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Winter Festivals & Events in Southern Tasmania 2020

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2020 huh? It’s been a big one and we’re not even halfway through, but being a resourceful island, we don’t let anything stop us from doing what we love to do. Especially if that means celebrating winter!

If you like singing, yelling at trees, storytelling, big fires, art, history and walking, then you’ll be in your element over the next month or two. We’ve listed three wonderful things to do in Hobart and surrounds this winter.

1. Festival of Voices: The Big Sing(along) Event

When: Friday 3 July 2020
Where: From wherever you can tune in to ABC Radio Hobart or watch on Facebook – your backyard, front garden, the side street with your neighbours, get creative!
Cost: Free
More information: Festival Of Voices

If we can’t be together physically in July, let’s still celebrate the power of song at our virtual Big Sing(along)! Festival of Voices wants us to make multiple micro-festivals across backyards from Deloraine to Dover on Friday 3 July at 5.30pm. The song? A special Festival of Voices rendition of Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher

2. Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival (from home)

When: 11 July 2020
Where:Virtual event – at your house, so gather your crew, get your fire pot out and start dusting off your costumes
Cost: Free (online). Spend as much as you want ordering cider to prepare.
More information: Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival

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. Like all things, this year looks a little different. The festival’s much-loved traditions will make a virtual comeback with: a mini-Big Willie, festival favourite folk-funk acts live from the Shed, storytelling from some of Tassie’s best, a virtual costume competition (dress up and upload photos of yourself to Instagram or Facebook to be in the running to win!) and of course a virtual wassail! So 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 … all from home! Keep across the details by following Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival’s Facebook page.

3. Sci Art Walks, Beaker Street

When:  August 2020
Where:  Statewide

What do you do when a global pandemic cancels your annual festival of science and art? The answer, according to Beaker Street: Do a ‘180.’

Beaker Street’s innovative team is launching an all-new, hyper-local project called Sci Art Walks. Featuring some of Tassie’s most prominent scientists, musicians, and cultural icons, Sci Art Walks is a series of audio-escapes that will encourage you to back away from your screen and straight out into our state’s most stunning natural environments. The series will be released in August as part of National Science Week.

Head to to learn more.

Tassie devil, Mathias Appel

Photo by: Mathias Appel

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

Related posts:
Beyond Hobart: Our Guide for Exploring Southern Tasmania
Top 10 Things to Do in Hobart
Hobart to Cockle Creek: An Adventurous Itinerary
Cider & Wine in the Huon: 4 Places to Stop for a Tipple
Weekend Adventure: 7 Things to Do on Bruny Island

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Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival | @vertigrator/Instagram

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