Exams are over and summer is here. What better way to spend the holidays than trying out some of the festivals for which Tassie is becoming famous for, not just in Australia but around the world? There are lots of events to choose from so we have put together a range of music, food and arts festivals to suit everyone’s tastes!

 

  1. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
    26 December 2017 – 1 January, 2018
    http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/

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Not exactly a festival, this is still an event that for decades has drawn some of the hugest crowds to Hobart’s waterfront over the summer months. If you’re one of the sailors participating in the gruelling 628 nautical mile yacht race from Sydney to Hobart, you’re going to party when you touch dry land irrespective of whether there’s an official festival going on or not. Which might explain why sailors, their relieved families and Tasmanians unite in a huge waterfront party that encompasses Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, gatecrashes the neighbouring Taste Festival (see below) and continues until the smallest but pluckiest of the fleet finally limps into port sometime in early January. Constitution Dock fills with hundreds of yachts flying festive flags and provides a truly unique backdrop for the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

 

  1. The Falls Festival
    29 December – 1 January 2018
    https://fallsfestival.com/marion-bay/

Falls

This three-day long party culminates in Tasmania’s largest New Year’s Eve concert with some of the biggest names in the international music scene today. Held on a farm, against the backdrop of Marion Bay, the Falls is a cultural rite of passage for Tasmanian youth. With is an array of entertainment, ranging from hip-hop to indie rock, to arts and crafts, camping, gourmet food and swimming, the Falls is diverse enough to be welcoming to young-at-heart adults and families without losing any of its street cred with student crowds who party long into the night. This year is the 25th anniversary so the line-up is truly impressive. Expect to see Flume, Peking Duk, Liam Gallagher, Glass Animals, Fleet Foxes, Angus & Julia Stone, Run the Jewels, The Kooks, Vince Staples, D.R.A.M and Foster the People, to name just a few.

Wanna party hard in an amazing location? Get to the Falls.

 

  1. Taste of Tasmania
    28 December – 3 January, 2018
    https://www.thetasteoftasmania.com.au

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Tasmania and gourmet food go hand in hand. So if you’re in Hobart over the New Year, make a point of getting down to the waterfront to enjoy some of the best food and beverages Tasmania has to offer. With free entry and plates starting from around $7, this is a great way to experience the best of Tasmania’s produce while listening to bands and cheering in boats of weary yachties as they finish the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

 

  1. Cygnet Folk Festival
    5 – 7 January 2018
    https://www.cygnetfolkfestival.org/

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If folk music is your thing or you’d just like to check out one of Tasmania’s more artistic country towns in full swing then Cygnet Folk Festival is a must. Cygnet Folk Festival is one of the most respected folk festivals on Australia’s music calendar and trust us, there are hundreds held around Australia every year. Enjoy a weekend of great music, street performances, markets, poetry, dance, circus as well as good food and friendly welcomes provided by the locals. To avoid driving home at night, you can also camp. This year, one of Australia’s most famous musicians and respected Indigenous elders, Joe Geia, will be performing at Cygnet.

 

  1. MONA FOMA
    12-22 January, 2018
    https://mofo.net.au/

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MONA FOMA or Mofo is now Tasmania’s most famous event alongside its sister winter festival, Dark Mofo. It is the festival that people from around the world flock to Tasmania for and cruise ships vie to arrive in port during the ten-day extravaganza, it’s that good. Run by Brian Richie (Violent Femmes), Mofo is being held in both Hobart and Launceston this year. You’ll be treated to some of the best and weirdest music and art gigs from around the world – including a massive block party right next to our university’s Tasmanian College of the Arts in Launceston (chosen, we’re sure, because our students deserve a party put on by some of the biggest names in the party business)! If you’re going to go to any festival in 2018, make it this one.

  1. Furneaux Islands Festival
    19-21 January, 2018
    http://www.fifestival.com.au/

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Never heard of the Furneaux Islands? Move to Tassie and if nothing else, you’ll soon be familiar with their world-class seafood and dairy produce. The Furneaux Group are the 52 islands in Bass Strait, the stretch of water between Tasmania and mainland Australia. For a memorable holiday, take a short 30-minute plane ride from Launceston to Flinders Island for the three-day festival and enjoy a celebration of Island culture, music, food and arts. The fest provides an alternative to the Australia Day celebrations taking place elsewhere and gives you an insight into the island culture that is truly unique to this remote but stunningly beautiful region of Tasmania.

 

  1. Festivale
    2-4 February, 2018
    https://www.festivale.com.au/

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Tasmanian food and wine and the best of the state’s music and arts scene are centre stage at Launceston’s biggest celebration, Festivale. Held at the lush City Park, you can try out the best gourmet food the state has to offer, while local and interstate artists and musicians add to the fun atmosphere.

 

  1. Party in the Paddock
    8-11 February. 2018
    http://www.partyinthepaddockfestival.com.au/

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If you’re into heavy-duty partying (sometimes with your gumboots on) and the best music, secure tickets now to Party in the Paddock as they sell out fast. This is a grassroots music festival with a reputation for one of the most chilled out vibes of any Aussie music festival. This year’s line-up includes Gang of Youths, Meg Mac, The Avalanches, Grouplove, Ball Park Music and The Preatures, to name just a very few.

In case you’re wondering about the name, a paddock is a field (though usually not as green and, in Tasmania at least, you’ll often see a wallaby bounding around). PITP is held in a paddock in the rolling hills of Tasmania’s North East – a stunning location but if it’s raining, we definitely recommend bringing a pair of gumboots (goloshes).

 

  1. Royal Hobart Regatta
    12 February, 2018
    http://www.royalhobartregatta.com/

Regatta day

2018’s regatta will be the 180th celebration of this event so expect big things along the River Derwent in Hobart. The regatta is a celebration of all things that go on the water, from old tall ships to high tech warships. For three days, the Derwent River becomes home to a floating party, with yacht races, sand sculpture competitions, swimming races, show rides, crazy kayak flotillas, fireworks music, and so much more. Even if you don’t head down to the river, the view of thousands of watercraft zipping back and forth on the Derwent is breathtaking and can be seen from every aspect around Hobart.

 

  1. Clarence Jazz Festival
    18-25 February, 2018
    http://www.clarenceartsandevents.net/clarence-jazz-festival/

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Not into rock music? Clarence Jazz Festival provides chilled vibes from Tasmanian and mainland Australian jazz musicians with Mt Wellington and the Derwent River as a stunning backdrop. Concerts are held at a variety of beautiful locations on Hobart’s eastern shore, including Bellerive Boardwalk where the aquamarine waters of Kangaroo Bay and the yachts slipping their moorings in the neighbouring marina quickly have you hypnotised. Kick back, bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon or evening of great music and friendly local company.

 

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  • This post really highlights how much there is to do in Tassie – exciting and interesting things. Tasmania is becoming ever more noticable on the world stage, and rightly so.

    I am particularly looking forward to the Clarence Jazz Festival this year.