Port Fairy is alive in winter

Regional Arts Victoria

Experience the festival created by locals to welcome people to experience Port Fairy in a unique, heartfelt, and exciting way.

Port Fairy winter weekender image of a musician

At the end of the road, where the river meets the sea, there’s a small town with a huge, beating heart.

Where every winter over four fresh weekends a bunch of loving locals puts on a festival with more than 100 events. To welcome people from near and far to see, taste, and feel Port Fairy in a new way.

To breathe the fresh open air and find your own space in the place they call home.

The festival celebrates stories of the local community, food, arts, and environment. The wide mix of events will take you in beautiful, unexpected directions. You’ll make friends with wild abalone divers, sculptors, writers, marine experts, chefs ceramicists, artists, bakers, musicians, builders, light housekeepers, ancient language holders, and custodians and other locals creating new things in old places…from school kids to seniors, the festival shares the tales of this town. 

Taste delicious local stories with mulled wine, chocolate, bread-making, fermenting workshops, long slow roast lunches, and progressive dinners where you walk from restaurant to restaurant to share a table with strangers and friends alike.

Events happen inside and outside across Port Fairy’s treasured places – with uplifting winter winds, freezing sunrise swims, bush walks, beach rambles, ocean views, and island settings to cleanse, refresh and inspire.

Then dip inside the old halls, old school shacks, boutique homes, and designer buildings for cosy gatherings and fireside sessions. Everything with a backdrop of bright winter daylight or the sparkly night sky. 


Ngatanwarr: An Open Door Film

Ngatanwarr means welcome. We welcome you to join us in learning about the language and stories of the oldest living culture on earth. Of the Peek Whuurrong dialect of the Gunditjmara-Maar Nations, the lands on which our towns exist.

Filmed last winter, along the coastline of Port Fairy, Ngatanwarr stars proud Peek Whuurrong Elders Uncle Rob Lowe Snr and Uncle Locky Eccles. Peek Whuurroung woman Mel Steffensen was co-producer with filmmaker Mitchell Withers. Together, they encourage us to be curious and proactive in learning about the true history of Maar Nation and the shared future that lies ahead.

Film by Of Place Films , supported by Regional Arts Victoria.


Event highlights for 2021

Reflected: a huge art installation in an old industrial shed combining photography and collage, where visitors are invited to walk through and between giant images of the human form

Old Men and the Sea: meet original and current abalone divers, including those who used to dive in woolen footy jumpers in the 60s, those with world-first technology to create sustainable abalone fisheries and the local teenager who’s the only licensed female diver in Australia.

All 2021 events will be covid-safe and the town looks forward to welcoming you soon. 

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