Events & Festivals

The Grey Company Gladiator School

Want to become a gladiator? Are you keen to risk your life for the opportunity of glory in the combat arena? Join the Grey Company for an insight into the training and techniques you would need to survive the competition in one of ancient Rome’s favourite entertainments, the gladiator games! The Grey Company specialises in historical combat and re-enactment, and is bringing its live action demonstrations to the WA Maritime Museum once again to showcase the martial arts of the gladiator. Cheer for your favourite champion as they battle their challengers!

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The Self Kindness Effect 1 Day Training

Learn how to be kinder to yourself so that you can contribute more authentically to positively changing our society.  Practical action you can take to genuinely make a difference. Objectives:  Learn to reverse engineer your self-talk - bring your physiology into a state which positively influences your thinking Learn how to be kinder to yourself when you mess up Understand the physical mechanics of self-cristism and learn how to intervene to create new healthier habits Join other like minded individuals who are committed to creating a kinder, more allowing and more supportive community 10 - 3pm. Tea and Chocolate included. $150. North Fremantle

Trade Winds School Holidays at the WA Shipwrecks Museum

Step back in time to an era of traders, treasures and triumphant discoveries. Become a legendary Spice Captain working for the Dutch VOC Shipping Company. Collect your Trade Winds clue sheet and set sail across the oceans to collect exotic and valuable spices! Decorate a special spice bottle with beautiful ​colours to take home and use to store your valuable treasures.Storytelling: 10.30am dailyCost: Vary from free – $3Age: 4+Bookings: Only required only for groups of 10+. Call 1300 134 081

Falls Downtown 2018

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is back in Western Australia! With Fremantle’s Kings Square redevelopment in full swing, the second ever rendition of Falls Downtown has a new but even more exciting home in Fremantle! Falls Downtown 2018 will be taking over the Fremantle Oval Precinct and once again will be incorporating and reimagining historic sites, streets, carparks and buildings to delight, entertain and inspire our audiences and artists! Our unique passouts policy will also continue to retain free flowing access to all of Fremantle’s many delights during the weekend of Jan 06 and Jan 07 –  Fremantle Markets, cafes, restaurants, retailers, artisans, tourist sites, the port, Bathers Beach and more.  

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Sunset Ceili at Bathers Beach

Come and experience a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor dance event as Irish dance master teacher Hilary McKenna leads an epic Céilí (dance party) for all ages and experience levels on Bather's Beach's iconic boardwalk while the shining sun melts into the Indian Ocean. Live music provided by some of Australia's best traditional Irish musicians; the boardwalk will be jumping as Hilary guides all ages and experience levels through a series of fun and easy dances that everyone will enjoy. Following the sunset, there will be a Traditional Irish Music Session in the main gallery at Kigodo Arthouse.

Leeuwin End of Year Voyage

Celebrate the End of Year on board the Leeuwin End of Year Voyage. STS Leeuwin II is Western Australia’s own tall ship, a 3-masted 1850’s barquentine.  Meet new people, forge lasting friendships and an experience you’ll never forget! Voyage sails from Fremantle to Busselton from 7-13 January, 2018.  Experience a week at sea: steer the ship, set and furl the sails, navigate the course and climb the 33m main mast. Grab a group of friends and join the crew for this amazing opportunity today. What will you get out of it?• Confident communication • Team work• Leadership• Resilience and• The adventure of a lifetime! Every participant is invited…

Its a Pirate Attack

Surrender or walk the plank! The pirate ship Duyfken is going to attack East Fremantle Yacht Club. Put your pirate gear on and come along to join the action! 

Literature Day Writings of the Fenians

‘Oh Generation of Freedom, remember us, The generation of the Vision.’ Liam Mac Uistin, Wall of Remembrance, Dublin What’s writing got to do with it? Well everything actually... it's how we know what happened on the Hougoumont voyage, it's how we know about the daring escapes and it’s the letters and newspapers of the time that tell us what Fremantle thought about these Irish arrivals. Poetry played a big part in the Fenian writings, and we’re honoured to have Ireland’s esteemed poet, Tony Curtis with us for the festival. Tony will reflect on the gift of Poetry and how it contributes to…

Jazzco

JAZZCO is a band obsessed with everything Jazz. They play Swing, Bebop, Blues, Latin, and Fusion Jazz.Their repertoire goes back to the Fifties to the present day, including names such as Cole Porter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Brubeck, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove and many more. They perform as a trio, quartet or quintet. They are a versatile band that can fill a dance floor with funky, modern Jazz or provide sophisticated lounge music for a more relaxing evening. The line up consists of: Ayodele – vocalsSteve Taylor – trumpet, trombone, keyboard and bassLyndsay Gould – alto and…

Aminah Hughes

Aminah Hughes is a celebrated songwriter and “strong, soulful singer”. She has performed with ensembles and orchestras and appeared on 10 albums in Australia and Europe. She returns to Australia after 7 years in Ireland, to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old. In this intimate evening performance, Aminah will perform songs she wrote during her time in Ireland, as well as some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle. She will be joined by award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope. Jaya is a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in…

Fenian Heritage Trail Bus Tour

Join members of the John Boyle O’Reilly Association as they tell us the stories of courage, daring and escape. We’ll journey for a day out of Fremantle to the places of significance in this Fenian story. There’ll be a stop off at the John Boyle O’Reilly Heritage Trail at Australind, where O’Reilly survived in the bush awaiting the ship which would take him to freedom. We’ll see the places where O’Reilly worked building roads in Dardanup and visit the grave of Irish Pioneer Jim Maguire who bravely helped him escape. On the return journey to Fremantle we’ll stop off at…

STEAMSub Going Ballistic

Develop your engineering and construction skills with our ancient Roman naval ballista workshop! This crossbow of the high seas was built to sling missiles at enemy ships. Join us in making your own miniature ballista to take home and have fun with our test-firing challenges. Note: This workshop requires construction skills, ​techniques and equipment that are not suitable for younger children.Age: 10 – 14Bookings: Essential. Call 1300 134 081 or visit the website WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply.

Transportation Exhibition

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. Transportation presents the stories of men, women and children forcibly sent to convict sites around Australia, exploring the social tragedy of the convict system as a whole as well as individual stories of personal achievement. Exhibiting convict material from the Mitchell Library (State Library of New South Wales), Western Australian Museum and the Prison’s own collection, Transportation demonstrates the impact…

Kids Film Song of the Sea | Fenians Festival

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world. Rated: G Suitable for age 6+ Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes Oscar nominated Director: Tomm Moore Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan

Kids Film Song of the Sea Rating G

Come and enjoy a free children’s movie Song of the Sea – Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world. Registering for the children’s film is essential, please go to feniansfestival.eventbrite.com There will be children’s storytelling sessions between 10:30am and 12:30pm. *Museum entry free. Entry charges to Pompeii exhibition apply.

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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.