Exciting Festivals and Events in Tasmania This Summer
Get ready for a summer filled with arts, cinema, wine, music, and culture as Tasmania plays host to a series of thrilling festivals and events from December to February. Whether you’re a fan of yacht races, food festivals, gin tastings, music concerts, or outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on this beautiful island state.
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023
Hobart, 26 December – 1 January
Kick off your summer with the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race, one of the world’s most anticipated ocean races. Watch as competitors sail from Sydney Harbour to Hobart, battling their way across 630 nautical miles of open ocean. Join in the excitement and celebrate the winners on Hobart’s waterfront.
Taste of Summer
Hobart, 27 December – 1 January and 4 January – 6 January
Indulge in Tasmania’s biggest and best food festival, Taste of Summer. Discover a wide array of delicious culinary delights that will satisfy your taste buds and quench your thirst.
Gin-uary Hobart Gin Festival
Hobart, 14–15 January
Celebrate the amazing Tasmanian gin industry at the Gin-uary Hobart Gin Festival. Experience the unique flavors of local distillers and enjoy a variety of food vendors and bartenders serving up delightful cocktails and Gin-uary G&Ts.
Festival of King Island
King Island, 3–4 February
Immerse yourself in the music of all genres at the Festival of King Island. With breathtaking views of Currie Harbour, this festival brings together artists and music lovers to celebrate their passion for music. Indulge in the island’s delicious produce, including cheese, beef, and seafood, and enjoy some great surf and diving adventures.
Launceston, 3–5 February
Join the multicultural street party at Festivale, held in Launceston’s iconic City Park. Sip on cool-climate wines, beers, and spirits while enjoying live performances, comedy shows, and mouthwatering dishes prepared by incredible Tasmanian chefs.
Buckland, 3–6 February
Embark on a festive camping adventure at Pangaea in south-east Tasmania. This unique festival celebrates music, arts, culture, and sustainability. Immerse yourself in a world of acrobats, eclectic sound, rich storytelling, and discover what it means to live sustainably through workshops, performances, and activities.
Ironman 70.3 Tasmania
Hobart, 5 February
Witness the annual Ironman race in Hobart, where athletes push their limits in a challenging triathlon. Swim in the River Derwent, bike through historic ports, and experience the heart of the city as you cheer on the participants.
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