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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Sculpture Down the Lachlan

Sculpture Down the Lachlan is a permanent, inland public art trail stretching 100 kilometres between Forbes and Condobolin, along the meandering Lachlan River.  Featuring twenty sculptures by some of Australia’s leading creatives. Sculpture Down the Lachlan | Forbes

Orange 412: A history of our local fire brigade

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

Formed in 1869 after a terrible fire gutted the Nelson Bros warehouse on Byng Street, the Orange Volunteer Fire Brigade – today known as Orange 412 – has a long tradition of serving the community and saving lives.

Join us for a hands-on exploration of the fascinating history of our local fire brigade. This family-friendly exhibition includes kids’ dress-ups, playful storytelling, and an interactive fire truck, alongside stunning images and historical firefighting equipment.

Youth Hub Term 1 Activities

Orange Youth Hub 33 Garema Road, Orange, NSW, Australia

The Orange Youth Hub is open Tuesday to Thursday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm and Friday afternoons from 4pm to 7pm during term 1.

Young people aged 12 to 24 years are invited to drop in and join a range of activities.

Free

Waste 2 Art (Parkes)

Parkes Library 25 Bogan Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Waste 2 Art aims to engage the community and showcases creative works made from reused & recyclable waste materials. It aims to challenge peoples’ perceptions of ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts. Waste to Art provides an innovative approach to waste education and engages the whole community.

Join us as we celebrate a fabulous showcase and announce the winners of our local competiton.

Free

Disguised

71 Angus Avenue, Kandos NSW, Australia 71 Angus Avenue, Kandos, NSW, Australia

An exhibition of photographs by Cementa's Uncooperative Social Arts Program for Young People. See the amazing costumes and characters these young people from Kandos, Rylstone and the surrounding area have created in their spare time. Exhibition hours are 10am to 2pm, Friday to Sunday.

Free

Felting Workshop @ Kandos

75 Dangar St 75 Dangar Street, Kandos, NSW, Australia

Two part workshop (2 x 2 hour sessions) covering the process of felt making, the design and practical application, resulting in a completed article.

Choice of making a nuno felt scarf (nuno felting is wool felted through a light fabric such as silk of muslin) or a felted panel for a cushion.

Free
Event Series Parkes Brick Show 2024

Parkes Brick Show 2024

Parkes Services Club 9-17 Short Street, Parkes, NSW, Australia

For the first time ever, Playwell Events are excited to be heading to Parkes. This June, we will be at the Parkes Services Club with our amazing LEGO exhibition. Featuring over 30 tables of custom-built LEGO models, with a wide-ranging variety of themes, there will be something for everyone.
We will also have our ever-popular play tables where the kids can get creative and build themselves.
There will also be opportunities to purchase LEGO sets & parts on the day from our vendors.

$10.00

Newbridge Winter Solstice Festival

Newbridge Showground Newbridge, NSW, Australia

A midwinter celebration of the solstice culminating with a wickerman bonfire and including Viking fighters, dancers, circus performers, live music, artisan markets and hearty winter food in an historic village setting.

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.

Frost & Fire

Forbes Ski Dam Forbes, NSW, Australia

Embark on a warming winter adventure at Forbes' annual Frost and Fire event, nestled in the heart of Central West NSW!  As we commemorate our 5th year, things are heating up! 

Cosy up by toasty fire buckets, indulge in hearty treats from our food trucks, and savour boutique brews while being serenaded by internationally recognised Australian music acts on the main stage. 

Free – $30

Full Moon Bathurst Ghost Tour

Miss Traill's House 321 Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

This location has been steeped in mystery and reports of ghostly activity for years and now you can finally get access through Blue Mountain’s Mystery Tours interactive ghost tour.

Your host local resident Kim McLaughlin has knowledge of paranormal activity at the museum and will lead you to the scene of legends & ghost stories where the spirits are dying to meet you.
You might even meet the ghost of one of the original residents who is reported to still be on-site.

$54.26

Full Moon Lithgow Mine Ghost Tour

Lithgow State Mine Museum, Lithgow. 3 State Mine Gully Road, Lithgow 2790., Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Creep back to Lithgow after dark for the Lithgow State Mine Museum Interactive Ghost Tour.
Your host Paranormal Pete has extensive knowledge of paranormal activity in the area and will lead you to the scene of several gut-wrenching tragedies.

Full Moon Bathurst Ghost Tour 8pm

Miss Traill's House 321 Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Search for ghosts in a 1840’s bungalow in Western NSW!
Bathurst’s Miss Traill's House. This location has been steeped in mystery and reports of ghostly activity for years and now you can finally get access through Blue Mountain’s Mystery Tours interactive ghost tour.

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.

Sunday Session at The Bowlo

Canowindra Bowling Club 64 Ryall St,, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Canowindra Music & Events Co. has had a long relationship with the legends from the Guilty Dogs and they will ALL be back on stage at a FREE community event ... a Sunday Session no less.

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
Event Series Monday 1, 2 BOOKS! – Orange Library

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 Ten Minutes a Day – Orange Library

Ten Minutes a Day – Mondays

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
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

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

Tuesday 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. Tuesday’s programme (book and craft) is repeated on Wednesday and Thursday.

Free

 

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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