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French Explorers in WA

You are invited to view two exquisite exhibitions that celebrate Western Australia’s French connections. The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804 For the first time since they were completed over 200 years ago this exhibition brings original paintings and drawings from the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, France to Australia. Baudin’s ships, Géographe and Naturaliste embarked from Le Havre in October 1800 carrying an impressive group of scientists. Lavishly funded by Napoléon Bonaparte, their agenda was the discovery and study of natural sciences, underpinned by the emergence of new ideas and philosophies of reason. Never seen before in Australia,…

The Famous Clancy's Quiz

Get down for our famous Tuesday quiz with the hillariousy talented host Lewis the Entertainer. Lewis has been our resident quiz host for over 12 years and has a religious following of loyal trivia buffs. Get down early for a meal and get yourself a table of brainy friends together to win big at the greatest quiz night known to man or fish.

Super Allinclusive Community Busking Session

'Catch Music's first all-inclusive #community #busking session! Anyone is welcome to join us on the #percussion mat! Facilitated by 'Jere Sosa' our top local musician featuring participants from Fremantle and Gosnells sessions! All busking funds go towards Catch Music #Fremantle!Fun for all the #Family! Near: St John's Anglican Church, 24 Adelaide St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia#Schoolholidays #Sunday #Funactivities #Free #Kids FREE EVENT!

The Writer's Block (Songwriter's Showcase)

The Fremantle Writer's Block is a monthly singer-songwriter showcase proudly supported by Clancy's. With six artists from Fremantle and beyond performing in a round robin style, it's a whole night full of great song's plus some impromptu collaboration. Follow the Facebook page to check out this month's lineup. 

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Create a Verge Garden

Start creating your own verge garden. Join Greening Australia for this hands on workshop and learn how to create a sustainable verge habitat that will be an urban oasis for local bird life.

Fremantle Wedding Walk 2018

Mark your diaries for the Sunday 14th October 2018 from 3 pm - 8 pm for our annual Fremantle Wedding Walk! Fremantle's historic  buildings, breath taking beaches and creative, relaxed, and open-minded spirit is the reason why more and more couples are choosing to host their wedding day in this distinctly different city. Come and experience the history and vibe of Fremantle as you meander through the streets and parks to find your perfect wedding venue! 14 venues, all within easy walking distance of each other or a short ride on our very own Fremantle Tram who will be operating specifically for you as a hop on hop off to all our amazing venues. All the venues will be open to welcome you in and showcase what they all have to offer. Moore & Moore / Little Creatures / The Esplanade Hotel / WA Maritime Museum / The National Hotel Blue HQ / Kidogo Arthouse/ Char Char Restaurant / Quest Fremantle / Fremantle Sailing Club Shipwreck Museum / St John's Anglican / Old Customs House / Tradewinds   

Sex & The City QUIZ NIGHT

Our next quiz night on Wednesday 17th October is all about Sex & The City!!How much do you know about the ICONIC 6 season show?What is Mr. Big's real name?Who is Carrie's gay best friend?What song do the girls sing at karaoke in the second movie?Test your knowledge on Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, with prizes to be won!Grab a your friends, grab a drink and get ready for an entertaining evening hosted by Dux Nuts Quizzes!This is a FREE event, but spots are limited - so BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL! We do not accept walk-ins...Contact events@leftbank.com.au to book a table for…

Dance Hall Days for Over 55s

Dance Hall Days is the perfect setting for over 55s to make new friends and branch out socially. The monthly dances will be held at the Fremantle Italian Club on the 3rd Friday of each month from 2 to 5pm starting with a 1 hour dance lesson, commencing in August through to June 2019. A variety of bands and a range of dances within each event encourage participation. Light refreshments and free for participants. More toe tapping in Freo!

Made On the Left Christmas Market

The Made on the Left 2018 Christmas Market will be held at Princess May Park, Cantonment St Fremantle, on the 17th & 18th November 2018, between 9am and 5pm both days.This free outdoor event will feature over 60 designer and artisan stalls. Bring the kids along to enjoy the free children's activities.Come and help us celebrate our 10th year of being Perth's longest running designer market.  

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Stackwood Plant Swap

Have a plant that doesn't look right in your home? Delving into plant propagation? Curious to see what house plants other people are hiding? Come along to the Stackwood Plant Swap on Saturday 14th of July, hosted by the ever-wonderful Anna from Wilding.  Anna is a plant and floral designer and educator who is passionate about creating wild and beautiful designs with nature. Anna has just returned home from New York where she was working with New York Botanical Garden, Chelsea Garden Center and the Japan Society of New York.  To get involved bring along a cutting, seedling or established plant. Indoor varieties are preferred, but any type…

Kylie on Stage

Are you ready for behind-the-scenes access to one of Australia's biggest icons? Kylie on Stage celebrate the extravagant costumes and magical moments from superstar Kylie Minogue's 25 year international concert career. With more than 250,000 people visiting this major exhibition in Melbourne, it is now time for Western Australians to experience the glitz and glamour of Australia's Princess of Pop. See the work of international designers including Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano, Julien Macdonald, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as local designers such as Peter Morrissey and Mark Burnett. You'll also get access to a selection of…

#MyFreoStory is your Freo story

We all have a Freo story. From the locals raised in the port city, to the live music lovers or Sunday brunch devotees on the strip, locals and visitors alike have a story to share about Freo. And so #MyFreoStory video competition was born. In early 2016, the #MyFreoStory competition was launched to encourage people to tell their own Freo story, with 40 very unique and heartfelt videos submitted. This included a day in the life of local Freo dog, following a unicyclist’s journey around town to the home of WA Circus, watching a time-lapse artist weave a large red…

Fremantle invites you to come to the fire

Fremantle Festival returns this year with a series of events bringing people together in a celebration of community. Immerse yourself in the colour and pageantry of the Blessing of the Fleet, discover the beauty of Australian Indigenous culture at Wardarnji or bring the family down to a blaze on the beach with the return of Kraken. Wardarnji is a dynamic experience of Nyoongar storytelling and dance. For the first time, the City of Fremantle presents Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire, inviting audiences to gather around many fires to enjoy intimate performances, including song, spoken word, puppetry and dance. This is a taste of what’s to come, with the Fremantle Festival set to move to the depths of winter in 2019, with a ten-day immersive experience of wild art and hidden treasures. Intimate spaces, port history and cosy corners make Fremantle an ideal place for a winter festival.  This year’s three-day festival format will pave the way for the transition to an expanded ten-day format in winter in 2019.  Now in its 113th year, Fremantle Festival is Australia’s longest running festival and continues to evolve as a celebration of one of the most unique cities in the world and its extraordinary community.  Wardarnji | 26 October, 6.30 pm (gates open 5.30 pm), Fremantle Arts Centre Let the beauty of the oldest songs, dances and language in the world transport you to another place, as fires burn long into the evening and people come together to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture. Wardarnji is a dynamic experience of Nyoongar storytelling and dance. Blessing of the Fleet | 28 October, from 2 pm, procession begins at St Patrick’s Basilica Watch the pageantry and splendour of the Blessing of the Fleet as this annual procession makes its way from St Patrick’s Basilica to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at 8 pm. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities to ensure a safe and bountiful fishing season. First celebrated in WA by an Italian migrant fisherman, the historical port of Fremantle has been the backdrop to the tradition for 70 years. Kraken | 3 November, from 1 pm, Bathers Beach & Arthur Head Kraken is a blaze on Bather’s Beach centered around the Kraken effigy – a sea monster emerging from the sands. Kraken is a free community event that delivers a small taste of the Blazing Swan Festival presented by the Fremantle based Blazing Swan Inc. Each year this not-for-profit organisation produces the regional Burning Man in Kulin, Western Australia. Surrounding Bather’s Beach the Blazing Swan theme camps offer entertainment and food.  You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle. Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire | 3 November, from 6 pm, Maritime Tafe Carpark, Fleet Street As the sun sets over the Indian Ocean we will light fires to bring together the people of Fremantle. Between the river and sea we will gather, the fires will light the way, keep us warm and centre our community stories. Each fire will host a performance of song, spoken word, puppetry or dance. You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle. The 2018 Fremantle Festival will run on 26 October, 28 October and 3 November, with a series of free community events. For more information, visit – fremantlefestival.com.au. 

Fremantle's top 10 free school holiday activities

Sharpen the kids’ word sleuth skills with the #Freo_Babble hunt, visit the museums, hire a bike - here's our top ten free things to do with the kids. 1. Transportation Exhibition at Fremantle Prison In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. 2. #Freo_Babble letter sleuth game Pick up a #Freo_Babble map from Fremantle Visitor Centre, WA Shipwrecks Museum or Oxfam or download and collect the letters from Freo businesses to make out the mystery song title. You could win fabulous prizes including a $500 shopping spree. 3. Visit the shipwrecks at WA Shipwrecks Museum Recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere and housed in a 1850s-era Commissariat building the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA's treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck. 4. Free bike hire from Fremantle Visitor Centre This free bike hire service with bikes for adults and kids (8+ years) operates from the Fremantle Visitor Centre in Kings Square. Bikes can be used anywhere in the Fremantle area. There are a limited number of bikes available for hire so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Read our South Beach to Leighton cycling blog for bike ride ideas. 5. Take a spin at the Esplanade Youth Plaza Pack up the kid’s skateboards, scooters or roller skates and spend an afternoon at one of the most popular skate facilities in the metro area. There’s also places to try ping pong, rock climbing, slack-lining and parkour and the playground adjacent to the plaza has swings and a giant climbing frame. Bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat from nearby cafés and restaurants all within walking distance. 6. Firing of the cannon at the Round House Opened in 1831, Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia. Hear the story of why the cannon is fired every day at 1 pm – visitors can even apply to act as the honorary gunner! 7. Self-guided walking trails Explore Fremantle attractions, history, cultural heritage and the arts with one of the Explore Fremantle walking trails. There are eleven trails to choose from including street art, Walk with the Windsors, heritage highlights and Manjaree. The trails work on iPhone and Android devices (you can connect to FREBytes free wifi in the CBD). 8. Visit the giant fish tanks at Cicerello’s Over 50 species of marine life, all collected in Fremantle waters housed in a giant aquarium holding over 20,000 litres of water. 9. Bird watching around Fremantle Get to know the species of birdlife around Freo. Download a copy of the Birdwatching around Fremantle guide and challenge the kids to spot an Australasian darter or a Wilson’s Storm Petrel. 10. Swan River, beaches, parks and playgrounds Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that create the best memories and Fremantle has amazing outdoor spaces for the kids to run around... skimming stones under the traffic bridge, collecting shells at South Beach or a picnic beside the lake at Booyeembara Park, here's some of the best spots. After you’ve exhausted the kids there are plenty of kid friendly places to pick up lunch or a drink (the nature play area behind Moore & Moore and Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts is a favourite). Our school holiday program has some great coupon offers from local businesses and don’t forget to tag @fremantlestory on Instagram–we’d love to see what you get up to.


Free events

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great day out in Freo. There is always something spontaneous happening on the street and many Fremantle activities and events you can enjoy for free. Visit Fremantle during one of the great festivals and experience the buzzing atmosphere of busking, street performers and parades. Call into the museums and see some of the free exhibitions or browse the beautiful art exhibitions in Fremantle’s best galleries and studio’s.