Tasmania is the place to be in winter, and not just for Dark Mofo! If you like singing, yelling at trees, storytelling, big fires, art, and whisky, then you’ll be in your element over the next month or two. We’ve listed four wonderful things to do in Hobart and surrounds this winter.
1. Festival of Voices
Every year, Hobart comes alive with the sound of music for two glorious weeks in the middle of winter. The beloved Festival of Voices brings people together to celebrate the power of singing by observing and also participating in a variety of events. By day, keep an eye out for the delightful pop-up choir performances in and around the streets and public spaces of Hobart and surrounds. Don’t miss the wondrous (and free) Big Sing Bonfire at Salamanca—thousands of people coming together to sing by the fire is magic!
2. Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival
When: 12 – 14 July 2019
Where: Ranelagh Recreation Grounds
Cost: Ticketed, day passes ($16.83 – $50) and weekend passes ($84.81) available
Willie Smith’s Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest has a cult following, with an intoxicating (we mean the atmosphere, but yes there is cider) focus on storytelling, feasting, fire, and fun. Dress in your fiercest pagan-inspired attire, yell at some apple trees, wake up winter, and ensure a bumper apple crop for the next batch of cider. On Friday, head along to the welcome ceremony and watch Big Willie burn (no need to call a doctor—he’s a two story wicker man). On Saturday, join the wassailing and feast by the giant bonfire. Sunday is family fun day, so take your little ones along for a wild day out. Check out the full program here.
3. Hadley’s Art Prize
When: 20 July – 18 August 2019
Where: Galleries at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart
Cost: Free entry to view the exhibition
The Hadley’s Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive landscape prize open to artists over the age of 18 working in two-dimensional media. The $100,000 prize is awarded to what the judges deem to be the best portrayal of the Australian landscape. The winner will be announced on 19 July 2019 and the exhibition runs over the following month. Pop in to admire the work of the finalists and check out the winning piece, as well as the Highly Commended and Packing Room Prize winners. Vote for your favourite for the People’s Choice Award.
4. Tasmanian Whisky Week
When: 12 – 18 August 2019
Where: Tasmanian distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants & hotels
Cost: Ticketed events
Whisky enthusiasts rejoice! Tasmanian Whisky Week is coming up again, showcasing our state’s special whisky making talent. This year’s events include masterclasses, a Tasmanian spirits showcase, feasts, a twilight cruise, tours, a cocktail soire, and a rare whisky auction. It’s probably best to pour yourself a prelude dram to sip on while you peruse the program of events.
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