Whether your resolution was to get fit, eat healthier, dance more, or simply taste more wine and cheese, we have found the event for you. December is when moderation goes out the door, so open up the window and let it back in. Why not balance that marathon training schedule with refuelling at a degustation or a lazy sundowner at one of the numerous outdoor concerts?
Of course, just before February hits we also have one last (big) hurrah with the Australia Day long weekend. No matter which part of the state you are in, it’s the one day of the year where a BBQ and an ice-cold middy are mandatory.
Here's what's on in regional WA this January.
Movies At Cape Mentelle | January To March
Movies at Cape Mentelle runs throughout the warmer months and sees a carefully selected program of new releases and beloved classics for star-lit viewing. Pack a picnic and enjoy one of the most loved events every year down in Margaret River. Make sure you rug up though, the nights can get pretty cool down south.
Shakespeare In The Vines | 4 January
A favourite from Shakespeare’s canon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect pick for an evening of theatre among the vines at Voyager Estate’s Shakespeare in the Vines. Pack a picnic, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the magic as you are whisked off to a tale filled with lost lovers and naughty sprites.
Rustico Summer Down South | 5 January
With the warm summer air and views of lush vineyards, you could almost be forgiven for thinking you are nestled in the middle of the Med. Rustico serves up tapas alongside Hayshed Hill wines at this favourite lunchtime spot. Their Summer Down South series sees dinner served along with a side of live music; this time from acoustic act Ricky Green.
Dongara Blessing of the Fleet | 12 January
There is more to Dongara than its famed bakery. Throw the swag in the back of the 4x4 and head up to this coastal town for the Blessing of the Fleet. Run by the Fishermen’s Association, the day is a celebration at the Port Denison Marina. Of course, there is plenty to do for land-lovers: crayfish cocktails, big screen fishing action and a giant bouncy castle are just some of the fun things in store.
Beerfarm’s Funk Up The Farm | 12 January
It’s time to raid the dress-up box and boogie on down at the Beerfarm’s Funk Up The Farm. Featuring a smorgasbord of bands that would make James Brown proud, get your flares ready to flex to energetic the Bambuseae Rhythm Section, The Vibrolators and Margaret River’s own Doghouse Collective.
Oysters And Riesling | 12 And 13 January
Freshly shucked oysters with crisp and aromatic Riesling; it’s a perfect pairing. Howard Park’s Oysters and Riesling is a summer event you don’t want to miss, even the locals will be lining up for this one. Plonk your picnic rug on the lush lawn in front of one of the most picturesque cellar doors, chill out to the vibes from Kachina DJs and settle in for a blissful arvo.
Western Australian Circus Festival| 19 To 20 January
Not your everyday trip to the circus, the WA Circus Festival is a celebration of all things Cirque. Jam packed with entertainment and training opportunities if you fancy yourself a bit of a clown or hire-wire wannabe. Performers travel from around the world to bring their talents, live music and food stalls to this little pocket of Karridale. Be sure to stick around for the late-night cabaret.
Grapes And Gallops | 20 January
Fashion. Tick. Wine. Tick. Horses. Tick. Feasting. Tick. All of these come together at Mt Barker Turf Club’s Grapes and Gallops. Enjoy the fine wines of the Great Southern along with some of the regions delicious food producers. Don’t forget your frock though, after all, a day at the races is as much about the style as it is the stirrups.
Australia Day | 26 January
There is bound to be an Australia Day event in most sizable towns of WA but here is our pick of the best. There are plenty of chances down south including brekky on the beach at the Australia Day Celebration at Busselton Foreshore, or a relaxed lunch with one of the best views in town at the Pullman Bunker Bay Australia Day BBQ Buffet. Foodies will be in their element at the Cape Lodge Australia Day Seafood BBQ and Champagne Lunch. Free flowing Ruinart… where do we sign up? For those headed up to the heat of the north, Kalbarri Australia Day Fireworks will keep everyone entertained with a free display high in the sky after the sun has set.
Australia Day Long Weekend Concert | 27 January
The Leeuwin Australia Day Long Weekend Concert is one of the most hotly anticipated music events on the annual calendar. Grab a glass of Art Series, stretch out on the picnic blanket, and watch the sun setting over the iconic stage nestled amongst the trees. John Butler and Missy Higgins are Aussie music legends sure to entertain audiences both young and old for this year’s concert.
Busselton Festival | 1 To 31 January
The Festival of Busselton has a huge number of events to take your pick from. From live music through to the biggest picnic in the South West, there is even a Festival History Exhibition. Whether you like to get busy with outdoor activities, art galleries, or love food and wine, it’s all here for you.
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