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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Tall Short Artists Term 3 Classes

Thu July 30 - Fri September 25

ORANGE. Excited to be running after school art classes in Term 3 at OPS! Thursday arvos- Grades 3-6.

Spring School Holiday Classes

Mon September 28 - Thu October 1

CWA HALL, ORANGE. Visual arts workshops.

Guided Family Tour of Code Breakers: Women in Games

Tue September 29 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on Wed 7 October 2020, at 1:00 pm

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Join us at Orange Regional Museum this school holidays for a free guided family tour of one of our current exhibitions.

Rock Painting & Tie Dye – School Holidays Workshop

Wed September 30 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

FORBES. Registrations essential // BBQ Lunch included // Children under 9 years must be supervised by an adult

Guided Family Tour of Inherit: Old and New Histories

Wed September 30 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on Thu 8 October 2020, at 10:00 am

ORANGE REGIONAL MUSEUM, ORANGE. Join us at Orange Regional Museum for a free guided family tour of one of our current exhibitions.

School Holidays – Movie Night

Fri October 2 at 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FORBES. School Holidays Movie Night

Watercolour Workshop – Animal Portraiture with a Rock Star Theme

Sat October 3 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

BESPOKE & CO, BATHURST. This highly popular workshop will unleash your creative side to master the art of watercolour and paint a rock star animal portrait.

Landscape Workshop – Modern Watercolour

Sun October 4 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

BESPOKE & CO, BATHURST. A watercolour workshop led by Blue Mountains artist Jennie Deane of Hiccup Art.

Flower Crowns & DIY Scrunchies – School Holidays Workshop

Wed October 7 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

FORBES. FREE // registrations essential // 9 years and up

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.

Doctor Stovepipe – Free Family Concert – CANCELLED

Sat October 24

ORANGE REGIONAL CONSERVATORIUM, ORANGE. Down a dusty road from the 1930s comes Doctor Stovepipe, a rollicking, old-time ensemble of guitar, bass, fiddle and sweet vocal harmonies.

Sharp Short Dance Festival heats

Mon October 26 - Sat November 21

COWRA CIVIC CENTRE. 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.

Edward the Emu – CANCELLED

Thu October 29 at 6:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. The award-winning Monkey Baa team brings to the stage the classic Australian tale of two emus searching for their identity. The emus’ journey of hilarity and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you!

Magic Beach

Mon November 16 at 6:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Alison Lester AM’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement for children aged 3-8 and their adults.
From the team behind The Gruffalo and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses, this new Australian adaptation from multi-award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special.

Bluey’s Big Play – Bathurst

Sun 14 March 2021,

BMEC, BATHURST. See Bluey, Bingo, Mum and Dad as you’ve never seen them before... Join The Heelers in their first live theatre show created just for you with puppetry, live actors and iconic Australian sets. It’s a little bit different and a little bit beautiful.

The 91-Storey Treehouse

Mon 29 March 2021, at 6:00 pm

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE. Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider!
But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry & Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world?

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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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