Sat 8 June 9am-1pm
Sat 22 June 9am-1pm
Railway Place, Bank St
Our excellent community market features local produce, plants, delicious food, homemade preserves and treats, local art, outstanding coffee, handmade craft and much more. Wind, rain, hail or shine, the committed stallholders are always there to bring us the goods! Read More
Sun 23 June 12:30pm SOLD OUT
Sun 7 July 12:30pm SOLD OUT
Sun 21 July 12:30pm SOLD OUT
Merrijig Kitchen, Cnr Campbell and Gipps Streets
Join the ‘jig for their 2019 Winter Roast Sunday Lunch series! Enjoy a shared 2-course luncheon cooked entirely in their garden wood-fired oven, with pre-lunch cocktails and a few special treats thrown in. Grab some friends, sit round the long table and enjoy an afternoon of winter feasting!
THESE LUNCHES ARE COMPLETELY BOOKED OUT, SORRY! Read More
Friday 7 June 4-5:30pm
Friday 21 June 4-5:30pm
Friday 6 July 4-5:30pm
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. Read More
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 Read More
Every festival Saturday 4-5:30pm
Port Fairy Public Cemetery, Princes Highway, Port Fairy (meet at entrance gates)
You guys sure love a spooky tale! So the Ghost Tours are back, with more goosebumps than ever. Visit the graves of the historical people featured in the hugely popular Port Fairy Ghost Stories book. Explore the unexpected, dark circumstances surrounding their deaths in this fundraiser event for the Port Fairy Genealogical Society. This event is not recommended for children.
No bookings required, just rock up to the cemetery gates. Cash only. Dress warm. There will be chills! Read More
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 Read More
Every festival Sat 5.50-6:30pm
Wishart St, meet at cnr of Cox St
The best in the west? With its own heritage conservation criteria, the streetscape of Wishart St provides an excellent understanding of Port Fairy’s varied and characterful housing styles. There’s no-one more passionately qualified than street resident and historian Marten Syme to walk and talk you through the residential designs, rich histories and stories of some of the characters who lived in these dwellings well over a century ago. A special tour of a very local place. Read More
$10 per child
Fri 21 June 6.30pm-8pm
Belfast Aquatic Community Pool, Campbell St
Kids, tell your parents. Parents, tell your kids...there’s a party in the pool at Belfast Aquatics. Get your groove on in the water with music, party lights, the Inflatables, pool toys and much more. It’s the ultimate flashy, splashy disco! For 15 years & under. Adult supervision required. No drop-offs, thank you. Read More
Sat 22 June 9-10am
Sat 22 June 11:00am-12:00pm
Outdoors at the Rail Trail clearing, Regent St opp Railway Place
Originating in Aboriginal wisdom, Wayapa is sometimes called Aboriginal yoga. Join practitioner Thaedra Frangos, a Wemba Wemba and Dhudhuroa woman who teaches this gentle physical movement and meditation practice. Wayapa is for everyone, all ages and levels, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. It promotes reconnection with the earth as a starting point for wellness and healing, based on the understanding that Aboriginal people have lived in harmony with the earth for more than 65,000 years. This session is outdoors (indoors at the Reardon Theatre only if bad weather).
Dress warm and bring a yoga mat or towel. Tickets available here or on the day. Read More
Gold coin donation
Sat 22 June 10-11:30am
Meet at Battery Hill car park
Engage your senses and bare feet! Join us for a winter’s morning of nature play and flow. Using nature and young imaginations to create, play and enliven.
Suitable for ages 5-12, parents to stay with under 10s. Wrap up warm, bring snacks and water. This event proudly sponsored by Port Fairy Physiotherapy. Read More
Sat 22 June 11:30-2pm
In the Merrijig kitchen, cnr of Campbell and Griffiths St
Fact: Caroline Grey (Cunliffe and Waters, the Yarra Valley’s Relish Mama cooking school, and A Bit of Pickle and Jam) is a preserve and pickle guru. This two-hour session is your chance to cover the basics of fermentation with an expert, in the warmth of the Merrijig kitchen. Get involved as Caroline splits a cabbage straight down the middle, pitting the delicious stink of Korea’s kim chi against Germany’s sauerkraut! Become acquainted with your new favourite snack: the kim chi toastie! This is hands on and elbows deep, with all the jars, recipes, ingredients and kombucha provided. There’s nothing you wont know about fermentation (or cabbage!) by the end of this.
Spaces strictly limited to 15 people.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Read More
Sat 22 June 1-3pm
Community House, Railway Place
Mandala is a sanskrit word meaning a dot in the centre of a circle, with the circle surrounding the dot represents the universe. Ancient and modern cultures have used mandalas for mindfulness, relaxation and focus. Run by arts teacher Chris Dobson, start with viewing and analysing Mandala examples from a range of styles, history and various cultures before making your very own colourful creation. All in a welcoming, relaxing environment. All materials supplied and no prerequisite skills are necessary.
Bookings essential. Book here or phone 5568 2681. Read More
Sat 22 June 2-4pm
Blarney Books and Art, James St
Author and nature photographer Chris Farrell shares how his passion for the natural world has been influenced by his visits to southwest Victoria over the last 30 years. Hear how his photography helps identify the Southern Right Whales that visit this coastline and see rare bird, marine life and other images from Chris’ archives of the beauty of earth from the land, sea and air. Images and books available for signing, with 50 % of all sales and 100% of all entry fees donated to WWF Australia, Birdlife Australia and Killarney Coast Care. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Sat 22 June 6:30pm
Gladioli Restaurant, 22 Sackville St
A collaborative dinner featuring one of Australia’s premium wine producers, Dalwhinnie, alongside Gladioli chefs carefully creating dishes to match wines. This iconic Pyrenees producer is known for premium Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. After 40 years of growing grapes the now fully mature 16-hectare vineyard is producing true varietal fruit characters with great concentration of flavours. The vineyard does not have its own restaurant, so this evening is a rare opportunity to enjoy food designed specifically for the wine.
Strictly limited seats available. Bookings essential. Phone Gladioli on 03 5539 7523. Read More
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. Read More
Gold coin donation
Sun 23 June 7am
East Beach Surf Club, 4 Hughes Ave
Darkness, ocean rumbles, towels around shivering shoulders, icy sand in toes, drumming beats, buzzing minds, racing hearts, slivers of sunlight, rays on the water, and BAM!...you’re under and above, gasping, trembling, shrieking, whooping, thrilled and more alive than you’ve been all year. It. Does. Not. Get. More rejuvenating than this. A dip to cleanse, awaken or embolden. Back it up with warming company by the fire drums, toasty BBQ breakfast and hot milo (free for participants). Call it brave. Call it duty. You never regret a swim.
Fundraiser event for Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club. This event is proudly sponsored by Mangowood Boutique. Read More
Gold coin donation
Sun 23 June 10-11:30am
Charlie’s On East, East Beach
Honorary research fellow Dr Pete Gill is the Director of the Blue Whale Study, Australia’s longest-running blue whale research program, based near Portland. Hear Dr Pete’s fascinating insights on the largest living creatures on earth, the endangered blue whale. Learn about their ecology, migration, habitat and behaviour. This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson.
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. Read More
Gold coin donation
Sun 23 June 10am-2pm
Pallisters Reserve, 457 Masons Rd, Orford
Pallisters Reserve is an abundant 250-hectare wetland space that’s home to more than 125 bird species and hundreds more flora specimens including gums, tea trees, banksia, rare native grasses and more than 25 orchid varieties. The Friends of Pallisters welcome guest speaker Doug Robinson from Trust for Nature, who will talk about how climate change affects the reserve, now and in the future. Enjoy a winter walk through the rugged landscape, take part in native tree planting and seed bombing, or photograph wildlife as you explore.
Light lunch provided. All are welcome. Wear full-cover clothing and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre in Port Fairy at 9.30am to follow a convoy of cars to the reserve if required. For more details on this fantastic event please see the festival website or call Pallisters volunteer, Peter Carrucan on 03 5562 6179. Read More