Celebrate WA Festival

WA DAY celebrations in Fremantle will go off with a bang at Fishing Boat Harbour, with fireworks set to light up the sky during the long weekend.

The Fremantle Harbour Traders Group has banded together to create the two-day inclusive celebration known as the Celebrate WA Festival, which includes the fireworks display on June 3 — the eve of the official WA Day public holiday.

Local Aboriginal elders will open the event on June 3 with a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country, followed by a range of cultural music and dance events from different ethnic backgrounds.

Across the weekend there will be numerous musical and dance performances in and around the harbour, including Italian, Greek and Latin styles and the Chung Wah Association Lion Dance Troupe, culminating with the fireworks at the family-friendly time of 6pm Sunday.

The harbour will play host to a range of other free activities including face-painting and bouncy castles for children, a suitcase market, roving buskers and more.

Char Char Restaurant + Bar owner Brenden Jones, a member of the Fremantle Harbour Traders Group, said it was hoped the WA Day fireworks would become a popular annual family experience.

“WA Day is a uniquely West Australian day that is inclusive for all West Australians,” he said.

“This event recognises our Aboriginal history, 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.”

The full Fishing Boat Harbour Celebrate WA Festival program will be available at fremantlefishingboatharbour.com/wa-day.

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Events

Sunday June 3
12pm
Mews Park Smoking Ceremony, Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country presented by Neville Collard and Festival opening “We are Australian” James Webb and Monique Fitzgerald

12pm–4pm Piazza Suitcase Art Markets

12pm–2pm Little Creatures Mermaid and Pirate Sandpit Storytelling

12pm–5pm Shipwreck Gallery
Museum Grounds, Pirate craft activities

12.30pm–1pm Mews Park Wadumbah Dance Group

1pm–1.15pm Mews Park Children’s Fashion Parade featuring Australian
made clothing

1.30pm–1.45pm Mews Park Children’s Fashion Parade featuring Australian
made clothing

1pm–3pm Mews Park Little Italy by the Sea Italian and Greek Dance Ensemble

3pm Live music upstairs at Bathers Beach House

3pm–4pm Roving Entertainment
Chung Wah Lion Dance Troupe

4pm–7pm Mews Park Cuba de Son
Latin Band

4.30pm–7.30pm Creatures NextDoor Live Jazz with Jazzco

5pm–7pm Roving Magnifico
Mariachis Trio

6pm
Fireworks over Fishing Boat Harbour

Monday June 4

11am–3pm Mews Park Cicerello’s Bouncy Castle

12pm–4pm Piazza Suitcase Art Markets

12pm–2pm Little Creatures Fairy Facepainting (Free)

4.30pm–7.30pm
Creatures NextDoor Live Music with ‘Basskong’

5pm–8pm Mews Park Live Music
with ‘The Good Things’

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