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October 2018

Contemporary Gallipoli

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery will showcase the touring exhibition Contemporary Gallipoli, an exhibition originally created to mark the ANZAC Centenary in April 2015.

The exhibition includes a diverse array of new works created by both emerging and established artists from Canakkale, near the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, and Australia, whose work unites to take the viewer on an experiential journey of remembrance, and a search for meaning beyond myth and memory.

Featuring concepts of friendship and healing, the works comprise music, painting, drawing, printmaking, hand-built ceramic, sculpture, textile, mixed media installation, Artist books, wearables, photo media and digital animation.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Ros Auld, Cenk Beyhan, Meredith Brice, Stephen Copland, Mark Davis, Ihsan Doğrusöz, Kate Downhill, Dianne Jones, Burt Muller, Susan O’Doherty, Toby Roberts and Chris Sainsbury. Exhibition curated by Meredith Brice.

A Macquarie University Gallery Touring exhibition curated by Meredith Brice.

Daily 20th October to 25th November 2018 Next 23rd October 2018

Garden Safari - Kids Self Guided Treasure Quest

Can you find the five trail stops? Follow the map to explore the Garden and enjoy fun hands-on activities. Learn about some weird and amazing plants, then answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize! Kits available from the Visitor Information desk.

Daily 1st September to 30th November 2018 Next 23rd October 2018

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Regional Tour: Notturno (Blackheath)

The musicians of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra are world leaders in the performance of music from the baroque era. Known for their vibrant and dynamic performances, they breathe 21st century life to centuries-old music, played on period instruments just as the composers intended for their masterpieces. For example, the string instruments for this program use strings made of sheep gut rather than the steel strings you would hear a modern orchestra play on.

The program the Australian Brandenburg Ensemble brings to you is titled Notturno which simply means ‘night’. This name reflects the evocative and sometimes dreamy mood of the music presented here. It features the unusual combination of guitar, flute and strings which is a blend of a decidedly exotic flavour. The ensemble showcases some delightful chamber music from the Classical period with works by Mozart and some of his guitar-playing contemporaries: Luigi Boccherini, Anton Diabelli and the Bohemian composers Johann Caspar Mertz and Wenzel Matiegka.

The musical program for this tour has been curated by the Brandenburg’s principal flute player, Melissa Farrow.

Concert duration: approximately 80 minutes

On 23rd October 2018

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.

Daily 13th to 28th October 2018 Next 23rd October 2018

Blue Fringe Arts Exhibition

As part of Mental Health month, the twenty-sixth Blue Fringe Arts Exhibition showcases work by local artists and crafts people, offering prizes for excellence.

Blue Fringe celebrates the creativity of people with a lived experience of mental illness and celebrates excellence in Arts, sculpture, photography and textiles. Through this exhibition, art is used to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, raise awareness of mental health and promote a more socially inclusive community.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, 27 October at 12 noon, at Wentworth Falls TAFE. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments.

Artists are invited each year to display original artworks for exhibition and often for sale. Prizes are awarded to artists for their works in four categories; Art, Sculpture, Photography and Textiles.

Open 10am to 4pm on Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 October 2018.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

Daily 24th to 26th October 2018 Next 24th October 2018

KTown Funky Horns Jam Session

The K-Town Funky Horns Jam Session will be in the Baroque Room every Thursday, think large group improv ala Miles Davies Electric bands.

Entry is via The Harp and Fiddle Bar and admission is free. 

Various Dates 29th March to 27th December 2018 Next 25th October 2018

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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 26th October 2018

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 to 30th November 2018 Next 26th October 2018

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 26th October 2018

Black Night Feast

The Foundations, on the site former Portland Cement Works, has become a tourist destination in recent months since the painting of the silos by world famous artist, Guido Van Helten.

The first event of it’s kind at the site will bring together a world class entertainment program, amazing fire roasted meats served feasting style.

On 26th October 2018

Don McGlashan in concert for Metro Social Blue Mountains

One of Aotearoa’s most beloved songwriters, Don McGlashan, has announced a return to Australia for four intimate shows in October.

Don McGlashan is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost songwriters, artists and performers, with five entries in APRA New Zealand’s “Top 100 Songs Of All Time”.
His career spans from the seminal post-pop-punk band Blam Blam Blam, to art experimentalists The Front Lawn, to platinum selling and internationally recognised band The Mutton Birds.

He has worked and performed with Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Johnny Marr, Wilco, Brian Ritchie and members of Radiohead and has scored a number of feature films, including Jane Campion’s “An Angel At My Table”.

McGlashan’s songs have been described by Q Magazine as ‘from the same cerebral power-pop mother lode as Big Star and early REM’.

During this tour of NZ and OZ, McGlashan will be performing recent songs, along with plenty of gems from his sprawling back catalogue, McGlashan will play a string of solo shows, joined on this date by legendary drummer / percussionist Chris O’Connor (Phoenix Foundation) to give you an up-close and unique concert experience.

On 26th October 2018

Steampunk Halloween Dinner Carrington Hotel

Set against the backdrop of the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, this will be a timeless, elegant affair where you will get to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner, including tea and coffee.

This year’s event will be Steampunk themed-the Ballroom of the Carrington will be decked out in alternative world where steam, technology and 19th century design mix against a backdrop of adventure, mechanical machinery, airships and parasols.

Come dressed in your finest Victorian-era dress, including steam powered prosthetic, pocket watches, top hats, waistcoats, corsets, ray guns and gas masks. Of course, brass goggles are a must.

Or come dressed in your spookiest Halloween costume or come as you are.

We will have some fun Pre-entertainment before the main show, more details to come soon.

The Main show with Judy O’Brien will commence at 6pm and 8pm.

The night will conclude with a panel discussion on spiritual tips with Judy O’Brien and Pete Clifford.

Price Includes:  A delicious three course dinner, including tea and coffee served with dessert. An intimate Mediumship show with renowned psychic Judy O'Brien, including question time.

Dress: Dress in your Steampunk attire, Fancy Dress,Halloween for some great prizes.

Bar: Is available to purchase soft drinks, beer, wines, spirits and cocktails.

Accommodation: Carrington Hotel is offering a reduced rate for those booking the Dinner or there are other Hotels close by, email us for a list of accommodation and contacts if you are wishing to stay the night.

Book now:  Contact Blue Mountains Mystery Tours Ph: 0247 512 622 Or 0418 416 403

Payment can be made via credit card over the phone or bank transfer.

On 27th October 2018

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Oktoberfest at The Carrington Hotel

Oktoberfest 2018 in the grounds of the historic Carrington Hotel, come and enjoy the live music and German cuisine, bring your stein from last year or buy one here on the day they will be serving Lowenbrau , Hillbilly Cider and a few other Craft German Beers. Oktoberfest is a free family friendly event with jumping castle.

On 27th October 2018

Steampunk Halloween Dinner Carrington Hotel

Halloween. The time of year when the veil between this world and the next is said to be at its thinnest. Join Blue Mountains Mystery Tours with special guest Medium Judy O’Brien where she will deliver heartfelt messages from spirit, passed loved ones, guides and Angels.

Judy O’Brien is a well respected Medium in the industry and also runs her own successful business in Minchinbury. Instantly you will sense Judy’s genuine, honest and caring approach as she connects to spirit and delivers messages to guests during the Mediumship show.

Set against the backdrop of the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, this will be a timeless, elegant affair where you will get to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner, including tea and coffee.

This year’s event will be Steampunk themed-the Ballroom of the Carrington will be decked out in alternative world where steam, technology and 19th century design mix against a backdrop of adventure, mechanical machinery, airships and parasols.

Come dressed in your finest Victorian-era dress, including steam powered prosthetic, pocket watches, top hats, waistcoats, corsets, ray guns and gas masks. Of course, brass goggles are a must.

The Main show with Judy O’Brien will commence at 6pm and 8pm.

On 27th October 2018

Lithgow Halloween

This year’s Lithgow Halloween has a jam packed entertainment program with the great 80’s band The Cockroaches announced as the headline act.

The band is excited! There will be lots to entertain the whole family with two live music stages, Ghost Train rides with Lachlan Valley Rail, Markets, high flying aerial shows, street performers and amusement rides for the young and brave.

Join in the Street Parade with the Samba Trombada drumming band and take part in the best dressed competition. Each year so many people put a huge effort into creating the most amazing costumes for Lithgow Halloween and this year there will be a great chance to show off their creations.

On 27th October 2018

Oktoberfest Katoomba

Join the locals in the beautiful Blue Mountains for the annual Oktoberfest.

Enjoy traditional music by live local bands which is sure to get you up and dancing. Feel like you are actually in a German beer hall with souvenir steins, let your tastebuds be tantalised with authentic German cuisine, and lots more.

Plenty of fun for the whole family!

On 27th October 2018

European Outdoor Film Tour: Blue Mountains (Evening)

European Outdoor Film Tour is back with the most inspiring and thrilling adventure films of the year.

The brand new programme is packed with inspiring short films from the great outdoors, breath-taking athletic feats and inspiring stories. Get your tickets now for a night of inspiration and action!

European Outdoor Film Tour is the most renowned outdoor adventure film event across Europe and is spreading globally. They brought the tour to Australia and New Zealand for the very first time last year, and are back with more this year. European Outdoor Film Tour is seen by more than 250,000 people annually, across 15 countries in 300 locations.

European Outdoor Film Tour is a premium film tour experience. Unlike other tours, every film is handpicked and especially edited and produced for the tour by a team of expert film makers. They then show the films at the same time as they premiere in Europe which means you get them before they appear online or in other festivals.

No casting. No actors. No makeup. This is real.

On 28th October 2018

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 28th January to 23rd December 2018 Next 28th October 2018

Back to Hartley - Family Fair

Back to Hartley is a community event to promote their heritage and raising funds for local charities/not for profit groups.

Entry is AUD5 per car, all monies raised will be donated to a local community group in the Lithgow district. 2018 is Lithgow Aged Care.

Back to Hartley is a day of family fun and entertainment with something for every age member of the family to enjoy. A free Jumping Castle for all children. A snake show, Sally Anne's Dancers, Lithgow Living History - get lashed as a convict, pony rides and much more.

Explore the Village and visit the Talisman Gallery enter the fire poker challenge, the fantastic work of local Indigenous artists in the Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery, purchase Irish gifts for Finn's Celtic Store, view the village from the highest point on the site at the Granite Tors, look inside the convict cells and courthouse or try the Rowson's River Walk.

The event showcases a variety of hand made arts, crafts and local produce.

On 28th October 2018

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 25th February to 25th November 2018 Next 28th October 2018

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 29th October 2018

Drawing and Painting Classes – Oil Painting

These sessions are tailored for those that want to start learning how to draw and paint.

Students that already have some experience in painting and would like to attend the classes are welcome to attend and work with their preferred media and on the subjects that they would like to improve.

Topics covered during the term include basics of drawing, line, shape and tone. Measuring proportions, use of perspective (linear and aerial) and the use of light and shadow. Understanding color and color mixing. Understanding how to control hue, value and saturation when painting in full color.

See Eventfinda for more information.

Various Dates 15th October to 3rd December 2018 Next 29th October 2018

Ghosts of Woodford Academy Halloween Special

Halloween. The time of year when the veil between this world and the next is said to be at its thinnest.

Join Paranormal Pete and the Ghostly residents for a night of eerie Ghost stories, Sensing and Psychic experiments to see if you can make contact with the Woodford Academy Spirits on this Sacred night.

Paranormal Pete has years of experience with Spirit communication, Psychic development and will lead you safely into The Spirit World and back to the present.

The night is hands-on and you will be using several different methods of Spirit communication on the night, old-school, Victorian, Spiritual along with modern techniques.

You will also have access to the latest cutting-edge Ghost hunting gadgets which may enhance your chances.

On 31st October 2018

November 2018

Scenic World presents Dinosaur Valley

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the earth. Now they’re back!

Dinosaur Valley is coming to Scenic World this summer, bringing the Jurassic rainforest to life with prehistoric dinosaurs from November 1 to January 28.

Awaken your sense of adventure with friendly Dinosaur Rangers and discover more about these fascinating creatures in the heart of the Jamison Valley.

Everyone will have a roaring good time with free events, daily ranger meet and greets and a range of kids’ activities.

Experience Dinosaur Valley for yourself with a Scenic World Discovery Pass including unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway.

Daily 1st November 2018 to 28th January 2019 Next 1st November 2018

John Reischman, Eli West and Eagle and The Wolf

John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards.

Most of all, he’s an understated visionary, the kind of master craftsman whose music is virtuosic without ever being flashy and who is renowned for his impeccable taste and tone as an artist. John Reischman embodies the true spirit of acoustic music in the 21st century.

Eli West is a Seattle-based multi-instrumental musician and interactive graphic designer. With an interest in angular phrasing and non-traditional improvisation within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old-time music, his playing both grounds and pushes the ensembles he is involved with. He has released three records as half of the new/old-time duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, which tours regularly throughout the US and Europe.

On 1st November 2018

The Song Company Presents One Equal Music (Blackheath)

Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, The Song Company, ends their 2019 season program on a high note. Journey with them as they sing of a peace once thought unattainable; a celebration of one hundred years since the ending of the Great War.

The poetry of 17th-century metaphysician John Donne and the late playwright Douglas Muecke form the twin doors to a world of remembrance and resurgence in a program framed by newly-commissioned music by three Australian composers: Ruth McCall, Ella Macens, and in his 75th year, Ross Edwards.

On 3rd November 2018

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 3rd March 2018 to 2nd February 2019 Next 3rd November 2018

The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees

Practice your disco grooves and help with Keepin’ the Fever Alive! by dusting off your retro costume when The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees performs the greatest hits of the adored `70s sibling trio at the original Blue Mountains party palace.

Straight from Vegas, the covers band featuring lookalike Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb will rock the Blue Mountains escarpment when it recreates hits like Staying Alive, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep Is Your Love, and Jive Talkin'.

Turn the event into an occasion by arriving at Mark Foy's ``Palace in the wilderness'' for dinner to feast on a three-course meal featuring the freshest seasonal produce sourced by an internationally-trained team of award-winning chefs.

On 3rd November 2018

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

During the Annual Rhododendron Festival the Blackheath village comes alive with entertainment and street stalls. The Grand Parade will take place 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 3rd November 2018

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 4th November 2018

Melbourne Cup Charity Lunch

The Carrington Hotel's Anuual Melbourne Cup Charity lunch will be held on Tuesday 6th November 2018. We will be holding a live horse auction, donation item auctin,sweeps, raffles and more.

This year's charity will be Cancer Wellness Support, a non-profit, non-denominational charitable organisation commited to helping cancer clients and their familys retain their sense of control and balance through innovative, intergrated and holistic therapies and education, whilst at all times giving hope for facing challenging circumstances.

 

Tickets; $90.00 and include a 3 course lunch and complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival

Book with reception today on 02 4782 1111 or on carrington@thecarrington.com.au

On 6th November 2018

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Phoenix Choir – Armistice Centenary Concert

The Phoenix Choir will mark the centenary of Armistice with a special performance which combines Gabriel Fauré’s sublime Requiem Mass with the two great commemorative hymns in a respectful concert of remembrance.

The choir is joined by organ and instrumental ensemble and soloists Sarah Arnold (Soprano) and Jeremy Dubé (Baritone).

Time: 7pm. Tickets available online or at the door.

On 9th November 2018

Blue Mountains Artfest

Blue Mountains Artfest is an annual weekend art festival that celebrates the talents of local and regional Australian artists and artisans. Celebrating its 36th year of running, the festival showcases work by local and regional artists and crafts people, spanning a range of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media.

Whilst it remains a delightfully popular event amongst the local community, it also provides a wonderful platform for emerging artists to gain public exposure and opportunities for the community to witness and experience the plethora of arts right here on the doorstep, in the picturesque Blue Mountains.

Whether you are looking to purchase and admire a large selection of quality artworks and handcrafts, indulge yourself in the delicious food and barista style coffee, meet the artists and artisans, enjoy the entertainment, or join in the opening night festivities, there is something for all arts and culture connoisseurs at Blue Mountains Artfest.

Daily 9th to 11th November 2018 Next 9th November 2018

The Rhythm Lounge

DJ Old Spice take you on an all-vinyl musical journey through soul, funk, latin, disco and reggae grooves from the '60s and '70s.

 

The Rhythm Lounge is on the second Saturday of the month, in 'extended play' from 7pm until late, in the cosy Avalon Cocktail Lounge. Expect a blend of mellow tunes, ideal for having a cheeky cocktail and a chat, to tracks that will make you want to get up and boogie. Entry is free.

 

Why not book yourself a table in the dining room for dinner with friends? A bar menu will also be available.

 

For more information call 02 4782 5532 or email dylan@avalonkatoomba.com.au

Various Dates 10th March 2018 to 12th January 2019 Next 10th November 2018

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Cello and Chocolate - Vivaldi, Vivaldi, Vivaldi for Two Cellos

Enjoy a wonderful performance with Georg Mertens and Trish McMeekin in the 100 year old former Presbyterian Church, now Josophan’s Gingerbread House on either Saturday 10 November or Saturday 17 November 2018.

Each event includes the concert plus Josophan's hot chocolate shot and fine chocolate on arrival, dessert in candlelight at the long oak table at Intermission and take home chocolate.

See website for more details. Time: 7.30pm. Bookings essential.

Daily 10th to 17th November 2018 Next 10th November 2018

Winmalee Artisan Markets

Winmalee Artisan Markets showcase local handmade products: Art, Craft, Glass Makers, Candle Makers, Dressmakers, Locally Produced Honey, Body and Bath Products, Plants, Preserves and Sauces, Quality Meat and Produce, Jewellery and Food vendors.

Various Dates 11th March 2018 to 10th February 2019 Next 11th November 2018

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 11th February to 9th December 2018 Next 11th November 2018

Morning Melodies: The Brothers Gibb

The Brothers Gibb: The Life and Music of the Bee Gees

A nostalgic trip down memory lane from the Bee Gees humble beginnings in Manchester to Saturday night fever.

Morning Melodies is a monthly live music program at Blue Mountains Theatre that presents an entertaining selection of evergreen favourites performed by accomplished singers and musicians.

Ticket price includes a Devonshire-style morning tea at 10am prior to the concert.

On 14th November 2018

The Buzz on Native Bees - Spring

Join Megan Halcroft PhD to learn about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. While most bees live solitary lives and don’t store honey, they are the world’s most efficient flower pollinators. They are beautiful, diverse and fascinating to watch with about 200 species of native bees calling Sydney and the surrounding regions home. Learn how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing nesting habitat.

On 17th November 2018

The Kransky Sisters: A Very Kransky Christmas Springwood

Cloistered in the old rickety family house in their home town of Esk in Queensland 'The musical sisters' traditional Christmas festivities have until now been shrouded in secrecy. For this very special reason, they're about to let you into their world of eggnog, pantyhose and painted chokoes.

From Enya to Silent Night, Daft Punk to the Twelve Days of Christmas, these dysfunctional sisters take family get-togethers to a new level. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese graters to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party ever!

*Please note transaction fees may apply at time of booking

On 23rd November 2018

Task Force 72 Model Ship Association Annual Regatta

Come and watch as members from the Task Force 72 Model Ship Association from around Australia gather to display and run their 1:72 scale model vessels on Wentworth Falls Lake.

The detailed models, which are owned, built and maintained by members, range from warships to commercial vessels such as liners and tugs which range in size from less than 20 centimetres in length to over 4.6 metres in length.

Free viewing, however the running of the models is limited to members only.

Daily 24th to 25th November 2018 Next 24th November 2018

Spring Bird Walk with Carol Probets

Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the Garden’s beautiful birds and learn about their habits. Spring is a time of great activity. Most of the migratory species have arrived from the north, birdsong reaches its peak, and many species are nesting or feeding young.

Get some tips from Carol on how to use binoculars and how to spot birds. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding. Participants to bring walking shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, bottle of water, notebook/pen, binoculars, raincoat for light rain, (camera optional). Bookings essential.

Various Dates 13th October to 24th November 2018 Last 24th November 2018

Lior: Between You and Me

One of Australia’s most successful and respected singer/ songwriters will perform an intimate concert of songs drawn from his new album Between You and Me, as well as selections from his vast back catalogue of recordings.

Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album Autumn Flow. Recorded and released entirely independently, spearheaded by ‘This Old Love’, the album became one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history. Subsequent releases have enjoyed similar popular and critical acclaim.

Known for his dynamic and moving performances, Lior has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers. He is part of a rare breed of artists that has achieved a great degree of success, whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft.

For this special performance Lior will be joined onstage by his exceptionally talented trio.

On 30th November 2018

December 2018

Phoenix Choir Christmas Concert at Katoomba

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

Phoenix Choir's annual Christmas concerts are a regular feature of the Blue Mountains calendar.

Rheinberger’s, The Star of Bethlehem, written in 1890, is a delightful Romantic choral cantata too rarely heard in Australia. The libretto, written by his wife Fanny, tells the Christmas story of shepherds, angels and the wise men following the guiding star through a series of songs and pastoral choruses.

They are joined by local soloists Briony Davidson (Soprano) and Henrik Eneberg (Bass) to premiere a new English translation and new arrangement of this work by Rowen Fox for wind and piano chamber ensemble, choir and soloists. Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Cor Anglais all emphasise the exotic lyrical style of this charming work.

On 2nd December 2018

See Santa arrive by Steam Tram

Santa completes his annual trip from the 'North Pole' to the Museum in style.

At 11am and 2pm on both days, Santa greets the throng of excited children from the the heritage listed 19th century Sydney Steam Tram*. His elves escort Santa to the 100 year old Roundhouse for a personal chat with all the children and are all ready with smiles for your own personal photos. Then enjoy all the regular activities at this fascinating Museum, including unlimited rides on the Tram* and the delights of brilliantly restored engines and carriages, many open to explore. View model rooms, art works, many small exhibits and more. Don't forget to collect a free gift bag for the children!

Everyone can enjoy this complete experience with the sights and sounds of bygone eras. A kid's quiz will keep the older ones amused, and the cafe is open for cold drinks and ice creams.

Normal Museum admission fees apply.

Note: *subject to operational restrictions, that may include high fire risk or adverse weather conditions.

Daily 8th to 9th December 2018 Next 8th December 2018

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 8th December 2018

A Taste Of Irish Christmas Lithgow

‘A Taste of Irish Christmas’ hits the stage this December featuring stars directly from London’s West End. Witness the World Champions of Irish dance take to the stage for a magical night of tunes, taps and tradition! Immerse yourself in an authentic Celtic experience by laughing, clapping and singing along to the story of two star crossed lovers that dance beneath the mistletoe.

‘A Taste of Irish Christmas’ transports the audience to a time and place where music and dance are the cornerstones of celebration. The tale of the World’s most loved nation will come alive in one unforgettable live performance.

Featuring an unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers, alongside some of the most sought after traditional musicians from around the globe, ‘A Taste of Irish Christmas’ brings the Celtic Christmas traditions Down Under.

The performance is live and sets itself apart from anything that has been or will in the performing arts realm. Irish accordion, fiddle, mandolin and banjo perfectly compliment unsurpassed vocals that offer a unique interpretation on family favourite Christmas carols and tunes.

On 16th December 2018

Christmas Day Lunch in the Blue Mountains

Celebrate Christmas over a three course shared feast of Australian Classics with a cocktail prepared overlooking the glorious Blue Mountains to the sound of nature and live music.

On 25th December 2018

January 2019

Life Drawing Summer Schools at Norman Lindsay Gallery

During the warm summer days of January, two Life Drawing Summer Schools will be held in the beautiful grounds of the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge. If you want to explore your creative side in this magical setting, enrol now in one of these special four day courses.

The package includes three or four days (9am to 1pm) of life drawing, with an experienced tutor, models, use of easels, and morning tea. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced drawers.

Bookings are essential.

Daily 4th to 7th January 2019 Next 4th January 2019

Lindsay Lou and Band with Smith and Jones

Lindsay Lou and her band keep one foot in The Great Lakes State of Michigan with the soul of Motown, and one in Music City, USA: Nashville, TN. They still embody the soul of a good jam or late night pickin session, and also have honed in on a sound that’s entirely their own drawing from soul, blues, folk, jazz and maybe even a traces of that techno beat.

As a vocalist, Lindsay falls into an elite category, along with her band of equally gifted musicians playing their own brand of Americana, Lindsay Lou is a not to be missed act.

On 5th January 2019

The Leura Shakespeare Festival

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

A riotously, raucous Summer Festival about service, appetites and balancing acts - spanning the full reach of comedy - from Shakespeare's dark satirical masterpiece Measure For Measure to Goldoni's Italian dish of laughs Servant of Two Masters.

Botched marriages, dastardly disguises, cunning plots, Men who are wildly unqualified for their jobs and unruly women pushed to the point of performing miracles. Join them this season for a feast of comedy - both light and dark - that will hopefully prove that out of chaos comes progress and satisfaction.

This delightful season features some of Sydney’s best and freshest comedic actors; George Zhao, Yalin Ozucelik, Adele Querol, Gabriel Fancourt, Aanisa Vylet, Samantha Ward, Shingo Usami, Meg Clarke, Andrew Hearle, Jess Loudon, Mackenzie Fearnley, Steph Kelly, Claudia Ware and Janine Watson.

Daily 13th to 28th January 2019 Next 13th January 2019

The Swell Sisters: Sweethearts of the '60s

Mandy, Sarina and Jo are The Swell Sisters, cheeky Sweethearts of the ’60s. The Supremes, The Ronnettes, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin and more – the Sisters re-create the soundtrack to your favourite musical era with all the songs, sass and style that made the Sixties so swingin’!

Now these Gals showcase their sizzling voices and flirty personalities in a show brimming with humour and hit songs.

In the tradition of The Fabulous Singlettes, these three magical voices and colourful, vibrant performers will have you grabbing your Gogo Boots and Shimmying in your Beehives.

On 18th January 2019

Lady Luck Festival at The Carrington Hotel

The Lady Luck Festival was formed in 2009, created for the rockabilly and vintage enthusiasts, showcasing 'customs and culture' from the fabulous 1950's.

By day, think fun, fashion, food and entertainment for the whole family with free admission to bands, market day, hot rod and vintage car show, swing dancing, public dance lesson and a jumping castle for the kids.

By night, get a babysitter and frock up as the party begins with a 'Diner and Dance' party with live bands, dance performances and much more. More details to come.

On 20th January 2019

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 25th January 2019

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.

Daily 26th to 27th January 2019 Next 26th January 2019

Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

On selected Sundays, visitors may ride in a vintage open-ended "cowboy" carriage. This will be pulled by a Stephenson Tank Engine from 1899 which has been revived for the Museum's 20 minute return trip (subject to change/operating conditions).

Other operating days (see website) will still 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.

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

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

Various Dates 14th February 2016 to 31st January 2019 Last 31st January 2019

February 2019

Rydal Show

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

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 2nd February 2019

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival

The Blue Mountains Ukulele Group presents one of the most unique and fun events of the year with the Annual Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival.

The festival is the largest ukulele festival in the world with over 130 acts across nine stages and thousands of visitors taking in the ukulele fun.

The festival opens Friday night with a dinner and show (bookings required at the Carrington Hotel). All are welcome to the performances and free workshops all day Saturday and then more performances and free Jam and Strum sessions on Sunday – bring your ukulele!

This free event is run by fun loving volunteers who believe that there are two types of people in the world - those who play the Ukulele and those who want to. One thing for sure, the many visitors who come along can't help tapping their feet, singing along and having fun.

Daily 8th to 10th February 2019 Next 8th February 2019

Irish Mythen in concert for Metro Social Blue Mountains

Irish Mythen’s music is so powerful and beautiful you can’t help being instantly engaged.

Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live shows which are a thing of wild emotion as she pours heart and soul into every word she sings. She has a way of delivering her songs that leave you in awe of her vocal talent and remembering the show, the songs and the performer long after you’ve walked away.

She is the storyteller who will grasp your attention and who will bring you on an incredible and emotional journey, as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre who’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after the end of her show.

Her latest release, the self-titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins coming from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and SOCAN. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, the Rolling Stone, and a plethora of online publications world-wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of ‘Must See Artists’.

On 9th February 2019

Oberon Show

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

Oberon's annual Agricultural Show returns.

Enjoy plenty of action and activity at the Oberon Show. A colourful showcase of country life with plenty of action and activity including dog championships, equestrian events, ute competition, stationary engines, fireworks, and a wonderful display of produce, flowers, and craft in the pavilion.

Children can enjoy rides and sideshow alley as well as the animal nursery. Saturday's program ends with spectacular fireworks. Appetising refreshments are also on offer.

On 10th February 2019

Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair

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

If it's heritage, then the Oberon Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair has it.

The fair is held in Oberon, with event set up, and the tractor trek, and car and truck road runs (entrants only), on Friday.

Saturday has a street parade at 10am, followed by all the action at the Fair Ground. Sunday starts with the early bird tractor trek and displays until noon. No entry fees on Sunday due to reduced activities and displays.

Free entry for exhibitors, on site camping available (limited space available).

Featuring historic machinery, vintage and classic car displays, steam traction engines, steam portables and stationary engines, vintage trucks and lots of tractors. Tractor treks, fun tractor pull, car and truck rally, the flying pieman organ, market stalls, drum maker, timber working, military displays including Lithgow Living History Group.

On 10th February 2019

A Remarkable Life - Trish Oktober

Trish Oktober will be speaking at Everglades Historic House and Gardens on her remarkable life. She is an extremely talented gardener who has made her home, Rose Briar, into a paradise featuring many rare and unusual plants; an oasis for her menagerie of little dogs and her doves.

As well as being a superb gardener, Trish is a gifted artist and botanical illustrator, and an equally accomplished writer and illustrator of children’s books. Some signed copies will be available for purchase.

Trish will present a fascinating and wide-ranging talk about life, art, botanical drawing, writing books and her garden.

Bookings Essential.

On 16th 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

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

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

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.

See website for more details.

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

Lithgow Agricultural Show

The Lithgow Agricultural Show will bring together all the popular exhibitions plus Side Show Alley. The Show weekend will be packed with things to do and see including Monster Trucks and Rolly Polly Cars, Outback Stockman Show, Machines Parade, Wood chopping, Rural Fire Service Challenge District Brigades, plus a spectacular Fireworks display on Saturday night.

Daily 15th to 16th March 2019 Next 15th 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

April 2019

Sculpture at Scenic World

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
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 35 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

Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

During the 16 day 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 row boats 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 which is great for less mobile visitors.

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

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney, 30 minutes from Bathurst and 10 minutes from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival is not to be missed.

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

Open day with rides on heritage steam train

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

Bring the family along to enjoy the stunning display of remarkable exhibits including unlimited 20 minute rides on the "Valley Heights Mixed" in an 1890 open ended "Cowboy" carriage hauled by 1899 Stephenson Steam tank engine No 2 "Stevo".

View model layouts, climb on board historic locomotives and carriages, and inspect memorabilia from over 100 years of railway action at Valley Heights. View exhibits of rail artefacts and paintings, local history and photographic display plus the shop stocks a selection of books, DVDs and other souvenir items. Kids can do the fascinating 10-question quiz and check answers on the website.

On 21st April 2019

Springwood Community Quilt Show

The Springwood Community Quilt Show is looking forward to celebrating its eleventh year in 2016.

A great showcase for the fabulous quilts being made here in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, the show is organised by a dedicated group of volunteers and they all hope you can join them on the last weekend in April.

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

Buy a chance to win the beautiful quilt in the raffle. The quilt this year is "Lots of Dots", the award winning pattern by Chris Jurd. Profits raised from the Quilt Show go to the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service and Textiles Studies at Springwood High School.

Time: 10am to 4pm daily.

Daily 26th to 28th April 2019 Next 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

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

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

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

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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

LithGlow

LithGlow Illuminating Industrial Innovation will be a weekend showcasing and celebrating Lithgow’s remarkable story of industrial innovation dating back to the late nineteenth century.

LithGlow will be held over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday May 11 - 12. With many of Lithgow’s museums and industrial locations offering special exhibitions, tours and displays for LithGlow, it will be a weekend not to be missed with something to entertain the whole family.

Various Dates 11th to 12th May 2019 First 11th May 2019

Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, LithGlow

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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

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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

Million Paws Walk - Blue Mountains

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Blackheath Choir Festival

The Blackheath Choir Festival is always held over the last weekend in August. The choirs will perform individually, between them singing ancient, modern, classical, folk, pop, comedy, opera, jazz, cabaret, traditional, chamber, gospel, world music and original compositions. See the web site for more details.

'The friendliest choir festival in the world' is not a competition - it's all about the music!

Daily 23rd to 25th August 2019 Next 23rd 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

Leura Gardens Festival

Thank you to everyone who supported the 2018 Leura Gardens Festival. In spite of the rain the Festival was a great success and has enabled them to raise funds for the Blue Mountains Anzac Memorial Hospital and other health related charities in the Blue Mountains area.

Save the date for the 2019 Festival: 5,6,7 October and 11,12,13 October.

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

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