What's on this spring
As winter fades, we welcome spring with all her beautiful colour and freshness and mark the transition with festivals of flowers, colour and art.
Tasmanian Whisky Week
13 - 19 August
Tasmanian whisky now sits in the space of the big industry players like Scotland, Ireland and the US, with multiple international awards adorning our bottles. Delve into the local flavour profiles at Tasmanian Whisky Week from 13-19 August with events being held in distilleries, bars, barns, restaurants and even stables. Meet the distillers and access unreleased drops, as well as learn about what has shaped the industry so far and what’s to come. It’s a good idea to book ahead.
Junction Arts Festival
5 - 9 September
From 5-9 September the streets, public spaces and buildings of Launceston will be taken over by the Junction Arts Festival, an exciting contemporary arts and music festival that smashes the mould on what an arts festival is. Artists, musicians, performers, dancers and writers will share their work and knowledge including Design Nation Live featuring Tim Ross, The Fountain Bar with an exceptional Tassie musical lineup, and Launceston’s Stompin Youth Dance Company in their show ESC, which takes the audience on an intimate performance around the backstage areas. There’s a free Festival Hub at Princes Square and don’t miss the Tamar Valley Feast featuring the best local food and drinks. Book ahead as some events sell out, or buy tickets from the box office
Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Festival
22 - 23 September
Over the weekend of the 22-23 September, the Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Festival, held in Launceston’s City Park, showcases unique Tasmanian gardens and encourages visitors to explore the local wilderness, food and wine. Enjoy over 60 exhibitors and displays in and around Albert Hall plus a speaker program of local and nationally acclaimed gardening experts discussing hot gardening and horticultural topics and answering questions. As part of the festival there are also offsite events such as the Inala Inspired by Nature eco-dying workshop and guided walks of the Jurassic Garden on Bruny Island.
Bloomin’ Tulips Festival
Table Cape in spring is a sight to behold. Carpeted with rows and rows of colourful tulips this north-west coast landmark and the surrounding Waratah-Wynyard area celebrates the beauty of their bounty with the annual Bloomin’ Tulips Festival. The three week calendar of events includes market days, a cocktail party and the Mayoral Ball, culminating in the festival day on 13 October which includes the vibrant explosion of the Colour Run.
The Unconformity Festival
19 - 21 October
Like much of what is found in Tasmania, The Unconformity is a little bit different. It’s not your usual arts festival - for a start it’s inspired by a rare geological unconformity and the remarkable cultural paradoxes of Queenstown, a small mining community on Tassie’s west coast. The festival is held every two years, with 2018’s festival falling from 19-21 October. Meet the locals, walk the landscapes, discover a new take on sense of place and enjoy contemporary arts and cultural activities held around town.
Markets in Tasmania
With so many quality markets on any given day, market life in Tasmania is an embarrassment of riches. Each Saturday we play host to Salamanca Market, one of Australia’s most loved general markets from 8:30am until 3:30pm, as well as the Harvest Launceston Farmers Market from 8:30am-12:30pm and on Sunday the Farm Gate Market in Hobart from 8:30am-1pm. Meet the makers, meet the producers, meet the farmers and meet your friends at this incredible trio of markets.