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Welcome to Southern Tasmania, where our winter months and events come alive with fire, food, art and music.
You might think winter is a time to huddle up and stay indoors, but here in Southern Tasmania, it’s the time to experience all things wild, arty and wonderful. We rug up, get out into the refreshing winter air, and immerse ourselves in all that’s happening throughout the region. Now’s the time to get your calendars out and save the date. Our southern Tasmania winter events calendar is just starting to fire up.
1 – 30 June 2023
Hundreds of southern Tasmanian businesses and public spaces are embracing the winter month of June by painting the town red. That means red lights, red food, red drinks, red menus, red everywhere.
nipaluna / Hobart, and southern Tasmania comes alive at night!
Paint The Town Red is a celebration of our winter festivals and runs in conjunction with Dark Mofo.
8 – 22 June 2023
Dark Mofo is Tasmania’s highly popular midwinter festival, celebrating the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, fire, light, performing arts, noise and the famous Nude Solstice Swim. This festival offers a diverse range of entertainment and activities for every taste.
Winter Feast takes place on the Hobart waterfront over the two weeks. Gather by fire and feast on a banquet of intoxicating proportions featuring loads of stall holders, fire and live music.
30 June – 9 July 2023
Festival of Voices has been bringing joy to Tasmanian winters since 2004. The state’s original marquee winter event has become known as Australia’s premiere celebration of the voice, attracting audiences of 30,000 people over two weeks.
Catering for all interests and ages, the festival features performers of choral, contemporary and cabaret.
14 – 15 July 2023
Willie Smiths Apple Shed, Huon Valley
The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival is all about celebrating the region’s apple-picking history, at its core is the wassail: the ages-old tradition of scaring evil spirits from the orchard to bring on a bumper crop.
All the festivals’ much-loved traditions make a comeback, including the Big Willie Burning Man, Tassie’s best folk-funk bands, the coveted costume competition, tales tall and true from Tassie’s best storytellers and of course, the Wassail.
22 July – 20 August 2023
Hadley’s Orient Hotel
The Hadley’s Art Prize contributes to the art community, celebrates excellence in contemporary landscape art, promotes cultural tourism in Tasmania, and restores art to the historic walls of Hadley’s Orient Hotel through a landscape prize similar to the competition won by Howard Hadley in 1895. Judged by a panel of art specialists, the prize is open to Australian artists over the age of eighteen working in two-dimensional media. Artists at all career stages are invited to enter.
4 – 6 August 2023
Beaker Street Festival is an annual celebration of science and art. Stop into the Festival Hub (evenings of August 4 th & 5th) at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to: Chat with more than 150 Roving Scientists. Learn about alcohol fermentation while you sip a Tassie wine, beer or whisky. Check out art/science installations, live music, and the annual Beaker Street Science Photography Prize. Dance, eat, drink, and be nerdy!
7 – 13 August 2023
Celebrating the achievements and craft of Tasmanian distillers, Tasmanian Whisky Week is a celebration of the numerous Tasmanian distilleries, their spirits and whisky.
Over 40 distilleries attending over 15 events, culminating in the flagship event, The Tasmanian Spirit Showcase that will be held at Princes Wharf No. 1, nipaluna/Hobart on Saturday, 12 August.
Winter is the perfect time to visit a local Tassie market, where local artisans, gourmet delicacies, and heart warming community spirit is waiting. From cozy stalls offering handmade treasures to the aromas of mulled wine and freshly baked treats, these winter markets are a haven for those seeking seasonal delights and unique experiences.