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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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.

Multicultural Festival

The Neighbourhood Centre (Bathurst) 96 Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

This Festival will have activities for Kids (Rock painting & Making friendship bracelets), multicultural food (Vegetarian & Halal), the Eclectica Choir, Drum Circle, Dance performance, Indigenous jewellery and art display


Oberon End of Year Spectacular 2023

Oberon Main Street Oberon, NSW, Australia

Live music, Christmas carols, face painting, market stalls, food and drinks.

Gulgong Folk Gathering

Post Office Hotel, Gulgong 97-99 Herbery St, Gulgong +1 more

Gulgong is the place to be 6 & 7 January for a couple of days of like-minded musos looking to showcase their talent, have a weekend of music, and meet old & new friends.

The local pubs will be venues with already some bands locked in. There will be blackboards throughout the day/night and jam sessions. This weekend of music is not about profit.


Parkes Elvis Festival

Parkes Parkes, Australia

Parkes will come alive from 10-14 January 2024 to celebrate Elvis Presley and all things Rock ‘n’ Roll and our 31st year.
There’ll be hundreds of Elvis, Jailhouse Rock and Rock ‘n’ Roll themed events across five fabulous, fun-filled days.
The theme for the 2024 Festival is Elvis’ 1957 musical drama, Jailhouse Rock.

Save the date: 2024 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

The Festival begins with a celebration of Banjo’s birthday on Saturday 17 February 2024 and runs through to Sunday 25 February 2024.
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.

Orange Chamber Music Festival

Orange Orange, NSW, Australia

Setting the stage is the beautiful city of Orange as Autumn arrives with colour filled trees, sunny days and cool nights.

Each day will encourage our Festival Pass holders to wander around the region, and to discover the charm and beauty of our finest establishments as the Festival evolves.

Save the date: Cowra Festival of International Understanding

Cowra 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Festa Italiana! will be the call when the 59th Festival of International Understanding is held in Cowra
In March 2024. Italy, the guest nation in 1969, will again be the selected country for the festival and from all reports, one of the most popular.

Save the date: River Yarn Fibre Festival

Carcoar Carcoar, NSW, Australia

The picture-perfect village of Carcoar is nestled in a small sheltered valley beside the meandering Belubula River. A true historic gem, it is the third oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains.
We are inviting you to join us at the second Fibre Festival - a weekend of inspiring workshops and market stalls for knitting and yarn enthusiasts.

Clay Gulgong

Gulgong Gulgong, NSW

This biennial event takes place in a region of north-western New South Wales, Australia, that is globally recognised for its strong links with the field of ceramics. Mansfield Ceramics is committed to bringing the best national and international artists to the beautiful town of Gulgong. Join us April 15 – 21, 2024; we have put together a jam-packed week-long program of events that includes something for everyone interested in ceramics.
Artistic Director: Bernadette Mansfield

Save the date: Orange Winter Jazz Festival

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.

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.


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.

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