Summer festivals in Tasmania

In addition to being known for its wild, ruggedly beautiful landscape, Tasmania plays host to a diverse range of festivals during the summer months. The state’s natural exports are on full display with a wide range of festivities guaranteed to pique the interest of art and music lovers and foodies, both local and from around the world.

Don't miss out on one of these great events.

The Taste of Tasmania, Hobart: 28 December 2019 – 3 January 2020

Set amongst picturesque Salamanca Place, Hobart’s premier waterfront destination, the Taste of Tasmania is a highlight of summer in the capital. Surrounded by world-class yachts racing to victory in the iconic Sydney-Hobart yacht race, warm summer breezes and clear skies, festival-goers can experience the very best of Tasmania’s exceptional local produce. See wineries, breweries and distilleries showcasing their wares shoulder to shoulder with an embarrassingly abundant range of locally grown and sourced fresh produce like seafood, fruit, cheese, ice cream, artisan breads and coffee, and a diverse range of international cuisine. Be entertained with great bands and street performers while you indulge. Taste is also an excellent place to ring in 2020, with the festival's ticketed event offering a great location from which to view to the new year fireworks.

Falls Festival, Marion Bay: 29 – 31 December 2019

An outstanding experience of contemporary music, art, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret and more with events and activities suitable for all ages, the famous Falls Festival debuted its Marion Bay location in 2003 and has been a hugely popular event ever since. In addition to the eclectic mix of entertainment on offer, there’s plenty of culinary experiences to take in. With an emphasis on sustainably sourced and locally grown foods, you won’t go hungry with the wide variety of food being spruiked, including both Australian and international cuisines.

Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet: 10 – 12 January 2020

Located in the small town for which it is named less than an hour’s drive southwest of Hobart, the Cygnet Folk Festival is one of Australia’s most iconic folk music festivals. Heading into it’s 38th year, the festival competition for entry into the festival has hotted up in recent years, with a huge range of music performances by both local and international artists, in addition to dance, poetry and film, kids entertainment, local arts and crafts and excellent food and wine. That the festival is set amongst the beautiful wilderness of the Huon Valley is just a bonus.

MONA FOMA, Launceston: 11 - 20 January 2020

MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Art: Festival Of Music and Art) is an annual festival held in the northern Tasmania city of Launceston each year. Established in 2008, the festival is curated by Violent Femmes member Brian Ritchie and is one of Tasmania’s largest art and music festivals. The  2020 event promises an eclectic mix of performances and exhibits from over 400 artists across 25 venues, with Paul Kelly headlining a list of impressive acts across a wide range of artistic disciplines.

Festivale, Launceston: 31 January - 2 February 2020

Billed as Tasmania’s premium summer event, Festivale is an annual celebration of all things food and drink, set in Launceston’s central City Park and attracting in excess of 30,000 foodies in years past.  With acclaimed Australian artists like Eskimo Joe, Vanessa Amorosi and The Whitlams leading an exceptional line up for the 2020 event and plenty of live cooking action on stage, Festivale-goers will be well entertained as they sample premium Tasmanian produce, wine, beer, cider and spirits. You'll also see a wide range of food reflecting the area’s multiculturalism across the 80 stalls, with stall holders and menus to be announced shortly.

Virgin Australia makes planning your Tasmanian summer escape easy with our range of great value fares. Head over to the Virgin Australia website for more information and to book.

Words by Rebecca Walker. Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania and Phil Kitt - Published 14 December 2019
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