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Winter Events to experience in Southern Tasmania

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Winter is upon us and rather than hibernating from the cold, Tasmania comes alive. Cosy bars serve up warming beverages, hearty meals are dished up in the restaurants and the locals don their Tassie tuxedo’s (a black puffer jacket) and head out to celebrate the season.

There are plenty of amazing events to experience this winter in Tasmania so grab your mittens and a beanie and head out to enjoy Tasmania’s ‘Off Season’.

Festival of Voices

28 June – 11 July 2021

Warm-up your voice boxes because Festival of Voices is back from another year! Celebrating the human voice, Festival of Voices brings together artists and individuals from across Australia to sing, discover their voice and share their journey with others. 

The festival is choc-a-block full of events that the whole family will enjoy.

Learn more about the Festival of Voices here. 

Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival

16 – 17 July 2021

The Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival is a celebration of the region’s apple-picking history along with a unique wassail ceremony. Drawing on pagan traditions from apple cider regions in southwest England, wassailing is done to scare away evil spirits by hanging pots and pans and awaking the apple trees with the Wassail song, before blessing them with cider from the previous year’s harvest.  This unique festival is complete with a giant Burning Man (made of wood),  live music, food, and plenty of cider.

Make sure you wear your best ‘pagan’ attire for the best-dressed competition!

Learn more about the festival here.

Hadley’s Art Prize

31 July – 29 August 2021

Home of the world’s richest landscape art award, The Hadley’s Art Prize celebrates landscape art in Tasmania. The exhibition of finalists is held in Hadley’s Orient Hotel with a range of art-related events for visitors to enjoy.

Discover the art here.

Beaker Street Festival

4 -14 August 2021

The Beaker Street Festival is a celebration of science and art in Tasmania. 

There is a range of events for visitors to enjoy along with the festival hub at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) offering live music in the underground Speakeasy bar, hands-on microscopy, live music, pop-up science bars, art/science collaborations, and much more. Throughout the festival, visitors can also enjoy guest talks and discussions, nature excursions, and music.

Visit the full program here.

Tasmanian Whisky Week

9 – 15 August

Tasmania is world-renowned for its exceptional whisky and what better way to celebrate the amber dram than with a week of whisky-related experiences. Not only does whiskey week showcase Tasmania’s finest distillery, but it also offers masterclasses, an opportunity to chat to local producers, tours, and specialty dinners. There is also virtual tasting for those who aren’t able to attend in person. 

Discover the range of events for Tas Whisky Week here.




For more great events in southern Tasmania, be sure to visit our events page.

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Header Image:  Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival by Lusy Productions


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