The Fremantle Heritage Festival is one of my favourite festivals in Perth and epitomises everything I love about Freo. Taking place from 27th May to 6th June, the Festival celebrates the rich and colourful history of Fremantle, along with the cool, quirky and the slightly odd.
As always there’s an eclectic program of events on offer – ranging from walking tours, markets, live music events, exhibitions, visual displays and plenty of stuff in between.
This year’s theme ‘choose your own heritage’ lets us decide our own definition of heritage.
This is explored at the opening night on Friday 27th May, where you get to choose from three different events. This includes Robert Drewe’s keynote address about truth, myth and storytelling or head to Freo’s iconic bar, Mojo’s for a night of live music by the Patrons of Pop, comprising some of Fremantle’s best local musicians.
For the avid shoppers, there’s the Vintage Collectors Fair, selling everything from kitchen kitch to retro toys. Or hit the unique Suitcase Rummage, a mini market showcasing the wares from local community members, such as artists, small business owners, entrepreneurs of avid recyclers.
On 5th June, take a nostalgic trip back to the 1960’s when the historic West End will be lined with classic cars and motorbikes from the 60’s. Dress in theme and bring the camera for an excellent photo opportunity.
If the 70’s are your decade, don’t miss the Back to the 70’s party. Alternatively if the 80’s and 90’s float your boat, get the leg warmers out and boogie to your fave tunes at the very fun roller disco nights.
There are also plenty of talks, lectures and tours, but not the boring type. Hop on the historic tram for the highly popular, Don’s Tram Tour and find out about Fremantle’s built heritage from one of the most knowledgeable sources – Don Worthington.
You can also take a tour of the cemetery, the iconic National Hotel, walk in the shoes of convicts or find out what life was like for a sailor arriving in Fremantle.
I could rave on about the Vintage Wedding Dresses, the Giant Paella Cook-up or the Pirate Party, but you’re better off checking out the full program here.
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