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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Inklings – Kids Book Club – Orange City Library

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

Are you a bookworm? Just can’t put a good story down? Do you tell anyone and everyone about your latest great read?

Our kids Book Club Inklings is for you.

During our May meet-up, we'll be talking about Graphic Novels. Read any Graphic Novel (we have plenty to choose from that you can borrow) and bring your thoughts to Inklings.

Free

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

The Rockley Mill & Stables Museum

Rockley Mill & Stables Museum Rockley, NSW, Australia

The Rockley Mill and Stables Museum was built in 1862 and displays the rich history of the area, with old mill machinery, period clothing on display, old police records and more.

Event Series Cowra Library Storytime

Cowra Library Storytime

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

Storytime at Cowra Library is lots of fun! They read stories, play games and make craft. Storytime sessions are held every Monday during the school term, and cater for preschool aged children and their carers.

Free

Monday 1, 2 BOOKS! – Orange Library

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

In 1, 2 BOOKS! we read books, sing and play to encourage engagement with language and literacy. 1, 2 BOOKS! builds upon the skills introduced during the Ten Minutes a Day workshops, focusing on older babies, aged 1 and 2 years. We use nursery rhymes, action songs, finger plays and stories in a fun and interactive way. Sessions are lively and stimulating for both children and adults.

Free
Event Series Art Classes for K-Y3

Art Classes for K-Y3

Get the creative juices flowing, as you learn about the Australian Artist Kevin (Pro) Hart. 

During this 8 week term, students will paint outback scenes, paint dragon flyers and paint on unusual surfaces like carpet. 

$215
Event Series Soundcheck

Soundcheck

Headspace's long-running Soundcheck program is back with Mitchell Conservatorium and Central West Women's Health Centre helping out. These are free music sessions for young people aged 12 to 25 years and are held every Monday during school terms.

Free

Tuesday 1, 2 BOOKS! – Orange Library

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

In 1, 2 BOOKS! we read books, sing and play to encourage engagement with language and literacy. 1, 2 BOOKS! builds upon the skills introduced during the Ten Minutes a Day workshops, focusing on older babies, aged 1 and 2 years. We use nursery rhymes, action songs, finger plays and stories in a fun and interactive way. Sessions are lively and stimulating for both children and adults.

Free
Event Series Storytime @ Portland

Storytime @ Portland Library

Portland Library 67 William Street, Portland, NSW, Australia

Storytime consists of books, songs and a craft. Children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend. Storytime is themed each week and reflects the community, significant days and dates, and fun subjects.

Free
Event Series Tuesday Kids Club

Tuesday Kids Club

Bilingarra Indigenous Art & Culture 1006 Great Western Hwy, Bowenfels, NSW, Australia

Mums, Dads, Carers, take some time out while kids under 5 have fun painting with new friends and learn a Wiradjuri word.

$20

The Uncooperative

WAYOUT ArtSpace, Kandos 71 Angus St, Kandos, NSW, Australia

The Uncooperative is returning! Cementa has a whole new program for young people aged 13 to 19 years old in Kandos and surrounds.

Each week, an awesome Cementa artist will show you how to make cool stuff, you’ll get FREE afternoon tea and a FREE ride home.

Wednesday Music for Little Ears

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
Event Series Cowra Library 1, 2 BOOKS!

Cowra Library 1, 2 BOOKS!

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

In 1, 2 BOOKS! we read books, sing and play to encourage engagement with language and literacy. We use nursery rhymes, action songs, finger plays and stories in a fun and interactive way to develop literacy skills, stimulate imagination, and make reading with your child a part of your everyday routine. Sessions are lively and stimulating for both children and adults.

Free
Event Series Early Childhood Music : 3-5 Years

Early Childhood Music : 0-2 Years

Mitchell Conservatorium of Music, Bathurst Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

This class is the ideal place for babies aged 0-2 to begin learning joy of music, in a fun and dynamic environment.

Babies begin learning about sounds, noise, pitch and rhythm - all while having fun in a relaxed environment with you!

$12.50

Wednesday Storytime – Orange Library

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

Storytime at Orange City Library is lots of fun. 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. Storytime is free and each session lasts approximately one hour. Tuesday’s programme (book and craft) is repeated on Wednesday and Thursday.

Free

Gindaymanha Family Activities

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

Held every Wednesday afternoon.

Family fun activities, Yulunya Traditional Indigenous games, story telling, painting and much more. 

Event Series Kids Art Classes

Kids Art Classes

Orange Art Society 22 Sale Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Got a young artist? Someone who loves being creative and learning?

We have kids art classes Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons for all ages. 

Ten Minutes a Day – Orange Library

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

Ten Minutes a Day is an exciting program that you share with your child of 0-18 months. It is designed to enhance language development, develop pre-literacy skills, stimulate imagination, and make reading with your child a part of your everyday routine.

Free

Early Childhood Music Family Fun Day

Mitchell Conservatorium of Music, Bathurst Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

This class is the ideal place for pre-school aged children (0-5) to begin learning the building blocks of music in a fun and dynamic environment.  It is a great opportunity for siblings to learn in a group.

Children will begin to progress through weeks of fun topics with our experienced teacher, Elissa Jones, learning about all sorts of music.  

$15.00

Forbes Library Birth to Kinder Rhyme Time

Forbes Library (part of Central West Libraries) Victoria Lane, Forbes, NSW, Australia

During Birth to Kinder Rhyme Time we read books, sing songs and play to encourage engagement with language and literacy. We use nursery rhymes, action songs, finger plays and stories in a fun and interactive way. Sessions are lively and stimulating for both children and adults.

Free

Bald Hill Tourist Mine Guided Tour

Hill End Historical Site Hill End, NSW, Australia

Experience the underground world of a goldminer at Bald Hill tourist mine.

A short walk or drive from Hill End, this guided tour is ideal for families and school groups.

 

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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