February is absolutely our favourite month of the year—we’re still feeling pretty festive and the sun is continuing to shine strong, paving the way for a series of awesome things to fill our social calendars with from beachside markets to live music, film festivals, and concerts.
While this month may be shorter than the rest, you can still expect plenty of things to do, with the highly lauded Fringe World Festival and Perth Festival providing us with a year’s worth of comedy, culture and cabaret. Thanks to some help from our friends at Nando's, we've rounded up some of the hottest events in Perth this month. All that's left to do is pick your poison (or spice), whether it’s wholesome and mild or spicy and wild.
Harbour Sundays At Maritime Museum | Every Sunday In February
Head down to Fremantle from 4pm onwards every Sunday in February to enjoy free live music at Harbour Sundays, brought to you by RTRFM. There’s no better way to wrap up your weekend than with a lineup of great local artists including Lincoln Mackinnon, Fraeya, Dan Howls and Crucial Rockers. The view of the sunset from the Maritime Museum deck is also worth going for if you ask us.
Sunday Music At Fremantle Arts Centre | Every Sunday In February
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a chilled Sunday night out, head to the Fremantle Arts Centre Front Garden for their Sunday Music series throughout February. Dance along to the folk sounds of Western Australia’s own Steve Hensby Band, enjoy the thrilling live music performances of Harry James Angus, and vibe to the soulful sounds of Perth-raised singer-songwriter Pugsley Buzzard. Bring a picnic rug along and enjoy one of their woodfired pizzas (and a drink or two) from the bar.
Zoocoustics At Perth Zoo | Every Sunday in February
Grab your chairs, picnic rugs and your friends and family, and settle into the gardens of Perth Zoo every Sunday throughout February to enjoy Zoocoustics. The event will showcase some of Western Australia’s up-and-coming musicians, with a line-up including Jordy Maxwell, Valentine and Luke Fox. Bring a picnic basket if you like, or enjoy a pop-up bar complete with all the food you could ever want.
$11 WTF Ribs | Until 14 February
Prepare to drool over this hot deal, because every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nando’s are dishing up $11 WTF Ribs. Tuck into a quarter PERi-PERi chicken, four BBQ ribs and your choice of regular side, including garden salad, corn on the cob, spicy rice or Nando’s famous PERi-PERi chips. If you're still yearning for more, registered PERi-Perks members can get this delicious deal any day of the week. Meal prep can wait.
Fringe World Festival | 1—16 February
We’re now halfway through the awesome Fringe World Festival, but don’t worry, you still have time to get wowed by the many fantastic shows. Whether you want to laugh until your belly hurts at a comedy show, jam out to a musical performance, or catch an adults-only cabaret act, here are some of the best shows you can’t miss at this year’s festival.
Cott Film Fest at Cottesloe Civic Centre | 1—16 February
Now in its fourth year, enjoy some of this season’s best films, together with live music, great food and drinks, and breathtaking sunsets at the Cottesloe Civic Centre. The Cott Film Festival will be screening films on Friday and Saturday nights throughout February, including the Oscar-nominated Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as well as feature documentary The Australian Dream.
Missy Higgins, Meg Mac, Didirri & Coterie Live At Kings Park | 1 February
Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins is bringing her powerful voice to one of our favourite venues in town—Kings Park and Botanic Gardens for the second year in a row, joined by special guests Meg Mac, Didirri and Coterie. If you’re a fan of her charming, confident sound, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
Summer X Salt Markets | 1, 15 & 29 February
Load up on all of your sustainable and healthy lifestyle necessities at Trigg’s popular Summer x Salt Markets, where you can enjoy the beachside vibes, live music, and delicious healthy food trucks. Shop from a range of ocean-friendly products from local designers and join in on their goal to become a 100% single use plastic-free and waste-free event.
Sunset Wine & Brews At Jubilee Park City Beach | 7—9 February
Take in the views of the iconic Western Australian sunset from one of the best spots in town and enjoy the best of our local wine, craft beers, ciders, and spirits at Sunset Wine & Brews. Pair that with good food, good music, and of course, good company, and you have your new favourite summer pop-up festival. Enjoy the bevs at the event, and when you’re done, make sure you stock up for home.
Laneway Festival At Esplanade Park | 9 February
With a stellar lineup including the likes The 1975, Charli XCX, Tones & I and Ruel, we don’t really need to sell this year’s Laneway Festival to you. Rally your best mates and make sure you get your tickets soon as you won’t want to miss this summer’s hottest festival.
South West Craft Beer Festival | 15 February
Lovers of craft beers, rejoice. Grab your fellow beer enthusiasts and take a road trip down to Busselton for the day, where you’ll get to try some of the best brews the South West region has to offer. More than 120 different kinds will be showcased, including some one-off and limited edition beers—all in one place. And if beer isn’t quite your speed, a variety of refreshing local ciders and wines will also be available to quench your thirst. While you’re there, don’t forget to fill your belly up with the delicious variety of food trucks and sit back and enjoy the live entertainment. Event numbers are strictly limited, so be quick and pre-purchase your tickets.
Sculptures At Bathers Beach | 15—29 February
Now in its fourth year, over 80 sculptures and interactive artworks will be displayed right on the forefront of Bathers Beach in Fremantle, presenting the diversity of Western Australia’s finest sculptors. It’s a great opportunity to make a day out of it and head to the beach, take a walk along the sand to view the artwork, have a dip in the ocean, and of course, grab some fish and chips.
Perth Festival | 7—29 February
If all of February’s arts, music, and film events weren’t enough for you, the Perth Festival is back this month with a jam-packed calendar of things to do that you won’t want to miss. From the lineup of films showing at Lotterywest Films Pop-Up Cinema to free performances from some of Perth’s finest pianists at Chamber Music Weekend and thought-provoking discussion panels with renowned writers, you’ll definitely find something to your liking.
Queen & Adam Lambert At Optus Stadium | 23 February
For one night only, Queen & Adam Lambert will be taking over Perth’s Optus Stadium for The Rhapsody Tour, a giant, spectacular production that is sure to be a sellout night. It’s probably time to brush up on your Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics because, let’s be honest, you’re going to be singing along.
Kailis Fremantle X Island Market At Island Market Trigg | 27 February
Calling all seafood lovers—Kailis Fremantle and Island Market are bringing the culinary mash-up event of the month to the beach for one night only. The special menu, curated by Island Market’s Culinary Director David Coomer and Kailis Fremantle’s Head Chef Peter Manifis, will feature the freshest local seafood including chilled Manjimup marron, Albany rock oysters and peppered Swan River crab, plus a showcase of Western Australian wine pairings curated by sommelier Nina Throsby. This will be followed by a delectable dessert by renowned pastry chef Ella Saleeba. Make sure you book your tickets before they sell out because spots are super limited.
Is it getting hot in here? The Nando’s story started in Jo’Burg back in 1987, when mates Robbie and Fernando walked into a PERi-PERi chicken restaurant as customers and came out owners. That’s the power of PERi-PERi. Since then they’ve been obsessing over those flavours, so today their famous PERi-PERi marinades, bastings and sauces are made with Nando’s very own African Bird’s Eye Chillies grown in Southern Africa, plus a dash of lemon, garlic, onion and herbs. There’s a flavour for everyone on Nando’s PERi-ometer, ranging from BBQ all the way up to Extra Hot!
For everything else happening around Perth, turn the Nando's peri-ometer right up and check out our Things To Do section for a guaranteed good time.
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