Perth happenings: What’s on this weekend

Perth is jam-packed with events this weekend.
Perth is jam-packed with events this weekend.

THE rain forecast after Wednesday’s record-breaking sunshine hasn’t dampen the excitement around Perth, with a large list of events happening this weekend.

Perth will be hosting a number of unique events to celebrate things we love, including dedicated festivals for beer and cider and Perth’s first ever fried chicken festival.

Remember to bring some wet weather gear as there is a high risk of showers throughout the weekend with a maximum of 20 degrees.

This weekend’s festivities also coincides with Father’s Day on Sunday, and there are many events out and about where you can spoil Dad.

Sport

For all those sport fanatic dads, Optus Stadium is holding their ‘Ultimate Dad’s Day Out,’ a package including a buffet brunch, face painting and balloons for the kids, and a behind-the-scenes stadium tour. Better get in extra quick for this one, as tickets are very scarce.

Optus Stadium will be hosting the Ultimate Dad Day’s Out.

Food

Crispy fried chicken will be all you’ll see at Perth Mess Hall on August 31 but tickets are selling out fast! The Perth Fried Chicken festival will offer a lunch session from 11.30am – 4.30pm and a dinner session from 5.30pm – 10.30pm.

Foodies can continue on eating on Sunday at the Thai Food Fair at Royal Park Hall in West Perth.

Don’t forget the endless array of father’s day specials available throughout Perth at your favourite cafes and restaurants, including Jamie’s Italian in the CBD. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Chicken waffle burger available at the Fried Chicken Festival. Picture: Sultan Pepper

Drinks

Mandurah has been preparing for its first beer festival the Bridge Brew Fest which will span over two days and will feature more than 40 locally and nationally renowned beers and ciders.

A full food menu and live entertainment with local talents line-up will be showcased at the festival.

A night dedicated to cider will be held in the Perth Hills on Saturday night at the Carmel Cider Winter Festival. The festival celebrates the end of winter with a hearty feast and a selection of ciders and red wine.

The dress code for the cider festival, with prizes, is ‘winter wassailing pagan.’

Mandurah’s first beer festival will debut this Saturday.

Culture

Next door to the Stadium, families can enjoy a full carnival experience with the Perth Father’s Festival event at the Camfield.

Sideshow alley will have rides and games like laughing clowns, giant battleships and a table tennis competition to challenge all dads, and they’ll also be numerous food stalls and live music.

For the beer connoisseurs out there, a series of beer brewing workshops and fine wines is being offered at the Perth Father’s Festival. There is free entry for children, but adult tickets are being snapped up.

More outdoor activities on offer at the Father’s Day Dad Olympics in Jarrahdale, with a free sausage sizzle and party games like an egg and spoon race and tug of war.

For leisurely strolls, the biggest celebration of WA wildflowers will start at the Kings Park and Botanic Garden on September 1 until the end of the month. The art exhibition Sea and Sky is also on display at Ellis House in Bayswater with artworks on sea and native birds.

Proud otter parents Cerdik and Paddy. Picture: Perth Zoo.

Dads also get free entry to Perth Zoo this Sunday, in time to meet the litter of otter pups. Otter parents Paddy and Cerdik have started showcasing their three newborns in front of the viewing window recently.

Play-lovers can catch the latest work from six Perth-born theatre makers The Last Great Hunt at Subiaco Arts Centre.

Perpetual Wake is a surreal comedy about 25-year old Instagram star Fiona West (Charlotte Otton) and book critic Paul Creel (Chris Isaacs) who misinterprets her debut novel, seeing himself reflected in accurate detail before discovering the book was intended to be a satire.

The WA final of the 2019 Australian Poetry Slam is being held Saturday evening at the Rosemount Hotel. Listen to the finalists show off their talents and go head-to-head for the title of WA winner and a chance to represent the state in the national final.

The Kingsway Aldi is the 44th store to open in WA. Picture: Aldi Australia

Shopping

To get your shopping fix, check out Perth Luxe’s pop-up fashion marketplace in North Perth on Saturday. New and old clothing and accessories will be available for those looking to buy, featuring local brands and high-end labels including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Victoria’s Secret.

An Aldi opened at Kingsway City shopping centre in Madeley on Wednesday morning. This marks the 44th Aldi store in WA and comes less than a month after the opening of a store in Baldivis.

For the plant-enthusiasts, an indoor plant warehouse sale is taking place over the weekend in Fremantle, boasting thousands of indoor plants, designer pots and an on-site horticulturalist.

Pay a visit to Watertown shopping complex on Sunday from 11am for a kitten-cuddling session while you shop the bargains, thanks to Perth Rescue Angels.