Sun 9 June 8-9:30am
Sun 23 June 8-9:30am
Sun 7 July 8-9:30am
Sun 21 July 8-9:30am
Port Fairy Yacht Club, Battery Point
Designed by Donella to make mornings clearer and brighter. Asanas, yoga nidra (relaxation), pranayama (breathing) and meditation, all in a beautiful riverside setting.
Entry at the door or pre-book by phone on 0428 654 570. Read More
Sat 6 July 11am-1pm
Sun 21 July 11am-1pm
Community House, Railway Place
Reduce your dependence on single-use plastic by learning how to make your own beeswax wraps and create a container to store them in. Perfect for using in lunch boxes – you’ll have no need for cling wraps after this session run by experienced maker Judith McKay. All fabric, wax and equipment provided, but feel free to bring your own fabric if you prefer.
Bookings essential. Book here or phone 5568 2681. 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 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. 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
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
$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. 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
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. Read More
$25 includes 2-course lunch
Woolsthorpe Hotel, 23 Manifold St, Woolsthorpe
Take a little road trip to a top country pub, where you’re made to feel right at home. Book a table at the Woolsthorpe for a beautiful roast lunch (lamb, beef or pork, you choose) with all the trimmings and sweets. If it’s sunny, enjoy the beer garden, or just stay cosy inside with great company to keep you warm. Kids and bistro menu also available on the day.
Bookings preferred. Call to book now on 03 5569 2391. Read More
$110, includes four courses with matched wines
Sun 7 July 12:30-4:30pm
Conlan’s Wine Store, 34 Bank St
Conlan’s is delighted to team up with Belinda Thomson, winemaker at the iconic Crawford River vineyard, to host a specifically-designed four-course meal. This shared lunch is creatively paired to wines from Crawford River as well as Belinda’s own (limited release) label. Belinda will talk through her philosophy on viticulture and winemaking.
To book, phone Conlan’s on 03 5568 2582. Read More
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. Read More
Sun 7 July 4pm-6.30pm
*PLEASE NOTE NEW START TIME OF 4PM - SUNSET IS AT 5.15PM
Griffiths Island, meet at the rotunda
Southwest photographers Perry Cho, Pete Chamberlain and friends take you for a dusk photography class on shooting beautiful sea and island landscapes. The aim is to capture a stunning sunset out at the lighthouse! Get on-site ideas for setting up the shot and meet these well-known local photographers, whose friendly and collaborative approach to photography will make for an excellent evening of exploring and learning.
No bookings required. Suited to all ages and levels. We thank Perry and Pete for generously volunteering their time and expertise for this special session. Read More
Gold coin donation
Sat 6 July 10am-12:30pm
St John’s Church Hall, Barclay St
Learn, play and experiment with a number of fun art techniques. Come and spend a morning amongst artists who’ll share fun ways to create using items you may already have at home. Local artists will bring ideas and supplies to inspire children. All materials provided. Suitable for ages 6+, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
This event is proudly sponsored by Juno Boutique. Read More
Sat 6 July 12-4:30pm
Conlan’s Wine Store, 34 Bank St
Conlan’s will become a pop up cellar door for one afternoon only. Take in this special chance to taste a range of wines and meet their producers without having to leave Port Fairy! Four guest wineries for the day will be: Hochkirch, Crawford River, Sub Rosa and Best’s Winery. Entry fee allows tastings from all visiting wineries. A light snack menu will be available for purchase during the afternoon.
No bookings required. Just arrive and dive in! Read More
Sat 6 July 3-4pm
Sun 7 July 3-4pm
Suffoir Winery and Brewery, 144 Mount Eccles Rd, Macarthur
The inspiring, natural surrounds of Suffoir Winery and Brewery is the perfect backdrop for a day of wreath making. Your experienced host will supply all materials, equipment, hot drinks and refreshments. A fundraiser for Macarthur’s Music in the Vines.
Limited to 20 places. Bookings essential. Phone 043 038 2432 or email suffoirwincelllar@ iinet.net.au Read More
$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. Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Read More
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. Read More