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What’s Happening in September?

Enjoy 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, 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.

Of course, the natural wonders are putting on a show with wildflowers bursting and whales still leaping out of the ocean. The rolling pastures are lush and green and baby lambs are almost cute enough to take home to cuddle (note: this is not a good idea. They love to eat roses, veggie patches and anything within reach. They also grow up. Fast.).

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.

Enjoy live music every Saturday in September at Aravina Estate
Enjoy live music every Saturday in September at Aravina Estate.

Winter Marine Movie Nights with Busselton Jetty | 2 & 16 September

Busselton

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.

Winter Gig Live Music at Aravina | 4, 11, 18, 25 September

Yallingup

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.

End of Fashion at Settlers Tavern | 4 September

Margaret River

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”.

Open Studios Margaret River
Meet talented artists of all kinds as they open their doors for Margaret River Region Open Studios.

Gourmet Wine Dinner at Equinox | 10 September

Busselton

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 Open Studios 2021 | 11 – 26 September

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.

Cooking Class with Chef Tone at Cape Lodge | 11 September

Yallingup

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.

Jazz Under The Jetty | 18 September

Busselton

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.

Fathoms Dinner at Glenarty Road
Glenarty Road have been maturing their small batch sparkling wine deep in Flinders Bay.

Fathoms: Food & Wine from the Southern Ocean | 24 September

Karridale

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.

Rebel at Margaret River HEART | 26 September

Margaret River

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 Festival
The Strings Attached program includes string-related workshops, masterclasses, Q&As, luthier demonstrations and exhibitions.

Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival | 8 – 10 October

Margaret River Region

This is the second year that the region has seen a festival of this kind, and you’ll not want to miss out on Strings Attached; a celebration of all players, makers and enthusiasts of a stringed persuasion. Whether you are a player, maker or collectors you’ll find your niche here. From guitars through to basses, ukuleles across to mandolins, banjos and more. There will be plenty of live performances of course, along with lot of learning experiences at exhibitions, masterclasses and workshops. Jump over to the website for the full line up. It’s a biggie.

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!

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