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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Annie

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

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!

Free

Animation Workshop for ages 14-18 from Lithgow City Council region

Maldhan Ngurr Nugrra Lithgow Transformation Hub, Western Sydney University 154 Mort Street, Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Over two days the participants will draw on ipads, use green screen and cameras to create a short animation that will feature as a projection at LithGlow next month.

This workshop is for ages 14-18 and no experience is necessary, you don't need to bring anything, just bring your imagination.

Free
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.

$2.00

Rankin Cottage Craft

Rankin Cottage Crafts, Bathurst 117 Rankin Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Spring brings out all the colours of the rainbow, and we have every colour covered in the wonderful handmade items for you and your family.

FREE

History Talk: From the Grand Hotel to Gallipoli

Bathurst Historical Museum East Wing Bathurst CourtHouse, Russell Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

BDHS April 2024 history talk is 'From the Grand Hotel to Gallipoli: the forgotten World War One stories of the Treanor Family'.

Join family historian Darrin Treanor from QLD to hear about Joseph Treanor from Bathurst, and his cousins John, James and Frank, their service and the lives they had upon their return to Australia. 

Gold Coin

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!

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. 

Tom Petty Vs The Rolling Stones

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

Get ready to rock and roll like never before!
The incredible James Van Cooper joins Travis New and the Handpicked Band to bring an electrifying evening of live music featuring the ultimate showdown: Tom Petty vs. The Rolling Stones!

Music Industry Mixer

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

BMEC, Music NSW and Arts OutWest host a Music Industry Mixer to bring music based artists together for networking, industry updates and for us to meet you, find out what you do and see how we can collaborate.

Event Series Pencil Drawing with Tina Beaumont

Pencil Drawing with Tina Beaumont

The Odd Sock Gallery - Art & Craft Supplies + Gallery 8 Farm Lane, #Shop 4, Blayney, NSW, Australia

In this 2 hour class, you'll learn to master the skills of everyday drawing. The class is suitable for anyone starting out, or if you want to build on existing skills. Every week, Tina will work with each student to help build on what has been learnt to help create a consistent technique and master your drawings.

$30

Knitting Group

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

Learn a new skill and just enjoy the good company

Storytime @ Canowindra

Canowindra Library 70 Gaskill Street, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Every Thursday during the school term.

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.

Free
Event Series Open Studio – Social Art Group

Open Studio – Social Art Group

The Little Art Company 11 Ryall Street, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Welcome to the ultimate creative playground—the Open Studio at The Little Art Company, exclusively for adult artists, whether you're a budding beginner or a seasoned pro! It's your chance to bring your wildest ideas or ongoing projects to life using our top-notch art materials right here in our studio.

$40

Painting Group

Northside Chapel, Forbes 59 Johnson Street, Forbes, NSW, Australia

Painting groups every Thursday at Northside Chapel.

Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along.

$5.00

Heart for Clay Pottery Classes

Heart for Clay 103 Havannah Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Hand building and wheel instruction. Price includes clay and firing.

Classes available either individually or with a friend or two. 

$50.00

Live at the Country Club

The Country Club Park Road, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join in Friday afternoons with some barefoot bowls and live acoustic tunes.

Book Fair

Blayney Anglican Church Hall 88 Adelaide Street, Blayney, NSW, Australia

The Blayney Anglican Parish is hosting their annual book fair.

Free

Exhibition: ‘Landscape’

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

Landscape aims to showcase and explore landscape interpretations.

Local artists will showcase their work as part of the Forbes Art Society's exhibition. 

Bjorn Again

Canowindra Sportsground Rodd Street, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Sing and dance along to all of ABBA's greatest hits as performed by the talented musicians of Bjorn Again. With their incredible stage presence, stunning costumes, and impeccable musical talents, Bjorn Again will transport you back to the 70s and 80s, to relive the golden age of disco and pop music.

$25 – $55

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

Carer’s Support

Oberon Masonic Lodge 70 Oberon Street, Oberon, NSW, Australia

Are you caring for a loved one? Would you like to access more resources in your area? Would you like to meet other people with circumstances similar to yours?

Please coming along to these safe and supportive sessions.

Event Series Pop Up Choir

Pop Up Choir

Perennialle Plants Nursery, Canowindra 29 Gaskill St, Canowindra, NSW, Australia

Any adult that likes to sing is welcome to come along to this pop up choir hosted by Canowindra singer songwriter, Nerida Cuddy. 

You will learn new songs, some you know, and some ways to better care for and use your voice. 

$15.00

 

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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