Hibernation is overrated.
Get out and feel that crisp air. Revel in the wild. See and feel this place in its winter glory.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Every day from 9am
Start at the Visitor Information Centre, Bank St
Can you find the magic in town? Pick up your clues at the Information Centre (from 9am-5pm) and then head down the rabbit hole into Alice’s wonderland. Keep your eyes open and see if you can find the White Rabbit’s missing gloves, or the Queen’s guards busy painting the roses red. Just please look out for the nasty Queen of Hearts!! A treasure hunt through Port Fairy based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
This event is proudly sponsored by Langley’s Accommodation.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fri 5 July 6-7.30pm
Wishart St, meet at the cnr of Cox St
Renowned southwest photographers Perry Cho and Pete Chamberlain traverse the region to capture exceptional moments and scenes. Here in Port Fairy, Perry, Pete and friends will guide you on a Wishart St photography walk, helping you make the most of the festival’s Light Up Port Fairy program. Bring your camera for an informal evening class on how to take great night shots, including tips on exposure, framing, in-camera settings and more.
No bookings required. All ages and levels welcome. The festival thanks Perry and Pete for generously volunteering their time and expertise!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
Friday 7 June 6-7:30pm
THE season has arrived. Let’s celebrate with street food, live music, mulled wine and hot chocolate to launch this year’s packed program of events in local style – rugged up, on the Green, with mates, kids and welcoming vibes. Gather and glow in the dark winter night, before heading off to enjoy the lights of Wishart St, some wind-down yoga, inspiring conversation, a fantastic feast or live fireside music.