Festivals

Remembering Bon Scott Luncheon

Semi formal dinning at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. You are cordially invited to attend an afternoon of reminiscing the Life and Times of Ronald Belford Scott. As part of Bonfest Freo 2018 to celebrate the occasion we would like to invite you to be part of an afternoon walking down memory lane reminiscing about the life and times of Rock 'n' Roll Legend and Fremantle' most famous son Bon Scott. Join us at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle relaxing in the Indian Ocean Suite Function Room for a Seated Three Course Buffet Luncheon with Special Guest Speaker Dave Stevens - son…

Rose Tattoo

Let There Be Rock Promotions and 96fm radio are proud to present - Australian Hard Rockers and AC/DC stablemates Rose Tattoo. The Tatts return to Fremantle for Bonfest Freo 2018. 10 years after their explosive appearance at the Bon Scott Statue concerts in 2007-08. Recently joining Rose Tattoo are the gentlemen of rock - Mark Evans ex-AC/DC Bass player, Bob Spencer the legendary guitarist from Skyhooks and The Angels and John Watson the reputable drummer from Australia Crawl, along with Dai Pritchard on slide guitar and of course the iconic rock voice of Angry Anderson founder of Rose Tattoo since 1976. This line…

Rose Tattoo Legs Electric Ragdoll Bonfest Freo

The Tatts return to Fremantle for Bonfest Freo 2018, 10 years after their explosive appearance at the Bon Scott Statue concerts in 2007-08. Recently joining Rose Tattoo are the Gentlemen of Rock: Mark Evans (ex-AC/DC bass player), Bob Spencer (legendary guitarist from Skyhooks and The Angels) and John Watson (reputable drummer from Australia Crawl), along with Dai Pritchard on slide guitar and of course the iconic rock voice of Angry Anderson founder of Rose Tattoo since 1976. This line up will go down in folklore as one of the most historic Hard Rock Aussie bands to hit the stage in…

Highway To Hell Bus Tour

Retrace some of Bon Scott steps on a Highway To Hell Tour of Fremantle' historic sites.  You will take in the Bon Scott Statue, Bon's memorial at the Fremantle cemetery and his boyhood home, along with other special places as you travel down the highway, going to a 2 hour guided tour, complete with commentary and entertainment.  AC/DC and Bon Scott fans tick some big items of your bucket list and book your ticket now for the Highway To Hell Tour Fremantle.  It's 'cooler than a body on ice' 

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Jailbreak Concert

Jailbreak Concert @ the Fremantle Prison Ticket on-sales  Now! through the website. February 2018 marks the 38th Anniversary of the passing of rock legend, AC/DC lead vocalist and Fremantle local hero, Bon Scott. It is also the 10th anniversary of the Bon Scott Statue installation, made possible by the generous donations of Bon Scott fans worldwide. To mark the occasion, BONFEST Freo – A Giant Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll, will bring together musicians and music fans across the globe in a month long festival climaxing in a four-day weekend celebration of the musical legacy of Bon Scott. Taking place February…

School of Rock Salute to Aussie Rock

School of Rock is the worldwide leader in music education for kids aged 3 to 18. Students learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment combining weekly private lessons and structured group rehearsals with the ultimate goal of performing live in front of real crowds. Areas of instruction include guitar, drums, keyboards, bass guitar and vocals.

Bon Scott Memorial

Join us for a gathering to remember the life and times of Bon Scott. At the Bon Scott Statue, located in Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour. It is an iconic heritage landmark which draws thousands of visitors from across the globe each year. The statue commemorates the life of rock legend, former AC/DC lead vocalist and Fremantle’s favourite son, Bon Scott (1946–80). Erected in 2008, it was made possible by the generous donations of Bon Scott and AC/DC fans worldwide. The Bon Scott statue, cast by local artist Greg James, is the most popular of Fremantle’s public sculptures (according to Lonely Planet);…

A Fabulous Teleportation Experiment | Fringe World

Brand new production - absolutely not to be missed.  World class imaginative magic for all ages!  A mad scientist is trapped between dimensions. Will he find a way to teleport back? All will be revealed in this crazy and dynamic show that is part magic & illusion, part science, all fun and learning! This original show incorporates story telling, visual illusions, strong moments of magic, educational science, modern clowning, physical comedy and fun interactive routines involving young assistants from the audience.  International mystery performer Pierre Ulric is coming back to FRINGE WORLD 2018 with an exciting production that will appeal to…

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Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival, commemorating a journey made 150 years ago by 62 Irish political prisoners – the Fenians. The Fenians were young men, between 19 and 30, who grew up in Ireland in a time of starvation, death and forced evictions - the years of the great famine. Having exhausted all attempts to gain self-government through political means, they decided to fight for independence and they staged a rising. Their plot was uncovered, they were arrested, sentenced for treason, exiled from their homeland and transported to Western Australia.  After spending months in solitary confinement, it was a bitter-sweet relief when they boarded the very last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, where they shared stories, organised concerts, wrote a newspaper called the Wild Goose, and looked out for each other. You might recognise the name Hougoumont, it’s that funky hotel in Bannister Street. There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival... They also dreamed of escape. The most famous of the Fenians, John Boyle O’Reilly did escape a year later, on an American whaler. He became the editor of a Boston newspaper and together with supporters in the US and Ireland, organised a crowd funding venture to purchase a whaler, the Catalpa, and rescue his mates from the bottom of the world, out of Fremantle Prison. It’s a big story and there’s a big festival to commemorate and celebrate it. As well as the concerts, there’ll be a family day at the Maritime Museum, art exhibitions, Irish film, literature workshops, remarkable stories and of course, the Guinness …plenty of it on tap at the Festival Gardens and Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse. But you won’t be sitting still, there’s music to get your feet tapping and a traditional Irish ceili dance with an Indian Ocean sunset as the backdrop. After 10 days of celebration and commemoration, you’ll have to get in quick to book a table at the primal food extravaganza and street party, the Feast of the Wild Goose, sponsored by Fremantle BID and supported by the Hougoumont Hotel and the Bannister St traders. This 150 year old story of valuing your culture and looking after your friends is the one we still strive for here in Fremantle. Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival | 5-14 January 2018

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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.