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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Waste 2 Art (Bathurst)

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

Waste 2 Art is a free waste inspired art competition and exhibition that celebrates the reuse and recycling of waste in the Bathurst Region. There's a category for every member of the community and each year there is a waste theme to guide your creations. The focus of Waste 2 Art is to challenge the way we look at waste.

Free

CANCELLED – Lithglow 2024

Blast Furnace Park, Lithgow Lithgow, NSW, Australia

LithGlow is a celebration of the rich industrial heritage of Lithgow and the transformative properties of lighting.

Situated in Lithgow Blast Furnace Park the historic location associated with the first steel produced in Australia, LithGlow is a unique event catering for the entire family.

Event Series Abstract Watercolour Workshop

Abstract Watercolour Workshop

The Corner Store Gallery, Orange 382 Summer Street, Orange, NSW, Australia

Join Gallery Director and abstract artist Madeline Young this Mother’s Day for a relaxing 3 hour workshop of abstract watercolour painting.

This workshop is designed to be a stress-free session of learning and experimentation for beginners as well as those who have some experience.

$120

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

The Ukulele Circus and Friends

Tarana Fire Shed Sodwalls Road, Tarana, NSW, Australia

The Tarana Farmers Market will feature a great community gathering of musicians this weekend playing a bunch of tunes together with some individual performances.  

Waste 2 Art – Opening

Coventry Room Parkes Parkes Library, Bogan St, 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

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 Blayney Library Storytime

Blayney Library Storytime

Blayney Library (part of Central West Libraries) 48 Adelaide Street, Blayney, NSW, Australia

Storytime at Blayney Library is lots of fun. We read stories, sing songs, play games and make craft. Storytime sessions are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month during the school term. They cater for children from birth to 6 years, and their carers.

Free

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

Cowra Eisteddfod Grand Concert

Cowra Civic Centre 104 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, Australia

Cowra Eisteddfod Grand Concert of Prize Winners is a showcase of the amazing talent the eisteddfod attracts each year.
Performers will include winners of the Ballet, Dance, Speech & Drama, Vocal, and Instrumental Scholarships to the value of $2000 each.
With all those major award winners and other performances chosen from Vocal, Instrumental, Dance and Speech and Drama, the evening proves to be great entertainment.

‘Wallangreen’ Sculpture Garden

Fitches Lane Grenfell, NSW, Australia

Wallangreen Sculpture Garden features over 100 steel sculptures displayed over a hectare amid landscaped areas. The sculptures are both thought provoking and fun made from recycled farm machinery. There is 1h of grounds with many shady paths. A ‘Dry Stone...

$10

Gulgong Scarecrow Stroll

Gulgong Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring $1000 worth of prizes in this year's Gulgong Scarecrow Stroll.

In addition, you can vote for your favourite to win $250. The People's Choice award will be announced later in the week.

$10

Twilight Markets at the Foundations

The Foundations of Portland Williwa St, Portland, NSW, Australia

There will be all your favourite stalls, great food and great music and our big fireworks show and bonfire will be back to keep you warm.

The Twilight Market is one of the largest in the region and you will be sure to find something that takes your fancy, or just head down for a bite to eat and some great fun!

Event Series Wattle Flat Community Markets

Wattle Flat Community Markets

3745 Sofala Road, Wattle Flat 3745 Sofala Road, Wattle Flat, NSW, Australia

Various stalls including food, coffee, cakes, candles, plants, gemstones, bric a brac, preserves, home decor, leather, jewelry, farm produce, boot sale and more.

Held 2nd Sunday quarterly - March, June, September and December.

Art in the Park, Bathurst

Machattie Park Bordered by William, Keppel, Russell & George St, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Art in the Park, Machattie Park, Bathurst is a free Community Art Meet up to draw, paint, create or just relax in the company of others.

Inklings – Kids Book Club

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

During our June meet-up, we'll be talking about Non-Fiction. Read any information book - a biography, cook book, history book etc, and tell us something that you learned about (we have plenty to choose from that you can borrow).

Activities, discussion and afternoon tea await you at our gathering, where you can borrow the next book and meet other keen readers.

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
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 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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