19 May, 2021

7 Unmissable Winter Festivals in Tasmania

With new night sailings added in July and August, it’s time to align your next trip to Tasmania with one (or all) of the island’s unmissable winter events and festivals – from Mona’s mysterious Dark Mofo to the colourful Houn Valley Mid-Winter Festival.

It may get pretty chilly in Tasmania, but this year, the Apple Island’s events calendar brims with exciting festivals set to warm even the coldest winter’s night with music, drinks and unique experiences.

Dark Mofo: Winter Feast. Photo: Jarrad Seng.

1. Dark Mofo

Since Mona’s Dark Mofo began in 2013, Tasmania’s winters have never been the same. Sometimes controversial, always amazing, this edgy dark arts festival returns to warm Hobart’s artistic scene on 16-22 June with the theme ‘Come to the Cross’ – anticipating to bring a glimmer of hope to these uncertain times.

In this year’s line-up, expect to see artists from all over the world, along with Australian exclusives and unmissable signature events.

Tasmanian musicians performing a Beatles tribute. Photo: Alastair Bett

2. The Festival of Voices

Offering songs to warm the heart on 30 June - 11 July, the Festival of Voices includes concerts by choirs such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and a cabaret show that salutes trailblazing female singers of the 60s.

Scallops. Photo: Tassie Scallop Fiesta.

3. Bridport’s Tassie Scallop Fiesta

Famous for scallop pies, the island likes these moreish molluscs all sorts of ways. Bridport’s Tassie Scallop Fiesta shows you how on 1 August, with cooking demonstrations and food stalls, plus local wines, entertainment and maritime culture.

Chocolate Winterfest. Photo: Chris Crerar.

4. Chocolate Winterfest

On 8 August, Chocolate Winterfest returns to Latrobe, just 10 minutes’ drive from Devonport. Celebrating all things well… chocolate, this wickedly delicious festival will satisfy all your sweet cravings – and give you a sugary insight on all the secrets of chocolate making.

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest. Photo: Lusy Productions

5. Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest

Cider-makers Willie Smith’s is bringing back their Huon Valley Mid-winter Fest, but for one day and night only, on 17 July. This colourful festival is a thrilling celebration of the region’s century-old apple-picking history and its fascinating traditions.

With only 400 tickets available this year, you better get in quick for this frolic of fire, food, song and, naturally, cider.

Devil's Corner Cellar Door. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

6. Tasmanian Wine Festival

Taste the island’s best vineyards in one place at the Tasmanian Wine Festival’s winter edition on 7-8 August. Vino from the Tamar Valley to the Huon Valley, plus food, entertainment and fire pits, will make Hobart’s Goods Shed great.

Whiskey tasting. Photo: Samuel Shelley.

7. Tasmanian Whiskey Week

Wine immediately gives way to many a wee dram on 9-15 August: Tasmanian Whisky Week. More than tastings of some of the world’s best whisky, it’s a spirited seven days of distillery tours, masterclasses and dinners with matched whiskies.


Information included in this blog is correct at the time of publishing. Please contact individual operators for further information.

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