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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Jekyll & Hyde The Musical – Presented by Lithgow Musical Society

Union Theatre, Lithgow 67 Bridge Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Jekyll and Hyde is a musical that takes you on a journey into the depths of the human soul. It is based on the classic horror story by Robert Louis Stevenson, with a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse.

The Sound of Music

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

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including Climb Ev’ry Mountain, My Favourite Things, Do Re Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars.

Fish River Festival

O'Connell O'Connell

We are proud to host yet another afternoon of live music in O'Connell. "Music @ The Mud" will be held on Saturday 3rd of June from 2pm - 7pm at Clancy's Mud Hut (3540 Beaconsfield Road). We have a host of outstanding established and emerging artists, and we can't wait to meet with you all again around a firepit for an afternoon of excellent entertainment. Stay tuned for more info!


Prince Charming’s Complaint and Anzac Biscuits

Club Lithgow - Lithgow City Bowling Club 2C Lithgow St, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Lithgow Theatre Group will also be performing the 2 plays in Lithgow on Saturday 3 June and 16 June 2023. Anzac Biscuits was written by two very experienced Australian playwrights, Rob Smith and John Mawson. Prince Charming's Complaint was written by Bruce Kane.



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

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

Rise Up

Orange City Bowling Club 61-89 Warrendine Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Orange Male Voice Choir & Cantar Community Choir are combining forces to present a benefit concert in aid of flood relief for the Central West Region. The recent devastating floods in Molong, Eugowra and Forbes wreaked terrible havoc on those communities and the choirs are highly committed to making their own small gesture to both lift spirits and modestly alleviate hardship. The choirs will each perform a bracket of their own before coming together to present combined items including a Seekers Medley - a nice tribute to the late Judith Durham.

$15 – $25

Mr Stink

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

David Walliams’ award-winning book comes to life on stage for children 6-12… and their adults!‘
Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…


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.


Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

From ATYP. How do you move into the future, when your past keeps dragging you backwards?
Set in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Cusp examines the lives of three young adults on the cusp of adulthood, swimming against the tides of irrevocable change. How do you move into the future, when your past keeps dragging you backwards?

Tickets Free Tickets

Orange Winter Jazz Festival 2023

Orange Orange, NSW, Australia

Get set for a weekend of great music and fine wine in the picturesque winter wonderland of Orange. This beautiful and historic township plays host to the best of the Central West’s music scene, alongside Australia’s most electrifying jazz artists across the June long weekend 2023.
Meander between music venues, discover historic sites, boutique food and brews or explore the wine trails of the region and quaint surrounding villages in this three-day festival.
Just four hours drive from Sydney, three hours from Canberra, and five hours from Newcastle, the Orange Winter Jazz Festival is the perfect weekend escape.



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.


Broadway Diva

St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst 220 Bentinck St, Bathurst, 2795, Australia

Opera and Musical Theatre singer, Olivia Ruggiero, stars in Broadway Diva - a cabaret featuring Broadway Belts, West End Wonders, Opera Classics, and beloved show tunes from productions such as Les Miserables, Anastasia, Cabaret, Smash, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.

$35 – $45

The Witching Hour (Gulgong)

The Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong 101 Mayne St, Gulgong, NSW, Australia

A rare opportunity to enjoy music composed and played by the acclaimed Elena Kats-Chernin, accompanied by visual projections of artwork by the Archibald-winning artist, Wendy Sharpe. Together they will engage the audience with stories of their art practice and the connections in their work, followed by a short Q&A.


Peter Solness Walking Projection Tour

Gulgong Holtermann Museum 125 Mayne Street, #123, Gulgong, NSW, Australia

Dressed as Henry Beaufoy Merlin, Peter Solness will lead a walking tour using a battery-operated projector and Holtermann Collection images.
A projection walking tour featuring Holtermann photos taken in the winter of 1872. Join us on this winter wander to see what was and what remains in the streets of Gulgong NSW.
Peter Solness is a multi-award winning photographer, artist, educator and writer who specialises in the photographic method of Light Painting.

Andy Nelson Live @ Sam’s Bar!

Sams Bar, Millthorpe 9 Pym St, Millthorpe

A June long weekend special Saturday night Sam’ Bar experience!
Join us at Sam’s Bar Millthorpe, Saturday 10th of June with tunes from Andy Nelson from 6pm



Kandos Museum 22 Buchanan Street, Kandos, NSW, Australia

Led by trumpeter and composer Ellen Kirkwood, the UNDERWARDS features some of Sydney’s most exciting, versatile and creative musicians.
The full moon through trees and mist. Towering majestic cliffs above a quiet rural valley. A calm river winding through a rocky landscape. A swim in a tidal ocean pool. A muddy swamp, teeming with life. The effects that being in nature has upon our senses and our minds, and the stories and memories that places hold. This is what Underwards makes music about.

The Spirit of Bob Marley, by ‘The Wave’: 2nd Show!

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

Back by popular demand: Bob Marley's songs of freedom, love and world peace! Join us for a night of positive vibrations!

Bob Marley's songs of freedom, love and world peace! His songs that describe his continual fight for humanity and the environment has left a lasting legacy that reaches people from all corners of the globe.

Celtic Illusion – The Magic Returns

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

Immerse yourself in one of the most unique productions touring the world. Celtic Illusion, the Irish dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA by storm and will tour nationwide in 2023.


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

The choirs of the Orange Regional Conservatorium present a spectacular range of beautiful pieces. They will also come together to present a combined performance. Stay tuned for the program

Cowra Eisteddfod Grand Concert 2023

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Cowra Eisteddfod Grand Concert of Prize Winners is a showcase of the amazing talent the eisteddfod attracts each year.

Celtic Illusion – The Magic Returns

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

Immerse yourself in the Irish Dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken the world by storm. This exhilarating production has broken barriers by fusing unparalleled art forms, now more spectacular than ever before. With new spellbinding illusions, entrancing music, and choreography, Celtic Illusion – The Magic Returns is the must-see family event of 2023.

STAGE FRIGHT ein Kabarett

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

Character comedienne, Jude Bowler's enticing and touchingly twisted, droll homage to Marlene. Nobody's muse, everybody's icon, a modern day Dietrich - bored and mad as ever. Staring special guest Sophie Jones. 
After sold-out runs in Sydney, Gulgong and Kandos, “Stage Fright” is coming to Bathurst. You can see Jude in her solo cabaret show, for one night only, here at Keystone. Expect mash-ups of Dietrich originals + more modern muses, from Lou Reed to Crystal Gayle, The White Stripes and some unexpected in-betweens!


Blind Pig Blues night – FRANK SULTANA

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

2023 International Blues Challenge winner, Australian FRANK SULTANA, is coming to The Blind Pig in Orange !!

acoustic sunday

Millthorpe Bowling Club (Club Millthorpe) 24 - 26 Elliott Street, Millthorpe, NSW, Australia

Great Aunt ( Melbourne)
Together, songwriter/instrumentalists Megan Bird and Chelsea Allen draw inspiration from the traditions of old-time, bluegrass and gospel music, and their diverse backgrounds in punk and jazz, to craft modern musical stories.



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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