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. Use the contact or ticketing details listed with each event.

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Storytime @ Parkes

Parkes Library 25 Bogan Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Know a 3-5 year old? Come along to our FREE Story Time for a fun way to boost preschool children's confidence and reading-readiness skills. Make friends, enjoy stories, learn rhymes, do some craft.

Sounds of the Decades

Cooke Park Pavilion Cooke Park, Parkes, NSW

Get ready to groove through the ages at our Saturday Sounds event, "Sounds of the Decades". Immerse yourself in the nostalgic beats of the 70s, 80s, and 90s!

Featuring Yacht Rock Revival as our headline act, followed by sensational performances from Panorama and Tanya Andrew Solo Artist, this free community event is a blast from the past!


The Council Collection

Coventry Room Parkes Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

The Council Collection, an exhibition showcasing the work collected by Council over the past 30 years.

Art Exhibition Opening Night – The Council Collection

Parkes Library 25 Bogan Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Join us for the opening of The Council Collection, an exhibition showcasing the work collected by Parkes Shire Council over the past 30 years.
The Coventry Room, Parkes Library and Cultural Centre. Please note entry fee is payable at door.


Event Series Parkes Writing Group

Parkes Writing Group

Parkes Shire Library 25 Bogan Street, PARKES, NSW, Australia

Work on the last edit of your novel or thinking of entering your first poem in a competition? Parkes Writing Group have all types of writers covered. Join in for the next meeting held every first Tuesday of the month.

Waste 2 Art Talk

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire Council Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Come along and hear Bill Tink from NetWaste discuss the Waste 2 Art theme for 2024 -Packaging - the Past, Present and Future. As part of the talk Bill will be showing lots of examples of contemporary artists who use packaging in their works to give this year’s aspiring Waste 2 Art entrants some great ideas for their 2024 entries.


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.

Event promotors are asked to only include their own original images / images that they have permission to use / copyright free stock images. For more information see our fact sheet on Using Images For Promoting Events (if you can’t see this link look under ‘Opportunities’ then ‘Resources’).