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.

This is a busy artistic region. There’s usually more than 2000 arts and heritage events happeing in the region each year. Of course, 2020 looks a little different but the events are slowly returning where possible.

NEW: HAPPENING ONLINE. We’ve added a new category for workshops, exhibitions, virutal tours and activities that are now happening ONLINE. Click here for the listings

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LIVEattheGALLERY – Hot Club de Katoomba

Sun August 9 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Australian violinist Simon Watts and French singer/guitarist Julien Clément team up for an evening of classic French chansons and an assortment of Hot Club swing jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Nirvana Uplugged in New York – Classic Album Night

Thu August 13 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

THE VICTORIA, BATHURST. Covering Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged in New York' live album is local band, Wishkah.

Petty Nicks – Classic Album Night by Sophie Jones + Michael Carpenter

Thu September 3 at 6:00 pm

THE VICTORIA, BATHURST. Sophie Jones has teamed up with Sydney producer/singer-songwriter Michael Carpenter to present a show of best of Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty.

Arcadia Winds

Fri September 11 at 6:30 pm

ORANGE REGIONAL CONSERVATORIUM, ORANGE. This vivacious program finds them in their element: Percy Grainger’s delicious Walking Tune and Júlio Medaglia’s exuberant South American-flavoured suite bookend two classics of the genre in Taffanel’s G minor Quintet and Barber’s beautiful, evocative Summer Music.

Smith & Jones at Bathurst Rail Museum

Sat September 12 at 7:00 pm

BATHURST. Join Bathurst's own Smith & Jones at their first gig back! This will be an exclusive performance at Bathurst Rail Museum. 

LIVEattheGallery – Canto Latino Quartet

Sun September 13 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Fill the senses with music art. Join us for some great entertainment in our amazing space

Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live – Orange

Tue September 15 at 8:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing… happiness.

Mara! Big Band

Fri September 18 at 8:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. For over 3 decades the Mara! Quintet has been developing a new genre of contemporary Australian music, exploring the intersection between jazz and world music. This has earned them two ARIA awards and two final ARIA nominations and taken them across the globe many times with tours to 23 countries.

Condobolin 2020 Tattoo

Sat September 19

CONDOBOLIN. Celebration of pipes and drums.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Classic Album Night

Thu September 24 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

THE VICTORIA, BATHURST. To play all Creedence Clearwater hits is James Van Cooper + Soph Jones on guitar + vocals & Charlie Lee on bass + Michael Carp on Drums.

Faded Glamour

Thu October 1 - Sat October 31

PEISLEY ST GALLERY, ORANGE. A series of soft and lyrical interiors and florals that delights in the feminine and decorative by Larissa Blake. 

Leaving Jackson – The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show

Sat October 10 at 7:30 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire.

LIVEattheGallery – Martyn Cook

Sun October 11 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

GANG GANG GALLERY, LITHGOW. Fill the senses with music art. Join us for some great entertainment in our amazing space

Loose Ends

Wed October 14 - Thu October 15

BMEC, BATHURST. Step into a magical world of wonders and wacky contraptions. A quirky tale of friendship with a touch of Mr Bean.

Mamma Mia!

Fri October 16 - Sun October 25

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Over 60 million people all around the globe have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. And now, Orange Theatre Company invites you to fall in love all over again! 

TIMBA: The Show – Bathurst

Tue October 20 at 6:00 pm

BMEC, BATHURST. Sharing raw and authentic stories of living experience of mental illness and recovery to break stigma

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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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