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It is only a few years ago that summer was the only time to visit Hobart. The city pretty much closed down over the colder winter months. Now, thanks to the MONA effect and the introduction of a number of winter festivals and events, Hobart is a year-round destination whether you are an art lover, gourmet or sports fan.

January: Hobart International Tennis

One of the major international sporting events in Tasmania, this week-long tournament is held at the Domain Tennis Centre (check out the amazing views) and attracts leading women players from around the globe as they warm up for the Australian Open in Melbourne. 

Januray: MONA FOMA

Curated by the team behind MONA and held in mid January each year, this wild and wacky music and arts festival showcases non-mainstream bands and artists from around the globe – and includes many free performances at venues around Hobart and its waterfront. 

February: Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Held every two years on the Hobart waterfront, this is one of Tasmania's biggest events, always drawing massive crowds. There is a festive ambience with food stalls and street entertainers as wooden craft descend from around the globe. Next event: February 10-13, 2017.

March: Ten Days on The Island

Based in Hobart but with events held at venues throughout Tasmania, Ten Days is a festival that looks at different aspects of island life and has frequently featured guest musicians, dancers, artists and comedians from islands including Newfoundland and Jersey. Next event: March 17-26, 2017. 

June: Dark MOFO

Hobart's hugely popular 10-day winter festival features a three-day food and wine festival along with visits by leading mainland chefs, appearances from an eclectic array of major international bands, street performances, pop-up bars and an events campus at Macquarie Point. Next event: June 10-21.   

June/July: Festival of Voices

Choirs and singers from around Australia descend on Hobart for this annual celebration of the human voice and its many uses. Held over two weeks in late June-early July, it features concerts, workshops and public events at a range of venues across the city. 

June/July/August: AFL matches

While the Hawthorn club plays several Australian Football League matches each year in Launceston, Hobart hosts the North Melbourne Kangaroos, who play three regular-season games annually at Bellerive Oval on the city's eastern shore. Match weekends over winter see the city packed to capacity.  

September: Australian Antarctic Festival

Hobart is the home base for the Antarctic fleets of Australia and France and those links will be celebrated from September 8-11. This new festival, to be held every two years, will feature photographic and art competitions and an open day on the Aurora Australis ship. 

December: Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

The fleet for one of the world's most dramatic blue ocean yacht races starts each Boxing Day from Sydney Harbour and sails down the east coast of Australia, and across Bass Strait, often in appalling weather, before finishing to a party atmosphere at Constitution Dock. 

December: Taste of Tasmania   

Held over the post-Christmas/New Year holiday period, the Taste is a long-running gourmet festival that highlights local produce, wines, craft beers and ciders, along with live entertainment. It coincides with the arrival of the Sydney-Hobart yacht fleet and is held at Princes Wharf Shed One.