If you haven’t noticed the Christmas decorations in your local department store yet, you may not be aware that November is coming at us just as quickly as you run to the dance floor when Mr. Brightside comes on. As the decade is approaching the finish line, now is by no means the time to slow down—in fact, quite the opposite. Savour these last moments of 2019 by checking out the abundance of different festivals and live music events that are on this November—there’s even a market dedicated to spoiling your furry best friend. Keep that scrolling action going to find out more, thanks to some help from our friends at Nando's.
All that's left to do is pick your poison (or spice), whether it’s wholesome and mild or spicy and wild.
British Film Festival
Until 24 November
Northbridge, Fremantle, and Nedlands
Featuring screen royalty in the form of Keira Knightly, Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dev Patel, and Sir Ian McKellen, the MINI British Film Festival for 2019 will have something for everyone. If you’ve visited Palace recently, you would’ve seen sneak peeks of titles such as The Good Liar (Sir Ian McKellen) and Official Secrets (Keira Knightly), which sit among 28 other impressive films to enjoy—including a Charles Dickens throwback, The Personal History of David Copperfield (Dev Patel). The festival will also pay tribute to Dame Helen Mirren’s career in the film industry, through taking a retrospective look at her impressive resume of achievements on screen.
CookForSyria At The Hummus Club
Curated by Clerkenwell Boy and SUITCASE Magazine, in partnership with Unicef NEXTGeneration London, #CookForSyria is a global fundraising initiative that’s taking over the Hummus Club for a night of delicious middle-eastern meals and beverage accompaniments. 100% of the proceeds will go towards UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis Appeal for Children to support them with necessities like clean water, nutrition, education, vaccinations and psychosocial support. While you enjoy the specially-crafted spread by Head Chef, Emily Heron, various art and wine will be up for auction and live music and DJs will be sure to send the good vibes skyrocketing. You can find the ticket info here.
Big Light Out
1 and 2 November
Faulkner Park is set to come alive at the City of Belmont’s free Big Light Out event. Over two days, this spectacle will burst with colour, sound, and light by bringing together modern technology installations, roving performers, and, of course, an array of food trucks to help suppress any hangry bodies. To top it all off, fire cannons, glow golf and face painting will unleash a whole new level of fun for you and your mates.
Boom Boom In The House Of Casa BlahBlah
1 November to 21 December
From the award-winning, record-breaking creators of Blanc de Blanc and LIMBO, Boom Boom In The House Of Casa BlahBlah will see circus performers from around the globe come together to put on the wildest alt-circus production you’ve yet to see. Several Cirque du Soleil veterans and some Australian favourites will make your visit a night to remember, with their daredevil acts and thrill-seeking skills. Be warned, this circus on skates takes your average show up a notch, and with nudity, coarse language, drug and sexual references it may not be for the young families out there—but you'd better believe we’re definitely grabbing ourselves some tickets.
1 to 3 November
A huge three-day festival with mega South American tropical oasis theming is hitting Elizabeth Quay this November, and it’s kicking off with Perth’s biggest Halloween party. Hosted by Rushmøre, Sola Festival kick starts the festivities on Friday 1 November, and with a $500 prize up for grabs, you’re going to want to go all out on your costume. Expect full Halloween theming, drink specials and activities, with Godlands and ODD MOB taking to the stage to keep you entertained. On Saturday the fun reigns will be handed over to SNACK, the same team that brings us Bar Pop, and then on Sunday, it all continues with Happy’s to kick-start the week ahead on a positive note. Throughout the weekend there’ll be food trucks to keep rumbling tummies at bay, and let’s not forget the cocktail bar which will be churning out drool-worthy mojitos, margaritas, pink gin spritzes, spirits and beers. Tickets are here, our friendly fiends.
7, 14, 21 and 28 November
Rally your squad for a night of films and fabulousness with an eclectic program of LGBTQ+ documentaries, feature films and a complimentary drink upon entry at PrideFest FilmFest, brought to your eyeballs and eardrums by the teams at PrideFest and Palace Cinemas. The screenings will take place each Thursday night in November from 6.30pm at Cinema Paradiso, and will pay homage on opening night to the first people to publicly protest for gay rights in WA, the ‘89ers. We’re also super excited to say that part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Pride WA—so get yourself booking tickets now (and have a celebratory drink with Cinema Paradiso’s signature cocktail, The Rainbow Spritz).
RNB Fridays Live
It’s that time of year again to get the squad vibin’ on down to the next installment of RNB Fridays. For the fourth year in a row, this jam-packed concert is back for one show only. How ‘bout some Janet Jackson, Jason Derulo, 50 Cent and Black Eyed Peas to welcome in the beginning of November?
For a super fun and engaging way to learn how the senses can be affected by neurological conditions, MSWA is hosting the multi-sensory exhibition, SensAtion, which will run for nine weeks throughout November. The event will showcase the work of some young talents in Western Australia, whose installations will delve into how each sense interacts with the complexity of the brain. Learning something new, supporting a life-changing cause, and having fun while doing it? Sign us up.
Lady Velvet Cabaret
Hit up Badlands Bar this November for a glitz and glam packed showcase brought to you by the artists that have been a part of Lady Velvet Cabaret’s history over the past 10 years. As well as an awards ceremony to congratulate performers past, present, and future, this burlesque birthday bash will celebrate how the art of tease has evolved over the past decade and reshaped Perth’s arts and entertainment landscape. Get there at 6pm to grab a drink or two before all the excitement starts at 7pm.
12 November to 8 December
What better way to celebrate the return of the glorious warm weather than with a mouth-watering feed? Hailed as one of the most popular limited-time offers to have ever graced Nando's menu, it’s safe to say you’ll need to scoff the Loaded Classic down before it’s gone and the deal ends. Brace your taste buds for grilled PERi-PERi chicken and the unbeatable combo of BBQ-basted bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, cos lettuce and mayo in a burger, wrap or pita. Now that's summer feasting sorted. To find a restaurant, click here.
Utopian Night Market
From musicians, performers, face painters, speed-friending, stilt-walkers, yin yoga and more, the Utopian Night Market is set to bring a diverse experience to Floreat for any and all to enjoy. On top of entertainment galore, there will be endless stalls offering produce, accessories, fashion, and beauty, as well as food trucks that will cover all dietary requirements (including those who are on a strict deluxe-milkshake cleanse). Soak up the epicness of the market from 5pm to 9pm—all you need to bring is yourself and a picnic blanket to enjoy this mammoth night.
Made On The Left Xmas Market
16 to 17 November
Who says Christmas shopping has to be stressful? Lax-out at the not-for-profit Made On The Left Xmas Market this November and take in bags of WA independent art, design and fashion. There will be everything you can think of, from handmade clothing, accessories, luxury candles and art by the plenty, as well as food trucks and sweet treats to power you through the day. Enjoying your mid-week among the unique historical and cultural features that Fremantle oozes while you ponder over gifts for your loved ones never hurt nobody.
Rotary Jacaranda Festival
What better way to kick-start your Christmas shopping than to immerse yourself into the buzz of the Rotary Jacaranda Festival? From 9.30am to 3.30pm, you can expect to see more than 140 stalls run by small, independent businesses and local community groups, a generous array of tasty eats and live entertainment to set the mood. What a perfect way to absorb all the beauty that spring has to offer—and did we mention it's free?
Home to your favourite pink bathroom in Perth, Henry Summer is hosting what could potentially be the most wholesome event this year—Pooch-A-Palooza. Think doggy market stalls, to fulfill all of your doggo clothing and treat needs, a Mutt Strutt doggy fashion show (you can sign up on the day), an off-lead play area, dog-related food specials and a photobooth to capture you and your canine date. With free entry, Pooch-A-Palooza is a win for all—even those who are without a doggo can lap up the cuteness from all angles.
Spring It On ‘19
Jam ‘til the late hours of the night as more than 20 acts take over two stages at Spring It On '19. We advise getting a good ol’ rest before flaunting your best air guitar solo and headbanging technique, because from 11am to 11.30pm (yep, you read that right) you’ll be able to dance your heart out to some of the best bands and musicians that Perth has to offer—aka Bad Weather, Electric State and Roobs and The Washing Line Economy. Check out the full line up and ticket info here, and head to Triple J Unearthed to get a taster of the vibes you can expect from our very own Perth musos.
Looking for more? Check out five awesome things to do in Perth this week.
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