Friday 1 June, 12pm – 2pm
Cathedral Square, Barrack Street Sidewalk
Kick off your WA Day long weekend with the latest edition of Sidewalk Sounds. Pick up your takeaway lunch and bring it down to the Barrack Street sidewalk at Cathedral Square to enjoy some fresh air and music by Dolce Ensembles. There will be lots of casual seating available, so be sure to make a lunch date on Friday 1 June!
Sunday 3 – Monday 4 June
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour brings you WA Celebration Festival, a two day celebration recognising our Aboriginal history, our early European migrant background and the diverse range of people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make Freo and WA their home.
Celebrate all the rich and diverse cultures that make Fremantle and WA great. Enjoy an amazing array of multicultural festivities starting with an official Welcome to Country by Neville Collard, Smoking Ceremony and Wadumbah Indigenous dances. There’ll be Italian and Greek dances, Chung Wah Lion Dance and a De Cuba Son Latin/Cuban four piece band. The harbour will play host to a range of other free activities including kids face painting and bouncy castles, a suitcase market, roving buskers and fireworks.
Visit https://www.fremantlefishingboatharbour.com/celebrate-wa/ for the full program.
Sunday 3 June, 8.30am – 12.30pm
Mends Street Community Market
This WA Day long weekend Mends Street Community Markets will be a buzzing hive of activity. For the kids there’ll be free face painting, a Children’s Zone with skipping ropes, badminton, hula hoops and colouring in. For everyone else there’ll be smooth vibes from DJ Vince.
So come down and join in the fun and indulge at our market stalls, selling everything from (can you break these up with nice bullet points or dots) gifts, toys, baby fashion – homemade dog treats – wood turning boards – handmade soap and oils – homewares and jewellery.
Or treat your tastebuds with French cakes – honey from the hive – juices and smoothies – gluten free pies and cakes – fresh fish – Doper lamb – teas and wine.
The Lucky Shag
Sunday 3 – Monday 4 June, from 12.30pm each day
Barrack Street Jetty, Barrack Square
Celebrate WA Day at The Lucky Shag with Aussie anthems from the Gibbs Band. And, treat yourself with some WA farmed suckling pig on the spit and $10 pints of Pale Ale, Rogers, Elsie and Furphy from our friends in Fremantle, Little Creatures.
The Bell Tower
Monday 4 June
Barrack Square, Perth
Celebrate WA Day with free entry to the Bell Tower. Experience a bell-ringing and explore the amazing Bell and Time Exhibition, including the oldest bell in Australia.
Saturday 2 – Monday 4 June
Come across to WA’s favourite Island playground to celebrate the WA Day Long -Weekend Festival. There’ll be tours, activities and entertainment every day across the long weekend, giving all visitors the opportunity to explore and learn more about the magic and history of the Island and of course the world famous quokkas!
Join the Rottnest Island Volunteer Guides on a tour into the depths of the tunnels at Oliver Hill. Go on a Quokka Walk to learn more about the friendly, resident marsupial, bring out your creative side with the popular Sand Art activity or visit the Freedom Fairies who will be offering face painting for everyone.
On Saturday and Sunday night, gather around the beach bonfire on Thomson Bay, find a stick and toast marshmallows while our Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides share stories about the Island. Musician, James Wilson will be performing live in the Settlement Mall on Sunday afternoon.
On WA Day, be immersed in a traditional Wadjemup Smoking Ceremony and Aboriginal dance performance at Thomson Bay or join in the Aboriginal arts and craft activities in the Settlement.
There might just be a special guest appearing each day so make sure you’re there to say hello!
Download the Rottnest Island WA Day Festival full program of events.
For more information visit www.rottnestisland.com/wadayfestival
Celebrate WA Day at Rottnest with Rottnest Express special ferry rates over the WA Day long weekend.
Rottnest Express will be offering a discounted ferry rate of $51 per adult and $21 per child. Quokka Club members can travel completely FREE over this weekend, making it a really affordable family outing. $2 from every ticket sold will be donated to Telethon.
Denmark Festival of Voice
Friday 1 – Monday 4 June
The Denmark Festival of Voice is not your average music festival. One of only two dedicated vocal festivals in Australia, it is an exploration of diversity, celebrating voices from near and far and those from the edge. Music is only one part of the program alongside storytelling, spoken word, poetry and experimental performance. So what ties this seemingly disparate program together? This carefully and lovingly curated festival seeks more than just high quality acts and beautiful singers from all walks of life. It seeks meaning, many meanings. From the ancient and the enduring, to the avant garde and the ‘as yet unknown’, universal and personal. This festival is about inspiration, designed to fill your creative cup with energy and ideas. Held in the beautiful town of Denmark on the South Coast of WA, Denmark’s legendary creative community are waiting to welcome and embrace you. Choose your own vocal adventure, or simply sit back and enjoy the many concerts throughout the weekend. Be involved in as much or as little as you want.
Bring your voice to Denmark in 2018! For tickets or more information visit www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au