We are so pleased to announce two very special prizes for the age category winners at the Dachshund Dash. Local artist Jimmi Buscombe works from photographs to produce stunning lifelike portraits. He specialises in animals and pets and always manages to capture the personality of his subjects. Such a beautiful prize for the winners and their owners! Thank you Jimmi for supporting the Dash and Winter Weekends!
Registrations are now open for the 11th annual Port Fairy Dachshund Dash. This is Australia's premier Dachshund event - the original and the best! Get your pooch enrolled for the big race on Sunday 11 June and let the training begin. All the info is here
Brunch on a rooftop? Stand up paddle boarding races? Life drawing on the village green? In WINTER?? Are you serious?! No, we're not serious about that one. But...if you've got a cool event idea, get in touch. Winter Weekends brings people together in the cold months, warming them with something exciting and bright, fun and new. What's your idea? Get involved here.
Last year's epic calendar of events spanning seven consecutive weekends proved a little too action-packed for our small committee of volunteers. It was super fun and successful and while we love a big swag of events, we want to make sure the festival grows in a sustainable way. So this year we'll be back for four weekends across June and July.
Dates for Winter Weekends 2017 are:
Weekend 1 • June 9,10,11
Weekend 2 • June 23,24,25
Weekend 3 • July 7,8,9
Weekend 4 • July 21, 22, 23
Can't wait to see what will be on offer this winter!
Hello! What a truly gorgeous summer we've had in Port Fairy! Fresh and warm and beachy. This pic was taken at The Crags, a special spot just outside Yambuk. We sure do live in a beautiful part of the world.
Summer's easing into autumn and we are busy planning our winter festival.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook for all the updates and info. We look forward to bringing it all together for some winter magic this year! In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine :)
A concert of stories and songs hosted by Shane Howard, featuring local artists Oriel Glennen, Nancie Schipper, Arty Hoey and more.
7:30pm • July 8th, 2016 • Lecture Hall • Tickets $25, available at Port Fairy Tourist Info Centre and online
Port Fairy is a little town with a big story.
For tens of thousands of years, it was the home of the Pyipgil Gunditj, a clan of the Peek Wurrong tribe, who thrived on the abundance of the land, the rivers and the sea. In the early 1800’s, James Wishart sailed up the Moyne River and named the area after his Cutter, ‘The Fairy’.
Sealers, whalers and seamen followed, mostly from Tasmania and by the 1830’s, the town began to develop. Settlers soon flocked here from Tasmania, Sydney and across the world, encouraged by the rich soil and commercial opportunities. The settlement was disastrous for the local Indigenous people.
Originally known as Belfast, it was one of the earliest settlements in Victoria and the busiest port, other than Melbourne. It was renamed Port Fairy in 1887.
A lot has happened since then, on the land and on the wild Southern Sea. Port Fairy is a story full of unique tales that are hilarious, tragic and plain unbelievable. There’s certainly no shortage of history in this town.
Join local singer/songwriters as they sing their songs, filled with colourful characters and tall tales from this rich history, both ancient and recent.
This event scheduled for Saturday 9 July 2016 has been cancelled.Read More
A, C • Free • Sat • 10am - 2pm • Designer talks at 11am and 1pm • Vicki Cousins talk at 12pm • In the large marquee, Community Market, Railway Place
Hear from six designers from the south west as they tell the story behind their labels, from jewelery to millinery and surf wear. Beautiful, quality products for sale, straight from the source. Port Fairy Textiles Group will also exhibit specialty handmade materials and textiles throughout the day.
At 12pm, Indigenous artist Vicki Couzens speaks about the tradition and process of making ceremonial possum cloaks and their significance in telling the history of people’s connection to country. A very special guest with a truly unique design story.