Hobart Summer Festivals

Hobart in summer comes alive with a festival of festivals. The Islington Hotel is perfectly positioned to take in all the activities of the waterfront and just far enough away to avoid all disadvantages like late-night party music and early morning street sweepers. The concierge team at Islington has put together a list of all the activities coming up over the next few months to help you plan that ultimate Tasmania holiday.



  • Sydney/Hobart Yacht Race – prize giving and giant welcome party on New Year’s Day www.rolexsydneyhobart.com
  • Summer Festival – 14 days of street theatre, jazz, fashion, bush bands, all supported with sumptuous food and wine www.hobartsummerfestival.com.au
  • Taste of Tasmania – part of the Summer Festival and reputed to be “the biggest open-air restaurant in Australia”
  • Hobart Comedy Festival – bringing up the rear of the Summer Festival, an event of fun and frolicking with comedians from all over Australia www.hobartcomedy.com
  • Cygnet Folk Festival – a weekend of folk, world and roots music www.cygnetfolkfestival.org/index.shtml
  • MONA FOMA – is billed as Tasmania’s largest contemporary music festival and showcases the work of artists in a broad range of art forms, including sound, noise, dance, theater, visual art, performance & new media. www.mofo.net.au/home.aspx
  • Australia Day – 26th January – celebratory and reconciliation events