What's on in Fremantle


Event Starts Jan 1
Event ends Sep 30
Fremantle Western Australia


What's on in FremantleFestivals and events

What's on in Fremantle - epic festivals in Western Australia. Become one with the music, watch something that defies belief or learn new things from an ancient culture. Fremantle's festivals invite you to experience other worlds. The festival program is all year-round so whenever you visit Fremantle is putting on a show.

Summer (January and February)

Kicking-off the year is the Falls Festival - an 18+ fully licensed event, featuring some of the biggest names in the music business as well as those gunning for their crown. A must-see event for any music lover, it features two days of riffs, beats, bass, crooning and crowd involvement. Nothing beats the atmosphere of the Falls.

One Day is Fremantle's more inclusive answer to Australia Day. Held in January, it is a celebration of music, togetherness and aboriginal culture. If you are an early riser, make sure to check out the smoking ceremony held on Bathers Beach, followed by a host of cultural workshops and activities for everyone to enjoy at Kidogo Arthouse. In the afternoon the party starts with a free open-air concert that gets the whole of Fremantle singing and dancing.

In February don't miss St. Jerome's Laneway - the festival designed to showcase the freshest acts on the world stage. It is, according to Tame Impala front man Kevin Parker, "Australia's greatest festival."

Autumn (March, April and May)

What better backdrop than the Indian Ocean, as Sculpture at Bathers gets underway in March. Showcasing the best of Western Australian sculpture, it's a cultural feast not to be missed.

Held over the Easter-long weekend, nothing is more colourful and lively than the Fremantle International Streets Arts Festival. Come down and watch mesmerising shows as the streets come alive and the whole city becomes a stage. This event is the largest in Australia attracting around 150,000 people each year.

Revealed, at Fremantle Arts Centre, is the place to discover the work of the best new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists. With paintings, prints, carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving and more, this captivating and engaging exhibition presents the work of artists from remote areas as well as those from metropolitan Perth.

The Australian Heritage Festival, from April – May, is an exploration into Australian history and culture. The festival brings together communities from all walks of life to recognise and celebrate heritage and culture through ceremony, song, dance, art, stories and guided tours of places and spaces.

The ANZAC Dawn Service and commemorative events, held on 25 of April, is a time when Fremantle comes together to remember the great sacrifice made by those who gave their lives for their country.

Winter (June, July and August)

In June, rug up and experience the RTRFM Winter Music Festival. The big multi-venue party where pop, hip-hop, punk, electronic music, hillbilly and rock and roll all hang-out together.

The Fremantle Festival - 10 Nights in Port, held in July, is a chance for the city to celebrate everything that makes it unique. Featuring contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance, it's a visual and auditory extravaganza with something for everyone.

Can snow fall in Fremantle? It does at Winterworld, the festival that confounds belief and the local climate. Winterworld transforms Fremantle into a wonderland of snow, fun and adventure. It even has Australia's largest outdoor ice rink!

Spring  (September, October and November)

The Maria SS Del Tindari procession kicks-off a busy spring festival schedule with a display of faith and devotion as the Black Madonna makes her way through the city streets from St Patrick's Basilica down to the esplanade. This is followed in October by the Blessing of the Fleet and the pomp, pageantry and piety that accompanies this traditional procession.

Wardarniji is an aboriginal festival of dance that transfixes its audience with its celebration of Australian indigenous culture.

Fremantle BeerFest is more than just a festival to praise the amber ale, it's an eclectic mixture of food, music and comedy all delivered with a side serve of beer.

The Fremantle Biennale is held every second year and uses site responsive art to transform the port city.

Don't miss your seat at the Fremantle Long Table Dinner, a gourmet experience that gives back to those less fortunate. All profits collected will be donated to St. Patrick's Community Support Centre, helping people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness in the Fremantle area.

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