As the nights get longer and colder, it's tempting to retreat inside until spring. Don't stop exploring Tasmania just because it's cold, though – this June, take a drive to these three festivals to shake off the winter blues.
1. Dark Mofo – June 8-21
Dark Mofo is a festival that truly embraces the darkness.
One of Tasmania's boldest and most unique festivals it takes place at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Dark Mofo brings to life old winter solstice rituals, as well as ancient and contemporary traditions that explore light, dark, birth and death. It is every bit as weird and wonderful as it sounds.
The two-week-long event is returning for its fifth instalment in June. Major exhibitions will take place at MONA, with international and local music artists performing at venues across Hobart as part of the festival. Don't miss the Dark Mofo Winter Feast down on Hobart's docks, or the Nude Solstice Swim for the truly daring!
2. Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival – June 9-12
Held over the long weekend in June, this festival is all about celebrating the arts. The event will allow you to discover the full vibrancy of Tasmania's east coast, with an art trail that takes you through studios from Four Mile Creek all the way to Binalong Bay.
An art market will give you the chance to pick up some beautiful new arts and crafts for your home, hands-on workshops will let you hone your own artistic skills and live music will keep you entertained on cold winter nights.
3. Steampunk Tasmania Festival 2017 – June 24
Discover Tasmania's quirky side at the Steampunk Festival. This slightly eccentric event has a retro futuristic theme, bringing together Victorian era heritage with wacky inventions, art photography and literature. There are exhibitions, workshops, music and displays to discover, all of which express the unique playfulness of the genre.
The festival takes place in George Town, a settlement with a maritime history that goes all the way back to Victorian times. George Town delivers the combination of industry and heritage that suits the Steampunk festival atmosphere perfectly.
Another great way to beat the winter blues this cold season is to stop in at Mood Food in Kempton on your way to these events. Get cosy inside with some hot meals and great coffee – there's no better place to be this winter!