Events in Tasmania

When planning your Tasmanian holiday make sure to allow enough time to experience some of the fantastic local events and markets. Just remember that some of these events can lead to huge demand for accommodation and car hire – so if you are travelling during a key event make sure to book well in advance.


The Rolex Sydney Hobart is a 628 nautical mile yacht race which begins in Sydney Harbour and finishes in Hobart.

Be part of the scene at one of the world's great blue water classics.

Each December you can see the world's greatest yachts charging through Sydney Heads as they take part in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Once through The Heads, they turn south knowing they are casting their fate to the might of the great Southern Ocean and the winds of the Roaring Forties. The 628 nautical mile course is described as one of the most gruelling ocean races in the world. Since 1945, this blue water classic has thrilled Australians.

Thousands line Sydney Harbour or form farewell flotillas to cheer the departing yachties. Days later, in Hobart, the excitement builds as news of who will be the first boat to arrive comes through.

2019 ROLEX Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race : Race starts December 26 from Sydney.

From 26 Dec 2019
ROLEX Sydney To Hobart


Tasmania’s most popular and enduring summer event, The Taste of Tasmania returns to Hobart’s waterfront from 28 December 2019 – 3 January 2020.

Come celebrate Taste of Tasmania’s 30th birthday with a magical mystery tour of delicious food, superb drinks, fabulous entertainment, exclusive cooking workshops, demonstrations and dining events with an all-star line-up of local stars; a combination of talented celebrated nationally and local best kept secrets, as we tell the magical and mythical story of Tasmanian food and wine. Fun for the young and young at heart.

The Taste of Tasmania : 28 December 2019 - 03 January 2020.

28 Dec 2019 - 03 Jan 2020
The Taste of Tasmania

MONA FOMA Festival of Music & Art


Mona Foma 2020 finds us branching out into large-scale spectacle at Cataract Gorge, with our updated Tassie version of Alfred Jarry’s absurdist masterpiece King Ubu. This is the play that launched the avant-garde more than 100 years ago. It features at least one reference to The Sound of Music, which is a recurring theme for us in 2020, although we eschew themes. We’re doing an old-fashioned variety show where a number of our festival artists will address this topic. And how about Laibach doing a Slovenian industrial version of the whole musical? This, of course, is a nod to Launceston’s love affair with musicals.

We are returning to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk as the Festival Hub. This allows us to run two large outdoor stages and numerous indoor performance and installation spaces. We have artists from all over Tasmania, Australia (all the way up to Arnhem Land) and a serious contingent of internationals.

In 2020, Mona Foma continues its quest to shine a trippy, psychedelic spotlight on Launceston’s favourite haunts. Albert Hall serves as a focal point for electro-acoustic music, including an improbable homage and recreation of a show legendary German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen performed 50 years ago at the very same venue. The Penny Royal Dark Ride is being reinvented as a psychedelic trip of visuals, lasers and retro-analogue synthesiser music. Faux Mo is an all-nighter through many of the dark corners of the Launceston CBD. We have an inflatable maze-like structure sprouting in Royal Park. Last but not least: Elphin Sports Centre, where our art curators have whipped up a melange of sport-and-athletics-oriented visual art. The joy of doing Mona Foma in Launceston is that everything mentioned here (and more) is easily walkable.

Then to the historic Princess Theatre, where a trio of intimate performances from Ludovico Einaudi, Amanda Palmer and Paul Kelly promise to provoke different kinds of thought.

And of course, there’ll be food and drink showcasing our incredible Tasmanian produce, booze and bounty. Waste will be dealt with via a talking and tweeting compost heap. Enjoy.

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MONA FOMA : 11 - 20 January 2020.

To book your travel and accommodation during MONA FOMA please contact us via email or by calling 1300 827 822.

11 - 20 January 2020
MONA Museum of Old and New Art


Festivale, one of Tasmania's premier summer events, is a three day celebration, designed to showcase the very best of Tasmanian food, wine, beer, arts and entertainment. Staged in Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park the ambiance of the outdoor event is unique. Attend one of the Food and Beverage Masterclasses or learn some new culinary techniques at one of the Cooking Demonstrations in the Park. Entry prices range from $15 - $25 per adult, with 3 day passes available for $45. Children 10 – 14 years are $7.50 and children 9 years and under are free of charge. Tickets are on sale at

Festivale : 31 Jan - 02 Feb 2020.
Friday: 4.00pm – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

To book your travel and accommodation during Festivale, please contact us via email or by calling 1300 827 822.

01 - 03 February 2019
The Taste of Tasmania

What’s On at the Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Season 2019

2019 is going to be a very exciting year for the Theatre Royal. Construction work is well underway and there will be a range of new facilities including foyers, bars, a new Box Office and cloakroom facilities.

Season 2019 is well underway and what a season it will be!

You can see the best of Australian performing arts companies, including Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Circus Oz, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Bell Shakespeare. These companies are bringing their high-quality production of dance, comedy, circus and drama with some very special anniversary tours.

Young people and families will love the entertaining range of productions including the madness of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts and the very Australian story of Possum Magic.

And there’s plenty of local talent too including My Fair Lady and fabulous big band musical numbers in The Very Best of CROON LIVE.

The Theatre Royal Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm, or you can book online 24/7 –

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Season 2019
Theatre Royal Hobart

Major Events

Farmgate Festival Tamar Valley 23 - 24 November 2019
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Tamar Valley 26 December - 01 Jan 2020
The Taste of Tasmania Hobart 28 December - 03 January 2020
The Falls Music & Arts Festival Marion Bay 29 December - 01 January 2020
Cygnet Folk Festival Cygnet 10 - 12 January 2020
MONA FOMA Festival of Music & Art Launceston 11 - 20 January 2020
Festivale Launceston 31 January - 02 February 2020
Royal Hobart Regatta Hobart Waterfront 08 - 10 February 2020
Evandale Village Fair & Penny Farthing Championships Evandale 22 February 2020
Steamfest Sheffield 07 - 09 March 2020
Taste of the Huon Ranelagh 08 - 09 March 2020
King Island Long Table Festival Currie 02 - 07 April 2020
Cradle Mountain Film Festival Cradle Mountain 03 - 06 April 2020
International Mural Fest Sheffield 12 - 18 April 2020
V8 Supercars Symmons Plains April 2020
Targa Tasmania Statewide 27 April - 02 May 2020
AGFEST Agricultural Show Carrick 07 - 09 May 2020
Dark MOFO Hobart 10 - 22 June 2020
Festival of Voices Hobart 01 - 16 March 2020
Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest Ranelagh 10 - 12 July 2020
Devonport Jazz Devonport July 2020
Chocolate Winterfest Latrobe August 2020
Tasmanian Whisky Week Statewide August 2020
Junction Arts Festival Launceston September 2020

For a full list of events and further information, please check with your TasVacations consultant. TasVacations recommends checking event information is correct when booking your holiday, as event dates and times may be subject to change.