The final month of winter is finally upon us and although we’ve been pretty lucky with the weather this year we still have to say we’re pretty excited for winter to be over! That said, we will be packing in as much winter goodness as we can in this fine month and looking at the line-up that won’t be hard.
August offers everything from musicals and markets to beer, wine and cider festivals, plus a whole lot of comedy, live music and some serious feasts. So give cabin fever the shrug for one last month: here are 34 amazing things to do in Perth this August.
Aladdin The Musical At Crown Theatre | Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Bring a little bit of magic to your weekend with Aladdin the Musical, which kicked off in Perth last month and is pretty genie-us! It’s everyone’s favourite Disney story of classic comedy and timeless romance, brought to life on stage by a star-studded team and cast. It’s showing all month so you’ve got no excuse!
Six In The City & Live Laughs At Perth Comedy Lounge | Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Need a good dose of comedy to get you through the end of winter? On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout August, the line-up at Perth Comedy Lounge includes comedic happy hour Six in the City, a fast-paced, hilarity-packed 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 Saturdays for The Late Show, which brings the big names on a hot ticket.
La Famiglia Lunch At Post | Every Sunday
Spend your Sunday afternoons 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 Guillaume | Every Sunday
Send your weekends out with a bang in August by spending your Sundays sippin’ Champagne out at Crown. That’s right, Champagne Sundays is now a thing so you can now live like an A-Lister every weekend. Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch with flowing Champas, all while enjoying the river views from Bistro Guillaume!
Sunday Favourites At Odyssea | Every Sunday
All your prayers have been answered: Odyssea is bringing back all your fave’ menu items for Sunday Favourites, and you can hit it up every weekend in August. Get there to enjoy their beloved fish tacos, crispy pork belly and lamb gnocchi, just to name a few! What better way to wind down your weekends than with a full belly and salty air?
Local & Vocal At Petition Beer Corner | Every Sunday
The State Buildings are reinvigorating the 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…every weekend.
Dine The Regions Of Italy At Il Lido | Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
As if the menu at Il Lido could get any better, they are packing in the winter goodness with Dine the Regions of Italy: a 20-week series of specially curated four-course, wine paired menus that span the 20 regions of Italy. August’s dinners cover Lazio (capital city Roma), Abruzzo, Molise and Campania. Return every week to get your fix and get your foodie passport stamped; you will not be disappointed.
The Hanging Yum Cha At Sweetwater Rooftop Bar | Every Sunday
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 Sundays this August, we don’t know what is.
Ale Stars With Mash Brewing At The Windsor Hotel | 2 August
The best night of beer in town, Ale Stars is on again at The Windsor, this time featuring the fine brews of Mash Brewing. For just $15 you can fill up on bar snacks, beers and insights from the brewers themselves.
The Southern River Band At Fly By Night | 3 August
One of the best live acts gracing stages around WA right now, The Southern River Band is due to put on a show at Fly By Night Musicians Club, and you’re due to be there. Expect the sentimental and seriously impressive, face-melting sounds of roaring vocals and whaling guitars, plus some crazy stage antics (Callum Kramer has been known to play his guitar behind his back). Oh, also expect $7.50 pints of Single Fin! Yup.
Pinot Palooza At Claremont Showgrounds | 4 August
If the largest touring Pinot Noir festival on the planet sounds like somewhere you need to be, then you’re in luck this month because Pinot Palooza is back for its biggest year yet. Their line-up of pinot producers showcases the very best of Australia, New Zealand and beyond, so you can go and soak up the globe through your wine glass! Also, unlike lots of these things, Pinot Palooza tickets include unlimited wine tastings. We suggest getting in quick!
Winter Cider Fest At CORE Cider House | 4 August
If you’ve been looking for a true winter festival, you’ve found it at CORE Cider House’s Winter Cider Fest. Prepare for ultimate winter vibes as you toast your mulled wines to the health of the apple trees for next season, experience fire-twirlers, eat, dance and be merry in the Old Apple Shed. Read: Soft polenta with pork and cider ragout and apple crumble.
Leeuwin Estate Wine Dinner At The Camfield | 4 August
Time to sneak in at least one more comfort-food feast before winter ends, and The Camfield is providing the goods with this Leeuwin Estate Wine Dinner. Enjoy four courses from The Camfield kitchen and six fabulous wines from Leeuwin’s award-winning range, including the 99-point-worthy 2015 Chardy. Ray Jordan, one of the state’s leading wine writers, will be joining you for dinner, so expect a seriously special evening.
Johnny Romeo: Rock Is Dead Exhibition At Fridays Studio | 4—26 August
Rock is Dead is the new series from Australia’s leading Pop Artist Johnny Romeo, and it’s a colourful homage to the essence of rock’n’roll that you need to go and see. Presented by Linton & Kay Galleries at the awesome warehouse gallery space Fridays Studio, Romeo captures the raw grit and larger-than-life spirit of rock’n’roll with his signature style. Check it out!
Avon Descent Festival Markets At Lilac Hill Park | 5 August
More than just a great vantage point for catching the Avon Descent action, the Festival Markets are put on by the crew from Vintage Collective. Expect a range of stalls to hunt through, plus food and live music!
Winter Dinner Series: Truffle & Cheese At Bib & Tucker | 7 August
Two of the greatest ingredients on this fine planet combine in this delicious winter dinner, Truffle & Cheese. Bib & Tucker’s Head Chef Scott Bridger will be showcasing a tantalising and unique menu that, as the name might suggest, will be heavily featuring these two indulgent ingredients.
All You Can Eat Pizza: Vegan Edition At Maruzella Ristorante Pizzeria | 7 August
Vegans only! All you can eat vegan pizza is now very much a thing thanks to Maruzella, who are putting on a very special vegan pizza menu in August! For just $35 you get a wine or beer and you can eat all the pizza you want. There are two seatings but bookings are essential and we don’t think spots will last long.
Bob Dylan & His Band Live In Concert At Perth Arena | 8 August
Catch the voice of a generation at the Arena this month with Bob Dylan and His Band taking to the stage for an all-time performance. With a career spanning six decades and a whole bag of tracks among the most influential in modern music history, seeing Bob Dylan live is surely on most peoples’ bucket lists. This is your chance!
Chele Gonzalez At Wildflower | 10 & 11 August
Attention foodies, in case you missed it! Wildflower is welcoming Chef Chele Gonzalez this month for a series of very special dining events at the rooftop restaurant! Chele will be bringing his intimate knowledge of and flair for Filipino ingredients and cooking methods as he teams up with Chef Jed Gerrard to bring us all some enticing menus over Friday and Saturday!
The Cocktail Trail At The State Buildings | 11 August
Taste the best of the State Buildings with Bar Chief James Connolly, as you embark on a Cocktail Trail of the finest cocktails at Petition, The Treasury Lounge, Long Chim, Wildflower and Halford Bar. Get a taste of their signature cocktails, some delicious nibbles at each spot and expert insight into the best cocktail lists going around.
No Scrubs At The Sewing Room | 11 August
Wondering where to go and dance this month? The Sewing Room has got you sorted with No Scrubs, a 90’s and early 00’s dance party promising all the anthems. We’re talking Destiny’s Child, No Doubt, Blink-182—yep, all the bands you hate to (admit you) love.
RTRFM Radiothon Launch Party At Badlands Bar, The Bird & Ezra Pound | 11 & 18 August
Two huge parties over two huge weekends? Sign us up. RTRFM is throwing two massive Radiothon shindigs—one at Badlands Bar on the 11th and one at The Bird and Ezra Pound on the 18th. There’s a big line up of local musicians taking over the stages, plus live DJs to keep things moving all night.
Pre-Loved Market Winter Edition At E Shed Markets | 12 August
Browse through 35+ pre-loved clothing stalls at this Pre-Loved Market by Little Market Place. With a focus on promoting sustainable fashion through up-cycling and clothing trade, this market is all about shopping ethically (and looking good!) There’ll also be some local boutiques showcasing their stuff, empowering you to shop locally and sustainably even if the pre-loved stuff isn’t for you.
How To Buy Wine With Emma Farrelly At Petition Wine Bar & Merchant | 14 August
Learn how to buy wine for more than just its label at this workshop hosted by the amazing Emma Farrelly, the brain behind the whole of Petition’s wine game. These events have been selling out all year and this is the last available date, so get on it!
Perth Craft Beer Festival At Ice Cream Factory | 17, 18 & 19 August
Perth Craft Beer Fest is back in August, bringing with it more than 50 craft breweries and cideries pouring more than 350 cold ones. You read that right. The whole thing will be accompanied by a selection of Perth’s favourite food trucks, a silent disco, Pub Songs Karaoke, twin bucking bulls and live DJs. Be sure to book your session time ASAP because no doubt this’ll be a sell out!
Meadows Social Club Launch At The Aberdeen Hotel | 17 August
From the crew who bought you Seasons earlier this year, Meadows Social Club is a new twist on the social calendar for winter. The Aberdeen is gonna’ be transformed, with multiple stages graced by some of your favourite beat-bringers, drinks, eats and a whole lot of surprises. Stay tuned!
Made Local Market At Stackwood | 17, 18 & 19 August
Back again at Stackwood is Made Local Market, a cosy weekend market home to 30 stallholders selling locally-made wares like ceramics, prints, clothing and jewellery. To top it all off, there’ll also be food trucks, coffee from Stacked Cafe, and a bar stocked full of craft beer and mulled wine.
Courtney Barnett At Metropolis Fremantle | 18 August
Catch the uniquely Australia voice of Courtney Barnett this August as she takes to the stage at Metropolis Freo with her whiplash wit and full band. Touring her latest album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, Courtney Barnett is sure to rock the place. Get there!
The Truffle Experience At Odyssea | 23 & 24 August
For lovers of the rich and earth flavours of the famous black truffle, this may well be one of your last chances to fill up on the fine ingredient 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!
Superego ‘I Am The Judge’ Tour At The Aardvark | 24 August
Taking centre stage at Perth’s newest dedicated live music venue, Superego fka. POW! Negro are ready to blow your minds this month. Get down to celebrate this awesome new venue, the release of the band’s latest record and their transition into Superego!
Twilight Market At Yagan Square | 24 August
The crew from Perth Makers Market are setting up shop at Yagan Square to put on a series of Twilight Markets for we fine people. Kicking things off in August, there’ll be a curated selection of handmade artisan stallholders for you to browse through, not to mention food from all of the surrounding businesses!
Perth Good Food & Wine Show At Perth Convention Centre | 24, 25 & 26 August
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 incredible food on show, plus live recipe demonstrations, masterclasses and wine tastings!
Demon Days ‘Magic Eye’ EP Tour At Badlands Bar | 31 August
Catch one of Perth’s most exciting up and coming live music acts as Demon Days debut their ‘Magic Eye’ EP at Badlands. If you haven’t heard them before, think jazz, funk, neo-soul five-piece and the voice of an absolute angel—yeah, you wanna’ see them.
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