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Launceston National Events

As one of the oldest cities in Tasmania, Launceston has a rich history which has led to it becoming a hub for national and global events. From food and wine festivals to sporting events, there is always something happening in and around this vibrant city.

One of the most recognizable events in Launceston is Festivale, which occurs annually each February. This three-day festival is a celebration of all things Tasmanian, featuring local food, wine, beer, and entertainment. Thousands of people flock to City Park to sample the gourmet delights on offer and soak up the lively atmosphere.

In June, Launceston hosts the Dark Mofo Winter Festival, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. This festival brings together artists and performers from all over Australia to celebrate the winter solstice with a range of interactive installations, music, and theatre shows. The festival culminates in the world-famous Nude Solstice Swim, where brave souls plunge into the icy waters of the River Tamar to welcome in the new seasons.

Another annual event that draws crowds to Launceston is the Australian Italian Festival, which takes place in November. This festival highlights the deep Italian heritage that is present in many parts of Tasmania and across Australia. Attendees can enjoy traditional Italian food and wine, cooking demonstrations, music, and cultural dances.

For the sports enthusiasts, Launceston also hosts a few notable events including The Launceston Ten, a ten-kilometre race held in October. This event attracts runners from all over the world and is a great opportunity for locals to show off their athletic prowess.

The city also plays host to the Junction Arts Festival, a celebration of contemporary arts that takes place in September. The festival features performances from artists across a range of mediums, including theatre, dance, and music.

Finally, the Taste of Tasmania is a must-visit event for anyone who loves good food and drink. Held annually in December and January, this festival takes place on Hobart’s waterfront but is accessible from Launceston. The festival showcases Tasmania’s burgeoning food and wine scene, with over 70 stalls and more than 200 performers.

All of these events showcase Launceston’s unique culture and are the perfect way to learn more about the city and the state of Tasmania. Whether you are an avid sports fan or a lover of the arts, Launceston truly has something for everyone. So why not book your next holiday to Tasmania to experience all of these exciting events and more?

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