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About the festival

Welcome to our uplifting community festival! This year Winter Weekends runs every second weekend in June and July. We invite you to get out and about in the exhilarating elements to celebrate the art, music, performance, produce, food and wine, history, environment and people that make this place so special.

Port Fairy is a small town with a huge, beating heart. We celebrate the spirit, creativity and resourcefulness of the people who live here in its pristine and energising landscape. We are enlivened by our rich history, from ancient indigenous aquaculture to post-colonial marine heritage, and brightened by our future (even in the bracing depths of winter!) with contemporary takes on food and design. We believe there is much to learn and gain from one another. Winter Weekends 2017 is a chance to share ideas, skills and conversation, to reflect and reenergise and be enlivened by new discoveries.

Port Fairy Winter Weekends festival is a volunteer run, non-profit community festival that has been a fixture on the region’s calendar for more than 10 years. It is a celebration of Port Fairy’s history, culture and community. 

Festival events and activities fall under 4 main pillars: 


A series of events and activities for everyone. Mostly free of charge and always great fun, these events are designed to get people up and outside even on the darkest, wettest days! 


Winter Weekends provides an opportunity for the region to showcase the incredible depth of artistic talent that exists here. Whether your interest is in painting, design, photography, craft, sculpture, fashion, pottery, film or literature, you will uncover hidden gems as you meet the people behind the work. 


South West Victoria is lucky to have a varied and thriving live music scene. It might be the result of our strong indigenous heritage and Celtic influence, or perhaps the stunning landscapes and raw power of the ocean, or maybe it's the strong local pub music culture. What we do know for sure is that our depth of musical talent will be on full display during those winter weekends. 

Food & Wine

Whether it’s chefs-hatted fine dining or a hipster pop-up, this festival has it all. Think fun and fresh market produce, warm nighttime offerings, wine classes, high teas, cheese making, cooking workshops, film and food combined, mulled wine and hot chocolates (but of course!).


2017 Winter Weekends Committee
Amy Armstrong, Caron Von Bibra, Loren Tuck, Trevor Carr, Carrie Skeen, Michelle Brereton, Kerrie Peters, Harry Bracegirdle, Jelena Lockett, Gareth Coliton and Courtney Smith. With thanks to Adrian Crosier, Ashleigh King, Henry Tollerbond, The Vic Hotel and Port Fairy Printing. Program design by Olvia O Design.