Cracker Night

FIRE CRACKER NIGHT – Hobart Showground

Music and other activities to be announced soon



This event has been created for families that wish to enjoy the fireworks without the expense of obtaining a permit.

Cracker Night – a much loved family tradition across Australia – will be celebrated on May 26 with a public bonfire and fireworks at the Hobart Showground. A fireworks displays, music, and children’s rides will feature during the evening. 

“Cracker night is a great family and community tradition although its days may now be numbered due to safety considerations. So the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania (RAST) decided to mount an organised cracker night at the Showground for families to enjoy in a safe and secure environment,” said Scott Gadd, CEO of the RAST and Hobart Showground.

“We want to thank Tasmania Police and Glenorchy City Council for their co-operation in the staging of this event, as well as the Wellington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade which has donated its time to stand by while the event is underway. In fact, our efforts to make the evening a reality have been accompanied by a great deal of community cooperation and good will”.

Gates will open at 5.00pm on May 26. Ticket sales will occur at the gates only, no pre-sales. Children will be invited to help stuff the scarecrow, and rides for children will also be available. A fireworks display will occur at 7.30pm and the event will close at 9.00pm which allows parents to still have their kids tucked up in bed nice and early.

Food and drinks including alcohol will be available for purchase from the Grandstand bar upstairs in the main grandstand.

Cracker night was part of Empire Day, marking Queen Victoria’s birthday. It became a firm favorite in the Australian calendar bringing communities together around the country to gather round a bonfire, light tom thumbs and Catherine wheels, and set of bungers and skyrockets.

“Recent years have seen authorities clamping down on cracker night because of safety concerns. But the RAST believes it is a great community-building event so long as it is conducted safely. At the Showground we can provide a safe and accessible site for an activity we want youngsters to remember fondly for the rest of their lives, just like generations of past Australians”, said Mr Gadd.