December - January
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
One of the world’s toughest ocean races, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race pits sailors against the might of the great Southern Ocean and the wild winds of the Roaring Forties. Starting in Sydney on Boxing Day, the yachts travel the 628 nautical miles down the Australian coast toward Hobart. The race is unpredictable and challenging in every way and wandering the docks after the race is fascinating as you hear the yachties recall their ocean tales.
Taste of Tasmania
In Hobart, the Taste of Tasmania is a celebration of the finest Tasmanian food and drink. The festival is held on the waterfront and features 70 stallholders from around Tassie, as well as local restaurateurs and regional and boutique producers. There’s a kids program, street performers and musicians, as well as masterclasses, tastings galore and the annual New Year’s Eve party.
Falls Music and Arts Festival
The Falls Music and Arts Festival is an annual major Australian music festival held in Marion Bay near Hobart on a beautiful farm looking out to Maria Island. Bands, DJs and comedians grace two stages. Tickets include on-site camping surrounded by native forest with sea views. You can walk to the beach and buy food and drinks from the onsite food trucks serving up local Tassie produce, too.
Mona Foma (Festival of Music and Art), held in Hobart and Launceston has featured the likes of John Cale, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Philip Glass, Grandmaster Flash and PJ Harvey. There’s also dance, theatre and visual art, as well as food, wine and beer tastings and Faux Mo, the adults-only festival nightclub with the line-up kept secret until the last minute.
Australian Wooden Boat Festival
This biennial four-day celebration of maritime culture and craftsmanship is the biggest maritime event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The festival brings together over 500 boats and wooden craft on Hobart’s historic waterfront and is supported by a program of dockside entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays.
Festival of King Island
Festivale is a major summer event held each year in Launceston. The event features the very best Tasmanian food and wine, beer, cider and spirits, and a quality arts and entertainment program. Over 35,000 people come to enjoy the three days of al fresco fun under the trees at historic City Park. There are 75 stalls, sideline events, cooking demonstrations, the Kids Kingdom and fabulous music.