CELEBRATING COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Port Fairy Events
WHERE PORT FAIRY TRULY SHINES
Well… you ask Port Fairy to put on an event and oh boy does it ever.
The Folk Festival needs no introduction and Moyneyana features stellar acts and fun for the whole community. Port Fairy events are talked about fondly for years to come and firmly cemented in the memory bank.
This calendar of Port Fairy events below is by no means exhaustive, but read on for our top picks of the festival season. For more events, visit www.portfairyaustralia.com.au/whatson/.
Christmas Eve to Australia Day
Celebrating community spirit above all else, Moyneyana has truly cemented its place in Port Fairy folklore and is now in its 72nd year. The festival runs from Christmas Eve through to Australia Day and is a favourite pastime for residents and tourists alike. A highlight is the New Years Eve procession, with many residents and groups creating comical floats whilst vying for the Champion float prize. Moyneyana is free and provides lots of fun over the summer period for festival goers. Visit their website for additional information about the programs and entertainment on offer.
PORT FAIRY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Held in February each year and attracting music lovers from across the country, the Port Fairy Jazz Festival pays homage to all genres of jazz music. The three day festival features an impressive lineup of talented jazz musicians and includes a series of open mics, workshops, dancing and jam sessions with over 100 bands showcased. Check out their website for details on the next jazz festival.
MUSIC IN THE VINES
Held in early March each year in the picturesque grounds of the Suffoir Vineyard in Macarthur, Music in the Vines offers a leisurely day of relaxed tunes in the lush grass whilst enjoying a beverage. A family friendly event, the gates open at 11am and close at 11pm. Buses run from surrounding towns, including Port Fairy, so everyone can indulge in this one day celebration of wine and music in the vines.
PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL
6-9 MARCH 2020
Sourcing the best folk acts on the national and international stage, the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival never disappoints. Incredible lineups aside, the festival hosts workshops and writers program, street markets complete with buskers and performers and the children’s folk circus will keep the little ones enthralled. Book your stay at Edge 17 for next years festival now – you won’t want to miss it!
KOROIT IRISH FESTIVAL
506 PRINCES HWY, PORT FAIRY VIC 3284
The Koroit Irish Festival celebrate all things Irish. The township of Koroit lays claim to be the Irish heartland of Australia, with a large Irish resident population drawn to the geographical similarities between Koroit and their homeland. Come and enjoy a great display of Irish music and culture and new featured events and talent each year. Keep an eye on their website for next years program.
JUNE AND JULY
Port Fairy Winter Weekends dish up a diverse mix of events which will capture your imagination and dose up your sense of wonder. Held every second weekend in June and July, the events span over Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.portfairywinterweekends.com.au to find out what’s on over winter.
PORT FAIRY SPRING FESTIVAL
11 – 13 OCTOBER 2019
Since its inception in 1990 by founders the late Michael Easton ARAM and pianist Len Vorster, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival is a mix of classical and contemporary served up in innovative and exciting ways. The current Festival Director is Iain Grandage, An Australian composer and performer. Don’t miss the festival this October, lock in your stay at Edge 17 and enjoy this vibrant and welcoming festival celebrating the start of Spring.
PORT FAIRY COMMUNITY MARKETS
2ND & 4TH SATURDAY MONTHLY
There is a beautiful, relaxed neighbourly vibe at the Port Fairy Community Markets, held at Railway Place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Here you can browse through a myriad of stalls featuring local produce including jams, scrumptious ckaes, local wines, fresh fruit and vegies. Browse through plants and flower stalls, jewellery, clothing and niche collectible stalls. With great food and coffee on offer, make sure you don’t miss the markets during your stay at Port Fairy.
Your Port Fairy adventure starts here…
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The apartment is right on the water with views quiet & peaceful. Lovely little town restaurant and fish and chips on the water… also has a 2 bedroom cottage behind which is beautiful… great fishing and make sure you try the Thai in town.