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What's on in Fremantle -  a calendar of events and epic festivals in Western Australia. Become one with the music, watch something that defies belief or learn new things from an ancient culture. Fremantle's festivals invite you to experience other worlds. The festival program is all year-round so whenever you visit Fremantle is putting on a show.

16 March 2020 – Following the Federal Government’s 15 March announcement on COVID-19 and the ban on public gatherings of more than 500 people some festivals and events will no longer take place or are being rescheduled. Please check with event organisers for the latest information.

Autumn (March, April and May)

Held over the Easter-long weekend, nothing is more colourful and lively than the Fremantle International Streets Arts Festival (CANCELLED). Come down and watch mesmerising shows as the streets come alive and the whole city becomes a stage. This event is the largest in Australia attracting around 150,000 people each year.

Revealed Aboriginal Art Market (CANCELLED), at Fremantle Arts Centre, is the place to discover the work of the best new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists. With paintings, prints, carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving and more, this captivating and engaging exhibition presents the work of artists from remote areas as well as those from metropolitan Perth.

The Australian Heritage Festival, from April – May, is an exploration into Australian history and culture. The festival brings together communities from all walks of life to recognise and celebrate heritage and culture through ceremony, song, dance, art, stories and guided tours of places and spaces.

The ANZAC Dawn Service (CANCELLED) and commemorative events, held on 25 of April, is a time when Fremantle comes together to remember the great sacrifice made by those who gave their lives for their country.

Winter (June, July and August)

In June, rug up and experience the RTRFM Winter Music Festival. The big multi-venue party where pop, hip-hop, punk, electronic music, hillbilly and rock and roll all hang-out together.

The Fremantle Festival - 10 Nights in Port, held in July, is a chance for the city to celebrate everything that makes it unique. Featuring contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance, it's a visual and auditory extravaganza with something for everyone.

Can snow fall in Fremantle? It does at Winterworld, the festival that confounds belief and the local climate. Winterworld transforms Fremantle into a wonderland of snow, fun and adventure. It even has Australia's largest outdoor ice rink!

Spring  (September, October and November)

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Image: Sunday Music, Jodie Lane

Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon at the Fremantle Arts Centre with free live tunes kicking off in October from 2 pm - 4 pm. Bring down a picnic and rug or grab some wood-fired pizzas from the bar and enjoy the local and touring acts every Sunday afternoon throughout spring and summer. 

Whether or not you are planning a wedding, or know someone who is, don't miss this opportunity to discover, explore and be inspired by Fremantle. In October, the Fremantle Wedding Open Day will be on and our unique wedding venues will be on display and looking their finest. This is your chance to check out Fremantle's historic buildings, breathtaking beaches and creative, relaxed, and open-minded spirit.

The 2020 Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FIPP) Showcase Exhibition will be held in October. 

The Maria SS Del Tindari procession kicks-off a busy spring festival schedule with a display of faith and devotion as the Black Madonna makes her way through the city streets from St Patrick's Basilica down to the esplanade. This is followed by the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday 25 October and the pomp, pageantry and piety that accompanies this traditional procession.

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Wardarnji is an aboriginal festival of dance in November that transfixes its audience with its celebration of Australian indigenous culture.

Fremantle BeerFest is more than just a festival to praise the amber ale, it's an eclectic mixture of food, music and comedy all delivered with a side serve of beer.

Don't miss your seat at the Fremantle Long Table Dinner in November, a gourmet experience that gives back to those less fortunate. All profits collected will be donated to St. Patrick's Community Support Centre, helping people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness in the Fremantle area.

Summer (December)

For Christmas shopping, visit Bazaar, at the Fremantle Arts Centre. With over 50 of WA's most talented designers and makers, purveying their products over three days, it's the best way to shop and support local.

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Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton is the southern hemispheres number one kite-surfing race. Watch from the water or wait at the finish line, as this spectacle of speed and surf takes over Fremantle.

Image: Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, Gordon Pettigrew

What's Christmas without carols by candlelight? Fremantle's Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 15 December brings the beauty and majesty of these timeless classics to life with a family-friendly night to remember, in a setting few can forget.

Summer (January - February)

Kicking-off the year is the Falls Festival - an 18+ fully licensed event, featuring some of the biggest names in the music business as well as those gunning for their crown. A must-see event for any music lover, it features two days of riffs, beats, bass, crooning and crowd involvement. Nothing beats the atmosphere of the Falls.

One Day is Fremantle's more inclusive answer to Australia Day. Held in January, it is a celebration of music, togetherness and aboriginal culture. If you are an early riser, make sure to check out the smoking ceremony held on Bathers Beach, followed by a host of cultural workshops and activities for everyone to enjoy at Kidogo Arthouse. In the afternoon the party starts with a free open-air concert that gets the whole of Fremantle singing and dancing.

In February don't miss St. Jerome's Laneway - the festival designed to showcase the freshest acts on the world stage. It is, according to Tame Impala front man Kevin Parker, "Australia's greatest festival."

FRINGE WORLD Festival 2020 is alive in Fremantle with plenty of shows happening in a variety of local venues across the city. This fabulous festival runs from 17 January - 16 February and has a show for everyone! 

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Sculptures at Bathers is an exhibition specifically designed to showcase local home-grown talent. From 15 February - 2 March, explore the interesting, the unusual and the amazing art on display with the stunning Indian Ocean providing a backdrop. Sculptures at Bathers will feature over 90 works by emerging and recognised Western Australian sculptors. Discover sculptures on the beach, lining the timber boardwalk, along the winding path, in bushland below the limestone cliffs at Arthur Head and inside the historic Kidogo Arthouse.

Image: I Will Always Be With You. On The Significance of Nothing. Not Chairs. 'Wavy Baby'. 2019. By Virginia Ward. Courtesy of the artist. 

Fremantle is a vibrant city with live music, exhibitions, festivals and events year round. In addition to the events above, you might like to check our Facebook events or search 'Fremantle' on these websites: