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.

Evans Arts Council Weekly Craft Activities

Evans Art Council 5 - 7 Lee Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Looking to meet new people while sharing your love of craft? Come along to one of our free groups - bring along whatever you are working on or need help with - someone in the group will be able to help you, or just come along for a chat.


Homework Club

Oberon Library Oberon, NSW, Australia

Is your child struggling? Does your child lack confidence?

Homework club is a free program to help your child with homework. An opportunity to review, practice and develop skills in a supportive environment.


Ausmusic T-Shirt Day 2023

Dust off your fave Aussie band t-shirt because our annual fundraiser, Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is back!

Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is a day of fun and awareness held during Ausmusic Month to celebrate Aussie music and raise urgently-needed funds for music workers in crisis.

Funds raised from the campaign go towards helping us continue our crucial work supporting musicians, managers, crew and music workers through crisis relief support, mental health and wellbeing programs, the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, our Mentally Healthy Workplaces Program and dedicated First Nations support.

11th Christmas Tree Festival

Forbes Town Hall 2 Court Street, Forbes, NSW, Australia

The members of Rotary Ipomoea invite you to make and decorate a Christmas tree, a nativity, wreath or wall hanging, as long as the entry has a Christmas theme they will exhibit it at the 11th community Christmas Tree Festival.

2024 Summer Reading Club Challenge

Bathurst Library 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Keep an eye out for the launch of our annual SRC Challenge. With $600 worth of prizes up for grabs, its a great way to keep kids reading over the summer holidays!
PLUS a special announcement about an EXTRA feature of this years' challenge is coming soon...

Friday Music for Little Ears – Week 6 of 6

Orange Library (part of Central West Libraries) Civic Square, 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Music for Little Ears is perfect for children aged 2-5 years. Join Samantha Bartholomeusz from the Orange Regional Conservatorium for a morning of music and dancing at Orange City Library.

Music is proven to stimulate learning and literacy. Initiate little ears to classical music, singing, percussion, dancing and musical games.


BGD X BRAG / Cocktail Aperitif

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Join Bathurst Grange Distillery and BRAG for the announcement of the inaugural winner of the Summer Gin Art Competition and the launch of BGD’s new Summer Gin with special guest celebrity chef Matt Moran.


The CORRIDOR project 2997 Darbys Falls Road, Wyangala, NSW, Australia

Join in for the day with a talk by Dr Jordan Bailey, discussing the wood wide web and why mycelium is a key contributor to earth and soil health.
Photo-media artist Steven Cavanagh will then facilitate a workshop processing Cyanotypes and sculptural constructions using organic material collected from site.

$18 – $20.00
Event Series Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night

Portland Golf Club Wallerawang Road, Portland, NSW, Australia

Join the Golf Club's open mic night on the first Saturday of each month. 

Music voucher prizes. 

Event Series Mondays at the Museum

Mondays at the Museum

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Mondays at the Museum is a free one-hour session designed for 3–5-year-olds and their grown-ups to explore and create at Orange Regional Museum.

Each week we explore a different part of the museum before getting into a craft activity based on what we've discovered.

Mondays at the Museum are a great opportunity for parents and carers to enjoy time with their children in an educational environment and meet up with other Orange families.

Event Series Oberon Men’s Shed

Oberon Men’s Shed

Oberon Showground Oberon, NSW

Oberon Men's Shed is a neutral safe space to enjoy other bloke's company.

A range of activities and a great starting point for blokes new to Oberon to meet the locals or for locals to catch up with old mates. 

Event Series Storytime @ Parkes

Storytime @ Parkes

Parkes Library 25 Bogan Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Know a 3-5 year old? Come along to our FREE Story Time for a fun way to boost preschool children's confidence and reading-readiness skills. Make friends, enjoy stories, learn rhymes, do some craft.


Parkes Library 25 Bogan Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Do you have a passion for writing?
Come along to Author-Rised, Parkes Shire Library's writing group where all writers from 18+ share their passion for writing over snacks and tea.
We welcome writers of all stripes; poets, non fiction writers, fiction writers, scriptwriters.

Event Series Camera Club

Camera Club

Neighbourhood Central - Parkes Cnr Bushman & Currajong Streets, PARKES, NSW, Australia

Parkes Camera Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

All welcome!

Gift Wrapping, Tags and Fandangles

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire Council Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Join Helen Standen and Deb Jones in a fun filled morning creating your own homemade gift wrapping with potato printing, watercolour, pom poms and other fibre crafts.
Bring your own brown paper bags to decorate, gifts to wrap and be ready to have some fun.


Local and family history

Parkes Shire Library 25 Bogan Street, PARKES, NSW, Australia

Come along to the Parkes Shire Library Local History room to share your wisdom, learn new local and family history facts and work together on projects for our community.

Event Series Storytime @ Canowindra

Storytime @ Canowindra

Canowindra Library 70 Gaskill Street, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Every Thursday during the school term.

They read stories, sing songs, play games and make craft. They are held during the school term and cater for preschool children and their carers.


Wirimbili Cultural Experience

Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp campground, Nullo Mountain NSW, Australia Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp campground, Nullo Mountain NSW, Australia, Nullo Mountain, NSW, Australia

North East Wiradjuri Company presents Wirimbili Cultural Experience.

Immerse yourself in the culture, language and dance of the local Dabee/Wiradjuri people.



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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