Events in Tasmania

When planning your Tasmanian holiday make sure to allow enough time to experience some of the fantastic local events and markets. Just remember that some of these events can lead to huge demand for accommodation and car hire – so if you are travelling during a key event make sure to book well in advance.

MONA FOMA Festival of Music & Art

LAUNCESTON

Mona Foma 2020 finds us branching out into large-scale spectacle at Cataract Gorge, with our updated Tassie version of Alfred Jarry’s absurdist masterpiece King Ubu. This is the play that launched the avant-garde more than 100 years ago. It features at least one reference to The Sound of Music, which is a recurring theme for us in 2020, although we eschew themes. We’re doing an old-fashioned variety show where a number of our festival artists will address this topic. And how about Laibach doing a Slovenian industrial version of the whole musical? This, of course, is a nod to Launceston’s love affair with musicals.

We are returning to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk as the Festival Hub. This allows us to run two large outdoor stages and numerous indoor performance and installation spaces. We have artists from all over Tasmania, Australia (all the way up to Arnhem Land) and a serious contingent of internationals.

In 2020, Mona Foma continues its quest to shine a trippy, psychedelic spotlight on Launceston’s favourite haunts. Albert Hall serves as a focal point for electro-acoustic music, including an improbable homage and recreation of a show legendary German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen performed 50 years ago at the very same venue. The Penny Royal Dark Ride is being reinvented as a psychedelic trip of visuals, lasers and retro-analogue synthesiser music. Faux Mo is an all-nighter through many of the dark corners of the Launceston CBD. We have an inflatable maze-like structure sprouting in Royal Park. Last but not least: Elphin Sports Centre, where our art curators have whipped up a melange of sport-and-athletics-oriented visual art. The joy of doing Mona Foma in Launceston is that everything mentioned here (and more) is easily walkable.

Then to the historic Princess Theatre, where a trio of intimate performances from Ludovico Einaudi, Amanda Palmer and Paul Kelly promise to provoke different kinds of thought.

And of course, there’ll be food and drink showcasing our incredible Tasmanian produce, booze and bounty. Waste will be dealt with via a talking and tweeting compost heap. Enjoy.

For full details, please visit mofo.net.au/

MONA FOMA : 11 - 20 January 2020.

To book your travel and accommodation during MONA FOMA please contact us via email holidays@tasvacations.com or by calling 1300 827 822.

11 - 20 January 2020
MONA Museum of Old and New Art

Festivale

Festivale, one of Tasmania's premier summer events, is a three day celebration, designed to showcase the very best of Tasmanian food, wine, beer, arts and entertainment. Staged in Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park the ambiance of the outdoor event is unique. Attend one of the Food and Beverage Masterclasses or learn some new culinary techniques at one of the Cooking Demonstrations in the Park. Entry prices range from $15 - $25 per adult, with 3 day passes available for $45. Children 10 – 14 years are $7.50 and children 9 years and under are free of charge. Tickets are on sale at www.festivale.com.au

Festivale : 31 Jan - 02 Feb 2020.
Friday: 4.00pm – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

To book your travel and accommodation during Festivale, please contact us via email holidays@tasvacations.com or by calling 1300 827 822.


31 Jan - 02 Feb 2020
The Taste of Tasmania

Evandale Village Fair & National Penny Farthing Championships

The wheels of time turn back over a hundred years as the peaceful village of Evandale in northern Tasmania once again plays host to the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships. The Evandale Village Fair is held annually in February, and features a full program of Penny Farthing bicycle racing featuring the National Penny Farthing Championship. Started in 1983 the Evandale Penny Farthing races attract enthusiasts from across Australia and around the world. Accompanying the Penny Farthings races are a country fair and period themed festival. Admission $12 per adult and children under 16 years, free of charge.

Evandale Village Fair & National Penny Farthing Championships : 22 February 2020, 10am – 4pm.

To book your travel and accommodation during the Evandale Village Fair & National Penny Farthing Championships, please contact us via email holidays@tasvacations.com or by calling 1300 827 822.


22 February 2020
The Taste of Tasmania

A Taste Of The Huon

‘A Taste of the Huon’, now in its 28th year, is a celebration of fine food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon Valley and Channel region – held at Ranelagh which is only 30 minutes scenic drive south of Hobart.

This region produces an abundance of apples and although Tasmania is still recognised as the ‘Apple Isle’, cherries, mushrooms, salmon, vineyards, berries and truffles are also farmed in the area and along with much more, promoted at the Festival

Entertainment is at its very best and each year there is a new programme. And most importantly there will be loads of attractions to keep the children occupied.

Please visit www.atasteofthehuon.com.au for more information.

A Taste Of The Huon : 08 - 09 March 2020.

To book your travel and accommodation during A Taste Of The Huon, please contact us via email holidays@tasvacations.com or by calling 1300 827 822.


08 - 09 March 2020
A Taste Of The Huon

International Mural Fest - Sheffield

The International Mural Fest is a truly unique art competition held annually in Sheffield – the ‘Town of Murals’, in Tasmania, Australia.  Commencing Easter Sunday every year, Mural Fest is so successful that similar events are now happening interstate and overseas.

Each year, nine artists compete in a public ‘paint off’ from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday. Each artist must complete a 2100mm x 4800mm mural, using the same poem as their mural’s central theme and inspiration. Each year a new poem is selected, meaning no two Mural Fests are ever the same.

The competition is conducted in Mural Park – Sheffield’s very own outdoor art gallery in the heart of Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain touring region.

Mural Fest tests artistic skill, endurance and tenacity: artists are subjected to public scrutiny, time constraints and sometimes unpredictable Tasmanian weather!

International Mural Fest : 12 - 18 April 2020

To book your travel and accommodation during the International Mural Fest, please contact us via email holidays@tasvacations.com or by calling 1300 827 822.

12 - 18 April 2020
International Mural Fest

Targa Tasmania


TasVacations is the official accommodation provider for Targa Tasmania - the Ultimate Tarmac Rally. The 2020 rally runs from Monday 27th April to Saturday 2nd May. We can assist with all your accommodation, vehicle rental and attractions reservations.

Targa Australia run the world's largest, longest and hardest tarmac rally event- Targa Tasmania. The concept of the Targa is drawn directly from the best features of the Targa Florio, Mille Miglia, the Coupe des Alpes and the Tour de Corse. However, Targa Tasmania is not a slow motion re-run; it is a genuine "red-blooded" motorsport competition.

Spectators – For dates and locations to view the event we recommend visiting the Targa Tasmania website for more information https://targa.com.au/tc/

To secure your accommodation for Targa 2020, please contact our Groups Coordinator via email at groups@tasvacations.com or by calling 1300 827 822.
27 Apr - 02 May 2020
Targa Tasmania
Targa Tasmania
Targa Tasmania
Photos: Angryman Photography

What’s On at the Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Season 2019

2019 is going to be a very exciting year for the Theatre Royal. Construction work is well underway and there will be a range of new facilities including foyers, bars, a new Box Office and cloakroom facilities.

Season 2019 is well underway and what a season it will be!

You can see the best of Australian performing arts companies, including Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Circus Oz, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Bell Shakespeare. These companies are bringing their high-quality production of dance, comedy, circus and drama with some very special anniversary tours.

Young people and families will love the entertaining range of productions including the madness of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts and the very Australian story of Possum Magic.

And there’s plenty of local talent too including My Fair Lady and fabulous big band musical numbers in The Very Best of CROON LIVE.

The Theatre Royal Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm, or you can book online 24/7 – www.theatreroyal.com.au.

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Season 2019
Theatre Royal Hobart

Major Events

EVENT LOCATION DATE
Cygnet Folk Festival Cygnet 10 - 12 January 2020
MONA FOMA Festival of Music & Art Launceston 11 - 20 January 2020
Festivale Launceston 31 January - 02 February 2020
Royal Hobart Regatta Hobart Waterfront 08 - 10 February 2020
Evandale Village Fair & Penny Farthing Championships Evandale 22 February 2020
Steamfest Sheffield 07 - 09 March 2020
Taste of the Huon Ranelagh 08 - 09 March 2020
King Island Long Table Festival Currie 02 - 07 April 2020
Cradle Mountain Film Festival Cradle Mountain 03 - 06 April 2020
International Mural Fest Sheffield 12 - 18 April 2020
V8 Supercars Symmons Plains April 2020
Targa Tasmania Statewide 27 April - 02 May 2020
AGFEST Agricultural Show Carrick 07 - 09 May 2020
Dark MOFO Hobart 10 - 22 June 2020
Festival of Voices Hobart 01 - 16 March 2020
Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest Ranelagh 10 - 12 July 2020
Devonport Jazz Devonport July 2020
Chocolate Winterfest Latrobe August 2020
Tasmanian Whisky Week Statewide August 2020
Junction Arts Festival Launceston September 2020

For a full list of events and further information, please check with your TasVacations consultant. TasVacations recommends checking event information is correct when booking your holiday, as event dates and times may be subject to change.