The festivities actually begin on the Friday night, 11 October, with the gala Birregurra Art Show opening. The show attracts hundreds of entries from artists throughout Victoria and all the work on display is available for sale. Gala opening tickets are $25 per person plus booking fee and complimentary finger food is provided. There is also a bar on-site.
Over the two days of the festival, Main Street is transformed into a vibrant market place with stalls selling everything from handmade crafts, gifts, art, organic produce, plants and heaps more. Start your Christmas shopping early or pick up something special for yourself.
The food and wine area has the best of Otways produce including wines, beers, cider and gin as well as a great variety of gourmet and international food stalls and vans. Sit back and enjoy the entertainment on both afternoons with a few cold ones as Tom Tuena plays on Saturday and The Hip Replacements on the Sunday.
Three stages will provide awesome music and entertainment from across the globe with the line up including Senegambian Jazz Band, Zoe Fox & the Rocket Clocks, Kerryn Fields, Cookie Baker, Ben Whiting, The Run, Momoko Rose, The Attics, Famous Will, Lucy & the Night Sky, Victoriana Gay, Clive Brooker, The Mik Maks and heaps more.
Heaps of other entertainment will be on around the place including a reptile show on Saturday and free laser tag on Sunday. With rock'n'roll dancers, vintage cars, cow pat lotto and the wood chop, there is something for everyone.
The popular dog jumping competition will run over both days, so register your pooch and join in the fun. Who will leap the highest/furthest and win first prize?
For the kids, the play area in the 'Back Paddock', will have a petting zoo with plenty of cute and cuddly animals, rides and great kids' entertainment. There will even be a circus show next to the main stage.
There is even an area for the teens with a youth chill out zone - a space to chill out with mates and watch some awesome young contemporary musicians. Featuring music from hip hop artist Nomad, FReeZA, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Aaron and funky Torii, it will be the place to be. With live street art painting, youth arts stalls and a phone recharge station, head to The Yards next to Birregurra Hall on Saturday between 10.30 am until 5 pm.
The Birregurra Festival started as a fundraiser for the local Primary School with the Art Show at the Anglican Christchurch bluestone church hall. Since its humble beginnings, other community groups got involved and it has now grown to a very popular highlight of the year for the town.
Birregurra is located at the foothills of the Otway Ranges 'Birre' is a little more than 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne and only 30 minutes from Lorne and the Great Ocean Road. Find out more about accommodation options and things to do in the town here.