Events & Festivals

The Ghosts of Fremantle

Join Fremantle experimental music/arts collective Genrefonix for a fictional multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes performed live alongside compelling imagery of Fremantle's architecture and its ghosts. See some of WA's most haunted buildings as photographed or filmed by Freo's residents and artists, brought to life through haunting tunes, eerie sound effects and imaginitive ghost portraits created for the show. Each ghost has a story, each building a unique ambience. Share in the history and creativity of Fremantle. Spooky fun! Witness if you dare! Reserve your free tickets now. Contributions to this show (photography, video, ghost actors, ghost portraits…


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Kim Churchill

Globetrotting troubador Kim Churchill returns two WA with new single Breakneck Speed, the first taste of his forthcoming album to be released later this year. This will also be the first gig to be held in the freshly-restored Fremantle Town Hall. Written in Quebec during an emotional ‘up’ for Kim, it’s a fitting taste of a newly refreshed, energised Churchill, whose previous single Window To The Sky (from the album Silence/Win) hit #42 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2014.  Breakneck Speed is available digitally this Friday April 14 and to coincide with the release, Churchill will be embarking on a string of tour dates this May in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and Perth in June. Churchill explained the atmosphere that inspired the track: “’Breakneck Speed’ was born in Quebec City. It was autumn and we were racing around the province through these tunnels of colour that all the maple trees had become. Most days were under this electric blue sky as well. I was kinda on the way up emotionally. I'd been tired for a while. Like a few months... It felt like we had played a bajillion festivals and toured forever. Everything was flying by in a blur that was disorientating. But by the time we had arrived in the Quebec fall, I was out in front again and really felt in awe of the whole world and how fast we were racing through it. Kinda like a top of the world feeling. That song became my celebration of it all.” At just 26, Kim Churchill has already made some incredible achievements in his time as a professional musician. Recognised as much internationally as in Australia, he has performed headline shows and festivals across the world including Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Montreal Jazz, Telluride Blues and Glastonbury, as well as supporting acts including Billy Bragg and Leo Kottke.  It’s a long way from the beginning of his career, when he traversed Australia in a campervan, undertaking a musical journey to share and connect with the Australian musical landscape. 2014 saw Kim release his fourth studio recording Silence/Win, a pre-eminent collection demonstrating a maturity and depth of song writing unparalleled by his previous works. The 2015 single Window to The Sky became an anthem for summer adventures and an instant festival favourite during Churchill’s continued touring both in Australia and abroad, notably selling out headline shows as well as supporting Nahko and the Medicine people throughout Europe and the UK. Window To The Sky was also remixed by French producer The Avener (best known for his ARIA top ten single Fade Out Lines),  and has over 1 million views online.

Vintage Adventure Travel Series - Pillock Conquers The World

A folk group buy an old bus as the ultimate ‘band van’. They load up their instruments and drive it to India, around Australia and then across the USA. This spectacular film comes from the pre-Shoreditch era when the fuzzy beard had but two legitimate homes: on either a lumberjack or a folk musician. Our story concerns the latter. Realising that Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday was essentially, beyond lame, this group of Hampshire daredevils pushed the envelope on what was possible in a vehicle that on the day they left, already had over 700,000 miles on the clock. Their DIY…

Drawing Workshops with Ross Potter

Ross Potter will be hosting FREE drawing workshops from the heritage listed J Shed on Sunday June 4th. 9-10.30 Children's Workshop 11-12.30 Teens/Adults Workshop. Join Ross Potter in his studio to view his artworks featuring the structural heritage of the Fremantle area and soak in the atmosphere of J Shed, once part of the Port and relocated to Bathers Beach in the 1960s, while you learn about the techniques and materials that Ross uses to capture the character of his subjects. Use the techniques you learn to create your own drawing of an aspect of the J Shed.   Places…

Gwyneth Ewens Art Award Exhibition

Gwenyth Ewens made a bequest to the City of Fremantle to promote art and architecture in the children of Fremantle. The bequest supports an annual competition for students in years 5 & 6 attending local primary schools. Students submit a painting or pencil sketch, depicting part or whole of an historic building in the Fremantle area. The resulting exhibition showcases the students' work. Prizes will be presented on Sunday 4 June at a launch ceremony from 2.00 - 3:30 pm.  Artwork will be displayed until Sunday 11 June.


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Here From the Beginning- A Tour of Old Fremantle's Jewish Past

Fremantle's Jewish connection goes right back to the beginning of the Swan Colony. Join us for a tour of the historic West End and hear some surprising stories of pioneers and pirates from the port's colourful past.  While the people are gone, the buildings remain as a constant reminder of the contribution they made to community life in Fremantle and beyond.

Butting Heads: History and Archaeology in Western Australia, a free talk by Dr Shane Burke

History and archaeology both contribute valuable knowledge to our understanding of human occupation in Western Australia. However, given the different methodological and theoretical standings of the two disciplines, sometimes their stories about the past are different.   Notre Dame’s popular archaeologist, Shane Burke, will reveal the fault lines between the two disciplines most responsible for making history, and share stories from the front line of our past.

Sunday at Guildhall

North Fremantle's beautiful heritage wedding venue, Guildhall, will host an afternoon of Jazz and old school cocktails, named with a nod to the literary legends that once graced the old town library shelves.

Vintage Adventure Travel Series - Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life

A classic adventure by the makers of King Kong. In 1924, neophyte filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack hooked up with journalist and sometime spy Marguerite Harrison and set off to film an adventure. They found excitement, danger and unparalleled drama in the migration of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia (now Iran). Twice a year, more than 50,000 people and half a million animals surmounted seemingly impossible obstacles to take their herds to pasture. The filmmakers captured unforgettable images of courage and determination as the Bakhtiari braved the raging and icy waters of the half-mile-wide Karun River. Cooper and…

WA Day Festival

It's all about the family this WA Day! Join us at the Esplanade Reserve, where there'll be plenty of activities to choose from for the whole family including interactive art activities, entertainment, workshops and food trucks. WA Day is a focal point for all Western Australians to recognise and celebrate our commonality and diversity with people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Western Australia their home. For more details visit 

Pipe Organ Plus - Ramble

Ramble around Fremantle on the Monday Queen’s Birthday weekend, visiting four historic churches for a series of concerts featuring splendid music. Home to five very fine and contrasting pipe organs, drop in to visit one, two, three or four of a series of concerts throughout the day, designed to show off each the instruments with splendid music for soprano, violin, cello and organ.

Speaker Box - 90's house party

Speaker Box is our student party held on the first Wednesday of every month, slowly working back to the year 1990. May 3 - 1994 Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your going to get but with Speaker Box Year 1994 you can guarantee it’s a good time! We were all Little Rascals selling pickles for dickles. Ace of Base finally opened their eyes and saw the sign, Simba became a mighty king 🦁and Salt n Pepa found oh what a mighty good man‍♂️ Before we Run Forrest Run back to 93′ lets celebrate the year…

Beginners Meditation Class

Do you want to unplug and switch off from a relentless mind or agitated thinking?Do you suffer from sleep or anxiety issues?Are you missing a connection with yourSelf and the simplicity of life? Meditation is an incredible practice, and at Spanda School we take it seriously. In this beginners class we always explain what you are doing and what the benefits are. And honestly, we are experts. We love meditation and because we know how it works, it fits effortlessly into our day. This is not simply a relaxation class but a session to change your lifestyle. Come check it out!…

Pub Pilates

Calling all professional beer-drinkers and Pilates lovers (or non-lovers - let us convert you!)Motions is giving Pilates a refreshing twist here at The Left Bank... ;)Take "balance" to a whole new level by adding a new kind of prop to challenge your mind and your body... a stubby of beer, sponsored by Gage Roads Brewing Co!We focus on keeping the class flowing with minimal breaks (except to take a sip) to keep that heart rate pumping with a good beat in the background to distract you from the burn.A combination of standing, mat and drinking movements will leave you feeling…


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Led by drummer Peter Evans, Southpaw explore the sounds of 50s and 60s rock 'n' roll, folk, pop and country music with a jazz sensibility.   From the Boogaloo to the Bo-Diddley Rhythm, Southpaw play both original music and jazz interpretations of songs from popular artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel. Peter is joined by fellow lefties Simon Jeans on guitar and Shane Pooley on the bass.

DJ Paul Gamblin

Paul Gamblin (DJ) grew up in the 70s on a musical 'diet' of punk rock and roots / dub reggae in the UK. Skip to some 25 plus years later and a life in Australia and Paul's DJ sets not only continue to reflect those earlier influences from his vast record collection but now embrace many international flavours.   Joining the Little Creatures family in 2000 and spinning alternate Fridays at Creatures Next Door, Paul is an ‘old school’ and a vinyl only DJ, always expect to hear the ‘unexpected’ in his selections.


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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.