Events & Festivals

Maria SS del TIndarri festival and procession

On Sunday 10 September 2017, the association of Maria Santissima del Tindari, will be celebrating the annual religious festival and procession in Fremantle. Many people are expected to take part in the procession and festivities through the streets of Fremantle in a colourful display of faith and devotion towards the Black Madonna. Festivities will begin with Solemn Tridum in the Basilica Saint Patrick on Thursday 7 September to Saturday 9 September at 7.30 pm. On Sunday 10 September, at 9.45 am there will be a Concelebrated Solemn Mass. The procession will leave the Basilica on Sunday 10 September at 2 pm. The statue of our Black Lady will be carried through the streets of Fremantle to the Esplanade, where there will be a brief pause for daytime fireworks display. At the conclusion of the fireworks, the procession will return to the Basilica for Benediction. According to popular legend, which has been passed through the ages, the Black Madonna arrived in the small Sicilian town of Tindari through miraculous circumstances, after a merchant ship sailing from the east sought shelter in the bay of Tindari because of a storm. When the storm had finished, the small ship could not set sail again towards its destination, until the crew left behind a chest containing the statue of the Black Madonna which the locals housed in a small temple. The year was 726 AD. But it was the devotion and determination of the association’s President–Andrea Pellegrino and above all, the faith of our community in Fremantle that another statue of the Black Madonna was commissioned and produced in Fremantle in 1996, exactly 1270 years later. The statue of Our Lady was placed in the Basilica Saint Patrick, and religious celebrations have been held every year during the second week in September, culminating with the Solemn Mass and procession.

Watercolour Whales with Michelle Fleur

In this three hour workshop, contemporary watercolour artist Michelle Fleur will take you through her process of creating the whimsical and fluid watercolour whales for which she is best known. During the workshop, participants will learn a few fun watercolour techniques and then apply them to their own whale paintings with Michelle’s direction. This workshop will be relaxed, fun and perfect for both beginners and more experienced artists. At the end of the workshop you will walk away with two beautiful whales perfect for display as well as the knowledge to apply these skills to your own subject matter. Michelle…

GST Gavin Shoesmith Trio

The Gavin Shoesmith Trio takes influence from the powerful surroundings of far North Australia, the mastery of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman and the emotion embodied in the `geographical nature of life`:Shoesmith’s` original compositions explore the realms of `Open Jazz’. Interweaving rhythms and melody to create a layering of sounds and textures that evoke mood and colour reminiscent of an artist`s brush stroke on canvas.! Each performance from the G.S.T. is unique in it’s approach and delivery.! Using collective, and individual improvisation, the trio creates a truly hypnotic performance art experience. ! The strength of Shoesmith’s compositions reveal the hidden beauty of a balance achieved…


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Nose to Tail Dinner

The 2017 winter season will see Bib & Tucker host a series of events with Scott Bridger, Executive Chef of Bib & Tucker and May Street Larder, at the helm along with a variety of special guests. The final dinner of the winter series is the September Nose to Tail night on Tuesday 12th September. Guests will indulge in a five-course; share style pork menu paired McHenry Honen Wines. Guests will learn about different cuts of pork from celebrated local butcher and owner of Mondo Meats, Vince Garreffa. Bookings are essential through Bib & Tucker. Please visit the website for more…

Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition

The travelling exhibition - ‘Let Me Be Myself, the Life Story of Anne Frank’ was compiled in Amsterdam, and tells the personal story of Anne Frank in the historical context of her time. The exhibition also specifically highlights the relevance of her story in contemporary society, particularly in relation to prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion. The exhibition is supported by a 25 minute video, displays including a booklet about the rise of the Nazism, a yellow six-pointed star which Jewish people were forced to wear, model of the Frank family’s hiding place and a replica of the original hand-written diary Anne received on her 13th birthday. Photo credit – Collection of Anne Frank Stiching

Stand up comedy showcase

There will be a Stand up comedy showcase on Friday the 15th of September starting at 8.00 PM. The Navy Club, 64 High Street, Fremantle, will be the venue and there will be 8 acts. On show will be the cream of Perth's newest comics, doing a great variety of hilarious acts To reserve your seats, email - or contact Geoff - 0424 271 956 $15.00 cash at the door.

POND at Fremantle Prison

POND have officially been found guilty…of making some of most killer tracks to have come out of the last few years! YVO and Laneway Presents* have decided to put this band behind bars!   Two W.A. icons will come together as Nick Allbrook and his boys (Jay Watson, Joe Ryan, and Jamie Terry) roll back home to the Wild West of Australia, for a night of awesome live music (and plenty of beers!), under the stars at the convict-era establishment that is Fremantle Prison. You’re invited to come and lay witness, as they smash out their electrifying rock’n’roll, introspective psych, eccentric…

Jazz and Shiraz at Coast Port Beach

Coast Port Beach presents Jazz and Shiraz at its stunning beach side venue this September. Enjoy an evening of Jazz, aperitivo of wood fired bread, fine cold meats, world wide cheese's, seafood and more. All washed down with tastings of delicious Australian Shiraz. Sunset - Experience Western Australia's stunning sunset from our unique beach side venue while you enjoy the event and mingle.- Tickets Only $10 -Your ticket includes 5 wine tastings, aperitivo grazing table, and entertainment from 6pm - 9pm. Tickets numbers are limited so book todayCall 08 9430 6866 Email events@coastportbeach.comOnline

London Grammar

Brit Award-nominated three-piece London Grammar will be returning to Australia for a massive national headline tour throughout September. The tour will see Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major perform shows across four states in some of the country’s most esteemed venues and arenas, including Fremantle Arts Centre. The tour coincides with the release of their stunning, critically acclaimed second album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing.


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DSLR Photography Classes

We run photography classes on Sunday afternoons, if you are interested please call and make a booking. We offer half day workshops from 1-5pm, which include catering, photography theory and a practical walkabout tour in Fremantle. Bring your own DLSR Camera and tripod (also a spare battery and card if necessary).  We do have a special: a person without a camera can join in for free, catering for these additional people is $12 per head.

Sustainable House Day

Established in 2001, Sustainable House Day is a national event that allows the public to see and learn from the best environmental homes in Australia. It aims to inspire people to live sustainably, showing them how to lower energy bills, live comfortably and help the environment through good home design, practices and technology.  About 7 homes in the Fremantle area will this year join more than 150 homeowners nationwide in opening their home to the community to pass on tips and advice, including on solar power, home batteries, off-grid living, innovative building materials and design, and more.  Sustainable House Day is a valuable resource for anyone looking for practical information on sustainable homes: what works, what doesn’t and how to move towards ‘greener’ living.  Homes will be open to the general public from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, September 17. A profile on the homes listing their sustainable credentials can be found at All visitors to Sustainable House Day must register to attend via the website to obtain addresses of all open houses.

Man Shed Masterclass

What's in your Man or Woman Shed? Old chairs, rusty paint cans, scraps of wood, tools, car parts, wire, rusty nails, tin signs?! Perfect! No shed? Put your pickin' pants on, start scouring the neighbourhood verges and put together your collection of flotsam and jetsom now!  In this full day course, renowned sculptor Neil Elliot will help you to transform scrap into sculpture! You will learn safe workshop practices including basic wood and metal working techniques and use them to create your own assemblage artwork. Neil will help you to see the magic in the mundane, the beauty in the…

Pipe Organ Plus 2017 Concert 3 - Creator

Revel in the Grand Organ at St Patrick's Basilica for Dominic Perissinotto's annual solo concert featuring two major French works by Couperin and Durufle composed 240 years apart. "I have chosen two iconic works from the French Organ School, one showing the beauty and ornateness of the period associated with the time of Louis XIV, the other from the development of the organ into a grand symphonic style. This will be a concert full of French flavour and colour," Dominic said. Complimentary refreshments included.

GMG Gillian Moorman Group

GMG is a sophisticated mix of jazz, blues and soul. Taking jazz standards and pop classics from Billie Holiday to Steely Dan and adding a contemporary and original flavour.  Joining Gillian Moorman on vocals, Alex Borthwick (guitar), Manoli Vouyoucalos (bass) and Pete Evans (drums) are all exceptionally talented regulars on the Perth music scene and bring together an exciting mix of jazz, funk and blues influences taking you on a journey from a New York speakeasy to an an intimate jazz club in New Orleans.  Watch an authentic musical connection happen when these four people play the music they love…


These school holidays come and play the ultimate #Freo_TreasureHunt. The fun kicks off on International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Tuesday 19 Septmeber and runs to the end of the school holidays. Dress like a Pirate if you dare, pick up your map from the  Fremantle Visitors Centre, WA Shipwrecks Museum, WA Maritime Museum or any participating business listed below and set sail to find the businesses with a treasure chest on their window and find the hidden clues. Offers and a bounty of prizes arrrrrrrrrr up for grabs a Major Pirate Prize worth over $1,500. Participating businesses: The Round House Chalkys Cafe Cicerellos Carriage Coffee Shop Gabriels Chocolates A Maize Homewares Wear 2 Grumpy Sailor The Pickled Fairy Yarns on Collie Chart and Map Shop OPSM Fremantle Paperbird New Edition Bookshop Angel Ms Mini Marche Didgeridoo Breath Margaret River Hemp Co The Blue Budha Rabblemaster Games Fremantle Opals Palapa Cafe Boost Juice The Raw Kitchen Oxfam Jacksons Spake Cafe Fremantle Barber Co. So They Say Local BMX MJ Hair Station Newspower

2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival

The 2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival to wow audiences with the best new cinema from Italy. Screening at Luna Palace Cinemas this September and October. Presented by Palace Cinemas in association with Luna Palace Cinemas, the 18th Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens at Cinema Paradiso and Luna SX from September 21 to October 11 presenting over 30 of the best films from cinema masters and ground breaking new talent from Italy. Festival Director Elysia Zeccola said: “The Venice, Rome, Berlin and Cannes film festivals have featured an exciting range of star-studded Italian films in the last 12 months and we…

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.