Take some time out for yourself
Mindful in May, the world’s largest online mindfulness fundraising campaign, see thousands of people commit to meditating 10 minutes a day in the name of self-help. To get you started, Mindful in May is offering a free five-day challenge to equip you with the tools to practise mindfulness day-to-day and prep you for the month ahead.
Get a taste of Perth’s hottest pop-up
“There’s nothing boring here and it’s unlike anything in WA.” So said Sam Winfield, chef-owner of William Street’s Wines of While after attending the maiden Krua pop-up at the end of March. So impressed was Winfield that he promptly invited Tom Josham and Nicola Hay – the founders of the roving Northern Thai and Laotian kitchen – to take over his bar. It all goes down from 5:30pm on Friday May 3 with Josham, Hay and friends serving a six-dish menu of uncompromising Northern Thai-inspired barbeque while Winfield and co pour skinsy Italian whites and sour naturally-fermented beers. See you there.
Catch up on the city’s latest bar openings
We get it. The first four months of the year – what with all that sunshine and those public holidays – can zoom by in an instant. Now that things have settled down a little, it’s a good time to get to all those new bars you’ve been vowing to get to. Get in touch with some friends you haven’t seen in a while, then hit our wrap of fave bar openings (so far) for the year.
Attend a giant warehouse plant sale
Melbourne’s The Jungle Collective returns to Perth on May 4 for Rumble in the Jungle, a giant two-day warehouse sale being held at the B-Shed at Fremantle's Victoria Quay. More than 200 plant varieties will be available including fiddle leaf figs, giant birds of paradise, monsteras and ferns galore plus there’ll also be on-site horticulturalists dispensing green thumb advice. Entry is free but tickets need to be reserved via Facebook.
Meet the artists of Margaret River
Margaret River Open Studios is back for another year and sees more than a hundred of the region’s artists open their doors to the public. But even if you miss getting down during Open Studios (the program runs till May 12), Margaret River is a beaut place to visit in May. Here’s a cheat sheet of the best places to eat in the region, plus there’s also the Margaret River Pro at the end of May to look forward to.
Ease into the working week at Tiny’s Liquor Store
Slices of raw amberjack dressed with black bean, ginger and lime. A tartare of raw vegetables nestled in a slick of fresh cottage cheese. Yeast-free focaccia made with fermenting grenache juice (yes, really). Just some of the delicious small plates I’ve hooked into as part of the Monday night Turntable Takeovers series at Tiny’s Liquor. If you haven’t been, get to know.
Farewell project summer body: hello all things doughy, cheesy, tomato-y and hot out of the oven. See our updated guide to Perth’s best pizzas here.
Celebrate the arts
It’s black tie, but not as you know it. Described by some as Perth’s answer to the Met Gala, the Art Ball returns to The Art Gallery of WA on May 25 and promises a night of immersive art (live nude drawing!), local music talent (San Cisco!) and good cheer. (This year’s event also coincides with the 40th birthday of the gallery’s main building). Tickets – including new VIP packages including a dedicated lounge – to Art Ball are available online.