WA Day celebrations hosted in Fremantle and Burswood

Fremantle will be the only official party center in metropolitan Perth for WA Day festivities outside of the big state party hosted in Burswood.

The Fremantle WA Day celebrations are held every year on the first Monday in June at Mews Park, Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Bathers Beach, and WA Shipwrecks Gallery between 11 am and 7 pm on June 6.

The traditional crowd-pulling derby between WAFL rivals East Fremantle and South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval will also highlight the holiday.

Camera icon Rivals Brandon Donaldson (South Fremantle) and Jonathan Marsh (East Fremantle). Credit: Andrew Ritchie/Community News

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbor Traders Group festival producer and artistic director Nella Fitzgerald said the festivities would present an “exciting, colorful, and energetic panorama” of WA performers.

“The festival will showcase the traditional and contemporary face of our multicultural Australian community through music, performance, theater, and hospitality and provide a stimulating cultural experience for all participants and attendees,” they said. Ms. Fitzgerald.

“It will celebrate all Western Australians, recognizing our Aboriginal history, early European settlers, and the many from around the world who have made and continue to make Western Australia their home.”

Performances will occur throughout the harbor and Bathers Beach. There will be live entertainment, including the Wadumbah dance troupe, lion dance, ancient drumming from the Yaolin Kung Fu Academy, and Samba drummers and dancers.

Little ones will also have fun with live performances from Bluey and Bingo and can participate in kids’ pillow art.

A large crowd at Fremantle Oval is expected to watch the Bulldogs and Sharks battle it from 2:10 pm.


Four WA President Michael Anghie said he was “so excited” to bring the WA Day festivals back to the state this year.

Camera icon Celebrate WA President Michael Anghie said he was “so excited” to bring the WA Day festivals back to the state this year. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

“As Western Australians, we have so much to celebrate about our amazing state and the amazing lifestyle it offers,” said Mr. Anghie.

“I encourage everyone to find a festival near you over the WA Day weekend and get together for a day when we truly celebrate the many wonders of WA.”

The state’s largest public party is held in Burswood Park from noon to 9:00 pm and includes a stacked lineup of WA live music, WA’s largest drone light show, live music performances, and food and wine to enjoy.

Live music on the day is spearheaded by rock acts Birds of Tokyo, Eskimo Joe, and Jebediah. Also on the main stage at the event are Alter Boy, Banjo Lucia, Darcie Haven, Mali Jo$e, Michael Dunstan, One True North, The Struggling Kings, and Supathick.

WA Day was celebrated as Foundation Day until 2012, when it was renamed to recognize Indigenous Australians as the first people.

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