Our long awaited summer season is finally upon us, and as first off the ranks of the warmer months, December is packed full of festive fun to be had. It appears that every venue in Perth has been hiding more than a few cards up their sleeve ready to hit it big on the first few weekends of summer, in true Perth style.
Between wine parties, music festivals and pop-up bars to summer markets, carpark parties and a healthy dose of Christmas cheer, your calendar is going to be so full this month you may even forget about the big day itself. Here's what's on in Perth this December.
South Beach Sunset Markets At South Beach | Every Saturday Night In December
Returning for a long summer of sunsets on the beach, the South Beach Sunset Markets kick off this month with a bang. Choose your dinner from more than 30 amazing international food stalls, and devour it while live music and entertainment rings out in the background. These markets are quintessential Perth summer—complete with a beachside pop-up bar.
Sunday Music At Fremantle Arts Centre | Every Sunday In December
There’s no better way to wind down a weekend than at FAC’s weekly Sunday Music, enjoying live tunes from an array of artists in the art-hub’s beautiful front garden, picnic rug in tow. Whether it’s The Norfolk Pines, Thando, The Last Fair Deal or Soukouss Internationale that takes your fancy (or perhaps it’s all of them!), you’ll want to get along to at least one of these special events.
Christmas At 140 Perth | All Month
Wondering where you were going to get all your Christmas shopping done? 140 Perth are making it easy for you with a whole month dedicated to bringing Chrissy cheer, plus three amazing markets complete with free gift wrapping, eggnog and MOP donuts. These markets will have all the artisan wares you could wish for this Noel, plus a Christmas Gif Booth where you can produce your very own #Elfies for Instagram in the bid to win a prize.
Disabled Surfing Association WA Let’s Go Surfing Day At Leighton Beach | 1 December
Keen for one of the most fun mornings you’ll have all summer, on the very first day of summer? Yeah, we thought so. Get down to DSA’s Let’s Go Surfing Day to lend a hand in taking people living with disability surfing. Not only is it a blast, you also get to hang out in the sun and splash around in the surf all morning, there’s a free sausage sizzle and you get to make some lovely people very happy.
Fremantle Folk Festival At Princess May Park | 1 December
For the love of summer, make sure you don’t miss the Fremantle Folk Festival happening this month across Princess May Park and Clancy’s Fish Pub. Enjoy live tunes from the likes of Things of Stone and Wood, Grace Barbé, Peter Bibby and Jack Davies & The Bush Chooks, plus a plethora of eats and craft brews.
Young Gun Of Wine Uncut At Harvey Leigh’s | 1 December
For a rollicking good time and a taste of more than 40 of Australia’s most cutting edge and convention-bending wines, join Young Gun of Wine Uncut as it takes over new Beaufort Street fave, Harvey Leigh’s. Taste your way around the floor, enjoy eats from the talented kitchen or even join a breakout panel discussion to learn more about the ‘minimal intervention convention’.
Turnt Tables Presents Cody Currie At Si Paradiso | 1 December
Your new favourite all-day dancing and drinking venue, Si Paradiso is welcoming summer with a large one. Turnt Tables Presents Cody Currie, a provider of dank dance tunes hailing from the UK, here alongside a bunch of other selectors all ready to get you on the dancefloor.
Pineapple Club Season Opener At Gloucester Park | 1 December
Kick off summer right by dancing the night away in a giant pineapple playground, as this Season Opening Pineapple Club takes of the Gloucester grounds. Nightcruiser Transport are on board for this one, so you can be on board their part buses making getting there and home a breeze! With that sorted, all you’ll need to worry about is which DJ to catch.
Taste Of WA: South West At Yagan Square | 2 December
Back with a serious summer-loving vengeance is Taste of WA, putting on a special South West edition for all your tastebud-tingling pleasure. Enjoy foodie heaven with stalls from some of our state’s southern corner’s finest produce—from cheese and olive oil to meat and veg.
Perth Makers Market At Fremantle Markets | 2 December
Perth’s two heavyweight market-makers are joining forces to bring us the motherload of summer market shopping this weekend. Perth Makers Market At Fremantle Markets will see a selection of 40 of the Makers Market’s most loved stallholders bring a range of unique, handmade items to Freo’s historic marketplace.
Very Good Vino Party! At Wise Child Wine Store | 2 December
The much anticipated, newly renovated Wise Child Wine Store cellar is officially open as of this fine weekend, and they’re putting on a Very Good Vino Party! to celebrate. Cracking more than 25 sweet, sweet bottles for your very serious drinking pleasure, the crew will have you rolling through Sunday without a worry.
SummerSalt Festival At Hotel Rottnest | 2 December
Having already put on sell-out shows at some of the most picturesque locations around the country and in Perth, SummerSalt Festival is back on our very own idyllic island with three winning Aussie talents—Angus & Julia Stone, Meg Mac and Gretta Ray. You know the drill: you and your mates, toes in the sand, a few cold bevs and sweet tunes filling the air right on Thompsons Bay. Living.
WOMPP December Showcase At The Bird | 5 December
This month sees another instalment of the much-loved Women of Music Production Perth (WOMPP) Showcase, an incredible night of electronic music and DJ sets from local and national artists. Catch queens like Mss Honey, Nicole Filev and Melbourne’s Aphir heating up that summer d-floor.
Christmas Twilight Festival At Perth City Farm | 5 December
Get into the Christmas spirit this month by hitting up Perth City Farm’s Christmas Twilight Festival, where you’ll find all kinds of festive joy. From Christmas carolling and craft workshops to delicious food and artisan market stalls, you’ll be rolling in all things Christmas.
Mosquito Coast: Skipping Girl WA Tour At Indi Bar | 7 December
Hit up this Perth band’s old local and catch tracks off their brand new debut album. It’s Mosquito Coast at Indi Bar, and it’s going to be a good one. They’ll be joined by a few special guests to keep the tunes rolling all night, and be sharing new songs that no one else is yet to hear!
Summer x Salt Markets At Brighton Beach | 8 & 22 December
Everyone’s favourite salty markets are back—and just in time for last minute Christmas shopping, too. The Summer x Salt Markets boast a whole heap of surf and salt lifestyle market stalls with an emphasis on sustainability—so you can pick up everything you need to enjoy a guilt-free summer in the sun. Rounding things out are food trucks, live music and those unbeatable beach vibes.
The Dressing Room Markets At The Rosemount | 9 December
Need some new threads for all the dance parties and festivals you’ll be hitting up this summer? We know where to get them, and it’s not at any of the mainstream shops. Shop vintage this month at The Dressing Room Markets, a collection of stall holders selling genuine retro and vintage designer clothing, jewellery and accessories. This monthly affair is free to browse, and you can pull up in the Rosie’s beer garden to refresh when you tire of hunting.
Human Rights Pop-Up Festival | 9 December
It’s been 70 years since we established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Perth’s new human rights hub, the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, is putting on a Pop-Up Festival to celebrate. They’ll be taking over Yagan Square with multicultural dance performances, play spaces, art workshops and fun for everyone.
World Human Rights Day: Celebrating Activists At Centre For Stories | 10 December
Hear amazing stories of activism at Centre For Stories’ World Human Rights Day event, in which three inspiring human beings come together to share stories of fighting for rights across Iraq, Australia and Kenya. It’s a free event but RSVP is essential, so lock your spot in if you want to mark this very special day on the 70thAnniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Dock Returns At B Shed | 13—31 December
In music to everyone’s ears, our favourite port-side pop-up party The Dock is back at B Shed for another summer season full of fine brews and delicious eats. The fun kicks off this month with live music and DJs setting the vibe, beers from the likes of Otherside Brewing Co. and Gage Roads (among many others) and food from taste-makers like Baolicious. You know they don’t anchor here long, so be sure to enjoy the fun while it lasts.
Dan Sultan At The Rosemount | 13 December
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Dan Sultan is bringing his mesmerising solo show to the Rosie, covering tunes from all of his albums, some new surprises and a bank of emotions. It’ll be his only show in Perth, and we suggest securing your spot ASAP.
Summer Festival At Ice Cream Factory | 14 – 31 December
Ice Cream Factory’s infamous Summer Festival is back this month over three massive weeks, bringing some big names and super-charged parties to the stage for our enjoyment. Seven stages, thirteen bars, a silent disco, VIP decks and sun lounges plus the all-important insane line-up of international and local artists make this the official summer fun factory. There’s fifteen nights of partying to do—everything from Banana Social and One Day Sundays to The Racquet Club and MELT, plus very special Bar Pop Xmas Eve and NYE parties. Beyond that, big acts like BROODS are putting on shows, while DJ sets from the likes of Cut Copy and Art Vs Science keep things ticking over something large.
Paper Mountain x PEAKS Present Art Party At Paper Mountain | 15 December
Celebrate the upcoming season of PEAKS at Fringe World Festival by joining the Art Party at Paper Mountain. For those not in the know, PEAKS is Paper Mountain’s Fringe program that showcases exciting work from some of WA’s cutting-edge emerging artists—everything from activations and exhibitions to live art and performance. Expect a taste of this at the party, plus live music, cheap drinks, karaoke and a bunch of prizes to be won.
Carols By Candlelight At Fremantle Oval | 16 December
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and by that we mean sing your heart out even if you can’t hit a note. Do so at Freo’s community Carols by Candlelight, complete with live music to accompany your fine vocals, delicious food and free entertainment (that is, if you’re not entertained enough by your own attempts at reaching some of those carol-ific notes).
Noah Dillon Summer Party With Miraud & Tanaya Harper At The Aardvark | 21 December
Freo’s newest dedicated live music venue is carrying into summer with a massive party put on by local music-man Noah Dillon. With support from alt-folk Nika Mo, songwriter queen Tanaya Harper and one-stop-bop-shop Miraud, this one’s bound to be a goodie.
Boxing Day Carpark Party At The Bird | 26 December
Makers of movement Kolinga are back in action to bring us the ultimate Boxing Day party—a good ol’ Carpark Party out the back of The Bird. With a few music selectors putting on their very best tunes for music lovers, you’ll be dancing, drinking and celebrating summer in no time.
Friend Love Best Love At Mojos Bar | 30 December
It’s been a helluva year, and we’re sure you’ve enjoyed it with friends by your side. Friend Love Best Loveis an ode to friendship complete with local DJs—namely, the debut live show from DJ Chipslut—visual projections and an art exhibition featuring the work of emerging local artists.
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