While there’s a bit of sunshine forecast this weekend, it’s our last official dose of winter before clocking over into spring. In true winter-wonderful form, our fair city is chucking a gigantic food and wine festival that runs all weekend.
If you're still recovering from last Saturday, we've also got markets and live music, art exhibitions and comedy. You’ve got one last chance to make the most of winter, so throw this baby straight in the group chat. Here are 18 things to do this weekend in Perth.
The Truffle Experience At Odyssea | Thursday & Friday
For lovers of the famous black truffle, this might be your last chances to fill up this season. The Truffle Experience is a four-course set menu from the Odyssea kitchen, featuring Manjimup’s finest. Read: Shark Bay prawn, pea, kale and truffle risotto and a chocolate truffle dessert.
Jordy Hewitt Studio Sale At Heathcote Cultural Precinct | Saturday & Sunday
If you want to get your hands on some original artwork this weekend, we’ve got just the ticket. Head to amazing local artist Jordy Hewitt’s Studio Sale to browse through framed and unframed works and go home with an absolute masterpiece.
Aladdin The Musical At Crown Theatre | Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Bring a little bit of magic to your weekend with Aladdin the Musical, which kicked off in Perth last month and is pretty damn genie-us. It’s everyone’s favourite Disney story of classic comedy and timeless romance, brought to life on-stage by a star-studded cast. It’s on almost all weekend, so you’ve got no excuse.
Six In The City & Live Laughs At Perth Comedy Lounge | Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Need a good dose of comedy to get you through the end of winter? On Thursday, Friday and Saturday this weekend, the line-up at Perth Comedy Lounge includes comedic happy hour Six in the City, a fast-paced show that warms you up for Live Laughs, a hand-picked selection of the best local, interstate and international comedic talent going around. Go on, stay for both, and then stay extra late on Saturday for The Late Show, which brings the big names on a hot ticket.
Perth Good Food & Wine Show At Perth Convention Centre | Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Sample from literally hundreds of local and international exhibitors at the Good Food & Wine Show, happening across three massive days this August. There’ll be some cracking food on show, plus live recipe demonstrations, masterclasses and wine tastings.
Bibbullmun Bardi At State Library Of Western Australia | Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Get a glimpse into the Aboriginal design that has shaped Western Australia’s history at Bibbullmun Bardi, a showcase of historic and contemporary Aboriginal designers and artists. The exhibit will be on show in The Nook for the rest of the month. Definitely an eye-opener.
Thursday 23 August
Chef’s Adventure Through Asia At The Standard
What happens when The Standard’s Chef Chase Weber takes a trip through Hong Kong, Macau, Ho Chi Min City, Siam Riep, Bangkok and Indonesia? Er, he comes back and puts on a flippin’ incredible dinner for you all, that’s what. Cancel your plans tonight, because this long-table style feast with wines matched from South by South West is one you don't want to miss.
Friday 24 August
Twilight Market At Yagan Square
The crew from Perth Makers Market are setting up shop at Yagan Square to put on a series of Twilight Markets this weekend. Kicking things off in August, there’ll be a curated mix of artisan stallholders for you to browse, not to mention food from all of the surrounding businesses.
KOPANO’S Party For One At The Bird
Head on down to The Bird tomorrow night to catch some of Perth’s finest ladies up on stage at Party For One, a showcase of female soloists led by Kopano. Joining this magical queen on the line-up are Sakidasumi, Jamilla and Hyclass, all of whom (if you’ve never had the pleasure) bring the very best of vibes.
Saturday 25 August
Art Upmarket At Winthrop Hall
The legends from Upmarket are throwing a very special Art Upmarket this weekend that’s all about connecting art lovers and local artists. Bringing together more than 50 of Perth’s most talented artists, this is the perfect place to nab yourself some unique pieces for home and stock up on presents for the rest of the year.
Noah Dillon ‘You Did It To Yourself’ Single Launch At The Bird
One of Perth’s most talented up and coming artists, Noah Dillon, is launching the first single from his debut album, and he wants you to come celebrate at this single launch party. It sounds pretty damn good, so we’d recommend locking yourself in—for just 10 bucks on the door, it’d be rude not to.
Sunday 26 August
Vegan & Vinyl At Rhubarb Records Cafe
Music-loving vegans, assemble! Vegan & Vinyl is a collab from heroes Rhubarb Records and Roark & Co, who are basically experts in bringing people together around good music and good (vegan) grub. The feast itself will be an MYO Tex-Mex affair—chilli, BBQ jackfruit, guac and nacho cheese all provided. Grab a ticket pronto.
Old Perth Road Markets
These cruisy markets are what Sunday mornings are made of. With a bunch of dedicated stallholders who come year-round, others who are seasonal, and some who pop-up every now and then to surprise you, the Old Perth Road Markets are the place to grab all those things you didn’t know you needed. Think beeswax wraps, pet treats, and eco cleaning products, plus a bunch of food and treats, produce and artisanal goods.
Hanging Yum Cha At Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
Eight-course Yum Cha brunch and interactive cocktail teapot service, anyone? If indulging in delicious, fresh yum cha dishes and topping up your cocktail tea from your very own hanging teapots isn’t a way to spend your Sunday, we don’t know what is.
La Famiglia Lunch At Post
Spend your Sunday arvo indulging over this delicious, rustic Italian-inspired lunch at Post—designed to share among the fam, of course. On the menu? Char-grilled spatchcock chicken and Panzanella with heirloom tomatoes, or market fish in salsa verde, fennel and lemon with parmesan and rosemary chips.
Champagne Sundays At Bistro Guillame
Send your weekend out with a bang by spending your Sunday arvo’ sipping Champagne out at Crown. That’s right, Champagne Sundays is now a thing, so you can live like an A-Lister every weekend. Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch with flowing champers, all while soaking up the river views from Bistro Guillame.
Sunday Favourites At Odyssea
All your prayers have been answered: Odyssea are bringing back all your fave’ menu items for Sunday Favourites, and you can hit it up this weekend. Get there to enjoy epic fish tacos, crispy pork belly and lamb gnocchi. What better way to wind down your weekend than with a full belly and salty air?
Local & Vocal At Petition Beer Corner
The State Buildings are reinvigorating CBD weekend vibes with this perfect Sunday sesh, featuring local musicians from across Perth. With craft beers from $7.50, you can make an afternoon of it.
Image credit: Elle Borgward