Regional Arts Development Central West NSW


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.
Submit your events here (more details about event contributions at the bottom of the page).
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 Culture Maps Central NSW.

Potter-Fest at Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Civic Precinct, Orange, NSW

Celebrate 25 years of Harry Potter with magic-themed activities for Primary School-aged kids and adults at Orange City Library.

Free Craft Workshops

Armada Bathurst Howick St, Bathurst, NSW

Free Craft Workshops at Armada Bathurst
Kids can join in the fun these July school holidays and get creative with a different free craft activity each day!

School Holidays in Forbes

Forbes Youth & Community Centre Battye Street, Forbes, NSW

We know you've been waiting for this - here is our exciting Winter School Holiday Program.

School Holidays at Cowra Lirbary

Cowra Library 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW

Join us for:
*Rock Painting
*Tap a Shape & Foil Mandalas
*STEM Studio
*Sand Art
*Fabric Pencil Cases
*Science in the Kitchen

Marramarra Makerspace Studio in School Holidays

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire council Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW

Looking for something to do during the school holidays? Marramarra Makerspace Studio is open and ready to get your creativity flowing!
Join us in the first week for Open Makerspace with Benson.


The Dino-Store

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst 224 Howick St, Bathurst, NSW

So, you want a pet dinosaur? The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum’s latest exhibition is a dinosaur pet shop with answers to all the important dino-pet concerns.

Primary School Holiday Acitvities

Parkes Library 25 Bogan Street, Parkes, NSW

We can only have thirty children attend at the movies and twenty for the craft activities, so please come to the library to book your children in. A librarian will be with the children during the movie screening, so it's fine for parents or carers to leave them at the library during this period, or you are very welcome to stay and enjoy the movie too!

School Holidays at Bathurst Library

Bathurst Library 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW

Our July holiday activities are now open for bookings. These book out really quick sometimes so get in quick if you see something you love!

Various, some free

Floral Design with Petal and Co (Extra Workshop)

Forbes Youth & Community Centre Battye Street, Forbes, NSW

You guys went crazy for our floral sessions with Petal & Co so we've managed to convince our gorgeous friend Felicity to run a repeat of these sessions on Tuesday 5 July for those who missed out. Please DO NOT hesitate sending in booking forms as these sessions booked out in less than 48 hours last time!

Wearable rainbows with Karen Golland – School Holiday Workshop

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Join artist educator Karen Golland in this playful workshop inspired by Liam Benson’s interactive installation 'Hello, good to meet you'.
Using a variety of recycled fabrics in a rainbow of colours young artists will create their own costumes inspired by swishy horse tails and fabulous flowing manes.
This workshop includes a visit to Liam Benson’s interactive installation Hello, good to meet you.


Model Train Workshops

Bathurst Rail Museum 126 Havannah Street, Bathurst, NSW

Sign up for our Model Train Workshops running the 4th, 6th and 8th of July, only $15 a session! Why not sign up for all three?

July School Holiday Program

Mudgee Library 64 Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Mid-Western Regional Council Library aims to offer fun and low-cost activities for children of various age groups during the school holidays.


Oil Painting

Lee Street Hall. Kelso 7 Lee Street, KELSO, NSW

This is a weekly workshop run every Wednesday. You will learn mixing colours, composition, atmospheric and distance perception.

Dream horses with Jaq Davies – School Holiday Workshop

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Create the horse (or unicorn) of your dreams in this mixed media workshop with artist educator Jaq Davies.
Young artists will use a range of drawing materials and our collection of colourful yarn, ribbons and threads to create their very own dream horse (or unicorn).


Dance Workshops

Dr. Ross Memorial Recreation Ground 32 Mitchell Highway, Molong

Come along and join in free dance, hip-hop & break-dancing experience as well as free skate workshops. There will be live music, food vans and other free activities.

Free, bookings required

Jewellery Making

Grenfell Public Library 88 Main Street, Grenfell, NSW

Marramarra Makerspace

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire council Parkes Library, Bogan St, Parkes, NSW

The Marramarra Makerspace Studio is a flexible STEAM space in the Parkes Shire Library and Cultural Centre.
Free to use for library members the space fosters learning, creativity and opportunities in the areas of STEM and the Arts.


Theatre Sports Classes

CWA Hall Bathurst Russell Street, BATHURST, NSW

Looking to build confidence, make friends and improve your improvisation skills?


Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Kids will create their very own pop-up artwork inspired by our exhibition How Cities Work using cardboard, paper, glue and coloured pencils. Illustrator James Gulliver Hancock will demonstrate simple techniques that will turn seemingly ordinary materials into an imaginative artwork.

Draw your feelings with Heather Vallance – School Holiday Workshop

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Explore touch, sound and movement in this experimental drawing workshop inspired by Liam Benson's 'hello, good to meet you'
Artist educator Heather Vallance will guide young artists through a series of drawing experiments that focus on some of our own animal friends and how they feel, sound and move.
This workshop includes a visit to Liam Benson’s interactive installation Hello, good to meet you.


Drop-in and Play Session with artist Liam Benson

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Make a drawing, share a story, dance, stretch, relax and play in this free drop in session with the artist.
Families are invited to this special school holiday drop-in session with artist Liam Benson in his interactive installation hello, good to meet you.



Oberon RSL Cnr Oberon St and Dudley Sts, Oberon, NSW

All ages welcome - men & women, boys & girls, including beginners.


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.

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