I love that there’s always something to look forward to in Perth. When I first started blogging five years ago, the ‘Perth is boring’ sentiment was running strong. Thankfully these days that sentiment is starting to change. There is so much diversity in this little city of ours that there is always SOMETHING on – you just need to know where to look! This week, with an exhibition dedicated to one of Perth’s favourite actors, night markets, a food and wine festival, a chance to get up close with elephants, and an overnight event to get you in the mood for Halloween, you’re in the right place!
Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures
On until Monday 29 January
The Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum have teamed up to curate a unique exhibition celebrating the life of Perth-born actor Heath Ledger. Showcasing the screen career of the respected and charismatic star and exploring his passion for creativity, the exhibit includes personal items from the man himself as well as family and close friends, with photos and moving stills offering a glimpse into Heath’s life, from his teenage years through to his final film role.
Kalamunda Night Market
Friday 20 October
The Kalamunda Farmers Markets have long been a popular weekend activity – a leisurely drive up the hill rewarded by the opportunity to explore local handmade goods. Given this successes they’ve decided to kick things up a notch with a Friday night market featuring a great selection of street food, giftware, arts and crafts, community groups, live music, street performers and kids’ activities. Head to Central Mall, off Central Avenue, for the traffic-free twilight markets.
BeauVine Food and Wine Festival
Friday 20 October – Sunday 22 October
Grab a glass of wine and enjoy it in the sunshine with food from one of Perth’s favourite restaurants at the BeauVine Food and Wine Festival. Returning to Birdwood Square for the weekend, you’ll be able to take your pick from more than 60 wineries, breweries and cideries pouring over 500 different beers, ciders, wines and spirits. With popups from 12 Perth eateries, each session runs for four hours and includes a free tasting glass and tastings. There’ll also be live music and markets to get that festive atmosphere in full swing.
Breakfast with the Elephants
Saturday 21 October
Elephants are pretty much one of the best animals ever – they’re smart, gentle, funny and playful, and now you can get up close to them at the Perth Zoo’s Breakfast with the Elephants experience. Selfies are fully encouraged as you chow down on a tasty brekky (vegetarian and gluten free options available but you must let them know when you book) joined by Asian Elephants Tricia and Permai. Chat to their keepers, maybe give them a bit of brekky of their own if you’re lucky, and watch them have a good old time with a Wild Art session – you can even buy one of their paintings to take home.
Horror Movie Campout
Saturday 21 October
Horror lovers rejoice – finally a frightening festival where costumes are expected and screams will be heard all night long! Pack a tent and some fake blood and head to Quarry Farm, 45 minutes from the city, for the immersive and exhilarating Horror Movie Campout. With DJs, Melbourne art punk rockers Destrends, silent ‘slasher’ disco, a scare maze and immersive roaming scare actors, the scene will be well and truly set for when darkness falls and the cinema lights up with intense short horror flicks and two movie headliners voted by campers prior to the event. The campsite opens at 12pm on Saturday, the bar and activities begin at 2pm and it all winds up at 10.30am on Sunday.