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.

It’s free to submit your local events

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.

Rachael Mogan McIntosh Launches Mothering Heights

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

A year of joy and survival in the trenches of early parenthood.

Following the year Rachael Mogan McIntosh gave birth to her third child and shapeshifted from wild to mild, Mothering Heights is an hilarious, moving celebration of early parenthood – written by a survivor.

Come along and meet Rachael for some laughs and hilarious fun.

Free

Orange City Library: Scott Honeysett launches Scattered Branches

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Shattered Branches by Scott Honeysett offers a frank account of 12 lives in war and peace of the Honeysett family including Clarence Mayford Honeysett who rests in Orange Cemetery.

Free

Meet Authors Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion are both novelists: Graeme’s Rosie Project series has sold over six million copies in forty languages and won ABIA book of the year. Anne’s five crime novels have been published in Australia and overseas, and their first joint effort, Two Steps Forward, a story of walking and renewal, was an international bestseller, sold to fourteen countries with movie rights optioned in the US.

Free

The Novel Project Writing Seminar With Graeme Simsion

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Graeme Simsion is a bestselling novelist, popular seminar leader and author of The Novel Project: A Step by Step Guide to your Novel, Memoir or Biography, with a track record of ‘getting it done’.
In his seminar, Graeme will cover the end-to-end process of writing, from premise to proofreading, as described in The Novel Project.

Free

A Step Towards Freedom – Book Launch

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

At the tender age of three, Gabrielle Dickson’s carefree, fun-filled childhood took a dark turn. One that would lead her into a lifetime of betrayal, shame and humiliation.

This is a story of courage, of becoming unstuck and learning that everyone is flawed in some way, but that self-healing is the only way forward. And to move forward, Gabrielle had to face her past.

Free

Orange City Library: Seniors Week: Meet Author Anne Ring – Engaging With Ageing

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

We all get older, and yet ageing is a topic that is often ignored altogether or treated as something wholly negative. We are bombarded with products and lifestyle hacks to wind back the clock, perpetuating the stigma of old age.
In Engaging with Ageing Anne Ring challenges this with a fresh, new and wholistic perspective on growing older. The book acts as a personal ‘travel guide’, helping readers to navigate the way they individually choose to age. Anne Ring’s research empowers people to actively engage with how they will be old, rather than how old they are.

Free

Seniors Week: Orange City Library Author Anne Ring – Engaging With Ageing

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

We all get older, and yet ageing is a topic that is often ignored altogether or treated as something wholly negative. We are bombarded with products and lifestyle hacks to wind back the clock, perpetuating the stigma of old age.
In Engaging with Ageing Anne Ring challenges this with a fresh, new and wholistic perspective on growing older. The book acts as a personal ‘travel guide’, helping readers to navigate the way they individually choose to age. Anne Ring’s research empowers people to actively engage with how they will be old, rather than how old they are.

Free

Meet Craig Semple: The Cop Who Fell to Earth

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

The Cop Who Fell to Earth is Craig's story of transformation and profound personal growth through exposure to extreme life events. Ultimately, it is a story of how human endurance, tenacity, sacrifice and belief in something beyond the self ultimately lead to the triumph of good over evil.

Free

LEGO Club at Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

There are a selection of sets, plus bricks for freebuilding, games and challenges you may choose to participate in, or just come along and build LEGO with us. No experience necessary, and all LEGO will be provided.

This activity is designed for children aged 6 and over.

LEGO Club at Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

There are a selection of sets, plus bricks for freebuilding, games and challenges you may choose to participate in, or just come along and build LEGO with us. No experience necessary, and all LEGO will be provided.

This activity is designed for children aged 6 and over

Free

Drop-in DIY Bookmarks – School Holidays – Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Drop in to Orange Library on Friday 19th for some fun and creative expression.
We'll be making bookmarks to reflect our plans, challenges, hopes and dreams for 2024.
Make a bookmark for 2024 you!

Dungeons and Dragons – School Holidays – Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

We have three tables running 'one-shot' adventures for beginners. If you have not played before, or are rather new, come and give it a go
If you have a 25mm miniature depicting your character, bring it. If you wish to dress in character, please do so.

Bling your Books – School Holidays – Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Add some personality to your school books while learning the ancient art of Librarian Book Covering™
Discover the secrets librarians have kept hidden for centuries, like how to measure the perfect amount of clear contact, how to avoid that contact becoming wrinkled and bubbly, and how to create a crisp corner on the edge of your book.

Bling your Books – School Holidays – Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Add some personality to your school books while learning the ancient art of Librarian Book Covering™
Discover the secrets librarians have kept hidden for centuries, like how to measure the perfect amount of clear contact, how to avoid that contact becoming wrinkled and bubbly, and how to create a crisp corner on the edge of your book.

Bling your Books – School Holidays – Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Add some personality to your school books while learning the ancient art of Librarian Book Covering™
Discover the secrets librarians have kept hidden for centuries, like how to measure the perfect amount of clear contact, how to avoid that contact becoming wrinkled and bubbly, and how to create a crisp corner on the edge of your book.

 

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’).