Using the public holiday to head off on a short break? If you'll be out and about around WA, there's plenty happening in our State's regional areas...
Taste local wine and watch cooking demonstrations by Anna Gare and Don Hancey at the Porongurup Wine Festival on March 4 at Karridale, east of Mt Barker. Now in its 30th year, the festival also includes food stalls, live music, children’s entertainment, masterclasses with award-winning sommelier Dan Wegner and a Great Grape Stomp competition. It's a precursor to the Taste Great Southern Festival, which runs from March 8-25 in Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Porongurup, Frankland River, Katanning, Ongerup and surrounds. See porongurup.com and tastegreatsouthern.com.au.
Also celebrating a milestone over the Labour Day long weekend is Mt Barker’s Old Police Station, which will mark its 150th anniversary on March 3 with a free open day. Now a museum, the historic building opened in 1868, housing the police constable responsible for a region that included Ravensthorpe, Manjimup and Kojonup — such a big area, in fact, that one police horse was recorded as travelling more than 104,000km on duty. mountbarkertourismwa.com.au
The Drink Can Regatta, which sees aluminium cans, milk cartons and plastic bottles transformed into racing craft, will be a highlight of March 4’s Augusta River Festival. Also on the program at the family-friendly festival are live music, market and food stalls, children’s entertainment and fireworks. augustariverfestival.com.au
Margaret River winery 3 Oceans is the venue, but beer will be the star of the show at the South West Craft Beer Festival on March 3. Festivalgoers can taste craft beers and cider from more than 20 local producers including Colonial Brewing Co, Brewhouse Margaret River, Artisan Brewing, Custard and Co, and Cheeky Monkey. There will also be live music, food and 3 Oceans wine. swbeerfest.com.au
Lancelin Beach will be a riot of colour for the Lancelin Colour Blast (pictured at top and below) on March 3. The 1.2km walk, run or crawl starts and finishes in front of the Endeavour Tavern, and sees participants showered with non-toxic coloured powder and foam. Tickets are $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for under-16s at lancelin.com.au/events.
The Dunsborough foreshore will host outdoor artworks for Sculpture by the Bay from March 3-5. The sculpture exhibition coincides with the Dunsborough Arts Festival, which includes a free film screening, art workshops, live music and art and craft markets. sculpturebythebay.com.au
Busselton's Fringe festival is on until March 3, with a mix of comedy, cabaret, film, burlesque, live music and family entertainment. busseltonfringe.com.au
Stella Donnelly, Mama Kin Spender, Timothy Nelson, the Southern River Band and Steve Poltz are among the dozens of acts performing at the Nannup Music Festival, from March 2-5. Also on the program are workshops for adults and children covering everything from beekeeping to songwriting and basket weaving. nannupmusicfestival.org
Meanwhile, Fremantle’s San Cisco will be joining the Preatures, Illy, All Day and Father Figures on stage for Rottnest Island’s Castaway festival on March 4. Discounted ferry fares are available ex Fremantle and Hillarys for ticket holders. castawayfestival.com