6 Fremantle events in autumn worth travelling to see

There’s no better place in Australia to be this autumn than Fremantle. Travel to the port city to experience some of the best events that WA has to offer. Travelling with friends or family and kids? Fremantle has entertainment for everyone and offers affordable Fremantle apartments, making your stay in the city as one of the most memorable experiences in your life.

Freemantle, Australia
Freemantle, Australia

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AWAKE Festival

Are you a fan of Kizomba dance? Well, thanks to the breakout success of the AWAKE Festival in 2018, the festival’s 5th annual event in 2019 is set to be one of the most popular dance festivals in Fremantle worth checking out. The sensual style of dancing makes its way to Western Australia in the form of a massive beach party and workshops.

The extensive performance lineup will keep the excitement at the stage during the entire festival, featuring 3 Kizomba Couples, 2.5 Urban Kiz/Fusion Couples, International DJs and singers, and the top local artists from WA. Come out and take part in the DJ training sessions, performance boot camp, or Kizomba teachers training. You’ll have a chance to enjoy the festival from March 8-11. Be sure to get your tickets fast as initial passes sold out before the public announcement.

Sculptures by the Sea

Fremantle is the perfect destination in autumn for art lovers. Be ready to take part in the largest sculpture exhibition in the world, Sculptures by the Sea. And the best part: it’s FREE and open to the public! Make your way down to Cottesloe Beach where you’ll be welcomed by over 70 art installations set up across the beach. The festival receives art submissions from local and international artists throughout the year and features the best works at this public exhibition.

The artists use a mix of medium to create the masterpieces that you see. The range of sculptures, metal works, and even interactive pieces will give you hours of enjoyment browsing talent from around the world. Many artists also incorporate the beach setting, adding an extra element to the art. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece as the most popular installation will receive a grand prize of $5,000.

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Fremantle International Street Arts Festival 2019

Your Easter weekend may be best spent in Fremantle this autumn at the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival. Be prepared to be amazed by the talent featured during the festival. The Historic Market Street in Fremantle evolves into an outdoor theatre as Australia’s largest street arts festival. Bring the entire family down for a weekend full of fun strolling through the open-air theatre.

Talents cover the entire spectrum of entertainment at the festival. On one corner, you could enjoy the rhythmic sounds of an Australian drum band. On the next corner, a street magician may do a bit more than guess your card correctly. Come to the festival with fun in mind as costumes and some unique characters can be found throughout the entire weekend. In between performances, try a local WA brew at a pop-up bar or taste a local snack favourite at one of the eateries.


Fremantle will transform into a city-wide performance venue during the ChoralFest. ChoralFest is a showcase of some of the best choirs in Australia. You’ll be serenaded by the vocal talent of 40 choirs from around the world, bringing over 2,500 singers to the city. Do you have singing talent too? Join one of Fremantle’s public choir groups before the festival for a chance to perform during the festival as well.

ChoralFest is a four-day event, held from 13-16 April, giving you plenty of opportunities to discover the city through music. Performance venues are located all around Freo, from Clancy’s Fish Pub to Fremantle Town Hall. Stop by one of the several workshops or keynote events featuring world-renowned conductors and highly-decorated choir directors sharing their trade secrets with you. You can learn from the best or merely sit back and enjoy the performances.

Kylie on Stage Exhibition

If you’ve been dreaming of backstage passes to one of Australian superstar Kylie Minogue’s international concerts, you’re in luck if you find yourself in Fremantle this autumn. The WA Maritime Museum is hosting a Kylie on Stage Exhibition, open to the public from February-June 2019. Known as Australian’s “Princess of Pop,” glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of her costumes and stage performances, and more.

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Get up-close and personal to custom stage outfits designed by Dolce & Gabanna, Karl Lagerfeld, and local Australian designers granted the opportunity of a lifetime. If you’ve yet to see her perform, the exhibition has plenty of clips showcasing her best stage moments that’ll surely make you a Kylie fan if you already aren’t one. A quarter of a million visitors to the initial Kylie on Stage exhibition in Melbourne are enough to make it one of the top events happening in Fremantle.

Australian Football League at Fremantle Oval

Everyone loves a great football game. But have you seen the Australian Football League in action yet? Travel to Fremantle to be a part of one of the most exciting franchises in the league. The men’s and women’s league kicks off this autumn will a wave of events sure to keep you and your family entertained. There are even events held for kids.

Stop by the Fremantle Oval, located in the heart of Fremantle, home of the Fremantle Dockers. Be a part of the stadium’s roaring crowd of 17,500 fans as one of the most storied clubs in the league makes their debut here for their 3rd season. To celebrate the season openings, you’ll have the rare chance to attend the FREO Dockers Footy Festival, and open training with all the players as they prepare for another exciting season.

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