Here are a few of our top recommendations on where to go, what to see, and what to look forward to in and around Perth this weekend.
1. Check out this popular dumpling joint’s new dim sum(mer) menu
Get ready for the ultimate long lunch on the Foreshore at Miss Chow’s. Their new dim sum menu includes an ample range of mouth-watering dumplings, crunchy salt and pepper squid, as well as BBQ pork buns, xiao long bao, and more. For $49 per person, you can choose three different dumpling varieties, which come in pieces of three (so nine pieces in total). Or for $59 per person, you can choose any three dishes from the entire menu, including the larger plates. Both menu choices also include a tap beer or prosecco on arrival. For more info, click here.
2. Gather the gang for the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown
If you’re not meeting at a mate’s place this Saturday from 12pm AEST for the Hottest 100 countdown, there’s venues aplenty in Perth throwing events for you to sing along to your favourites and have a cheeky boogie while you’re at it. The Indian Ocean Hotel is hosting an epic pool party for the countdown from 10am – 5pm and COAST Port Beach a beach party, which sounds pretty damn fun. Then we’ve got Hottest 100 parties at Mojo’s Bar, The Lookout Bar, and Convenients. For more info, click here.
3. Grab some of the best Vietnamese street food in town at this venue run by an ex-Masterchef contestant
Jenny Lam is known for her appearance in season 13 of Masterchef Australia. Making it all way until the tenth week, Jenny blessed the show with her top-notch culinary skills and. She’s also the chef-owner of Vietnamese street food restaurant, Bunn Mee in Leederville and is serving up some of the best Vietnamese street food in town. It’s open every day from 11am – 2.30, except for Sundays where they close early at 2pm. She’s also opening up a new restaurant in February, so click here to find out more.
4. Road trip to Yanchep for lagoon swims and lavender field visits
Yanchep is just a 45-minute drive north of Perth, and it’s home to plenty of things to do, especially on a summer’s day. Spend the day soaking in the idyllic Yanchep Lagoon with its crystal-clear turquoise waters, then pay a visit to the Yanchep Lavender Farm for some Insta-snaps and lavender-infused goodies.
5. Be dazzled at Fringe World Festival
Kicking off this weekend and running until February 13, FRINGE WORLD has 436 shows across 90 venues around Perth, so there will surely be something that will tickle your fancy. You can find the full program here.
6. Treat the kids to an activity-filled day at Cockburn Gateway’s Summer Festival
Need some more inspiration to keep the kids occupied for the rest of January? Look no further than Cockburn Gateway’s Summer Festival. This family-friendly festival is jam-packed with things to do including basketball, bowling and hook-a-duck, as well as a fun augmented reality game named ‘Fruit Ninja’. There will also be an outdoor cinema pop-up with twilight sessions of your favourite Disney classics. Cockburn Gateway’s Summer Festival will run from January 10 – 23 at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City. For more info and to book outdoor cinema tickets, click here.
7. Celebrate Veganuary by ordering in a plant-based feed from Deliveroo
According to Deliveroo, nearly 42 per cent of Australians identify as vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or as someone that reduce their meat intake. That’s a pretty big chunk of the country’s population. Plant-based diets have become more popular in the past few years, mainly due to reports that reducing meat intake is one of the most significant ways one can personally reduce our environmental impact. Deliveroo is doing their bit this Veganuary by offering free delivery on select plant-based food orders for the whole of January.
8. Kick back with some Sunday Music at Fremantle Arts Centre
Fremantle Arts Centre’s beloved music program is back for the spring and summer, so check out Sunday Music for free in their Front Garden, every week from October to March. The show will run from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, and this weekend, it’s the turn of Perth rapper Marthas and local electronic producer Project BEXX.
You can also take a look at other Fremantle Arts Centre events that are on the horizon.
9. Take brunch to the next level with bottomless dumplings and booze at this epic Yum Cha feast in Freo
At $85 per person, Yum Brunch features two hours of bottomless specialty dumpling varieties prepared by Emily Taylor’s chef, plus unlimited sparkling, house wine or beer, and tea. So make sure you bring your appetite, because it’s time to get your money’s worth of dumplings between 9.30 and 11.30 am on the weekend. Bookings are essential for Yum Brunch.
For more info on Yum Brunch, click here.
10. Visit a National Park near the city
National Parks are a national treasure and a welcome escape from the city. These areas of land have been given protected status because of their landscapes, ecosystems, native flora and fauna as well as their cultural significance. They’re also chock full of trails for walks and hikes with some leading to waterfalls or swimming holes.Check out these National Parks within 75km of Perth.
At our favourite outdoor cinema, a bunch of films will play on the big screen in Perth this weekend, and it’s looking like the weather is going to be perfect for it. Friday night’s movie will be No Time To Die, then Sing 2 on Saturday night, followed by Spiderman: No Way Home on Sunday night.Moonlight Cinemas has also announced its February program.
12. Go Star Dreaming at the WA Maritime Museum
Through the eyes of two children who go on a magical odyssey, discover the science behind the beginnings of time and space as well as the ancient stories of the Yamaji people from the Murchison region in this live-action, astrophysics-fuelled documentary. Narrated by Ernie Dingo and screened within an immersive 180-degree full-dome cinema, Star Dreaming is a truly remarkable experience as the stories of the stars are brought to life.
Screening daily, there are two versions available to watch depending on how deep into the journey you want to travel. See more info and find tickets here.