Welcome to our uplifting community festival!
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! With thanks to all the wonderful, dedicated volunteers who nurture this town with love.
The festival is an opportunity to showcase the incredible depth of artistic talent that exists here. Whether your interest is in performance, music, 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 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 festival scene. Whatever the reason, Winter Weekends is the perfect stage for emerging local talent and music lovers alike.
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!).
Lava flows, black basalt, enormous pine trees, Southern Ocean, East Beach, Griffiths Island, marshlands, riverside, parks, greens, paths, volcano craters. Wide open coastline and secret out-of-the-way bays. Bird life, marine life, wild life. And more, so much more. This is an ancient land with Aboriginal, colonial and contemporary stories to tell. Our pristine landscape can embrace you in a warm, comforting hold and reinvigorate you with a rush of wild. All under big skies that shine at dawn, glow at sunset and sparkle in the darkness of night.
Major sponsors and supporters
The festival would not continue without the support of local organisations. Thank you to Moyne Shire Council, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy Tourism Association, Port Fairy Business Association and the Port Fairy and Community Bank. Please see the list of amazing local businesses who keep the festival alive.
2020 Winter Weekends Committee
The festival is entirely run by a group of 14 dedicated volunteers:
Festival Coordinator - Amy Armstrong
Support Coordinator - Denise Leembruggen
Treasurer - TBA
Secretary - Caron Von Bibra
Dachshund Dash - Harry Bracegirdle
Children's and Arts events - Charlotte Dumsney
Community events - Carrie Skeen
Food events - Leeroy Kirk-walker
Live performance events - TBA
Light Up Port Fairy program - Justin Williams
PR and Media - Courtney Smith
Social Media - Emily Gleeson
Web and Booklet - Loren Tuck
Message from the committee for the 2019 festival:
That first cold day is the one we love most. The one that says the change is coming. The one that reminds us to savour the lighter, warmer weather and ready ourselves for the darkly invigorating days ahead. This town is alive in winter.
This year, we’re eating and drinking our way through delicious weekends of bread and markets, wine and gin, feasts and tastings. We’re moving our bodies in the water, in physical or meditative practice, walking the trails and shaking the dance floor. We’re watching and making art, inspired by the watching and empowered by the making. We’re meeting the makers and asking them about their craft, their processes and their dreams. We’re bringing the kids along in creative new ways, sending them down the rabbit hole for stories, shows and tea parties and off exploring for fairies and beach adventures.
This year, we’re enticing you outdoors. When you might most want to stay inside, we want to remind you about the land on which you live, the coastline you reside by and dip into. Go to nearby reserves, plant trees, understand marine life, see an old street in a new way, embrace the chances to connect with environment and understand how to better protect it. Bring cups and containers with you to our events, carry a spare bag for the artworks, records, produce or surprises you’ll buy. Our festival tries hard to look after this planet and we hope you will too.
To those visiting Port Fairy – welcome. We are glad you’re here! And if you’re local, thanks for getting amongst it for another cool season. We love this place for many reasons, but the people are our most favouritist thing of all.
Don’t forget to visit us online for updates, tickets and special announcements. Stay warm and have a ball!
Winter Weekends acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal peoples of this nation and the traditional custodians of the lands on which our events take place. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present.