Fremantle is a unique place in the world; it is also home to Australia's longest running festival. Now in its 109th year, the Fremantle Festival is packed with special events and happenings bursting with verve, colour and Freo-style. Each year the community brings the Fremantle Festival to fruition by contributing to the program with over 100 different cultural events that run alongside annual festival events.
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The Blessing of the Fleet was first introduced to Fremantle by Italian migrantfisherman in 1948 and is a celebration of fishing traditions, religion and thewider Fremantle community. The colour and pageantry of this event are the heart of what makes Fremantle special. The Blessing of the Fleet parade leads down to Fishing Boat Harbour and is combined with entertainment on the boardwalks followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
There is something in the water down here in Fremantle that has seen a procession of incredible bands and musicians come out of the Port City. Norfolk lanes is a celebration of the next wave of Fremantle talent.The Norfolk lanes stages have hosted bands like Tame Impala, San Cisco and Grace Woodroofe. Every year we have our ear to the ground and finger on the pulse of what's coming next . Who will it be this year?
With the skies above Fishing Boat Harbour ablaze with colour, experience the perfect conclusion to a day marking the true joys of Fremantle living. Gather for the brilliant display of exploding light and colour to celebrate the 109th Fremantle Festival.
The Japanese Film Festival showcases the best in contemporary Japanese cinema, offering a selection of titles in a wide variety of genres - from anime to internationally acclaimed drama, and everything in between! The festival is presented and run by the Japan Foundation Sydney, and is the world's largest Japanese Film Festival outside of Japan.
Wardarnji aboriginal cultural festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the Nyoongar people of Western Australia part of the oldest living culture in the world. Join us to celebrate our beautiful Australian history and culture. Wardarnji features the very best of indigenous music, dance, art and entertainment. The corroboree finale is not to be missed! Sponsored by Smokefree WA and Healthway.
The Brockwell Port to Whiteman Classic Car Run is open to all motoring clubs associated with the old car movement and is one of the premier events on the motoring calendar. The event is in its 19th year and is now part of the Fremantle Festival. Cars will assemble at Fremantle Park in Ellen St from 8.30am and will be on open display until departure for Whiteman Park between 10.30am and 11.00am
The Street Parade is the finale of seventeen eclectic days of art, culture and celebration. This decades-old Fremantle tradition sees pedestrians reclaiming the streets as floats of every size, shape and colour make their way through the heart of the city. Come down early grab a stick of chalk and express yourself in this mass art event at 3pm.
Held in Samson Park, this is a much loved event for the under 12s. The day features a host of hands-on activities, as well as heaps of fun things to do and see. The Festival is set in one of Fremantle's most beautiful parks, which is the last remnant of natural bush within the City's boundaries. It's a great day out for families with children. Sponsored by Smokefree WA and Healthway.