The Southern Trove plays host to a wonderful range of events throughout the year. Save the dates and have a blast at the annual festivals themed around music, food, fire, storytelling, and fun. Enjoy a real sense of community at the country shows, fairs, and art exhibitions. We’ve put together some tips to help you plan this year’s adventures.
- The beloved Cygnet Folk Festival (Friday 10 — Sunday 12 January 2020) is a vibrant village event featuring talented musicians, shows, dances, workshops and masterclasses.
- A Day on the Beach (Sunday 26 January 2020) is a big day of outdoor fun, with a great range of sports clubs and other not-for-profit community organisations setting up activities, stalls and services on Kingston Beach.
- The quirky Middleton Country Fair and Scarecrow Competition (Saturday 1 February 2020) features stalls, animal displays, sheep shearing, bands, veteran and classic cars, kids games… and a whole range of creative scarecrow characters!
- The Huon Aquaculture ‘Wheels in the Park’ car show is held at Heritage Park, Geeveston, on the first Sunday of February.
- The Love Living Locally Festival (Sunday 23 February 2020) is a free community gathering at Kingston, showcasing a wide variety of local produce and products, sustainable living information and displays, bush and coast care information, entertainment, activities for children, and delicious food and drink.
- The annual Huon Art Awards exhibition is on display at the Cygnet Town Hall for two weeks, starting on the first Friday of March every year.
- Wine Machine Huon Valley (Saturday 7 March 2020) celebrates Australian wine, food and music, and is held at Home Hill Winery.
- A Taste of the Huon (Sunday 8 — Monday 9 March 2020) is a celebration of fine food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon Valley and Channel region.
- Dover Seafest (Sunday 15 March) is a family friendly event on the Port Esperance foreshore, with locally sourced food and drinks focused on the sea, plus kids’ activities, makers and growers market, and live music.
- The Huon Small Farms Expo brings together producers, breeders, community groups, animal associations, rural finance, real estate, manufacturers and more, with product demonstrations, special expo deals, and world class speakers.
- The Huon Tasmanian Salmon Dover Regatta is held at Port Esperance over the Easter long weekend, with lots of fun for the whole family.
- The Handmade in Cygnet Open Studio Art Trail sees local artists and makers fling open the doors of their studios and workshops and invite you in for a chat and an insight into their creative processes (Sunday 12 — Monday 13 April 2020).
- The Art Farm Birches Bay annual Sculpture Trail begins around Easter time and runs until late July, featuring incredible pieces by Tasmanian and interstate artists.
- The Art Farm Birches Bay annual Sculpture Trail continues throughout May/June/July.
- Dark Mofo (10—22 June 2020) is an eclectic, quirky, sometimes shocking adventure. The 2019 festival saw some exciting installations in the Huon and Far South, so we are eagerly awaiting this year’s program. Businesses and residences also get into the spirit for Paint the Town Red.
- The Art Farm Birches Bay Sculpture Trail continues for all of June/July.
- Wake up winter—and ensure a bumper apple crop—at the family-friendly Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival (Friday 10 — Sunday 12 July 2020). Festival goers dress in their Pagan finest to enjoy fire, feasting, storytelling, banging and other loud noises, and live music.
- The Art Farm Birches Bay Sculpture Trail continues until the end of July.
- The Bruny Island Bird Festival is on every two years in October (next anticipated for 2020), with workshops, expert speakers, birdwatching tours and walks, photography classes, markets, and cultural celebrations.
- VeganFest Tasmania is usually on in Kingborough in early November, featuring speakers, cooking demos, stalls, and lots of food.
- The Huon Show is held at Ranelagh each November, with a great range of stalls, animals, demos, agricultural equipment and machinery, competitions, and entertainment.
- Many of the regular local markets hold special Christmas markets in December.
Visit the weekly and monthly markets to pick up quality goods directly from the growers and makers (please check with individual organisers for up-to-date info).
- Willie Smith’s Artisan & Produce Market (every Saturday, 10am – 1pm)
- Margate Markers Market at Brookfield Shed (every Saturday, 10am – 2pm; 1st Saturday of the month is a Mega Market)
- Cygnet Market (1st & 3rd Sunday, 10am – 2pm)
- Woodbridge Market (2nd Saturday, 10am – 2pm)
- Kingston Beach Handmade Market (2nd Sunday, 10am – 3pm)
- Judbury Market (2nd Sunday, 10am – 2pm)
- Dover Community Market (3rd Sunday, 10am – 2pm)
- Sandfly Community Market (last Saturday, 10am – 3pm)
- The Market at Franklin (last Sunday, 10am – 2pm)
- The Geeveston Feast (first Thursday of the month, 5pm – 8pm)
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