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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Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

This year BMEC presents over 30 events across seven days making it our biggest festival ever!
This includes talks, interviews, workshops, book club, a human library and livestreamed sessions from Sydney Writers’ Festival.


Sydney Writers’ Festival: Live & Local

Kildallon Education Centre 70 Court St, Mudgee, NSW

After the wild success of Live & Local in 2023 ,Sydney Writers' Festival returns to Mudgee to bring the best of the Festival direct to you.

One of Australia’s most loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will live-stream its headline events from Sydney to Kildallon Education Centre.

Prepare to be invigorated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions featuring some of the world’s finest writers and thinkers.

Gold Coin

Western NSW Dance Festival 2024

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Arts education is an important platform for students to thrive, express, create, collaborate, learn and excel. The Western NSW Dance Festival highlights public schools from across Western NSW, showcasing the passion, skills and creativity of teachers and students from Kindergarten to Year 12 as they explore the art of dance.

Henry Lawson Festival of Arts

Grenfell Grenfell, NSW, Australia

To commemorate his contribution to the arts, the Festival promotes and recognises aspiring Australians in their artistic endeavours in Grenfell, NSW.

Orange Winter Jazz Festival – back in 2025

Get set for a weekend of great music and fine wine in the picturesque winter wonderland of Orange. This beautiful and historic township plays host to the best of the Central West’s music scene, alongside Australia’s most electrifying jazz artists across the June long weekend 2024.

Chillfest 2024

Forbes Youth & Community Centre Battye Street, Forbes, NSW, Australia

Gear up for an enchanting family evening at ChillFest, the perfect kickoff to Forbes' Frost and Fire. Glide and twirl on our synthetic ice-skating rink beneath the stars, indulge in delightful treats from food stalls, and join us for a cosy family movie night in the Youth and Community Centre. 


Frost & Fire

Forbes Ski Dam Forbes, NSW, Australia

Embark on a warming winter adventure at Forbes' annual Frost and Fire event, nestled in the heart of Central West NSW!  As we commemorate our 5th year, things are heating up! 

Cosy up by toasty fire buckets, indulge in hearty treats from our food trucks, and savour boutique brews while being serenaded by internationally recognised Australian music acts on the main stage. 

Free – $30

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Australia's biggest and best comedy spectacular is setting off on its 26th annual road trip around the country! Showcasing the finest talents from the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we're delivering a dose of laughter right to your doorstep!

Featuring a line-up of beloved comedy royalty alongside the freshest sensations from the Festival, all in one hilarious show that guarantees nationwide laughs.

$38 – $48

Save the date: Newbridge Winter Solstice Festival

Newbridge Showground Newbridge, NSW, Australia

A midwinter celebration of the solstice culminating with a wickerman bonfire and including Viking fighters, dancers, circus performers, live music, artisan markets and hearty winter food in an historic village setting.

Flickerfest 2024 Canowindra

Rosnay Organic, Canowindra 510 Rivers Road, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Celebrating 33 years in 2024, Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Oscar® and BAFTA Qualifying international short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 3,400 entries! 

2024 Bathurst Winter Festival

Machattie Park Bordered by William, Keppel, Russell & George St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

The Bathurst Winter Festival returns this July school holidays, with 16 days full of affordable fun for the whole family to enjoy; including stunning light shows, the 30m outdoor McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink and an exciting program of Feature Festival Events.

Cementa 2024

Kandos Kandos

Cementa Inc. is an artist-centred and community-driven regional arts organisation based in Kandos in Central New South Wales (NSW), on Wiradjuri Country.


Save the Date: Art of Work Regional Showcase and Forum

Orange Cultural Precinct Byng St, Orange, NSW

Regional Arts NSW is inviting both individuals and organisations connected or interested in regional arts in NSW to attend our Forum in November this year in Orange, to participate in a conversation about what Regional Arts is and could become in NSW.
The event will also be a showcase of over 60 women running creative businesses in regional NSW who have been part of our Work of Art project (funded by Women NSW).
More information to follow, but for now, save the date!


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

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