March is almost here, folks, and boy are things looking good. While March technically resembles the end of summer, it’s bookended by two long weekends and revolves entirely around food, so we forgive it tenfold. With Good Food Month and Eat Drink Perth cooking up an absolute storm for the month of March in Perth, we’ve got everything from food festivals and fancy dinners to lunch deals and masterclasses on offer. It’s a program full of mouth-watering goodness, people, and we’ve got the round up.
If you’d like something on the side, there’s also a whole bunch of music festivals, markets, beach parties and cinematic experiences to check out - perhaps after a delicious meal courtesy of aforementioned legends. Get your diaries and credit cards at the ready: here are 35 amazing things to do in Perth in March.
Good Food Month
Night Noodle Markets at Elizabeth Quay | 16—25 March
The place where dreams come true, the Night Noodle Markets are back at Lizzy Quay this year so you can officially start making room in your stomachs for all the noodles and dumplings you’re going to eat. Also, it looks like there’ll be some new additions this year in the way of poke bowls and Korean chicken puffles—which appear to be waffles either made of or filled with cheese—TBC! Either way, go, eat your heart out, and don’t forget to get adventurous with dessert. Then roll home.
The Beautiful Dinner at Post | 22 March
Instagram and Pinterest lovers: this is for you. Bringing your mood boards to life are the guys from the State Buildings at The Beautiful Dinner, a three-course, beer-paired dinner set amongst a sea of stunning florals. Get the gals together and your iPhone Plus’s at the ready!
Pasta Battle at Post | 23 March
Who doesn’t love a good chef rivalry? For that matter, who doesn’t love pasta? If you said ‘no one!’ to both those questions, buy a ticket to this right now. Watch (and dine!) as chefs from Post and Melbourne’s Tipo 00 battle it out to prove who’s Nonna taught them best at this Pasta Battle.
Eat Drink Perth
Let’s Do Lunch | Throughout March
Perth and Northbridge
To summarise: lunch is your new favourite meal. There are too many special events and deals to even try to list, but some of the best include $15 lunches at Stables Bar ($20 with a drink!), $40 three course meal Sundays at newest fav Market Grounds, and $50 three course lunches at the illustrious Balthazar. For something a bit more casual, try $20 Burger + Beer at Hummus Club every Friday and Saturday lunch, a $20 Bob’s Box for lunch at Bob’s Bar Monday to Friday or head to Prince Lane to try their Pimento Cheese extravaganza.
Night Caps | Throughout March
For the month of March only, your absolute favourite gelateria, Chicho Gelato, is bringing you the ultimate night cap: the Aperol Spritz Granita! The granita is a Sicilian invention, perfectly refreshing on a hot summer’s day… kind of like the ones we have right here in Perth. Thanks to Chicho, you can now get your granita combined with your favourite aperitif cocktail!
Masterclasses | Throughout March
Who doesn’t love learning something new? Especially if it’s in relation to anything edible, we’ll be there. Eat Drink Perth is seeing some corker masterclasses on offer, including a Hansel & Gretel Cocktail Class at Wolf Lane, a beehive, honey extraction and tasting class called Meet The Beek, and a (very much needed) How To Buy Wine Workshop from the crew at State Buildings.
Biv Cha at Bivouac | 4 March
Bringing you the tastiest of Sunday traditions with a bit of a twist are the crew at Bivouac, with Biv Cha. The menu features their take on yum cha classics like egg tarts and soft shell crabs, with some of the most adventurous yum cha items like chicken feet also being undertaken. Also: bubble tea cocktails. Done.
Battle of the BBQ’s II | 17 March
Street food State Buildings style. Battle of the BBQ’s features a top secret menu, the Long Chim courtyard, and BBQ snacks starting from $10! Petition Kitchen’s Jesse Blake won over Long Chim’s Lucas Fernandes last year, so you know the heat will be on in this delicious follow up battle.
The Ultimate Perth Craft Beer Tour | 17 March
A five-stop degustation designed by a coupla’ beer nerds, this is a roaming beer tasting with carefully matched food at each venue to boot, with a side of educational chit chat about beer styles, history and the brewing process.
Long Table Beer Lunch at Mayfair Lane | 21 March
Hang out on Mayfair Lane’s beautiful balcony at this Long Table Lunch, enjoying beers from Hoegaarden alongside a menu from the Head Chef designed to match the beers perfectly.
Beer Degustation at Northbridge Brewing Co. | 22 March
Things definitely seem to be favouring the ‘Drink’ side of Eat Drink Perth, but we’re fine with it. Another beer degustation, this one from Northbridge Brewing Co., set in the heart of Northbridge at Northbridge Piazza. Their own brews, their own menu, made all for you.
237km To Point Zero Beergustation at Petition Beer Corner | 25 March
Aaaand we’re officially beer’d out by the end of March (as if that’s possible) with the final ‘Beergustation’ on Eat Drink Perth’s Menu—this one at Petition Beer Corner! It’s featuring Rocky Ridge beers which are made from 100% hand-grown ingredients, brewed on site by the Rocky ridge fam. Tastes good feels good! P.S. Petition Head Chef Jesse Blake is doing the food, so you’re in for a treat!
All The Rest
Sunday Music at Fremantle Arts Centre | Every Sunday in March
Catch live music in the gardens and courtyards of Fremantle Arts Centre for one more month at Sunday Music! The perfect place to unwind and see both local and international artists, Sunday Music is on every Sunday until the end of March.
Hoodburger Test Kitchen at Tiger Bao | Every Monday & Tuesday in March
World-class chefs at the State Buildings aren’t the only people getting experimental in the kitchen this month: our favs at Tiger Bao are also looking to please with their Hoodburger Test Kitchen happening two nights a week in anticipation of finding a permanent space for what they hope to be the best burgers ever! If you’ve ever eaten one of their delicious baos or tried the cheeseburger in bao bun, you know they’re onto something special. So get down and give out your best (constructive) feedback!
Endless Tapas & Live Jazz at Laneway Lounge | Every Wednesday in March
If you’re not sold just by the name, what’s wrong with you?! Break your week up with endless, as in un-ending, amounts of tapas, a signature cocktail and the sweet sounds of jazz, at this weekly event in the luxe surrounds of The Laneway Lounge.
Twilight Hawkers Market at Forest Place | Every Friday in March
We love the Twilight Hawkers Market for bringing vibrancy back into Perth City late night trading! And, we also love it for the delicious eats, obviously. You’ve only got one month left to try food from every single stall there is so you better get down there!
BYO at Fremantle Markets | Every Friday in March
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: the Fremantle Markets now hosts BYO events every Friday night! That means you can enjoy all your favourite market eats and live music, accompanied by the delicious taste of reasonably priced, store-purchased alcohol.
Sculptures by the Sea | 2—19 March
You know Sculptures by the Sea is imminent when you there’s more trucks and tradies in Cottesloe than there are Land Cruisers and beachcombers. There’s nothing like catching a sunset while wandering through this incredible public exhibition down on Cottesloe Beach. But if you really wanna get a ‘private’ viewing, go at sunrise, before the crowds!
Cider & Pork Festival at Elizabeth Quay | 2—4 March
This book, you can pretty much judge by its cover. The Cider & Pork Festival is indeed, a massive festival that showcases a whole bunch of local and interstate cideries and all of Perth’s most delicious, most succulent pork-loving eateries. What better way to enjoy the sunshine down at Lizzy Quay than stuffed full of delicious pork?
Hyde Park Fair | 3, 4 & 5 March
The Hyde Park Fair has been a community institution for more than fifty years now, and it just keeps getting better! For those who’ve never been, the day is a fun-filled market fair that takes place under among shady foliage of Hyde Park, offering up plenty of live music, entertainment, food stalls, workshops and even - if you’re up for it - sideshow rides.
Castaway at Hotel Rottnest | 4 March
Who doesn’t love a good day of frivolity on The Rock? Washing up at Hotel Rottnest for Castaway are some of our favourite Aussie acts, San Cisco, The Preatures and Allday—so you know you’re gonna’ wanna’ be there too. Plus, it’s a long weekend so you can make a whole thing of it and get some time in taking selfies with quokkas and jumping off rocks.
Din Daa Daa: Sunday Mojito Party at Late Night Valentine | 4 March
Also taking advantage of the long weekend are the peeps at Din Daa Daa, who are putting on no less than Mojito Party (yum), featuring mojito specials all day and night (oh, and some DJ’s and stuff). Enjoy a Sunday afternoon full of mint and rum in Late Night Vals’ Amphitheatre!
Twilight Markets at Perth City Farm | 7 & 21 March
The only thing you need to know about this market is that, wait for it: you can bring your pooch. Yep, you hear me! A canine-catering Twilight Market down at Perth City Farm and you’ve got two dates to choose from! Get your organic, vegan and vegetarian fix and enjoy stalls from local artisans accompanied by your beloved doggo.
UN International Women’s Day Breakfast | 8 March
Another reason to hail March: it plays host to International Women’s Day. Join some inspirational women and the UN for their annual IWD Breakfast, an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the economic, political and social achievements of women, and to unite for the path ahead.
Seasons: Ascot Racecourse | 11 March
Day Drinkers, assemble! Seasons has already taken over Leederville, stolen the Ice Cream Factory and taken Elizabeth Quay. Now it’s back, at it’s biggest venue yet—the Ascot Racecourse. Read: silent discos, multiple stages… Frosé bars. Need we say more?
The Big Lebowski Outdoor Immersive Cinema at Luna Outdoor Cinema | 11 March
We aren’t sure exactly what a ‘Big Lebowski Immersive’ is going to look like, but we’re sure it’s going to be pretty unapologetic. There’s gonna’ be pre-screening entertainment, White Russians flowing all night and a costume competition! Collect your goodie-bag at the door and play along throughout, this is no place to be shy. Enjoy!
Ocean Film Festival at Heath Ledger Theatre | 13, 14, 15 & 16 March
If you’re an ocean lover, you can’t miss the Ocean Film Festival, and with four Perth dates, you don’t really have an excuse to either. Each year the festival features around two hours of watery goodness featuring an array of films about everything from free diving and underwater photography to adventure sailing, kayaking and surfing. This year’s line up includes an ocean row from Namibia to Brazil, a London man with a self-restored 44ft yacht, a free diver on our very own Turquoise Coast and one called Fishpeople, which seems quite self-explanatory.
RTRFM’s Neon Picnic at Hyde Park | 17 March
Make the most of March sunshine by spending the day in the sun at RTRFM’s Neon Picnic, where you can hang out with presenters playing their favourite tunes and delivering their shows live and direct. Yep, live music, licensed bar, the chance to support community radio… this event’s got it all!
Pilerats Presents PoolRats at Esplanade Fremantle | 17 March
Finally putting their name to good use, Pilerats are throwing a PoolRats party and it’s gonna be big. It’s happening at the Poolside Bar at Esplanade Fremantle, featuring some of your fave local and international DJ names. Better get your best trunks ready.
Corsini Collection Long Table at the Art Gallery of Western Australia | 17 March
For any art lovers out there, this Long Table Degustation Dinner in celebration of the Corsini Collection is not to be missed. Hear all about the Corsini Family and their incredible collection, during an after-hours, exclusive viewing of the exhibition! To top it off, you’ll also get to savour delicious wines and an Italian-inspired meal throughout the night. Amazing!
Great Southern Wine Dinner at State Buildings Postal Hall | 21 March
This one’s going to be really special, folks. The grandeur of the State Buildings Postal Hall sets the scene for a Great Southern Wine Dinner, a three-course dinner showcasing the exceptional produce of our Great Southern region from Post Head Chef Kim Brennan, with paired wines from acclaimed Great Southern producers.
The White Party at KU DE TA | 24 March
Finally, Bali’s infamous White Party has made it to Perth KU DE TA. Style up your finest white with a touch of futuristic flair—the theme is ‘Trippin The Light Fantastic’, after all—and get ready for a party. You can hang out on the deck with canapés, sit down for a long table dinner, or go real fancy and get the full Ku Dining experience, complete with matched wine. And no, beige isn’t white,
WAAPA In The Park | 24 March
If you’ve never been to see WAAPA in the Park, you’ve gotta go! Relax under the stars and live vicariously through talented student musicians whom you’ll leave wishing you could be half as talented as. Expect old and new jazz, funk, soul and pop as well as to be extremely impressed and inspired. Apologise to those you live with for us because you will be busting pipes in the shower afterwards and we don’t mean the metal kind.
Sets on the Beach Summer Send-Off at Port Beach | 24 March
While we don’t enjoy their blasé sending off of summer even though it’s only March—summer lasts until at least April in Perth guys—we are partial to a good beach party. So join the crew from Sets on the Beach down at Port Beach to—we’re not saying it—you know, have a good time. Crooked Colours will be there too!
Perth Up-Market at Winthrop Hall | 25 March
Head here to grab all your favourite bits and pieces—from artwork and clothing, to ceramics and candles, to gourmet preserves and home-made chutneys, the Perth Up-Market has got it all. The market brings together hundreds of talented creatives on a quarterly basis to bring we Perthlings the finest quality local products! How good?
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Image credit: Clyde Yee at Sculptures by the Sea