January 2019 Whats on in Tasmania

Cygnet Folk Festival – 11th to 13th January 2019 – the small town of Cygnet comes alive to host the 37th Folk Festival, one of Australia’s most iconic folk music festivals. Showcasing eclectic music genres, both local and international talent, as well as dance, poetry, masterclasses, film, kids’ entertainment, food, wine, art and local handicrafts. A short 40 minute drive from Hobart’s CBD.

 MONA FOMA – 13th to 20th January 2019 – MONA’s Festival of Music and Arts OR Fear of Missing Out! Either way, not to be missed – in Launceston!

Barnbougle Polo – Saturday 19th January 2019 – annual high goal polo match, an unique event in Tasmania! See Australian and International polo stars descend on this world-class links destination for a sophisticated day of networking, entertainment and fashion!

Devonport Cup – Wednesday 9th January 2019 – everyone from the fancy dressed to the high-rolling businessperson enjoys the hype and interaction at the Devonport Racing Club, and businesses and private groups often host their own marquee with food, champagne and networking.

Tamar Valley Folk Festival – 19th to 21st January 2019 – the centre of George Town comes alive for the 28th Annual Tamar Valley Folk Festival – three days of dance, music, and much more. All enquiries to info@tamarvalleyfolkfestival.com

Henley on Mersey – Australia Day 26th January 2019 – Latrobe, on Tasmania’s north-west coast, features ferret racing, land-boat racing, strong-man competition and much more!

Nov 2018 Whats on in Tasmania

Effervescence Tasmania  11th (Hobart) + 16th -18th (Launceston) November 2018

The “Effervescence Tasmania” Sparkling Weekend serves as a celebration of the world class sparkling wines emanating from the island state of Tasmania.  Described as one of the best sparkling wine festivals in the world, Effervescence Tasmania will celebrate some of the world’s finest sparkling wine in Tasmania.

Tasmanian Craft Fair – 2nd – 5th November 2018

Held annually in the picturesque township of Deloraine in northern Tasmania, an amazing array of talented artists and craftspeople exhibit and demonstrate their work as part of the Tasmanian Craft Fair.

Bicheno Food and Wine Festival – 16th – 18th November 2018

“The Bicheno Food and Wine Festival is everything that makes your heart sing when you think of Tasmania’s spectacular East Coast.“ Tasmania is becoming world renowned for its fine wines, boutique beers and ciders, exquisite produce, and food. The Bicheno Food and Wine Festival builds on this from an East Coast perspective, and as a result, people come along in their droves.  (three hour drive from Hobart, or two from Launceston)

Farmgate Festival   24th – 25th November 2018

A premiere food and farming event in the Tamar Valley of northern Tasmania, with a selection of farmers and producers  opening their gates for the weekend, giving you the chance to go behind the scenes on the farm, meet the people who grow and make your food, and hear their stories.

September 2018

Tamar Valley Writers Festival – Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September – Recognised as one of Tasmania’s premier arts festivals, the biennial three-day event celebrates, explores and critiques writing of all genres. Be intrigued and inspired, captivated and challenged alongside some of the nation’s best writers, thinkers and speakers as we take the mystery out of writing.

The Boy From Oz – 24th August to 8th September – The Burnie Musical Society is very excited to be presenting ‘The Boy from Oz’ as our 2018 show. “The Boy From Oz” tells about the life of the great Australian entertainer, Peter Allen. Excellent show – one not to be missed!

Theatre Royal Productions – an historic performing arts venue in central Hobart, Tasmania. It is the oldest continually operating theatre in Australia and features a diverse range of productions throughout the month of September

Great Eastern Wine Weekend – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September – Freycinet Lodge on the Freycinet Peninsula is the location for this weekend of find fare, long brunches, private vineyard tours, vertical tastings, free yoga and market and a cooking class honouring springs arrival in the tradition of pagan Ostara Festival.

Triabunna Village Market – Sunday 16th September – held on the Third Sunday in each month from 10.00am to 1.00pm. As well as a range of stalls (available for a small fee) including second hand books, bric a brac and seasonal produce, refreshments (BBQ snags & ‘Bunna burgers and cold drinks or coffee & tea) are available.

Ebb &Flo – 1st to 22nd September – an exhibition of Tasmanian art quilt in St. Marys

August 2018 What’s On in Tasmania

The Australian Antarctic Festival Photography Competition – 2nd to 19th August 2018

International photographic competition showing the best photography of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.  See these remarkable images at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) throughout August.

Chocolate Winterfest – Sunday 12th August 2018

Latrobe comes alive with this wickedly delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate as you escape from the bleakness of winter. Be indulged by events individually or successively as you immerse in this chocolate experience. Latrobe is on the central northern coast of Tasmania, just 8 km south-east of Devonport on the Bass Highway.

Tasmanian Whisky Week – 13th to 19th August 2018

The 2018 Tasmanian Whisky Week features industry events held across seven days in Tasmanian distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants and hotels.  Throughout the week distilleries will be opening their doors to host behind-the-scenes tours to meet the distillers in person, provide access to unreleased whiskies, and offer dining opportunities where distilleries (both old and new) will recount the successes, challenges and events that have shaped who they are today.

Hadley’s Art Prize – 21st July to 25th August 2018

Presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel, the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart is an annual, acquisitive Australian landscape prize, which offers $100,000 to the winning entry. Dating back to 1834, Hadley’s Orient Hotel has a rich and fascinating history interwoven with art, particularly landscape art.  The Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart seeks to contribute to the Tasmanian and Australian art scene, generating interest in cultural tourism and promoting the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists.

We Will Rock You – Theatre Royal, Hobart – 10th to 18th August 2018

Built in 1834,  Australia’s oldest theatre – Theatre Royal –  brings you We Will Rock You, an awe-inspiring musical based on the songs of Queen and a book by Ben Elton. Elton fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and of course, We Will Rock You.

At last, it’s Tasmania’s turn – We Will Rock You reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances.

July 2018 What’s on in Tasmania?

Huon Valley Midwinter Festival – 13th – 15th July 2018 – If you haven’t sung to an apple tree whilst banging pots and pans by firelight lately, head to the Huon Valley to celebrate the regions apple picking history and join in the ages-old tradition of wassailing – basically scaring nasties out of the orchard’s cider trees to ensure a bumper autumn crop.

And if singing to the trees doesn’t bob your Geeveston fanny, join in for a weekend night of feasting, craft ciders and music by the fireside to kick.

Devonport Jazz Festival – 26th – 29th July 2018 – Street Eats Fiesta, Django Tiger, Gospel Song – all to titilate the music in you! The Devonport Jazz Festival is an award winning annual musical festival held in Devonport, North West Coast.

AFL in Tassie – 14th & 29th July 2018– There is nothing as exciting as a live game of football played at the top level, with superb athletes battling it out for the ultimate prize of the right to play in the AFL Grand Final.

MONA – throughout July – The museum is open Wednesday–Monday, 10am–5pm.

Festival of Voices – 29th June to 15th July 2018 – Bringing together international, national and local artists and workshop leaders, choirs and audiences in a celebration of song across all genres. Opening on the stunning East Coast, and closing with a spectacular Finale Concert in Hobart, and in between massed choirs, cabaret and contemporary performances, family and pop up events.

Whether you want to learn, perform or just listen, there’s something for you.

June 2018 What’s on in Tasmania

Dark MOFO – 8th – 24th June 2018 – is MONA’s winter festival, delving into centuries-old winter solstice rituals, exploring the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions,darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal. It’s a heady fortnight of festivities.

Highlights for travellers often include the Winter Feast on Hobart’s waterside docks, the ogoh-ogoh parade and burning on the solstice night, and the annual Nude Solstice Swim, where hundreds of brave souls plunge into the River Derwent at sunrise to welcome back the return of the light after the longest night!

A ‘must do’ event on your annual calendar!

Bay of Fires Arts Festival – 9th – 11th June 2018 – immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Tasmania’s East Coast this June long weekend at a weaving, winding trail of arts extending over four glorious days through the northern reaches of the Great Eastern Drive from Four Mile Creek right through St Marys, Scamander, St Helens and Binalong Bay.  Continuing to celebrate winter and all it brings with it!

Festival of Voices – 29th June – 15th July 2018 – Bringing together international, national and local artists and workshop leaders, choirs and audiences in a celebration of song across all genres.  Opening on the stunning East Coast, and closing with a spectacular Finale Concert in Hobart, and in between massed choirs, cabaret and contemporary performances, family and pop up events. Whether you want to learn, perform or just listen, there’s something for you.

AFL comes to Tassie – Saturday 23rd June 2018 – Hawthorn v’s Gold Coast Suns – game starts at 1.45pm!

Whale Spectacle – June to September – Southern right whales and humpback whales travel north up the East Coast of Tassie – a spectacle not to be missed! The best time to see Humpbacks whales is between May and July when they migrate northward to breeding areas off the coast of Queensland and Western Australia and between September and November on their return southward to their sub-antarctic feeding grounds. Southern right whales migrate north from June to September to the waters of southern mainland Australia and return southward between September and late October. A proportion of the population gives birth in Tasmanian waters.

May 2018 What’s on this Month

Agfest 2018 is a n agricultural and machinery field day event that has been operating for 35 years. It is a Tasmanian success story that injects millions of dollars into our local economy annually. Agfest today is recognised throughout Australia in the top 3 field day events – 3rd, 4th & 5th May 2018

Australian Masters Rowing 2018 – An annual event on the Australian rowing calendar, and this year in northern Tasmania at the magnificent, world-class Lake Barrington. 10th – 13th May 2018 

Mothers Day Classic – walk or run for breast cancer research. Raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research, the Mothers Day Classic, established in 1998, started from modest beginnings as a walk in the park and has grown into a major national community event – 13th May 2018

Uni Revue 2018 – 50 Shades of White – expect songs, sketches, satire and sauciness as The Old Nick Company presents its 71st annual take up of a year in Tasmania – 11th – 26th May 2018

Campbell Town Show  Celebrating 180 years – come and visit the southern hemisphere’s oldest continually running agricultural show – Friday 25th & Saturday 26th May 2018

Weddings at The Albert – the largest wedding expo in Northern Tasmania… Remember, you’re only planning to do this once in your lifetime – Sunday 27th May 2018

RACT City to Casino Fun Run – Tasmania’s iconic fun run/walk event, attracting over 3000 participants of all ages and abilities – Sunday 20th May 2018

Eskimo Joe & the TSO – actually a SOLD OUT event, but will mention anyway as it demonstrates the diversity of activities we have on across this fair isle! Saturday 12th May 2018

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival – Launceston –  a not-for-profit arts organisation that explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art, music and forums.  HRAFF inspires and engages audiences with social justice and human rights issues via an annual festival and year-round through our CineSeeds program, our online networks and partners. HRAFF is an independent organisation which is not aligned or affiliated with any political party or religious group.19th & 20th May 2018

April 2018 What’s on in Tasmania

Derwent Valley Autumn Festival – Sunday 15th April Discover Autumn in the Derwent Valley and all that is good about the region with a day of great entertainment, fine food, local wines, beers, music for all tastes and renew friendships on the banks of the beautiful Derwent River.

Derwent Valley Small Business Forum – 10th April  Meet your local business advisor from the Enterprise Centres Tasmania service who can provide you with free business advice – Hear how the Mentoring for Businesses in Growth program can assist you and find out how Business Tasmania can help you to start, run or grow your business

New Norfolk Rowing Club Regatta – Sunday 22nd April 500m dash races – come along for a fun day, witness the Masters rowers fitness!

Fagus Weekend Lazy Lunch – Sunday 29th April – A lavish 3 course late lunch, the perfect way to end your Fagus exploration. Our region is well known for the turning of the Fagus (Nothofagus Gunii), and our remarkable food. Sit back, relax and enjoy 3 courses of locally grown and sourced produce, long table style with share platters and plenty of chatter in our fun atmosphere.

Maydena Bike Park – Step into the wilderness – Maydena Gravity Fest – 26th April Join the crew at Maydena for one of the biggest  events on the Australian mountain bike event calendar – a 3-4 day festival including some of the finest riding you will ever encounter, through stunning Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness. Three separate marquee gravity events combine with three social events, to create a packed three days of riding and good times!

March 2018 What’s On This Month

FEATURING  THE NORTH WEST REGION

Devonport Regatta – 4th March – Celebrating 60 years – fun filled, adrenaline pumping activities from 9am – 4.30pm

International Women’s Day Cocktail Event – 8th March  To celebrate International Women’s Day, Devonport City Council is pleased to recognise the contributions and achievements of local women through its ‘Diamonds of Devonport’ program.  Since its inception in 2012, The Diamonds of Devonport awards have recognised the efforts of over 130 women who live or work within Devonport.

Cruise Ship – Pacific Eden – arrives in Burnie – Friday 16th March – 31st cruise ship of the 2017/18 season

Paper on Silk Competition  The Burnie Arts & Function Centre are announcing ‘Call for Entries’ for the 2018 ‘Paper on Skin’ competition. Entries close 5th March 2018. Save the date for the Gala Parade and Award Evening on the 15th June. Entry forms can be downloaded via the ‘paper on skin’ tab at www.burnieartscouncil.com

2018 BUPA KidFit Series Saturday 17th March Looking for a family day out where everyone can have fun and get active? The Bupa KidFit Triathlon and Family Fun Run events being held in Ulverstone are a great way to have fun and get active together. The KidFit Triathlon is an untimed swim, ride and run event for children between the ages of 7 to 15 years and all fitness levels. The all ages Family Fun Run (choose from 1 or 2 km) is held on the same day as the triathlon for the whole family to enjoy.

SteamFest brings history to life over three days  10th – 12th March 2018, with one of the largest collections of working steam machinery in Australia including Krauss steam train rides every half hour. Enjoy historic machinery such as steam rollers, steam powered threshers and rock crushers showing how things were done in yesteryear and the exhibitions of pioneering skills including blacksmithing.

2018 Jewellery, Gem and Mineral Fair – Saturday 24th March Trade Tables and Gem and Mineral Displays along with Working Demonstrations. Kids will enjoy the children’s activities and there will be food and drink to purchase.

Circular Head Relay for Life – Saturday 17th March Cancer Council Tasmania’s major fundraising event on Far NW Coast – a fun and moving, overnight experience that raises vital funds for Cancer Council Tasmania’s research, prevention, information and support services.

February 2018 in Tasmania

Smartfibre Launceston International   part of the Australian Pro Tour. This event attracts players from around Australia and the world with over 20 countries represented. Hosting both Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles; the total prize pool for the 2018 event is USD$100,000. 3rd – 11th February 2018

Aussie Road Crew West Coast Tour A 13 day tour of gorgeous Nth Western Tasmania ending with a bang at the Devil Country Muster. This unique experience takes you to the top left corner of Tasmania, exploring the amazing country along the way. By day, we marvel at this incredible part of the world and visit the sites where many Australian movies and TV shows have been filmed, little wonder when you experience its beauty. 6th – 19th February 2018

Royal Hobart Regatta The 180th celebration of this annual event, first held in 1838. Features three days of continuous activity on the River Derwent, Queens Domain and in the skies above. Fireworks display on Sunday evening – Peoples Day – cap off an event filled weekend in Hobart 10th – 12th February 2018

Targa Australia  The opening round of the new CAMS Australian Targa Championship, Targa North West is doubled in days and length to ensure the event is worthy of Championship status.  The new revised event will see 170km of competitive distance, over 11 stages with many of these, being more than 20km long. This event is designed to give competitors a taste of Targa Tasmania. It’s a stepping-stone to bigger things. It has a great local feel where all competitors are based in the one location and is a great weekend for the whole family.  17th – 18th February 2018

Evandale Village Fair The wheels of time turn back over a hundred years as the peaceful village of Evandale in northern Tasmania once again plays host to the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships. Saturday 24th February 2018

Burnie’s Farmers Market The first farmers market established in Tasmania, now expanded to include country arts and crafts. Still the best place to buy fresh, cheap local produce, and meet the farmers who grow it. Take a table at the outdoor cappuccino bar and soak up the atmosphere. 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month

Hobart BeerFest   Crafted beer and food @ PW1! Saturday 17th February 2018

Run the Bridge 10km, 5km and 2km events for all the family.  Every year we get a great turn out for an event that is simply for a good time. Event Start Location – 10km race is Blundstone Arena, Bellerive, 5km race is Montagu Bay Primary School.Sunday 18th February 2018