Festivals

ANZAC Day 2017

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia commemorates the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since our nations involvement in the First World War. The City of Fremantle is proud to support and host a number of events in 2017 and to have the opportunity to honour and pay respect to those who have and are serving our nation as part of the Armed Forces.

ANZAC Day 2017 Dawn Service

Join us for a moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill at 5:50am, Tuesday 25th April 2017. Two large screens will be installed behind the monument, with a third screen installed further down the hill on the High Street side of the reserve so that all attendees can clearly see the service on the cenotaph. Expected conclusion of the service is approximately 6:30am. REGISTRATION DETAILS For those who wish to lay a wreath during the service: If you are planning to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Services, and intend to lay a wreath during the…

ANZAC Day Portrait Photography

This year on ANZAC Day the City of Fremantle is changing the way photography is done at our events. The Esplanade Reserve will house a pop-up professional photography booth where all are invited to attend to have their portrait photographed and printed on the spot ready to take home.  Photographer Monica Defendi will be providing this free service until 1.00pm, offering a professional backdrop, photography environment and on the spot 5x7 inch prints.  Wear your best dress to show your support for the men and women who have served our country. We encourage people to wear medals of loved ones…

ANZAC Day 2017 North Fremantle Service

Overview Gather around Fremantle's first war memorial and join members of the Bicton-Palmyra RSL and the North Fremantle Amateur Football Club in remembering our fallen. About 550 men out of a population of 4,000 from North Fremantle served overseas during World War One. Just over 100 did not return and in 1921, a committee was organised to raise funds for a memorial to these men. The site on the corner of the reserve next to the Town Hall was chosen as it would be seen by everyone that passed through the town. A total of 105 names were inscribed on…

ANZAC Day 2017 March Closing Ceremony

Cheer on the marchers throughout Fremantle and follow the crowds back to the Esplanade for the closing ceremony. For those participating in the parade, assembly is at 9:45am and step off is 10:15am. The parade route is as follows: Departing from the Esplanade Reserve along Marine Terrace, up Collie Street and onto Pakenham Street then on to High Street, down Market Street and along South Terrace, down Essex Street and back along Marine Terrace to the Esplanade. The parade concludes at the Esplande Reserve where a Closing Ceremony is to take place at 11:00am with an estimated conclusion time of 11:30am. Participation is free. No need…

Unbranded

Four young Cowboys hatch an outrageous plot to adopt, train, and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the wildest terrain of the American West. The trip became an epic journey of self-discovery, tested friendships, and iconic landscapes that included runaway horses, a sassy donkey, perilous mountain passes, rodeos, sickness, injury, and death. The Audience Award winner at Telluride Mountainfilm and Hot Docs Film Festival, Unbranded is a soaring tale of danger and resilience, an emotionally charged odyssey that shines a bright light on the complex plight America's wild horses.    

Putuparri And The Rainmakers

Against the backdrop of Australia’s tangled colonial and Aboriginal history, Putuparri and the Rainmakers explores one man’s struggle to fulfil his destiny. Tom “Putuparri” Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands, learning about his traditional culture and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation.

Islands And The Whales

The pilot whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollu- tion, and the seabirds populations collapse, environmental changes threaten to change the community and their way of life forever. 

America's Cup Defence, Fremantle - Share your photos

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Australia's successful America’s Cup Defence, the WA Maritime Museum invites you to share photographs that captured the excitement of this momentous day for a special temporary exhibition. Photos can be uploaded to the WA Museum’s website (www.museum.wa.gov.au/upload) during the Fremantle Heritage Festival from Friday 26 May till Monday 5 June. Alternately please bring your photo to the WA Maritime Museum on Saturday 3 May between 10am and 2pm and we can help you to upload it. Participants and their families will be invited to preview the photographs at a special event on Saturday 10…

Fremantle Heritage Festival 2017

The Fremantle Heritage Festival, an annual community event brought to you by the City of Fremantle, explores and showcases the rich history of Fremantle. In this, the 25th year of the festival, we’ll celebrate the distant past as well as revelling in more recent nostalgia.

Nyoongar Heritage Tour

Take the Nyoongar Heritage Tour with a Whadjuk guide at Bathers Beach. Learn about traditional seasonal movements, bush tucker, the separate roles of women and men, trading networks, dialects of Nyoongar language and the impact of settlement including the Roundhouse and Rottnest Island. The tour takes about an hour and then we debrief at a café nearby.

Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities Fremantle is a participatory art project exploring relationships between people and place. It maps the memories held within the city, to reveal intriguing, experiential tales you can listen to as you walk the streets of Fremantle.  Download the free Invisible Cities mobile app from the website, and look for the Story Site plaques around Fremantle to hear stories told by people who live, work, play and pass through the city. You are also invited to contribute your own memory or story of the Fremantle city centre.  To hear or contribute a story visit: www.invisiblecities.com.au

Vintage shopping trail

Freo CBD is home to the largest amount of retro and vintage stores per square foot. If you want something unique that sings ‘nostalgia’ you’re looking in the right place! From beautifully curated vintage finds to that amazing discovery in the rummage basket, there are tonnes of shops for you to check out in Fremantle. So many we’ve created a personal tour to find the treasures you’re looking for. Trail will be released on the 26 May.  All you'll have to do is jump on our website, download the trail and get hunting. And remember show us your finds on insta…

Pioneers Luncheon

The 88th annual Pioneers Luncheon is an annual celebration of the pioneers of Fremantle. Residents who have lived or worked in Fremantle and surrounding suburbs for the past 50 years are invited to a three-course meal.  To apply to attend the luncheon, please email events@fremantle.wa.gov.au  

Fremantle Town Hall official reopening

Celebrate the Fremantle Town Hall back in its 1887 skin! Come and celebrate the recent completion of major conservation works to the exterior of the Fremantle Town Hall. See the flag being raised onto the new flagpole on the refurbished tower for the first time in a decade, the town hall clock ceremonially restarted and the bells sound out after being silent for 12 months.

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Festivals

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