Winter Events in Tassie

June

Dark MOFO

Mona’s winter festival, Dark MOFO brings centuries-old winter solstice rituals to life with small, intimate exhibitions, performances and large public gatherings like the dockside Dark MOFO Winter Feast. Usually shrouded in some sort of controversy (in 2018 an artist was buried for three days under one of Hobart’s busiest streets), the festival always provokes and sometimes shock.

July

Festival of Voices

As one of Tassie’s premier winter festivals, the Festival of Voices spreads the joy of singing far and wide across the state in July. You can attend performances in concert halls, theatres and public spaces or participate in one of the choirs or workshops alongside international guests. Each year the festival program features a huge bonfire in Salamanca Place on Hobart’s waterfront.

Festival of Voices Coastal

As an extension of the Festival of Voices program in Hobart, the Coastal program brings big name bands to perform alongside new and quirky local discoveries. There’s also a Secret Garden Party at Spring Vale Vineyard, a farmer’s market at Twamley Farm and sideline events like Yoga and Music and Saturday’s Speakeasy.

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival

Drawing on pagan rituals and celebrating the region’s apple picking heritage, the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival features music performances, cider and feasting at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. At the heart of the festival is the age-old pagan tradition of wassailing – scaring the bad spirits from the orchard with lots of clanging, singing, shouting, costumes and fun.

August

Devonport Jazz

The coastal town of Devonport transforms into a sultry jazz club as leading local and interstate jazz musicians take to the stage for the Devonport Jazz Festival. Featuring a diverse program of traditional, contemporary, swing, Latin and even be-bop jazz, there’s also fantastic food, visual art, dance and a film program at this much-loved festival.

Tasmanian Whisky Week

Enjoy a dram at Tasmanian Whisky Week with events held in Tassie distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants and hotels. Our whiskies are gaining a reputation as some of the best in the world, with Tassie producers winning numerous internationally significant awards. Over the week, distilleries open their doors and host behind-the-scenes tours to meet the distillers, share previously unreleased whiskies, and host dinner events showcasing their finest.

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