A ten course degustation, a disco-fuelled inferno about to erupt, racing cars and fiercely fast pedalling. What more could you expect from Autumn in Tassie? Some of the world's best chefs are about to descend upon us and so are the leaves. Come see what's on across Bass Strait.
1. SPIEGELTENT & TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND
There’s a disco-fuelled inferno on its way to Hobart! Velvet is the headline show of Spiegeltent Hobart, touching down on the PW1 forecourt after travelling the world. Velvet is part of a three-week extended program of tent-wrapped fun.
Ten Days on the Island also kicks off March 17, the multi-arts festival delivering state-wide events, from Flinders Island to Franklin to Lake St. Clair.
2. CRADLE MOUNTAIN FILM FEST
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That Cradle Mountain, it’s a dramatic backdrop for a film festival. Bold, striking and irresistibly natural in front of the camera, Cradle and surrounds feature as unexpected film locations. Head for adventure and flicks from March 31 to April 2. Not only are there Tassie and international films screening, but canyoning and accommodation packages too. Choose your own adventure!
3. GREAT CHEFS DINNER SERIES
They are some of the most influential culinary minds of the moment and they’re coming to Tasmania. Join chefs from all over the world between March and August, as they mentor Tasmania’s future hospitality professionals through TasTAFE Drysdale. Chefs Alain Passard, Dominique Crenn and Christian Puglisi will join forces with students during March and April, preparing a ten course degustation dinner open to the public. Snap up your tickets early.
4. V8 SUPERCARS TASMANIA
On your marks, supercar enthusiasts. Don’t miss a moment of the action at Symmons Plains Raceway from 7-9 April. Pick up a Park and View ticket from just $19 or head for the Grandstand. There is entertainment both on and off the track – ranging from the True Colour Track Walk to the opportunity for a driver autograph with your fave supercar hero.
5. THE ENDURO WORLD SERIES
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For the first time in Australian mountain biking history, The Enduro World Series is coming. More specifically, round 2 takes place in Derby, North East Tasmania. New trails have been designed for the April 8-9 event, adding to the current 80 kilometre Blue Derby trail network. The thrilling race format includes downhill runs across stages, with onlookers encouraged for the world class action.
6. TASMAZIA INTERNATIONAL MURAL FEST
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Ever witnessed a paint off? This type of thing would only happen in a small town in Tasmania with a collection of curious artists – many of whom have likely painted walls across town already. Sheffield is known as the town of murals for good reason, featuring large outdoor artworks round every corner. But, from April 16 – 22, this colourful country canvas comes to life. Each of nine artists must complete a 2.1m x 4.8m mural with over $20,000 up for grabs. Now that’s worth painting about.
7. AFL GAMES
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It’s that time of year when the whistle blows, signalling time to sport beanies once more. AFL season down here in Tassie is shaping up for some exciting clashes through to August. Seven rounds of AFL are played in Tassie each year, so pop over for a game and stay a while. North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney kick of the excitement on April 8. Get loud and eat a pie about it.
8. TURNING OF THE FAGUS
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To be specific, the tree is the Deciduous Beech (nothofagus gunnii). At the closing of autumn, this little stunner changes colour to deep golds, reds and oranges, causing bushwalkers to flock around the ANZAC Day weekend especially. It’s known as the “˜turning of the fagus‘ and is best viewed around the Cradle Mountain region or Mount Field National Park, closer to Hobart. It’s a sneaky little reminder of the country’s Gondwanan heritage.
9. TARGA TASMANIA
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Celebrating a quarter of a century, Targa Tasmania is the world’s largest, longest and most difficult tarmac rally. You can find the best viewing perch for this 2,000 kilometre motorsport bonanza by visiting www.targa.com.au. The classic and modern cars will hit Tassie roads from April 24-29, covering just about every corner of our island at red-blooded speed. Head for Macquarie Wharf #2 on the final day, as cars roll in around 3pm and results are tallied.
A festival celebrating all things agricultural, Agfest is such a big drawcard on the Tassie calendar that the paddocks of Carrick will morph into a mini-city from May 4 to May 6. There’s not just your token cows and tractors on display, but also draught horse rides, viticulture and horticulture displays, steam engines, clothing and homewares. Go find out how the country peeps have fun.
11. TASMANIAN RED WINE WEEKEND
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If you like Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot and red blends, set aside May 20-21. The Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend is your opportunity to meet the makers, talk barrels and vineyards and vintages and everything in between with those who know our reds best. Hobart’s PW1 on the waterfront will play host to the big name winemakers through to our emerging boutique labels you’ll want to add to your cellar.
12. EXHIBITIONS – MONA AND TMAG
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Why do we need art? David Walsh asked some of his buddies who are into science this very question. Four answers across four exhibitions answer his question. On the Origin of Art is exhibiting through until middle April. At TMAG, find out about the culturally significant tradition of shell stringing. Up until May 21, kanalaritja: An Unbroken String shares insights into the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.