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The Local’s Guide to Perth & WA

Perth and regional WA is full of awesome arts and events, fun bars, amazing food & drink, unique travel experiences, pristine landscapes and plenty of opportunities to engage with Aboriginal culture, but we tend to keep it well hidden. This site is maintained in partnership with thousands of local operators as a guide to what’s on, places to go and things to do. It includes more than 6,000 ideas, making it the only comprehensive guide to WA. Enjoy!

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Perth’s top rooftop bars offering stunning city views

Perth’s top rooftop bars offering stunning city views

The weather is heating up, which means there’s no better place to soak up Perth’s glorious sunshine than on a...
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Where to try bush tucker across WA

Where to try bush tucker across WA

If you’re a lover of Aboriginal art and culture, there has never been a better time to extend that experience...
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Check out Bark Subiaco, the smallest and cosiest bar in Subi, perfect for chilled winter drinks and boardgames

Check out Bark Subiaco, the smallest and cosiest bar in Subi, perfect for chilled winter drinks and boardgames

Located on Hay Street under the iiNet building opposite Subiaco Square, BARK Subiaco is the cosiest and coolest small bar...
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Perth restaurants with open fireplaces and heritage charm for a family dinner in winter

Perth restaurants with open fireplaces and heritage charm for a family dinner in winter

While it’s easy to slip into hibernation mode on chilly winter evenings, there’s nothing like a roaring fireplace to keep...
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Sample gin and whiskey from 10 local WA distillers as they take over Fremantle Markets

Sample gin and whiskey from 10 local WA distillers as they take over Fremantle Markets

Gin and Whiskey lovers assemble! Fremantle Markets is hosting Fremantle’s very own ‘WA Distillers Takeover’ this month from Friday August...
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Three week Gin & Tonic Festival coming to Perth in September, featuring four-course gin-infused dinner

Three week Gin & Tonic Festival coming to Perth in September, featuring four-course gin-infused dinner

One of Perth's most-loved bars has announced a three-week Gin & Tonic Gala, taking place September 7 - 27, 2020....
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Old Values, Subiaco’s newest bar opens Friday 31 July with old school fire truck & vintage arcade games

Old Values, Subiaco’s newest bar opens Friday 31 July with old school fire truck & vintage arcade games

Old becomes new again at Rokeby Road’s newest lounge bar Old Values, located at the upstairs venue where Club Kahuna...
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Mid-week hotspots: Perth inner-city bars open to midnight

Mid-week hotspots: Perth inner-city bars open to midnight

Perth is an early to rise and early to bed kind of city. Mid-week, most bars and restaurants are closed...
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Where to go on your next dinner date in Fremantle

Where to go on your next dinner date in Fremantle

If you are looking to get out of the CBD, the historic hub of Fremantle provides for a laid-back night...
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Artisan ice-creameries to get you through the Perth summer

Artisan ice-creameries to get you through the Perth summer

As the weather heats up and the sunscreen and sunglasses come out, what better way to spend your summer than...
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Guides


Swan Valley Wine Show 2020 Twilight Showcase

Head over to Sandalford Winery for a fabulous evening showcasing fine wine presented by the Swan Valley Winemakers Association.

  • Dates:Oct 8
  • Time(s):5pm
  • Venue:Saldalford Winery

Details

  • Hosted By:Swan Valley Winemakers
  • Venue Address:Sandalford Winery, 3210 W Swan Road, Caversham, WA, 6055
  • Ticket Price:$60 +GST
  • Food & Drink:Wine,Winery Events

Description

The Swan Valley Wine Show Twilight Showcase will kick off from 5pm in the beautiful Estate Room at Sandalford Wines and will include an official exhibitor’s tasting and trophy presentations for all of our category winners.

You will have the opportunity to taste some of the award-winning entries from this year's Swan Valley Wine Show.

Tickets will be limited in line with government restrictions around social distancing. Ticket sales will be available to members first, then if capacity allows available to the general public in mid-September, priced at $60 + GST per person.

Kings Park Festival

Come celebrate 'Perth's Green Heart' with the world's biggest and most beautiful display of Western Australian wildflowers this September at Perth's iconic destination, Kings Park.

  • Dates:Sept 1 - 30
  • Venue:Kings Park
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:Kings Park and Botanic Garden
  • Venue Address:Fraser Ave, Perth WA 6005
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Other:Flowers & Gardens
  • Event Venue:Kings Park
  • Type:Free

Description

The 2020 Kings Park Festival will celebrate 'Perth’s Green Heart' this September with the world’s biggest and most beautiful display of Western Australian wildflowers. Enjoy dozens of free and fabulous events for nature lovers, garden gurus and those with an interest in conservation and the beautiful Western Australian environment. 

The Festival will run from 1 – 30 September, with more than 25,000 plants and hundreds of wildflower varieties bursting into bloom, heralding the start of spring in the South West of WA.

With ‘Instagrammable’ spots around every corner, there will be plenty of opportunities to get back to nature with guided walks, an outdoor photography display and outdoor wellness classes, as well as 17 hectares of the beautiful Western Australian Botanic Garden to explore. 

Enjoy a guided walk through the WA Botanic Garden, Kings Park Bushland or Bold Park with their expert volunteers and staff, or get your native gardening tips at a 'Dig it With Coffee' session run weekly during September. For a deeper look at the WA environment, why don’t you tune into their informative science webinars hosted by the passionate environmental scientists and conservationists.

If you fancy something a bit more active – Join the GoGo Active Tours on a wildflower bike tour and the crew at The Hike Collective for a ‘High Tea and Guided Hike’ through some of Kings Park’s wildflower hotspots.

After all the sightseeing, you will be able to relax in the spring sunshine and enjoy acoustic music in several of the parkland precincts on select weekends.  

Beaufort St Songwriters Club

Enjoy intimate performances from some of Perth's up-and-coming talent at The Beaufort St Songwriters Club.

  • Dates:Sep 17 - Oct 29
  • Time(s):8pm to 11.30pm
  • Venue:The Bird

Details

  • Venue Address:181 William St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price:$5
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Gig Guide,Pop

Description

Originally born in Mt Lawley, The Bird in Northbridge invites you to a cosy night filled with music and candlelight. With a selection of great drinks and shaker fires, this is a great way to kick the mid-week blues. 

Let The Right One In

Sinister undercurrents and gothic themes flow throughout Harbour Theatre’s latest show, as part of a dark coming-of-age story.

  • Dates:September 18-October 4
  • Time(s):7.30pm September 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30, October 2 and 3 with 2pm matinees September 20, 27 avnd October 4
  • Venue:Harbour Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Harbour Theatre
  • Venue Address:16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park
  • Ticket Price:$25.50, $23.50 concession, $20.50 students
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20.50
  • Ticket price TO:$25.50
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Camelot Outdoor Cinema
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

SINISTER undercurrents and gothic themes flow throughout Harbour Theatre’s latest show, as part of a dark coming-of-age story.

Based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist and adapted for stage by Jack Thorne, Let The Right One In focuses on the bullied teenage boy Oskar who finds a friend in Eli, after she moves in next door.

Both are from dysfunctional families and support each other during a frightening time in Oskar’s life, as a spate of disturbing killings rock the neighbourhood.

But Eli has a hidden secret – she doesn’t go to school and never leaves her flat during the day.

Let The Right One In was published in 2004 and adapted into a film in 2008, followed by an English language adaptation in 2010 under the title Let Me In.

“The story proves that as long as you have someone to support you, you can survive anything,” director Jo Sterkenburg said.

“There are several underlying themes that many people will identify with and enjoy exploring.”

Sterkenburg said she saw the film several years ago and was captivated by its dark undertones and relatable story.

“After reading the book, I looked for the screenplay and, to my delight, discovered it was available to be performed,” she said.

“I have always been attracted to dark, gothic themes and have wanted to do something like this at Harbour Theatre for many years.

“I wanted a challenge, instead of the usual sort of play with a square set and lots of furniture.

Let The Right One In is an opportunity for the audience to imagine the horror through atmosphere, sound and lighting effects and, of course, good acting.”

First becoming involved in theatre more than 40 years ago in Quairading, Sterkenburg joined Harbour Theatre in 1981 and has been involved as an actor, director, stage manager, lighting and sound operator and make-up artist in a plethora of productions.

She has also performed at Melville Theatre and has numerous best actor and supporting actor awards to her credit.

Most recently, Sterkenburg directed the bittersweet comedy Sex Cells and the short drama Early Frost.

Her latest show hasn’t been without its challenges, including COVID-19.

“We were two weeks into rehearsal and then everything went into lockdown,” Sterkenburg said.

“But my cast and crew have been amazing, still wanting to be involved months later, and are coming along to rehearsals with enthusiasm.”

Let The Right One In plays at 7.30pm September 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30, October 2 and 3 with 2pm matinees September 20, 27 avnd October 4. Tickets are $25.50, $23.50 concession and $20.50 students – book at www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.

Note: the play contains strong language and supernatural themes and is not suitable for children under 14.

Harbour Theatre is located at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park.

The Small Hours

Suspense, mystery and murder come together at Stirling Theatre in The Small Hours, a thriller with international intrigue.

  • Dates:September 18-October 3
  • Time(s):8pm September 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, October 1, 2 & 3; 2pm September 20 & 27
  • Venue:Stirling Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Stirling Theatre
  • Venue Address:Morris Place, Innaloo
  • Ticket Price:$22, $20 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$22
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

SUSPENSE, mystery and murder come together at Stirling Theatre in The Small Hours, a thriller with international intrigue.

Written by Francis Durbridge and directed by Janet Brandwood, the play follows Sussex hotel owner Carl Houston who saves a passenger when their plane is hijacked after leaving Australia.

Houston nearly dies as he tries to learn why his travel bag is of interest to the police while also attempting to find out what a toy koala, his devious chef and the hijacking have in common.

Playwright Durbridge is an English author, best known for creating the character Paul Temple.

Janet has chosen to update the play from its 1980s setting to the present day.

“What directly inspired me was finding a copy of the script when I was in the theatre office,” she said.

“I previously directed Durbridge’s A Touch of Danger in 2011 and was familiar with his style. 

“My husband Tom also directed two of his plays at the old Stirling Theatre in Cedric Street. 

“I am a big fan of crime stories and have Agatha Christie’s entire collection of books, her biography and many of her plays – I have directed six of them.”

The main challenge with The Small Hours, according to Janet, is the set.

“The first scene is aboard an aircraft and we’ve been lucky enough to find two genuine airline seats,” she said.

“They’re on a small thrust stage, right in front of the proscenium, with the remaining scenes in the living room of a hotel.”

The Small Hours plays at 8pm September 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, October 1, 2 and 3 with 2pm matinees September 20 and 27. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/BHPJF.

Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

Quartet

Get ready to laugh, sigh and cry a little as four retired opera singers take you into the bittersweet world of facing up to age and mortality.

  • Dates:Sep 24, 25, 26; Oct 1, 2, 3
  • Time(s):8pm September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, October 1, 2 and 3 with a 2pm matinee September 26
  • Venue:Limelight Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Limelight Theatre
  • Venue Address:Civic Drive, Wanneroo
  • Ticket Price:$21, $18 concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$18
  • Ticket price TO:$21
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

GET ready to laugh, sigh and cry a little as four retired opera singers take you into the bittersweet world of facing up to age and mortality.

Written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Gwen Browning at Limelight Theatre, Quartet is set in an aged care home with Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred ready to celebrate Verdi’s birthday with an annual concert.

Reggie’s ex-wife Jean arrives and upsets the balance, continuing to act like a diva and refusing to sing – but the show must go on.

In 2012, a film adaptation was directed by Dustin Hoffman and starred Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins and Tom Courtenay.

“I loved the film,” Browning said. “For those of us in their 60s and above, the situation and state the characters are in is all too familiar. 

“I felt the play would appeal to our more mature patrons while also providing a good laugh for everyone.”

Involved with Limelight Theatre since 1983, Browning has performed – as she puts it – in “too many productions to remember”.

She was named best actress at Limelight Theatre in 1992, 1996, 2004 and 2006, also scoring the accolade at the 1995 State Drama Festival.

Browning has directed the plays Hotel Sorrento, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Life x 3 and Talking Heads, winner of best production in 2012.

The main challenge with Quartet, she says, is working with a cast of only four.

“It goes without saying that a group of strong actors is essential,” Browning said.

“The actors must also be able to bounce off each other and work well as an ensemble.”

Quartet plays at 8pm September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, October 1, 2 and 3 with a 2pm matinee September 26. Tickets are $21, $18 concession – email [email protected] or call 0499 954 016 between 9am and 12pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (or leave a clear message).

Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

Subi Lounge Series: Zucchini Brothers Dazzle The Streets

Subi’s famous vegetable siblings colour the streets with Euro-folk, latin and bossa nova vibes.

  • Dates:Sept 24, Oct 3
  • Time(s):Thurs 4pm & 5:30pm, Sat 2pm & 3:30pm

Details

  • Hosted By:See Subiaco
  • Venue Address:The Regal Theatre & Forrest Walk
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Other:Music
  • Music:Country & Folk,Jazz,Other Music
  • Type:Free

Description

The Zucchini Brothers play Latin, Tango, Bossa Nova, European classics and an array of popular hearty vocals. They are at their best moving around tables, playing lovers requests and raucous tarentellas, bull fighting boleros and Russian folk songs!

Roving performances
• Thursday 24 September 4:00pm, Regal Theatre sidewalk & 5:30pm, Forrest Walk
• Saturday 3 October 2:00pm, Regal Theatre sidewalk, 3:30pm, Forrest Walk

Subi Lounge Series: Paper Moon Play Bistro Felix

Jazz, soul and contemporary favourites. Two wonderful evenings of spell-binding musicianship with outstanding vocalist Fiona Rea and virtuoso jazz guitarist Lachlan Gear.

  • Dates:Sept 24; Oct 1
  • Time(s):4:30pm - 6:30pm

Details

  • Hosted By:See Subiaco
  • Venue Address:118-120 Rokeby Road Subiaco
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Other:Music
  • Music:Jazz
  • Type:Free

Description

Bistro Felix Wine Bar is a smart wine bar and restaurant with a focus on Modern European dining. The menu is a contemporary take on classic French dishes designed by head chef Amane Mori, winner of the 2019 Western Australian Restaurant and Catering: Chef of the Year Award. If a drink is all you desire, you are welcome to take a seat at their bar or on Subiaco’s favourite deck, order a nibble from our snacks menu and select from their extensive cocktail, beer and wine list.

• Bistro Felix Wine Bar
• September 24, 2020, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
• October 1, 2020 4:30pm to 6:30pm

FREE
Contact venue to make a booking.

Pixar Putt 2020

Get ready to kick some serious putt for Pixar Putt's return to Perth for a limited season!

  • Dates:Sep 25 - Oct 25
  • Time(s):10.00am to 10.00pm
  • Venue:RAC Arena Plaza

Details

  • Hosted By:Disney & Life Like Touring
  • Venue Address:RAC Arena Plaza, 700 Wellington Street
  • Ticket Price FROM:$19.90
  • Ticket price TO:$119.90
  • Event Venue:RAC Arena
  • Type:For Kids

Description

This pop-up open-air mini golf experience is inspired by some of Pixar’s most adored films and is set to take guests to infinity…and beyond!

Putt your way around 9 or 18 holes including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Inside Out, Wall-E, The Good Dinosaur and more.

This year, not only has Pixar Putt had a redesign, but it will also see the debut of some brand-new holes featuring the latest Pixar hit Onward, as well as Toy Story 4, Ratatouille and Coco, across the entire 18-hole course.

By its very nature, Pixar Putt is one of the most physically distanced events you could find anywhere! The safety of patrons is top priority and Pixar Putt will operate with a commitment to a COVIDSafe environment under a full COVIDSafe Plan.

Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival

Plein Air Down Under, Outdoor Painting Festival

  • Dates:Sep 26-28
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:Plein Air Down Under
  • Venue Address:Mandurah Town
  • Type:Community,Youth Art / Performance
  • Art Exhibitions:Painting
  • Other:Arts & Crafts

Description

Workshops, Paint Outs, Exhibitions, Demonstrations and Artist Talks. This festival celebrates everything to do with outdoor painting.

 

Plein Air Down Under invites artists to join in the fun of Mandurah’s first outdoor painting festival.

Over $8,000 in cash and prizes is on offer for artists accepting the challenge of capturing the character and beauty of Mandurah and Pinjarra’s natural and built environment.

 

As well as organised Paint Outs, there will be time for artists to explore and paint in other areas. 

 

This is a free event for the general public, and for artists who would like to paint over the three days and be eligible for the prize money, registrations are $10 for aged 18 and under, and $60 for adults.

 

The festival dates are 26, 27 and 28 September, with additional pre-festival workshops and activities – all designed to celebrate the art of painting outdoors.

 

What is Plein Air Painting?

En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors. The artist’s subject is in full view, with no photographic reference. It allows the artist to paint a moment in time, in real time. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, colour and movement.

 

Image:  Leon Holmes by Judith Rigter

 

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