What's On In Tasmania

Your Guide to the Best Tasmania Festivals and Events

Are you wondering what’s on in Tasmania? What’s on in Hobart? Or what’s on in Launceston?

Whether it’s a summer foodie festival on the water, or a winter ‘wassail’ in the apple orchards, Tasmania is home to Australia’s most unique festivals and events.

There’s always something happening, so keep reading for the best Tasmania festivals and events and get your Tassie road trip started!

January

Taste of Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

(Hobart) A huge family-friendly food festival held for one week around New Years Day on the historic Salamanca waterfront.

MONA FOMA

(Hobart|Launceston) An eclectic, exciting, and totally bizarre music and arts festival held for one week mid-January.

Wave crashing on the beach

A Day on the Beach

(Hobart) A family fun day full of music, food, games and great food - held every Australia Day down at sunny Kingston Beach.

Cygnet Folk Festival

(Cygnet) A 3-day festival showcasing local and international musicians, dancing, poetry and more in the beautiful Huon Valley.

Hobart International Tennis

Hobart International

(Hobart) The world's best tennis players come to Tasmania for the exciting Hobart International - the perfect warm-up for the Australian Open.

Gravity Fest

(Maydena) Across 4 days, the rainforest-clad trails near Maydena play host to Gravity Fest, Australia's biggest mountain bike event.

Barnbougle Polo

Barnbougle Polo

(Bridport) Polo stars from home and abroad descend on Barnbougle golf links for a social day of entertainment and fashion.

Regatta and Peninsula Feast

Regatta and Peninsula Feast

(Nubeena) Enjoy sailing in the morning, then enjoy feasting and fun activities in the afternoon with the whole family on the Tasman Peninsula.

 

Tamar Valley Folk Festival

Tamar Valley Folk Festival

(George Town) With music sessions, concerts, children's activities, poetry and dance, this folk festival is one of Australia's finest.

February

Festivale, Food Festival - Launceston

Festivale

(Launceston) Northern Tasmania's biggest and best family-friendly foodie festival, celebrating delicious local produce.

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Wooden Boat Festival

(Hobart) A four-day festival bringing together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere.

Taste the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe on your Lap of Tasmania road trip

Taste the Harvest

(Devonport) A food festival on the Devonport foreshore showcasing the finest food, wine and other products from Tassie's north-west.

Enjoy the Rosebery Festival on your Lap of Tasmania road trip

Rosebery Festival

(Rosebery) Spread across 4 days this is the West Coast's most vibrant family and music festival.

 

Evandale Village Fair

(Evandale) Celebrating Tasmania's colonial history, this fun festival includes the Penny Farthing Championship.

Devil Country Muster Tasmania

Devil Country Muster

(Smithton) Bringing you artists from Tasmania and across Australia, this is a must for all country music fans.

Tasmanian Poetry Festival

A Day at the Creek

(Mole Creek) Relive your teenage years with a relaxing day of live music near beautiful Mole Creek.

Party in the Paddock

(Launceston) One of the best festivals in Tasmania for new, independent music from both home and abroad.

Koonya Garlic Festival

Koonya Garlic Festival

(Koonya) A quirky festival celebrating the joy of garlic, the food it flavours, and the music and art that it inspires!

Fractangular

(Hobart) A 3-day open air and eco-friendly festival melding world music, electronic beats and alternative arts.

March

Ten Days on the Island

(Statewide) An exciting statewide arts festival held every two years. Next planned for 2021.

A Taste of the Huon

(Huonville) A celebration of fine food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon and Channel regions

Forth Valley Blues Fest

(Forth) Tasmania's Premiere 'Blues and Roots' event, it is one of the island's longest running musical traditions.

Richmond Colonial Fair

(Richmond) Step back in time and celebrate Tasmania's colonial heritage, with entertainment and tasty local food for the whole family.

SteamFest

SteamFest Tasmania

(Sheffield) A unique festival, with steam train rides, machinery demonstrations, delicious food, music and activities for the kids, SteamFest is a great day out!

Stringfest

Stringfest Tasmania

(Deloraine) With concerts, workshops and events, StringFest Tasmania is a celebration of unique Tasmanian timbers, fine craftsmanship and music.

 

What's On in Tasmania - Best Festivals and Events

A Festival Called PANAMA

(Golconda) An intimate, alternative two-day music festival held at Lone Star Valley on a secluded 50-acre property and small-batch cider brewery.

April

Targa Tasmania

(Statewide) 2000km in 6 days, this is a tarmac rally designed for the true motoring enthusiast.

Enjoy the autumn colours on your Derwent Valley Road Trip in Tasmania

Derwent Valley Autumn Fest

(New Norfolk) Discover the colours of autumn in the Derwent Valley, and all the delicious things that make it great.

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International Mural Fest

(Sheffield) Both competition and exhibition, this festival showcases the best artists from around the world.

Tasmania SuperSprint

(Symmons Plains) Every year the V8s hit Symmons Plains Raceway for 3 days of exciting bumper-to-bumper racing.

East Coast Harvest Odyssey

(Cranbrook) ECHO Festival is a celebration of harvest through history - a festival of the senses.

Autumn fagus in Mt Field National Park

Turning of the Fagus

(Statewide) Immerse yourself in Tassie's alpine wilderness every autumn as the 'fagus' turns red, gold and vermilion.

Cradle Mountain Film Festival

(Cradle Mountain) A weekend of 5-min adventure films - the perfect way to see Tassie's pristine wilderness.

May

AgFest

(Carrick) Enjoy this world-renowned agricultural field-day, full of events, exhibitions, delicious food and family-friendly entertainment.

Glen Derwent Cracker Night

Cracker Night at Glen Derwent

(New Norfolk) Every autumn Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat puts on a fantastic night full of fireworks, bonfires, and family entertainment.

June

Immerse yourself in the weird Dark Mofo on your Lap of Tasmania road trip

Dark MOFO

(Hobart) Across 12 nights of darkness Dark MOFO will excite and challenge with its eclectic mix of music, theatre and winter feasting.

Norwood Winter Festival

(Norwood) You'll love this community event, full of food, wine, beer, activities for the kids, toe-tapping music, and even a Makers Market.

See the Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival on the East Coast on your Lap of Tasmania road trip

Bay of Fires Winters Arts Fest

(St Helens) Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of the East Coast through art, markets, music festival and a fascinating arts trail.

 

July

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Festival of Voices

(Statewide) Singers from around the world gather to perform, teach, learn, listen and connect, and where audiences are encouraged to find their own voices!

 

Wasail the night away at Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest on your Lap of Tasmania road trip

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest

(Ranelagh) Join thousands of other revellers in a wild, winter wassail of epic proportions in the dark heart of the Huon Valley.

Devonport Jazz Festival

(Devonport) The foreshore rocks every year to the sweet sounds of jazz, with local and international artists playing up a storm across the city.

August

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Tasmanian Whisky Week

(Statewide) Go behind the scenes, meet the makers, taste a dram, and learn why the world is raving about Tassie whisky!

Chocolate Winter Fest

(Latrobe) Escape the bleakness of winter thourgh this wickedly delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate.

 

Bridport Scallop Fiesta

(Bridport) A winter fiesta celebrating the local fishing and maritime heritage, fine seafood and delicious beverages.

Tamar Valley Peace Festival

Tamar Valley Peace Festival

(Tamar Valley) A festival promoting peace, both locally and globally, through conversation, music and art.

 

September

Tamar Valley Writer's Festival

(Tamar Valley) One of Australia's largest regional writing festivals, this is the place hone your craft and learn more about the Australian writing landscape.

Try the East COast wines on your Road Trip in Tasmania

Great Eastern Wine Weekend

(East Coast) With cellar door specials, food and wine tastings, lazy lunches and beach picnics - this weekend is one of Tassie's best!

Tasmania Microbrew Festival

(Hobart) Organised by the students at TasTAFE Drysdale South, this event has fast become a popular day of small-batch beers and good times!

Junction Arts Festival

(Launceston) A festival of extraordinary arts experiences in unusual spaces, Junction brings quality arts and cultural experiences to Launceston and to you!

October

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Unconformity Festival

(West Coast) A biennial contemporary arts festival exploring the paradoxes of Queenstown, on Tasmania’s wild and mountainous West Coast.

 

Table Cape Tulip Farm on your Lap of Tasmania road trip

Wynyard Tulip Festival

(Wynyard) A festival of the senses, celebrating the flush of spring colour in the small coastal town of Wynyard on the north west coast of Tasmania.

Have a blast at the Derby River Derby on your Road Trip in Tasmania

North East Rivers Festival

(North East) Enjoy rafting, feasting, golfing, hill climbs and more at this community event spread across two huge weekends.

Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival

(Northern Midlands) A classical music festival showcasing the built heritage in Northern Tasmania through immersive concerts and performances

Tasmanian Poetry Festival

Tasmanian Poetry Festival

(Launceston) With poetry readings, open mic nights, competitions and so much more - if you love poetry this is the festival for you!

Mt Roland Folk Festival

Mt Roland Folk Festival

(Gowrie Park) The lineup is always exciting and diverse in this fun 3-day folk festival at the foot of stunning Mt Roland.

Tasmania Medieval Festival

Tasmania Medieval Festival

(Sheffield) Step back in time and witness the excitement, revelry and pageantry of medieval times - including full-contact sword fighting!

Royal Hobart Show

Royal Hobart Show

(Hobart) Celebrating our agricultural heritage, the whole family can look forward to rides, showbags, animals and more at 'The Show'.

Cradle Country Music Festival

(Ulverstone) Put your boot-scooting shoes on and have a fantastic time with the family at this 3-day festival in the heart of Cradle Country.

November

Experience the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival on the East Coast of Tasmania on your Lap of Tasmania road trip.

Bicheno Food and Wine Festival

(Bicheno) "Everything that makes your heart sing when you think of Tasmania’s spectacular East Coast."

Josef Chromy Wines - Effervescence Tasmania

Effervescence Tasmania

(Statewide) Enjoy tastings, long lunches, and 'Bubbles & Beats' in this celebration of world-class Tasmanian sparkling wine.

Farmgate Festival

(Tamar Valley) Go behind the scenes and speak with the growers at this celebration of food in the Tamar Valley.

Festival of Roses

(Woolmers Estate) View more than 5,000 roses in bloom in the rose garden at this Historic World Heritage Site. Music, food and entertainment will also be on site.

 

Tasmanian Craft Fair

(Deloraine) An amazing array of talented artists and craftspeople exhibit and demonstrate their work as part of this incredible, world-renowned Craft Fair.

VeganFest Tasmania

(Hobart) Showcasing a life without animal exploitation, VeganFest is a family-friendly festival full of amazing food and plenty of entertainment.

 

Truly Tasmanian Craft Exhibition

Truly Tasmanian Craft Exhibition

(Latrobe) Every November long weekend the Apex Club put on this fantastic craft festival to raise money for the local community.

 

December

Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

(Hobart) Make your way down to the docks at Sullivan's Cove and feel the excitement as the winning yacht sails into Hobart.

Taste of Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

(Hobart) A huge family friendly food festival held for one week around New Years Day on the historic Salamanca waterfront.

Falls Festival

(Marion Bay) Featuring the best Australian and international acts, camping at the Falls Festival is a Tassie New Years institution.