Perth’s Top Events In May
Ah, Perth. The only capital city that gets an exclusive front row seat to the Indian Ocean. To say Perth is turning it on in the marvellous month of May, would be an understatement. From pooch parades to honey worshipping, to quirky art exhibitions and street parades, you’ll find it hard to stay home during your days off in May.
So, come on. Let us show you what you can get up to:
Where on earth would we beeeeee without bees? They have designed the perfect system to keep our plants growing and propagating. And not to mention they make the true nectar of the gods: HONEY! So where better to get your honey fix, while learning all there is to know about bees, than the Honey Festival in the middle of Perth city? There’s honey cake competitions, honey discussions, honey exhibitions, honey workshops…. Did we mention there’s honey?
Mt Hawthorn Streets & Lanes Festival
Get a taste of what it means to be a Mt Hawthorn local, with a conglomeration of local food, drink and retail stalls spread across the streets. There’ll be scattered art activation points and an Aboriginal art exhibition. For those who need a good boogie, check out the varying local entertainers – DJs, bands and solo performers – rocking out on the various stages. You’ll be like Alice in Wonderland, exploring through the nooks and crannies of Mt Hawthorns streets and laneways.
RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk
Grab your pooches and hounds and get ready for a stroll with a worthy cause. (If you are poochless but yearn for one, go along and enter in doggy heaven!) The Million Paws Walk helps Australia’s most respected animal welfare organisation raise much-needed funds for their work as well as raise awareness about animal cruelty. Fight for the right cause and give yourself and your furry friend a good dose of exercise and Vitamin D. No dog is too big or too small, so long as they’ve been vaccinated, are friendly and won’t pee on our shoes!
The Great Divide, 2017, gel pen on card, 50 x 70cm.
Photo by Pete)
Untitled – A Prisoner Exhibition
An unknown prisoner has collaborated with renowned, Western Australian artist, Andy Quilty, to bring forth a collection that explores the prison experience. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings and installations that traverse topics around punishment and rehabilitation, primarily around societal attitudes towards prisoners. With a first-person perspective of an insider and the perspective of an outsider, the two artists investigate the impact of architectural design elements and the effects of a micro-social environment on the physical, and psychological wellbeing of individuals.
Perth Comedy Festival
PCF has already started (LOL), but won’t finish on May 20. Give your belly a workout, as well as your jawline and lungs (like old mate in the photo), as you sit back and enjoy the work of some of the most talented comedians this world has to offer! Comedians hail from far away continents and our very own backyard, providing festival goers with plenty of variety and choice. Top names from across the world include USA’s, Arj Barker, Canada’s, DeAnne Smith and Scotland’s, Craig Hill. These guys will be matched with our favourite local legends like Em Rusciano and Cam Knight.
Young writers of the world unite – whether your a childish young adult or an adult-ish child – Western Australia has a Writers Festival young storytellers will love. Do you have a child or teenager who enthusiastically tells (and retells) stories? Do you see potential in younger family members or friends who would enjoy learning about writing a great story? If so, tell them to click the button below. Scribblers Fest is also offering five golden feathers, hidden in books around WA public libraries. So hunt them down to win a great prize!
Science In The Soul
Richard Dawkins – a renowned atheist, scientist, author and evolutionary biologist – is coming to cities across Australia to talk about all things science, and WA is gets first dibs. Revered for his unapologetic prose and critical thinking, Dawkins will discuss the “current state of anti-scientific affairs with new leaderships, new attitudes, new irrationalities, and new news that still remain as more of the same.”
Mothers Day Morning Tea at Government House – Cancer Council
Kill two birds with one stone by taking your mummy to this Mother’s Day Morning Tea, where all proceeds go towards a great cause: fighting the ugly disease, Cancer. And where better to get acquainted with delicacies and random strangers than at the beautiful Government House? While you nibble through the delicious menu prepared by Antiquitea, you’ll also be treated to a special guest speaker, Cassidy Gangell, who will share her brave story of fighting cancer.
Bickley Harvest Festival
Get out of the city and into the Bickley Valley, west of Perth, to tipple on some seriously good wines. While you taste the wines (and buy a couple of bottles), you’ll be treated to gourmet foods, spectacular flowerbeds and the freshest fruit’n’veg. And, to top it off, you’ll be able to see some great art and great musicians at various locations. There’s also two shuttle buses operating across the Valley to get you and your small band (of wine) across the countryside. Or, you could find yourself a designated driver?
HBF Run For A Reason
Everyone has a reason to run, whether it’s because you’re late or because a bear is chasing you – however this event gives you the best reason to run: for a charity you want to support. Run to cure cancer, run to cure depression, run to cure heart disease; run for your friend who has a brain tumor, run for melanoma, run for those who’ve suffered a stroke. Whatever your reason, sign up before April 27 and receive your event t-shirt.