Winter events to warm up your social life

Winter’s chill does not have to spell the end of your social life! With the cold comes the beginning of the truffle season, prime celestial sightseeing and the chance to carve shapes on the ice. Here are some of the best events Perth has to offer in 2019 to wick away the winter blues.

Emily Ace
June 7, 2019
Arts & Events

Perth Winter Wine Festival

When: June 7, from 4pm - 10pm and June 8, from 2pm - 9pm

Where: Yagan Square

Tickets: $24 - $37

The words “wine” and “festival” coming together are reason enough to get excited. Discover wines from across the state and beyond, while also putting WA’s best beers, ciders and cocktails to the test.

The cosy undercover retreat (complete with heating!) will keep you toasty warm as you bop along to local DJs or tuck into a delicious meal from Perth’s renowned foodies. As a bonus - a wine locker will be available to store your purchases on the day!

Photo from the City Wine Facebook page

Truffle Kerfuffle

When: June 21 - 23, 12.30pm to 9pm

Where: 699 Seven Day Road, Manjimup

Tickets: Check out the schedule

Nothing is more rich or decadent than Manjimup’s famed black truffles, so what better way is there to treat yourself than discovering all the ways the luxurious ingredient can be showcased? The festival village is located just minutes from where the black treasures are unearthed, where patrons can meet farmers and growers, discover local wine and indulge in truffle laden experiences.

The festival also attracts a number of renowned chefs - including Anna Gare, Pete Evans, Aaron Carr, Courtney Gibb and Chris Eales. Make the most of your winter getaway with a truffle hunt, enchanted southern forest feast, masterclasses or a beach and forest discovery tour.

In the eternal words of Lizie McGuire; “this is what dreams are made of”.

Photo: Jessica Shaver, via the Truffle Kerfuffle Facebook page

The BIG Hunt

Where: Mystery locations across the CBD/Northbridge

When: Saturday, June 22 12pm - 5pm

Tickets: $50

The hunt is on to find the first case of Feral Brewery’s Imperial Biggie - Amazing Race Style. In pairs or groups, teams will meet at a ~mystery location~ revealed before midday where they will receive a race pack, burger, beer and a first clue.

Overcome each challenge to advance towards the ultimate prize - the first case of the elusive Imperial Biggie - plus a brewpub voucher for a victorious feast. Definitely one for those with a competitive streak (leave your slow running friends at home).

Photo from the Feral Brewing Facebook page

Ice Skating at Elizabeth Quay

When: June 28 - July 21

Where: Elizabeth Quay

Tickets: $9 - $23

What is winter without ice and snow? Well, Australian winter...usually. But Elizabeth Quay is faking it to make it, with a month of super chilled fun!

As well as having the chance to impress with your ice-skating abilities on the open air-rink (beginners welcome, with skate aids on hand), those with less finesse can also enjoy the ice-slide, bouncy castles, delicious food stands or the Alpine Bar.

Photo from Skating At Festivals Aus


When: June 29 - July 21

Where: Esplanade Park, Fremantle

Tickets: Free - $30

While the ice-skating is the major drawcard at Fremantle’s Winterworld, the fire-pits (complete with marshmallows for roasting), markets, silent discos and Snow Sister’s Enchanted Forest will prove it is not just a one trick pony.

Also promised is steaming cups of mulled wine, circus workshops, craft activities and UNICORNS.

So rug up and head down to Freo - this is an event not to be missed. Although entry is free, tickets are required for the various activities - there is snow time to waste!

Photo from Winterworld Australia

Winter night observation tours

When: June - August from 7.30pm (various dates)

Where: Perth Observatory

Tickets: Child $20, Adult $30, Concession $25

Winter is the perfect time to gaze into our southern skies, and this year the passionate volunteers at the Perth Observatory will brave the chilly nights to showcase the beauty above.

With the galactic centre passing overhead, deep sky treasures will be ripe to view. This is best done with a hot chocolate in hand - which is also promised as part of the experience.

Photo from Perth Observatory

Pinot Palooza

When: Saturday, August 3, 12pm to 5pm

Where: Claremont Showgrounds, Centenary Pavilion

Tickets: $64

Send your taste buds on a trip around Australia, New Zealand and beyond at Pinot Palooza, with a full spectrum of the sumptuous red variety on offer.

Featuring more than 100 wines from across 30 wineries, Bar Vermouth and beer tastings - this event is sure to sell out, so snap up those tickets Pinot lovers!

Perth Craft Beer Festival

When: Friday, August 16, 4pm - 11.30pm

Where: Ice Cream Factory, 92 Roe Street, Northbridge

Tickets: Free - $99.50

You cannot possibly be sad about he turn in the weather with a belly full of beer. So naturally, WA’s largest beer festival is just what the doctor ordered.

Returning for its fifth year, the festival will feature brews from 55 breweries and cideries, as well as offering show rides, a silent disco and gourmet food from Hawt Dawg, Smokies Barbecue and Mary Street Bakery.

Intriguingly, Pirate Life Brewing will also feature a barber shop and live tattoo artist on the day (this does not scream “bad decisions” at all - but might make for a fun story you can laugh about in 10 years time).  

Photo from the Perth Craft Beer Fest Facebook Page
Emily Ace

Hi Guys! I’m Emily; a cheese, pun and quilting enthusiast who spends too much time watching Friends. Thanks for sharing our passion of all things Perth and supporting the amazing local businesses we have all around us. My motto is to see all the things, do all the things and, most importantly, eat all the things.