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.
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.
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.
For full details, please visit mofo.net.au/
MONA FOMA : 11 - 20 January 2020.
To book your travel and accommodation during MONA FOMA please contact us via email email@example.com or by calling 1300 827 822.
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 www.festivale.com.au
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 827 822.
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 – www.theatreroyal.com.au.
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|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.