Events & Festivals

Bush Art Weaving

Traditionally woman’s business, learn the ancient craft of weaving from a talented Nyoongar woman. Be prepared to collect local materials to make functional ephemeral art. Sunday 7, 14, 21 and 28 May 2017 10.30am–1.30pm. Bookings essential.


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Gold digger

When Jim Richards left the British army to join a modern-day gold rush in the early 1990s, he had no language skills, no money and no idea.  Since then, Jim has prospected and mined in some of the maddest, most dangerous places on earth, where isolation, disease and violent criminals come with the territory.  In this entertaining public talk, Jim will share his alarming first-hand experiences of what participating in a gold rush is like, and deliver insights into how gold has helped shape the history and character of modern Australia.

Notre Dame's historical campus tours

They’re back!  Notre Dame’s famous tours of our historic, West End campus are available again to all festival goers in 2017.  We’ll take you on a unique, backstage walk through some of the finest historic buildings in Fremantle. Bring your walking shoes to join Leigh Dawson and his colleagues for an hour on campus.  You’ll share in the stories of those who have lived in and loved our town over the past century, and will be given special admission to some of Fremantle’s best-kept secret locations.


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Paella Sunday

**Monk Paella on the Terrace**  Sunday afternoons should be filled with tasty eats and soaking up the sun! Join us from 11am-4pm as the chef cooks up Paella on the terrace. This Valencian rice dish is full of flavour and guaranteed to tickle your taste buds!

A Sunday at Guildhall May

Usually a private hire wedding venue, Guildhall also love to throw a few events of their own. On the last Sunday of each month, the exclusive venue opens the doors to its beautiful heritage bar for the ultimate Sunday session. See you at the end of May for chilled out DJ tunes, late afternoon cocktails and tasty bites from Propeller North Freo. It’s what Sundays were made for. ~ Free entry~ Doors 2pm~ DJ Aslan on the decks~ Food by Propeller (if you find yourself peckish)~ Close to the North Fremantle Train Station

The Ultimate High Tea

Step back in time and enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment at The Ultimate High Tea.   Delicious and decadent afternoon tea delights will be served at beautiful tables laden with Antiquitea's stunning vintage china, silverware and cut crystal glassware in the opulence of the Fremantle Town Hall.   Includes champagne on arrival, entertainment, prizes, a mini market of quirky stalls and a gift bag for every guest.

Fremantle High Tea

Indulge in a leisurely afternoon of sweets and savouries, tea and tipples with a traditional high tea at the Harbour Master in Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges. Available every Sunday between 3-5pm, pick one of four packages and treat yourself to an assortment of ribbon sandwiches, freshly baked scones accompanied with jam and double cream, and a selection of cakes or tarts accompanied by a selection of teas by T2.  Classic High Tea - $38 per person Includes T2 teas and coffee Sparkling High Tea - $44 per person Includes glass of sparkling or upgrade for $10pp to receive "flowing sparkling" throughout your…

Fremantle's Secret Fleets Turn The Tide

Join Commodore Bob Trotter OAM RAN (Ret’d) for a special talk in the NWS Shipping Theatre. Hear how US, British and Dutch Navy Submarines based at Albany and Fremantle turned the tide of the Pacific War and, decades later, the Fremantle area became the centre of Australian Naval force.  Bookings are recommended. For more information call 1300 134 081 or email 

Courtyard Sessions The Belle Ends

What better way to soak up those lazy Sunday feel-good vibes courtesy of The Belle Ends, than with an icy-cold $10 pint of Tiger Beer in our courtyard?C'mon in for lunch from the Smoker BBQ first, or stay for dinner, but don't miss our Sunday Courtyard Sessions in May, with the gloriously awesome duo of Tim & Phoebe Hamzah aka The Belle Ends making the Sunday Sesh at the Norfolk magical from 3.30pm!


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J Shed Art Tour

Peter Zuvela, the Manager of J Shed Art Studio, will be conducting an hour tour of Fremantle's J Shed. The tour will include the famous Greg James Sculpture Studio Gallery and a history talk about J Shed itself.  Beside its unique history of being moved from the Fremantle Port to its current location then later modified, J Shed has been the home of many successful artists including Greg James, Jenny Dawson and recently Jina Lee and many more. 

Sunday Jazz Sessions at Creatures NextDoor

Wrap up your week with live jazz from 4:30-7:30 every Sunday at Creatures NextDoor. Enjoy our sharing styled menu, one of our beers and ciders or a great Aussie wine, put your feet up and soak up a sunset.  Located just around the corner from the brewery, Creatures NextDoor is a cosy, relaxed lounge with a little bit of spunk. It boasts some serious views of the Fishing Boat Harbour – a perfect location for sunsets.   Love your music?  We also host live local bands every Thursday from 6pm. Come join us for some eclectic beats, drinks, nibbles, and a great evening soaking up the best Fremantle…

Bearing Witness, and the Artist as Historian: free talk by Prof Deborah Gare

The artist, Hans Holbein, engineered the royal wedding between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves—and doomed it to failure when, in real life, the princess did not live up to the beauty of her portrait.  In another country, and another century, Eugene Delacroix recorded the uprising of the French people in 1830 in his iconic work ‘Liberty Leading the People’.  Can history be read through works of art? In this fascinating talk Notre Dame’s professor of history, Deborah Gare, will reveal how art bears witness to extraordinary events of our past and how, indeed, painters might sometimes be considered historians. …


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The National Hotel History Tour

Join us for a tour of this magnificent hotel dating back to the gold rush era. Recently restored after a devastating fire almost completely destroyed the building, the hotel has a chequered history of murder, violence and fires. The tour culminates with a visit to the stunning rooftop displaying views across Fremantle and the port. Be sure to bring your camera!  Numbers are limited, registrations essential.  Call 9335 6688 or email 


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$17 Shank & Pint MONDAYS at The Left Bank

Enjoy a Lamb Shank with creamy potato mash and red wine jus, together with a pint of your choice (or even a glass of wine, because Shank & Shiraz matches well)! $17 every Monday from 5pm.

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.