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.
It's free to submit your local events. (Use the 'Submit' option under the 'Whats On' menu at the top of the page).
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.

Celebrating NSW Seniors Festival

Bathurst Bathurst, NSW

Bathurst will celebrate the NSW Seniors Festival from 1 February to 12 February with a variety of events and activities for seniors to enjoy.

Festival of Seniors (Parkes)

Parkes Shire Library 25 Bogan Street, PARKES, NSW

Celebrate all things seniors this February at Parkes Shire Library's Festival of Seniors. Come along this February to an author talk by Margaret Dwyer, your very own library lock-in and celebrate with a photo board of your life from 1975 and music in the library on Throwback Tuesdays and Thursdays. See the full festivities below and remember to contact us to make sure you don't miss out!

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

Orange Orange, NSW

The Festival begins with a celebration of Banjo’s birthday on Friday 17 February 2023 and runs through to Sunday 26 February 2023.
There will be about 20 events over that time and at least 7 opportunities for walk-up performances in pubs, wineries and open air at breakfast.

Bathurst Welcomes the World

Kings Parade Bathurst Russell St, Bathurst, NSW

Bathurst will welcome the World Athletics Cross Country Championships with 68 countries and more than 500 athletes descending on the town to compete at Mount Panorama.
To celebrate, FREE Live Music will be held in Kings Parade and dining venues across town all weekend.
Experience the sounds of the world with a huge line-up of both local and international artists performing live from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 February.


Light Up The Night

Grenfell Grenfell, NSW

FREE EVENT: Live Music, Market Stalls + a spectacular Drone Light Show that will light up the night.


Inland Sea of Sound Festival

Bathurst Bathurst, NSW

The Inland Sea of Sound is back in February 2023 with a series of fantastic ticketed events at KeyStone 1889, The Fossil Carpark and BMEC plus free events in Kings Parade. Capacities for ticketed events will be limited so get in early!


Wahluu/Mount Panorama Bathurst, NSW

Australia’s most popular regional boutique music festival, VANFEST is set to return on the 2nd and 3rd December with a new-look, brand new location, and a colossal line-up of chart-topping, award winning Australian and New Zealand artists that has today been revealed for VANFEST’s epic return.

Blayney in the 80s

Blayney Blayney, NSW

A whole weekend of 80s themed activities, live music, kids entertainment and more!

Cowra Festival of International Understanding

Cowra Cowra, NSW

The 2023 Cowra Festival of International Understanding promises to be bigger than ever, with a free concert at the Carnival featuring multiple golden guitar winner, Beccy Cole, and award-winning children’s entertainment group as seen on ABC Kids, The Beanies!

Orange Chamber Music Festival 2023 FESTIVAL GALA

Kinross Wolaroi School Derek Pigot Auditorium, Orange Orange, NSW

The Orange Chamber Music Festival 2023 Festival Gala is not to be missed this festival season! 🎶
Featuring Queenslands Chamber Orchestra, Camerata, the Orava Quartet and the world premiere of new Saxophone Concerto performed by saxophonist Jay Byrnes.

Cultured – by Orange Chamber Music Festival Inc.

On its third year running the Orange Chamber Music Festival will provide the community with a range of free performances within the Orange Cultural Precinct to celebrate the city's modern and vibrant cultural life.
Activities will commence at the Farmer Markets (Northcourt). Performances by the NSW Police Brass Ensemble and Dixieland band will kick off the whole day of free fine performances.
Throughout the morning and early afternoon, performances will take place inside the Library, Museum and Gallery, respectively.


River Yarn Fibre Festival

Carcoar School of Arts Icely St, Carcoar NSW 2791, Carcoar, NSW

Join for Carcoar's first ever Fibre Festival - a weekend of inspiring workshops and market stalls for knitting and yarn enthusiasts. Carcoar is praised as a wonderful piece of living history and a brilliant place to recharge the batteries, step back to yesteryear and immerse in local hospitality


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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