Community events

FREE Bike Hire Little Creatures Brewery

Grab a bike for the day and explore our Fremantle community. There is no charge for a bike rental, just pop in to the Little Creatures Brewhouse and ask a Creature to help you out (Photo I.D. and Credit Card details are needed as deposit).

Transform your public speaking confidence

One of the best ways to build your confidence is to do public speaking.  One of the best ways to start your public speaking journey is by joining Fremantle Quaynote Toastmasters. We meet every Monday evening from 6 pm - 7.30 pm at the Fremantle Bowls Club, with supper to follow. Come to your first meeting for free to find out what it's all about.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/242039039618528/

Fremantle Festival 2017

Fremantle Festival is a 10-day celebration of visual art, music, comedy, fashion and more with over 60 high quality and inspiring events presented in exciting venues across our unique port city. Click through to the Fremantle Festival website to see the full program of events. Fremantle Festival is presented by the City of Fremantle. 

11th Annual Con Regan Memorial Football Match

The 11th Annual Con Regan Memorial Football Game is played between personnel from the South Metropolitan Police District (including officers from Fremantle Police Station) and the WA Police All Stars (other policing districts). This year we have initiated our inaugural AFL Women’s (AFLW) match, this will be played over 2 x 15 minute halves commencing at 5pm. The game is a fantastic family friendly event; all are welcome to come and enjoy the game which also includes several police displays and a silent auction.  

Creative Conversations

The China Australia Writing Centre will bring together four engaging panel discussions under the title of ‘Looking Forward/ Looking Back’.  Dr Lucy Dougan, poet and Program Director of CAWC (a collaboration between Curtin University and Fudan University in Shanghai) explained that readers regularly engaged with characters at different stages of life to develop an understanding of what it might mean to feel and be a particular age. “Writers help readers to imagine futures that we are yet to arrive at – or may never arrive at – and imaginative writing can return us to all kinds of pasts,” Dr Dougan said. “The Creative Conversations event works around these perennial points of human experience in a unique cross-cultural dialogue.” Together with presenters Meri Fatin and Geraldine Blake, panelists will explore how Chinese and Australian writers approach problems of positioning, distance and perspective in relation to the past and the future. This year’s panelists include: Ryan Griffen: Created and co-produced both seasons of the television series Cleverman. The series had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and is screened on ABC TV in Australia, the BBC in the UK and Sundance TV in the United States. Ryan’s goal in the industry is to bring the rebirth of genre back to Australia, inspired by 1950’s cinema all the way through to the 1980’s genre films.  Ryan wants to tell similar stories to those he was drawn to when growing up. Liz Byrski: The author of nine novels including Gang of Four and The Woman Next Door, and 12 non-fiction books including In Love and War: Nursing Heroes and Remember Me. She is also an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University and is a Senior Fellow of the China Australia Writing Centre. Xia Jia:  A Chinese science fiction author who has been featured in Clarkesworld and Nature. Her story “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” was nominated for the Short Form Award at the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. She has also won the Chinese Galaxy Award, which is one of the most prestigious science fiction prizes in China. She is an Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Blessing of the Fleet 2017

Since its origins in 1948, The Blessing of the Fleet has become an important cultural event in Fremantle. The day includes The Blessing of the Fleet parade which travels from St Patrick's Basilica to Esplanade Reserve and the Fishing Boat Harbour, followed by an array of entertainment. The Blessing of Boats at the Harbour and the evening fireworks display are not to be missed.  

2017 Autism West Symposium

We’re connecting and empowering people on the spectrum by showcasing inspirational speakers, people, organisations and thought leaders doing amazing work within the community. The 2017 Autism West Symposium will focus on ‘The Big Picture’, looking beyond childhood as those on the autism spectrum move into adulthood, with a particular focus on developing social skills, independence, and finding meaningful employment. The program will include presentations, break-out sessions, a fireside chat, and more. Who Is It For? Our annual symposium is for people on the autism spectrum and their families and carers, as well as educators, researches and health professionals. The Format Taking place across one and a half days, the 2017 Autism West Symposium will include presentations, break-out sessions, a fireside chat, and more. We will also be featuring employers and educational professionals championing the education and employment of those with ASD. *Early bird discounts available until 31 August 2017 The Speakers We have some exciting speakers already confirmed, including: Graeme Simsion - Best-selling author of ‘The Rosie Project Jeanette Purkis - Author, speaker and autism advocate Kerry Magro - Once non-verbal, he is now an international public speaker Jacquiline den Houting - Psychologist with lived experience with Asperger Syndrome Matt Schneider - CEO of Optika Solutions, where over 50% of the employees are on the autism spectrum Carla Burn - Network Leader and Mentor at the iCan Network Barb Cook - Founder and Editor in Chief of Spectrum Women Magazine Click here to download the event flyer. Venue:  Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160 Event Date: Friday 3 November 2017 & Saturday 4 November 2017 Further information: Contact Autism West on 08 9431 2111 or email Event Coordinator, Helene Hansen, at events@autismwest.org.au.  Accomodation The 2017 Autism West Symposium will be held at the beautiful Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia. We have secured limited discounted accommodation at the Esplanade for those wanting to make the most of the event. To book and claim your discounted accommodation please click here. Booking Information: All tickets include Credit Card Processing Fee. Early bird discounts available until 31 August 2017 Registration fees include morning tea and lunch on Day One and morning tea on Day Two Autism West reserves the right to make changes to the program Autism West may ask you to present proof of your eligibility for a concession Please note that registration is non-refundable, but we are happy for you to transfer it to someone else.

Pub Choir

Well it’s time for YOU to perform at Clancy’s! Join our conductors Jim Fisher and Natalie Gillespie as they unite a pub full of punters in a joyful bar room chorus. Warm up with some fun classics and then work up a number with our conductors to perform at the end of the session and we shall film it for prosperity. Come and join the PUB CHOIR. 3rd Wednesday of every month. Gold coin donation.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The biggest round the world yacht race is returning to Fremantle! Welcome the Clipper Race crew and twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts as they arrive at the Fremantle Sailing Club following their 4,754 nautical mile race across the notoriously tough Southern Ocean. Track the progress of the fleet online at clipperroundtheworld.com/raceviewer. Returning to Fremantle for the first time since 2005, the stopover in November will be the first taste of Australia for the twelve Clipper Race teams, who started their epic adventure in Liverpool, UK, on August 20. A highlight of the Clipper Race's visit to Fremantle will be the open boat tours; a chance for the public to step on board one of the stripped out ocean racing yachts and hear first hand what it takes to race in the ultimate ocean adventure. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is raced by people like you. More than 700 people from all walks of life and representing 41 different nationalities are taking part in the 40,000 nautical mile, eleven month race around the globe. Among the crew will be local man Trevor Taylor, who is completing the entire circumnavigation on board PSP Logistics.  The Clipper Race yachts will start arriving in Fremantle from November 21 and will be berthed at the beautiful Fremantle Sailing Club until the race to Sydney begins on Saturday 2 December. Race Start will be an occassion not to be missed, and will be a great opportunity to see the yachts as they race close to the shore before heading out, once again, to the open sea. For more details, please see the Clipper Race website clipperroundtheworld.com and see you in November!

Made Local Summer Market

After the success of the Made Local Winter Market we are bringing the event back to Stackwood this November. The summer edition of the market will focus on local makers, and will host more than 30 stalls selling locally made gifts and wares such as ceramic planters, artist prints, textiles and jewellery.  The market will host food trucks Comida do Sul and Eat No Evil, and stall Flitch and Leaven serving up Brazilian street food and classic food truck fare. Stacked Cafe will be serving coffee and Mary Street Bakery doughnuts to satisfy your sweet tooth, plus mexican icey poles by local outfit La Paleta. Earth Friendly Arts will join us again to…

Fremantle Long Table Dinner

Join us to launch the festive season in Fremantle set in the magnificent setting of the newly heritage listed West End. Dine in the middle of the street, enjoying a festive 3 course dinner with wine and be entertained by comedians, live band, charity auctions, street performers, Santa Claus and so much more.   This unique event is on Thursday 30th November from 6PM. All profits are going to St Patrick’s Support Centre, helping homeless and disadvantaged people. Last year's event was a sell out, so don't miss out and book your ticket today. Proudly presented by The National Hotel, Fremantle BID and St Patrick's Community Support Centre www.fremantlelongtable.com.au    

Candlelight Carols on South Beach

Christmas spirit will be a buzz at South Beach in December as the popular Candlelight Carols continues at South Beach for it's second year. The Libby Hammer Quintet and the Arcadian Voices Choir will lead the carols on Sunday the 17 December. Families can sing, swim and picnic at this free community event with singing starting at 7pm in the iconic South Beach location. A variety of food stalls will be on site to cater for those not wanting to bring picnics, these stalls open from 6pm accompanied by some fun roving entertainment. FAQ's Q: What part of South Beach? A: The lawn area, north from the Cafe, near the boundary of the no dogs beach, Ocean Drive, South Fremantle (the end where Marine Tce meets Duoro Road)Q: I want to stake out the best spot. What time can I arrive?A: As early as you like, the site is open all day!Q: Will there be food available to purchase? What food?A: Bring a Picnic, but a food vans will be onsite and the South Beach Cafe will be open.  Q: Can we bring our own food?A: YesQ: Can we bring prams, camping chairs, shade structures, Bean bags etc?A: There will be set areas for chairs and bags, no to shade structures, bring your pramsQ: We’re all cycling down as a family. Where do we park our bikes?A: There will be designated areas, along the railway fence lineQ: Do we have to pay for car parking?A: No, parking is free but limited. We suggest making the most of public transport with the CAT buses running later into the evening to help facilitate the crowdQ: I’m not a very ‘hands on’ parent, will there be a lifeguard monitoring the beach?A: NoQ: Will there be candles available for purchase?A: YesQ: Can we bring our own alcohol? A: This is an alcohol free eventQ: Can I get copies of the Carol lyrics?A: Yes, programs will be handed out at the event so everyone can sing along! Q: Is the lawn wheelchair accessible?A: There will be an accessible viewing area for wheel chair access and their family/friends.Q: Our dog loves Carols, can we bring him along?A: All dogs can enjoy the festive atmosphere from the either the South Fremantle Dog Beach (behind the stage) or North Coogee Dog Beach, south of the event.


Community events

Fremantle has a great selection of community events for the whole family. There is also some great live music from local bands, dance classes, workshops and much more so make sure you check out our list of events to make sure you don’t miss some of the great local things to do in Fremantle.