Festivals

Unbranded

Four young Cowboys hatch an outrageous plot to adopt, train, and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the wildest terrain of the American West. The trip became an epic journey of self-discovery, tested friendships, and iconic landscapes that included runaway horses, a sassy donkey, perilous mountain passes, rodeos, sickness, injury, and death. The Audience Award winner at Telluride Mountainfilm and Hot Docs Film Festival, Unbranded is a soaring tale of danger and resilience, an emotionally charged odyssey that shines a bright light on the complex plight America's wild horses.    

Putuparri And The Rainmakers

Against the backdrop of Australia’s tangled colonial and Aboriginal history, Putuparri and the Rainmakers explores one man’s struggle to fulfil his destiny. Tom “Putuparri” Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands, learning about his traditional culture and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation.

Islands And The Whales

The pilot whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollu- tion, and the seabirds populations collapse, environmental changes threaten to change the community and their way of life forever. 

America's Cup Defence, Fremantle - Share your photos

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Australia's successful America’s Cup Defence, the WA Maritime Museum invites you to share photographs that captured the excitement of this momentous day for a special temporary exhibition. Photos can be uploaded to the WA Museum’s website (www.museum.wa.gov.au/upload) during the Fremantle Heritage Festival from Friday 26 May till Monday 5 June. Alternately please bring your photo to the WA Maritime Museum on Saturday 3 June between 10am and 2pm and we can help you to upload it. Participants and their families will be invited to preview the photographs at a special event on Saturday 10…

Fremantle Heritage Festival 2017

The Fremantle Heritage Festival, an annual community event brought to you by the City of Fremantle, explores and showcases the rich history of Fremantle. In this, the 25th year of the festival, we’ll celebrate the distant past as well as revelling in more recent nostalgia.

Nyoongar Heritage Tour

Take the Nyoongar Heritage Tour with a Whadjuk guide at Bathers Beach. Learn about traditional seasonal movements, bush tucker, the separate roles of women and men, trading networks, dialects of Nyoongar language and the impact of settlement including the Roundhouse and Rottnest Island. The tour takes about an hour and then we debrief at a café nearby.

Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities Fremantle is a participatory art project exploring relationships between people and place. It maps the memories held within the city, to reveal intriguing, experiential tales you can listen to as you walk the streets of Fremantle.  Download the free Invisible Cities mobile app from the website, and look for the Story Site plaques around Fremantle to hear stories told by people who live, work, play and pass through the city. You are also invited to contribute your own memory or story of the Fremantle city centre.  To hear or contribute a story visit: www.invisiblecities.com.au

Vintage shopping trail

Freo CBD is home to the largest amount of retro and vintage stores per square foot. If you want something unique that sings ‘nostalgia’ you’re looking in the right place! From beautifully curated vintage finds to that amazing discovery in the rummage basket, there are tonnes of shops for you to check out in Fremantle. So many we’ve created a personal tour to find the treasures you’re looking for. Trail will be released on the 26 May.  All you'll have to do is jump on our website, download the trail and get hunting. And remember show us your finds on insta…

Pioneers Luncheon

The 88th annual Pioneers Luncheon is an annual celebration of the pioneers of Fremantle. Residents who have lived or worked in Fremantle and surrounding suburbs for the past 50 years are invited to a three-course meal.  To apply to attend the luncheon, please email events@fremantle.wa.gov.au  

Fremantle Town Hall official reopening

Celebrate the Fremantle Town Hall back in its 1887 skin! Come and celebrate the recent completion of major conservation works to the exterior of the Fremantle Town Hall. See the flag being raised onto the new flagpole on the refurbished tower for the first time in a decade, the town hall clock ceremonially restarted and the bells sound out after being silent for 12 months.

Coaster Culture

Step into the historic Wyola Club to view a unique display of beer coasters from days gone by. Just a quick glance will take you back in time and across the seas to some forgotton bar. This collection of 4000+ coasters has been gathered over decades and sourced from bars all over the world including Europe, Asia, The Americas and of course Australia. See how the humble coaster has tracked the changes in our society and the novel ways advertising has tried to engage with us over a drink. Included in this exhibition is a look back at the historic…

Fremantle Camera Story

Learn how to take your photographs from ordinary to extraordinary at a free Camera Story creative photography workshop. Explore the rich heritage of Fremantle through the camera lens, as the team from Camera Story share their secrets to making beautiful imagery every time you click. On top of the free workshops, the photographs created by you will be turned into vibrant night time artistic projections at the J Shed. Be part of of the Camera Story and see your photographs turned into luminous public art! Email info@camerastory.com.au to secure a place. Walk-ins also welcome. 

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A little historical tour… of the Little Creatures Brewery

It started with a group of mates with a love of beer and a former crocodile farm. From these humble beginnings on the water’s edge in Fremantle came an awesome, hop-driven American Pale Ale with distinctive aroma and delicious flavour…and the start of the Little Creatures journey. From there you probably all think you know the story…. but do you? Join us for an in depth, historical tour through the Little Creatures brewery. Learn our story, about our site and our brewing process and the history of craft brewing in WA and Australia.     Finish off with a guided tasting of…

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The Free Antiques Campaign - Silent Auction

The Free Antiques Campaign, Ross Potter's first solo exhibition in Fremantle, featured graphite drawings of Fremantle's structural heritage. The works, completed only in HB pencil, focused on the heritage buildings in Fremantle that are restored and well used in opposition to the buildings that have been left derelict and abandoned. Potter has a small number of these works available and is offering them to the public via a Silent Auction at his studio in the heritage listed J Shed on Bathers Beach. Available works include the Cliff St Facade, aspects of High Street buildings and the Abandoned Coogee Powerstation.

Red Dogs and Bushrangers: Keynote Address, presented by film maker Nelson Woss

Nelson Woss is one of Australia’s most loved film makers. The man behind such award-winning features as Red Dog and Ned Kelly, his films draw on powerful human stories from Australia’s past. His characters have been played by award-winning actors Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush.  Fresh from the release of Red Dog: True Blue, Nelson will combine story-telling and film to reveal what makes Australian history, and therefore our movies, so special. Join us for this magical evening which begins with Nelson’s address at Notre Dame.  Doors open from 6pm.  Tickets essential and available online.

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Festivals

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