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

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.

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 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.

Event Series Early Childhood Music : 0-2 Years

Early Childhood Music : 3-5 Years

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

Come and introduce your little ones to the exciting world of music as they learn from Elissa Jones through singing, dancing and rhythm techniques while and using a huge range of musical instruments. 

This class is for children aged between 3 and 5 (preschool).

$12.50

Cowra Library Rhyme Time – Ages 0-3 years

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

During Rhyme Time 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

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. 

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. 

Event Series Ten Minutes a Day – Orange Library

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
Event Series CHICAGO – TEEN EDITION

CHICAGO – TEEN EDITION

Orange Civic Theatre Byng St, Orange, NSW, Australia

Presented by: Kinross Wolaroi School

Chicago is a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the media machine. Set in the jazz age of the roaring 20s, Chicago: Teen Edition tells the story of Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, two women searching for stardom while also being tried for murder. Both land in the Cook County Jail and plot their comeback to the spotlight and release from prison.

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

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

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.

Rhyme Time is held during the school term for children from birth - 5 years old. Rhyme Time is free and each session lasts approximately 40 minutes. Rhyme Time is held every week during term time.

Free

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

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 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

Join us for an exciting new term of Storytimes at Cowra Library. During term 3, we will be learning all about different jobs that people do in the community. First, we'll discover all the interesting things that vets get up to, and what it's like to work with animals.

Every week afterwards, we'll explore new jobs through stories, songs and craft.

Free

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

Glo-Topia Orange

Orange Showground Leeds Parade, Orange, NSW, Australia

Visually spectacular light-up glo event for the whole family. 
Featuring over 60 illuminated decorations, giant overhead installations, unlimited amusement rides, roving performers and characters, best dressed competition, photo competition, food and market stalls, music and more!

Free – $75

Little Fishes at the Museum

Age of Fishes Museum 129 Gaskill Street, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Free, monthly, 20-minute, Science activity playgroups at the Museum that take place on the first Friday of each month.

FREE

Exhibition Opening – Animal Kin

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

Join us at Orange Regional Museum to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition Animal Kin. Featuring work by local public primary school students, the 'herd' includes more than 2500 collage animals that were made as part of an in-school creative and environmental education project carried out in Term 2, 2024.

 

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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