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Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire

As the sun sets over the Indian Ocean we will light fires to bring together the people of Fremantle.  Between the river and sea we will gather, the fires will light the way, keep us warm and centre our community stories. Each fire will host a performance of song, spoken word, puppetry or dance. You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle. Fremantle Festival is presented by the City of Fremantle. 

Sunday Music | Felicity Groom

Felicity Groom (WA) is one of Perth’s most-loved pop powerhouses. Performing with a three-piece band, don’t miss her sweet melodies contrasted with raw and weighty lyrics. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

Sunday Music | Rob Snarski

Rob Snarksi (VIC) is a velvet-voiced troubadour who has played in seminal Australian bands including Chad’s Tree, The Blackeyed Susans and The Triffids since the 1980s. Performing solo, Rob returns to FAC with a guitar case full of songs, new and old. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

Sunday Music | Emily Barker

Emily Barker (WA/UK) grew up in rural WA, fell in love with American roots music and has released a succession of critically acclaimed albums. Barker returns to perform her new and most lauded album yet, Sweet Kind of Blue, with a full band. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

Sunday Music | Em Burrows & Web Rumors

Local multi-instrumentalist Em Burrows returns with a new six piece band and a collection of tightly spun songs. Em Burrows & Web Rumors (WA) promise sweeping synths, haunting saxophone and Burrows’ distinctive contralto vocals. This afternoon of experimental pop is not to be missed. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

Bazaar 2018

Bazaar is three days of retail heaven featuring 50 of WA’s most talented designers and makers. Held outdoors in the lovely surrounds of FAC’s Front Garden with a bar, delicious food and DJs, it’s the perfect chance to pick up unique, quality Christmas gifts. Find the finest jewellery, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, textiles and more, and support local artists this festive season. Bazaar opens on Friday night. Get down early, grab some dinner and a drink and get first pick of this year’s amazing stalls while you browse under the stars. The market continues all day Saturday and Sunday, 9am–5pm.

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Fremantle Folk Festival 2018

The third annual Fremantle Folk Festival will be held in the historic Princess May Park, Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle and surrounds, on a new summery date of Saturday 1st December. Music, arts, food and culture at the heart of our unique port city. This all-day event will include a large outdoor stage, as well as the iconic Clancy’s stage - fully decked out with impressive lighting, visuals, decorations, roaming entertainers, the works!While there’s plenty of incredible live talent and delicious craft beer for the grownups, there’ll also be a fully dedicated kids activity area with workshops and shows in the Circus…

South Beach Sunset Market

Come along to this fabulous summertime fun event at South Beach, South Fremantle, each Saturday night from 5 pm until 9 pm right through summer, commencing the first week of December. feast on hawker food delights from the world over listen to live music enjoy kid's entertainment, animal farm and facepainting grab a drink from our 'pop-up bar' watch the sun set over the beautiful Indian ocean See you soon at the South Beach Sunset Market! Don't forget your bathers. The markets are held in a dog free zone.  

Sunday Music | The Norfolk Pines + Justin Bernasconi

The Norfolk Pines (WA) are a local Fremantle band who play an original mix of Celtic blues and roots. They’re opening for folk musician Justin Bernasconi (VIC), a highly skilled guitarist renowned for his precise technique that’s both detailed and smooth. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

Christmas Day Buffet Dining

Celebrate Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner with family and friends at the iconic Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. Enjoy delicious festive food, beverage packages, family activities and a special Santa visit with gifts for your little ones during lunch and dinner. Last year’s Christmas Day in Fremantle, Perth was a sell out so make your booking early to enjoy the festive atmosphere and our friendly service.  Date: Tuesday, 25 December 2018 ​CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET BREAKFAST, 7AM - 10AM The best of contemporary café breakfast with the variety of a Hotel buffet plus our famous live cooking omelette station. Adults $72pp - includes one espresso…

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival 2018

Music lovers are in for a veritable feast throughout the ten days of the Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival. International acts and local artists will converge on our port city in a program put together by Fremantle’s own music legend, the double Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans, and fellow musician Donough O’Donovan. Headliners Martin Hayes and Declan O’Rourke both accepted invitations to perform because of the historical importance of the event - celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, carrying 62 Irish Fenians. Internationally renowned Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music, are considered one of Irish music's most acclaimed duos of all time. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes fittingly open the Festival at the John Curtin Auditorium on Friday 5 January. It’s a rare opportunity to hear traditional Irish music performed by masters of the genre. Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazella returns home to support Hayes and Cahill in concert. Irish folk sensation Declan O’Rourke, will play songs from across his career in his two concert performances, including a selection from his latest album, ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’. He will pen a song in commemoration of the of the arrival of the military Fenians in 1868. There are plenty of quotes about Martin and Dennis for example:  "Martin Hayes is one of the best fiddlers on the planet. Dennis Cahill is a subtle guitar master. Put aside your notion of Irish music...and just listen." NPR. Declan is supported in his concert at the WA maritime Museum on 11 January by Fiona Rea whose songs are influenced by her Irish heritage and a lifelong love of music and its power to reach people. Rob Zielinski, supports Declan on 13 January at the John Curtin College of the Arts Theatre. Rob is a Perth based traditional Irish musician who will feature some lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, strathspeys and haunting slow airs. Singer Aminah Hughes returns home from Ireland to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old, written during her time there along with some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle.  Award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope- a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in 1867 on board the Hougoumont joins Aminah in performance on 7 January at Kidogo Arthouse. The next day ‘The Last Convict Ship’, a selection of stories and songs by one of Perth’s leading experts on Australian Fenian history, renowned Irish musician Brendan Woods will be performed at the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street. The Lucky Oceans and his Gaelic Gumbo Band will explore new creations mixing Irish and Louisiana sounds. Be the first to hear the world premiere of a band and repertoire made exclusively for the festival at Kidogo Arthouse on 12 January. Kidogo’s Kelp Bar will be running throughout the festival and will be home to spontaneous musical performances featuring Festival acts and local musicians. The closing event and street party ‘The Feast of The Wild Goose’ features entertainment by the Freo’s own Rogues, playing their very own brand of Pogues magic to celebrate the end of an incredible ten days of Irish music. Festival Program www.feniansfestival.com.au  

Free-wheeling Fremantle | Fremantle Visitor Centre

Free-wheeling Fremantle is a free bike hire service suitable for adults and children that operates from the Fremantle Visitor Centre. Bikes can be used anywhere in the Fremantle area allowing riders to explore the city at their own leisurely pace. Fremantle is an easy city to explore by bike. Dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the city and shared cycle paths running north, south and along the Swan River make it easy for cyclists to move around. Although Fremantle is built on a series of hills, the most interesting parts of the city and the popular things to do are easily accessible by…

Fremantle CAT Bus

The Fremantle CAT (Central Area Transit) is a free bus service that operates around the Fremantle central business district. The blue CAT services depart every 10 minutes and the red CAT services depart every 15 minutes. Both services run seven days a week, including public holidays except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The service operates during these times: Monday to Thursday 7.30 am to 6.30 pm Friday 7.30 am to 8.00 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00 am to 6.30 pm. The Fremantle CAT buses are easily accessible with kneeling actions – a driver activated entry ramp…

Fremantle Leisure Centre

The Fremantle Leisure Centre is open all year round and offers a range of health and fitness programs including learn to swim, squad and group fitness classes. The centre boasts four heated swimming pools, a gym, crèche, swim shop, traing room and cafe all located on 3.5 hectares of open grassed space. Memberships and multi-visit passes are available.

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison is one of WA's premier tourist attractions and in 2010 became the first building in Western Australia to be inscribed on to the prestigious World Heritage list as part of the 'Australian Convict Sites'.  Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991. The empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Visitors can "step inside and do time" with Fremantle Prison's experienced guides on a range…

Hoyts Millennium Fremantle

HOYTS Millennium is located in the heart of Fremantle, just off the popular Café Strip and screens the latest blockbuster releases. HOYTS Millennium showcases 4 cinemas including two 3D auditoriums. It is home to a 500 seat capacity Xtremescreen, with a big screen and big sound, movies are better in HOYTS Millennium's Xtremescreen!

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Family friendly

There are plenty of family friendly events throughout the year to keep the kids amused especially during one of the Fremantle festivals. Sunday Music at the Fremantle Arts Centre during summer is a popular way to spend a chilled Sunday afternoon with family and friends. Enjoy one of the simple Freo family rituals, fish and chips or an icecream at Fishing Boat Harbour or stop by the Esplanade Youth Plaza and be inspired by some very talented skateboarders demonstrating their skill.