Once again, the week has flown by and the weekend is here. We’ve curated a list of awesome things to do in Perth this weekend: from a new eateries to relaxing markets and plenty more.
1. Check out this award-winning Christmas market
On Saturday 10 December from 8am until 1pm, Clarko Reserve in Trigg will be host to the award-winning market, Summer X Salt for their special Christmas pop-up. The beachside locale is a magical place as is, whack on a visit from Santa, over 60 local stalls, and big sustainability vibes; and you’ve got yourself a mighty fine day by the sea.
You can find food trucks, fresh juice, coffee carts, live music, free wellness and family activities, alongside side the creative artisans. Bring your dog, bring your own cups and containers, and bring your Chrissy spirit for the Summer X Salt Christmas Pop-Up Market. Check out our full list of Christmas markets here.
2. Have a heap of fun at the Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair
On Friday 9 Decmber from 5pm until 11pm, head on down to Elizabeth Quay for the return of their Fun Fair. The evening will see carnival rides, sideshow games, show bags, roving performers, Christmas attractions with a delightful snowfall, Santa’s Creation Station, food trucks, some sort of Santa performance and fireworks, lots of them. There’s gonna be a whole heap of fun for everyone to enjoy – get around it and get into it.
3. Catch an al fresco film with the return of Moonlight Cinema
Perth’s Moonlight Cinema will return from Friday 25 November until Sunday 26 March 2023. You’ll find it on the May Drive Parkland atop the stunning Kings Park and Botanic Garden, just on the outskirts of Perth City. Pack up a picnic rug or a bean bag and sprawl across the lawn for a perfect night at the movies. Read all about it here.
4. Mosey around the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens’ Christmas display
Experience The Magic Of Christmas at Wanneroo Botanic Gardens again this festive season as you wind your way through the stunning five acres of gardens and your eyes light up sparkly tree after sparkly tree. Entry is free for all mini golf players and Leapfrogs dining guests, while everyone else who just wants to soak in the atmosphere will be charged $5. Read all about the event and other Christmas festivities here.
5. Indulge at the Twilight Hawkers Market in Forrest Place
The beloved Twilight Hawkers Markets are back in Forrest Place! On Friday 2 December from 4:30pm until 9:30pm, head on down and indulge in a vast range of street food from across the globe. Take in all the smells of noodles, dumplings, curry, and loads more, all while taking in the ambience and listening to live music in the centre of the city. Read all about it here.
6. Mosey around this market by the beachside
On Sunday 11 December, the oceanside suburb of Kallaroo, just north of Hillarys, will be host to Markets By The Sea. With over 50 incredible artists, creators, designers, growers, and plenty of food trucks, the event will be sure to provide relaxed Sunday vibes, with a side of live music too. Read all about it and find out more details here.
7. Paint baubles and make Chrissy wreaths with a vino in hand at this workshop
Perth’s beloved Cabernet and Canvas are offering a little more than their usual painting while drinking concept. Now, the artsy and boozy house are offering unique workshops that will have you pouring a resin ocean clock, painting a set of Christmas baubles, and creating a wonderful native Christmas wreath, all with a glass of wine in hand, of course. Read all about the workshops and secure your tickets here.
8. Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail
Every Friday and Saturday from now until Monday 2 January 2023 between 6pm and 3am, be awe-inspired by the Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail which takes you on a dazzling 6 kilometre adventure around the CBD and Northbridge. Now in its sixth year, the trail is back with 35 different large-scale light installations, from traditional Chrissy icons and iconic Australian animals to marvellous projections on Perth’s beautiful buildings. There’ll be festive entertainment and performances throughout the city too – but the projections start at 7:45pm and conclude at midnight. Check out our full list of festive things to do in Perth here.
9. Check out this historical panoramas exhibition in Freo
It’s no secret that there’s been changes to the port city of Fremantle/Walyalup over time, and the WA Maritime Museum is giving you the opportunity to step back in time with their Fremantle Then & Now exhibition. Using immersive digital projection technologies, the exhibition explores Fremantle’s deep history utilising a visually dramatic way to understand the city and its influences over 155 years of history. Read all about the exhibition here.
10. Up your target practice at this axe-throwing venue
Soon, you will be hitting your target 100% of the time – hopefully, with help from the team at Lumber Punks in East Perth. In the latter half of the 90-minute sessions, you’ll be playing some axe-throwing games to decide who is the most skillful axe-wielder of all. It’s like darts or bowling, sort of. Read all about Lumber Punks and book in for an axe-throwing session here.
11. Catch a film at Rooftop Movies in Northbridge
Atop a six storey building on Northbridge’s busy Roe Street, Rooftop Movies is providing the whole kit and kaboodle when it comes to watching the latest flicks and banging throw-back films. While you sit back and relax over a big old bean bag, deck chair, or double-seater bean bag, snack on your favourite cinema snacks or even a fresh burger on the cinematic roof. Check out the full program and read all about it here.
12. Check out Perth’s very first and newly opened Coles Local
The new award-winning concept store in South Perth is offering customers a tailored and convenient shopping experience which has been curated to meet the needs of the local community. Coles Local Angelo Street will be providing a wide range of supermarket essentials and specialty products including 485 which have been sourced from 45 of the state’s finest local food and drink businesses. Read all about it here.
13. Roam around this poppin’ farmer’s market
The Local Farmers Market in Honeywood is returning this Sunday 11 December for a day where you can explore all that local farmers, producers and manufacturers have to offer, with the addition of baked goods, coffee, crafty goods and entertainment. The Honeywood locale provides a great opportunity to take a scenic route out to the nearby Perth Hills too – out in that luscious greenery and pristine country air. View their Facebook page here.
14. Or simply stay in and binge watch everything that’s dropping on Netflix this December
Gather your friends and family and close out 2022 with nostalgic musicals, fantasy and Parisian adventures. As the year ends, Netflix is bringing a host of exciting content to us including season 3 of Emily in Paris, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, binge-worthy Christmas movies, The Witcher: Blood Origin and the long-awaited Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. There are many more comedies, eye-opening documentaries and classics to watch out for. Check out the full list of everything that’s coming to Netflix Australia in December here.
15. Be awe-inspired at the Jurassic World LEGO Exhibiton
The exhibition is the largest that’s ever hit Perth shores that’s for sure, as it’s the biggest LEGO brick adventure ever made by the Brickman team, led by Ryan McNaught. You’ll be gobsmacked by over 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and activities made with over 6 million LEGO bricks. Read all about it and grab your tickets here.
16. Go for a shark-free swim now that the Cottesloe shark barrier is back up
We enjoy a swim down at Cottesloe as much as the next person, but we’re guessing you’d rather not come face to face with a huge shark, presumably named Bruce, too. Well cheers to that, because the eco shark barrier has been reinstalled. The marine fence spans from the surface all the way to the seabed, ensuring the extremely unlikely scenario of you getting monched doesn’t happen. Read all about the eco barrier here.