Although the year feels like it’s rushing on with the arrival of May(!!), the coming month brings with it a bunch of interesting things to do, see and (most importantly) eat—so don’t be put off. With a plethora of international comedic stars flocking our streets for Perth Comedy Festival and a couple of rural and regional festivals happening that will definitely be justifying a few weekend getaways, May is already looking full.
But make some room, Perthlings, because that’s far from all. May also hosts the most important day of the year—Mother’s Day—as well as National Reconciliation Week, not to mention a whole host of incredible foodie experiences, live music and markets to top it all off.
Here's what's on in Perth in May.
Perth Comedy Lounge | Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday In May
Here to lace your weekends with belly laughter from now ’til eternity is Perth’s brand new, first ever purpose-built comedy venue: the Perth Comedy Lounge. The place is stacking in the shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in May. Each night, catch three shows in a row to ensure maximum pleasure. That 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. Get real crazy and stay for The Late Show on Saturdays, which brings the big names (they’ve already seen Arj Barker and Hughesy grace the mic) on a hot ticket.
Little Comedy At Little Creatures Brewing | Every Saturday In May
Enjoy a good laugh, expert brews and some damn fine seaside vibes at Little Comedy, which sees the crew from Perth Comedy Lounge bring their punchline providing guest stars to our fair Port City. There’ll be a different lineup of local, national and international acts every week, so don’t be afraid to frequent!
Unearthed Pemberton | Tuesday 1—Sunday 6 May
Designed to showcase the beauty of the Southern forests, Unearthed Festival presents a series of open gates, open studios and events that focus on food and wine, art and heritage and adventure. It’s the festival to check out if you want to get off the beaten track and meet some locals in their homes or at their labours. There’s photography exhibits, banquet breakfasts, cheese making workshops, farm tours and meet the winemaker events, just to name a few!
Margaret River Region Open Studios | Tuesday 1—Sunday 13 May
Throughout the beginning of May, more than 113 artists in the Margaret River region will be throwing their doors open to the general public in what is Australia’s largest Open Studios event. This is an opportunity to witness working artists in their hub of creativity, buy works direct from the creators and, of course, explore all the incredible Margaret River region has to offer at the same time!
Perth Comedy Festival | Tuesday 1—Sunday 20 May
Turning the heat up on the comedy this month is the Perth Comedy Festival, sure to cheer you up about it being ‘almost winter’! There’s a bunch of local talent on the lineup plus some hilarious shows from other parts of the country and globe, too! From stand-up to sketch, satire, improv and musical theatre type comedy, the festival has something for everyone.
Revealed Exhibition At Fremantle Arts Centre | Tuesday 1—Monday 21 May
Featuring work by more than 80 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists across Australia, Revealed showcases the vibrance and diversity of contemporary Aboriginal art. With artworks from across disciplines including painting, print, carving, photography, textiles, weaving and video (plus a bunch more!) this exhibition presents the work of artists from remote areas and communities as well as metropolitan centres. Plus, they’re all for sale!
ClubbMedd & Move Pres. Beneath At Fremantle Navy Club | Friday 4 May
Not for the faint-hearted, Club Medd is a Sunday party self-proclaiming to be the ‘antidote to civilisation’. Now they’re teaming up with the guys from MOVE, to bring you two big international names in the downstairs depths of the Navy Club.
Kalamunda Artisan Market At Central Mall | Saturday 5 May
A monthly affair, the Kalamunda Artisan Market is your best chance to meet over 170 of the makers and growers from the Perth Hills region and beyond. Shop your way around a bunch of eclectic goods, and taste your way around the food stalls! Think handmade leather bags, vegan, gluten free and lactose free eats, hand crafted jewellery and artists at work as you watch!
2018 Persimmon Festival At Raeburn Orchards | Saturdays and Sundays From Saturday 5 May To Sunday 20 May
Over three weekends in May, Raeburn Orchards are opening up for Persimmon season with their first ever official Persimmon Festival! If you’ve never been to the orchard during this time, you need to get there, because it’s seriously beautiful (and Instagram worthy—#raeburnorchards—if you hadn’t already got the memo). There’ll be music, food trucks and lawn games, and you can even take a picnic and set up somewhere among the rows and rows of fruit trees to while away an afternoon.
Sparkling & Champagne Tasting Class At Swallow Bar | Saturday 5 May
Wine lovers, stop everything. This is the ultimate intimate little wine tasting, complete with delicious share food from the amazing Swallow Bar kitchen! You’ll be joining Anja Lewis from Canny Grapes plus just nine other wine lovers for an educational wine holiday that’ll take you to Italy, Spain, France, New Zealand and home again. Sign us up!
Relay For Life At Claremont Showgrounds | Saturday 5 And Sunday 6 May
For a real feel good experience, get registered for the Perth Relay For Life! These relays are overnight events that not only raise awareness and recognises cancer survivors, but also raises a whole heap of funds for cancer research. When we say overnight—we literally mean you walk through the night—it’s amazing. The place lights up with candlelight and teams tag walkers in and out until morning comes, when they put on a breakfast for all to share. It’s an incredible experience of solidarity!
Mount Hawthorn Streets & Lanes Festival | Sunday 6 May
There’s something about laneways in this city! Specifically, in Mount Hawthorn in May. The Mount Hawthorn Streets & Lanes Festival will see activations happening throughout the nooks and crannies of Scarborough Beach Road—Oxford Street—Coogee Street enclave, including live music and entertainment stages, pop-up street bars and eateries, art exhibitions and roving entertainment, not to mention a bunch of local retail specials and market stalls!
The Dressing Room Markets At The Rosemount | Sunday 6 May
Part of The Rosie’s new face, the Dressing Room Markets are 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.
Kick Up! Monthly Reggae Sundays At Rodney's Bait ’n’ Tackle | Sunday 6 May
Anyone who hasn’t yet made it to Rodney’s for some live music is missing out on life—so make Kick Up! the time you actually commit. One of WA’s best reggae distributors, the Crucial Rockers ft. Grace Barbe will be taking the stage to bring you the very best of island sounds, to be enjoyed with a few cans of beer of course!
Terrarium Workshop At The State Buildings | Tuesday 8 May
In just an hour and a half, create your very own garden-in-a-glass to take home with you! Fox & Rabbit will be showing you all the tricks (and providing all the materials!) at this terrarium workshop.
Mix It Up At The Stables | Saturday 12 May
Err, gin lovers, you’re gonna wanna listen up! Head to Mix It Up this month for an incredible four-course meal, expertly paired with gin cocktails by the crew at Old Young’s Distillery in the Swan Valley!
Groovin’ The Moo Saturday 12 May
We’re assuming if you don’t yet have a Groovin The Moo ticket, it’s because you haven’t seen the lineup. With the likes of Flight Facilities, Paul Kelly, Sampa The Great, Winston Surfshirt, Grinspoon and Ball Park Music hitting the stage, we see no other reason.
Australia’s Biggest Mother’s Day Morning Tea At Government House | Sunday 13 May
Head to Government House to celebrate mum at the Cancer Council’s inaugural Mother's Day Morning Tea in support of West Australians affected by cancer. You’ll hear the inspirational story of guest speaker Cassidy Gangell and ticket proceeds go to cancer research, plus, Mum’ll be happy. Win win.
Pirate Church Tonight! At Perth Comedy Lounge | Saturday 19 May
Chris Bedding and Werzel are award winning professional improvisers and comedians, and in between comedy gigs they are actual, real life Church leaders. Catch this show, which they describe as a ‘love letter’ to all the hilarious and ironic ways religious people ‘fail to laugh at themselves’.
Perth Makers Market | Sunday 20 May
If you’re passionate about supporting local, handmade makers, head to the Perth Makers Market. More than just a place to buy beautiful goods, the market is a community of people who are dedicated to supporting local artisans and bringing the people of Perth the finest handmade only goods from right here in WA! There’s live music, delicious food and plenty of seating, not to mention pretty sweet views of the Swan River.
Beginners Sourdough Class At Wild Sourdough
Still trying to achieve cafe-grade smashed avo on sourdough? In this small, hands-on class, you’ll learn every part of the sourdough making process so you can replicate it at home! Taken home the bread you make at the end of the class, so even if you don’t get into gear straight away, you’ll have at least a week’s worth of quality bread for brekky each day!
Banff Mountain Film Festival At Heath Ledger Theatre | Friday 25 May
Needing some inspiration to plan your next adventure? Two and a half hours of the most enthralling and adrenalin pumping mountain adventure films from around the world at the Banff Mountain Film Festival should do the trick!
Sorry Day At Wellington Square | Saturday 26 May
Mark this important date in the Reconciliation calendar by heading down to Wellington Square for Perth’s annual Sorry Day event. It’s a day full of remembrance, learning, sharing and understanding, and provides an opportunity to witness some incredible live music and traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance!
Maylands Hawkers Market | Saturday 26 May
A classic neighbourhood night market, the Maylands Hawkers Market is bursting at the seams with delicious food, and home to some great live and local entertainment. Plus, there’s a bloody pop-up bar! The Lyric Lane Pop-Up Bar is open during the night for those wanting to crack a beer with their food (aka everyone).
Kennedy Art Ball At The Art Gallery Of Western Australia | Saturday 26 May
The world’s of art, fashion and music collide in the spectacular Kennedy Art Ball experience, the Art Gallery’s premier Avant Garde, black tie event that sees the gallery come alive with sensory wonders; think live music, performance art, quirky installations, delicious grazing tables and French champagne!
Signed Sealed Delivered: The Music of Stevie And Aretha At Astor Theatre | Thursday 31 May
Perth Symphony Orchestra and the incredible WAAPA Gospel Choir team up for this evening, bringing you the sounds of two of the world’s most talented artists with new orchestral sounds! Semi-side note, Aretha recently told Rolling Stone she’s going to produce what she said will be her last album this year with great friend, Stevie Wonder—how’s the timing!
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