Tasmania Festivals, Arts and Culture

Tasmania Festivals Art and Culture

Tasmania this summer, and experience the best of our festivals, fresh produce, arts, culture, and music.

Tasmanian Rasberrys

The Taste of Tasmania

Running from Sunday 28th December 2015 – Saturday 3rd January 2016, the Taste of Tasmania is the mecca of food, wine, and culture. With the finest produce, cool climate wines, craft beers and ciders, the event showcases the best that Tasmania has to offer.

Pack your walking shoes, and stroll down to where the magic happens. The Taste of Tasmania is spread over Princes Wharf 1, Parliament House Lawns, and Salamanca Lawns, offering activities suited to every age group. With 18 new stalls added to the original favourites, tantalise your taste buds, with fresh raspberries, delectable wines, and savoury wood fired pizzas.

Browse the full list of food and wine options here.

Sink your teeth into a delectable Angus steak, and relax in the sunshine, as the sound of music washes over you. The festival’s great atmosphere is in part due to the talented buskers and musicians who populate the Buskers Pitch and Paddock Stage.

A family friendly event, take your children to ‘Kids in the Park’, which boasts a wide range of performances, craft, face painting, cupcake decorating, workshops, and a variety of food stalls. The Kids in the Park area has parenting facilities, and free water.

Top tip: Entry to the Taste of Tasmania is free, with the exception of NYE. If you’re planning on attending for New Year’s, book your tickets now as they’re selling fast.

Mona Feast Hobart

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MONA FOMA

As you enter the hot pink gates labelled MONA FOMA, prepare to step into a new, warped dimension. Located on the picturesque Hobart waterfront, the three-day event which runs from the 15th-19th of January, boasts music, art (both visual and performing) and the works of artists in varied forms. Grab a cider or craft beer, and lean against one of the wooden crates dispersed around the venue, as you watch yachts sail leisurely up the River Derwent.

MONA FOMA is a place to fully express your individuality- you can sport electric blue hair and leopard print leggings, and nobody will bat an eyelid.

Expect extravagant costumes, jazz, and and a mish-mash of percussion with this years line up, which can be found here.

Top tip: bean bags are in hot demand, so don’t be surprised to find people wandering past with pink bean bags slung territorially over their shoulders. Get to the event early if you wish to claim a squishy seat.

To find tickets, simply head to the MONA FOMA website here or purchase them from the PW1 box office.

Mona Foma Hobart

Image provided by Phil Kitt Photography

Falls Festival

A rite of passage for Tasmanians, the annual Falls Music and Arts Festival offers the ultimate New Years experience. Held at the picturesque Marion Bay, the Festival includes music, food stalls, markets, and art. Pack some food, a tent, and your most festive outfits, and join the convoy of vehicles, which leave Hobart  like clockwork on the 29th and 30th of December.

The Falls Festival has something for everyone. Take a trip to the weird and wonderful Village, and enjoy morning yoga sessions, samba classes, and circus workshops. Sample an eggplant burger for breakfast, or try your hand at puppetry and burlesque. If you don’t feel like getting involved, the Village is the ultimate place to sit back with a chai latte and people watch.

The festival has to stages: the Valley Stage, and the Main Stage, which this year will host the likes of Alt J, Empire of the Sun, Vance Joy, and many more. The full lineup is available here.

Your legs will inevitably ache from hours of relentless movement and dancing, but it’s all part of the unique experience.

Falls is attended from people from all walks of life, and is the ultimate place to meet international travellers, nomads, and families, with their youngsters in-tow. Bond over your love of music, or take a dip on the beautiful beach, washing away the festival grime and leaving you exhilarated.

Top tip: the smuggling of alcohol into Falls is prohibited, and there are thorough checks at the entrance to the Festival. Entry may be refused if you are caught with illegal substances. Also, pack ear plugs.

You will leave sunkissed, weary, and no doubt a tad grimy, but with a guaranteed grin on your face.

Falls Festival Tasmania

Image provided by Phil Kitt Photography

Stanley

Want to mingle with the rich and famous? The historic town of Stanley recently became a tourist hot-spot, with the shooting of the Hollywood Blockbuster film ‘The Light Between Oceans’. The seaside village has been given a 1920s makeover for the period drama produced by the Stephen Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio. With many of the features remaining in-tact, take a trip to Tasmania’s North West Coast, and appreciate the beauty for yourself.

Stanley North West Tasmania

Festivale

One of Launceston’s premier summer events, Festivale celebrates Tasmanian food and wine al fresco style. Hosted in the historic City Park, Festivale takes place annually on the second weekend in February, attracting around 35,000 patrons each year.  Over 70 food stalls are on offer, featuring renowned gourmet food, wine, beer, and cider. Local and interstate artists provide family entertainment, through dance, music, and street theatre, adding to the vibrant atmosphere of the event.

Launceston

If you’re travelling Tasmania, and are seeking accommodation, call our friendly staff at Innkeepers on 1300 130 269 for hotels, apartments, and motor inns; or check out our Where To Stay guide for more information.

 

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