Autumn (March, April and May) – 2021 events to be confirmed due to COVID-19
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 Aboriginal Art Market, 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) – 2021 events to be confirmed due to COVID-19
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)
Image: Sunday Music, Jodie Lane
Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon at the Fremantle Arts Centre with free live tunes kicking off in October from 2 pm – 4 pm. Bring down a picnic and rug or grab some wood-fired pizzas from the bar and enjoy the local and touring acts every Sunday afternoon throughout spring and summer.
The 2020 Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FIPP) Showcase Exhibition will be held in October. (To be confirmed due to COVID-19).
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 by the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday 18 October and the pomp, pageantry and piety that accompanies this traditional procession.
Wardarnji is an aboriginal festival of dance in November that transfixes its audience with its celebration of Australian indigenous culture (2020 event has unfortunately been postponed due to COVID-19).
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 Long Table Dinner held each November, 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.
Summer (December, January and February)
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 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.” (2021 event to be confirmed due to COVID-19).
FRINGE WORLD Festival will be back in Fremantle from 15 January – 14 February 2021 with a show for everyone!
Sculptures at Bathers is a biennial exhibition specifically designed to showcase local home-grown talent. This stunning exhibit will be back in February 2022 where you can discover sculptures on the beach, lining the timber boardwalk, along the winding path, in bushland below the limestone cliffs at Arthur Head and inside the historic Kidogo Arthouse.
Image: I Will Always Be With You. On The Significance of Nothing. Not Chairs. ‘Wavy Baby’. 2019. By Virginia Ward. Courtesy of the artist.
Every Saturday Night
Little Comedy Lounge
Little Comedy Lounge brings you three of the finest things in life at its highest quality. Comedy, expertly brewed beer and the beautiful sea-side city of Fremantle have never gone so well together. The best thing is you can experience it every Saturday night at Creatures Next Door!