Best annual family events in Tasmania

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Sarah Hinder Last updated: 14 November 2017

Whether it be madcap ferret racing on Australia Day, the festive lighting of Tasmania's largest Christmas tree, or hundreds of voices coming together in harmony at Hobart’s singing bonfire – Tasmania is home to many truly wonderful festivals that families can get involved in.

 

2017 Events

12 – 14 October, Launceston 

Royal Launceston Show

Showcasing the best of Tasmanian agriculture and pastoral life, families experience carnival rides, watch animal judging competitions and are treated to exciting showbags. 


25 – 28 October, Hobart 

Royal Hobart Show

Featuring live stock judging, wood chopping, show bags, rides and pavilions, the Royal Hobart Show brings the best of the country to Hobart city.

 
Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

17 November, Launceston 

Christmas in the City

The lighting of Tasmania’s largest Christmas tree, a special Christmas concert, visits from Santa and free children’s activities are what’s on at this exciting festive event. 


24 – 26 November, Tamar Valley 

Farmgate Festival

Great for the whole family, Farmgate Festival shows kids all about life on the farm. With activity sheets to keep entertained, Farmgate takes families on farm tours and tastings of fresh produce across the beautiful Tamar Valley


2 December, Launceston 

Kid I Am!

Launceston’s largest family event brings together a day of fun activities for kids and families – singing, dancing, music, drama, sports, arts and crafts and more. It’s free for kids, with a small entry fee for adults on the day.

Kid I Am Event

28 December – 3 January, Hobart 

The Taste of Tasmania

Hobart’s waterfront comes alive with stallholders, street performers and live entertainment showcasing the best of Tasmania. The entire event is free, with the Kids in the Park area holding sporting activities, arts and crafts, performances, face painting and a nightly outdoor cinema.

Mitch Osborne

2018 Events

12 – 22 January, Launceston & Hobart 

MONA FOMA (MOFO)

All about music and the arts, this festival run by MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) will feature free events and street parties in Launceston from 12 – 14 January, then moves down to Hobart for the ‘Mofo at Mona’ weekend the 15 – 22 January. 

Phil Kitt; Tourism Tasmania

26 January, Latrobe 

Henley-on-Mersey

This family-fun Australia Day event in Tassie is home to Australia’s annual madcap ferret race, egg throwing, cherry-spitting, triathlon and novelty children’s fitness arena. It’s a festival steeped in tradition and fun. 

Latrobe Council

17 March, Westbury 

Westbury Irish Festival

This traditional family festival celebrates all things Irish through interesting displays, market stalls, daylong entertainment, Gaelic Football matches, kid’s rides and games. 


15 April, Derwent Valley 

Derwent Valley Autumn Festival

Celebrating all that the Derwent Valley community has to offer, the festival features four entertainment stages, market stalls, family attractions and carnival rides, all to the backdrop of Valley’s stunning autumn colours. 

Derwent Valley Autumn Festival

29 June – 15 July, Tasmania

Festival of Voices

The festival that transforms Tasmania’s towns into singing cities – this wintery event features choir and musical performances, workshops and lively events across the state, including the iconic City of Hobart Big Sing Bonfire.

Phil Kitt; Tourism Tasmania
Phil Kitt; Tourism Tasmania

13 August, Latrobe 

Chocolate Winterfest

Entirely dedicated to everything chocolate, this quirky festival holds sundae eating competitions, chocolate chess, a Kit Kat tower challenge, wearable chocolate art, sled dog demonstrations, community lantern parade and so much more!

Latrobe Council


First published: 17 October 2017