Another week in 2021, another crazy curveball thrown up with news (not seen on Facebook) that thousands of publishers have been taken off Facebook’s news feed as the Australian government works to introduce new legislation forcing the social media giant to pay for news. You can read our thoughts on it here, whilst also noting we are somehow back on Facebook and posting as normal and encouraging you to keep signing up to mailing lists or following on socials the many other independent publications still languishing in no-Facebook land.
While the digital world is all over the shop, the real world is still functioning as per (mostly) normal, and below is a bunch of fun things for you to do this long weekend. Enjoy and stay cool!
WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY
Old Bridge Dozen @ Mr Chapple, The Old Synagogue
The team at Old Bridge Cellars are popping in to Mr Chapple at The Old Synagogue on Wednesday night to show off some unique and trending 2021 wines. All 12 from OBC’s latest Dozen List will be paired with some lovely canapes, and they’ll be on hand to talk you through them all. 6.30-9.30pm, grab tickets here.
Projections At City Of Lights @ Perth Cultural Centre
If you’ve been wondering what those intense lighting displays flying around over Perth city at night lately have been, it’s time for you to find out and experience themselves. As part of Perth Festival the Perth Cultural Centre has been transformed into a world of colour, light and sound with an array of moving images projected onto the buildings for a 360 degree immersive, walk-through experience from 8-11pm, Tuesdays through to Sunday. It’s running until March 14, and we absolutely recommend checking it out.
THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY
Dome Date Night @ Scitech
Scitech’s awesome Dome Date Night (part of this year’s Fringe World) has been extended for three more nights (Thursday 25-Saturday 27 Feb). Go on a breathtaking journey through time and space with that special someone, and grab a free drink on arrival. Hurry – bookings are limited.
Scarborough Sunset Markets @ Scarborough Beach
The beloved Scarborough Sunset Markets are back in full swing this Thursday, featuring a new special guests including Monty’s cafe rolling in on their healthy-treat slinging, music-DJing party bus, plus Churras South American BBQ are teaming up with Linley Valley Pork to slow cook a pig on a spit with free samples. This along with all the usual market stalls and entertainment.
FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY
Kalamunda Night Market @ Central Mall Kalamunda
After the last planned event had to be cancelled due to lockdown, the Kalamunda Night Markets are back in business this Friday night from 4-9pm in the Kalamunda Central Mall. Expect the usual mix of food vendors and great giftware stalls.
Taps & Tacos @ The Hampden Hotel
A recent addition to the Nedlands food and drinks scene, the Hampden Hotel is quickly becoming a popular choice and this Friday might be a good chance for you to get acquainted (if you’re not already). From 4-6pm Feral Brewing takeover the taps where you’ll be able to score $8 pints of Biggie Juice, $10 pints of Disco Sour and $12 pints of Shooter’s Juicy IPA. There’ll also be a putting comp and a free taco with ever Feral purchase. More info here.
Hang Me Out To Dry @ Amplifier
The Amps courtyard looks to return to its mid-2000s glory with the launch of new Friday night part Hang Me Out To Dry. They’re keeping the live music vibes too, with short, EP-length club sets from indie bands from around Australia, along with the HMOTD House Band doing ’00s covers and house DJs rinsing indie anthems all night long (think The Strokes, MGMT, The Killers etc.). More info via the FACEBOOK EVENT.
SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY
On Cloud Wine @ B-Shed
From the team behind UnWined, the inaugural On Cloud Wine takes over the scenic surrounds of the iconic B-Shed in Fremantle with over 30 stalls including wineries, breweries, distilleries, foodies, live music and more. There’s three different sessions you can book over the two days, head to the On Cloud Wine WEBSITE to grab your tickets now.
Harvest Festival @ Swan Valley
Harvest is a celebration of the Swan Valley’s summer season bounty, and an opportunity to go behind the scenes to find our what really goes on out there. You’ll get to meet growers and producers, but most importantly try plenty of delicious new drops. More info and bookings HERE.
Pork & Cider Festival @ Burswood Park
You’ve tried the beer and beef, now get the Pork & Festival this Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February set within the lush surrounds of Burswood Park. There’s a few sessions over the two days, where you’ll get to enjoy plenty of ice cold cider, delectable pork dishes, market stalls, entertainment and activities for the entire family to enjoy. For more information and to grab your tickets head to the WEBSITE.
Splash Fest @ Hillarys Boat Harbour
Fringe World heads north to take over the harbour with a massive lineup of live music, dancers, circus acts and more free entertainment over two days Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February. The list of what’s going on is too huge for this article, so we recommend checking out the FACEBOOK EVENT to find out what might tickle your Fringe fancy!
SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY
Hyde Park Fair @ Hyde Park
The Hyde Park fair returns for year #34, taking over the much-loved inner city greenspace Sunday 28 February and Monday 1 March. Presented by the Rotary Club Of North Perth you can expect rides for the whole family, four entertainment hubs, wellness stage, 200+ local businesses, food from all over the world and more.
Lime Cordiale @ Metro City
Following a bit of post-COVID reshuffling, SNACK found a new home at Metro City and is throwing four huge shows, starting with ARIA Award winners Lime Cordiale. They take to the stage Saturday and Sunday night, although with the former already sold out we suggest getting sorted for the latter ASAP via THIS LINK.
Margarita Fiesta @ Market Grounds
We’re suckers for a decent margarita, and we get the feeling we’ll be able to find plenty at Market Grounds on Sunday afternoon. From the same team as the Espresso Martini and Gin Tonica Festivals, it’ll be a day dedicated to all things margarita. If you can taste the salt on your lips already, book your tickets HERE (hurry, only early session tickets are left).
MONDAY 1 MARCH
BODIED @ Art Gallery Of WA
For something a little different, the public holiday Monday will be your last chance to catch the BODIED exhibit at AGWA. Bringing together seven internationally diverse artists, in this free exhibit the human body is “pushed around, is looked at and desired, as each artist explores how our physical forms are shaped by the social worlds around us.”
Jani Ruscica – Human Flesh
Alliance Française French Film Festival @ Palace & Luna Cinemas
Returning for its 32nd incarnation (after being forced to go digital last year), the Alliance Française French Film Festival will enchant Perth audiences from March 10 until April 17. From high-octane drama, romance and nail-biting suspense to historic tales and laugh-fuelled comedies, there’s something for everyone across all 37 features. Check the program and start booking your tickets HERE.
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