What's Happening in September
Artistic adventures and gourmet delights, as we herald the start of spring.
The Margaret River Region has undergone every turn from farming country to surf locale to internationally-recognised winemaking hotspot to gourmet food bowl, and this heady mix has proven to be fertile breeding ground for an accomplished artistic community.
September is an exciting time when visitors can “lift the lid” off the arts and immerse themselves in locals’ homes/sheds/all manner of creative spaces for Margaret River Region Open Studios.
2021 is the eighth year of the event, ushering in 140 artists from Busselton to Witchcliffe, ready to throw open their doors and showcase finished masterpieces and works in progress. The free initiative is the biggest of its kind in Australia.
September falls into Djilba, one of the six seasons of Wadandi Boodja. It’s the beginning of a wildflower explosion, and is a great time to try your hand at fishing. Conveniently, the good folk at Cape Lodge are holding The Art of Fish cooking class with in-house legend, Chef Tony Howell, to make sure the fruits of your labour don’t go to waste.
Experience movie screenings, live music gigs, wine dinners and even a David Bowie tribute night this month! There’s lots happening to celebrate the start of spring.
The Busselton Jetty is hosting marine-themed movies this month, with the added bonus of keeping cosy indoors. Courtesy of the Busselton Jetty Environment Foundation, the setup at Railway House on the foreshore includes comfy Cape Mentelle bean bags, a popcorn tasting tray and a selection of drinks. The Meg is screening on September 2, and From Sea to Sky on September 16.
From 12.30pm to 3.30pm every Saturday in September, Aravina Estate is hosting live music on the lawn. Pop down after a long lunch at the winery restaurant, or enjoy the view from the more casual Riviera/Pizza bar. Spring sees the reopening of the Taphouse on the veranda, under the house 8Waves Brewing Co label. The gigs are free to attend with no bookings required.
One of Australia’s finest indie rock acts – End of Fashion – is hitting the stage at Settlers Tavern on September 4. With two decades of music to their name, the ARIA award-winning musicians will draw on their catalogue of top 10 singles and albums, as well as their 2020 release “Break Thru”.
Howard Park and Equinox restaurant are teaming up for a unique dining experience at the foreshore in Busselton, overlooking the historic jetty. Enjoy a five-course degustation including seafood and local produce, expertly paired with everything from methode traditionelle sparkling through to muscat from Howard Park’s stable.
Margaret River Region
Described by The West Australian as “one of the State’s great art experiences”, Open Studios will run for two weeks from September 11, in a collision of artwork and the beginning of a colourful spring in the Margaret River Region. A record 140 artists are signed on to this year’s event, revealing their fascinating home studios, gardens and residences to the artfully curious. The genres of art on display are extensive, from tattooing to glass blowers, weavers, hatmakers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, jewellers, ceramicists and more. The event guide is divided into maps of different townships, making it easy to pick a destination for the day and visit artists along your desired route.
Cape Lodge’s ever popular cooking class series returns with in-house treasure – Chef Tony “Tone” Howell – teaching The Art of Fish. Learn about local seafood, and kitchen tips and tricks as you sit back and watch the demonstration, followed by a three-course seasonal menu based on the theme of the day. The class provides the opportunity to enjoy the Lodge’s gorgeous lakeside restaurant setting (usually only open to the public at night), witnessing the native bush surrounds in all its glory.
Enjoy a magical evening under the sea, including live jazz and gourmet food and wines from the award-winning team at Wills Domain. Sit back and relax with a complimentary drink as you take a ride along the jetty train, before descending 8 metres below the surface where you will be delighted by the illuminated artificial reef. The night includes a selection of seafood-themed canapes, as you are entertained by the Paula Renee Jazz Duo.
This special dinner is a celebration of a unique collaboration. Glenarty Road are renowned for their farm to table philosophy, and have taken the concept of terroir to a whole new level with their 2019 ‘Fathoms’ Cuvee. What sets this small batch sparkling wine apart is that it has spent 13 months 10 fathoms deep in Flinders Bay, Augusta, where is has been naturally stirred and buffeted by the wild currents of the Southern Ocean. This project was made in partnership with Ocean Grown Abalone, and the 5 course meal will showcase local abalone and seafood alongside Glenarty’s farm fresh produce. Tickets are very limited and sure to be snapped up quickly.
Inspired to create your own masterpiece after taking in the talent of Margaret River Region Open Studios? Marq Wines are holding a ‘Claydate’, bringing people together for a fun and relaxing day of pottery, grazing platters, live music, and of course their renowned wines. Local potter Lady Cakes Ceramics will guide you through a two-hour workshop on how to manipulate clay into a work of art, and it will then be fired and sent for you to keep. After the workshop is over linger over gourmet food while taking in the sweet sounds of Margaret River musician Kiera Jas. Bookings essential.
Is there a better way to end the month than with a David Bowie tribute circus-cum-rock-concert at Margaret River HEART? We think not! This live rock ‘n’ roll and circus tribute features acrobatics, aerials, music and comedy in a sideshow performance that draws from Bowie’s 50-year body of work. It’s a fantasy of Bowie aesthetics and theatricality brought to life.
For the Diary
Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival | 8 – 10 October
Margaret River Region
Strings Attached returns for its highly anticipated second year – the festival for all players, makers and enthusiasts of a stringed persuasion. As well as live performances, the program includes string-related workshops, masterclasses, Q&As, luthier demonstrations and exhibitions.
Fine Vines Festival | 15 – 24 October
Margaret River Region
Scratching below the surface of Margaret River’s famous wine region is the brand new and hotly anticipated Fine Vines Festival: a curated selection of 30 events that convey the quality and depth of the local wine offering. There is something for aficionados and occasional drinkers equally, with serious masterclasses through to bicycle tours, open vineyards, garden parties, quiz nights, degustation dining and more. Tickets are on sale now!
4.6 From $14
Busselton JettyMonday - Sunday: 9:30 AM until 4:15 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Nature & Wildlife Spotting,Scenic Spot,Scuba Snorkelling & Diving,Sunny Day
3L Queen St, Busselton WA 6280
Aravina EstateMonday to Sunday 11am - 5pm *hours may differ on special or long weekendsGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings
61 Thornton Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Settlers TavernMonday - Thursday: 11:30 AM until 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM until 12:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM until 12:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM until 10:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Fireplace,WiFi
114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Equinox Restaurant & BarMonday - Sunday: 8:30 AM until 9:00 PMGreat For: Dine In
1 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280
4.8 From $5000
Cape LodgeGreat For: WiFi
3341 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Margaret River HEARTMonday to Friday 10am - 4pm Open extended hours for events - check out our What's On pages on our website for event times!
47 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
4.8 From $120
Glenarty Road | Kerfuffle WinesMonday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Seated Tastings
70 Glenarty Rd, Karridale WA 6288