We might be well and truly into winter, but it’s all okay because Perth is working overtime to bring us a jam-packed calendar of events this month that promises to keep the hibernation at bay. July is literally brimming with incredible dinners, pop-up dance parties, live music, film festivals and heck, there’s even a hotdog eating competition to schedule in.
Seriously, there’s everything from beer festivals to Broadway musicals to be enjoyed this month and we’re bringing you the best of it. Here's what's on in Perth in July.
Six In The City & Live Laughs At Perth Comedy Lounge | Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday In July
If you haven’t done so already, you need to hit up Perth’s new, first ever purpose-built comedy venue this weekend. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, the line-up 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 In July
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 In July
Send your weekends out with a bang in July 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 In July
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 July. 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 In July
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 In July
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. July’s dinners cover Liguria, Emilia-Romagna (home of Bolognese, balsamic and Parmigiano Reggiano), Tuscany and Marches. Return every week to get your fix and get your foodie passport stamped; you will not be disappointed.
Winterworld Fremantle At Esplanade Park | 1—15 July
Guys, the Freo ice skating rink is coming back! Winterworld kicked off last month, celebrating everything there is to love about winter. The huge outdoor ice-skating rink is back in full swing, with a snow pit (for snowman building, obviously) and the new addition of the Cabin Bar—that’s mulled wine and warm winter beverages at The National Hotel, thanks. This year also sees the addition of the Market Square, with local producers and retailers showcasing a range of products and food stalls dishing out heart-warming delicacies. There’s even fire pits for marshmallow roasting!
George’s Marvellous Medicine At The State Theatre Centre | 4—8 July
Catch this charming Road Dahl classic cleverly adapted for the stage by Shake and Stir Theatre Co at the beautiful State Theatre Centre. What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions!
Revelation Film Festival Opening Night At Luna Leederville | 5 July
Fill up on culture this winter at Luna Leederville with the Revelation Film Festival, which opens with a cracking film, The Breaker Upperers, which tracks nihilistic duo Jen and Mel who, for a fee, do whatever it takes to help their clients end their relationships! This is a laugh-out-loud comedy about friendship, love, sex and breaking up. Also, being the opening night, you can jump on over to Blue Flamingo for the film festival’s launch party for free drinks and food!
Amy Amy Amy At Rosemount Hotel | 6 July
Showcasing the best of musical legend Amy Winehouse, full 9-piece band ‘Amy Amy Amy’ will light up the Rosemount Hotel with all your favourite tracks from ‘Frank’ (2003) and ‘Back to Black’ (2006) as well as numerous rare b-sides. You don’t want to miss this!
MELT Friday’s At Ice Cream Factory | 6 July
A friend of the Ice Cream Factory winter edition, MELT Friday’s is back this winter and we reckon the name is pretty self-explanatory! Move between the Silent Club, the Main Stage and the Ice Cream Factory Karaoke Bar and feel that winter ice just melt away.
Little Wing Corner Gallery Closing Party | 7 July
One of Perth’s most unique live music venues is closing down and you need to get there to say goodbye! Head to the Little Wing Corner Gallery Closing Party, who’ll be opening up the roller door one last time to bring you live music from Your Girl Pho and live art from Steve Browne—as well as pizza by the slice, we might add.
Banana Social At Ice Cream Factory | 7 & 14 July
Banana Social is returning in all its glory to warm up your winter at The Ice Cream Factory, and they’re bringing some damn good vibes with them! Happening for two nights only and you know they’ll both sell out, so what’re you waiting for?
SNACK At Ice Cream Factory | 8 July
From the makers of the Ice Cream Factory Summer Microfestival, SNACK is a flurry of fun featuring 12 DJs, a massive silent disco, a bunch of brand new bars, host of food trucks, electric visuals, confetti and beach balls! Like summer, but in winter—and fully undercover.
Kendrick Lamar At Perth Arena | 10 July
Find yourself in the presence of hip hop royalty at Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. tour which hits Perth Arena this month. Witness Kendrick’s pure lyrical genius and mesmerising stage presence as he whips out bangers like ‘Loyalty, ‘Love’ and ‘Humble’.
Nose To Tail At Bib & Tucker | 10 July
The legends from Bib & Tucker are here to warm up your winter nights! The next instalment of their winter dinners series is Nose to Tail, an eight course tasting menu designed to showcase the whole animal, with a special focus on secondary cuts. The menu features a pigs head burger, crispy pigs ears and crispy pork hock, so if you’re a true lover of meat then this dinner is for you!
Sultry Seafood Sessions: Shark Bay At The Standard | 12 Jul
Don’t have time for a holiday up north this winter? Just head to this dinner instead! The Standard will be showcasing the very best flavours of Shark Bay for another instalment of Sultry Seafood Sessions—expect insane seafood creations like smoked squid jerky and whiting ceviche, all paired with delicious Riesling Freak wines from the Barossa Valley.
Cabin Fever Festival | 13—22 July
If you’re going to be stacking on a few extra kg’s for winter, you might as well do it right: by eating and drinking your way around the Margaret River region, that is. Cabin Fever Festival puts a hold on hibernation with more than 45 events packed with the best cheese, wine, chocolate, and seam-splitting comfort food that the Margaret River region has to offer, hosted at some of the region’s most exclusive, iconic and interesting venues. Think intimate farm to plate dinners, cheese toastie battles, and espresso martinis galore! Check out our list of everything you don’t want to miss at Cabin Fever this year!
NAIDOC Ball At Crown Grand Ballrooms | 13 July
Celebrate this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, ‘Because of Her, We Can’, at the 2018 Chevron NAIDOC Ball! The theme recognises the essential role women have played and continue to play as active and significant role models in our society—and that’s just one awesome reason to hit up the ball. Others include entertainment from outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and performers, as well as a three course meal and a drink or three!
Perth Royal Beer Awards At Claremont Showgrounds | 14 & 15 July
For the first time ever, the prestigious Perth Royal Beer Awards is going to be open to the public and you know what that means: beer festival! There’ll be a ‘Champion’s Bar’ where you can try out the winning brews, plus more than 35 other Australian breweries pouring frothies all weekend, a cocktail bar, food from the likes of Miss Chows, sideshow alley and live music.
Point Break Screening At The Backlot | 15 July
As far as classics go, Point Break is up there as one of the best. Catch this screening of the brilliant film, which follows a federal agent’s infiltration of a suspected bank robbing gang made up entirely of surfers who are weirdly addicted to the rush of thievery! There will be popcorn.
How To Buy Wine With Emma Farrelly At Petition Wine Bar & Merchant | 17 July
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 one of only two dates left, so get on it!
Viva La France: French Liqueur & Fromage At Fromage Artisans | 17 July
Get excited for Bastille Day in style at this unique masterclass of France’s finest liqueurs, paired with delicious cheese from the vault at Fromage Artisans of course! If not in winter, when?
Stella Donnelly ft. Band & Special Guests At Fly By Night Musicians Club | 18 July
Catch the amazing Stella Donnelly as she introduces her new band for their first full performance together and her only show in WA for a long while! To make it extra special, she’ll be joined by guests Jordi Davieson and the Burundi Peace Choir.
Brave New Wine & Dormilona Dinner At Petition Kitchen | 19 July
Check out how a couple of winemakers from our very own South West are totally rewriting the rules of conventional winemaking at this wine dinner, hosted by Petition Kitchen. You’ll hear from the talented trio from Brave New Wine and Dormilona, while indulging in a delicious three-course, share style dinner from the Petition team.
Aladdin The Musical At Crown Theatre | 19 July—29 July (Except Mondays & Tuesdays)
From the producer of The Lion King, Aladdin the Musical is coming to Perth and it's pure genie-us! It’s everyone’s favourite classic Disney story of classic comedy and timeless romance, brought to life on stage by a star-studded team and cast.
Underground’s First Birthday At Allendale Square | 20 July
Free champagne at lunch, anyone? Get that and more at Underground at Allendale Square’s First Birthday celebration. To go with your champas, they’ll be putting on free bday cupcakes, bespoke Petal + Pop lollipops, a large scale balloon installation and a photo booth! What better way to brighten up a day in the office than by heading… underground.
The Mighty Boosh Quiz Night At Hellenic Club Of WA | 21 July
Wishing you could just time travel right out of winter? Well, this is the next best thing. Go on a journey through space and time, equipped with your best costumes and Mighty Boosh trivia, at this Mighty Boosh Quiz Night. Expect a best dressed contest, Old Gregg themed food and drinks and a pretty serious Crimp Off. Fans only.
Greater Together At PICA | 21 July
A curated party for everyone, Greater Together is PICA’s first ever annual fundraiser party and it’s going to be epic. It’ll transform the PICA building with live art, shared experiences and signature drinks from our fave’s The Standard, feature an access-all-areas experience from Melbourne’s extreme theatrics duo The Huxleys, and see local music acts from Women in Music Production Perth (WOMPP) hit the stage to bring you all closer together late into the night.
Crap Music Rave Party At Four5Nine | 21 July
If you like crap (good) music from the 80’s, 90’s and naughties and you’re tired of the DJ not playing your song, you’re going to want to get yourself down to Crap Music Rave Party. DJ Tomás Ford will play literally any awful piece of music you want, while he clowns around in costume and throws up video projections, pops party poppers, hurls glowsticks around and generally makes your night as mega as possible.
Lollipop Lane Presents: Candy Land At Soda Pop | 21 July
Taking over your new favourite winter pop-up this month is the crew from Lollipop Lane with their latest Saturday night party, Candy Land. Bringing you fresh hits, house, RnB, hip hop and a bangin’ list of throwbacks, this is the ultimate icebreaker for a cold weekend.
Rushmore Winter Warehouse Ft. Young Franco At B Shed Fremantle | 21 July
The antidote to winter blues, Rushmore Winter Warehouse is going to be the ultimate dance party! They’ve enlisted Young Franco to bring the heat on the decks as they take over the iconic B Shed.
Katy Perry Witness: The Tour At Perth Arena | 24 & 25 July
Catch diva Katy Perry at the Perth Arena as part of her Witness Tour, in support of her new album Witness which delivers songs that both challenge and inspire. This tour is Katy’s first run since the sold-out, 151-date Prismatic World Tour, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as “a show to damage retinas and blow minds”… so, you should probably get tickets.
Annual Truffle Dinner At Fraser’s Restaurant | 26 July
If you haven’t been embracing truffle season, this is your chance! The iconic Fraser’s Restaurant is back with their annual Truffle Dinner, which is a seven course degustation showcasing the luxurious Manjimup black truffle. Add the wine pairing to be really deluxe!
Christmas In July At Mayfair Lane | 26—28 July
If juicy roasts, hot mulled wine and early Christmas sounds like your jam, Mayfair Lane’s Christmas in July feasts are where you want to be in July. You organise the Secret Santa, they’ll organise the rest!
Left Wine At Tiny’s | 28 July
Taste wines from some of the best unconventional, low-intervention, experimental winemakers going around at Left Wine. Check out one of Perth’s newest venus—Tiny’s – while also trying wines from the likes of Dormilona, Express Winemakers, L.A.S. Vino and Brave New Wine, among many others.
Late Night Soul & Chill With KC And Andrea Onamade At The Ellington Jazz Club | 28 July
If the sultry sounds of artists like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Beyonce is the only thing that’s going to warm you up this winter, you’re in luck, because two amazing talents—Katherine Curnow and Andrea Onamade—are joining forces to bring the heat to your favourite late night music venue for Late Night Soul. Whether you’re there to chill or to party, these two will be providing the soundtrack until the wee hours of the morning.
Winter Table Five Course Brunch At Best Wishes Coffee | 29 July
Together with New Ethnic Plant Food, Best Wishes Coffee invites you to Winter Table, a totally immersive five course brunch will showcase the abundant produce the winter season offers (and the expertly crafted coffee of this little Freo cafe!)
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Image credit: Cabin Fever