We know this is a phrasing usually reserved for December, but it’s the most wonderful time of the year. We are smack bang in that sweet spot where Fringe World and Perth Festival overlap for ten days of arts and culture chaos, delivering all of the theatre, comedy, dance, music and performance bliss one could need to last another year. Fringe wraps up this Sunday, so be sure to make the final dash to all those shows you’ve been meaning to see or risk serious regrets.
Beyond that, this weekend offers everything from gelato pop-ups and natural wine parties to live music picnics and singalong film screenings. Here are ten amazing things to do this weekend in Perth.
That glorious ten-day period where Perth Festival and Fringe World overlap is unfortunately coming to an end with the last of Fringe going down on Sunday, but you still have the whole weekend to make the most of it. If you haven’t caught at least one—preferably multiple—of our top picks yet, get on it.
Thursday 14 February
Lover’s Melt At Wines Of While
Looking for a way to celebrate love and lovers on Valentine’s Day that isn’t cliché? Your numero uno neighbourhood wine bar has got you: it’s a Natural Wine Lovers party at Wines of While. The lovely MJ Bens and Josh Hills of Lover’s Melt will be filling the air with the sound of this wondrous, elusive thing called love. Bring everyone you more than like.
Friday 15 February
Bohemian Rhapsody: Singalong Screening At Camelot Outdoor Cinema
Come on, you know you want to. Audiences of smash-hit film Bohemian Rhapsody, which follows the epic tale of one Freddie Mercury and the highs and lows of Queen, have barely needed encouraging to start singing along to the all-important soundtrack. This Singalong Screening is your chance to cut loose. Freddie Mercury impersonator and all-around Queen devotee, Thomas Crane will be there to lead things in style while the rest of us foot-stomp and sway along. Don’t miss it.
Twilight Hawkers Market At Forest Place
The ultimate in street food eats, the Twilight Hawkers Market is still happening every Friday night in Forest Place, and it’s about time you paid a visit. Perth’s original global food market complete with more than 20 food stalls, live entertainment and plenty of seating, this is the answer to all your week-long cravings. Will you get the bao, the satay or the asado?
Saturday 16 February
Chicho At Sal’s Pasta
It’s an Italian foodie match made in heaven: fresh, handmade pasta and a big ol’ scoop of gelato. Get yours this weekend when Chicho rolls their cart into Sal’s Pasta in Cottesloe for the ultimate gelato pop-up. Choose one of four different flavours, then choose from the ravioli, the gnocchi or the porchetta.
Summer x Salt Markets At Trigg Beach
It’s your last chance to soak up all of the Summer x Salt Market vibes, so you better clear your Saturday schedule. Load up on all of your sustainable and salty lifestyle needs with heaps of local stallholders selling everything from surfboards to candles to skin care, plus live music and delicious food trucks.
Perfect Strangers At Picabar
Everyone’s favourite Saturday night party, Perfect Strangers is your reason for a boogie this weekend. Under Picabar’s famous fig tree you’ll find nothing but good vibes, great music and the best company Northbridge has got to offer.
Hour Of Power At Fremantle Markets
Beginning this Saturday the Fremantle Markets are introducing Hour Of Power from 9am to 10am. There'll be loads of good deals to check out at each market stall as you weave along the Aboriginal trail. The initiative is running for the next four Saturdays and none of the sales will be advertised beforehand so you've got to be in it to win it.
Sunday 17 February
Oh So Italo At Si Paradiso
Dreaming of a European getaway? You can have it right here in Perth, with Si Paradiso’s Sunday afternoon Oh So Italo party. Your new Sunday go to, the Mediterranean dream launched last month and continues to bring the heavy Italian-summer mood. Expect sparkly pét-nats, Paradiso pizzas, smooth tunes from house band The Love Endeavour and DJs spinning late into the eve.
Sunday Music: Grace Sanders + Dulcie At Fremantle Arts Centre
There are few better ways to wind down your weekend than with a picnic, some brews and some live tunes in the Fremantle Arts Centre Front Garden. This weekend’s rendition of Sunday Music features songstress Grace Sanders, who blends jazz, soul and pop hooks to create the ultimate chill-dance vibes. She’s joined by the all-female pop quartet, Dulcie, who are going to harmonise your ears off.
Ride With KTX Fitness At Cottesloe Beach Hotel
LA Fit have something super exciting in store this February for all the spin class fans out there. They are teaming up with international phenomenon KTX Fitness to bring us the 45-minute bike party Ride with KTX from 14 to 24 February. Plus, they're making the most of this warm summer weather and are taking it coastal on Sunday 17 February at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel. There will be three sessions from 1pm until 4pm with 30 bikes and resident Perth DJ Mish-T to help pump those party vibes. And because balance is key, you can stay back for a Spritz or two.
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