Host an event or be a sponsor in 2018

We would love to promote you!

The purpose of Winter Weekends is to contribute to economic, cultural and community growth of Port Fairy during what is traditionally the off-season in our region. We bring our coldest, slowest months to life! The Winter Weekends committee actively promotes the festival  for approximately 12 weeks from April through to festival dates in June and July. We are committed to attracting day and overnight-stay visitors to come to Port Fairy, participate in events and spread the word about our beautiful, vibrant town.

2018 festival dates

Winter Weekends 2018 is every second weekend in June and July. 
Events are held on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.

Weekend 1 - June 8, 9, 10 (Queen’s birthday)
Weekend 2 - June 22, 23, 24
Weekend 3 - July 6, 7, 8  (Vic school holidays)
Weekend 4 - July 20, 21, 22

2017 highlights

  • Winter Weekends 2017 saw thousands of visitors come to town during what is our slowest, coldest time of the year.
  • More than 100 events over four weekends hosted by 80+ local community groups and businesses.
  • Over 70% of events were sold out or recorded very high attendance.
  • Visitor numbers up on previous years. Port Fairy Visitors Information Centre tracked higher visitation for the same time period than in 2015 and 2016.
  • Dachshund Dash attended by 2,000+ people!
  • 250+ people at opening night and 300+ people at closing party, even in the pouring rain!
  • Increases in day and night visitation to see the lighting and projection installations. The lights will continue in 2018!
  • Widespread local and state print, online and broadcast media coverage, including metro print and online media. 
  • Large increases in social media following: 1,500+ on Facebook and 700+ on Instagram...and growing!


EVENTS - We invite locals and visitors to share their talents, produce or passions as part of our diverse and engaging program. We seek submissions including, but not limited to, the following: food and wine; cinema, theatre or live performance; live or electronic music; art exhibitions; workshops for arts, crafts, food or other sessions focused on teaching and learning skills; community fundraisers; forums or talks; sporting or outdoor activities. In a nutshell, your business or group organises the event (venue, equipment, ticketing etc) and we get very busy promoting it as part of the festival. Got an idea? Get in touch! 

SPONSORSHIP - We invite local businesses to get behind the festival to help us bring more visitors to town during the quiet months. Sponsorship revenue supports community groups to run free events and helps us print the festival program. Help us continue to grow!  And in turn, help our community thrive all year round.

Winter Weekends designs and prints approx 5,000 high quality festival booklets for distribution across popular destinations in the South West. All packages equate to approx 12 weeks of advertising and promotion across radio, print and social media.

Event and sponsor packs - choose and submit here


  • Your support and interest is much appreciated!
  • Choose your pack and fill in a form below. We will email you to let you know if your event is accepted and provide other info. 
  • Musicians, bands and other performers:  If you'd like to perform at Winter Weekends, please get in touch to discuss your specific event. Winter Weekends receives a lot of interest about gigs and at this stage our budget is not always able to cover performers' fees. We absolutely respect and support existing and emerging artists, so we invite you to select Pack 2 to host your own gig (ie you organise location, equipment etc and you collect ticket sales) and we'll promote your event. In this way, you can use the festival as a platform to reach local audiences. We also offer advice and contacts about local venues and provide other support where possible.

 Pack 1   Community event    FREE

  • For community and not-for-profit groups. only. This includes schools, sports clubs, Rotary, Lions, community house, surf life saving club etc.
  • Organise and host an event of your choice. This is published in the festival booklet and website.
  • Social media promotion of your event across Facebook and Instagram.

Pack 2   Event     $150

  • Organise and host an event of your choice. This is published in the festival booklet and website.
  • Your logo featured in the festival booklet and website.
  • Social media promotion of your event across Facebook and Instagram.

Pack 3   Sponsor listing     $100

  • Your business name in a one-line listing published in the festival booklet and website.

Pack 4   Sponsor an event     $250

  • Limit of 10 packs available. 
  • Your business listed alongside the event in the festival booklet. Eg This event is proudly supported by Jill’s Cafe.
  • Your logo featured in the festival booklet and website.
  • Your business signage or flyers displayed at the event.
  • Social media promotion of your support.

Pack 5 Sponsor back page     $2,000

  • One only - be quick!
  • Your business logo featured prominently on the back page of every festival booklet. This entire space is dedicated to one business only.
  • A minimum of 5,000 high-quality, beautifully-designed booklets will be distributed across the South West. 


    Event form
    Your Name *
    Your Name
    Event details - don't worry if you don't have all the details now, just fill in what you can.
    Max 100 words.
    Please list your preferred date/s and time/s. We will confirm with you before payment.
    If free, please write FREE. Please include any concession rates.
    At the door, link or phone number.
    We'll email to let you know if your event is accepted into the 2018 program. We'll then send invoices and other info. Payment is via direct deposit only. Thank you!
    Sponsor form
    Your name *
    Your name
    Thank you for supporting our festival! Payment is via direct deposit. We will email you an invoice, arrange signage or collect logos as required.



    To discuss your event or sponsorship, get in touch with festival coordinator Loren Tuck 0423 181 045 or email