Things to do in Hobart This Month
by Hobart Magazine
6 Onya bike, It’s bike week! From 6th-13th, pump up those wheels and head out to one of the events being run by Bicycle Network.
7 Following a bunch of cancellations and postponements, a whole crew of local artists have banded together to present A Show of Strength at Betts Gallery, open today 10am-5:30pm.
8 Happy International Women’s Day! You might like to celebrate at the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation’s breakfast. Later, bring your work-in-progress along to the Kingston Writers’ Space on the second Tuesday of each month. 6:30-8:30pm, Kingston Library.
9 See Tasmania’s Women’s cricket team take on the West Australians tonight at 9pm, at Blundstone Arena.
10 Black Cockatoo, a funny and moving show about the Aboriginal men who joined Australia’s first international cricket team 150 years ago, is on tonight and tomorrow at the Theatre Royal. Also, Willie J & The Bad Books take the stage at Altar from 7pm.
11 The Hobart Horticultural Society’s annual Dahlia Show will bring a sea of colour to the Hobart Town Hall. Today, 12-5pm and Saturday 10-4pm. Entry is free. The TSO also has a Bruch Violin Concerto at 7:30pm, Federation Concert Hall Hobart.
12 learn the mindful art of crochet and make some new mates at a beginner crochet granny squares workshop. 3-5pm at Lily & Dot. The VANNS play at Altar tonight at 9pm.
Sun 13 With local tracks improving all the time, there’s never been a better time to get into mountain biking. The Healthy Hobart Mountain Biking workshop will show you the fundamentals at 10-11am or 12-1pm, Queens Domain. Free, register at hobartcity.com.au.
Mon 14 Happy Labour Day – enjoy the day off, if you have it!
15 West Hobartian Greg Ferry’s beautiful, muted, realist paintings of his part of town, and the CBD, are on display this month at SideSpace Gallery, Salamanca. Plus, Hobart Wheelers’ summer crit series event is on today at Tolosa Park.
16 This week’s Wednesday Cooking Session at YouthARC is yakisoba, yummy Japanese stir-fried noodles. From 3:30-5pm. Book ahead.
17 Local Tassie playwright Justin Heazlewood’s uplifting autobiographical show, Get Up Mum, is on at the Theatre Royal. Tonight, enjoy the Ocean Film Festival at Village Cinemas. It’s also Close The Gap day.
Fri 18 Happy Holi – the Hindu festival of love and colour that usually heralds the arrival of spring. The Hobart Holi Colour Festival begins tonight from 4pm at the Regatta Grounds and continues until 11pm tomorrow.
SAT 19 Out Here In the Field is a brand new festival that brings The Teskey Brothers, Middle Kids, Angie McMahon and more to the Cascade Brewery today, for over 18s. Eskimo Joe also play The Odeon tonight from 7pm.
SUN 20 Tassie sculptor and furniture maker Gay Hawkes’ exhibition The House of Longing showcases her resilience after the loss of her house in the Dunalley bushfire. At TMAG.
21 Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Join in on cultural music, dance and fashion in the Elizabeth Street Mall and Wellington Court from 12:30-1:30pm.
22 Check out End of the World exhibition at the IMAS waterfront this month. Commissioned by the French Embassy, European-Australian artist Michaela Skovranova’s works explore the impacts of climate change in Antarctica. Free, open till April 22.
23 It’s National Eucalypt Day! Vote for your favourite by 20 March at www.eucalyptaustralia.org.au Need a boost with your public speaking? Eastern Shore Toastmasters can help with a safe, fun environment to practice in. Tonight from 6:30-8:30pm.
24 Diana Baker Smith’s exhibition The Lost Hour reanimates the work of the Australian dancer, choreographer, and artist Philippa Cullen. It’s on at Contemporary Art Tasmania until April 17, open Wed – Sun, 12 – 5pm
25 Party in the Apocalypse is this weekend at Cornelian Bay. See Peking Duck, The Jungle Giants, San Cisco and Vera Blue. Or, Crocodile Rock along to the Elton John Experience gig at Wrest Point tonight.
Sat 26 Relay for Life, the annual Cancer Council fundraiser, is on from 11am today at the Domain. Later, Tyne-James Organ plays the Republic Bar from 8pm.
Sun 27 Potty-mouthed, jar-sauce-hating comedian and chef Nat’s What I Reckon is in Hobart for his On Purpose tour, tonight he’s at the UTAS Uni Bar, 7pm. It’s also the second day of the Grand tour Epsom Music Festival in Pontville.
28 Want to know more about podcasting? Glenorchy Library’s Coffee, Cafe and Computers event will discuss “What is podcasting?” today from 9:30am-11am.
29 Get outdoors with your little one and meet like minded others at the Nature Be In It nature playgroup at New Town Falls. 10am today – head to naturebeinit.com for all the deets.
30 Take a short walk along the Old Beach foreshore and enjoy the new informative ‘Tidal Treasures’ signage – you might just notice something special as a result.
31 Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery is an Australian Design Centre major touring exhibition, presenting 22 outstanding contemporary jewellers working in Australia now – it’s on at TMAG until May.
1 Watch out, April Fools! Learn how to make your own soap at the Melt and Pour Soap Making Class at 10:30am-12:30pm, Kingston Beach Arts Hub.
2 Green your wardrobe at the Preloved Clothing Market in St James Hall, New Town, from 1-4pm. Later, hone your skills at the joyful Intermediate Bollywood Dance Class with Pratik Vhatkar at Kickstart Arts. It’s on every Saturday from 6:30pm.
3 Daylight Savings ends today – don’t forget!
4 Catch James Capper’s mammoth Prototypes of Speculative Engineering exhibition before it ends at Mona (open Thursdays-Mondays, 10-5). Don’t forget you currently need to book ahead for any visit to Mona.
6 Check out the Maritime Museum’s newly opened gallery space, hosting their permanent exhibitions and a couple of temporary ones including ‘Writing and The Sea’. There’s something for everyone. Open every day, 9-5pm.
7 In their first Australian tour in four years, Flight Facilities hit the Hobart City Hall with Sycco and merci, mercy.
King Island has had a rough summer with it’s peak tourism season decimated by Covid cases and warnings not to visit. If you’re a runner, you could support them (and have an awesome time!) by signing up for the King Island Imperial 20. There are distances from 2km to 32km, plus team events, walking events, children’s events and even a pram event. Kingislandrace.org.au
Get some delicious local food and drink into you this public holiday at the 29th ‘A Taste of the Huon’ at Ranelagh. As well as food and wine, there’s also entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon and Channel regions. Ranelagh Recreation Grounds, 10am-4pm, entry is $12.
Love garlic? AND tomatoes? Put them together at the eighth annual Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival up north at Selbourne. There will, naturally, be excellent food and beverages on offer, stallholders with various products, kids activities, music, games, demos and more. You can even enter your best tomato or garlic product, or artwork. Tgtf.org.au.
Bothwell Community Centre is hosting a pop-up TMAG exhibition on pioneering potters Maude Poynter and Violet Mace. Poynter was Tassie’s first potter, known for her experimental approach and bright glazes on her works made at her Ratho studio. Mace came to Ratho to learn Poynter’s techniques, and became a successful potter in her own right.
The Bruny Island Bird Festival is back – guided bird watching walks, tours, talks, workshops, markets and more. All the details are at www.brunybirdfestival.org.au
Road trip to Launceston for a beautiful TSO event – the Weber Clarinet Concerto. Enjoy Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no 1 in F Minor, Mozart’s Symphony no 40 in G Minor and more. At the Albert Hall, Launceston, from 7:30pm (They’re also playing in Hobart on Friday 25 March at 7:30pm).
Influential Australian-Chinese artist Lindy Lee’s show Moon in a Dew Drop is currently on at the Devonport Regional Gallery. Slow down and take in shimmering, meditative and thought-provoking works in her major survey exhibition which draws on her experience of living between two cultures. Until April 19.