Workshop: Art of Creativity


Sat 20 July 10am-1pm

Community House,Railway Place

Enhance your creativity through journaling, dreams, drawing, painting and meditation. In this session, laugh and enjoy yourself, learn artistic skills and traditional art techniques, connect with like-minded others and explore awareness of the self. 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 suitable for beginners to those with intermediate art experience.

Bookings essential. Book here or phone 5568 2681.


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Music: Vinyl Swap Meet

Gold coin donation

Sat 20 July 1-5pm

The Wharf, 29 Gipps St

Vinyl hoarders, music collectors, crate diggers and closet DJs...gather with your people for an arvo of swapping, selling and spinning. Take home awesome albums from some of the best collectors in the record game. Swap or sell your loved-but-unplayed records. There’ll be DJs on the decks, mixing classics and numbers you’ve never heard before. Plus, the superbly priced bar’s open for a winter’s ale.

To lock in a stall email

This event is proudly sponsored by Prehistoric Sounds.

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Merrijig Kitchen's Sunday Winter Roast


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!


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Coffee Class: Espresso and Milk Texturing


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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Koroit Dinner Club presents: A Mexican Dinner #1


Wednesday July 17 7pm (This IS the weekend for anyone working in hospitality)

St John’s Church Hall, Barclay St

Hannah and Leeroy have never been to M.E.X.I.C.O. Nor are they qualified chefs. Undaunted, The Koroit Dinner Club are going South of The Wall for a night of inauthentic Mexican food and drink*. This is a mid-week feast for friends and feeders; everything is shared, and it’s probably going to get loud but with $5 from every diner donated to the library, that’s a good thing, right?** Lets make this the first of many! *NO, not tacos. YES, yes, margaritas. **$5 from every ticket goes towards new cook books for Port Fairy and Koroit libraries.

Places limited. Bookings essential.


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Late Night Shopping

Fri 19 July until 8pm

Shops along Bank and Sackville Streets

While the buskers create the scene outside, you can pop in store to shop local, sip some bubbly and enjoy an evening of winter retail therapy. Port Fairy’s beautiful boutiques and shops are open late with a mix of stylish sales, exclusive offers and new stock. The perfect night to grab a bite to eat and see the Wishart St lights too!

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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.


This event is proudly sponsored by Seacombe House Comfort Inn.

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Budding Buskers


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.


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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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Farmers Market


Sat 20 July 8am-1pm

Railway Place, Bank St

Our fabulous farmers market featuring local and delivered fruit, vegetables, bread, great coffee and more. There’s also a quality selection of organic or handmade preserves and small goods, plus eggs and homemade cakes. Wind, rain, hail or shine, the committed stallholders are there on the third Saturday of every month with fresh, seasonal offerings.

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It’s Grow Time: Winter Tree Planting


Sat 20 July 10am-12pm

Battery Hill, meet near the car park

Winter is the PERFECT time to plant trees. Join Conservation Volunteers Australia at picturesque Battery Hill to help celebrate National Tree Day (July 28). If you want to learn about native plants and animals and do your bit for the local environment then this is the activity for you! Suitable for all ages. All trees and equipment provided. Dress warm and ready for digging in the dirt.

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More Brilliant, Blissful Baroque Music


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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This Is Not A Brunch: Asian Fusion Dinner

$70, includes three courses

Sat 20 July 6pm

Bank St + Co, 28 Bank St

It’s a fave local brekky/lunch joint that opens after dark only for very special nights. Bank Street + Co have heard your demands and are back with this delicious instalment in their popular Fusion Dinner series. Places are limited for Dinner #4, so book early and beat the winter chills with rice and spice, drinks and more.

Bookings essential. Call 5568 1610.

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Film: Adventure On Screen


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

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Winter Whale Trail: Dr Blake Allen on Technoecology

Gold coin donation

Sun 21 July 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

A self-described technoecologist, Dr Blake’s PhD explored how technology can examine animal movement in modified landscapes. As the Chief Remote Pilot for Deakin’s Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program, Dr Blake specialises in drone imagery, photogrammetry, spatial statistics, geographic information systems, species distribution modeling, and volumetrics. Intrigued? Hear how the program – along with citizen scientists - gathers valuable info about our local coastal conditions, hazards and the expected longer-term impacts of climate change. Impacts that effect life above and below the water.

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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Fundraiser: Community Bank Swim Challenge


Sun 21 July 10-2pm

Belfast Aquatics Swimming Pool, Campbell St

This is a fundraiser of epic proportions – for community and for the pool! Eight teams of five swimmers from a local community group swim as many laps as they can, relay style, in a 2-hour time slot. The Community Bank gives them $1 for every lap! PLUS, they’ll match that money and donate it to the pool. Who will raise the most?? How high will the lap count go?? Why are people so active on a Sunday!? Be there to cheer them on and enjoy the competition and novelty races of the Community Swim Challenge!

Groups must be incorporated not-for-profit bodies. To register, contact Nicole Dwyer at or 0419568775 by 1 July 2019. Good luck to all! This event is proudly sponsored by Port Fairy and District Community Bank.

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Film: Adventure on Screen


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

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Workshop: Splash Trash Art


Sun 21 July 2-4pm

Port Fairy RSL Hall, Bank St

This (free!) marine debris art workshop is hosted by local artists Denise Regan, Britt Gow and Karen Clarke, who create works made of plastic collected from our beaches, oceans and other waterways. Consider the problem of plastic pollution, understand how to reduce your plastic footprint and create your own artwork. Artists will supply plastic collected from local beaches by BeachPatrol 3280- 3284 volunteers, but feel free to bring found objects of your own.

Spaces limited to 20. Phone 0458 016 300 to book now.

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Winter Weekends Closing Party


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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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

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