Free Events around Hobart this Summer


Free Events around Hobart this Summer


Still feeling the effects from over-spending at Christmas? These events in Hobart this Summer will not only keep you entertained but not burn a hole in the pocked – Cuz, they are FREE! Check em out.. More at What’s On In App – Download (Which is also free – Awesome!) at Google Play or App Store! 

Tasmania’s Salamanca Markets

Every Saturday - 8:30AM

Held every Saturday at Hobart’s waterfront, offering a diverse range of woodwork, fashion, Jewellery, ceramics, glassware and food and produce.


Every Friday night between 5.30-7.30pm

An amazingly cool event that's held – free – every Friday night between 5.30-7.30pm in The Courtyard at Salamanca. It's a family-friendly event, so you can bring your kids, but it's also uber hipster and alternative too. Basically, Rektango is about getting your funk on to a local live band – but don't expect any trashy 80s pub cover bands here. It's all about the funk, soul, reggae and blues.

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Healthy Hobart - Have a go at tennis

Sunday, 04 February 2018 | 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Have a hit with members of the Domain Tennis Centre and learn about the fun and fitness of this social sport. This event is suitable for individuals and families, and is perfect for anyone who hasn’t picked up a racquet in a while, or those who haven't tried tennis before.  

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Healthy Hobart – Yoga

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 | 05:45 PM to 06:45 PM

Try different styles of yoga in a fun, inclusive and relaxing environment at St David’s Park. These weekly sessions are suitable for all abilities and ages. Bring a mat (or towel) and a drink bottle, and wear comfortable, stretchy clothes. Remember to register, and arrive 15 minutes before the class starts

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2018 Lunar New Year Festival

Sunday, 18 February 2018 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

 This will be the sixth annual Lunar New Year Festival organised by the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania. This festival is held within the picturesque Parliament House Lawns, with lots of family focused activities.  It is the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year in Tasmania, bringing together communities to mark the most important celebration in Asia.

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Healthy Kids – Create

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

At this free family fun event, your family will enjoy a special artplay experience provided by The Little Red Art Shed. Your child can also design and build with the unique imagination playground equipment.

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The Burrow at the Botanical Gardens

This one gives you a double-whammy of cool, free stuff, as when you visit the Burrow, you'll also be seeing the Botanical Gardens, one of Hobart's best free offerings. The Burrow is a free community resource located underneath the Visitors Centre at the Gardens. It's a space full of donated books and records, and also includes a large TV screen continually playing Tasmania's best short films. Grab a beanbag and read a book. The Burrow is inspired by the open air library in Germany.

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Open Mic Nights at the Duke

Second Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm

Open Mic Nights are just as fun to attend and cheer (or jeer?) on new talent as they are to perform at. If you've got a skill you're dying to share with Hobart, the Duke in Macquarie Street hosts Open Mics on the second Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm. Irish Murphy's in Salamanca hosts them every Tuesday from 9pm.



8 things that will probably cross your mind between now and NYE!


8 things that will probably cross your mind between now and NYE!

1.     The first idea you think of doing for New Years is always the best, but doesn’t actually happen.

Let’s be honest, the first extravagant NYE party idea is always the best. Round up the troops in a group message and you’re an overseas trip and hitting ‘Interested’ on NYE event in the country on Facebook. To which you only realise, you are poor and having been scrounging leftovers for dinner for the past few weeks.

2.     You will consider having a house party.

Then you remember the never-to-be mentioned incident of 2008 and plans divert back to zero.

3.     Your friends will suggest a wine and cheese night at home.

You’re not a proper grown up, don’t even kid.

4.     A cynical NYE scrooge shoots down all your ideas.

We all have that one friend that never wants to do anything but then complains when they aren’t doing anything - Damn you!

5.     Someone will suggest renting a house on the East Coast.

Oh that’s right, every single possible accommodation option in Tasmania is booked out. No last minute Sally’s allowed here!

6.     New Year anxiety sets in.

Not only do I have unnecessary society pressure to set unrealistic goals for myself as soon as January 1 ticks over, but now... I will be alone NYE - Awesome!

7.     Someone will suggest going to an official fireworks event.

HA! Good one!

8.     You’ll end up planning nothing and things will fall into place.

The moment you admit defeat, which is normally around 4pm NYE. You will end up having a great night. Don't they say, unplanned nights are always the best nights... No, not always. If you’re concerned you’re going to left behind this NYE  – Check out What’s On In App - There is always something on!



Top 10 Tips for Event Organisers


Top 10 Tips for Event Organisers

1. Begin Early

Begin planning as soon as you possibly can. If your event is a large event you should realistically begin planning it four to six months in advance. Smaller events need at least one month to plan. To keep the final run up to the event flowing smoothly, try to ensure that all vendor contracts are completed a few weeks before the event.

2. Remain Flexible

Over the course of planning the event, things are going to change. Whether it is event times, locations or even the type of event you’re hosting, you need to ensure that you’re flexible and can meet the changing demands.


Despite what many vendors will tell you, everything is negotiable. Remember that with every event there will be unforeseen costs, so try to negotiate as low a price as you can. Determine your budget before meeting a vendor, and offer to pay 5-10% lower than this figure. Your vendor may put up a fight, but ultimately they want to win your business.

4. Assign Responsibilities

Break up the various elements of the event into sections (e.g. registration, catering, transport), and assign a section to each member of your team. As they are solely responsible for their own section they will be much more clued into small detail changes.

5. Start using a Project Management Tool & Shared Storage

Utilising a Project Management tool and shared storage allows you to collaborate with your team and now, it couldn’t be easier. In order to keep everyone on the same page, utilise a tool like 'Dropbox' to house documents and a PMT like 'Trello or Do' to include details on everything to do with the event, including checklists, vendor contracts, attendee information, and the floor plan. With a shared document everyone can refer back to it if they are unsure, and your entire team can spot if something is out of place.

6. Have a Backup Plan

It is rare that an event is ever pulled off without at least one issue, an item may not turn up or an important person may arrive late. Assess the most important assets your event will have, and create a backup plan for each. If a number of issues arise in the future, triage them and decide whether an alternative can be found, or if it should be cut entirely from the event.

7. Run sheets are important

About two weeks before the event, do a run through and run sheet of the entire event process. Organise a meeting with your team and mentally walk through everything, from initial set up to the follow up process. Often complications are highlighted at these meetings, and you will have time to correct them. A few days before event organise another run through at the venue with the finalised run sheet so everyone is on the same page.

8. Photography and Video

Pictures and video paint a thousand words, and posting positive photos online is an excellent way to demonstrate the success of your event. If you have the budget hire a professional photographer and/or videographer, they will be more clued in to the kinds of photos that are required and will approach you for specifics. Ask for a number of shots to ensure you cover all bases like a snap of the full room, photos of event branding, and lots of photos of attendees enjoying themselves. Utilising a video for your ongoing social media presence and TVC to tell the story of your event and make the lead in to your next event a lot easier to sell.

9. Get Social & List with What's On In

An event is the perfect way to up your social media presence. Create a custom hashtag for your event on Twitter and encourage your followers to tweet about it. Similarly create an event on Facebook, and encourage your followers to tag the event in relevant posts. Upload your photos once the event is over and actively encourage users to tag themselves. Listing your event with What's On In App will expose your event to users actively looking for something to do. The team can even take care of your artwork, photgraphy and video work - Get in touch!

10. Follow-up Immediately

Once the event is over, many organisers fall into a common pitfall – taking a break. While the logistics may be done it is important to be proactive in following up with attendees, be it over email or on social media, to demonstrate the success of the event.


Gallery & Highlights: Great Chefs Series | David Moyle


Gallery & Highlights: Great Chefs Series | David Moyle

GALLERY: The Great Chefs Series is an opportunity for some of the most influential culinary minds on the planet to mentor, coach and collaborate with the developing talent within the Tasmanian hospitality industry and TasTAFE Drysdale using Tasmanian produce. Check out the Gallery & Highlights from the May dinner with David Moyle.