Welcome to our BIG 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.

COVID-19:  We’ve tagged the planned events across the region that have been cancelled or postponed: Click here

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Here’s our story on who has moved online. Click here for the listings

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Around the Clock: Bathurst 12 & 24-Hour Endurance Racers – Closed due to Covid-19

Mon January 27 - Mon April 13

BATHURST. This special exhibition will feature a number of Bathurst 12-Hour and 24-Hour racing cars, as well as memorabilia and other objects from the history of these races
at Mount Panorama since the early 1990s.

Transports of Delight – Closed due to Covid-19

Sun February 23 - Tue May 12

BATHURST DISTRICT HISTORICAL MUSEUM. The Historical Society Museum will be having a display of luggage and travel accessories during Autumn Colours. Come and have a look at a magnificent Louis Vuitton travelling trunk, suitcases that have been everywhere, handbags and more

Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857 – 1893 – GALLERY TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Sat March 28 - Sun July 19

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM. Australia’s earliest scientific photographs are revealed in a new exhibition, Capturing Nature.


Sun April 5
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One event on Sun 5 April 2020, at 12:00 am

BATHURST. Join Juanita Kwok on a cemetery wander and visit the graves of Chinese residents of Bathurst. When Ruby Chew Ming died in 1941, the National Advocate reported her death as the “Death of Bathurst’s Only Woman Chinese." Hear Ruby's story and others.

The Rockley Mill & Stables Museum

Sun April 5 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:30 am on day 5 of the month, repeating until Sun 20 December 2020,

ROCKLEY. Open Sundays. Housed in an enormous heritage building, work your way up the three storeys to see old mill machinery, period clothing, and even police records.


Mon April 6 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, repeating indefinitely

BATHURST. The Bathurst Rail Museum brings the rich social history of Bathurst and our story as a railway town to life, with personal recollections and interesting artefacts.

Mondays at the Museum – Cancelled for the time-being due to Covid-19

Mon April 6 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Mon 14 December 2020,

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. DURING TERM TIME. Join us for look and make activities and craft for Under 5s in 2020. This free program is designed for kids aged 3-5 years and their parents/carers to discover and learn from our exhibitions


Thu April 9
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One event on Thu 9 April 2020, at 12:00 am

One event on Fri 17 April 2020, at 12:00 am

One event on Fri 24 April 2020, at 12:00 am

BATHURST. This is a special limited-edition behind-the-scenes night tour of Abercrombie House. Explore rarely seen and private areas of the house on this guided tour. Tickets include canapes, platters, barista coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

CEMETERY WANDER – Cancelled due to Covid-19

Sat April 11

BATHURST.  The cemetery is alive with the sounds of music! Enjoy a two hour wander around the Bathurst General Cemetery, exploring the history and lives of past Bathurst residents who helped shape Bathurst’s wonderful musical heritage.

Ironfest 2020 Gothic Virtual Festival

Fri April 17 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

groups & individuals do their thing in locations of their choice & live stream them (at a location to be advised) via watch parties over the April 18 & 19 weekend

Ironfest 2020 Gothic – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Sat April 18 - Sun April 19

LITHGOW SHOWGROUND. The 21st annual Ironfest will take place at the Lithgow Showground over the weekend of Sat 18 & Sun 19 April

‘Neighbours’ – More Tales from The Bathurst Government Settlement – – Cancelled due to Covid-19

Sat April 18

BATHURST. If they had had television then, there would have been a soap chronicling the lives of the notso-neighbourly residents of the Bathurst Gaol and Barracks in the 1830s-40s.

“Yells, Bells and Smells”: The ANZACS in Malta during the Great War

Thu April 23 at 6:00 pm

BATHURST. Hear about Bathurst and Central West ANZACS and the letters they sent home from Malta


Sat May 2
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One event on Sat 2 May 2020, at 12:00 am

PERTHVILLE. Commence your leisurely tour with morning tea in the Sisters’ dining room. Enjoy a visit to historic 1872 Perthville Convent Heritage Centre.

MY BLOCK – Cancelled due to Covid-19

Sat May 2

BATHURST. Ever wondered who lived in your block? Join this walking tour of George Street, Keppel Street, Rankin Street and Piper Street. Hear about the lives, hopes and aspirations of the people and families who lived there.

Open Day – Visit Oberon Railway Station and Rolling-stock Shed – Cancelled for the time-being due to Covid-19

Sat May 2 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

TARANA HERITAGE RAILWAY, OBERON Why not visit Oberon Railway Station and Rollingstock Shed?

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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West. These events 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.

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