Recently Port Fairy received the title of Victoria’s Top Small Tourist Town for 2021showcasing the very best in tourism experiences across the State.
In 2012, Port Fairy was voted the world’s most liveable small community (towns with a population of under 20,000) in the UN-recognised LivCom awards.
Port Fairy is known internationally for it’s Folk Festival held each year over the March long weekend. At this time the population swells from 2,500 to 40,000.
The town however also hosts a number of other lesser known and smaller festivals covering a range of interests.
The Jazz Festival precedes the Folk and has been held on the second weekend in February since 2017. “A friendly festival of traditional, mainstream and contemporary jazz”
Winter is enjoyed by many in Port Fairy and Winter Weekends have been an opportunity for special exhibitions by local artists, wine and food tastings, guided walks, special movie screenings and a whole lot more. They a break for 2022 after a tough couple of years, but promise to come back reinvgorated in 2023. Keep an eye out though. A new program, headed by the flagship dachshund dash, is developing.
The Spring Music Festival is Victoria’s premier regional festival in the area of Classical and Contemporary ensemble music. Australian and overseas artists perform a variety of programs utilising many of the small and intimate venues around Port Fairy. In addition to works by great composers, the program may include music theatre, opera, jazz, and dance.
In addition to all of this, the Port Fairy Community Market runs at Railway Place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month and weekly during January. It brings together a selection of locally grown and handmade products and produce. The large variety of quality stalls ensures there is something to tempt everyone.
And then in mid November there’s the Adventure Film Festival. The three day festival includes sessions of carefully selected short films, feature length films, filmmaker workshops, art exhibitions, book signings, and much more. Join us for a weekend that celebrates all things adventure!
In 2022 the inaugural Marathon and Community Running Festival will be held on the Sunday of the film festival. This is an ecofriendly, all abilities, destination running event that includes a marathon, half marathon, 10km and 3.5km event.
The running events will take you along the Port Fairy Rail Trail and take in the botanic gardens, historic port, East Beach, South Beach and the Port Fairy wetlands.