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Major annual and ongoing events in Hobart

Hobart's mild weather and artistic demeanour makes it an ideal place for festivals. The Hobart Summer Festival, from the end of December, puts the city on the map and starts the new year with a bang. The Summer Festival includes the Taste of Tasmania, which proffers the island's cuisine in a mouthwatering array of gastronomic temptations and locally produced wine.

Starting with the Summer Festival (which actually begins in late December) and the adrenalin-pumping finish to the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, the calendar takes you through various sailing events and the incredible Harvest Cycle to the ultimate physical events in April. After the celebrations of midwinter in the dark south, Hobart comes to life again with the spring flower festivals and the agricultural shows before gearing up for Christmas and the buzz of summer.

Here are just some of the things happening in Tasmania throughout the year:


  • Sydney/Hobart Yacht Race – prize giving and giant welcome party on New Year's Day www.rolexsydneyhobart.com

  • Summer Festival – 14 days of street theatre, jazz, fashion, bush bands, all supported with sumptuous food and wine www.hobartsummerfestival.com.au

  • Taste of Tasmania – part of the Summer Festival and reputed to be “the biggest open-air restaurant in Australia”

  • Hobart Comedy Festival – bringing up the rear of the Summer Festival, an event of fun and frolicking with comedians from all over Australia www.hobartcomedy.com

  • Cygnet Folk Festival – a weekend of folk, world and roots music www.cygnetfolkfestival.org/index.shtml

  • Australia Day - 26th January – celebratory and reconciliation events



  • Harvest Cycle – a 3-day event celebrating both cycling and the harvest in a pagan/modern combination of eating and racing www.harvestcycle.com.au

  • Ten Days on the Island – a biennial celebration of Tasmania's natural heritage next scheduled for 2007 www.tendaysontheisland.org/2004_Code/2004_Homepage.html

  • King Island Show – an agricultural wonderland of the best produce from the clean, green Bass Strait island


  • Three Peaks Race – a 3-day, non-stop sailing and running race down the east coast of Tasmania every Easter www.threepeaks.org.au

  • Targa Tasmania – 6-day competitive tarmac rally for sports, rally and GT motor cars www.targa.org.au


  • Antarctic Midwinter Festival – events, open days, lectures and exhibitions all over Hobart celebrating midwinter in the deep south www.antarctic-tasmania.info

  • The Longest Night Film Festival – films of endurance and adventure in the remotest parts of the globe www.longestnightfilmfestival.com


  • Spring Orchid Show at Hobart Town Hall (03) 6247 9636

  • Spring Flower Spectacular at Hobart City Hall (03) 6244 3825

  • Old Nick One Act Season – a riotous season of short plays www.oldnick.org.au




  • Summer Festival – the start of the biggest festival in Hobart (see January)

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