There is so much happening around Perth even we’re struggling to keep up. With Fringe World kicking off this weekend your next 48 hours are pretty much taken care of, but there are plenty of non-Fringe related things to attend as well. Buckle up, your calendar is literally about to bust at the seams.
Here’s what’s on this weekend in and around Perth.
Fringe World Opening Weekend
Fringe lovers rejoice, it’s that time of year again. This weekend we’re welcoming the start of Fringe World 2019 with a jam-packed weekend of fun, entertainment, and free stuff. We think the very best way to get your Fringe binge started is by checking out the new hubs: Woodside Pleasure Garden, Yagan Square, Fringe Central and The Ice Cream Factory.
PICA at FRINGE WORLD
PICA is back for yet another Fringe season bringing us two immersive art shows: Polar Force, and The Talk, both kicking off this weekend. Polar Force takes you on a hyper-realistic sound adventure through Antarctica, complete with inflatable performance installation. The Talk is something of a hilarious twist on the family dinner, discussing topics like sex, sexuality and love. Tickets prices range from $22 to $32.
Perth BeerFest At Elizabeth Quay
Beer + sun + epic entertainment just screams summer, so grab your sunscreen and head on down to Elizabeth Quay for Perth BeerFest. There’s over 300 small batch beers, ciders, cocktails and wines to discover, along with all the tasty street food and entertainment on the main stage. You can even ramp up your booze and food pairing knowledge at one of the free masterclasses.
Summer Fruits Festival At S&R Orchard
It’s stone fruit season and the generous folk at Walliston’s S&R Orchard are welcoming you this weekend for a Pick-Your-Own Fruit Festival. Just $10 scores you entry to a day of entertainment, food trucks and of course, fruit picking. Eat as many nectarines and plums as you can direct from the trees, then fill up a 1.5kg bag to take home.
My Grandmother's M.A.I.D At Studio Startup Basement
Brought to you by Canada’s Medical Assistance In Dying program, My Grandmother’s M.A.I.D is the tale of a comedian losing his quick-witted nan as she makes the choice to live a happily ever after-life. A somewhat controversial but cathartic story that helps us face the inevitable, with plenty of laughs.
FRONT At The State Theatre
Featuring some of Perth’s strongest talent’s, FRONT investigates the rather hazy definition of success in today’s music industry. The play follows "local band" Rough Cut Punt during their rapid rise to fame, and offers audiences a hilarious glimpse into all the behind the scenes drama of rehearsal rooms and studios.
Friday 18 January
Fleetmac Wood Presents Sisters of the Moon Disco At Nevermind Smallclub
Hosted by DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing, Sisters of the Moon Disco is set to be a night of celestial musings and dancing, backed by a soundtrack of exclusive edits and remixes of Fleetwood Mac hits and solo projects. No cover versions in sight. A must-attend for lovers of Fleetwood Mac.
Fringe Friday and Twilight Hawkers Market At Forrest Place
Hit the city and watch Forrest Place come alive with Perth’s original and biggest street food market this Friday, and enjoy entertainment from some of our city’s best buskers and street artists. It’s free to attend, but don’t forget to show some love with a coin donation when the hat comes around.
Milford Street Shakers At Brighton Reserve
For music that shakes the soul, head to Scarborough and witness the Milford Street Shakers in all their glory. The one-hour show promises to take you on a journey through the iconic 60s musical landscape, bringing blues riffs and expressive R&B together in one epic dance party.
Crème De La Crème Opening At Carousel
The clever cookies at Crème De La Crème are combining our love of cupcakes with our love of free stuff at their grand opening this weekend on the brand new food rooftop at Carousel. Just look for the cute caravan outside Grill’d, and be sure to get in early to claim your free mini cupcake.
Blueberry Play At The Blue Room Theatre
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a teenage girl in regional Australia? Blueberry Play is here to give you the inside story, complete with highs and lows. Playwright Ang Collins has crafted this heartfelt story of family life, adolescence, mental and physical illness, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin Award in 2017.
Saturday 19 January
ILUMA Dessert Degustation & Demonstration
If you’re after an event that satisfies the sweet tooth and also leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy, grab a ticket to ILUMA’s dessert degustation. The $35 price includes baking demonstrations by talented pastry chefs, cooks and cake artists, plus a decadent dessert degustation. All proceeds go to the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Punks by the Sea At The Indian Ocean Hotel
Bust out your ripped black jeans and get down to Scarborough for Punks by the Sea. Blindspot, The Wolfbats, Hell Average, Pat Decline and The Murderbirds will be taking the stage, and all it costs you is a cheeky tenner. $5 VBs all night completes the deal, and really, what more could you want?
Urban Wine Walk
Leave your heels at home and take an afternoon stroll through the streets and laneways of our fine city at the 2019 Urban Wine Walk. Some of Perth’s best venues will be opening their doors for the occasion, transforming the city into the ultimate self-guided cellar door experience. Tickets will set you back $60.
Electric Gardens Festival At Belvoir Park
Dance music royalty, Underworld, are headlining what is sure to be a dance festival never to be forgotten this weekend at the Electric Gardens Festival, supported by legendary artists Erick Morillo, Eats Everything, Bag Raiders and Set-Mo. This one’s all about great beats and good times.
Sunday 20 January
The Perth Wellness Festival At Cathedral Square
The lush garden setting of Cathedral Square will be transformed for a day of fitness, movement, mindfulness, and entrepreneurship for the Perth Wellness Festival this Sunday. Join fitness guru Tim Robards for a HIIT workout and finish your day with a relaxing flow and meditation session. There’s also plenty of health and wellness products and services to discover during the day, which is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the inevitable: Monday.
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