Festivals

Red Dogs and Bushrangers: Keynote Address, presented by film maker Nelson Woss

Nelson Woss is one of Australia’s most loved film makers. The man behind such award-winning features as Red Dog and Ned Kelly, his films draw on powerful human stories from Australia’s past. His characters have been played by award-winning actors Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush.  Fresh from the release of Red Dog: True Blue, Nelson will combine story-telling and film to reveal what makes Australian history, and therefore our movies, so special. Join us for this magical evening which begins with Nelson’s address at Notre Dame.  Doors open from 6pm.  Tickets essential and available online.

Beer thru the Ages… a beer quiz through time

Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, dating back to at least the fifth millennium BC. Today, the brewing industry is a global business producing almost 2 billion hectoliters a year and the craft beer industry in one of the fasting growing and exciting industries worldwide. How did we go from caveman drinking fermented gruel 7,000 years ago to the beer bellied hipsters of today... still drinking fermented gruel? Learn all about the history of this timeless nectar at the Little Creature’s Beer thru the Ages… a beer quiz through time.  Test your knowledge, win some prizes,…

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Red Dog: free film screening

The City of Fremantle, Notre Dame and Good Dog Enterprises are delighted to bring you an indoor/outdoor screening of the original Red Dog film.  Notre Dame will be throwing open the glass doors of the historic Drill Hall for this special opening night event. Bring your rugs, bean bags, pillows or low-folding chairs and watch Nelson Woss’s classic first installment of the Red Dog story. Food trucks will be on hand to purchase dinner and drinks for this special family event.  Doors open from 7:30pm.  Tickets are free, but essential: get them online at www.nd.edu.au/heritage2017.   

The Blackeyed Susans

Formed in Perth in 1989, The Blackeyed Susans have built a reputation for their moody romanticism and op-shop stylings. Declared national treasures by Rolling Stone magazine, they have toured the world, played with the likes of Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen and released numerous albums. Classic Susans songs such as A Curse On You, Smokin’ Johnny Cash and Blue Skies, Blue Sea established the group as impressionistic storytellers with a bent ear for melody and atmospherics. Long, reverby trails of pedal steel, tremolo guitar, violin and keyboards combine to create lush soundscapes for the album’s dreamlike torch songs, bruised ballads and other-worldly rockers. Don’t miss the chance to catch these living legends…

Walk in the Shoes of Convicts

Enjoy the rich folklore and stories of our port city's convict history as one of Fremantle Prison's experienced Guides takes you for a walk in the shoes of the convicts. Envisage the experience of embarking at South Jetty, Bathers Bay in 1850, to arriving at the Convict Establishment to serve your time. This special walking tour of Fremantle will take you from the Roundhouse to the gates of Fremantle Prison. Once you have registered your interest and have received confirmation, please ensure you are ready to meet our Guide on the grassed area in front of the Roundhouse. The tour…

Crafternoon - an exhibition of handmade items from the prison's history presented by the Fremantle Prison YHA

An exhibition of original handmade items from the Fremantle Women's Prisons original inmates. Come down to see an exhibition of handmade vintage clothing and home wares from the past 100 years of Australian fashion and its impact on the women of Western Australia. Take part in our Crafternoon to create your own handmade piece of history. Join the dancers of Perth Swing Dance Academy to make a perfect vintage afternoon complete with a free class to learn the original swing dance from the 1940’s. Watch their amazing performers delight you with charming moves.   See Facebook for more details.

WA Maritime Museum - Arthur Grady Display and Classic Car Show

In 1924 Fremantle bicycle maker Arthur Grady became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. Celebrate Arthur Grady’s achievement with vintage enthusiasts at the WA Maritime Museum, as they gather to showcase their veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles.  Check out some amazing classic cars and hot rods, thanks to Classic Customs and Hot Rods of Perth. Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the WA Museum's fascinating collection of old boats and other hidden treasures in storage in the A Shed.   For those who would like to explore the Museum as well, enjoy entry by donation and a special…

Voices from the Past

Hear the volunteer Guides give voice to individual stories of prisoners, warders and authorities associated with the Fremantle Round House - Western Australia's oldest extant public building.   The terrible fate of the Indigenous prisoners, of John Gavin who was the first white person hung in Western Australia, of Jane Green or Margaret Farmer who were two of the female prisoners.   Try the pillories for size, ring the curfew bell and see the 1.00pm cannon fired.

All the Tales on the Cemetery Trail - a guided tour of Fremantle Cemetery's Historical Trail

Watch as characters are brought back to life before your very eyes. Join Metropolitan Cemeteries Board Member and Fremantle identity, Don Whittington for a roam through Fremantle Cemetery exploring some interesting tales and local insights. Be prepared for ghostly encounters along the way! Bookings are essential. To reserve your place, please contact Sharon Sax McGunnigle on 9383 5254 or via email Sharon.SaxMcGunnigle@mcb.wa.gov.au

Demolished and Unbuilt: The Mayor’s Alternative Fremantle History Cycle Tour

Fremantle is a city of layers with thousands of individual planning choices shaping the unique place that it is today. Join Mayor Pettitt on a bike tour exploring what could’ve been – the stories of the unbuilt and the historical saves. Be it the casino proposed for Victoria Quay in the 80s or the demolition of half of the West End's High Street for a highway in the 70s, join the Mayor to muse, lament and celebrate Fremantle’s historical planning decisions. Meet under Containbow, bring your bike. The tour ends in the Fremantle CBD. Numbers strictly limited, please rsvp by Friday 26  May…

Songs of the Sea return to the Whalers' Tunnel!

Following last year’s sell-out concert, rollick along as Fremantle’s historic Whalers’ Tunnel resonates again with Songs of the Sea! From barrel-thumping traditional sea shanties to songs of quiet longing, prepare for the calm and for the storm. Rug up in the unique and intimate setting of the Whalers’ Tunnel, below the Roundhouse and through the harmonies of a crew of good men, let The Lost Quays steer you a course across the world’s oceans, painting a song-picture of lives shaped by toil and adventure on the sea, far from home. Ticket price includes a tot of spiced rum!

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America's Cup 30th Anniversary Dinner

To mark this momentous event, that changed Fremantle and indeed, the entire Perth region forever, we will be hosting a night of yachting fun and history at the prestigious WA Maritime Museum. Join us in this magnificent setting overlooking Fremantle Harbour for a fun filled evening. Dress code – ‘Formal with a nautical twist’. Tickets include: Three course dinner Wine and drinks with the meal Be taken back in time with talks from local identities and raconteurs Live band and dancing to the finest hits of the eighties featuring “Some Like it Yacht”. A collaboration between The National Hotel and…

Another Murder at the Esplanade

Someone’s at it again… join us for another Esplanade Hotel Fremantle Murder Mystery Dinner in the heritage listed Island Suite. Book now for a 3-course dinner including beverages and a thrilling 1920’s themed murder mystery to solve. Will you be the killer, the victim or a not so innocent bystander? Just $99 per person or $760 for a team of 8. Conditions apply. For bookings and enquiries, visit www.fcec.com.au/occasions  or call 9432 4801 or email functions_esplanadefremantle@evt.com 

Jailhouse Ba-Roque: Rediscovering Fremantle Prison’s Crown Theatre

Did you know the Fremantle Prison once had an active theatre? Neither did we! So, please join us in rediscovering the musical legacy of the Fremantle Prison's Crown Theatre on 27 May 2017 for a student and family-friendly concert and on 4 June 2017 for an evening concert. These interactive concerts will feature discoveries made by an interdisciplinary team, including Historian Dr Jeremy Martens, Archaeologist Dr Martin Porr, Architect Dr Tijana Vujosevic, Musicians Dr Georg Corall and Patricia Alessi, Conservation and Preservation Specialist Christine Porr and PhD Architecture Scholar Jennifer Scott, with heritage analyses by TPG + Place Match (Nerida…

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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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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.