If you didn't get down to the Winter Weekends Festival 2017 at Port Fairy in June, don't worry, you haven't missed out. You still have two weekends of this month to go. Pack your bags, take a weekend sabbatical and feel the stress fade away as you perhaps drive along our lovely coastline and head out to the Festival which runs every second weekend.
Perhaps you'll make that impromptu, spontaneous decision to go this weekend, which is the 3rd week of the festival (7, 8, 9 July), or perhaps you need a bit more time to plan, in which case you can catch the 4th and last weekend (21, 22, 23 July). Whichever you choose, it'll be filled with lots to do. A change in scenery is as good as a holiday.
Port Fairy may be a small town but its renown for hosting music festivals that attracts people by the thousands. Get out and about as it comes alive with art, music, performance, produce, food and wine, history, environment, and people that make this place so special. These weekends are a chance to share ideas, skills, and conversations and a time to reflect, reenergise and come alive by new discoveries.
This 3rd weekend (7,8,9 Jul), you could spend a full weekend behind the lens by joining the photography workshops and entering the contest. After dark, you can enjoy the light installations dotted around town for free. Kids don't miss out either, with Little Thunders Disco running on a Friday night at the Scout Hall for $10 tickets at the door. Or, for the same price, you could watch Jasper Jones at the Reardon Theatre, or get a 3 film deal for $25. If freebies are your thing, you can get some hot pizza and cool jazz at the Wishart Gallery. Everyone loves a community market to check out the bargains, and this one has a kid's toy making workshop as well for a gold coin donation. There's much more happening, including a book launch, so be sure to download and go through the program.
If however, you're heading out for the 4th and last Winter Weekend (21, 22, 23 Jul), you'll be in for more fun things to do. The community market will be there, as will the light installations. However, the ghost tours are so popular they're all booked out by those who love a horror story, and there are whispers that the waitlists are still growing. Never mind, you can salve your disappointment with Budj Bim Tours to learn about one of the world's oldest human settlements or join Conlan's Cooking Class.
If you're after something a little stronger, there's Conlan's wine tasting workshop. Will it be a music-induced vinyl swap meet, a winter woolies high tea and crochet art or a tower hill bush food and wildlife experience for you? If you choose to go on the last weekend, you can join the free winter weekend closing party, however, the event is weather permitting. You'll have to check at the Visitor Info Centre or the festival website on the day. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates too. There's lots of warmth on offer in this small town on a cold winters day, so be sure to lap it up.