Wondering what events to lock into your calendar? We've done the hard yards and combed through everything happening in Perth to help you find the best.
Editor's Picks: There's plenty of good stuff to chuck in your calendar this month, including this new all-you-can-eat wings night at Miss Chow's and the return of Core Cider's wintery celebration: Fire, Fable & Feast. Plus, looking forward we're keen for Lost And Found and their rum-filled speakeasy that requires a password to get in.
Here’s what’s on in Perth this week, this month and beyond.
What's On This Month In Perth
Sip Sip Sessions At Market Grounds
Perth | Saturdays in August
Make no mistake, Market Grounds knows how to throw a good party, especially one with bottomless booze. Now, they’re back with something special for the gin lovers with their latest run of Sip Sip Sessions dedicated to bespoke gin tonicas. The gourmet long lunch comes with two hours of craft gins paired with botanicals and fruity garnish combos for you to play with, plus, wines, beers and sparklings if you need to break up your gins. It’s on every Saturday in August from 1pm - 3pm so get the gang together and buy tickets now.
Jazz & Shiraz At Bark
Subiaco | Wednesdays
There’s no better way to beat those mid week blues (pun intended) than at Bark’s Jazz and Shiraz night every Wednesday from 7—9pm. This little cosy bar has plenty of snuggly corners where you can enjoy the music, and enjoy two glasses of vino alongside a big tasty Bark charcuterie board all for just $49. We also love their brimming supply of boardgames, ideal for keeping you busy on those stormy nights. It is a free event, but if you want to bring a bigger crew down, feel free to contact the team via their socials.
Countdown 10 Years of Bobèche’s Classic Cocktails
Perth | All Month
One of Perth’s coolest longest living favourite bars Bobèche has just hit double digits, and to celebrate, the fabulous team are bringing back some of their most popular cocktails and counting down the classics over the month to keep the party going. From their Absinthe Frappe to the Hot Buttered Rum with Fresh Truffle Cocktail, you’ll probably want to cancel any other plans for the evening so you can really settle in and test them all.
Around The World On Beaufort
Inglewood | Tuesdays
Starting this Tuesday, ‘Around the World on Beaufort’ is your three course culinary journey around Inglewood. For just $79pp, you’ll be guaranteed a dish and drink at progressive modern Indian restaurant Chakra, beloved local institution the Inglewood Hotel and an Italian delight at the fabulous Threecoins Italian Trattoria. The perfect antidote to boring midweek dinners, this event will be running every Tuesday throughout July and August but tickets are limited, so ensure to jump in before you miss out.
Bottomless Wing Nights At Miss Chows
Whitfords | Wednesdays from 10 August to 7 September
We all know you guys love a good bottomless dumpling feast from Miss Chow, but how about bottomless wings? When it comes in at just $35 each and includes all the chicken wings you can handle, cooked in three delish Asian-inspired ways (Sticky Spicy Korean, Cheesy Turmeric and Malaysian Rendang), plus fries to balance out your meal, we reckon it’s a no brainer. Just chuck on a $5 Colonial Small Ale if you’re feeling thirsty. Book in at their Whitfords location here.
All You Can Eat Tacos At Al Pastor
Fremantle | Wednesdays
It's cold out, so we'll take that as an excuse to go a little harder on all the carby tings than usual. Good thing Al Pastor at The Sunshine Harvestor Works in Freo is on the same page—they're slinging all-you-can-eat tacos every Wednesday with two margaritas (just enough to get you buzzed without ruining your Thursday morning) for $50. Not bad at all.
Market Grounds Bottomless Yum Cha
Perth | Every Wednesday
Market Grounds might not be the first joint that springs to mind when you're on the hunt for dumplings, but hear us out. Every Wednesday they're feeding your cravings, with two hours of endless dim sum. Just think: non-stop ginger pork and prawn dumplings, Szechuan salt and pepper squid and more wontons you could ever dream of for just $39 each. Oh and we should point out the chef comes from Emily Taylor (see below) so rest assured these dumplings are some of the best around.
Scarborough Sunset Markets Winter Edition
Scarborough | Saturdays
Winter in Perth just got a whole lot better—with the Scarborough Sunset Markets coming in hot with their new winter market series. Every Saturday evening from 3pm until 8pm, up to 50 food trucks and market stalls will wrap around the Scarborough Clocktower and stretch up the promenade. To really amp those cosy vibes up, their custom-made fire pits will be blazing all afternoon and yes, there’ll even be marshmallows for roasting. Plus, local DJs will be providing the hottest soundtrack for your ultimate wintery Saturday session.
Van Gogh Alive
Perth | Ends 7 August
We’re guessing you’ve seen snippets of Van Gogh Alive on your Insta feed. An immersive exhibition where Gogh’s seminal swirls, stars, sunflowers, snowflakes, and moonshine drift and dance across walls, just as you imagine the painter would have seen them in his own day. The super-hyped exhibition has been shown in 50 different cities around the world to some six million people (that’s a lot of Insta feeds). It must close in Perth on 7 August, so pick up final tickets here.
Langly Park | All Month
The Circus has just landed in town, so rally the girls and guys and strap yourself in for one helluva show featuring high-flying aerialists, BMX bandits, clowns, whip crackers and much much more.
Artisans Of The Republic
Fremantle | July to October
After a sell-out series of delectable dinners paired with crushable and creative cocktails, Artisans Of The Republic is back for another run of indulgent produce-focussed evenings. Settle in at Freo's fave distillery for a celebration of unique WA flavours over four four-course dinners taking place from this July to October, each showcasing a different local artisan. This year's lineup includes Fins Seafood, Offshoot Coffee, The Mushroom Guys and Dirty Clean Food, who together with award-winning head Chef Emily Jones will serve up an unforgettable feast accompanied by paired drinks carefully crafted by Republic's rockstar bar team. We scored a seat to one of last year's dinners and it was hands down one of the food highlights of the year, so we suggest you grab tickets here—they won't last long!
Servo x Republic of Fremantle Gin Din Masterclasses
Leederville | 4 August, 15 September and 20 October
Two of our fave boozy joints are banding together, with Servo Leederville hosting a monthly gin blending masterclass including cocktails, dinner and your very own personalised bottle of gin to take home all for $120pp. With the first class kicking off Thursday 4 August, we suggest you get in ASAP, or book ahead for their 15th September or 20th October events here.
Core Cider's Fire, Fable & Feast
Perth Hills | 13 August
It's no secret that we are a bit obsessed with the Perth Hills and all they have to offer, so we were just a teensy bit excited when we heard about a bonfire and mulled cider festival popping up this winter. Brought to us by the legends at Core Cider House, Fire, Fable & Feast is hitting the hills on Saturday 13 August, so mark that day in your calendars right now, we'll wait. Along with toasty mulled cider and an orchard bonfire, there'll be hearty eats, a live band, fire twirlers and dancers to get you celebrating yet another successful harvest.
The event is based on the old pagan practice of casting away evil (called Wassail) and festival-goers are encouraged to dress in their best medieval garb and dance around the bonfire while banging pots and pans. Sounds fun to us, but if you'd prefer to stay cosy in the Old Apple Shed where the food is we won't judge.
Disney's Frozen The Musical
Burswood | August
Warm up your vocal chords, musical lovers, because Frozen The Broadway Musical is coming to Crown Theatre this August, and you are going to want to sing along at the top of your lungs. Yep, the incredible stage version of the iconic Disney movie is coming our way, after seasons in both Sydney and Melbourne. You could try protesting that you’re way too old to be catching a Disney musical, but we know that secretly you know every word to ‘Let It Go’ and harbour fantasies of living in an ice castle. Whether you’re six or 36, this production from the producers of Aladdin, The Lion King and Mary Poppins is bound to be a magical experience—there’s a reason it was the highest grossing new musical of its Broadway season in its first year on Broadway.
Fine And Dandy Truffle Lunch At Dandelion
Karrinyup | 13 August
Yet to get in on this season’s beautiful truffles? Take a look at Dandelion’s Fine And Dandy Truffle Lunch on Saturday 13 August. It’s absolute extravagance from start to finish, with Manjimup’s finest truffles on show throughout. However, unlike most truffle menus that are heavy on the classical European vibes, Executive chef Chase Weber’s takes a Southeast Asian spin that is opulent, refined and perfectly suited to Dandelion Spirits delish gin and vodka. Get final tickets here.
Karrinyup Wine Mixer
Karrinyup | 19 August
In a raucous celebration of wine, food and music, new and beloved kids on the block, Good Company are turning up the volume and hosting their inaugural Karrinyup Wine Mixer. For one night only on Friday, August 19, Good Company will play host to a four-hour wine and pasta-filled party with flowing vino from Paul Nelson’s stable of wines as the centrepiece of the evening. Roaming canapes will be flanked by an on-demand oyster shucking station, and a rotating Tuscan pasta station, structured by three pre-reserved seating times for guests to choose from, will provide a unique long table experience. Sound like the ideal way to heat up a Friday night? Make sure you nab a ticket now, as the vibes around this inaugural event are already high and attendance is limited.
Claremont | 19-20 August
Beer aficionados, listen up. Froth Town is making its return to Claremont Showground this August, and with COVID restrictions out of the way, the brilliant two-day brew fest is bigger and better than ever.
What's changed? Aside from there being more brews than ever, including some exclusive frothies just for the fest, the iconic IPA Glass you get with every ticket will be back, so you can add that to your home bar collection. But most exciting, this year sees the return of live music! And they've gone and lined up an ACDC Tribute Band and Daryl Braithwaite himself to really bring the good time vibes.
If you were among the thousands of punters that sipped your way through last year’s festival, you’ll be familiar with all the other good stuff returning. A diverse selection of bevvies from over 75 breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries, next-level food truck eats, carnival games and hilarious entertainment such as sumo wrestling, giant beer pong and even a dad bod wet t-shirt competition. Tickets are on sale now.
State Of Social
Burswood | 23-24 August
Whether you're working in the marketing industry or trying to carve out a successful freelance gig or side hustle, keeping on top of the changing social media and digital trends is kinda non-negotiable these days. Thankfully, State Of Social is making it a whole lot easier to get ahead of the game. The 2-day conference dives deep into all things digital marketing, with inspiring keynotes, intensive breakout sessions and hands-on workshops that will break open the latest trends and set you up with the skills and smarts needed to navigate whatever’s thrown your way. Scope out the program and sort out tickets before last-minute pricing kicks in. They’ve even got a very handy cheat sheet on how to convince your boss to foot the bill if you’re worried about spending at the moment.
Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River | 23-28 August
Hosted for five days in Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River from August 23 to 28, CinefestOZ is a jam-packed program that celebrates great film, food and wine, with multiple parties and events including red carpet feature film premieres and the glittering Gala Night. Safe to say this is one festival you do not want to miss.
Henry Summer’s Winter Wine Soiree
Northbridge | 27 August
The frosty air and non-stop rain can be a little depressing, but one silver lining to come out of winter has to be the joy of curling up with a good red. For those serious about the stuff, you’ll wanna mark 27 August in your calendar. Henry Summer’s famous Winter Wine Down is back in force, with unlimited tastings of purple graped goodness from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and more pouring from 2pm alongside garden DJs and pop-up eats like gnocchi, New York pizza and French crepes. Rally the crew and get tickets before they sell out again.
Lost And Found
Bunbury and Geographe Region | September
Lost And Found is a 4-day spring food and wine fest set across some of the best venues and unique locations in Bunbury, Dardanup, Donnybrook and the Ferguson Valley. Brought to us by the same legends behind Cabin Fever, this year's program is chock-a-block full of awesome foodie events and epic entertainment to get lost in, from spice-filled cooking classes, after-hours wine tastings and rosé paired long lunches to live comedy, musical hoedowns and beer-filled tropical parties. So trust us, you're guaranteed to have a good time.
Out top pick? It changes often. But right now we're eyeing off The Rum Cellar—a pop-up speakeasy at Caprum Distillery that requires a password and dapper 1920s fit to get in. Nail the secret password and you'll be let into the distillery's 1920s-style prohibition cellar for the night where rum and gin cocktails, roving canapés and a roaring twenties jazz trio oughta get you into the swing of things.
Joondalup | 25 September
Festivals are back baby! As Australia's leading dance fest, Listen Out well and truly has your post-COVID boog covered. This year's lineup features first ever Australian shows for Young Thug, Polo G, Central Cee, 24kGoldn, Louis The Child, Doechii, LP Giobbi and Nia Archives, plus favourites Disclosure and Tove Lo, as well as Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo’s Anti Up live show world premiere, and so much more. Grab tickets and get hyped for the summer festivals to come.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Burswood | February 2023
Arguably Luhrmann’s magnum opus, the 2001 Moulin Rouge film follows a group of bohemians doing their best to keep a stage show alive. The ten-time Tony Award-winning theatre adaptation follows the same story, except with a heap more music, dancing, glitz and glamour. It's due to land at Perth's Crown Theatre next Feb. Until then, head over to the official Moulin Rouge! website and sign up to their subscriber list for early ticket access, or hold out until Thursday 28 July for general release. If you're keen to snap up one of the 'can-can' table seats and completely immerse yourself in the action, we suggest you get signed up for presale—there's only a small number available for each show.
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Image credit: Supplied, Elle Borgward, Cuprum Distillery, Moulin Rouge