The Australian Antarctic Festival is produced by the Mawson’s Huts’ Foundation. With partnering organisations such as the Australian Antarctic Division. CSIRO and the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the festival presents a unique opportunity for members of the public to inspect Australia’s latest Antarctic and marine research.

The 2024 festival features a program of fascinating, entertaining and educational events. The festival has a broad appeal ranging from academia, exhibitions and displays, a planned ‘road show’ for regional areas and entertainment .

Regular features returning by popular demand include the Antarctic Expo, the informative Law Lecture, the "Penguin Project" and the popular Australian Antarctic Festival Gala Dinner. The Antarctic Expo is a display of contemporary equipment used on the frozen continent as well as a collection of artefacts and equipment from Australia’s history of exploration in Antarctica. An Antarctic-themed philatelic exhibition featuring stamps and postcards is also being planned.

The festival runs over four days with the first two days usually dedicated to school group tours with members of the public using the weekend to take in the spectacular and informative opportunities offered.

What's on:

Events and points of interest around Hobart.

6 Apr 2024 - 6 Apr 2024
AYO Autumn Season Concert – Turbulent Times
Step into a musical time machine as our flagship orchestra transports you to an era of great societal upheaval and political uncertainty. And no, it is not 2020.
4 May 2024 - 4 May 2024
Hindley Street Country Club
Hindley Street Country Club bringing all the songs you love, live at Wrest Point Casino for one night only!
2 May 2024 - 4 May 2024
Sorell on Stage presents Terror Australis Too
Barry Bryan's pseudo-historic comedy begins on board "HM Detritus", the last convict ship to land on Australian shores. You'll meet the supercilious Magistrate Franklin and
30 Nov 2023 - 20 Jul 2024
Mt Field National Park Private Nature Photography Retreat
This nature photography retreat at Tasmania's Mt. Field National Park offers participants the opportunity to experience the region's spectacular natural splendour. The retreat contains cool-climate
1 Mar 2022 - 30 Jun 2024
Phoenix Creations Wooden Spoon Carving Workshops
Welcome to a day of creative mindfulness with David and Michelle of Phoenix Creations. In their small studio tucked away just 2 minutes from Cygnet's
10 May 2024 - 25 May 2024
Uni Revue 2024: The Rockliff Horror Show | The Old Nick Company
Tasmania’s most politically incorrect party is back in its 76th iteration with The Rockliff Horror Show! A rollercoaster comedy show lampooning politics, pop culture
11 May 2024 - 10 May 2025
Tasmanian Produce Market
The Hobart Twilight Markets showcases a wide variety of Tasmanian eats, drinks and artisans, along with live music from local talent.
3 May 2024 - 27 Sep 2024
Healthy Hobart – Healthy Kids: Dance
Join in for some fun and learn new ideas to get your kids active in your home.
27 Apr 2024 - 22 Jun 2024
Print, Press & Draw Workshop
Discover the delights of mono printing with artist, professional printmaker and fabric designer Deborah Wace. During this day-long workshop, Deborah will lead you through the
25 Mar 2024 - 19 May 2024
SIXTY: The Journal of Australian Ceramics 60th Anniversary 1962–2022
Hobart Current: Epoch is a thought-provoking contemporary program and exhibition, featuring new works created by 10 artists in response to the theme of ‘epoch’.
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