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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Neil Murray at The Cordial Factory, Grenfell

The Cordial Factory, Grenfell Grenfell, NSW

Maverick song man Neil Murray is not only a founding member of the pioneering Warumpi Band (thrusting contemporary indigenous music into mainstream Australia with hits like My Island Home and Blackfella Whitefella) but also a successful solo artist with a career spanning over four decades and a string of remarkable albums including his latest and tenth original solo album, The Telling (released in April 2023).

Portland Blues

Coronation Hotel Portland 41 Williwa St, Portland, NSW, Australia

The Coronation Hotel is bringing The Blues to Portland. The town that built Sydney

Paddy Smith Live @ Sam’s Bar

Sams Bar, Millthorpe 9 Pym St, Millthorpe

After more live music?
Join us at Sam’s Bar Millthorpe, Friday 26th of May with tunes from Paddy Smith from 6pm


SILENCE by Karul Projects

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

SILENCE is about the space in between. The conversations not being heard and the responses that are muted. Through the beating of a drum, bodies thrash through frequencies to uncover what lies in the SILENCE.

Simply Ukes Open Rehearsal

Orange Regional Conservatorium 73A Hill Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Simply Ukes are opening their doors and welcoming public to witness the fun and enjoyment of the Friday and Saturday class.
Simply Ukes meet every Friday or Saturday to play and sing in the company of others.


Just a Song at Twilight

Keystone 1889, Bathurst 99 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

The play questions our life choices, regrets and our moral and ethical compass. What price is ethics when the share price hits the floor?
Don't miss this touching piece of work which is sure to bring laughs, nostalgia and maybe some tears... and support our local talents.


Just a Song at Twilight – by Phil Sanders

Keystone 1889, Bathurst 99 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Gerry Sorley, an Australian studying at Cambridge University, reads Seneca's "The Shortness of Life" as part of his philosophy degree. He knows he’s being indulged by his father who will insist on him joining the family firm soon, and he’s determined that, when he does, he will do things 'ethically.' It is the summer of 1976 and Gerry joins fellow students and best friends, Tim and Judith, to sing old music hall songs for fun in the back rooms of pub. This leads to their finding a spot in the Edinburgh Fringe by which time Gerry and Judith are falling in love.



Family Hotel, Bathurst Cnr Russell & Bentinck St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Get ready for another amazing month of live music, completely free of charge!

Austen Logan live at The Blind Pig

The Blind Pig Cocktail Bar & Sound Lounge, Orange 45 McNamara street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Austen Logan live at the Blind Pig Orange


Lithgow Valley Colliery and Pottery Site Lithgow, NSW, Australia

A poetry slam is an open mic, art event in which poets perform spoken word poetry before a live audience.

Back in Spring Hill

Railway Hotel, Spring Hill Spring Hill

Join the Hip Reps as we play all your favourite songs at one of our favourite pubs.
We love Sunday arvo gigs! Book a table for lunch and enjoy a Sunday roast. A family friendly afternoon of great music is guaranteed


ORC Brass collective and Horn ensemble are joining forces with the City of Orange Brass band for an afternoon of brass magic!
Perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


Wesley Uniting Church Orange 217 Anson Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

A combined performance featuring the ORC Brass collective & Horn Ensemble in concert with the Orange City Brass Band.

The Alphabet of Awesome Science

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge (the Word Nerd and the Science Freak) for a thrilling voyage through the alphabet – where great big chewy sesquipedalian words inspire mind-blowing scientific surprises. Professor Lexi Con has curated a curious collection of her favourite words (one for every letter of the alphabet) with each word providing Professor Noel Edge with an inspirational jumping off point for 26 quirky scientific demonstrations – that squish and squirt, float and fly, erupt and explode.


Ruby Tuesday – Jon Bon Jovi

The Agrestic Grocer, Orange 426 Molong Road, Orange, NSW, Australia

Bad Medicine is a local cover band dedicated to bringing to the stage the hits of this great band, and will be performing a selection of Bon Jovi’s many hits at Ruby Tuesday on 23rd May, 30th
May, 6th June & 13th June.

PETTY / NICKS Performed by: The Album Show!

Little Alberts @ The Victoria Bathurst 3 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

The hits by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers + Stevie Knicks & Fleetwood Mac, performed by The Album Show!
Bathurst based singer Sophie Jones (Smith & Jones) has teamed up with Sydney based producer/singer-songwriter Michael Carpenter as part of The Album Show to present a full band show of the best of Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty.



The Victoria, Bathurst 3 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Experience the best of local talent every Friday with “Live + Local”! Watch as skilled musicians
take the stage and showcase their abilities. Don’t miss out on this weekly event celebrating the
best of the local music scene.


The Corner Store Gallery, Orange 382 Summer Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join us for a monthly(ish) series of intimate performances by some of the region's best young talent. Bringing music and art together for the first time, Studio Sessions invites you to immerse yourself in our creative space and enjoy a slow Winter session at The Corner Store Gallery.

Tania Kernaghan & Jason Owen

Parkes Leagues Club 194 Clarinda Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Two of Australia's Best - Together in Concert


The Blind Pig Cocktail Bar & Sound Lounge 45-47 McNamara Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Hot young band "Plus ONE" join visiting rock band, "Simple Stone", for a double header at The Blind Pig.

The Sydney Symphony performs Beethoven

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

Beethoven’s First Symphony was a revelation for its time and still has the power to make audiences feel something that they never have before. Edvard Grieg’s music recalls joyous dances in its celebration of Norwegian culture. And Strauss’ romantic Oboe Concerto is brought to life by the Sydney Symphony’s renowned Principal Oboe, Diana Doherty.


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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