July 21, 2022

Plan your winter escape to Launceston

Any time of year is a fine time to explore Tasmania, but the Off Season is when things get wild, weird and wonderful. It’s the time to go beneath the surface and discover the undercurrents of Launceston. Step foot into a local’s world and experience these offerings.

Tassie Scallop Fiesta

Come and celebrate the closing of the scallop season with The Tassie Scallop Fiesta. Held in Bridport on Sunday 31st July, this winter fiesta is only an hours drive from Launceston and features cooking demonstrations, live music, home baked scallop pie competition, masterclasses with celebrity chefs and food and beverage stalls.

It will be shellfish not to attend!


Returning for its second year, the agriCULTURED event seeks to showcase Northern Tasmania’s incredible agri-food sector. Devour stories of the Tasmanian food system from paddock to plate and expand your knowledge, ideas and insights of the industry. Delivered on farms, in barns and in the city hub, the event will provide a cultural and learning experience for those willing to brave Tasmania’s freshest cool season event.

AgriCULTURED takes place 4th-7th August.

Fire & Fog

When the weather turns cold, Launceston warms up. Enjoy the crisp air, evening lights, rugging up with the Tassie tuxedo and huddling around fire pits at the inaugural Fire & Fog festival. A night of fire, food, drink and live music on Friday August 5th.


Australia’s premier agricultural field days return once again but in its new time slot. Featuring exhibitors from across the country showcasing their crafts, machinery, food and beverage, vehicles and so much more. Catch all the action in the paddock from 24-27th August.

Whisky Week

If you’re a fan of whisky, this week-long festival is pretty neat. Featuring a diverse range of events held across the North and South of the state including masterclasses, themed tastings, cocktail events and dinners. The showcase culminates 30 distilleries together to share their unique offerings.

Bridestowe Lavender

Kick-starting their 100- year anniversary celebrations in style, Bridestowe Lavender is bringing its rustic barn to life with a fire pit, great food, mulled wine and live music from local acoustic duo Elle & Nikki. Catch all the action on Sunday 7th August.

Beaker Street Festival

A 9-day jam-packed extravaganza of science and art, the Beaker Street Festival comes to Tassie from the 5-14th August. Launceston road trip events include Dinner with Darla Hatton MacDonald and Dr Karl at the Grain of Silos and a Josef Chromy winemaker behind-the-scenes tour. If you’re lucky you may even catch Dr Karl at the Launceston Airport on 12th August.

Tamar Valley Writers Festival

To launch this year’s festival theme ‘The Good life’, the team is bringing an exclusive conversation with Dr Norman Swan, Australia’s trusted, straight-talking doctor and broadcaster, and now author of his second book on how to live your healthiest, youngest life. Catch the chat on 30th August.

Interested in more? Explore all the Northern Tasmania Off Season events.

Australia Pacific Airports (Launceston) acknowledges the First Nations people and Traditional Owners of Tasmania including the Land that Launceston Airport operates on. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all other First Nations People.