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Winter Festivals & Events in Southern Tasmania 2020

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2020, it has been an interesting year so far with many challenges presented in many different ways. What has been incredible is seeing the resilience and creativity of people who are adapting to the ever-changing conditions. Our little island is certainly a great example of this. Nothing will get in the way of Tasmanian’s doing what they love, especially celebrating winter – even if it is done a little differently.

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. Sci Art Walks, Beaker Street

When:  22 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. A series of audio artworks that feature some of Tassie’s most prominent scientists and cultural icons, and complemented with original music composed by Tasmania’s finest artists, Sci Art Walks encourage listeners to get out and enjoy Tasmania’s beautiful natural environment. 

Each Sci Art Walks episode is paired with a suggested iconic walk in Tasmania and listeners are encouraged to visit the walking trail, if possible. 

Sci Art Walk are accessible online and free of charge and will be available from 22 August, as part of National Science Week. Visit the Beaker Street website to sign up for an alert and instructions for accessing the Sci Art Walk once they are launched. 


Image courtesy of Beaker Street

2. Distilling for Beginners

When: 12 July 2020
Where: New Norfolk
Cost: $499
More information:
Jump onto the Drinkmakers website to book your place now.

During this 8.5 hour course, you will learn the basics of distilling at Tasmania’s only rum-dedicated distillery, allowing you to take your drink-making game to the next level. Patrick Maguire (of Sullivans Cove fame) will be advising on this course. Patrick is the third Australian to ever be inducted into the global Whisky Hall of Fame and is known as one of the founding fathers of the Whisky industry in Tasmania.

Topics covered:

  • What is distilling?
  • Background, Business and Processes
  • Milling & Mashing
  • Fermentation
  • Distillation
  • Maturation

Included in the course:
The day’s education, materials, tasting, certificate and catering are included in the price. For this course, we are thrilled to have lunch provided by our friends, the wonderful hatted restaurant The Agrarian Kitchen.


3. 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

4. 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.


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

Header image:
Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival | @vertigrator/Instagram

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