As we come into April, it’s pretty darn hard to believe how quickly this year’s going already. But the cooler weather and autumn vibes bring a whole host of comforts, like indulgent foodie events, art exhibitions and festivals full of culture.
The State Makers Festival is still going throughout April, meaning there’s no shortage of food to be eaten or workshops to be attended at the beautiful State Buildings. The Perth Comedy Festival is in town, not to mention two rural festivals (road trip!) later in the month. Beyond that, there’s a very fair share of street and block parties, ocean side events and late night boogies to be enjoyed. So get in the group chat or on the phone with your numero uno, here are thirty incredible things to do in Perth this April.
State Makers Festival At The State Buildings | 1 April—22 April
A very aptly named festival, State Makers is all about celebrating the home-grown, hard-working, passionate talent that fills the restaurants and bars and nooks and crannies of the iconic State Buildings. It’s a glimpse into the experiences, flavours and stories that make the State Buildings all that they are, through a bunch of unique events happening almost every day throughout April. We’ve picked a few highlights, but check the whole program and be prepared to salivate.
Thai Eats & DJ Beats At Long Chim | Every Friday in April
The Long Chim courtyard will come alive every Friday with Thai Eats & DJ Beats. It’s pretty self-explanatory—delicious Thai street snacks and unique cocktails will be passed around and DJs will bring an eclectic mix of beats. Think chilled electronica meets hip hop and R ’n’ B, with a few classics thrown in for good measure.
Sunday Brunch at Petition | Every Sunday in April
We all know how lazy Sundays get around this time of year. So let lazy Sunday mornings turn into slow Sunday afternoons with Sunday Brunch at Petition. With the best of breakfast served ’til 3pm and lunch favourites rolled out from 12, this is the kind of brunch where bloody marys and brekky cocktails are highly encouraged. Think baked slow eggs with ham hock, house crumpets with rhubarb and strawberry, or maybe charred cauliflower mornay with chive, smoked brioche and salted egg. The stomach rumbles!
Local and Vocal at Petition Beer Corner | Every Sunday in April
The State Buildings are reinvigorating the city centre’s 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.
La Famiglia Lunch at Post | 1, 8, 15 & 22 April
Spend your Sundays indulging over this delicious, rustic Italian-inspired lunch at Post—designed to share among the fam, of course. Think char grilled spatchcock chicken and panzanella with heirloom tomatoes, or market fish in salsa verde, fennel and lemon with parmesan and rosemary chips!
Gins and Tins at Long Chim | 1, 8, 15 & 22 April
Sundays at Long Chim are looking pretty damn delicious with their signature Maa Long Chim recipe available for $50! But the real main event here is the shiny tins and the delicious gins that the bar will be slinging out until late—PSA: there’s nothing over $12. Let’s pray for Chiang Mai sausage on the menu!
Tea Blending Workshop at Teassential | 8 & 15 April
Creating a good tea blend is a combination of art and science. Learn the tricks of the trade at this workshop—you’ll leave with a new appreciation for this herbal delight, not to mention your very own signature infusion to savour at home. The perfect autumn activity!
Sommelier’s Cellar Dinner at Wildflower | 17 April
This incredible one-off opportunity to taste the sommelier’s cellar picks is one that doesn’t come around often. Here, a five-course menu designed by Wildflower’s Executive Chef Jed Gerrard accompanies eight featured wines from some of the world’s most renowned producers.
Thai Gin Smash at Long Chim | 21 April
Gin ambassadors from Tanqueray, Hendricks, Sipsmith and Bombay Sapphire will battle it out in this war of botanicals, banter and brand knowledge. Guests get tasters of every cocktail made, plus free flowing house wines, beers and Thai street snacks! Yum!
BYO at Fremantle Market | Every Friday in April
As if you needed another reminder, the Fremantle Markets are home to 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.
Harmony Art Collective Exhibition | 1 April—27 April
The Harmony Art Collective is part of a nationwide initiative uniting disadvantaged young people through art. This year’s event features four Australian artists known for incredible urban artworks, including everything from street stencilling to murals and illustration, who’ll be travelling Aus to run workshops where young people can come together to create artworks that reflect their experiences and cultural identities and promote social cohesion.
Twilight Hawkers Market at Perth City Farm | 4 & 18 April
Head to Perth City Farm for their Twilight Hawkers Market, which ticks almost every box on our list of favourite things! Delicious, healthy, locally made eats, arts and crafts, hand-produced goods and doggo friendly vibes. You’ve only got two chances left to check it out for this season!
Revealed Exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre | 7 April—30 April
Featuring work by more than 80 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists across Australia, Revealed showcases the vibrance and diversity of contemporary Aboriginal art. With artworks from across disciplines including painting, print, carving, photography, textiles, weaving and video (plus a bunch more!) this exhibition presents the work of artists from remote areas and communities as well as metropolitan centres. Plus, they’re all for sale!
Frank Enstein at Health Ledger Theatre | 11—15 April
This brand new iteration of Frank Enstein has delivered sold out shows all over the joint, and now they’re back in Perth with their hilarious and extremely physical show that follows lonely Frank, who wants to make all his imaginary friends real. This is an incredible dance-theatre show that will light up the beautiful Heath Ledger Theatre and shouldn’t be missed.
Perth Comedy Festival | 23—30 April
Still feeling a bit down about summer being over? The Perth Comedy Festival is sure to cheer you up! There’s a bunch of local talent on the lineup plus some hilarious shows from other parts of the country and globe, too! From stand-up to sketch, satire, improv and musical theatre type comedy, the festival has something for you all.
Unearthed Festival | 26—30 April
Designed to showcase the beauty of the Southern forests, Unearthed Festival presents a series of open gates, open studios and events that focus on food and wine, art and heritage and adventure. It’s the festival to check out if you want to get off the beaten track and meet some locals in their homes or at their labours. There’s photography exhibits, banquet breakfasts, cheese making workshops, farm tours and meet the wine maker events, just to name a few!
Subiaco Street Party | 7 April
Delicious eats from all over the globe, multiple live performance stages and roving entertainment combine for the Subiaco Street Party, which’ll shut down Rokeby Road for your enjoyment. Think food trucks, pop up bars and market stalls lining the streets to the sound of Randa and the Soul Kingdom! Plus, at the Global Village you’ll find Mexican mariachis, Latin party bands, Bollywood dancing and Japanese drumming.
Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market | 7 April
Art lovers, this is the place to get your hands on original artworks from the country’s best new and emerging Aboriginal artists directly from the artists themselves. They’ve got everything from ceramics and artefacts to textiles and woven items, plus paintings, jewellery and more all set among the Freo Arts Centre’s beautiful Front Garden.
Secrets in the Garden at Belvoir Ampitheatre | 8 April
Women of Perth, head here for inspiring keynote speakers, workshops, healthy-living demonstrations and beautiful pampering. This is a perfect opportunity to remember to put yourself first, to indulge, grow and learn.
By the C ft. Bernard Fanning & Missy Higgins | 8 April
Catch Bernard Fanning and Missy Higgins at one of Perth’s most iconic locations; right on the sand at Cottesloe Beach; thanks to By The C. This event kicked off last year and boy are we glad to see it return!
Bentley Polo in the Valley | 8 April
If you’re looking for an excuse to be fancy AF this month, the Polo is it! Go for one of the first class hospitality options like the G.H. Mumm Champagne VIP Marquee, shared or private marquees or Picnic Bays! If you don’t know or understand the game of polo, make sure you brush up before the day rolls around.
Long Table Lunch at Claremont Showground | 8 April
Put your hard earned dosh to some good use this month by attending this Long Table Lunch in the name of Breast Cancer fund raising! With a five-course lunch menu designed by top WA Chefs and free flowing wines, everyone wins!
One Day Sundays at Embargo Container Bar | 8 April
One Day Sundays will be lighting up your favourite riverside venue, Embargo Container Bar, for yet another open-air block party featuring a pretty rad line-up of DJs! We’re sure you’re all familiar with this outdoor hip hop party by now, so the only thing left to tell you is that tickets for the last event sold out in less than a week so you better be on it.
Club Med at Fremantle Navy Club | 8 April
Not for the faint heated, Club Med is a Sunday party self-proclaiming to be the ‘antidote to civilisation’. Better get Monday off.
Seasons Closer at Edwards Park | 14 April
Day Drinkers, assemble! Seasons has already taken over Leederville, stolen the Ice Cream Factory, smashed Elizabeth Quay and aced Ascot Racecourse. Now it’s back with a custom pop-up venue set among the tall trees and tranquil lakes of Edwards Park, ready to turn your weekend on its head.
Drop Festival at 3 Oceans Winery | 14 April
Head south to break the month up and join Safia, Dune Rats and San Cisco at Drop Festival, a new music festival designed to follow the world’s best surfing around the country. Running alongside the Margaret River Pro, this festy brings together the very best of its surrounds with local food and drink vendors and community ocean lovers joining the lineup too.
Fairbridge Festival at Pinjarra | 20, 21 & 22 April
For a magical escape from everyday life, head rural for Fairbridge Festival. For those who’ve never been, it’s a celebration of folk, world and roots music in a traffic-free, entirely self-contained, heritage-listed village. Make a long weekend of it and camp out!
Snowdome Foundation Dinner at Wildflower | 24 April
Yet another opportunity to enjoy an indulgent dinner for a good cause! The Snowdome Foundation is fighting for the acceleration of research into into new treatments for blood cancer, backing Perth-born, International recognised specialist Dr. Chan Cheah. At this dinner, you won’t just get a delicious three-course feast at Wildflower, but you’ll get warm fuzzies and a chat with the doc himself, too!
Simpsons Quiz Night at Charles Hotel | 26 April
For punters who know their Springfield from their Shelbyville, this Simpsons Quiz Night could very well be the god send you’ve been waiting for. First prize? A carton of beer, of course—but unfortunately it’s not Duff. Drink and food specials top the whole thing off (read: $12 parmi)!
Rodeo at The Beerfarm | 27 & 28 April
Dust off ya boots country gals and boys, the Rodeo is returning to Margs! This is a good ‘ol hillbilly hoedown Beerfarm style: flowing ales, loud music and a whole heap of RM boots kicking dust around on the dance floor.
In The Pines at Somerville Auditorium | 29 April
RTRFM’s iconic local music festy, In The Pines, is back among the UWA pine trees again this year for their 25th anniversary, and it’s bringing the likes of Demon Days and The Rosemary Beads along with it!
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Image credit: State Buildings