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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Family Tour – Orange 412

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

Join a facilitated tour of our latest exhibition 'Orange 412: A History of our local Fire Brigade'.
Join a facilitated tour of our latest exhibition 'Orange 412: A History of our local Fire Brigade', head to the activity space for some hands on craft inspired by the exhibition, and grab a goodie bag to take home!

Stop Motion Animation – School Holidays – Cowra Library

Cowra Library (part of Central West Libraries) 77 Darling Street, Wiradjuri Country, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Step into the Cowra Studio and learn how to make animations with everyday objects.

Become a film maker for a day, and join us at Cowra Library as we bring Lego, clay, toys and junk to life using Stop Motion Animation.

Age: 8+

Youth Drumming Workshop – Year 3 to Year 6

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire Council Parkes Library, 25 Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Always wanted to be a drummer? Well, here's your chance.

Learn to play some exciting, simple rhythms on African Drums and 44 Gallon Drums and have an amazing time.

Free

Financial literacy for creatives

GANG GANG Gallery, Lithgow 206 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

This is a CREATIVE PLUS BUSINESS event in partnership with Arts Out West.   You can be a professional creative without being a starving artist. Financial literacy may not come naturally, but the secrets of managing money can be learned....

FREE

Rankin Cottage Craft

Rankin Cottage Crafts, Bathurst 117 Rankin Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Spring brings out all the colours of the rainbow, and we have every colour covered in the wonderful handmade items for you and your family.

FREE

A Winter Christmas at Abercrombie House

Abercrombie House, Bathurst 311 Ophir Rd, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Throughout the Winter Festival Abercrombie House will be the setting for displays of modern, Vintage, Victorian and traditional European Christmas Trees and decorations with plenty of photo opportunities too.
The house is open for visitors to explore every Wednesday to Sunday showcasing remarkable history and magnificent heritage.

Friday Music for Little Ears – Orange Library

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.

Free

Electronic Music Workshop @ Kandos (12-24yrs)- Winter Holidays 2024

Kandos Community Hall 44 Angus Avenue, Kandos, NSW, Australia

Hands on workshop exploring synths, drum machines and making music with electronic instruments with our expert coach and talented musician
Elk Elektronik are travelling to Kandos to deliver this hands on workshop exploring synths, drum machines and making music with electronic instruments.
Expert coaching, learn the fundamentals of pitch, duration, dynamics, rhythm, tone and texture as applied to synths.
Develop an understanding of practical applications of technology in contemporary music.
Improvise, compose and perform with syths. Explore online tools to continue playing with synths at home.

Winter Lego Club at Molong Library

Molong Library 98 Bank Street, Molong, NSW, Australia

Escape the cold and enjoy some Lego time in our warm Library.

We will complete some Lego challenges with a Wintery theme. Can you make a snowman with Lego? We need to see it.

Youth Drumming Workshop – Year 7 to Year 12

Marramarra Makerspace Studio, Parkes Shire Council Parkes Library, 25 Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Always wanted to be a drummer? Well, here's your chance.

Learn to play some exciting, simple rhythms on African Drums and 44 Gallon Drums and have an amazing time.

Free

Check Mate! School Holidays – Orange City Library

Orange City Library 147 Byng Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Whether you've been playing chess for years, or you've never played before, Orange Library invites you to come along for a friendly chess game during the holidays.
We will have multiple tables set up, and experienced chess masters to help you learn the rules, or perfect yo

Paint n’Giggle For Kids – Dragon Masterpiece!

Mythika Studios 73 - 75 Main Street, Lithgow

In this 90 minute session, we ‘ll lead you though painting your very own Dragon masterpiece! You won’t believe what your kids can achieve!!! Kids 7 and under need to bring an adult helper with them.

Children’s Watercolour Classes

Perthville Community Hall 20 Rockley Street, Perthville, NSW, Australia

Come along and learn how to use watercolour paints.
Please bring watercolour paper, watercolour brushes, palette, soft pencil and a rubber.
Templates provided.
Boards and tape provided.

$10
Event Series Brewing Ballads Tarana

Brewing Ballads Tarana

Tarana Hotel Main Street, Tarana, Australia

TARANA Friday 12 July 2024.  Join us for storytelling and songwriting workshops in July & August! Your stories will then be transformed into a musical snapshot of the region.
Hosted by Rural Adversity Mental Health Program – RAMHP.
RAMHP are thrilled to be working with Abby Smith from Smith & Jones and Arts Outwest on this special project, designed to improve wellbeing and foster social connections through creativity.

Live & Local in the Backyard

The Backyard @ The Victoria Bathurst 3 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Live + Local @ The Victoria! Every Friday, local artists doing what they do best.

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

FREE

Friday Night Book Group

Mudgee Library 64 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Friday Night Book Group meets on the second Friday of each month (during February-November) from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

The group will be reading books from the following genres: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Cult Classics.

Our first book group meeting of 2024 will be on Friday 9 February.

Free

Her Name Is Nanny Nellie – Documentary Screening

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

A trio of nameless statues buried in the archives of the Australian Museum trigger a grand-daughter's journey to rewrite how Aboriginal people are represented in Australia's public history.
Join Irene Ridgeway and Daniel King for this documentary screening and Q&A as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Open Mic Night

Whiskey & Wags 175 George Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Celebrate quality local music talent Fridays fortnightly from 7pm.

Late, Late at Night the Rick Springfield Story

Malachi Gilmore Hall, Oberon 124 Oberon St, Oberon, NSW, Australia

Written by award-winning Australian playwright, Kieran Carroll and starring rising Sydney performer, Jackson Carroll (no relation) Late, Late at Night is a pop-rock stage adaptation of Rick Springfield’s compelling and searing autobiography. Directed by Robert Johnson, the show features over 20 fantastic Springfield gems from Zoot to the present day and includes many of Springfield’s 17 Top 40 American hits in the 1980s.

Jimeoin: Who’s Your Man?!

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

Ever wondered why dogs get so excited around 6pm? Or what the point of the little toe is? Or what to do when you forget someone’s name? Come along and see Jimeoin and you will find out all the answers to the worlds big questions. With more facial expressions than a baby eating a lemon, don’t miss Jimeoin as he takes you on a journey that’ll have you none the wiser by the time he takes his final bow!

See the man who is regarded as one of the top stand-up comedians on the planet LIVE in his hilarious new show.

$54

Live Music at Roth’s

Roth's Wine Bar, Mudgee 30 Market Street, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Join Roth's Wine Bar every Fri + Sat night and enjoy live local and regional acts over some food + wine at Roth's.

FREE

Best of the Bee Gees Show

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 105 William Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

The Best of the Bee Gees Show celebrates 26 years on the road with a massive catalogue of international hits, accompanied by special guest – original Bee Gees drummer, Colin “Smiley” Petersen. 

Shane Kerr Live

Cowra Bowling Club Vaux St, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Start your weekend right with some great music and good vibes!

Let’s make Friday night unforgettable.

Lantern Making Workshop

Galari River Arts Forbes, NSW, Australia

Learn bamboo / paper lantern making skills with Artist Ro Burns. 

Create assets for Ripple Festival.

 

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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