Mad Hatter's Tea Party

$25, includes high tea and entertainment

Fri 19 July 5:30-7:30pm
Sat 20 July 5:30-7:30pm

St John’s Church Hall, Barclay St

Join the Mad Hatter, Alice and the White Rabbit for a Tea Party never to be forgotten! Be immersed in this interactive production where taste buds will tingle in an evening of riddles, jokes and poems as the Mad Hatter and his friends have tea with you. A wonderful high tea from Yani’s popup will be served as the entertainment surrounds you. Hurry up, don’t be late!

For two nights only. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential.

THESE EVENTS ARE SOLD OUT!

This event is proudly sponsored by Seacombe House Comfort Inn.

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Budding Buskers

Free

Fri 19 July 5:30-8pm

All along Bank and Sackville Streets

Let’s fill the footpaths with song, comedy, poetry readings, breakdancing, mime, frozen statues, opera, instrumental music or whatever else you feel like performing live! All are welcome to bring out the mic (well, not the mimes) for a chance to win $500 in cash and prizes, including a master class with local former busker, singer-songwriter Flynn Gurry (who’ll also be judging on the night). Take it from the shower to the street, throw out the hat and bring the unsuspecting crowd to their knees with your unbridled talent. And to the audience: bring lots of change and show some love to these brave winter buskers!

For buskers: registrations are essential as Winter Weekends will organise your busking permit. Sheltered spots under the shop awnings will be allocated. Registrations are free.

REGISTER TO BUSK HERE

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Theatre: Yes, Prime Minister

$39 full $35 concession

Fri 19 July 7:30pm

Lecture Hall, Sackville St

The UK is in crisis! Spiralling debt, rising unemployment and a fragile cabinet at breaking point. But, salvation may exist in a deal with oil-rich Kumranistan. Can the PM save Europe, avoid national scandal, and (more importantly) save his job? From the writers of the original TV series comes this equally sharp and satirical stage version.

Presented by Melbourne-based touring theatre company, Highway 1.

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More Brilliant, Blissful Baroque Music

Donation

Sat 20 July 4-5pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Baroque string specialist Ben Singh (violin, viola, cello) with Peter Cheng Yu-Jen (flute) and Julie McErlain (piano) and guest soprano Linda Thompson present a truly gorgeous variety of classical treasures from the Baroque era. Be early for this one – there was a full house last year!

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Film: Adventure On Screen

$15

Sat 20 July 6pm for 7pm screening

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Port Fairy Adventure FilmFestival is a new festival for our town, launching in November 2019. But…we can’t wait! So they’ve compiled the world’s best adventure short films from 2018 for an evening of beauty and awe. Crack a beer and immerse yourself in an incredible selection of short films about climbing, biking, skiing and kayaking. Inspiration and reactions of needing to explore someplace or do something new guaranteed. Doors and bar open at 6pm for screening at 7pm.

Tickets available at the door or via www.portfairyfilmfest.com

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Film: Adventure on Screen

$15

Sun 21 July 2:00pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Another teaser session of what’s to come in November, when Port Fairy Adventure Film Festival kicks off for real. Settle in for an afternoon of more excitement and inspiration on film. Screenings to be announced closer to the date - see the festival website for all the details.

Tickets available at the door or www.portfairyfilmfest.com

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Winter Weekends Closing Party

Free

Sun 21 July, 5-6pm

Port Fairy Wharf, Gipps St

A beautiful riverside gathering to close out the festival! With mulled wine and hot chocolate, live DJ, hot street food and fire drums – just remember to bring the marshmallows. There’ll be creepy-cool puppets from Magic Lantern to spook you out. And you can pop up to Wishart St for the last night of Light Up Port Fairy. Join us in a little party to say thanks for another awesome winter! This event is weather permitting, check at the Visitor Info Centre or the festival website on the day.

This event is proudly sponsored by Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments.

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Winter Whale Trail: The Whale Photographer

Gold coin donation

Sun 7 July 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

One of Victoria’s most active nature and coastline photographers, Chris Farrell’s work is used in coastal research and whale monitoring, as well as being published in National Geographic and many other online and print publications, including several books on whales and other marine and bird life. Come along to hear about how Chris has trained to identify Southern Right Whales and what cameras he uses to captures these giant creatures from land, sea and air.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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Australian Film: Picnic At Hanging Rock (PG)

Free

Sun 2pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Join the Port Fairy Film Society to celebrate the end of the mini Aussie film festival with a free screening of this classic Australian thriller. This is a very rare chance to see Peter Weir’s breakthrough Australian drama, about three girls and a teacher who disappear during a school outing, on the big screen. (1975)

Tickets available at the door.

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Australian Film: Return Home (M)

$25 for three films or $10 per film

Sat 6 July 2pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

The Port Fairy Film Society presents a mini Aussie Film Festival. Dennis Coard plays Noel, a successful insurance broker who, after a brutal divorce, forsakes city life and returns to his boyhood home. Now his older brother Steve (Franklin J. Holden) is running things at the family petrol station in partnership with his wife Judy (Micki Camilleri). Steve’s prize mechanic Gary (Ben Mendelsohn), also learns life lessons along the way. As Noel observes the hometown folk and their daily troubles, he realises what he’s been missing in the mad, big-city rush. (1990)

Tickets available at the door.

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Winter Solstice Feast with Burning Man

$75
Sat 6 July 6pm
Limestone Gallery, 506 Princes Hwy

The Winter Solstice Feast & Burning Man is back again in 2019 with a bigger line up than ever. Live music, art, performers and dance - not to mention a delicious menu. So come along and participate in this thriving community. Google ‘Burning Man’ for inspiration – this time we’re bringing a little bit of Black Rock City to the best Aussie town of the year. Dress up is not compulsory, but definitely acceptable!

Email yanifoodbookings@gmail.com to book.

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Party In The Church: Late Night TV + Sunnyside + Jackson McLaren + DJs and Special Guests

$20

Sat 6 July 6pm-late

St John’s Church, Regent St

Congregate and elevate under the arches for a night of higher sensation.

Late Night TV are a revolving cast of local and imported musicians of anywhere between 8-14 band members. Fresh from an outdoor performance at the inaugural Goomfest, they’re taking us for a hoon in the grand acousitics of St John’s. Drawing on the likes of Air, Bon Voyage Organisation and Kylie Minogue, expect pop-funk-fusions and steamy winter energy.

Sunnyside are a 6-piece Melbourne wonder squad on the cusp of big things! With the release of their second LP, get in the big house for thrusty, uplifting bangas.

Jackson McLaran is one of the many brilliant musical minds fermenting in the south west. A self-described folk artist, he’s developed into a well-rounded songwriter, touching on the sounds of Springsteen, Wilco and Talking Heads. Expect maximum Jackson for this special and highly anticipated performance. Plus DJs for an after party bash in the Church Hall. Bar opens 6pm, music in the Church from 7pm.

Tickets here or at the door.

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Australian Film: West of Sunshine (M)

$25 for three films or $10 per film

Sat 6 July 7:30pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

The Port Fairy Film Society presents a mini Aussie film festival. A father in Melbourne’s western burbs (Damien Hill) has less than 24 hours to pay back a debt to a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he’s forced by his ex-wife to look after their young son. As he grows increasingly desperate to pay back the debt, he’s taken on a journey to confront his addiction and let go of his past. (2017)

Tickets available at the door.

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Old Men and The Sea

$10

Friday 5 July 8pm

The Wharf, 29 Gipps St

How do you build a couta boat and sail it to South Australia to establish the tuna fishing industry? And from there, set up the prawn fishing industry? What’s it like growing up camping on Griffith Island, where your grandfather was the last lighthouse keeper? This is just a touch of the lived history of Roger Haldane, a true Port Fairy pioneer, innovator and man of the sea and land who’s also passionate about building and rowing wooden boats. Join local author Jock Serong in conversation with Roger for a rare evening of live, riverside storytelling.

All proceeds to Port Fairy Marine Rescue. Tickets available here and at the door.

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Music of Ludovico Einaudi

Donation

Sat 22 June 4-5pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Julie McErlain (piano), Mike Weise (cello) Chris Philpot & Tristan Forster (violins) and Andrew Philpot (percussion) perform the music of contemporary classical composer Ludovico Einaudi. Beautiful, mesmerising, contemplative, colourful and dramatic. A unique performance.

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Fae and Folklore: Tales Around the Campfire

Gold coin donation

Sat 22 June 5:30-7pm

Limestone Gallery, 506 Princes Highway, Port Fairy

You'll find no Cinderellas or happy-ever-afters here! Instead, gather round the fire and let long ago tales sweep you into a world of witches and fairies, pirates and pixies. An event for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Food and drink available at Limestone Gallery.

This event is proudly sponsored by The Mill Coffee Bar and Eatery.

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España el Vito: The Spirit of Spain

$30/$25 concession

Sat 22 June 7:30-9pm

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Acclaimed 10-string Spanish classical guitarist Matthew Fagan, aka Lord of the Strings, presents a concert of traditional flamenco elements with masterpieces of composers Isaac Albeniz, Manuel De Fall and Joaquin Rodrigo in stunning new arrangements. This performance celebrates the launch of Matthew’s LP ‘El Vito’, the first new Spanish guitar vinyl release in Australia in 30 years. He will also be joined onstage by singer Kellie Grace for joyous Latin and Bossa Nova Jazz vocals.

Tickets available here or at the door.

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Women In Song

$20 adult, $15 concession, U15 free
Sun 9 June 2-5pm
Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Feel the collective heart and power in the voices and music of women from the southwest, on stage for a this much-loved concert of local artists. Move with the tunes of singer- songwriters Amy Saunders & Sally Dastey (from the band Tiddas), Sophia Power Walters (solo artist), Triptych (acapella trio) Eleanor Donelan (flute player, also known as your local GP!), Melanie Schultz (solo artist), Gabby Steel (from local busker to this year releasing an EP), the Seaside Singers Choir (Port Fairy) and more young talent to be named closer to the date. Wow – that’s an all-new, powerful line up of performers coming together for a moving afternoon of music.

Fundraiser event for the Bandari Women’s Project. No tix available at the door.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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Hot Pizza, Cool Jazz

$40 includes food, first drink and music

Sun 9 June 6-11pm
Fri 21 June 6-11pm

Wishart Gallery and Bar, 19 Sackville St

Two jazz outfits play by the fire in Captain Wishart’s bar, warming you into the weekend. Enjoy an arrival drink, hot pizza and other snacks. Then soak up the cool music and get cosy with the Captain and friends in this perfect winter atmosphere.

Spaces limited, bookings advised. Phone 03 5568 2423.

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Cult Classic/Big Screen: Labyrinth

$25 includes drink and dessert

Sat 8 June 7pm bar opens, 8pm screening

Reardon Theatre, Bank St

It might be cold and wet outside, but inside the Reardon, the costumes and vibes are piping HOT. Strut back to ‘86 and the splendour of Bowie in a body suit and heeled boots. Journey with 15-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connolly) on her quest through an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her brother, who she wished away (accidentally on purpose) to the Goblin King (David Bowie). With mind-boggling puppet creatures designed in Jim Henson’s famous Creature Shop, your dress-up opportunities are endless, and more to the point, essential. Enjoy the in-cinema bar, move to the beats of ‘Magic Dance’, prepare for audience participation and battle for on-the-spot prizes. Tickets include a decadently themed welcome drink and Labyrinth-inspired dessert by Port Fairy maestro Andy of Audley & Hall.

Bookings for full ticket (film, drink and dessert) essential. Tickets online. Film-only tix also available at the door for $20.

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