Welcome to our list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region.
It’s free to submit your local events. (Use the ‘Submit’ option under the ‘Whats On’ menu at the top of the page).
For maps and details of museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art go to the Culture Maps Central NSW menu..


Mondays at the Museum

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Mondays at the Museum is a free one-hour session designed for 3–5-year-olds and their grown-ups to explore and create at Orange Regional Museum.


I Am Me – SPARKE 2023 Teacher Workshops

West Room, Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Join us for a free after school workshop for teachers to support you and your students in creating 'I Am Me'

Music of the Dunera boys: The Dunera Mass

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Join Orange Regional Museum on Saturday 25 March at 4pm to experience the Dunera Mass in a special collaboration with the Orange Regional Conservatorium’s Symphonic Choir, performed amongst Orange Regional Museum’s exhibition Enemy Aliens: the Dunera boys in Orange, 1941.
This is an opportunity to hear this choral work performed perhaps for the first time since 1941. The Dunera Mass is one of a few newly re-discovered manuscripts composed by internee Max-Peter Meyer aboard the HMT Dunera and performed while detained in Hay, Orange and Tatura.



Rainbow Portraits: School Holiday Program

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Create your own colourful family portraits at the Museum this school holidays.
Inspired by the historic portraits on display in the Museum, we’ll be creating some wild and wonderful portraits on canvas with the help of the humble squeegee.
Bring along a family picture to trace, or use those in our exhibition to create your own crazy family album.


Family Tour of ‘Enemy Aliens: the Dunera boys in Orange, 1941’

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Discover the story of the Dunera boys, from their journey to Australia and their experiences while interned in Orange and elsewhere in Australia.
Kids and adults alike can explore the exhibition through a scavenger hunt. Once the tour finishes, drop in to our Activity Space and spend some time getting creative with some hands-on crafting inspired by the exhibition.


Showground Sketches: Intergenerational drawing workshop

Orange Showground Leeds Parade, Orange, NSW

Designed especially for children and their adults to learn together, this session will introduce participants to a range of drawing techniques and exercises. Using the Orange Showgrounds as our backdrop, participants will also have a chance to reflect on the story of the Dunera boys and their time in Orange during the Second World War.



The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Event listings are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media. Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets.

The best way to include your event is to use our SUBMIT HERE form (under the What’s On menu at the top of each page). These listings will be manually approved by the Arts OutWest team before publication.  Please allow a couple of days for listings to be published. If you have submitted an event and want to make changes just email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Featured events‘ are those submitted directly online by presenters.

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