The last of the autumn vibes are upon us this month, but May is still delivering in abundance on the events and activities front. Some big name and some favourite emerging musicians are hitting the stage for us this month, and we’re also graced with a couple of major wine-drinking events for those with a taste for the finer (or perhaps funkier, in this case) things in life.
Between that, enjoy everything from artisan markets and jazz nights to gala balls and fashion shows – the latter with a canine twist. Here are 17 things to do in Perth in May.
Jazzburger At Ronnie Nights
Like jazz? Like burgers? You’ll love Jazzburger, the monthly celebration of all things jazzy and burgs at Ronnie Nights. The event showcases a rotating assembly of talented musos, headed up by Alex Reid coming to you live and direct from the intimate Ronnie Nights stage. DJ support from Ben Taffe and burgers from the kitchen are the cherry on top.
Urban Wine Walk Fremantle
Another instalment of Neighbourhood Events Co.’s Urban Wine Walk is upon us this month, this time roaming from hot spot to hot spot across our fair Port City. This is the ultimate self-guided bar crawl, as bars and pubs around Freo put on a selection of eats and showcase a particular winemaker for you to try—from LS Merchants at Propeller to Skigh Wine at Ronnie Nights to Blind Corner at Freo.Social, and a whole lot in between. Get that ticket now.
RTRFM Presents: Many Styles At Si Paradiso
RTRFM’s favourite day party is back, again taking over Si Paradiso with Many Styles, an eclectic venue-wide celebration of all things Perth music. Expect a selection of Perth’s best DJs (see: Polyrhythmic, Garbage TV et al.) in the basement and the amphitheatre, including a couple of very special guest performances from legendary Perth music figures and radio shows. It’ll be a big one.
Peking Duck At Red Hill Auditorium
The legends from Peking Duck sure know how to throw a party, and this month they’re bringing their Biggest Tour Ever to one of Perth’s most spectacular vines, set against the backdrop of the Darling Scarp. They’re saying it’s going to be their ‘biggest, sweatiest and wildest’ show of all time, so if you’re a fan, you better get there.
Huge Indoor Plant Sale At B-Shed Fremantle
Your official indoor plant purveyors, The Jungle Collective, are back again with another Huge Indoor Plant Sale at the B-Shed markets. Once again expect thousands of plants for sale, as well as on-site horticulturalists who can give you all of the green tips you’ll need to keep those babies alive. Be sure to book your slot.
Inglewood Upmarket At Inglewood Bowls Club
Spend your Sunday roaming for pre-loved and handmade wares at the first ever Inglewood Upmarket, set to feature over 15 stalls full of everything from clothing, bags and jewellery to homewares, books and baked goods. There’ll also be a sausage sizzle, so bring some spare change.
Fremantle Suburban Film Festival: Odyssey Of The Half-Safe At North Fremantle Bowls Club
Celebrate the opening of this year’s Fremantle Suburban Film Festival with their opening night screening of fascinating documentary Odyssey of the Half-Safe. This 1950's film follows the story of West Australia’s own Ben Carlin, who in 1948 set out from New York City attempting to circumnavigate the world in an army surplus Jeep nicknamed Half-Safe. Get an eyeful of his crazy adventure via the big screen this month.
Left Wine At Si Paradiso
The lo-fi wine party to end all wine parties, Left Wine is back again this year and no surprises: it’s set to be even bigger. An afternoon wine session featuring the fun, the freaky, the funky and the fine, a ticket to Left Wine might as well be a ticket to the moon in wine terms. Taste vins from the likes of Express Winemakers, L.A.S. Vino and Yume, as well as a range of French natural wines from the Larkin Imports portfolio.
Turnt Tables Presents: Skin On Skin At Si Paradiso
Head straight from your afternoon wine party into a night fuelled by house and techno with Turnt Tables latest bag: Skin on Skin. These elusive producers have developed a major underground cult following with their distinct sound, so if you feel like dancing the night away under the stars, you’ll need no permission. This one’s a face melter.
Darling Scarp Artisans Fair At Kalamunda Agricultural Hall
11 & 12 May
Mother’s Day creep up a bit quick and still haven’t sorted the perfect gift for mum? Just take her up to the Darling Scarp Artisans Fair and go wild on the myriad arts and craft stalls where you might even get to witness artisans at work. Shop around for all kinds of locally handmade wares, and be sure to stop for a good old fashioned cuppa.
Chung Wah Cultural Festival
Hosted in Burswood Park on the banks of the beautiful Swan River, this vibrant celebration of Western Australian culture will play out over seven action-packed days. The Chung Wah Cultural Festival will showcase dragon boat racing, films, dancing and include traditional Chinese music and opera singing from Beijing. Try your hand at lantern and kite building or wrap your hands around traditional tantalising eats and treats, all while revelling in the spectacular 10-metre dragon kites display soaring above the parklands.
Babe Rainbow At Freo.Social
Get an earful of Babe Rainbow this month as they set off on their national tour, hitting Freo.Social along the way. They’re celebrating their upcoming third studio album, ‘Today’, and they’ve got one message for us: ‘Earth is an Egg, Don’t Frack It’. If you know, you know. Grab a ticket ASAP because these guys sell out.
Carla Geneve (SOLO) At The Bird
One of Perth’s favourite emerging artists, Carla Geneve is setting up solo on stage at The Bird this month to trial some new songs and some old ones that haven’t got a run for a while. An ‘exercise in vulnerability’ for the artist, this show will be one worth making the effort for.
The Cheeky Rascals Twilight Market At Mojos Bar Fremantle
Combine a love of music, art and creativity in one very cheeky evening at The Cheeky Rascals Twilight Market, a night market held at Mojos Bar Fremantle showcasing the works of local makers and creatives. Hear a line-up of live performances while perusing stalls and enjoying a beer.
RTRFM & Sunday Morning Come Down Present: Golden Days At Freo.Social
‘Tis the golden season, so it’s only fitting that you should spend one day of it at Golden Days, a collaborative event from the crews at RTRFM and Sunday Morning Come Down. Expect bouncy afternoon vibes to be coming through the speakers with Freo.Social brews to match, plus a diverse line-up of selectors into the eve.
Art Ball At Art Gallery Of Western Australia
Prep your finest gown and gear this month for the annual Art Ball, the Art Gallery’s flagship gala event set right in amongst the masterpieces themselves. This year’s event will be headlined by local favourites San Cisco, will a line-up of other live performances and entertainment that’ll blow your mind—from bespoke installations to roaming performers and activations designed to illuminate the senses. Prepare yourself.
Pork & Ramen Dinner At Odyssea City Beach
Though it’s not quite winter yet, those woolly ocean vibes are calling. The response? Odyssea’s Pork & Ramen Dinner, which will see Naoki from Nao Ramen and the Odyssea kitchen team up to produce an epic Asian-inspired five-course dinner. This’ll sell out quick smart so be sure to book your spot ASAP.
Canine Couture: A Dog Fashion Show At Stackwood
No extra encouragement is needed to get most people excited about a dog fashion show, but just in case: Canine Couture is going down at Stackwood and no joke, it is an exhibit of threads for your pooch, featuring local artisans and local doggos. You’ll be able to grab a locally made, well-crafted, unique winter coat for your best mate and even participate in a silent auction if you want the proceeds to go straight to the Shenton Park Dog Refuge. It’s a no-brainer.
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Image credit: Elle Borgward