Al fresco dining is a hallmark of Fremantle and the Cappuccino Strip is legendary for its many outdoor cafes and restaurants. The section of South Terrace from the corner of Bannister Street to Parry Street is renowned as the 'Cappuccino Strip' for the many café's and resident barista's that prepare an almost unending variety of coffee's. The strip is also home to excellent restaurants, pubs and breweries including the famous Sail and Anchor and the award winning The Monk Brewery and Kitchen. At night and especially on the weekends, the Cappuccino Strip is the centre of Fremantle's entertainment precinct with hotels and clubs offering cabaret, open mic nights and live music until the early hours. If you have the energy, by the time you leave the clubs, the cafés will be open for a morning coffee. Nearby are the lively and historic Fremantle Markets featuring more than 150 stalls offering fresh produce, tasty local treats, jewellery, souvenirs, fashion and home wares. Many of Fremantle's famous street performers have started their careers outside the markets at the Henderson Street pitch, including renowned musician John Butler and The Bad Piper, earning their living form their 'hat'. The Cappuccino Strip is a 5 minute walk from Fremantle Train station or stop number 2 on the free Blue Central Area Transit (CAT) bus.
In 2016, the Fremantle Festival will continue its evolution to become a fully curated arts festival highlighting Fremantle’s vibrant culture and providing inspiration for festival goers and artists alike. Centred around the festival hub at the Fremantle Town Hall and incorporating selected key venues such as the Fremantle Arts Centre, the ten-day festival presents a range of high quality and thought provoking ticketed and free shows. Festival favourites Wardarnji aboriginal cultural celebration, Children's Fiesta and the Street Parade will all be making a comeback alongside highlights of this year's program including speakers Waleed Aly, Clementine Ford and Stan Grant, music from Bernard Fanning, CW Stoneking and The Drones, a boundary pushing classical music program, a range of original theatre productions and much, much more! Tickets on sale now. Lotterywest has proudly supported Fremantle Festival for almost 20 years. It’s a great example of how money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games goes back to the community through grants to improve the lives of people throughout Western Australia.
Home search results
The spring edition marks our fourth edition and the start of sunny days and warmer weather. It also brings the start of the festival season in Fremantle. We’ve featured just a few festivals and events coming up over the next few months in our pull out event calendar (make sure you pop it on your fridge!). Fremantle Festival returns in October with a stellar line up of concerts and performances centred around a festival hub at Fremantle Town Hall. In the first of a four part series we are proud to share stories from the traditional owners of Fremantle or Walyalup as it is known to traditional owners, the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. Pull up a chair, grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy your spring read. The Fremantle story team The Fremantle story magazine is currently available at Fremantle Visitor Centre, cafés, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, universities and colleges in Fremantle and wider Perth metropolitan area.
Race Against Time presents the poignant times and moving music of a little known Great War soldier composer: Australian Frederick Septimus Kelly. A gold medal Olympian rower, awarded soldier, renowned pianist and brilliant composer – this performance will tell the story of how Kelly persisted with his composing before meeting his demise on the Somme. Letters and diaries sensitively woven with the sublime music Kelly composed at war will be presented at the Fremantle Town Hall at this Western Australian exclusive event. With music performed by ARIA award-winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, soprano Louise Page, mezzo soprano Christina Wilson and Artistic Director of the Gallipoli Symphony, Christopher Latham, the performance expresses the meaning and a narration of life under fire. Narrations by Carrillo Gantner AO. Presented in conjunction with the WA album launch of Kelly’s music by ABC Classics / Universal. Doors open: 6pmShow starts: 7pm
A triumphant return to the Fremantle Festival program after last year’s raucous low-down and sold-out celebration of Western Australian music, The Tonight Show Starring Abbe May is a chance to join Australia’s soul-singing siren as she interviews and plays with her own selection of the best up and coming and established homegrown talent. Alex Archer on co-host duties with The Rockin Pneumonia reformed as House Band! (Todd Pickett, KT Rumble, Luke Dux, Alex Archer). Special guests: Bertie Blackman, Timothy Nelson, Elli Schoen, Joni Hogan, Odette Mercy, Lee Sappho, Phil Stevens, Caitlin Nienaber and Steve Gibson. Doors open: 7 pm Show starts: 8 pm
You are invited to a revealing musical portrait of a city. Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe) fetches together some of Perth and Fremantle’s most distinguished tunesmiths and storytellers – amongst them MC Empty, the succulent Lucy Peach and legend Steve Parkin – for a profound and intimate night that weaves our streets, landscapes and lives together. Presented in two acts, Songs Of The Suburbs, Songs Of The Sea takes us on a sensorial, multi-platform odyssey that reveals much about these songwriters and the city of Fremantle we all call home. The show features exclusive photographic works by Matsu, video installations by Brendan Hutchens and narration by Sam Longley. Doors open: 7pmShow starts: 8pm
The State Collection is a truly unique celebration of art and community – an exhibition of original artworks by the West Australian public. THE ART IS IN YOUR HANDS: Like to draw, sketch or paint? We invite you to submit an artwork to feature in this unique exhibition, exploring West Australian identity, landscape and our distinct sense of place – in whatever way you imagine it. All works are to be submitted on white A4 paper and be unsigned, as artworks will remain anonymous. Entrants must be 15+. Works can be submitted via the State Collection deposit boxes at PS Art Space and the Moores Building, or at reception of the Fremantle Arts Centre and Fremantle Town Hall Centre. Alternatively, works can be posted to: The State Collection, PO Box 807, Fremantle, WA, 6959. Entry period: Monday, September 12 to COB Friday, October 28. EXHIBITION OPENING PARTY: The exhibition is free and open to all, and will also feature anonymous works from some of WA’s most acclaimed and collectable artists. In the community spirit of the event, the exhibition will culminate in a lively art market. All artworks will go on-sale for $20 from 8pm, with proceeds going to the Community Arts Network – bettering the lives of West Australians through arts projects in vulnerable communities. Visit the PS Art Space Facebook page for all the latest. Doors open: 6pmSale starts: 8pm
Virtuoso violinist Alexandre da Costa (soloist and conductor) and the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra present a delightful program for everyone to enjoy, including 4 Seasons by Argentinian Tango and Jazz composer Astor Piazzolla, a new work by WA composer Duncan Gardiner, Australian composer Richard Meale’s magic Cantilena Pacifica and some well-known tunes from the turn of the century. Doors open: 7pmShow starts: 8pm
Clare Bowditch sings, acts, creates, mentors and innovates. She is a well-loved ARIA Award-winning songwriting queen, with loads of big hearted love for her subjects. She’s had Top Ten albums, been named Rolling Stone ‘Woman of the Year’, co-written with Gotye, toured with Leonard Cohen and written for Harpers Bazaar.Tonight Clare will present her songs in the grand ol’ Fremantle Town Hall.Doors open: 8pmShow starts: 9pm
NO ZU are an 8-piece, body-music extravaganza dug up from deep within the Melbourne underground dance world. Fantastic group vocals, wild horns, housey synths, deep groove basslines and Latin percussion are the ingredients that make up their acclaimed and art-damaged sound.Join them in closing out the festival with an all-in dance party in Kings Square following the Fremantle Festival Street Parade.