Best annual family events in Tasmania
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.
12 – 14 October, Launceston
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
Featuring live stock judging, wood chopping, show bags, rides and pavilions, the Royal Hobart Show brings the best of the country to Hobart city.
17 November, Launceston
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
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
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.
28 December – 3 January, Hobart
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.
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.
26 January, Latrobe
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.
17 March, Westbury
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
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.
29 June – 15 July, Tasmania
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.
13 August, Latrobe
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!