For those living in WA at the moment, we know all too well how lucky we are that we’re able to leave our homes and experience all the best our State has to offer. But the even better news is that with no community transmission, large scale events and gatherings are back in the fold just in time for summer. Things are really heating up over the next few months so we wanted to put together your go-to guide on all the events and festivals not to be missed as we roll into the Christmas period. We’re talking the biggest beer festival to hit Fremantle, artisan market stalls at UWA and the ever-so reliable Icecream Factory set to start 2021 right.
RTRFM Presents: In the Pines
Dates: 18 October | Tickets: click here
Starting off strong – In the Pines is finally here after a long-awaited postponement due to Coronavirus. The team at RTRFM have curated a pretty stellar lineup featuring Verge Collection and Adrian Dzvuke for all your party needs. You’ll be sitting back inside the epic Somerville Auditorium with a drink in hand watching 10 hours of bands for a mere $40. Great value for money if you ask us!
Glasshouse Dining With Heritage Wine Bar
Dates: October 20 – December 5 | Tickets: click here
For a pretty unique experience, the team at Heritage Wine Bar has just launched its ‘Glasshouse Dining Experience’. As you wander through the CBD you’ll see six specially created glasshouses surrounding Brookfield Place. Dining in this manner allows for the feeling of being amongst the vibrant Perth city scene while at the same time, being enclosed in an intimate setting. Although this is strictly not a large scale event, we really thought this was a pretty special experience to be had with a few friends and could even be used as a pre-Christmas celebration.
Dates: November 13 – November 15 | Tickets: click here
If you like beer of any kind – this is for you. Fremantle is putting on a serious show this November with the biggest collection of Western Australian breweries all under one roof. Located on Esplanade Park, this mammoth beer celebration brings together masterclasses, food pairing, DJ’s, FREE tastings, and roving performances. If you are game enough, you can also nominate a taster for the ‘home brewing award’ – offering up and coming homebrewers the opportunity to showcase their take on the golden ale.
Perth UpMarket: Design Market UWA
Dates: November 29 | Tickets: click here
Returning for another run of dates, Perth UpMarket is back at UWA in November with over 180 market stalls featuring everyday local designers selling all things from ceramics to puppets. With COVID impacting their ability to sell in large scale settings, now is the perfect time to get behind your favourite artists and support them with a sale. Get ready for every trinket under the sun and food trucks to keep you fueled.
Ice Cream Factory – Presets Opening Night
Dates: December 11 – December 28 (various artists) | Tickets: click here
We know you’ve all been waiting for this one! Ice Cream Factory has been confirmed for December and will feature some pretty serious acts such as Presets, What So Not, ILLY and Motez. This year will be extra special given that it will most likely be one of the main stand-alone large-scale festivals in the country thanks for our friends COVID impacting the rest of the country. With that in mind, we should take this opportunity by the horns and really cherish our chance to mingle with mates, listen to some quality music and enjoy all this festival has to offer! Tickets for this one are selling super quick so we recommend getting your hands on them ASAP.
Tequila & Margarita Festival – Market Grounds
Dates: 28 February | Tickets: TBC (watch for updates on Market Grounds)
Amigos, February next year will mark a festival celebrating arguably the most popular cocktail on the planet – the humble Margarita. The team at Market Grounds are putting together a Mexican fiesta which will feature tequila in all shapes and sizes. Tickets to this one haven’t been released yet but keep an eye out on the Market Grounds website for all the details and release dates.
Dates: Starting 31 October | Tickets: click here
Ok, so technically not a festival, we thought this one still deserved a spot because of the fact it’s outdoors, its generally over 100 people (so almost a festival) and it’s on a rooftop. The CBD Rooftop Movies return for another year complete with nostalgic films, art-house and blockbusters. Pick from either bean bags, deckchairs or the extra fancy reserved section. We recommend booking online ahead of time as sometimes door tickets are unavailable.
Old-Young’s Gin Masterclass
Dates: 22 November | Tickets: click here
Responsible for some seriously unique gins including the crowd-pleaser 7 Seasons Gin which pays homage to the Indigenous Australian Seasons – Old Youngs are opening their cellar doors in November for you to create your very own blend. Perfect for a present for a loved one, or just if you’re in the mood for gin, this masterclass will take you through the history of gin, how they make their own and finally a blending course. Expect to leave with your own concoction to drink at a later time and a wealth of knowledge, too.
Woof-and-Wine & Tradewinds
Dates: 29 November | Tickets: click here
Fancy taking your pooch to the pub? Now is your chance. Held on the rooftop of the Tradewinds Hotel – Woof-and-Wine will be featuring top local organic wines, heaps of canines and awards for your pooches across a heap of categories. Tickets are 50 bucks and will score you the following:
- Drink on arrival
- Selection of shared food
- Tasty treat bag for your doggo to enjoy
- Reusable tote bag
- Dog beer (wow!)
- Laughter and good times
MOTIF Open-Air New Years Day Beach Party
Dates: 1 January 2021 | Tickets: click here
Closing out the list – MOTIF is back at Coast Port Beach this year for yet another belter of a party. Featuring the likes of Bag Raiders and Young Franco – the festival will feature 4 stages, 5 bars and a silent disco. Old mates from West Winds Gin will also be putting on a show with their ‘Gin Boat Bar’ for all your gin and tonic requirements.
Although COVID has stunted a few plans over 2020, Perth is in a very unique spot where we still have heaps of festivals and events on the horizon. Use this list to help plan your summer and we hope to see you down at some of these soon. As always, if you are in need of transport to and from these events – we are your answer with bus sizes to suit almost any group. To reserve a bus, head here.