It's Febraury—the most wonderful time of the year (if you live in Perth)! Fringe World and Perth Festival are here, the weather is (mostly) glorious and you're almost back into some sort of routine that resembles adulting after the Christmas holidays.
If you're still completely broke, check out all the best free things to do in Perth this February here, but if you've got some dollariedoos to play with, read on!
Fringe World | 26 January - 25 February
You absolutely cannot let February go by without carving out a couple of nights with friends or fam to soak up all that this homegrown festival offers—grab a drink or two at the Pleasure Garden, catch a cheap show, catch an expensive show, laugh, cry and go ‘woooooah’. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our top picks at this year’s Fringe World.
Perth Festival | 9 February - 4 March
There’s so much happening at Perth Festival this year, we can’t even begin to sum it up. There are events at Chevron Gardens—with names like A.B. Original, Dizzee Rascal, The Avalanches, Electric Fields and Wafia making the line up one of the best the festival’s ever seen. Catch a Lotterywest Film at UWA Somerville or ECU Joondalup Pines, soak up some culture during Writers Week or head to the Museum of Water.
Blooms & Bubbles | 4 & 10 February
At this Summerset Arts Festival event, Stacey from one of our favs Beans & Bunches is going to be guiding you through floral design techniques across three different classes—and you can sip on some beautiful bubbly the whole time. Sound good? Yeah, we thought so too.
Fish & Sips Festival | 2, 3 & 4 February
This festival is here to fill your first weekend in Feb with flavour as it celebrates our fresh seafood, award winning wine and a coastline that never gets old. Happening at the beautiful Port Beach, there’ll be live music, wine tastings, seafood masterclasses, cooking demos and, obvs, lots of pop-up seafood eateries that you can chow down at. With the weekend events opening up to an 18+ crowd only into the night, and names like Swings & Roundabouts on the sponsor list, you can probably expect a good time!
Araluen’s Chilli Festival | 3 & 4 February
If you really want to spice things up and give February a bit of a zing, this is the place to do it. Araluen’s Chilli Festival offers up all kinds of spicy goodness including everything from sauces to beers or chutneys to doughnuts. You’ll also be able to shop for your own little plant to take home and love, and pick up some tips on how to bring that chilli into your kitchen from an on-stage celeb chef. Hold on to your hats!
Laneway | 11 February
If your inbox isn’t already flooded with marketing emails entitled, ‘What to wear to Laneway 2018’ like ours are, then you may need a bit of a reminder to get your darn Laneway ticket. If Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals aren’t enough of a reason to part with your well-earned dosh, don’t forget about Amy Shark, Basenji, Client Liaison, POND, Mac De Marco, The Internet and Odesza… among others. Seriously though guys, what am I wearing?
TLC At HBF Stadium | 14 February
Don’t even try and tell us you don’t want to go sing and dance along to ‘No Scrubs’ and ‘Waterfalls’ with the queens from TLC. We know you do. P.S. Shaggy is supporting… what a great opportunity to find out whether it was indeed him?
Beyonce Beats No Lights No Lycra | 14 February
You might be beginning to notice a pattern here. We love 90’s RnB, whatofit? All the single ladies need to give Valentines Day the middle finger and go dance in the dark at this pitch-black, fully sober dance party where you can move the way you feel. Ladies, leave your man at home/fellas leave your girl with her friends ‘cos this is a No Lights No Lycra not to be missed!
Hot Dub Wine Machine | 17 February
Crack open the chardy because Hot Dub Wine Machine is coming back to the Valley to turn your February on its head. New venue, same deal—think spanning hills and grapevines, towering trees, a huge lake and that fresh country air, all with wine flowing, food a’cooking and tunes abound. If you missed the last edition, make it your business to get a ticket to this one because boy oh boy is it going to be a big one.
Sunset Wine Festival | 17 & 18 February
If sunset wines at the beach is your thing (isn’t it everyone's thing?) then you won’t want to miss this. The perfect place to unwind and let the week fall away, the Sunset Wine Festival is offering live music, wine, craft beer and cider, gourmet food and good ol’ sunset vibes. This is the place to really soak up those last few weeks of summer before you have to start wearing pants to work again.
Vino Vinyasa | 22 February
Yoga and wine might not always go together, but when they do you know we’ll be there. Pairing your favourite yogi poses with the wine of the month (we’re hoping for a dry white), Marg will take you through an all-levels practice at this class designed to put a smile on your dial.
Concrete Pot Workshop | 22 February
It’s fair to say that Scarborough’s proving itself to be a bit of a February hot spot. Join the Succulent Sistas at this workshop to learn how to make those urban/contemporary concrete pots that you always see for like $60 in boutiques. You’re making money! You can even enjoy a cheeky glass of wine as you put your green thumbs to work.
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Hot Dub Wine Machine | Image credit: Patrick Stevenson