Coffee Class: Espresso and Milk Texturing

$120

Friday 7 June 4-5:30pm
Friday 21 June 4-5:30pm
Friday 6 July 4-5:30pm SOLD OUT
Friday 19 July 4-5:30pm

Driftwood Espresso and Eatery, 10 Bank St

Perfect the art of espresso making in this intense, hands-on class. Guided by Ally from Port Fairy’s small-sized but big-hearted Driftwood Cafe, learn how to make the perfect latte and understand precisely which beans to select. With detailed instruction on dialling in your grinder, dosing beans and heat and action required for milk texturing, this exclusive class takes coffee-making to a whole new level. Includes all beans, instruction and equipment. Also includes delicate, tasty treats to take home.

Small classes, places are limited. Bookings essential. Book via Instagram message or phone 0435 750 105.

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Light Up Port Fairy

Free

Every festival night from 6-10pm
*Friday 6 June from 7-10pm

Wishart St (the whole street!)

This year we’re illuminating an entire street! Wander down Wishart St and take in one of Port Fairy’s most iconic avenues, transformed in a vivid play of colour, shadow and light. More than 15 of the colonial cottages and 19th century villas, and their gardens, will be lit up to bring the heritage area alive every festival weekend. Bring your jacket, friends and your camera and experience our crisp winter nights in a brilliant new light.

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parkrun

Free

Every festival Saturday, 8am

Russell Clarke Reserve, James St

Start the weekend right with a jog around on of the prettiest parts of Port Fairy. A timed 5km event for people of all ages and abilities to walk or run around the lake and parklands in the morning winter light. Register online, print out your barcode and meet at the amenities block 7.50am for the briefing. Dogs (on a lead) are also welcome!

Register to run at www.parkrun.com.au/portfairy

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Codrington Wind Farm Tours

$10
Every festival Sunday 1:30-2:30pm
Codrington Wind Farm, 5213 Princes Hwy, Codrington (meet at the gate)

Did you know that just outside Port Fairy is Australia’s first commercial wind farm? Opened in 2001, the site was selected as being ‘close to perfect’ with strong prevailing winds blowing off the Southern Ocean. Your tour guide Tim has over 18 years’ of wind energy knowledge to share. He will show you around the base of the farm’s 81m towers and explain how the farm generates enough energy to power 10,000 Victorian homes every year.

These tours require a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 people. Only a few tickets are available at the gate. Please book here or phone 0419 188 715.

Please note: Sunday 9 June tour has been closed due to low numbers. Please book another session.

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Workshop: Sand and Sculpture

$35 or $55 with sealing

Mon 10 June 1-3pm
Sun 7 July 1-3pm

Community House, Railway place

In this clean and user-friendly workshop, hosted by Andrew Walsh, you’ll learn how to create captivating sand sculptures. Using select tools and equipment to design, carve, build and sculpt shapes in the sand. Being carbon neutral, the sand can be reused or if you want to take your creation home it can be sealed for you to eliminate mess. All equipment provided.

Bookings essential. Book online or phone 5568 2681.

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Exhibition: Melbourne Collage Assembly

Free

Opening night talk and drinks, Sat 8 June 5-6pm
Exhibition open every festival night from 4:30pm

Coffin Sally, 33 Sackville St

In a first for regional Victoria (or anywhere outside of Melbourne in fact!), the Melbourne Collage Assembly get out of the city for an exclusive exhibition in Port Fairy. The freshly formed group (est 2018) demonstrate the infinite possibilities of the collage art medium, where hand-dissected images are reassembled or placed to create new meaning. Come along to meet five artists who have exhibited or published works across the globe, and who now bring their new collection of original works to Winter Weekends.

This exhibition runs till Sunday 30 June. Check them out on insta @melbournecollageassembly

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Outdoor Workshop: Beach Detectives

$10

Sun 9 June 10-11am

Meet at the South Beach steps, opposite the toilets on Ocean Drive

Become a family of beach detectives! Investigate the articles that wash up and search for seaweed, shells, crabs and other interesting and sometimes unexpected specimens we happen to find. Once you bag the treasures, you’ll identify the specimens, where they’ve come from and what they might be doing here in Port Fairy. Dress warm, bring a magnifying glass (if you have one) and small bucket. This session is led by Port Fairy resident, botanist, teacher and writer, John Millar.

Bookings essential. Book here or phone 5568 2681.

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Twilight Market

Gold coin donation

Sun 9 June 4:30pm-7:00pm

Port Fairy Consolidated School, Albert Street

This highly successful winter wonderland market is back this year. Fill your cup with mulled wine, grab a slice of wood fired pizza and enjoy live entertainment across the school yard. Bring your empty shopping bags to fill with treats made by local artisan vendors. Art, games, food, shopping, singing, dancing and more! Fun for all at this atmospheric fundraiser for our much-loved local primary school.

*Support the school’s sustainability initiative with BYO cups and plates. Or rent what you need when you arrive!

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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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Progressive Lunch: Walk to Hawker

$150 includes three destinations, meals and drinks

Sun 9 June 1-5pm

Starts at Gladioli, cnr Cox and Sackville St

Beginning at Gladioli for canapés, sparkling wine and beer, the group will take a leisurely stroll to Conlan’s Wine Store for shared entrees and more wine. Then they’ll skip down Bank St for the final stage of the day with shared main course dishes and dessert at Port Fairy’s newest establishment, Hawker Kampong. This has got to be the tastiest way to see town!

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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Country Pub-licity: Kirkstall Hotel

$25 includes 2-course lunch

Sun 9 June 12-2pm

Kirtstall Hotel, 12 Atkinson St, Kirkstall

Take a little trip out of town, book a table with friends and family and enjoy some pub hospitality this winter. Let the team at Kirkstall Hotel serve a delicious roast lunch (lamb, beef or pork, you choose) with all the trimmings and sweets, while you stay cosy and comfy in a good ol’ fashioned country pub. Kids and bistro menu also available on the day.

Bookings preferred. Call Julie or Tony to book now on 03 5565 8440.

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Romancing the Stone

Free

Sun 9 June 11am-4pm

Leske’s Jewellers, 23 Bank St

Pop in for glass of champagne at Port Fairy’s renowned Leske’s Jewellers and learn more about fine and rare gems hand-selected by owner Sandra Greenberger for viewing at this special event. This is also an opportunity to show unworn or sentimental jewellery to Leske’s master jeweler, and understand how their in-house remaking and remodeling service can transform pieces into new designs.

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Kids Fishing Clinic

Gold coin donation

Sun 9 June 11am-1pm

Martins Point, Gipps St

Cast your rod on the mighty Moyne and learn from the Port Fairy Angling Club experts. Rods and bait supplied. A fundraiser for the Port Fairy Angling Club. Please note: this event is subject to weather - check with the Visitor Info Centre on the day.

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Open House: Port Fairy Lighthouse

$5 adult, $1 child, $10 family

Sun 9 June 10am-4pm

Port Fairy Lighthouse, Griffith Island

Climb the stairs and take in the view to imagine the life of a lighthouse keeper. A rare opportunity to visit the internal workings of the historic lighthouse that has been in operation since 1859. A fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy. Please note: this event is subject to weather - check the festival website or the Visitor Info Centre on the day.

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Workshop: Art and Soul

$70

Sun 9 June 10am-1pm

Community House, Railway Place

No matter how big or small your creative intentions, this three-hour workshop provides practical awareness around helping you achieve your goals. Develop new attitudes towards your art practice and address unhelpful habits that might be holding you back. Hosted by multi-form artist Catherine Bailey, these workshops have evolved from her experience as an artist, the Atelier Studio Method (National Art School), the work of Jungian Therapist Sally Gillespie and meditative techniques from Catherine’s Qi Gong teacher, Li Ying. Workshops are designed for artists, writers and others interested in exploring their creativity.

Bookings essential. Book online or phone 5568 2681.

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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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Winter Whale Trail: Mandy Watson on Southern Right Whales

Gold coin donation

Sun 9 June 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Mandy Watson, senior biodiversity officer with the Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning, presents a talk on the majestic Southern Right Whales who journey each winter to our coastline to give birth. Join Mandy for an update on the numbers, names and personalities of nursing mothers and calves who arrive in our local waters every year.

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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