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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Orange Wine Festival

Thu October 1 - Sat October 31

ORANGE. The Orange Wine Festival is the region's opportunity to celebrate its thriving wine and food culture and quality cool-climate wines, unique to the region.

Makers Month

Fri October 2 - Sat October 31

THE FOUNDATIONS, PORTLAND. Events will include workshops, artwork and sculpture installations, opportunities for artists to explore the site, historical site tours, walking and running tours around the trails, kids eco and sustainability workshops and much more…

Sharp Short Dance Festival Heats

Mon October 26 - Sat November 21

COWRA CIVIC CENTRE, COWRA. Sharp Short Dance, Sydney’s most exciting youth dance festival, offers the best young dancers and choreographers from across NSW the opportunity to showcase their talent to a panel of industry professionals and compete for a variety of prizes and awards.

2020 Forbes Baby Boomers Music Festival

Fri October 30

FORBES SERVICES MEMORIAL CLUB, FORBES. The 2020 Forbes Baby Boomers Music Festival will be held over the weekend in 30, 31 October and 1 November.

Arts Revival Festival

Mon 14 December 2020, - Tue 26 January 2021,

PARKES. Revival seems like the perfect theme for the festival - an opportunity to revive, celebrate and foster artistic activity in our local community and use the arts to inspire and uplift people in these troubled times.

Midsummer Bohos

Sat 23 January 2021, - Sun 24 January 2021,

OLD LITHGOW POTTERY, LITHGOW. Live theatre and music. Stalls and artists.

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

Sat 13 February 2021, - Sun 21 February 2021,

ORANGE. Australian poetry is alive and well and this Festival will provide something for every age group, including Aboriginal performance, lots of local history and the wonderful food and wine of the Orange region.

Orange Chamber Music Festival

Thu 8 April 2021, - Sun 11 April 2021,

ORANGE. The Orange Chamber Music Festival is the new art music event of the Central West, featuring established ensembles as well as upcoming Australian artists, local talent and international guest artists.

Canowindra Balloon Challenge

Sat 24 April 2021, - Sun 2 May 2021,

CANOWINDRA. See the magic and spectacle as a plethora of hot air balloons take to the skies each morning and late afternoon in Canowindra every April, over an eight day period at the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge

Parkes Elvis Festival 2022

Wed 5 January 2022, - Sun 9 January 2022,

PARKES. Start your engines and speed your way to the 2022 Parkes Elvis Festival, where we’ll celebrate Elvis’ 1968 musical film, Speedway.

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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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