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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For maps and details of museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art go to the Culture Maps Central NSW menu.

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

Event Series Youth Hub Term 1 Activities

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.


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.

Sculptures by the Bush

Hay bale art, farm art and scarecrows will be on display on various roads around Blayney.

Kids School Holiday Program

Canowindra Showground Canowindra, Australia

Do your kids love to dance, sing, move and create? The ADC School Holiday Program will keep them busy and guarantee that they will have the best day ever. 

For pre-schoolers to Year 6.


Canowindra International Balloon Challenge

Canowindra Canowindra, NSW, Australia

See the magic and spectacle as one of the Southern Hemispheres biggest Hot air balloon events takes to the sky over the beautiful Canowindra countryside in Central West NSW.


The Little Theatre, Parkes 34 Bogan St, Parkes, NSW, Australia

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination. Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time returns to Parkes Musical & Dramatic Society – just as you remember it and just when we need it most.
Bring your family, bring your friends, bring the kids, bring the grand parents - this production is for everyone!

$20 – $35

Youth Week Sunday Sesh

Kings Parade Bathurst Russell St, Bathurst, NSW

NSW Youth Week 2024 will be celebrated from 11th April - 21st April 2024. Youth Week is a celebration of young people, organised by young people.
The Bathurst Youth Council will host Youth Week Sunday Sesh to celebrate Youth Week 2024
Youth Week is a free event suitable for young people aged 12-25 years.


Resin Pick Your Project Adult Workshop

Orange TBA, Orange, NSW, Australia

fun and creative beginners resin workshop. Learn the basics of resin in our 1.5 hour beginners workshop. You will get to pour and design your own timber cheeseboard using resin and your choice of mica powders.


Polymer Clay Kids Workshop

Forbes TBA, Forbes, Australia

Create your own polymer earrings or keyring designs. Make simple shapes and give them your own spin to make them extra special.


Cementa “Staying Alive” Cosplay Holiday Workshop

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

A FREE fun-filled 3 day workshop for young people (13-19 years) at WAYOUT ARTSPACE!

Get ready to unleash your creativity and dive into the world of cosplay - just in time for Ironfest at The Foundations in Portland!


Sustainable Kids Art Making

Mudgee Arts Precinct Workshops 2-6 Douro St, Mudgee, NSW, Australia

Raid your recycling bins for old packaging and join Michael Bourke for a fun morning of sustainable art making.

To support the upcoming Mid-Western Waste 2 Art 2024 Competition and exhibition, Mudgee Arts Precinct is offering a FREE Sustainable Kids Art Making workshop.


Waste 2 Art Craft Workshop

Bathurst Library 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Bookings are now open for "The Art of Packaging" Waste 2 Art workshop with local artist and educator Fiona Howle.

Open to all ages and artistic abilities.

Resin Paddle Kids Workshop

Club Forbes Templar Street, Forbes, NSW, Australia

fun and creative beginners resin workshop. Learn the basics of resin in our 1.5 hour beginners workshop. You will get to pour and design your own timber cheeseboard using resin and your choice of mica powders.

Event Series 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.

Event Series April Holiday Art Workshops

April Holiday Art Workshops

Cleverness Art School, Orange 10 Ralston Drive, Orange, NSW, Australia

Young and Old (Watercolour Painting)

This class would have to be a crowd favourite. This class is designed for Mum, Dad, Aunty, Uncle or Grandparents to come along with their child/teen to paint together at Cleverness Art School. What a special moment.


Anzac Poppy Wreath Making

Wallerawang Library Main Street, Wallerawang, NSW, Australia

Honour ANZAC Day with a handmade Poppy Wreath. Hang it in the Library or take home!

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.


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.

Finger Puppet Fire Brigade

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

Create your own finger puppet Fire Brigade!

Suitable for ages 3 and older.

Event Series Holiday Workshops

Holiday Workshops

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

School holiday workshops for kids.

Lego Games, Waste Warriors and Hanging Out.


Autumn Themed Spice Painting with Apple Stamps

Lithgow Library & Learning Centre 157 Main Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Enjoy a sensory experience at the Library for children of all ages. Explore and experiment with different spices and observe the difference they make to the paint and picture.

Mix different smells and textures to create your own sensory masterpiece!


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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