The 7 Best Things To Do In Perth This October
Consider your October organised.
Once dubbed Australia’s “sleepy city”, Perth was known for little more than its slow pace, immaculate beaches and sunny weather. Nowadays, an abundance of events to keep you entertained each month, from comedy festivals to car park parties, pop up cinemas to folk festivals.
These are some of the best events and festivals happening around Perth in October.
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Entwined in The Valley
Entwined in The Valley is Perth’s answer to Margaret River’s famed Gourmet Escape. The event showcases everything that the Swan Valley food and wine region has to offer, over a weekend full of workshops, dinners and everything in between.
Whether your perfect day in the valley includes wine tasting, browsing art exhibitions or kicking back to some live music, Entwined in The Valley has something for you. For $50.00, you can pick up a complimentary picnic basket and spend the Saturday foraging for your picnic from producers around the valley before settling down to a surprise performance beneath the vines (and stars) at Taylor Private Estate.
Or head to Entopia Wines at any time over the weekend for some free wine tasting and art browsing.
Where: Swan Valley, WA
When: October 12 to 15, 2017
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Side Splitter Comedy Festival
If laughter is the best medicine, the Side Splitter Comedy Festival is your post-work week prescription.
Headlined by Matt Okine and Randy, the second annual Side Splitter Comedy Festival is sure to live up to its name. Held over two consecutive weekends, the festival brings together heavy weights and freshman from the Australian comedy scene. $30 will get you in to a set by Randy or a comedy gala hosted by Peter Rowsthorn (of Kath and Kim fame), or, for those keen to get a little more hands-on, you can join in on a comedy workshop for free.
Where: Memorial Hall, 465 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill
When: October 27 and 28, 2017
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Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures
Opening on the October 14 at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures commemorates the life of the late Hollywood superstar and Perth native. Celebrate the launch of this exclusive Perth exhibition by taking part in a $15 filmmaking masterclass with Daniele Auber (who worked with Ledger on The Brothers Grimm), hear from Vincent Fantauzzo, who painted Heath for the Archibald prize, or simply drop by to enjoy the exhibition to the sounds of Colab and Kid Dingo.
And don’t sweat it if you can’t make it down on opening day — the exhibition runs through January 29, 2018. Entry is free.
Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Roe Street, Perth
When: 10am to 5pm, October 14, 2017
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South Perth Pop Up Cinema
Perth’s warm spring evenings were made for picnicking and free, open air movies. In the first of a series of free screenings, the South Perth Pop Up Cinema is airing the critically acclaimed documentary The Starfish Throwers.
Entertainment begins from 5pm, so get down and secure your seating early on, and enjoy the fading sunlight with a picnic on the grass. You can bring your own basket, or pick up a ready-made meal from the vendors on the night.
Where: Windsor Park, South Perth
When: 5pm, October 14, 2017
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Mane Liquor Carpark Party
The mini-festival that is Mane Liquor’s Carpark Party is back, bigger and better than ever. Jam-packed full of exhibitors, punters are invited to discover their new favourite brews, ciders, wines, distilleries and eateries, all at once.
Tickets are only available on the door, so it’s first in, best dressed. Be warned – there is an expiry time on your ticket for if the event reaches capacity, so don’t dilly dally. Tickets cost $15 per person.
Where: Mane Liquor, 237 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont
When: 1pm to 5pm, October 28, 2017
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Fremantle Folk Festival
For anyone still mourning the absence of the Blues ‘N’ Roots Festival, the Fremantle Folk Festival may just help to fill the void.
Back for its second year, the boutique festival is touted as a celebration of music, food, culture and everything there is to love about Fremantle. Kick back to some of the state’s best live music with a food-truck feed in hand, marvel at the roving circus performers, and soak up the festival atmosphere, all for $65.
Although it isn’t a lineup that boasts the chart-topping heavyweights of other festivals, the world renowned Pigram Brothers and Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperly will definitely get heads bopping and toes tapping.
Where: Princess May Park, Fremantle
When: 11am to 11pm, October 14, 2017
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Street Food & Co. — Maylands Twilight Market
Already popular in Bayswater, Street Food & Co. — a delicious fleet of local food trucks — will make its debut in Maylands in October, with help from the Maylands Sport and Recreation centre.
Fifteen of Perth’s best food trucks will be in town to serve up eats for every palate (PSA: there’s a pasta truck), along with a variety of market stalls, live music, and family friendly entertainment like face painting, a jumping castle, and licensed bar for the big kids. Entry is free.
Where: Maylands Peninsula Sports and Recreational Club, 50 Clarkson Road, Maylands
When: 4pm to 9pm, October 14, 2017
(Lead image: Hasib Sarvari)