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Important Australian or Globally Famous events that occur around Port Arthur Tasmania and you are invited.

As one of the most scenic towns in Tasmania, Port Arthur boasts of numerous natural wonders, historical sites, and unique cultural traditions. Throughout the year, locals and visitors alike celebrate a range of nationally or globally recognized annual events that capture the essence of this picturesque town. From local fairs to international music festivals, there's always something happening in Port Arthur. Here are some of the events you can expect to experience when visiting Port Arthur.

1. Port Arthur Lavender Farm Festivals

Each year, the Port Arthur Lavender Farm holds two major festivals - Lavender Harvest Festival in January and Lavender Blooming Season Festival in December. During these events, visitors can explore the picturesque 200-year-old lavender farm that boasts over 5000 lavender plants. This is the perfect event to relax, enjoy the fresh air, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

2. Port Arthur Jazz Festival

Port Arthur Jazz Festival is a popular event that takes place every March. The festival attracts local and international musicians, who come together to showcase their talents in various jazz genres. From traditional jazz bands to modern jazz fusion, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Beyond the music, the festival offers plenty of food, wine, and entertainment options, making it a spectacle to behold.

3. Chocolate Winterfest

Held in the charming town of Latrobe, just over an hour from Port Arthur, Chocolate Winterfest is an event that every chocolate lover must attend. Held in August, the festival invites chocolatiers from around the region to showcase their creations. Visitors can indulge in everything from hot chocolate and chocolate cakes to chocolate-infused savories. With live music, cooking demonstrations, and a chocolate treasure hunt, Chocolate Winterfest is a perfect winter family event not to be missed.

4. Port Arthur Paddle Weekend

A three-day event, Port Arthur Paddle Weekend is an annual event that draws kayaking enthusiasts from around Australia. Paddlers take to the waters of the Tasman Peninsula to explore its stunning coastline, with guided tours and races catering to all skill levels. Visitors who are not into paddling can still enjoy the land-based activities like food stalls, live music, and kid-friendly activities.

5. Port Arthur Spring Festival

Held in October, Port Arthur Spring Festival is the town's biggest annual event, attracting thousands of visitors from across the country. The festival celebrates the town's rich cultural history with reenactments, live music, arts and crafts, and a grand parade. Visitors can also sample local cuisine, wines and experience the region's agricultural produce, including olive oil & cheese tastings.

6. Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Often referred to as the world’s largest wooden boat festival, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a bi-annual event that takes place in Hobart, just 1.5 hours drive from Port Arthur. Held in February, the festival showcases more than 400 boats of all shapes and sizes, all crafted from wood. Visitors can admire the boats, meet the builders, and even try their hand at sailing one of the boats - a truly remarkable experience.

there's always something to celebrate in Port Arthur, Tasmania. From Lavender Festivals and Jazz concerts to chocolate festivals and paddling competitions, this town is the home of some the best annual events in Australia. Whether you're a local or a tourist, these events are a perfect opportunity to embrace the town's rich culture and natural beauty with the community.

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