The purpose of Winter Weekends is to contribute to cultural, economic and community growth of Port Fairy during what is traditionally the off-season in our region. We bring our coldest, slowest months to life! In the past two years, Winter Weekends has grown into a uniquely fresh program of over 100 diverse events.

The festival celebrates the produce, skills, arts, performance, history, people and environment of our beautiful town...and we'd love you to become a sponsor or host an event.


2019 festival dates

Weekend 1 - June 7, 8, 9 (June long weekend)

Weekend 2 - June 21, 22, 23

Weekend 3 - July 5, 6, 7 (Vic school holidays)

Weekend 4 - July 19, 20, 21

The festival runs every second weekend in June and July. 
Events are held on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.
Generally, weekends are not themed - we embrace diversity and are happy to mix it up!

A rising festival and growing audience

  • In 2018, we hosted 106 events, with 80% of ticketed events sold out and many more events filled to capacity.

  • Over 3,000 people attended the Dachshund Dash, 300+ people attend the opening and closing parties and many hundreds enjoying all other events throughout the festival.

  • We experience outstanding coverage in Melbourne and local media, across TV, radio, online and print with over 150 media stories.

  • Our social media reach is expanding rapidly. We average 5,000+ weekly engagements on social media and 100+ unique website views every day. Over 90,000 people viewed posts on the Dachshund Dash alone!

  • Increasing visitation during the night with the magical Light Up Port Fairy displays, highlighting our iconic landscape and buildings and drawing people to town.

  • Our diverse program successfully caters for families, foodies, couples, those hungry to learn and arts-lovers. There is truly something for everyone.

  • We print 7,000 high quality booklets and 2,500 postcards, distributed across the region.

  • We promote your business or event for three months, spanning four weekends of festival activities. That's EXCELLENT value.

100% community festival

We are an old-school community festival willing to try new things! Winter Weekends is not-for-profit and completely volunteer-run by a committee of 13 people.

We are a passionate, creative, organised bunch of locals, dedicated to continuing the success of the last few years.

How does your event or sponsorship fee contribute to the festival?

  • Supporting a community festival that's increasingly well known and vibrant!

  • Paying for printing of quality booklets, posters, postcards and marketing material.

  • Contributing to our opening and closing parties, roving artist's fees, lighting equipment and other installations that add to creating a unique festival atmosphere.

  • Contributing to print and radio advertising in neighbouring regions.

  • Contributing to other bits and pieces like insurance, web hosting, design fees, opening

  • Ensuring community groups can run events for free, directing more money into sustaining their work!

beautiful day.jpg
ww lecture hall wall.jpg

What people are saying about Winter Weekends

• They love it! Over 95% of those surveyed said they want to come back next winter.

• 97% of people and 80% of businesses said the festival exceeded their expectations. Diversity of events, community spirit and communications rated highly. 

• 91% of people did other activities while at the festival, like eating out, shopping, exploring the town or staying overnight. They’re getting out and about, woo hoo!

• 74% of people love the festival booklet and 60% think our social media is great.

We’re from out of town and loved every minute. Very memorable. We went to at least five different things and we’ll be back to try more next year. The whole town has a great atmosphere. Thank you!
More than happy to sponsor a wonderful community event, especially in the off peak winter period – keeps Port Fairy on the map with a compelling reason to come and stay here.
Every year the festival is a little bit more polished and cohesive.
It’s always hard to blast me out of my winter cocoon, but the program was so interesting this year that I came out of hibernation!
The events are an incredible opportunity to partner with community to experiment with business ideas. Our business benefits in multiple ways.

Key dates

Nov 1   Early bird offer for sponsors and events  closes            
Mar 1    Deadline for all events and sponsors
April 15   Festival booklet goes to print
April 15   Online and media promotion begins
June 7  Festival begins - let’s do this!

Want to chat or need more info?

If you have any questions or ideas about possible events or sponsorship, please get in touch with festival coordinator Michelle Brereton at info@portfairywinterweekends.com.au


dawn swim 5.jpg

2019 Winter Weekends Committee - we look forward to working with you!

The festival is entirely run by a group of 13 dedicated volunteers:

Festival Coordinator - Michelle Brereton
Support Coordinator - Denise Leembruggen
Administration - Amy Armstrong
Treasurer/Dachshund Dash Coordinator - Harry Bracegirdle
PR and Media - Courtney Smith
Web and booklet design/Secretary - Loren Tuck
Community Coordinators - Carrie Skeen, Trevor Carr
Performance Coordinator - Michael Pickett
Food Coordinator - Leeroy Kirk-walker
Children's Coordinator - Charlotte Dumsney
Arts Coordinators - Gareth Colliton, Justin Williams (lights)