like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Pulp Fiction, or settle in for something new.

Australia II Beachside Exhibit At WA Maritime Museum

The WA Maritime Museum is transporting visitors back to a time of big hair and even bigger celebrations in its latest exhibition. Australia II - 40 Years On shares the tale of 26 September 1983—the day yacht Australia II made global history winning the world’s oldest sporting trophy, ripping it out of the Americans' grip after a whopping 132 years.

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Main image credit: Ice Cream Factory | Instagram

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