Oh, April. How we long for you when you’re nearing and lament the day you end. A month encompassing multiple public holidays and long weekends, some still-sunny, fine autumn weather and both the State Makers Festival and Good Food Month—two of the city’s major foodie events? It’s no wonder April is such a blast.
Accordingly, this month is as full to the brim as your bellies will be with long table feasts, unique dining extravaganzas and intimate nights with some of Perth’s best chefs. It also plays host to some colourful celebrations of music and culture, while Perth’s premier comedy festival also hits to guarantee some laughs. Here are 14 awesome things to do in Perth in April.
State Makers Festival At State Buildings
A vibrant celebration of Western Australian food, wine and art, the State Makers Festival is back for another year with a jam-packed program of events that you won’t want to miss out on. From drinking and dining to workshops and wellness weeks, there’s so much to do it’s almost overwhelming. April begins with Chinese cocktail bar, Hope & Sesame, taking over Long Chim and Wildflower, dinner with Petition’s Head Chef and a massive Beergustation at the Beer Corner, and ends with Post’s Easter dining events. Throw into the mix Petition Wine Bar & Merchant’s well-loved How To Buy Wine workshops, weekly heritage tours and plenty of live music throughout the venue, and you’ve got a full-blown extravaganza.
Active April Challenge At Cardea Pilates
The chance to get fit and win some seriously good prizes is now: the Cardea Pilates Active April Challenge kicks off on the first day of the month and you’re going to want to get involved. The challenge consists of 20 classes in 30 days, and if you complete them all you go in the running to win some amazing prizes, like a 5GLYDE facial or a voucher for Viva la Blonde… or another month of unlimited Pilates at Cardea, for free.
Night Noodle Markets At Elizabeth Quay
Back again this year for more noodle goodness, the Night Noodle Markets span the entire first two weeks of the month and pack in so much Asian Hawker-style deliciousness it’s not even funny. Expect flavours from the likes of Hoy Pinoy, Shallot Thai, Bangkok Street Food, What The Pho, Bao Wow and Bao Brothers… just to name a few. Enter for free and then go crazy on the food stalls. Something tells us you may have to visit more than once.
Polo In The Valley At Duncraig Stud
Don your smartest attire and ready yourself for some day drinking, this month plays host to Polo in the Valley. With a bunch of hospitality packages available from champagne lounges to corporate marquees, this is a unique day out that you won’t want to miss. Don’t know the rules? Learn them in advance here.
Young Chefs Dinner At Bread In Common
Celebrate the up-and-comers of Perth’s culinary world at Bread In Common’s Young Chefs Dinner. Under the guidance of Head Chef Scott Brannigan, Lulu La Delizia’s James Higgs, Jason Scott from Millbrook Winery and Bread In Common’s own Liam Davidson will create a three course dinner with paired wines, to be enjoyed in the chic surrounds of one of Freo’s favourite eateries. This one’s a highlight on the Good Food Month line-up.
DJ At Groovin The Moo Workshops
7 & 28 April
Ever dreamt of DJing on stage at a major festival—say, Groovin The Moo? Now’s your chance. The team is offering up six opportunities to aspiring musical-mixers to play in front of thousands at GTM Bunbury. For a spot, interested up-and-comers must register their interest and attend a series of workshops that are designed to improve technical and artistry skills, led by Ugly DJ Co who boasts performances at GTM, Icecream Factory and Pineapple Club to name a few. Don’t hesitate.
Buddha’s Birthday & Multicultural Festival At Supreme Court Gardens
Celebrate the birth of Buddha and Western Australia’s vibrant diverse community at this month’s Multicultural Festival, hosted in the stunning surrounds of the Supreme Court Gardens. This two-day festival will provide plenty of insight into Buddhist teachings, and showcase Buddhist rituals, such as the Bathing of the Buddha. You can also expect to partake in Tai Chi, receive a blessing, try your hand at some calligraphy, eat yourself silly on global food and revel in a fireworks display.
Revealed: WA Aboriginal Art Market At Fremantle Arts Centre
Having quickly become one of the most anticipated art markets and exhibitions in Perth, Revealed is back in April providing another annual opportunity to buy original, affordable works direct from Aboriginal artists from all over the state. Expect everything from textiles and woven items to large-scale paintings, ceramics, artefacts, clothing and jewellery.
Mix It Up: Cuba At The Stables Bar
Whether it’s the salsa, mambo, merengue, rumba, bachata, bomba, plena, or the Argentine tango that you like to groove to, The Stables Bar is shaking it up with volume 15 of Mix It Up. Expect four exotic courses paired with five sensational cocktails, all designed to spice up your life (and your dance moves).
In The Pines At Somerville Auditorium
RTRFM’s iconic local music festival and one of the most well-loved dates on Perth’s music calendar, In The Pines is back at Somerville Auditorium this month for its 26th year; and local wonder Carla Geneve is heading up the bill. She’ll be joined by the likes of Noah Dillon, Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks, and Natasha Eldridge, making for one hell of an afternoon.
The Whole Beast: A Progressive Culinary Experience At Brookfield Place
One of the most exciting events on the Good Food Month program, The Whole Beast is a progressive dining experience like no other. Brookfield Place has partnered with the WA Opera who’ll deliver exclusive pre-season performances throughout the night of revelry and indulgence, set to be hosted by food writer and critic Max Brearly. This is more than just a four course meal, it’s a sensory experience in which not everything will be, or taste, as it seems.
An Evening With David Thompson At Long Chim
One of the biggest events on the State Makers’ program, An Evening with David Thompson will showcase brand new dishes set to hit the Long Chim menu for the first time. This long table feast of street food sensations will be enjoyed with La Violetta Wines; but don’t expect stringent matching. Drink what you like, when you like. Hook, line and sinker.
Perth Comedy Festival
Bringing the world’s biggest comedy stars and next-big-things to Perth every year, Perth Comedy Festival never lets us down when it comes to a good old belly laugh. With a program full of more than fifty shows, you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to get your grin on this month.
Fairbridge Festival At Fairbridge Village
An annual celebration of all things folk, world and roots music, Fairbridge Festival is a much-needed escape from the busyness of life into a world of no traffic, no negativity and no worries. Camp for the day or for the whole damn weekend, and you’ll catch a huge array of entertainment; from live music and installation displays to market stalls and, of course, a whole lot of colour.
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Image credit: Night Noodle Markets