The vibrant towns along the Heritage Highway host a fantastic variety of events throughout the year. We’ve put together some tips on when to anticipate this year’s favourite festivals, fairs, agricultural shows, sporting events, open gardens, and so much more.

January

  • The Tasmanian Wool Centre at Ross put on fun summer activities for kids on the lawn, daily until 31 January.
  • Every year there are a variety of events held on Australia Day, including citizenship ceremonies, awards, and family friendly activities.

February

March

  • Spectators are welcome to watch (no charge) the thrilling Poatina Mountain Race (1 March 2020), where sports and rally cars tackle the circuit in three categories: Mountain Race, Mountain Rally, and Mountain Tour.
  • Longford Motorama celebrates the glory days of motor racing at Longford, bring the spirit of a bygone era to life over the long weekend of 6–8 March 2020.
  • The Glover Prize Exhibition officially opens at Evandale, with the winner announced, on Friday 6 March 2020. The exhibition is open to the public from 7–15 March.

April

  • The Esk Art Award exhibition is on at Eskleigh, Perth, from 3 April to 27 May 2020.
  • The Ross Running Festival will be held on Sunday 26 April 2020 in the heritage village of Ross, with events including a marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km (walk option), and 2km kids race.

May

  • The Picnic at Ross combines classic vehicles and a good old fashioned picnic in the village.
  • AgFest will be held from 7–9 May 2020 at Carrick. Discover animal expos, machinery, craft, heritage displays, Tasmanian food and drink, and more.
  • Enjoy all the excitement of a traditional country show at the Campbell Town Show (29–30 May 2020). The Southern Hemisphere’s oldest continually running agricultural show celebrates all things rural, with entertainment for the whole family.

August

  • The Oatlands Heritage & Bullock Festival is held over one vibrant weekend, featuring traditional trades and crafts, engaging displays and activities, live music, yummy food, and more.
  • Tasmanian Whisky Week shines a spotlight on the state’s award-winning whisky, with special events, behind-the-scenes tours, and indulgent dinners.

September

  • The Convicts to Classics Car & Bike Show is held at Woolmers Estate, featuring an indoor classic bike display, food and drink, raffles, and live music.
  • Visit a selection of early spring gardens of blossoms and bulbs at the Campbell Town Open Gardens Day.
  • The Tasmanian Trout Expo is a big weekend of fishing and family fun at Brumbys Creek, Cressy (best of luck finding the $10,000 tagged trout).

October

  • The Ross Arts Festival offers a full weekend of events and activities around the historic village, including sculptors, musicians, writers, artists and artisans.
  • Cars, Bikes & Bands at the Symmons Plains Raceway is a safe, family friendly car and bike show with great live entertainment (raising money for charity).

November

December

  • Pick up some beautiful handmade gifts at the local Christmas markets.


Check for special events and courses on throughout the year at:


For travel tips from the friendly locals, pop into the region’s Visitor Information Centres. To see upcoming events, check out our Events Calendar.

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Header image:
The Oatlands Heritage & Bullock Festival | @denisesmith41w/Instagram

Words:
Isabel Galloway