What's on in Hobart

Looking for some entertainment? What markets and fairs in Tasmania are one during your visit? What Tasmanian international arts festivals are happening? If any big Princes Wharf Hobart events are on?

We’ve put together a list of links for those interested in discovering our local markets and events while enjoying their stay at St Ives Apartments in Hobart.

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Local Markets

Tasmania is home to an array of artisans, entertainers, farmers, culinary geniuses, and expert distillers and winemakers. Experience a concentrated dose of our local culture through our markets and fairs in Tasmania.


Salamanca Market

If you’re staying over a weekend in Hobart, take a quick 10 minute walk down to the Salamanca Market on Saturday. With over 300 stalls to explore, the Saturday Salamanca Market offers a great range of products from local Tasmanian makers, artisans, craftsmen, collectors and producers. Enjoy scrumptious street food, pick up some amazing Tasmanian produce, find unique gifts and souvenirs, and add some new fashion accessories to your wardrobe.

Farm Gate Market

On every Sunday in Bathurst Street in Hobart, the best produce Tasmania has to offer arrives for the Farm Gate Market. Open from 8.30am to 1pm, explore the wide range of tasty treats produced right here in Tasmania. From fresh fruit and vegetables to locally baked goods, spreads, sauces and more! Not to mention several food vans for scrumptious breakfast or lunch.

Hobart Twilight Market

If you’re looking for good times, good food and good gifts, then see if the Hobart Twilight Market is running during your stay. Hobart comes alive at the Hobart Twilight Market – a family and dog-friendly Friday night market showcasing the best of Tasmanian eats, drinks, design, and music. Enjoy live music showcasing homegrown Tassie talents, passionate stallholders who’ll share their story with you, and a thriving village atmosphere, the scene is set for a wonderful Friday night!

Tasmanian Produce Market

If you're looking for a small, local market, then check out the Tasmanian Product Market at Kangaroo Bay every Saturday. A great place to visit for breakfast or lunch, the market offers a range of quality food vans and local Tasmanian produce. Going to the market, you can drive (there is plenty of parking), or take the ferry across to the river from the Hobart Waterfront.

Hobart Performances & Events

Looking for events or shows that are on during your visit? Explore our local performance and conference venues for events during your trip to Tasmania. The St Ives Hotel Apartments are conveniently located a short drive (and even a short walk for Princes Wharf Hobart events) to all of Hobart’s Event Venues. If you are visiting for a particular event in Hobart, then book an apartment at Tasmania’s St Ives Motel.

Hobart Events

Princes Wharf 1

When staying at our St. Ives holiday apartments in Hobart, make sure to check out what is on at PW1 (Princes Wharf 1) on the Hobart Waterfront. Easily within walking distance from St. Ives Hotel, the PW1 venue is known for running many events including conventions, festivals, makers markets and fairs in Tasmania.

You can see what’s coming up at the venue by checking the PW1 Facebook Events Page.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO)

If you are one for classical music, then make sure to explore the upcoming events from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the Federation Concert Hall. Having been established in 1948, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has been inspiring, invigorating, and delighting audiences through music for over 75 years. Their 47-piece orchestra performs an extensive and varied concert season in Hobart.

Theatre Royal

Did you know that Hobart has the oldest working theatre in Australia? Discover the creative and innovative performances of the Theatre Royal. Showcasing the best of comedy, musical talent and live talk shows for over 185 years! You can also book a tour to explore the theatre and learn more about its history. The theatre is less than a 10 minutes drive from our St Ives hotel apartments in Hobart making us a great place to stay while visiting the Theatre Royal.

Wrest Point

The Wrest Point Casino and Conference Centre is Hobart’s home for entertainment, and just 10 minutes drive from our Hobart motel. The Wrest Point Conference Centre hosts a range of conferences and shows throughout the year, so make sure to see what’s on while you’re visiting Hobart. You can also drop by the casino to enjoy a game or two and dine at their bespoke restaurants (including the famous Point Revolving Restaurant for great views).

Tasmanian Festivals

Discover Tasmania's colourful and vibrant festivals held year after year. Below are some festival highlights from each season in Tasmania. We recommend checking your visiting times to see what local festivals are on during your stay or plan your trip around a local Tasmanian festival to ensure you can enjoy everything it has to offer.

Summer Festivals in Tasmania

Tasmania’s Taste of Summer

Celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of another with Tasmania’s Taste of Summer! Held at the Princes Wharf 1 each year, the Taste Festival offers a chance to enjoy Tasmania’s amazing produce, performances and live music. Enjoy fresh summer fruits, local seafood, and tantalising desserts! Only a short walk from St Ives Hotel Apartments, we are a great Hobart motel option when looking for places to stay during the Taste of Summer. 

Australian Wooden Boat Festival

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a highly regarded maritime event held in Hobart, Tasmania. It is a biennial festival that celebrates the rich heritage, craftsmanship, and culture associated with wooden boats. During the festival, the picturesque waterfront of Hobart's historic port comes alive with a vibrant and bustling atmosphere of wooden boats, workshops, performances and displays.

With the St Ives Hotel just a few minutes’ walk from the water front, we are an ideal Hobart accommodation option for those wishing to travel for the festival.

Cygnet Folk Festival

The Cygnet Folk Festival is one of Australia’s most iconic folk music festivals. Highly regarded by musicians and festival-goers from all over Australia and overseas, competition to come to Cygnet is at an all-time high amongst performers! The festival is a showcase of eclectic music genres featuring both local and international talent, dance, poetry, masterclasses, film, kids' entertainment, food, wine, art and local handicrafts all set in the breathtaking scenery of Tasmania's Huon Valley.

Autumn Festivals in Tasmania

Tas Wine Fest

Each autumn, Tasmania celebrates our favourite tipples at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens with the Tas Wine Fest! Discover Tasmania’s local wines, meet their makers and gain a deeper understanding of each wine. Accompanied by live music and the beautiful gardens' surroundings, this is a must-attend event for any wine lover.

Ten Days on the Island

Ten Days on the Island is Tasmania’s original arts festival and Australia’s only state-wide celebration. The festival seeks to foster artistic innovation, community empowerment, and cultural exploration in Lutruwita/Tasmania. One for ten days each year, if you are visiting during the festival, make sure to explore their program of events.

Tasmanian Autumn Festival

The Tasmanian Autumn Festival brings together the rich history, culture and natural wonders of the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands in a month-long celebration that throws a spotlight on the beauty and bounty of the season. In Autumn, Tasmania’s vibrant foliage, unique fungi and lush landscapes create the ideal backdrop for wandering extraordinary landscapes, indulging in seasonal produce and wine, and discovering the creations of the region’s artisan community.

Winter Festivals in Tasmania

The Off Season

Not exactly a festival, but The Off Season encourages businesses to create engaging winter tours and events for the adventurous travellers coming down for Winter. With exclusive events, workshops, tours and discounts, if you’re staying at St Ives Hotel Apartments during winter, you should check out The Off Season’s website for interesting events to attend while in Hobart.

Winter Feast

Hosted by MONA, the Winter Feast arrives each year to celebrate the culinary arts under Tasmania’s obsidian winter sky. Accompanied by local and international music guests and performances, the festival is a must-see if in Hobart at the right time. The festival is held at Princes Wharf 1 on the Hobart Waterfront, and easy walk from our St Ives Hotel.

Festival of Voices

Held every winter, The Festival of Voices, celebrates the transformative power of singing that brings people together. Inspired by the age-old tradition of gathering around a fire, this Tasmanian winter event has become Australia’s leading singing celebration.

If in town during the festival, explore their program for events that will revitalise your soul during a cold Tassie winter.

Willie Smith's Mid-Winter Fest

If you are in Hobart during mid winter, make sure to check if the Willie Smiths Mid-Winter Fest is on during your visit. Located in the Huon Valley, the Mid-Winter Fest celebrates the coming of spring as the days finally start to get longer. Featuring live musical acts, storytelling, pagan finery, fun for the kids, the ritual of Wassailing the old apple tree, and of course watching Big Willie burn.

There is no parking available at the Winter Fest, and the best way to get there is by booking a shuttle bus with your ticket. For full details, see their website.

Spring Festivals in Tasmania

Royal Hobart Show

Each October, The Royal Hobart Show is hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania. The event celebrates Tasmania’s country heritage and agriculture. From demonstrations and competitions to fair rides and entertainment, there is something for everyone at the Royal Hobart Show!

Tasmania Chamber of Music Festival

Covering two successive weekends in November, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival invites you to a superb variety of music performed by a stellar array of musicians from Australia and overseas. While enjoying the wide variety of music, you will also explore historic and contemporary spaces and venues in Hobart and Richmond.