What’s On: Tasmania In October
October is that lovely time of year where the flowers show off their sensuality and the climate calls for outdoor events. But let’s face it: Australian’s don’t move to Tasmania for the warmth, they move there for the eccentricity, and the events this month don’t disappoint.
From quirky festivals to spectacular stage productions, we’ve curated the perfect list to appease your eccentric appetites.
So leave your parka at home and let’s go!
Devonport Food and Wine Festival
Devonport is an up-and-coming town on the northern shore of Tasmania, and if you really want to know what makes this town amazing then you’re sure to find it at their food and wine festival that takes up the whole month of October. From masterclasses and workshops all the way to hearty degustations, get fed up at the Devonport Food and Wine Festival.
The Joy of Mozart
One of Mozart’s greatest violin compositions will make its way to the stage at Federation Concert Hall. Emma McGrath, TSO Concertmaster, will pay homage to Mozart’s joyous Violin Concerto No 3 in a solo act. Revel in the melodies of Mozart’s bouncy creation which he composed when he was only 19 years old.
Dollhouse and Miniatures Show
Some things look better on a smaller scale, and it’s likely they are showcased at the Dollhouse and Miniatures Show in Glenorchy, north of Hobart city. The theme this year is “story time”, which means you’re sure to find miniature versions of villages, towns or locations. All proceeds go to a different charity each year and this year it’s Tascare’s Freedom Wheels for Children.
Bloomin' Tulips Festival
There’s no greater way to welcome in the spring season than a tulip festival. Head over to Wynyard on Saturday, October 13 and surround yourself with like-minded people who love the aromas of spring. Perhaps seek out a new flower to put in your living room or on the balcony. Also, keep an eye out for their cocktail party, with details to be announced soon!
Tasmania Medieval Festival
While we’re anxiously waiting for the final season of Game of Thrones, the town of Sheffield, south of Devonport, is hosting a proper medieval festival, complete with medieval combat, full-contact jousting, archery, belly dancers, a working trebuchet (catapult), snake display, and plenty of stalls to peruse. Oh, and a fireworks display!
Bruny Island Bird Festival
Bringing the intriguing world of science and matching it with the whimsical world of birds is this locally-loved event. The Bruny Island Bird Festival takes place on Bruny Island, south of Hobart, enticing revellers to become professional bird watchers while brushing up on their knowledge on them. Bruny Island is home to twelve endemic Tasmanian birds and a sanctuary for Forty-Spotted Pardalotes and Swift Parrots. Bring some binoculars! (Image: Chris Tzaros)
It’s the kind of art festival that pisses off traditionalists, which makes it so appealing to those of us who enjoy a rebellious lifestyle. Held in Queenstown on the west coast of Tasmania, The Unconformity is a contemporary arts festival that explores the paradoxes of the small mining town. Spanning over two days, revellers can peruse great local exhibitions and soak up the experiences and journeys of the artists.
Royal Hobart Show
It’s the agricultural festival that Tasmanians are always eager for, especially the farmers looking to show off their great crops and animals. We also love it because it’s got fun rides, showbags, fireworks and entertainment. The Royal Hobart Show has everything, showcasing all sorts of pretty plants and furry animals.
The Music of James Bond
A real treat is coming to the Wrest Point Casino. Kate Ceberano and Michael Falzon, along with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, will host an evening of some of James Bond’s greatest opening tunes. Here’s a fun fact: Dame Shirley Bassey holds the record for singing the most James Bond songs, with three under her belt: Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979)