NOW in its 13th year, Port Fairy is heating up with a jam-packed Winter Weekends festival program that will have you revelling through the colder months.
Not only will you be able to eat and drink your way through delicious weekends of bread and markets, wine and gin, feasts and tastings, there will also be music, arts and the breathtaking environment.
Plus the world-famous Dachshund Dash - the biggest event for those canines with the smallest of legs.
Port Fairy is a prominent coastal destination on the tourist trail and is an area that is often met with crisp mornings, beautiful downpours and moody weather during the winter months.
The Winter Weekends festival encourages everyone to layer up, step outside and enjoy themselves in spite of the weather.
It is a genuine community festival, run by volunteers.
The sense of community spirit will be found in abundance through art, music, wine, coffee, cinema and workshops that have been specially curated to showcase the best of the region.
Kicking off on the June long weekend and continuing every second weekend throughout June and July, this year the festival will turn on Bathed in Light, illuminating more than 15 colonial cottages and 19th century villas in one of Port Fairy's most iconic avenues, Wishart Street.
The headline musical act of the festival this year is a performance by Late Night TV, a revolving cast of local and imported musicians of anywhere between eight and 14 band members.
Drawing on the likes of Air, Bon Voyage Organisation and Kylie Minogue, expect pop-funk-fusions and steamy winter energy at the prominent Port Fairy landmark, St John's Church, utilising the sound, light and acoustics of the decadent heritage building.
Visitors and locals alike can go out and about on tours and Port Fairy fairy hunts, try their hand at sand sculpture, or embrace the classic local pubs around the area on the country PUB-licity trail.
The kids are well and truly covered, with young ones being taken on enchanting journeys around the campfire with Tales of Fae and Folklore, as well as an immersive Mad Hatter's Tea Party and creative nature play.
Featuring prominently on the calendar is the much-loved and ever-growing Dachshund Dash.
Last year really exploded with 2500 spectators travelling to experience the splendor that is over 90 dachshunds and their enthusiastic owners competing for the title of top dog.
This year is set to be even bigger with the racing categories extended to give more doggos a chance to compete.
Visit www.portfairywinterweekends.com.au for the full festival program and to plan your winter adventure.