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February 2019

Loyalty to the Cockroach - Mathilda Robba

The cockroach can survive being submerged under water for half an hour.  It can live for a week without its head. It can survive a nuclear explosion because of its simple body structure and slow cell cycles. It has never been known to be discriminatory. These are all capabilities homosapiens can only dream to obtain. Why is the cockroach not celebrated? What holds value and why? Is it a dead rabbit in a Dutch painting? Why did the masters never paint the beautiful and humble cockroach?

Various Dates 7th to 24th February 2019 Next 21st February 2019

In Passing - Jean-Luc Batchelor

Pieces that people normally only get a fleeting moment to interact with presented in a manner to encourage further viewing. Stickers attached to street signs, posters on bus shelters, images on shirts – these pieces of art are barely noticed by those who aren’t looking for them and disappear too fast for those who are.

This exhibition captures a fleeting snapshot of the world, facilitating a glimpse of art that is often removed from the city streets before the close of business hours. A collection of mediums in a manufactured landscape reorients the viewer to pause and see the streets’ art.

Various Dates 7th to 24th February 2019 Next 21st February 2019

Old City Bank Bar - Live Music

Come to the Old City Bank Bar for relaxed entertainment in an old English style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains.
Live Music every Friday and Saturday night.

Visit their Facebook page for details.

Various Dates 19th October 2018 to 28th September 2019 Next 22nd February 2019

Friday Supper Club

Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba presents the Friday Supper Club – a weekly night of live music, hearty food and classic cocktails at Avalon.

Each Friday night, they present local acts, free of charge, who provide music-to-dine-to in the fabulous art-deco surroundings.

Featured acts include Blue Mountains favourites Jazz Daiquiri, Kate Woolfe Trio, The Orchard Boat, Willem Sherlock Roorda, Frazer, Ireland and Russell, The Three-Handed Beat Bandits, Kees Steen, Penelope Wells, plus many more.

Book yourself a table with friends, choose something to eat from their menu and extensive local wine and craft beer list, or treat yourself to a cheeky cocktail from the bar.

What better way to start your weekend?

Bookings essential.

Various Dates 6th April 2018 to 29th March 2019 Next 22nd February 2019

FREE Music every Saturday Night from 5.30pm

Free Music every week

When? Every Saturday night from 5.30pm

Where? Palais Royale, 230 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, Blue Mountains.

Brought to you by promoter Chris Cannell of Music in the Mountains, and presented by Entertainment Blue Mountains, Nombre 230 is the gig to catch every Saturday night.

Presented in the Lounge at the Palais Royale Hotel, Katoomba, Nombre 230 starts at 5.30pm, giving you the opportunity to sample some of best talent available in the region and beyond.

Great atmosphere, great sounds and some excellent cocktails to sample... that's how it's supposed to be.

Details on the Entertainment Blue Mountains website, or phone the Palais Royale on 02 4784 6300.

www.entertainmentbluemountains.com.au

"Better Entertainment"

Various Dates 5th January to 29th June 2019 Next 23rd February 2019

Disability Access
Children Welcome
Free Entry
Member Event

Hydro Express Deco Dinner

Retro enthusiasts can fully immerse themselves in the ultimate vintage experience by riding into the art deco era aboard the Hydro Express from Central station to the world-famous Hydro Majestic Hotel in time for an evening of decadence, fine dining and mischievous revelry.

Travel in your choice of carriage class aboard their heritage train hauled by restored NSW Rail Museum-owned 1950s diesel locomotive 4201 from Sydney to Medlow Bath and return.

The Hydro Express is a Roaring 20s Festival event and follows the Charleston Dance for Charity and the Majestic Long Lunch. The train will return the next day for a special 1920s-themed high tea.

On 23rd February 2019

Majestic Long Lunch

An indulgent shared feast showcasing the best regional produce and presented by event ambassadors food luminary Lyndey Milan OAM and The Darnell Collection fashion anthropologist Charlotte Smith.

Guests will graze on decadent fare from the Hydro Majestic culinary team with offerings from Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges, Lushious Gourmet Catering, The Carrington Cellars & Deli and Josophan’s Fine Chocolates under the ornate vaulted ceiling of the Majestic Ballroom at the world-famous Hydro Majestic Hotel.

The Majestic Long Lunch at 12pm will follow the Charleston Dance for Charity at 11am and precede the Hydro Express Deco Dinner at 6pm.

On 23rd February 2019

Charleston Dance for Charity

The chutzpah of the golden age of jazz music, elegant fashion, speakeasies and all things Oriental will return in majestic style when the grandest of the grand Blue Mountains hotels hosts Roaring 20s Festival events.

The annual celebration of modern freedom, fashion and fun between the drabness of World War I and the restrictions of the Great Depression will high kick off at the Hydro Majestic Hotel with the popular Charleston Dance for Charity at 11am on the Saturday.

The community event is open to anyone dressed in 1920s costume (a feather boa, Mary Jane-style shoes and string of pearls for the ladies and a fedora hat and pair of spats for the gents will do) and will be led by the Swing Katz and Music in the Mountains.

Gold coin donations will raise funds for Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service. There will also be prizes for the best dance performances and costumes.

The Charleston Dance for Charity will be followed by the Majestic Long Lunch and Hydro Express Deco Dinner, with a further Hydro Express vintage train high tea experience the following day.

On 23rd February 2019

The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Relive the 1920’s golden age of extravagant balls, decadent high teas, vintage vehicles, period comedies and swingin’ music at The Blue Mountains’ Roaring 20’s and all that Jazz Festival in February.

This annual month-long event pays tribute to an opulent era when Australia’s first tourist destination held a decade-long party, celebrating breathtaking architecture, iconic art and outrageous music. Don your best 20s frock and ‘kick up your heels’ in the Charleston Challenge, eat to excess at Australia’s highest (unofficial) Long Lunch, or revel in the jazz, blues and ragtime music that shaped the era (or pick up a ukulele yourself and strum along at the Blue Mountains Ukelele Festival). There are vintage cars, music, dancing and fun for the whole family!

On 23rd February 2019

SENIORS "ONE-FOR-ONE" DEAL

 

 

To commemorate Seniors Festival, volunteers at the Museum extend a warm invitation to Seniors Card holders to take advantage of the special ticketing arrangements* on this Open Day only (each Senior gaining free entry must be accompanied by at least one regular fee paying visitor*). Bring the family along and enjoy the remarkable display of exhibits. Take unlimited 20 minute rides on the “Valley Heights Mixed” in an 1890 “cowboy” carriage behind steam tank engine no 2 - “Stevo”. View model layouts, climb aboard historic locomotives and carriages. Listen to “Charlie” and “Harry” as they prepare for their day’s work on steam loco 5461. Inspect memorabilia and artefacts from over 100 years of railway activity at Valley Heights. Then have a well-earned break in the café and browse the shop on departure.

*For full pricing see website: www.valleyheightsrailmuseum.info

 

 

On 24th February 2019

Disability Access
Children Welcome
Member Event

Explore the Blue Mountains by 4WD

A great day out exploring the Greater Blue Mountains in your own 4WD

Easy to Medium grade tour - with driver training provided 

We fish for rainbow trout in the Cox's River

and enjoy a BBQ lunch at a beautiful horse ranch.

 

On 24th February 2019

Children Welcome
Member Event

Blue Mountains Radio Players

Come along and enjoy Radio Plays with the Blue Mountains Radio Players.

Performances are before a live audience, using mainly scripts transcribed from original performances of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The repertoire includes plays from such long-running drama series as Suspense, Escape and Quiet Please!; episodes from the comedy series Easy Aces, Baby Snooks and Daddy and Life of Riley; and crimes solved by Sherlock Holmes, Boston Blackie and The Thin Man.

Blue Mountains Radio Players have been performing for about 15 years in venues around Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

Inspired by Juliette Palmer-Frederick, the ranks of the Players have included professional and amateur actors, usually about a dozen in number.

The Players currently perform at 2.30pm on the last Sunday of each month, February to November. Some performances have been recorded and are available on CD.

Various Dates 24th February to 24th November 2019 First 24th February 2019

Hydro Express High Tea

The Hydro Express will revisit the original Blue Mountains party palace for a 1920s-themed afternoon high tea as a Roaring 20s Festival event.

Upon arrival, passengers bedecked in elegant 1920s attire will nibble on a selection of petite pastries, finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones served with homemade jam and fresh clotted cream, with freshly brewed specialty teas and coffees.

Visitors can also be wowed by the opulent refurbishment of the famous hotel on an optional complimentary history tour.

The Hydro Express high tea follows the Charleston Dance for Charity, Majestic Long Lunch and Hydro Express Deco Dinner the previous day.

On 24th February 2019

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Roaring 20s High Tea

Be transported back to the Roaring Twenties and experience true decadence at Bygone Beautys’ special Traditional High Tea Supreme event Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.

Through an opulent display of sparkling diamonds accompanied by a complementary glass of champagne, visitors will experience the full charade of 1920s grandeur set amongst a lavish backdrop of an old world dining room. Tables adorned with an impressive array of shimmering diamonds, sparkling champagne, as well as silver pots and fine bone china, guests will be amazed at just how many diamonds will fit on the table.

While waiters are dressed in top and tails to deliver this decadent delight on an afternoon tea tray mobile, guests will be transported back to the leisure of decades past. This year enjoy even more decadence with all the inclusions of a Traditional High Tea Supreme, including an additional hot course and complimentary champagne.

Tickets include a complimentary glass of Champagne (over 18 years only). Bookings essential.

On 24th February 2019

Springwood Growers Market

Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Springwood Growers Market. Meet the Growers and Producers of the fantastic array of foods.

Supporting local Farmers and Producers. You will see that what you buy is fresh and lasts. Tantalising your tastebuds with fresh Australian foods is wonderful. Come out, buy fresh produce and show your support.

Various Dates 24th February to 15th December 2019 First 24th February 2019

Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

On selected Sundays, visitors can ride in a vintage open-ended "cowboy" carriage dating from 1890, hauled by a Stephenson Tank Engine from 1899 on a 20 minute return trip.* Other operating days (see website) see all day rides on the ever popular Steam Tram from the 1890s.*

Enjoy the two operating model rooms and explore the beautifully restored locomotives and carriages from past eras. The rich story of the settlement and development of western NSW is unravelled as you understand the contribution made by the railway.

Children can take the 'Kid's Quiz' and check their answers on their website, then print out a personalised certificate! New easy to read signage helps explain key exhibits to the under 10s.

A World War I Honour Board commemorates local railwaymen who enlisted for the armed services. Read the stories behind these young men's lives.

Enjoy some railway-style tucker and barista coffee in the air-conditioned café then browse the shop on departure.

Entry prices include Museum entry and steam train or steam tram rides.

*subject to change/operating conditions.

Various Dates 14th February 2016 to 8th December 2019 Next 24th February 2019

Sensory Concert

People with sensory issues that prevent them from attending public events such as concerts can immerse themselves in a specially designed live music performance.

To be held on a weekday during school holidays to cater for aged care facilities, centres for people with a disability and families, it will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Erica Kennedy on violin, flautist Lisa Osmialowski and Bullaburra concert pianist Grace Kim.

Part of the Sensory Concerts series, it has been designed for people of all ages, especially families with sensory or special needs such as autism spectrum disorder, physical or intellectual disabilities who experience feelings of being overwhelmed by crowd, noise, light, smell and touch.

Performed to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere, there will be a range of seating options and a retreat space where audience members can self-regulate or seek support from the onsite occupational therapist and psychologist.

As an internationally renowned professional concert pianist and music educator Ms Kim knows firsthand the benefits of music to health and wellbeing, and strives to make it accessible to everyone who needs it.

Various Dates 23rd April 2018 to 4th March 2019 Next 25th February 2019

Drawing, Painting Classes for Adults

Do you want to learn how to draw and paint as a hobby or even take your skill to a professional level? This is a less intensive and relaxed class suitable for hobbyists and those who would like to enjoy the experience of painting in a friendly environment.

Although it is a group class, each individual will be guided according to own needs and everyone follows own pace. The basic program is a combination from the traditional program to learn the basic skills of drawing plus other modifications and additions to teach you colour and painting. They teach representational art that is realism and impressionism. They do not teach abstract or any other forms of contemporary styles.

What you learn?
Absolute beginners are encouraged to start learning the basic concepts and techniques of drawing. Drawing is the foundation of visual art. Training will be focused to develop a keen eye to see and observe while develop the skill of handling line, contour, perspective and values to develop the form and a convincing representation of light.

Various Dates 11th February to 1st April 2019 Next 25th February 2019

Painting Realism In Oils

The aim of this course is to help you master the use of this versatile medium focusing on still life, portrait and Landscape Painting in a realistic style. Although acrylics are accepted, certain techniques will be harder to achieve.

To join this course it is important that you have a foundation of drawing and/or painting. If you do not know how to draw then please join the Monday class. In this class I do not teach modern art and the training is entirely based on painting realism/impressionism.

Training schedule:
Although there is a structure behind the training schedule, there are no time-frames and every person can move forward at own pace. Initially subjects are chosen by the teacher in order to tackle various techniques in colour mixing and brush work. Advanced students will be allowed to choose their own topics.

Various Dates 12th February to 2nd April 2019 Next 26th February 2019

March 2019

Edible Garden Trail

The Edible Gardens Festival is a celebration of the myriad ways Blue Mountains residents are creating food security, saving money and the climate, while receiving all the health benefits of getting their hands in the soil.

Backyard growers from Lapstone to Hartley will open their fruit and veggie gardens to festival goers, sharing their passion and their methods to inspire food growing both large and small-scale.

Time: 10am to 4pm each day.

Tickets can be purchased online or at various outlets, see website for details.

Daily 2nd to 3rd March 2019 Next 2nd March 2019

Blue Mountains Makers Artisan Market

The Blue Mountains Makers are proud to host their first Artisan Market in 2019. This is their second market at this fantastic location, Springwood Theatre and Community Hub.

Their Artisan Market will showcase a diverse range of creative businesses with handmade and Australian designed goods.

Come down, grab a coffee, listen to the buskers and peruse the amazing Blue Mountains talent.

On 2nd March 2019

Oberon Community and Farmers Market

Sample a smorgasbord of local produce at The Oberon Community and Farmers Market.

Each month the lovely quaint grounds at St Barnabas Church become a flurry of activity complete with some truly delightful smells which lure passers by to come for a look, and end up leaving with an armload of locally produced goodies.

Around 30 stalls gather under the canopy of trees in the charming grounds all year around, and if you get there nice and early, prepare to be amazed with the diversity of local produce. You will find local fruit and vegetables, knitwear, alpaca products, handmade local crafts, art work, freshly roasted coffee, wines, olives, jewelry, bags, homemade pies and cakes and other baked goods, local eggs, clothing, homemade jams and preserves, essential oils, fresh baked bread, and many other gourmet treats available.

Various Dates 2nd February 2019 to 1st February 2020 Next 2nd March 2019

Portland Art Exhibition

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Annual Portland Art Exhibition. The Portland Art Society Inc. hold an art exhibition every year the first weekend in March and have done so since 1976. The exhibition, which is highly rated in NSW allows a great diversification of artists to present and show their work.

The Society has donated two-thirds of the exhibition's profit back into the community. Money raised this year will go towards mental illness.

Daily 2nd to 3rd March 2019 Next 2nd March 2019

Watercolour Workshops with artist David Wardman

A workshop for beginners and more advanced participants. A one day structured workshop, an intensive but highly enjoyable process aimed at raising the skills and confidence of the participant. You will study the materials and techniques to discover new ways of seeing the world around you, and to translate that into successful water colour painting.

They look at how to find compelling subject matter almost anywhere. They study the nature of light in painting that defines and gives the image life.

David Wardman is an accomplished watercolour artist, as well as conducting workshops he has given talks in watercolour illustration at Sydney University, UTS, and Sydney College of the Arts.

Student numbers are limited to six participants, the day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm, the workshops are held on the first Sunday of each month. A light lunch and refreshments are included. Some materials are provided , please contact David for materials requirements.

Various Dates 1st July 2018 to 2nd June 2019 Next 3rd March 2019

Ghost Tour Katoomba

Shiver in ghoulish delight at deliciously dark tales of murder, mishap, convicts, hangings and more as you explore haunted buildings and abandoned cemeteries on a spine-tingling glimpse behind the rugged landscape to discover the rich and sometimes dark and bloody history of the Greater Blue Mountains region.

Your host Paranormal Pete has extensive knowledge of paranormal activity in the area and will lead you to the scene of dark myths and gloomy legends.

Travel on the Ghost Bus with the only ghost tour in the Blue Mountains and take morbid glee in the macabre with hair-raising access to unique, forgotten and secret locations that are off limits to the general public.

Visit historic wells, convict graves, a convict stockade and colonial buildings oozing tantalising tales of shadowy figures from the past at Hartley Historic Site. You may even meet the ghost of Victoria Pass "the lady in black".

Various Dates 3rd August 2018 to 23rd May 2019 Next 7th March 2019

Sulari Gentill - Author Talk

Don't miss this chance to meet the best-selling novelist behind the Rowland Sinclair historical crime novels and hear her discuss the latest in the series, All the Tears in China, as well as her psychological thriller, Crossing the Lines.

There will be a chance to meet the author, ask questions and buy signed copies of her books. Afternoon tea is complimentary.

Book and pay at any Library branch or online.

On 9th March 2019

Six Foot Track Marathon

The Six Foot Track is a 45 kilometre trail stretching across the Blue Mountains from The Explorer's Marked Tree, near Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. The marathon started in 1984 and follows the length of the entire trail.

The race is a fundraiser for the Rural Fire Service, and Six Foot Track Heritage Trust and is organised by the Sydney Striders Running Club, it attracts over 850 entrants each year.

For further qualifying and registering details please visit the web site.

On 9th March 2019

Blackheath Growers Market

Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Blackheath Growers Market. Meet the growers and producers of a fantastic array of foods.

It is run between the hours of 8am and 12noon on the second Sunday of each month from February to December. (Closed January)

Various Dates 10th March to 8th December 2019 First 10th March 2019

Lithgow Family Show

The Lithgow Family Show is a community based event run by volunteers that celebrates the best in the region and provides a form of entertainment that appeals to a broad range of people.

From cattle and wool produce, through to incredible cooking and photography, the Lithgow Show has something for everyone. A brilliant showcase of everything the Lithgow region has to offer, capped off with an incredible fireworks display to close out an evening of exciting entertainment.

Daily 15th to 16th March 2019 Next 15th March 2019

Blue Mountains Music Festival

Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Blues and Roots is a three day festival of folk, roots and blues music, featuring selected artists from around the world and across Australia. In a variety of venues in Katoomba, see and hear world class musicians in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that has been raved about by both performers and audiences.

All weekend the site is alive with the sounds of acoustic guitars, dobros, mandolins, fiddles, accordions, concertinas, bouzoukis, banjos, pianos, drums, percussion, flutes, pipes, whistles and voices. Food and craft stalls, the poet's brunch, children's entertainment and performance workshops fill out the on site atmosphere.

The festival precinct is a short stroll from Katoomba railway station and the buzzing strip of cafes, restaurants and shops that lead you down to the site.

Ticket prices are yet to be released, check website for up to date details.

Daily 15th to 17th March 2019 Next 15th March 2019

Lithgow Ghost Tour Eskbank House

Creep back to Lithgow after dark for the spooky Ghost Tour of Eskbank House and Museum – if you dare.

Your host Paranormal Pete has extensive knowledge of paranormal activity in the area and will lead you to the scene of dark myths and gloomy legends where ghosts are dying to meet you.

Listen to unsettling reports of ghosts, hauntings and other strange goings on at Eskbank House and Museum before taking part in a ghost hunt in and around the buildings.

Catch a glimpse of what life was like for the colonial well-to-do at the property, which played a significant part in Lithgow’s industrial era. You may even meet one of the long dead for real.

As you tune into the phantom whispers of each building, ghost-hunting equipment will boost your already heightened senses. On the night guests will be supplied with the latest equipment along with full instruction on its use.

Ghost Hunting equipment included: Thermal imaging video cameras, EMF metres, Ovillus III, REM-Pods, Full spectrum cameras, Night vision camera, Laser Grids, Talker II, Patrick Boo Buddy Bear.

On 16th March 2019

Spanish Luncheon

Enjoy a delicious three-course luncheon celebrating the culinary delights of the Spanish people, served in Everglades elegant Art Deco dining room.

Following lunch, you’ll have time to explore Everglades gorgeous gardens. Bring Your Own. Time: 12pm.

Bookings are essential.

On 16th March 2019

Oberon Heritage and Collectors Fair

The next Oberon Heritage and Collectors Fair will be held in March 2019. The Tractor Trek and Pioneer Car Run will be Friday 15, the main event on Saturday 16 and a ‘wind-down’ day on Sunday 17.

Their fair has been very successful in the past with steam exhibits at the forefront however, due to the unavailability of most steam exhibits, they are working on alternative displays including a section devoted to antique horse drawn carriages and possibly horse drawn machinery.

The Tractor Trek and Pioneer Car Run will be taking place as usual and there will be a dinner held on Saturday 16 March 2019 at the Oberon RSL Club. Further information on these events will be provided shortly.

Unfortunately, there will be no street parade due to safety concerns and the logistics of hosting such an event.

Various Dates 16th to 17th March 2019 First 16th March 2019

Ayres and Graces: Brandenburg Ensemble in Blackheath

Join members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for an evocative musical journey through the streets and homes of eighteenth-century England and the palace of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France.

Musicians
Melissa Farrow Baroque flute/recorder
Rafael Font Baroque violin
Marianne Yeomans Baroque viola
Laura Moore Viola da gamba
Kirsten Barry Baroque oboe
Tommie Andersson Baroque guitar/theorbo

Repertoire
Works by Handel, Purcell, Lully, Playford and more.

Eighteenth-century London was a bustling entrepreneurial centre with a cosmopolitan concert life and a growing market for domestic music-making in wealthy households.

This musical richness of the city attracted many foreign musicians including George Frideric Handel. The musical items from Paris and Versailles performed in this program are by contrast uniformly in the style of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the fashionable director of music at the Court of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France.

The concert features heavenly trio sonatas, gorgeous pastoral folk tunes and intimate chamber music alongside stately works of grander scale.

On 18th March 2019

Jimmy Vargas and the Black Marias

Jimmy Vargas and the Black Marias in trio mode perform Hollywood jazz classics mixed in with scintillating noir original tunes at that haven of 1930s splendour, Avalon.

On 22nd March 2019

Compositional strategies with Jo Ernst

Composition, the arrangement of a work, is a vital consideration and the backbone of a painting or drawing. A strong composition will take the ordinary to the extraordinary and move your work to a new level.

This two-day workshop will focus on an awareness of composition, using the elements of form and context and applying the principles of composition as you work. They will look at the fascinating way in which the principles interweave and relate to each other, simplifying the whole process.

Analysis of masterworks and practical exercises, with subjects including still life and the figure will encourage you to explore possibilities and experiment with the aim of developing an instinctive feel for balance and unity.

Daily 23rd to 24th March 2019 Next 23rd March 2019

Jetblack 24 Hour

Experience the unique 24-hour mountain bike event atmosphere at the Jetblack 24 Hour at the Rydal Showgrounds - wide open meadows to set up right next to the cars and a stone-throw from the trail head of the racing circuit through the magnificent Lidsdale State Forest!

Race in the classic Solo categories or in teams of up to six riders - juniors can race in teams of four. The event's six + six hour option lets you rest overnight and retreat to one of the cosy hotels nearby for a re-start on Sunday morning.

This is the perfect event for a social mountain biking getaway - get your mates together and bring the whole family! There is lots to do in the region for them while you race, a beautiful park right next to the venue and and there are also free kids activities in the event centre. Resident DJ Mista Nige will be pumping out some funky choonz to kick of the night racing action! A team of caterers will serve up hearty food and healthy treats - and lots of steaming hot coffee!

Join an enthusiastic community of 24-hour racers, supporters and crew for an unforgettable racing experience!

Daily 23rd to 24th March 2019 Next 23rd March 2019

French Bred by Three Piece Suite

Classical string trio Three Piece Suite has prepared food for your ears in an hour-long program entitled French Bred.

Time-travelling from Revolutionary times to the mid-20th Century, explore France through the music of its composers both native and adopted, from Pleyel and Cras to Debussy and more.

Time: 4pm.

On 24th March 2019

Mountainfilm on Tour: Blue Mountains (Matinee) and (Evening)

Mountainfilm on Tour is back! The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - heart. Join them for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit.

Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.

Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.

On 24th March 2019

Gateway 2 Garden

The Gateway to Garden run returns for the second year and everyone is ready to run. Mayfield and D2F teamed up again to host the G2G, which allows runners to challenge themselves through Mayfield’s elevated terrain while exploring the spectacular garden.

Ben St Lawrence, two-time Olympic 10-kilometre runner and multi-winner of the City 2 Surf and Sydney Running Festival is the Gateway 2 Garden Ambassador and will look to win the event again in 2019.

Explore new tracks with a choice of a five or ten-kilometre run, and the chance to win exciting prizes. It will be a perfect day out for the whole family. Dogs are welcome! Reserve your place in the race! Register Now.

On 24th March 2019

Susan O'Neill and ANDIE in concert

All the way from County Clare, Ireland, the prodigiously gifted Susan O’Neill’s soulful and husky-voiced performances are truly something to behold. Using guitar, harmonica, trumpet and a loop pedal, Susan delivers a timeless and powerful blend of the old and new. Her inspirational fusion of soulful Irish folk and her own acclaimed original material makes for an entertaining and enchanting musical experience.

Her solo performances are literally mind-blowing. The amazing range of her gritty vocal combined with her superb guitar technique, her loop pedals and trumpet, make for a truly unforgettable musical experience.

On 27th March 2019

The Wolfe Brothers

Tamworth Country Music Festival Golden Guitar winners The Wolfe Brothers will rock the Blue Mountains escarpment when they bring their Country Heart National Tour to the most majestic live gig venue in the region.

Riding high after taking home the genre’s top gong, the Tasmanian country rockers also continue to celebrate after their latest offering debuted on the ARIA Charts at number nine last March.

Since then, the former postman, refrigeration mechanic and builder’s labourer and carpenter have played to packed houses around the country as a standalone act as well as alongside mate Lee Kernaghan on his Boys From the Bush 25th anniversary tour.

Second place-getters in the 2012 Australia’s Got Talent, The Wolfe Brothers are riding a massive wave after snagging an ARIA nomination for Best Country Album last year and five Golden Guitar nominations at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival.

On 30th March 2019

April 2019

VulgarGrad and Special Guests in concert

Everybody’s favourite Russian criminals make their long-awaited return to Australian stages, launching their much-anticipated new album, The Odessa Job. The band has amassed an incredibly dedicated fan-base over the last 14 years, but for those who don’t know, VulgarGrad are a seven-piece band that play music by, for, and about Russian criminals – raw, raucous, and rude (particularly if you understand Russian).

VulgarGrad frontman and infamous Polish ne’er-do-well, Jacek Koman, is the rough diamond of stage and screen, known for his vocals on Roxanne from Baz Lurhmann’s Moulin Rouge and seen in The Great Gatsby.

Be prepared for a night of gun-slinging, vodka-swilling, foul-mouthed disorder, and watch out for the biggest, most triangular instrument you will ever see, the contrabass balalaika.

On 5th April 2019

Bach to Bach - Phoenix Choir

Phoenix Choir Blue Mountains present two of Bach’s most beloved cantatas, featuring the talented soprano and baritone soloists Julie Paik and Lewis Barber.

Directed by Rowen Fox, the choir will perform the haunting and reflective Easter cantata Christ lay in death’s dark prison, alongside the exuberant Sleepers wake, in a new arrangement featuring oboe, violin and organ.

Time: 4pm

On 6th April 2019

Sculpture at Scenic World

Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 25 artworks from local, national and international artists.

Perfect for art lovers, families and couples alike, Sculpture at Scenic World has something for everyone. Interactive installations, subtle artworks that blend seamlessly into the environment, and loud masterpieces with bold statements – you name it, Sculpture at Scenic World has got it.

Meander along the 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway as you take in the stunning artworks and scenery, accessed by none other than the world’s steepest passenger train, the Scenic Railway. Better yet, top it off with a visit to Sculpture Otherwise, an exhibition of smaller sculptures held at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Sculpture at Scenic World ticks all the right boxes for a perfect arts escape, with a number of weekend packages on offer with inclusions such as breakfast, Wifi, high tea and more. All Sculpture at Scenic World tickets include unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Cableway and the new Skyway, in addition to Sculpture Otherwise.

Plan your autumn arts escape now!

Various Dates 12th April to 12th May 2019 First 12th April 2019

Ink Intensive: surface-making, painting and unique finishes with Sofie Dieu

In this two-day workshop, renowned artist Sofie Dieu will guide you through an exciting range of techniques and approaches to working with ink, including ink and water painting, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, gradient techniques, floral/plant study, reserve techniques and mark-making.

You will also experiment with other techniques such as gold-leaf detailing, ink layering and collage, and automatic writing. She will encourage you to work in a large format to accommodate gestural paintings as well as more detailed work.

This workshop is ideal for beginners as well as more experienced artists interested in developing their gestural, textural and ink painting skills.

Daily 13th to 14th April 2019 Next 13th April 2019

Mànran (Scotland)

Mànran are one of the hottest acts and best-loved Scottish bands performing on the international music scene today.

Variously tagged as “folk-rock”, “Celtic-rock” and even “grown-up folk-rock”, Mànran’s music defies easy labelling due to the eclectic mix of influences on the band and the alchemy that melds them. With a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create innovative and uplifting instrumental music.

Coupled with songs performed in both Gaelic and English, it’s easy to understand why Mànran are in such high demand as a live act. With music ranging from the explosive to the poignant and, at all times, a palpable connection to their audience, Mànran thrive on live performances.

Mànran features: Gary Innes – accordion and vocals; Ewen Henderson – highland pipes, fiddle and vocals; Craig Irving – acoustic guitar and vocals; Ross Saunders – bass guitar and vocals; Ryan Murphy – uillean pipes, flute; Mark Scobbie – drums.

On 13th April 2019

Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

During the 16 days of Autumn Festival, the Hawkins Family opens its Private Garden to visitors, so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 160 acres of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet Court, the Chapel, the Chook Hilton, the 80 metre Cascade with Temple and much more. In Autumn, their rowboats are available on Mayfield Lake (at no additional cost) and interactive games are scattered throughout the garden for your family and friends to enjoy. There is a courtesy bus making several stops around the garden to help everyone see it all.

Mayfield’s Café, Kiosk and Produce Store will be open from 9 am – 4.30 pm.

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney, 30 minutes from Bathurst and 15 minutes from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival is not to be missed.

Daily 13th to 28th April 2019 Next 13th April 2019

Diego Bonetto Oberon Mushroom Foraging Workshop

Join environmental educator and wild food advocate Diego Bonetto on an edible adventure through the forests around Oberon. The renowned forager will share his knowledge of how to identify, harvest and cook wild mushrooms.

You will meet at a secret location at 10am, where will learn about the How, What, Where and When of harvesting pine mushrooms. You will focus on the two most desirable species which are Saffron milk caps and Slippery jacks. You will then have the opportunity to taste these delectable forest fungi when Diego cooks some up. His simple process of frying with oil and garlic will be a tasty treat served on artisan bread with fresh parsley. Yum!

This is a skill for life and once you have learned how to forage you will be able to go back into the forest on your own or with friends to harvest mushrooms for you and your family.

Foraging for your food is the oldest of skills. It is the way modern humans, can relate directly to other species and embrace the forgotten cultural practices passed on from elders to youngsters, since forever.

On 14th April 2019

Wonderous Waterbugs

Get ready to discover some wonderous waterbugs! You will be surprised at the many different waterbugs living right here in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Have fun with their national park ranger to find out where waterbugs live, what they eat, and why they are so important to the waterways. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and prepare to start splashing!

Various Dates 15th April to 30th September 2019 First 15th April 2019

Tree Painting and Art Day

Join their Aboriginal ranger and participate in some tree painting, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich culture behind some traditional symbols. Enjoy this unique opportunity to get creative and make a natural work of art in Blue Mountains National Park.

Various Dates 8th January to 8th October 2019 Next 16th April 2019

Billy Tea with a Bushman

Pull up a chair by the campfire and enjoy a cup of traditional Billy Tea in the Blue Mountains National Park. Your ranger will regale you with fascinating stories about local wildlife, engage the kids with some great hands-on activities, and even roast a marshmallow or two.

Various Dates 9th January to 17th July 2019 Next 17th April 2019

Junior Ranger: Essential Bush Skills

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? This activity focuses on essential skills that will help you thrive in the bush. Learn how to make a shelter, how to find water, and what you should do if you ever become lost. Discover the smart way to pack and prepare for your next bushwalk adventure.

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids aged 8-12 years. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

Various Dates 10th January to 18th April 2019 Last 18th April 2019

Froggy on the Hop

Calling all frog lovers! Come and explore the wonderful world of frogs, where their national park ranger will provide fascinating insights on these little creatures. See what you can spot in the waters of the beautiful Megalong Valley. Bring a torch, warm clothing and good waterproof boots for this fantastic Blue Mountains experience.

Various Dates 11th January to 18th April 2019 Last 18th April 2019

The Blackheath Art Society Exhibition

The Blackheath Art Society holds four annual exhibitions which continue to attract critical acclaim and wide audience appreciation.

A wide range of work from figurative to abstract, and landscapes to portraits will appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Many members are professional artists and the standards of the exhibition are very high, at very reasonable prices. The art works on display at this exhibition are for sale.

You can see the last exhibition's winners on the web site.

Various Dates 29th September 2018 to 22nd April 2019 Next 19th April 2019

Cultural Art Day for Teens

Join their Aboriginal ranger and participate in some tree painting, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich culture behind some traditional symbols.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to get creative and make a natural work of art using eco-friendly bush resources. Tailored especially for the teenage audience.

Various Dates 18th January to 4th October 2019 Next 23rd April 2019

Aboriginal Experience at Walls Cave

Journey with their Aboriginal Ranger as you descend down into the magnificent Walls Cave at Blackheath. Hear stories and legends of this country’s first people, and retrace their steps along this beautiful waterway, formerly occupied for thousands of years.

Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and lunch, and you’re ready to explore.

Various Dates 15th January to 23rd April 2019 Last 23rd April 2019

Leaping Lizards

Do you love lizards? Join their ranger for a morning of reptile-related fun! Learn all about these amazing creatures, take a guided walk to try and spot some hidden creatures along the track, find out how to protect reptiles in your own backyard, and make your own little critter to take home afterwards.

Various Dates 16th January to 24th April 2019 Last 24th April 2019

Essential Bush Skills for Teens

This activity focuses on essential skills that will help you thrive in the bush. Learn how to make a shelter, how to find water, and what you should do if you ever become lost. Discover the smart way to pack and prepare for your next bushwalking adventure. Tailored especially for the teenage audience.

Various Dates 24th January to 10th October 2019 Next 26th April 2019

Spotlight!

Shh! What was that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Join their national parks ranger for an exciting expedition as they discover the creatures of the night.

Get ready to tip-toe down the track and learn more about the wonderful nocturnal animals that live in the Blue Mountains. They may come across owls, possums, sugar gliders, little microbats, and more, as they emerge from their homes in and around Govetts Leap. Get a different view of the Grose Valley under the stars, as they listen to the night-time chorus.

Come prepared with your own torch, warm clothing, comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure.

Various Dates 18th January to 4th October 2019 Next 26th April 2019

Junior Ranger: Cultural Appreciation

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? Join their Aboriginal ranger for a fantastic hands-on experience as you discover ancient tools, weapons, and musical instruments. Aspects of both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture will be shared, including the importance of sustainability and how they can all help to care for Country.

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids aged 8 to 12 years. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

Various Dates 26th April to 10th October 2019 First 26th April 2019

Springwood Community Quilt Show

This biennial Quilt Show features over 100 quilts from local quilters, with wonderful stalls from all local quilt shops for some retail therapy. What a great opportunity to be inspired by the fabulous quilts, and purchase supplies to design and make your own from the stallholders.

Allow time to relax at the Quilt Show cafe where light lunches along with Devonshire teas will be available all day.

Guest quilter this year is Margaret Sampson-George. The beautiful quilt that can be won in this year's raffle is Bird Seed by Tula Pink. Profits raised from the Quilt Show go to the Wimlah Womens Refuge and Textiles Studies at Springwood High School. This year they will also offer a scholarship for Textiles students undertaking further textile studies at post-school level.

A great showcase for the fabulous quilts being made here in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, this show is organised by the Blue Mountains Quilters Inc, a group of quilters from all over the Blue Mountains.

Time: 10am – 4pm each day. Entry: $6.

Various Dates 26th to 28th April 2019 First 26th April 2019

Ironfest

Ironfest is 'An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge', celebrating working and playing with metal.

An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge, Ironfest celebrates working and playing with metal. Held annually in Lithgow on the closest weekend to Anzac Day, Ironfest brings together artists, designer/makers, blacksmiths, performers of all kinds, musicians, historical re-enactors, machine enthusiasts and hobbyists from all over Australia, and the world.

Ironfest is imagineering with a metal and clothing focus: bringing together designer makers from all around Australia

Daily 26th to 27th April 2019 Next 26th April 2019

Chaika in concert

Chaika create worldly rhythmic textures inspired by Balkan vibrancy, Turkish markets, Celtic stories, and Australia’s own stunning landscapes. Fans have branded their genre blending sounds as ‘Nomadic Folk-Jazz’. Employing ethereal harmonies (in several languages), a myriad of instruments and a dynamic ability for discovery, Chaika re-imagine and create their own exuberant music traversing incredible landscapes with jazz-like dexterity.

This April, they will release their third LP ‘Arrow’ – an almost completely original suite of work injected with the compositional personalities of all six members.

At home wherever appreciative ears assemble – from dirt-stomping blues, roots, and folk festivals to the world-class environs of Sydney’s City Recital Hall – Chaika surprise, thrill and move the unsuspecting listener.

On 27th April 2019

Springwood Foundation Day

Join the fun at this festival to celebrate the spirit of Springwood in 2019!

Springwood Foundation Day Festival celebrates the village's heritage and showcases what it has become.

Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, street performers, and amusement rides.

Non-stop fun and entertainment for all the family!

On 27th April 2019

Archie Roach

Archie Roach’s music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition. His voice – uniquely Australian and undeniably universal – continues to resonate for all.

Archie emerged in the early ’90s. His ARIA-winning debut album, Charcoal Lane, was named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 1992. It centred around Archie’s heartbreaking song, ‘Took the Children Away’.

The song was a deeply affecting ballad about his own experience as one of the Stolen Generations of First Nations children who were often forcibly removed from their parents and communities and placed in non-Indigenous institutions and homes.

The song’s impact was immediate. It went on to receive a Human Rights Achievement Award; the first time such an honour had been bestowed upon a songwriter and was also added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia collection.

Archie’s career has spanned three decades. His work has been recognised locally and internationally. He will be performing songs from his new 3CD box set of recent live shows, Into the Bloodstream 2012; Let Love Rule 2016 and Dancing With My Spirit 2018, marking the first time Archie has released recordings of his live concerts.

On 28th April 2019

May 2019

Leura Harvest Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
With a focus on fresh, regional, and sustainable, the Leura Harvest Festival is set to take place in Leura Mall during autumn, when the village is at its beautiful best!

This year's event promises to be even bigger and better.

Up to 75 stalls will line Leura Mall, selling seasonal food and sharing expertise on all things fresh, regional and sustainable. You can also expect a number of fun competitions open to all age groups, including the popular Scarecrow Competition, Pet Chook Show and the Great Australian Chocolate Cake Competition. It's a great community event for the whole family.

On 3rd May 2019

Heritage Festival - Sulari Gentill in Conversation

Join award-winning author and creator of the Rowland Sinclair mystery series, Sulari Gentill, as she shares her passion for connecting people, place and the past. Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel, Sulari's talk will be followed by a book signing and a two course luncheon. Bring your own alcohol. Time: 12 noon.

Bookings are essential. Please contact the Booking Officer by phone or email.

On 4th May 2019

LithGlow

LithGlow 2019 will be held on Saturday 11 May, coinciding with the 2019 Australian Heritage Festival and the 112th anniversary of the opening of the Blast Furnace.

LithGlow 2019 will return to the Blast Furnace Park with a spectacular light show, the Aussie Night Markets food trucks, roving entertainment and numerous musical performances.
In addition, the Foundations at Portland will be hosting a Fire and Ice dinner show on Friday 10 May 2019, an experience not to be missed.

Through this unique event, everyone, from families to people of all ages, will have the opportunity to experience Lithgow’s night market dining, its amazing industrial history and enjoy walking through the fiery heart of the once powerful Blast Furnace.

Lithgow has a remarkable history of innovation and industry dating back to the late nineteenth century and you will be able to explore the many museums and industrial tourism attractions over the weekend.

Various Dates 10th to 11th May 2019 First 10th May 2019

Dave Graney and The MistLY band

Dave Graney and Clare Moore are back in 2019 with a new album. It’s approximately their 30th and is a killer set of rock music – made properly, like they’ve always done.

They play music drawn from a lifetime in rock ’n’ roll culture. They didn’t learn their licks in school, they made their own mistakes and set up their own standards.

Whatever they do, whatever they play, they bring their ace game. Their primo strategies. Their stellar grooves and street wise lyrical fire.

On 11th May 2019

Newnes Shale Oil Refinery Ruins Walking tour, LithGlow

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Explore the historic ruins of one of Australia’s largest shale oil production schemes - the Newnes Shale Oil Refinery.
Built in 1906, the refinery was an ambitious undertaking by the British based Commonwealth Oil Corporation to exploit the Wolgan Valley’s vast shale reserves. The use of 19th century technology and the importation of lower priced crude oil into Australia finally closed the works in 1932.

All that remains of this once prosperous industry and thriving community are the industrial ruins and building foundations dispersed across the historically significant landscape.
This half day walking tour will explore the fascinating history of the once thriving shale oil industry, taking in the shale oil refinery ruins, the iconic beehive-shaped coking kilns, the remote township of Newnes and the Wolgan River.

On 11th May 2019

Voices of Eskbank, LithGlow

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Discover the history of the Lithgow region through the Eskbank House Museum collection. One of the earliest house museums in the country, Eskbank House Museum holds many objects that reflect the important developments of the region, including the role of influential industrials Thomas Brown, James Rutherford, William Sandford and the Hoskins Brothers.

From 6pm Saturday, May 12 experience the Voices of Eskbank at night. Photographs from the archives will be projected on the buildings, giving you a unique insight into the people and moments that shaped the region.

The Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Entry fee applies. Projections will run from 6pm until 10pm Saturday and can be viewed from Inch Street.

Daily 11th to 12th May 2019 Next 11th May 2019

Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, LithGlow

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
The Glow Worm Tunnel trail is one of the most iconic walking tracks in the greater Lithgow region with its draw card - the spectacular display of illuminating glow worms in the historical Wolgan Valley Railway Tunnel No.2, and unmissable panoramic views across Wolgan Valley and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Described as being one of the most expensive privately funded engineering feats of its time, the Wolgan Valley Railway was the brainchild of chief railway engineer Sir Henry Deane in 1906 and served the nearby Newnes Shale Oil Refinery for the first few decades of the 20th century. The shay engines and rail lines; as well as the dedicated people that worked the railway, have long since gone and nature has now reclaimed much of this once revered and celebrated railway line.

Following the historical footprint of the Wolgan Valley Railway, the hike traverses often steeply graded and densely forested slopes onto spectacular panoramic views of the Wolgan Valley. The nine kilometre trail meanders through fern tree laden gorges, sandstone pagodas and canyons and mountain streams to the aptly named Glow Worm Tunnel.

On 12th May 2019

bentART

bentART was established in the Blue Mountains in 2005 to celebrate works in the visual arts of Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) artists.

Each year over the June long weekend, the annual four day bentART exhibition is held in the Blue Mountains.

bentART is focused on encouraging, promoting and supporting the visual art of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people of Australia. The sexual orientation of LGBTIQ artists naturally informs and influences their perspective and vision. It is this orientation and view of the world that is encouraged by bentART.

All artworks are judged on their artistic merit. All artworks are for sale.

Check out the bentART website for further details.

On 14th May 2019

Ultra-Trail Australia

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Ultra-Trail Australia is four day running festival incorporating a 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre and 22 kilometre trail run through the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The UTA start/finish event hub is located at Scenic World, Katoomba.

The UTA festival includes a one kilometre kids trail race and the UTA 951, a 1.2 kilometre stair climb from the base of the iconic Furber steps to the Ultra-Trail Australia finish line at Scenic World. There is also an event expo, athlete forums, film festival and more.

Ultra-Trail Australia is a truly unique and spectacular event that sees the world's elite athletes, recreational runners and first time ultra-runners converge to take on a breath-taking and challenging course. UTA is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

Daily 16th to 19th May 2019 Next 16th May 2019

Flats And Sharps

Flats and Sharps are a high-energy contemporary Bluegrass band, from Penzance, Cornwall, in the South West of England, known for their own highly original songs as well as their blistering renditions of Bluegrass classics.

These five incredible young musicians honed their skills in hundreds of live performances over the past six years, charming and wowing audiences along the way. They’ve come a long way, from their humble beginning busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds, to performing at the Proms in Hyde Park, London, and at scores of festivals throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia.

On their first Australian tour in 2017, they delighted audiences at the National Folk Festival, Canberra and Fairbridge Music Festival, WA. They returned here in 2018, again playing the National Festival, plus the Blue Mountains Music Festival and an extensive NSW tour.

They have since been invited to the home of Bluegrass, the USA, to represent the UK in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in September 2018.
In 2019 they have been invited back by the Fairbridge Festival in WA, where they’ll also play the Albany Festival before heading east to Victoria and NSW.

On 17th May 2019

Million Paws Walk - Blue Mountains

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Grab your two and four legged friends and join other animal lovers for a fun filled day at the Million Paws Walk.

Whether you have pets in your family or not, you're invited to join the pack, walking with tens of thousands of people and pets throughout Australia to help raise vital funds for the RSPCA, the animals in their care, and to promote responsible pet ownership.

Walk or be walked around Melrose Park and be a part of dog agility tests, get training tips and information for the care of dogs of various ages and sizes and talk to dog behavioural experts who will be there to give you advice on discipline and handling of larger breeds.

A fun day out for families and people of all ages with a real festival atmosphere, and a variety of demonstrations, exhibitions and stalls selling merchandise and food.

Daily 17th to 19th May 2019 Next 17th May 2019

Waste2Art Lithgow

Celebrating the re-use and recycling of waste through arts and crafts.

Artists from the Lithgow Area present their art work made from recycled material. From school children to adults and sewing to welding, this exhibition is an eclectic colourful mix that never ceases to surprise and delight. Winners from this competition will be entered in the regional exhibition.

Come to the opening to meet the artists and be inspired to create your own recycled masterpiece.

Daily 18th May to 9th June 2019 Next 18th May 2019

Teddy Bears Day Out

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Children aged 16 and under admitted free provided they bring their Teddy Bear along for the fun (and are accompanied by a paying adult).

All Bears are specially invited to join the Bears Only 'Teddy Bear Express' for a short adventure on the Steam Tram.

Join the 'Spot The Teddies' competition for the chance to win a prize. Hidden Bears around the site are just waiting to be found. Grab an entry form and take photos of the tricky Bears as you wander!

Mama and Papa Bear hand out a confectionery pack to every child.

Five to fifteen year olds can enjoy the Kid’s Trivia Quiz – 10 interesting questions to answer as you stroll round the Museum.

All the Museum’s regular great exhibits and activities are also available, including unlimited rides on the Steam Tram, plus model rooms, steam locomotives and carriages to explore. Climb aboard the 'Caves Express' that showcases first class travel in the 1930s. Learn about the 'Call Boy' and the part the 1914 Railway Depot played in the local community and the development of inland NSW.

A great day out for all.

On 19th May 2019

Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Varuna the National Writers’ House is hosting exciting Sydney Writers’ Festival events from 27-30 April in Katoomba, the Blue Mountains, featuring bestselling national and international writers. The festival also gives the community a chance to hone their writing skills with a selection of workshops and panel discussions.

Daily 27th to 30th May 2019 Next 27th May 2019

June 2019

Daniel Champagne and Special Guest Chris Gillespie

They are very pleased to welcome Daniel back to the Blue Mountains and after the last sold out show they advise booking early to avoid disappointment!

Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism.

On 1st June 2019

A Bloody Dickens Christmas

A Murder Mystery Dinner.

You are invited to a unique Yulefest Blue Mountains dinner experience and leap into the spirit of Christmas-in-July by dressing up as one of Charles Dickens’ characters – you might be Miss Havisham or Estella from Great Expectations, or perhaps you’ll play Mr. Bah Humbug himself, Ebenezer Scrooge of A Christmas Carol infamy.

Over a traditional two course Christmas dinner, you and your fellow Dickens character guests will sort through the clues and investigate who dunnit.

Perhaps you are the murderer!
There are only 10 tickets to each Dickens Murder Dinner.

Various Dates 2nd June to 31st July 2019 First 2nd June 2019

The Rotary club of Springwood's Antique, Vintage and Collectables Fair

Antique dealers from around Australia come to Winmalee High school every first weekend in June to showcase and sell their wares, ranging from old jewellery, silver, small furniture, glass ware, porcelain laces, old tools, all to name a few. This year vintage Ford cars will be on display on Saturday.

Refreshments will be on sale for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

On 3rd June 2019

Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

The Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Running Weekend includes events for the whole family, all on some of the most pristine trails and in one of the most amazing National Parks in Australia.

The event caters for runners and the entire family. Camping and catering is available on site.

Some of the events held over the weekend include:
Marathon: 42.2 kilometres of ultimate trail running. From the challenge of Pipeline Track to the glory of the Glow Worm Tunnel. A superb running experience. This is one of the toughest Trail Marathons in the country. Be sure to check out the course profile beforehand. Half Marathon: The most amazing Half Marathon experience in Australia - taking runners through the spectacular Glow Worm Tunnel. The terrain is challenging and exciting as you negotiate small trails that lead to the Glow Worm Tunnel. A quick 10 kilometres downhill on the way back!

Daily 16th to 17th June 2019 Next 16th June 2019

Winter Magic Festival

The Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba, Blue Mountains is when one of Australia's most famous towns is taken over by local artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs, stalls and community. The Winter Magic Festival is a chance for everyone to participate and have fun!

The main street of Katoomba is closed to motor traffic and open to pedestrians. This allows the whole town to become a performance space. Streets are lined with market stalls and everybody is encouraged to dress in costume.

Winter Magic won't just be the name of Katoomba's premier festival during winter, but a description of what will be experienced when the town will unleash a mammoth mix of surprises once again. The Grand Parade is always popular.

Travel directly to the Festival via steam train or simply take a ride to Mount Victoria and back when you get here.

On 21st June 2019

Jukebox Revolution

Every record tells a story!

Elvis, Bee Gees, Johnny O’Keefe, Queen, Jackson 5, Beatles, ACDC, John Farnham… and many more.

Following on from their 2018 sell-out concerts, internationally acclaimed ‘Boys in the Band’ is proud to present their brand new show “Jukebox Revolution…every record tells a story!” celebrating the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

Starring Australia’s finest leading men and backed by their sensational band The Players, this dazzling performance features over 50 years of mega hits in an all singing, all dancing, high octane concert.

Boys in the Band have performed among star-studded company such as Pharrell Williams, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Pseudo Echo, entertaining audiences across the globe. Highlight concert performances including Singapore F1 Grand Prix, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Mandela Theatre Johannesburg, The Star Gold Coast, Arts Centre Melbourne and festivals such as Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Sydney Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series.

Get ready to join the revolution!

On 23rd June 2019

Bald Archy Art Exhibition: Leura Blue Mountains

Created in 1994 as a spoof of that more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.

This year's winning painting was James Brennan's portrait of artist and comedian Anh Do.

Winning subjects over the years have included Kerry Packer, Amanda Vanstone, Edmund Capon, Shane Warne, Dame Edna Everage, John Howard and Pauline Hanson, Robbie and Gai Waterhouse, Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Kennett, Cardinal George Pell, Tony Abbott, and Ian Thorpe.

Now known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment, with great appeal to people from all walks of life, the reason why the exhibition of finalists keeps breaking attendance records wherever it is shown.

Celebrating its 25th, the exhibition is being brought to the Blue Mountains' by Dr Jerry Schwartz, the owner of the Fairmont Resort and Leura Golf Course.

On 24th June 2019

Yulefest 2019 Dinner & Show

2019 will be The Goon Show LIVE!’s 7th consecutive appearance as part of the Blue Mountains Yulefest season… and this one’s going to be CraZy!

Cult comedy entertainment… the Best British Comedy Down Under

With high energy and snappy one-liners, you will be quoting these guys for Forever!

The many stories of Neddie Seagoon, a rotund and short (“Duck’s Disease, the curse of the Seagoons!”) idiot. 

This tour de overacting, incorporating lots of sound effects, silly voices and a platoon of CraZy characters, will have you in fits of laughter and drowning in your own tears.

Seagoon, a good-natured and hairy sort, is victim to a terrible weakness… GREED. Coupled with his innate gullibility, Neddie’s covetous nature makes him easy prey to confidence schemes courtesy of the conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty.

Featuring a plethora of characters including the world’s most famous idiot Eccles (yes, even more infamous than Neddie), the squeaky-voiced boy-scout Bluebottle (who reads his stage-directions out loud), Major Dennis Bloodnok a devout coward, and Miss Minnie Bannister the sexy senior citizen who lives in sin with crumbling, fumbling old man Henry Crun.

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

Get your family and friends together, and get in touch with your inner-Goon. 

Read about the show on the official website here; or go right ahead and book your tickets now.

Various Dates 23rd June 2018 to 20th July 2019 Next 29th June 2019

Disability Access
Member Event

Dinner & Show; The Goon Show LIVE! at Yulefest

The Goon Show LIVE! is the perfect comedy entertainment, with high energy and snappy one-liners that you will be quoting for days, weeks and months to come - FOREVER; ensuring a great night… one that you will remember.

When? 29 June to 20 July 2019 - a dinner & show every Saturday night

PLUS a special Afternoon Tea and show on Sunday 14th July

Where? The Palais Royale, Katoomba

Based on the original cult BBC series which starred Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe; our shows include specially re-engineered sound effects.

Every year our Christmas at Blue Mountains programme features popular episodes written by Spike Milligan; hilarious British Comedy classics with a delicious Christmas-in-July menu.

Tickets for the Saturday night shows include Mulled Wine on arrival, a 3-course Christmas dinner, 3 rip-snorting The Goon Show episodes, terrific songs and the opportunity to meet the cast of The Goon Show LIVE! over Coffee and Port at the end of the night.

A cash bar is available during all shows.

Read the full details on our website

We offer a 15% discount on Single Tickets, to all Seniors Card holders, from all states and territories in Australia, as well as our friends from New Zealand who hold the SuperGold Card. To take advantage of your discount, please contact the event producers.

Various Dates 1st July 2017 to 20th July 2019 Next 29th June 2019

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The Goon Show Live! at Yulefest

Join the lads for their sixth annual appearance at Yulefest Blue Mountains.

The stories of Neddie Seagoon, a rotund and short (Duck’s Disease, the curse of the Seagoons!) idiot.

This tour de overacting, incorporating lots of sound effects, silly voices and a platoon of CraZy characters, will have you in fits of laughter and drowning in your own tears.

Seagoon, a good-natured and hairy sort, is victim to a terrible weakness - greed. Coupled with his innate gullibility, Neddie’s covetous nature makes him easy prey to confidence schemes courtesy of the conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty.

Featuring a plethora of characters including the world’s most famous idiot Eccles (yes, even more infamous than Neddie), the squeaky-voiced boy-scout Bluebottle (who reads his stage-directions out loud), Major Dennis Bloodnok a devout coward, and Miss Minnie Bannister the sexy senior citizen who lives in sin with crumbling, fumbling old man Henry Crun.

If you love British Comedy, Yule Love The Goon Show Live!

Based on the original cult BBC series which starred Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe; the shows include specially re-engineered sound effects.

Please note, booking fees apply in addition to quoted prices.

Various Dates 29th June to 20th July 2019 First 29th June 2019

Wollemi Artisan Market

Join the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for the Wollemi Artisan Market Winter Edition for live music, gourmet food and stalls from local designers, artists and makers.

The markets will showcase a range of hand crafted gifts, homewares, prints, jewellery, clothing, stationery, beauty products, toys and more.

It’s the perfect opportunity to shop local and support your creative community.

On 30th June 2019

July 2019

Blue Mountains Antiques and Collectables Fair

A wide range of antiques, retro items and collectables for sale displayed by a group of professional dealers. Items include furniture, jewellery, sliver , porcelain, lamps, books and many other collectables. Also a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains who will be supplying delicious morning and afternoon teas and light lunches.

Daily 6th to 7th July 2019 Next 6th July 2019

Dragonfly Discovery

Do you like dragonflies? Come and join their ranger for some fun activities that celebrate this majestic and fascinating insect. They'll create a dragonfly out of colourful eco-friendly materials, discover where they live and what they like to eat, and make their own little dragonfly to take home.

Various Dates 8th to 15th July 2019 First 8th July 2019

Mayfield Garden Winter Festival

There's so much to do at Mayfield this Winter School Holiday! Every day of the July School Holidays, from 9am to 4.30pm, they have lots of fun and action for the whole family.

First ever curling event: It’s the Olympic Sport meets Lawn Bowls with daily games and weekend competitions for great Mayfield annual garden passes. Come out and see the crazy winter sport played with stones on “ice”!

Warm up in the Wood Fire Garden at their free S'More Station every weekend during Winter Fest.

Sections of The Hawkins’ Family Garden will be open during the Winter Festival. The last garden entry is 3pm, and the garden closes at 4.30pm.

Daily 8th to 19th July 2019 Next 8th July 2019

Junior Ranger: Fire Safety Awareness

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? Fire safety is an essential skill at any age, and this activity will teach you some of the scientific principles behind fire and how it works. Discover the best way to make a cosy campfire, and explore some of the ways you can help prepare your home during bushfire season.

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids aged 8-12 years. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

On 11th July 2019

Campfire Circle for Teens

Come and sit around the warm campfire and hear ancient stories and legends of this country’s first people. You will have the opportunity to examine traditional tools, weapons and instruments close up, and share in some fun traditional activities with their ranger. Tailored especially for the teenage audience.

Various Dates 11th January to 18th July 2019 Last 18th July 2019

Junior Ranger: Challenge Walk

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? This expedition is designed to test your strength and endurance. Join our ranger for a fun and challenging walk in the beautiful Blue Mountains – there will be steep stairs involved!
*Junior Rangers is a new 5-part program for kids for 8-12 years. Once you complete all 5 activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

Various Dates 24th January to 18th July 2019 Last 18th July 2019

August 2019

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service commemorates the Battle of Long Tan, the most significant engagement by Australian Forces during the Vietnam War on 18 August 1966. Each year on the closest Sunday, Vietnam Veterans gather at the War Memorial for a commemorative service and wreath laying.

This year the event will start with the parade and service in Macquarie Road Springwood from 11am to 12.30pm. In the afternoon from 4pm to 4.45pm, proceedings continue with the Beating the Retreat Ceremony with Lithgow Pipe Band at the War Memorial.

On 11th August 2019

Art in the Mountains

An exhibition by Award Winning Artists of the Combined Art Societies of Sydney (CASS).

This is an opportunity to experience the inspired and unique work of the region's artists. The wider Sydney Basin is home to many creative artists.

Artists are from the Central Coast and the leafy North Shore; the Eastern Suburbs and inner Sydney Harbour communities; south to St George and Sutherland Shire; and west to the Nepean and Macquarie Towns; and onto the Southern Highlands district of Bowral.

Artwork will range from portraits, landscapes, streetscapes, still life, abstract and realist paintings with a contemporary edge – as well as prints. There will also be the opportunity to commission special pieces.

CASS is a non-profit-group run totally by volunteer lovers of art.

Various Dates 13th August to 1st September 2019 First 13th August 2019

The Annual Blue Mountains Elvis Festival

The Blue Mountains Elvis Festival's main venues this year are the Wentworth Falls Country Club and the Palais Royale Hotel, Katoomba, with additional shows at the Family Hotel and other venues in and around Katoomba.

The Festival includes four major shows at the Wentworth Falls Country Club and seven major shows at the Palais Royale, plus the Sing Like Elvis competition and the opening night dinner dance.

Jack Gatto, Marcus Jackson, and Sean Spiteri will headline the festival this year.

Please refer to the website for further details and the programme.

Daily 15th to 18th August 2019 Next 15th August 2019

Greystanes Gala Dinner

The Annual Signature Fundraising Event for Greystanes Disability Services.

Join supporters of Greystanes Disability Services for a colourful Gala Dinner. The Annual Greystanes Gala Dinner is an evening of networking, good food and good wine for a good cause.

Tickets include canapés, three course fine dining meal with four hour drinks package. Dress is formal with prizes for the most colourful guests.

On 17th August 2019

Blue Mountains Writers' Festival

The inaugural Blue Mountains Writers' Festival boasts a stellar line-up, a spectacular location, and a feel-good atmosphere that’s hard to beat. Featuring a festival launch party, some of Australia’s best writers in-conversation at The Carrington Hotel and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, a kids’ day at Katoomba Library, as well as poetry, music, book clubs and a program of writing workshops, the festival runs from Thursday 22 August to Sunday 25 August, 2019.

See the website closer to the date for the full program, list of authors and to purchase your tickets.

Various Dates 22nd to 25th August 2019 First 22nd August 2019

September 2019

Annual Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival

Now in its 32nd year, the festival showcases the beauty and diversity of gardens in the heart of the Blue Mountains.

Gardens open this year are a testament to the hard work, imagination and love of nature shown by their owners, inviting both appreciation and admiration. There is something of interest to all. The festival exhibits a diverse collection of landscapes, established trees, flowers, natives, and shrubs set amidst the unique beauty of the mid mountains.

Keep an eye out for students sculptures throughout the gardens.

A wide variety of plants are for sale, including plants propagated by the school community, at all the gardens.

Various Dates 8th September 2018 to 15th September 2019 Next 7th September 2019

Blackheath Flower and Craft Show

Come along to the 96th Blackheath Flower and Craft Show 2016. Enter flowers (exotic and native), home baked cakes, slices, biscuits, jams, chutneys and pickles into this wonderful traditional show.

Admire the abundant floral displays and variety of craftwork including needlework, jewellery, knitting, spinning and quilting. There is a very large section for children. Photography is also now included and there is a scarecrow completion. All entries in all classes at the show are free.

Enjoy the performances of local choirs and craft demonstrations. Pick up great gardening tips from the mini workshops and discover the plants you can grow in your garden.

Relax over a light lunch or Devonshire Tea.

Various Dates 23rd September 2018 to 22nd September 2019 Next 21st September 2019

October 2019

Circle Time

Come and experience the magic of Circle Time. Sit down with their Aboriginal ranger and learn some traditional hands-on craft activities using resources straight from the bush. Learn how materials such as tree bark can transform into eco-friendly fishing line, a belt, or bush jewellery. Create your own stringybark rope bracelet to take home.

Various Dates 2nd to 9th October 2019 First 2nd October 2019

Junior Ranger: Mapping and Orienteering

Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? This activity focuses on some important outdoor techniques, including how to read and decode maps, and how to orientate to North using a compass. Once they have mastered the basics, your ranger will put your skills to the test!

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids aged eight - twelve years. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!

Various Dates 17th January to 3rd October 2019 Last 3rd October 2019

Leura Gardens Festival

The 55th Festival will feature glorious cool climate spring gardens, showcasing a particularly wide range of styles and sizes, and comprising new, returning and several old-favourite gardens. Situated in the beautiful Blue Mountains 100 kilometres west of Sydney, the gardens of Leura are famous for their magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias and other cool climate exotics, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. The blaze of springtime colour in the gardens attracts visitors from all parts of Australia and overseas.

There are big gardens and small gardens in the Festival and each garden has its own distinctive character.
Festival proceeds go to the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital and other local health-related organisations.

Various Dates 5th to 13th October 2019 First 5th October 2019

Bug Hunt Adventure

Get ready to discover some of the planet’s most amazing creatures – bugs! You will be surprised at the many different bugs living right under your feet. Have fun in the beautiful Blue Mountains with your national park ranger, and find out where bugs live, what they eat, where they sleep and why they are so important. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and you’re ready to go.

Various Dates 7th January to 11th October 2019 Last 11th October 2019

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival

The Garden is one of the world's largest privately owned cool climate gardens and is home to a private garden, and Mayfield Garden which is a year-round visitor experience.

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival offer visitors a rare chance to experience the expansive private family garden beyond Mayfield Garden. See the vibrant spring colours across over 160 acres (64 hectares) of manicured garden.

Private Garden is made available for 16 days each season (summer, autumn, winter and spring) and there's something for everyone with the Cafe and Produce Store serving a garden and paddock to plate menu from Mayfield produce and local suppliers and the Nursery selling a range of cool climate plants and some kids activities too.

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney and 15 kilometres from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Private Garden Open Days are not to be missed.

Please check the website for further details.

Various Dates 12th to 27th October 2019 First 12th October 2019

Annual NSW Iris Society Show

Part of the National Iris Convention hosted by the Iris Society of Australia, enjoy the wonderful displays of many types and varieties of Iris, plus floral art, handcraft, photographs and art depicting Iris and Iridaceae.

There will be potted Iris, Rhizomes, seeds, craft items, and cottage plants on sale.

Members of the public (all Iris growers) are encouraged to enter an exhibit, at no charge, see the Iris Society website for more details.

Various Dates 20th October 2018 to 20th October 2019 Next 19th October 2019

Lithgow Halloween

Lithgow Halloween 2019

Each year the event has new and exciting program and 2019 will have some very special announcements.

Full event details will be announced early 2019.

On 26th October 2019

November 2019

Oberon Outdoor Week

A must for anyone who loves the outdoors or those looking to explore the culture and history of the Oberon region. The week includes an array of events including a fishing competition, cross country run, fossicking experiences, and arts and heritage walks.

Daily 2nd to 9th November 2019 Next 2nd November 2019

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

*Some details to be confirmed closer to the event date*

The Blackheath village comes alive with entertainment, the Grand Parade and street stalls at the Annual Rhododendron Festival on the first Saturday in November.

The Annual Art Show will be held at the Blackheath Community Centre with all items are for sale with over 300 exhibits including traditional and contemporary works.

During the festival, there will be varied stalls, activities and music for all the family.

Other activities during November include the Rhodo Black and White Ball, the Rhodo Festival Revue, and the Rhodo Festival Golf Classic. The Campbell Rhododendron gardens are always open for inspection.

Please visit the facebook page for more information.

On 2nd November 2019

January 2020

Mayfield Garden Summer Festival

The Mayfield Garden Summer Festival brings a sense of occasion and delight with Mayfield row boats now available to the public on Mayfield Lake, live entertainment, and the Lolly Bug on weekends. Dine at the café, serving a garden and paddock to plate menu, and discover parts of the Private Garden beyond Mayfield Garden.

Features include: the Rose Garden, Creek Garden and Mayfield Lake. This summer bring your family and friends and enjoy a long, leisurely day and view vibrant summer colours, roses in bloom and lush green growth in this spectacular garden.

This Summer new attractions are opening, These include The Gallery, Valley of Five Ponds, Venus Vale, Mayfield Allee and Grotto. Visitors have witnessed some of these components being built nearby for a number of years, however, some have previously only been glimpsed from afar and can now be seen and explored up close for the first time.

Daily 11th to 26th January 2020 Next 11th January 2020

Springwood Australia Day Festival

The Australia Day Festival in Springwood features two stages with live music, band, singers and dancers along with rides, market and food stalls, barbecue and a bar. Australia Day in Springwood welcomes all members of the community to come together and celebrate living in Australia.

Entry to event by donation. All proceeds raised from the event are donated to local Rural Fire Service brigades and SES.

On 26th January 2020

Australia Day with the Australian Gnome Convention Glenbrook

Join in the fun at the Australia Day celebrations and the famous Annual Gnome Convention in the Blue Mountains at Glenbrook Park.

There will be a flag raising ceremony, market, community and information stalls, free on-stage entertainment for the whole family, children's rides, Gnome competition, Aussie family fun activities on the oval, and much, much more.

Ask anyone in the mountains - it's a great day - a country fair with extra flair! Gnomes come from all over to join the fun!

On 26th January 2020

Wines of the West Festival

The annual Wines of the West Festival brings together Vineyards throughout the Blue Mountains and Central West to showcase some of the best of the regional wineries.

Make the most of your chance to talk to the makers of fine award winning wines!

Entry includes two days access to the 25 wineries, tastings of all wines available and exclusive access to specials at the Cellar door.

On 29th January 2020

February 2020

Rydal Show

The Rydal Show is known as 'The Biggest Little Show in the West'.

There is something for everyone with yard dog trials, wood chopping, prize winning arts and horticulture. See the best wool, the best cattle, and the best vegetables the district can produce. See the horse riding events and enjoy the Rydal Show country dining room where there is a two course lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea. Snacks are available at the canteen and liquid refreshments at the Bar.

Experience a real country show in a great bush setting on the edge of the village of Rydal, just 20 minutes from Lithgow.

On 8th February 2020

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