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Hobart and Surrounds National Events

As a region located in Tasmania, Australia, Hobart and its surrounds often play host to a range of nationally and globally recognised annual events. Whether you're a local wanting to explore the diverse cultural festivals on offer, or an international visitor looking to experience Hobart's vibrant atmosphere, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In this article, we will explore some of the annual events that people may observe in and around the region of Hobart.

First up, we have the Hobart Summer Festival. This annual event is held every January and offers six weeks of music, food, and entertainment to locals and tourists alike. The festival features a range of local and international musicians, comedians, and performers, and also includes a range of food and market stalls. Visitors can enjoy the Summer Festival's lively atmosphere and vibrant culture, while soaking up the summer sun in Hobart's picturesque waterfront precinct.

Another popular annual event in the region is the Dark Mofo Festival. This avant-garde art festival is held in June, marking the winter solstice. The festival is known for its immersive and often unusual experiences such as the celebrated Winter Feast, a large-scale art installation known as the ‘Ode to Bad Taste,’ and the infamous nude solstice swim. The festival celebrates the art and community in Hobart and offers an experience unlike any other in Australia.

In addition to these cultural events, Hobart is also famous for its annual yacht race, The Sydney to Hobart. This prestigious race is held every year, starting from Sydney on Boxing Day. The 628 nautical mile race takes yachts down the eastern coast of Australia to Hobart, with the first boats arriving in Hobart on December 28th. The race brings people from all over the world to Hobart, and the city's waterfront comes alive during the event, with a range of events and entertainment for spectators to enjoy.

If you're looking for something a little more relaxed, then head down to the Taste of Tasmania Festival. This five-day festival is held every December, offering foodies the chance to experience Tasmania's rich culinary traditions. With over 70 food and wine stalls on offer, visitors can sample a range of local delicacies, including fresh oysters and cheese, Tasmania's famous salmon, and locally brewed beer and gin. The festival also features live music, entertainment, and fireworks, making it a great way to celebrate the New Year with friends and family.

For those who are interested in sailing, the annual Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a must-see event. Held every second year, this festival brings together wooden boat enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate their passion for all things nautical. The festival features over 500 wooden boats on display from traditional sailing craft to modern wooden boats. Visitors can take part in a range of activities, such as boat-building workshops or taking a ride on a wooden boat around Hobart Harbour.

Finally, if you're looking to experience some of Tasmania's unique wildlife, then you must check out the Bruny Island Bird Festival. Held in October, this festival brings bird watchers and tourists together to celebrate the birdlife of Bruny Island. The island is a bird watcher's paradise, with over 130 species of birds in the area. The festival features guided bird watching tours, bird photography workshops and lectures by some of Australia's leading ornithologists. The festival also includes food and beverage stalls, film screenings and musical performances, making it a great way to experience the natural beauty of Tasmania.

Hobart and its surrounds offer an incredible range of nationally and globally recognised annual events. From cultural festivals to sailing races and foodie events, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant region of Tasmania. Whether you're a local or international visitor, we hope you get a chance to experience some of these unique events and the beauty of Hobart and its surrounds.

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