Plan your season
The change of season heralds a whole raft of cool events which are popping up – literally in some cases – around Subiaco. Here’s our pick of the bunch.
One of the most delightful temporary additions to the Subiaco bar scene in 2020, Welcome to the Otherside’s pop-up bar is back for another round of frothy fun from Thursday 11 March. Situated down the same alleyway off Hay Street as before, the fairy-lights will welcome you to a perfect spot for a sundowner with good mates in the open air. On Thursday, it’s Tommy’s Tacos turn to keep you fed – with Tommy’s famous frozen margaritas thrown in for good measure. Then on Festive Friday, you get not one but two happy hours – one from 5 to 6pm for the post-work crowd, and then 8 til 9pm for the party set, with $10 cocktails to get the mood going. If you prefer sharing an ale, then order up the all-day $15 Otherside Social Lager jugs. There’s live music from 3pm and a DJ will spin the disks from 6pm. Saturday rolls round and it’s all about being social. This is a re-run of Friday’s shenanigans – make sure you pay a visit to the Pizza Guys if you’re hungry and should you want to beautiful your backyard, the Ellenby Tree Farm will be on hand to sell some of their gorgeous plants. Finally it’s the turn of the Spritz Sunday Sesh, with $30 cocktail jugs and a DJ from 4 til 10pm. The team from Otherside promise other surprises (we hear there will be a limited release of some of their brews for instance and a just-announced addition of Huxtaburgers to the mix), so don’t miss out – it’ll be right up your alley.
Following the success of last year’s event, the artistry of opera and the culinary talents of some of Subiaco’s top eateries will collide in West Australian Opera and See Subiaco’s newest edition of Cooking with Opera. During a sumptuous month-long dedication to the dishes that were inspired by opera’s greatest works, artists and composers, Cooking with Opera. Throughout March and April, a number of activities and dishes will be on offer throughout Subiaco eateries, and by matching these inspiring dishes with some of the world’s greatest works of musical art, guests are encouraged to support local and enjoy the activations on offer while dipping their toes in the world of opera. Previous dishes include the Donizetti cake, a rich, fruity concoction created at world-famous composer Rossini’s house to help heal a broken heart. The circular cake, packed with apricots, pineapple and cherries was made in Bergamo, Italy, and named after the city’s most famous composer (and owner of that broken heart), Gaetano Donizetti. Stories like these will come to life in some of Subiaco’s most creative restaurants proving that love is indeed the food of love – play on. Starts Monday 15 March.
Churchill Avenue in the heart of Subiaco will be a hub for a wide variety of activations and events for six weeks only, from the end of March until early May. This brand-new visitor attraction will include family mini golf games and yoga sessions, community art installations and gardening workshops, all taking place for free in this fun space. There will be group fitness classes as well as chilled acoustic music sessions as well as creative workshops for visitors to join in. Some activities may attract a small fee – for instance painted pottery sessions – but it’s mostly an event designed to attract a wide age-range of visitors to spend time and enjoy the uniquely eclectic collection of activities for all in the great outdoors.
“There will be plenty of time for people to come and enjoy the space too without scheduled activities, whether that’s relaxing with a coffee or meeting up with friends to enjoy the autumn sun,” says organiser, Hannah Posnett from The Event Mill, who is working with the City of Subiaco to bring the pop-up to life.
A grand celebration of Subiaco arrives this April from 9 - 18, showcasing what makes this destination so unique. Get ready to discover the highlights of Subi’s many, amazing hidden gems. In the best traditions of starting small and evolving organically over time, Celebrate Subi has transformed from a one-day street party to a 10-day event series, and will invite locals and visitors to discover pop-up spaces, live art, distinctive dinners, heritage walking tours, laneway activations, wellness sessions in the park and so much more. It’s the perfect opportunity to live like a local and experience what a special part of the city Subi really is.
The annual festival of literature and arts for young people has an exciting line-up of Subiaco-located events coming up over the next few months. It’s a special festival which specifically invites young people (and the young at heart) to celebrate the magic of storytelling, bringing together authors, illustrators and other creators from across Australia to empower and engage all who attend the many events. In the lead-up to the Festival, over 15,000 feather-shaped bookmarks are scattered throughout public libraries across WA (including Subiaco Library), with five rare Golden Feature waiting to be found as part of the annual Golden Feather Hunt. There’s also the chance for young writers to enter The Golden Pen Writing Award, and for teens, the chance to create podcasts at the Conversation Caravan. Schools and teachers are encouraged to join in – there will be a launch for this program at the Regal Theatre and Subiaco Arts Centre in early May, while the Family Weekend Program will kick off at the Subiaco Arts Centre on May 8 and 9. It’s sure to attract crowds of literature-loving residents and visitors alike, so make sure you keep across all the events, which are being added all the time to the festival’s program by visiting the website. As the year goes on, the RELICS exhibition, an immersive event by LEGO Masters Series 2 winners Jackson Harvey and Alex Towler, will head to Subiaco after a stint at The Goods Shed in Claremont.
Let’s face it – 2020 was pretty short on laughs, so what thank goodness for Perth Comedy Festival which is returning for another run of rib-tickling shows in late March. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco’s grand old lady, has been playing host to shows for the past 75 years, and true to form as one of the premier theatres in the city, the Perth Comedy Festival will hold its gala show at the Regal on April 28 and May 5. Dubbed the biggest night of comedy in Perth, the glittering gala show brings together a show-stopping line-up of the Festival’s biggest stars (and up-and-comers) for a hilarious night of comedy at the Regal. If you’re in the mood for more laughs at the Regal, don’t miss Mel Brooks’ legendary musical – The Producers – which will play from April 8 to 10.