What's on this spring

Festivals, farm gates, blooming bulbs and a  sparkling garden party

Shake off that wintery jacket, spring is just about here. This  season, Tassie welcomes an acclaimed string quartet to perform in an old stone  barn; Mona shares everyday people's art for you to ascertain what art is; Devonport  welcomes celebrity chef 'Curles'; and a truffle farm invites you through the  gate. There's so much happening and we haven't even mentioned the Table Cape tulips.

Junction Arts Festival 6-10  September

From 6-10 September  the streets, public spaces and buildings of Launceston play host to Junction  Arts Festival, a contemporary arts and music festival that breaks free of  convention. Centred upon Prince's Square, local artists, musicians, performers,  dancers and writers will be cutting loose to share their work - witness the  Mighty Duke & The Lords explore their wild world of tropical calypso dance  beats, wander through Nightlight, a self-guided evening art walk through 15  site-specific installations or step into the Fountain Bar to enjoy Tasmania's  hottest bands, storytellers and singer/songwriters doing their thing on stage.  Book ahead as some events sell out, or buy tickets from the box office.


Great Eastern Wine  Weekend 8-10 September

A tipply little trip  along the East Coast of Tasmania is delicious at any time, but from the 8-10  September the Great Eastern Wine Weekend takes it to the next level. Each year,  the region turns it on for a fabulous weekend kicking off with 'Meet the Maker'  on Friday night at Freycinet Lodge, and continues throughout the weekend with a  variety of cellar door specials and events like 'Bubbles and Bivalves' at  Devil's Corner and the 'Great Eastern Wine and Dine' gala dinner.


Blooming Tasmania Flower and  Garden Festival  23 - 24 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. With the theme of 'Tasmania Is My Garden', the program includes  workshops such as botanical painting and ikebana, display gardens to explores  as well as a new feature, a Q&A stand where you can ask the experts your  burning gardening questions at the exhibition in the magnificent heritage  Albert Hall building.


Devonport Food and Wine Festival  1 - 31 October

For the whole tasty  month of October, the palate pleasing Devonport Food and Wine Festival is back.  Timed this year to coincide with the 16th Australian Masters Games, the  festival welcomes talented Melbourne celebrity chef, Ian Curley as the new  ambassador - a fine choice given his love of nose to tail dining and Brit/Euro  influences. Get to know the region through producer talks, special events and  gala dinners. ​


Bloomin' Tulips Festival Day 14  October

One of the iconic  shots of springtime in Tasmania has to be of the pretty rows of colourful  tulips on Table Cape, in our North West. To celebrate their beauty there's a  whole festival - the annual Bloomin' Tulips Festival across the Waratah-Wynyard  region. The three week calendar of events includes market days, cocktail party  and the Mayoral Ball and culminates in the festival day which includes the colour  explosion of the Colour Run.


Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival  27 - 29 October

The Tasmanian Chamber  Music Festival is a brand new festival, to celebrate the beauty and pleasure of  classical music and the people who make it. Over the course of the weekend,  enjoy Chamber Music with favourites such as Beethoven's Appassionata sonata and Dvořák's American Quartet and music from the  Italian Baroque. But the best part is, each performance is in a special  location - be it a barn or church in Evandale, to the Barrel Hall at Josef  Chromy Vineyard.


Tasmanian Craft Fair 3 - 6  November

It's going to be big,  in every way! The Tasmanian Craft Fair is Australia's largest craft fair and  showcases the work of Tasmania's finest craftspeople and cottage industries.  See work from woodcarvers, glassmakers, leather and metal workers, potters,  lead light artists, embroidery displays, silver and goldsmiths, and painters,  the majority of which is for sale. The full program is released in October,  including the featured artist and the chosen emerging artist for the  festival.


Effervescence Tasmania 16 - 19  November

Oh for the love of  bubbles, Effervescence Tasmania is back to showcase world-class sparkling  wines, hatted chefs, award-winning winemakers and experts. This year, legendary  chef Jacques Reymond joins us alongside Nick Raitt, executive chef at Josef  Chromy Wines for the Grand Degustation Dinner, author and wine expert Tyson  Stelzer will host masterclasses, and some of our leading winemakers will be on  the pour at the Grand Tasting. Australian DJ Damien Goundrie hits the decks for  Bubbles and Beats, featuring a relaxed roaming menu, then add the festival's  decadent garden party and food-matching masterclasses for the ultimate food and  wine weekend.


Bicheno Food and Wine  Festival 18 November

The award-winning  Bicheno Food and Wine Festival returns for 2017 with a program of unique events  with leading local wine and beer makers, chefs, food producers and gourmet  innovators from Tasmania's East Coast. Indulge in Tassie's best mussels,  oysters and scallops or head for tacos, paella, sweet treats and more.  Kick back on the grass and take in live music, enjoy the cooking theatre, or  combine fashion with beer at a bespoke event hosted by the Beer Diva. Toast the  coast on Saturday 18 November.


Farmgate Festival 24 - 26  November

Get your gumboots  dirty as the producers of the Tamar Valley swing open their farm gates to  welcome visitors for the inaugural Farmgate Festival. On Friday, Wines for  Joanie will host a boutique dining event at their cellar door, welcoming guests  into their historic timber farm shed. Chef Massimo Mele, a Tasmanian chef who  has worked across the globe, returns for the festival, cooking up his delicious  fare as the featured chef for the main feast event on Saturday night at Timbre  Kitchen. Farm tours, tastings and produce sales will be available at most  farms, and the Festival Hub will be on hand to plot out itineraries and enjoy  the incredible Tamar Valley landscape.


Mona The Museum of Everything Exhibition until  April 2018

Having been on the  road since 2009, like a Gen Y 'grammer, The Museum of Everything is a  travelling institution. The idea is to advocate for art that falls outside the  confines of the traditional art world - maybe the work of an 'ordinary' person,  or someone working far from the norm. It's a statement about who can be an  artist and what makes them so. It's no surprise then it has found its way to  Mona, where it has taken up residence until April 2018.


QVMAG The First Tasmanians: Our  Story Ongoing

A brand new  exhibition, The First Tasmanians: Our Story has opened in Launceston  at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) exploring the history and  culture of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Featuring rarely seen original  objects and materials, the exhibition examines climate change, astronomy and  stories of creation, craft, technology and architecture. Developed under the guidance  of the QVMAG Aboriginal Reference Group, there's even an app to download to  take the exhibition beyond the gallery walls and a Children's Trail.


TMAG The Derwent Until 5 November

The  Derwent, an exhibition exploring Tasmania's Derwent  River system has opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), running  until 5 November in Hobart. Featuring the work of two Tasmanian artists, David  Stephenson and Martin Walch, who collaborated over a five year period, and  other work from the gallery's collections, the exhibition examines the complex  natural and cultural histories connected to it. Immersive videos and time-lapse  photographs by the feature artists sit alongside historic works on paper and  panoramic photographs.