The reasons to love June are infinite. It heralds winter, which despite the love-hate relationship we have with it does bring Perth a whole host of winter warming goodness, like rustic multiple course dinners, boilermaker events and artisan cheese tastings. Seriously, this month is bursting at the seams with so many good wintry vibes we can’t even deal!
June also hosts a delightful little long weekend in celebration of WA Day, as well as the beverage week to end all beverage weeks—Negroni Week. On top of that, there’s a bunch of wine and food festivals, pop-up clubs, new dance parties and even an outdoor ice-skating rink cropping up to welcome the first month of winter with a bang.
Prepare to be spoilt for choice, here's what's on in Perth this June.
Walk For Reconciliation At Elizabeth Quay | 1 June
Mark National Reconciliation Week by joining Perth’s Walk For Reconciliation around Elizabeth Quay. Bring your workmates, your friends or your family down to share the experience together! During the walk, learn more about the six Noongar seasons and enjoy performances by Urban Indigenous.
Fremantle Heritage Festival | 1—4 June
Get your dose of all things cultural at this year’s Fremantle Heritage Festival, a celebration of the custodians, makers and creators of our beautiful Port City! It’s into its final four days in June, so you need to get along and soak it up while it lasts. Head to Beer & Creatures for a taste of Little Creatures history (and their beers), jump on a Fremantle Prison Art Tour, or catch Between Wind & Water, a play written from the accounts of a number of long-time Freo locals!
Jazz By The Bay | 1—4 June
Tempt the long weekend road trip by checking out Jazz by the Bay, a massive live music showcase spanning the whole June long weekend and the whole Margaret River region. There’s going to be more than 45 performances in just 4 days, held at some of the region’s most iconic venues including wineries, breweries, bars and cafes (and maybe even inside a cave…). Attracting a huge number of Australian talent, expect twists of jazz, soul, and blues. By the way people, most of these events are completely free.
Readers & Writers Festival At Voyager Estate | 1—3 June
Throw this storytelling extravaganza into the mix for the WA Day long weekend and you’ve got a full blown justification for a down south trip (not that you needed one!). The biggest regional literary event in our fine state, the Readers & Writers Festival 2018 program is pretty gobsmacking—some of the most prominent journalists, poets, writers and speakers from all over the country, including Dr Karl (you heard us), Peter Greste and Rosy Batty will be in attendance, to name but a few. Plus, the festival’s hub is Voyager Estate, and you know what that means: wine drinking is obligatory.
Spice Mastery At Matters Of Taste | 2 June
Ian (Herbie) and Liz Hemphill are the gracious owners of the iconic Herbies Spices based in Sydney. They are pretty much rock-stars in the spice world, and now they are bringing Perthlings Spice Mastery, a mind-boggling journey into the mystical world of spice. This workshop will seriously up your spice-usage game!
WA Day Festival At Elizabeth Quay | 3 June
Diehard WA fans will congregate at Elizabeth Quay on WA Day for the annual WA Day Festival, featuring live music, delicious eats, a Bar Pop pop-up offering local beers and wine and, of course, the all-important fireworks display over the Swan River at 7pm! There are spin-off WA Day Festivals happening regionally all over the state, so if you happen to be elsewhere for the long weekend, you still might be able to catch one of these!
Mega Indoor Market At HBF Arena | 3 June
If the idea of 178 stall holders spanning artisan wares, handcrafted goods and handmade clothing tickles your fancy, you need to get along to this Mega Indoor Market! Grab anything from candles and homewares, to handmade jewellery and gifts, to soaps, succulents, socks and skin care products.
The Dressing Room Markets At The Rosemount | 3 June
Need some cool new threads for winter? Head to the Dressing Room Markets, a monthly affair bringing you an incredible selection of vintage and designer clothing, accessories, homewares and furniture! Browse for free before grabbing a beer and a seat in the courtyard.
SOTA Festival At Elizabeth Quay | 4 June
The obvious way to top off your June WA Day long weekend is to hit up SOTA, a free music festival boasting a pretty awesome local line-up that hosts names like Birds of Tokyo, San Cisco, Mama Kin and The Southern River Band. Enjoy a delicious WA brew, spanning views of the beautiful Swan River, and boogie to local musical talent.
Negroni Week At State Buildings | 5—9 June
Celebrate the greatest week of the year at the State Buildings. Their version of Negroni Week involves a dedicated pop-up Negroni Bar in the Postal Hall slinging out a bunch of Signature Negronis—think Mandarin and Lemongrass infused, Cold Drip negronis and Nutella Negronis! Plus, part proceeds from every Negroni sold is going straight to Oz Harvest, so sip up people!
POW! Negro At Mojos Bar | 7 June
What better way to usher in winter than with a good ol’ fashioned sweaty dance party at your favourite local watering hole? POW! Negro are back on home turf hitting the Mojos stage—their first show sold out quick, so make sure you act fast to take advantage of this second one!
Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) At PICA | 7—16 June
Running for a solid portion of June, you’ve got no excuse to miss Burrbgaja Yalirra—an interdisciplinary collaboration between some of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal performers exploring our sense of belonging in modern Australia. Expect dance, music and storytelling in this vibrant show that you can’t miss!
Beer, Wine & Cheese Celebration At Locally Crafted | 8 & 9 June
The legends from Mane Liqour are bringing together some of Australia’s finest beer, wine and cheese producers for this epic celebration of all that is delicious in this world. Expect a serious array of stalls and tastings from names like La Sirène Brewing, Beerfarm, LS Merchants, Dormilona, Cambray Cheese and The Little Cheese Shop—just to name a few. Not sold? There’ll also be Monsterella pizza and DJs from RTRFM.
City Wine Festival At Urban Orchard | 8 & 9 June
We don’t need much convincing to get around wine events, but City Wine is extra special. Discover fantastic wine from WA, listen to good tunes, enjoy a meal with friends and top up your cellar for the months ahead all in one place—beneath the fairy lights at Urban Orchard.
Beaufort Street Art Walk | 9—27 June
Explore the artistry of Mount Lawley and Highgate with this month’s Beaufort Street Art Walk. Grab an event map and traverse the beautiful Beaufort Street, checking out local businesses, studios and shops alike to view paintings, sculpture, woodwork, printing and textile works. Keep your ears out for special events, too—there’s talk of live painting sessions to be announced!
Boilermaker With Feral Brewing & The Exchange At Petition Beer Corner | 9 June
Make like 19th century steel workers at this Boilermaker event at Petition. They knew back then that there was little better than a shot of whisky and a cold beer after a long day of work, and now you can enjoy the same concoction. Feral Brewing and The Exchange are teaming their creations to bring you a night of top-notch beers, fine spirits and some delicious bites.
Roleystone Winter Market At Cross Park | 10 June
Held quarterly, the Roleystone Markets offer unique and delicious food, artisanal wares and activities according to season. With over 100 stalls offering everything from steel artwork to handcrafted wooden objects to delicious chutneys, jams and marmalades, you could be here all day. Or, just chow down on some mouth-watering eats from one of their 12 food vendors!
How To Buy Wine At Petition Wine Bar & Merchant | 12 June
If you’re the type of person who picks out their wine based on how pretty the label is (guilty), this is the workshop for you. Learn how to buy wine that’ll actually taste good, if not downright impress, and receive a discount on any takeaway wine bought on the night. Talk about a no brainer.
Sandalford Wine Dinner At Post | 13 June
Food and wine lovers, this one’s for you! Enjoy a three-course dinner by Post Head Chef Kim Brennan, while tasting a variety of wines from Western Australia’s pioneering winery, Sandalford Estate. With Mark Leake and Hope Metcalf there on the night, this is a great opportunity to learn about the history of the wine industry in WA!
Perth Wellness Festival At Stackwood | 17 June
Set yourself up for winter at the Perth Wellness Festival, with a bunch of incredible headline speakers, wellness expert panels, meditation and stretching sessions and a serious array of market stalls offering up goodies from ethical brands. Expect a high-energy day full of inspiration and motivation to live your healthiest and happiest life—even when the sun goes away.
Antarctica: Night At The Museum At WA Maritime Museum | 22 June
If you’re a lover of Perth museums, you need to head down to this swanky event featuring all things Antarctica (it is winter after all!)—not just because it’s at one of Perth’s most beautiful museums, but also because it’s fundraising to keep all of them alive and functioning! Enjoy tasty delights and home-grown beverages amid the glaciers.
Winterworld Fremantle | 23—30 June
Guys, the Freo ice skating rink is coming back! Kicking off in just a few weeks, Winterworld celebrates everything there is to love about winter. The huge outdoor ice-skating rink will be 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 will also see 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 are even fire pits for marshmallow roasting!
Urban Circus Opening Party At The Rosemount | 23 June
Perth’s newest Saturday night party, Urban Circus, will be kicking off this month just in time to cure your cabin fever. Customising the newly renovated Rosemount Hotel, Urban Circus promises to be a seriously unique social environment where all you have to do is dance.
Perth Upmarket At Winthrop Hall | 24 June
Lovers of everything handmade need to head to Perth’s premier market for WA designed handmade wares: Perth Upmarket. Offering everything from artwork and clothing, to ceramics and candles, to gourmet preserves and home-made chutneys, this place is Pinterest brought to life. It only comes around every few months, so you’d better take the opportunity!
WA Architecture Awards Exhibition At Garden City Shopping Centre | 25—30 June
In a first for the Australian Institute of Architects, the 2018 WA Architecture Awards Exhibition of Entries will be on display for all to see in June, showcasing projects across a diverse range of fields and budgets, from architects who work in urban, rural and remote settings across the state.
Behind The Cellar Doors Ft. LS Merchants At Petition Wine Bar & Merchant | 28 June
Petition Wine Bar & Merchant are teaming up with winemaker Dylan Arvidson of LS Merchants to bring the gentlepeople of Perth this one-night-only pop-up cellar door party that will knock your socks off. Free-flowing LS Merchants wine, generous serves of Petition bites and some pretty bangin’ tunes spun by the man of many talents, Dylan himself.
Hot Dub Time Machine At Ice Cream Factory | 29 June
That’s right, your fave’ summer pop-up is back and you didn’t even have to wait ‘til summer! Hot Dub Time Machine is kicking off proceedings for Ice Cream Factory’s winter micro-festival, but the first show sold out so quick that they added a second. Act fast if you want to be living it up at Perth’s first ever winter pop-up club!
Dine The Regions Of Italy At Il Lido | Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday In June
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 menus that span the 20 regions of Italy, starting with north-eastern region Friuli-Venezia Giulia! Return every week to get your fix and get your foodie passport stamped; you will not be disappointed.
Manhattan Hot Swing At Rodney’s Bait N Tackle | Every Wednesday In June
Head down to everyone’s favourite boat-themed local to enjoy some swinging tunes with Manhattan Hot Swing, a Rodneys Bait n Tackle Wednesday night institution. The dancefloor really whips up as these big band jazz masters do their thing, and wine specials flow from the bar. Say goodbye to hump day blues!
Six In The City & Live Laughs At Perth Comedy Lounge | Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday In June
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 June
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 June
Send your weekends out with a bang in June 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 Guillame!
Sunday Favourites At Odyssea | Every Sunday In June
All your prayers have been answered: Odyssea are bringing back all your fave’ menu items for Sunday Favourites, and you can hit it up every weekend in June. 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 June
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.
Wine Down At Petition Wine Bar & Merchant | Every Sunday In June
If you’re feeling less like a Sunday Sesh and more like a refined evening with your besties, Wine Down is probably more your scene. You’ll enjoy the luxe and intimate surrounds of Petition Wine Bar almost as much as the wine at takeaway prices!
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Image credit: Winterworld Fremantle