Spring is a beautiful time to get out and about! As added incentive, there are some fabulous events on in Hobart and surrounds coming up, including feasts, art, live music, theatre and comedy, a country show, and charming local markets. We’ve put together some tips on things to do in Southern Tasmania this spring.
Food & drink
Stuff yourself silly.
- An Afternoon with McHenry Distillery (14 September) is an all-inclusive culinary experience at The Summit Maydena.
- Enjoy An Afternoon with Spreyton Cider (2 November) at The Summit Maydena, with three courses on offer.
- Experience an authentic homegrown Feast at Fat Pig Farm, home to the Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans.
- At Fat Pig Farm Afloat, enjoy a seasonal picnic lunch made with delicious local produce while cruising the Huon River aboard the Yukon.
- Far South Tasmania is hosting three feasts to showcase the local food, art, music, and environment. Far South Feasts Long Table Dinners will be held on 14 September at the Port Esperance Sailing Club (sold out), 19 October at the Southport Community Centre (get in quick!), and 23 November back in Dover.
- Locals and visitors are all welcome to cook and eat together at the Geeveston Community Feast, held on the first Thursday of each month at the Geeveston Visitor Centre.
Get some culture, darling.
- Hrafn: Coversations with Odin is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at dusk until 22 December. Follow your guide into the forest at the Hastings Cave State Reserve and listen as 2,000 ravens come in to roost. There is currently a special offer on: Stay a night in the Southern Trove and receive two free tickets to Hrafn: Conversations with Odin on performance nights (T&Cs apply).
- Also part of Project X is Jimmy Cauty’s The Aftermath Dislocation Principle—a miniature dystopian creation in a giant shipping container—which is on a 12 month tour of the Huon Valley. Find it in Geeveston until November.
- Mona have an eclectic range of exhibitions throughout the year, including Gorillas in Our Midst.
- The Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) has a range of exhibitions and events on:
- Exhibition: ‘Anthropocene Me’ by Linda Crispin is on until 21 September.
- Exhibition: ‘Garden of the Sorrowful’ by Karin Chan is on until 21 September.
- Exhibition: ‘One Kilometre Around’ by Ai Shanshan is on until 21 September.
- Exhibition: ‘Hobiennale 2019’ is on from 22 November to 14 December.
- Conversations (1pm on 21 September) is a free, casual event where you can meet artists currently exhibiting at MAC and hear the stories behind their work.
- The Southern Midlands Artlands 2019 Exhibition is on at the Old Kempton Distillery until 29 September.
- Original photographic work by members of the Hobart Photographic Society will be exhibited from 1 November.
Let it carry you away.
- See Rome’s classical guitarist, Gian Marco Ciampa, at Epsom House, Pontville, on 20 September (bookings for ‘La Dolce Guitar’ essential).
- The Good Doogs Andy’s in the Bandy Tour is coming to the Brisbane Hotel on 17 October.
- Harrison Craig Sings Elton John Love Songs is on at the Wrest Point Showroom on 8 November.
- Andrew O’Keefe “Shouts” Johnny O’Keefe is on at Wrest Point on 16 November.
- Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is always a hive of activity, with regular Friday night live music, first Sunday of the month Sunday sessions, and a range of other cider, food and community-based events.
- The Old Kempton Distillery’s ‘Summer Sessions’ start up again from 15 September, with live music, food and whisky in the courtyard every Sunday.
Agriculture & Heritage
Head to the country.
- Have a go at learning a heritage trade at Callington Mill’s Blacksmiths Forge. Come and Try Sessions are on every second Sunday from 1pm – 5pm. Book early, numbers limited.
- This year’s Huon Show is on at Ranelagh on Saturday 16 November. Experience the fun and festivities of a typical country show, including a large line up of agricultural equipment and machinery, competitions, and entertainment for the whole family.
Comedy & trivia
For the lols.
- Laugh out loud every Wednesday night at Jokers Comedy Club, Hobart’s only weekly comedy club (at the Polish Corner).
- On 22 September catch Christian Hull and Tanya Hennessy live when their Low Expectations Tour hits Wrest Point. Enjoy an hour of silliness, salacious stories and life advice from the beloved comedians.
- Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran presents a brand-new show, Dr Cosmos, at Wrest Point on 10 November.
- Test your skills at Funky Bunch Trivia, on at The Homestead every Tuesday night.
- Keep an eye out for upcoming FunnieS at Franks comedy nights at Frank’s Cider House, showcasing big names and local talent.
Theatre & dance
For when you’re honest about loving drama.
- Kids aged 5 to 12 will have a blast at the Fairytale Theatre October School Holiday Workshops.
- Join Bangarra as the company celebrates its landmark 30th Anniversary Season with a stunning display of contemporary dance theatre.
- Exitleft presents Heathers the Musical at Wrest Point this October.
- Exitleft presents Into the Woods Jnr, an epic musical with a twist, at the Wrest Point Showroom this October.
- Exitleft presents The Wizard of Oz at the Wrest Point Showroom this October.
- Check out the upcoming events at Franklin’s Palais Theatre, including monthly classic movie nights and a 1920 prohibition grand ball on 2 November.
Burn off some energy.
- Register a team for this year’s MS 24-Hour Mega Swim, held at the Hobart Aquatic Centre on 12 October.
- Mountain Bike Australia and Maydena Bike Park present the 2019 Gravity Enduro National Championships on 23 November.
Spring is market season, as many return from a winter break. Get your fresh produce and artisan goods straight from the source!
- Famous Salamanca Market is on every Saturday on Hobart’s historic waterfront.
- The Farmgate Market is a bustling farmers’ market that’s on every Sunday in the heart of Hobart.
- Hobart Twilight Market is on at Brooke Street Pier on the last Friday of each month from 4.30pm to 9pm.
- Hobart Twilight Market Sandy Bay is on the first and third Friday of the month between October and March (4.30pm – 9pm). Between April and September Long Beach selected Sunday Markets operate from 11am to 4pm.
- The New Norfolk Market is held every Saturday in High Street between 8am and 2pm.
- Find a bargain at the weekly Hobart Showground Sunday Market.
- Willie Smith’s Artisan & Produce Market is on every Saturday from 10am to 1pm.
- Margate Markers Market is on at Brookfield Shed every Saturday from 10am to 2pm (the first Saturday of the month is a Mega Market).
Monthly or bimonthly markets:
- Bream Creek Farmers Market is held at the Bream Creek Show Grounds on the first Sunday of every month.
- The Pontville Market at Brighton Memorial Hall is held on the first Saturday of the month.
- The Oatlands Community Market is on every first Saturday of the month at the Rechabite Hall from 9am to 1pm.
- Cygnet Market is held on the first and third Sunday of the month from 10am to 2pm.
- Woodbridge Market is on every second Saturday of the month between 10am and 2pm.
- Kingston Beach Handmade Market is on the second Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm.
- Judbury Market is held on the second Sunday of the month between 10am and 2pm.
- The Tunbridge Country Market is held on the second Sunday of the month at Tunbridge Hall from 9am to 3pm.
- The Coal River Valley Farmers Market is held on the second Sunday of the month at Campania Hall and Grounds from 9am to 1pm.
- Dover Community Market is on the third Sunday of the month between 10am and 2pm.
- The Oatlands Mini Farmers Market is held on the lawn at Roche Hall on the third Sunday of the month between 10am and 1pm.
- The Sandfly Community Market is held on the last Saturday of the month from 10am to 3pm.
- The Market at Franklin is on the last Sunday of the month between 10am and 2pm.
For more info, browse our up-to-the-minute chronological list of upcoming events.
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