Spring is finally coming out in full force with some warmer, sunnier days leaving us hanging out for summer! November is the humble little month that stands between us and Christmas holidays, long summer days and food comas—but it also hosts the internationally-renowned Kaleidoscope Festival, a week-long ode to beer in Freo and Perth’s amazing International Jazz Festival, so there’s plenty to do.
On top of that, all of the markets are out in full force, providing for perfect early Christmas shopping jaunts, and there’s plenty of food to be eaten, wine to be tasted and amazing outdoor events to be attended. Here are 20 awesome things to do in Perth in November.
Scarborough Sunset Markets At Scarborough Square | Every Thursday In November
After a scorching pilot year in 2018, the Scarborough Sunset Markets were considered so damn good that the relevant authorities went ahead and purpose-built them a venue—Scarborough Square! Kicking off again for the summer in November, stalls will stretch from the Square all the way down to the crisp white sand of the Scarborough Amphitheatre, as punters spill onto the beach with their delicious eats to catch the sunset. The markets are also home to a regular live music program, curated pop-up stores and a licensed bar!
Kaleidoscope Festival | 1—4 November
One of WA’s largest light and illumination festival, Kaleidoscope, is back for its biggest and brightest year yet, transforming the City of Joondalup into an extraordinary wonderland of light and art over four exciting evenings! There’s so much to see and immerse yourself in at this incredible (free!) festival—you just have to get down there and witness it for yourself.
Homopolitan | Pride Opening At Connections Nightclub | 2 November
Kick off Pride Month with a bang at Homopolitan, a good ol’ fashioned Connections party complete with some fresh-thinking performance artists like Cherry Poppins, hot DJs, and some very feel-good cocktail specials. Celebrate all things Pride from the rooftop ‘queertopia’ that is Connies!
TEDxPerth | The Age Of Wonder At Perth Concert Hall | 3 November
Feed mind, body and soul at TEDxPerth, a one day only opportunity to absorb the thoughts and ideas of some of WA’s brightest and most extraordinary. Enjoy talks, performances, films, interactive activations and Q&A’s that will blow your mind and humble your heart at the same time!
Karla-K Koorling | Come To The Fire | 3 November
For the first time, the City of Fremantle presents Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire, inviting you to gather around many fires at sunset to enjoy intimate performances. With the Fremantle Festival set to transition to winter in 2019, this is a bit of a taste of what’s to come. In the meantime, we’re all invited to come to the fire and enjoy this year’s exciting events—each fire hosts a performance of sorts, from song and spoken word to puppetry or dance.
The Gourmet Market On Beaufort | 3 November
They had us at ‘gourmet’! The Gourmet Market on Beaufort is the place to fill up on your fix of all things gourmet: gourmet food tastings, wine tastings and products for purchase to boot. Think Christmas gifts, people! There’ll also be some live entertainment and plenty of food stalls so you don’t just have to wait ‘til you’re home to devour the gourmet creations.
Perth International Jazz Festival | 9—11 November
Based in and around the heart of the Perth cultural centre, the Perth International Jazz Festival will feature three days of live performances, open rehearsals and artists in conversation events spread across some of Perth’s liveliest venues—the State Theatre Centre, The Ellington, The Bird and the Blue Room Theatre. Check the full program on their website and map your hitlist!
Fremantle BeerFest At Esplanade Park | 9—11 November
One of Australia’s largest outdoor beer festivals, the Fremantle BeerFest hosts more than 50 Western Australian craft breweries, cideries and distilleries for your pleasure! There’ll also be an abundance of food to pair with your brews, live music and live comedy to top it all off. Combo the festival up with a stay at the Esplanade Hotel and you’ve got yourself a perfect pre-summer staycay!
Native Wine Festival At Henry Summer | 10 November
There’s a serious trend for low-intervention and natural wines happening right now and we are pretty stoked about it! The next instalment of lo-fi fun is happening at Native Wine, a meet-the-winemaker style tasting of more than 50 vins at the beautiful Henry Summer. Try wines from the likes of Walsh & Sons—recently crowned one of Halliday’s ‘best new wineries’ in the Margaret River region—biodynamic champs Cullen Wines, and Arimia, who are at the forefront of sustainable drinking and dining in WA.
Summer X Salt Markets At Brighton Beach | 10 & 24 November
In news that should delight anyone who loves shopping local, sustainable and artisanal, Summer X Salt is back this season with another series of surfy and salty-lifestyle community markets. You’ll find all kinds of surf-lifestyle, ocean-friendly, locally-made and healthy goodies—everything from locally shaped boards and artisan-made wax to coffee and juice carts. It’s the ultimate summer ocean market. Get excited!
Hop Hog’s 10th Birthday Party At The Rosemount | 16 November
In case you missed it, November is the month of the glorious WA Beer Week and, conveniently, one of our favourite local brewers is turning 10 at the same time! Celebrate the one and only Hop Hop’s 10th Birthday with what The Rosie’s calling the party of the year. $5 Hop Hogs all night long, folks.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape | 16—18 November
The glitziest, most delicious gourmet event of the year is back in the Margaret River region this month and if you haven’t snapped yourself up some tickets yet, we recommend doing it asap! Gourmet Escape is a three-day long festival packed full of incredible foodie events, complete with celebrity chefs, gourmet beach BBQ’s and unique local flavours. Whether you head along to the headline events (read: Nigella Lawson, Tetsuya Wakuda and Rick Stein) or a satellite event at one of the amazing local eateries, you will not regret it. Eat up!
RTRFM Presents | Many Styles At Si Paradiso | 17 November
An all-day dance party in Highgate’s newest hot spot, Many Styles will see RTRFM team up with original vibe-bringers MOVE and Good Company Records, who promise to bring—as the name suggests—many different styles of music to Si Paradiso’s many different stages. It’s gonna’ be huge!
Made Local Market At Stackwood | 23—25 November
Another amazing market this month where you can head under the guise of ‘shopping for Christmas presents’ but actually just buy yourself all of the things, the Made Local Market at Stackwood is basically heaven on earth. There’ll be more than 30 stalls selling all kinds of locally-made wares, such as ceramic planters, art prints, clothing, textiles and jewellery! The market runs all weekend, but we recommend getting down on the Friday night to get first dibs on the goods, plus enjoy a few vins from a Wise Child Wine Store pop-up tasting! To top it all off: eats by Comida Do Sul and Eat No Evil all weekend long. Boom.
Brewer’s Brunch At Strange Company | 24 November
Round out WA Beer Week with a solid feed at Strange Company—their Brewer’s Lunch will have you sorted with 10 taps taken over by local breweries and their honchos. Enjoy a delicious meal, three of the finest beers going around and the chance to win some special prizes!
Castaway At Hotel Rottnest | 25 November
You all the know drill for this one: Castaway is setting sail for another round of blissful tunes on WA’s paradise island, this time featuring international show-stopper and chart-topper Alison Wonderland, supported by hometown heroes Crooked Colours, Miami Horror and rising star Carmouflage Rose. All set to that iconic Thomson Bay backdrop. You know what to do.
WAVY | One Day Beach Festival At Port Beach | 25 November
Perth’s first ever hip hop beach festival, WAVY is bringing a seriously exciting line up of DJs, MCs and artists to light up Port Beach for a day, kicking off summer in true style. It’s going to be a vibe!
‘Terra’ Photography Exhibition & Zine Launch At Kidogo Art House | 29 November
Adventure, travel and landscape photographer and writer Louise Cohgill is launching her very first solo exhibition this month—Terra—which is set to feature a series of photographs from her travels through Mongolia and Nepal. Her work captures countries and cultures less travelled, and you can take home a little piece of it with her new ‘Terra’ zine, featuring magical tales of trial and tribulation.
Louis Theroux Premiere | Love Without Limits At Luna Leederville | 30 November
One of the most anticipated works of the much-lauded Louis Theroux, Love Without Limits explores the possibility that, given high rates of divorce in the US, traditional ideas about love, relationships and marriage might no longer be fit for purpose. Catch the exclusive premiere of this documentary at your fave local cinema!
Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar | 30 November—2 December
A highlight on the Fremantle Arts Centre calendar, the Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar is back and my gosh are we looking forward to it. Set in the idyllic front garden of FAC with festoon lights, live music and the summer breeze creating that perfect festive vibe, these markets host some of WA’s most talented designers and makers. The perfect spot to while away an afternoon searching for treasures!
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