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January 2018

Wentworth Falls Country Club: Wednesday half price meals

Don't feel like cooking or cleaning but don't want to spend too much money eating out? Join them for delicious Wednesday night dinners at half price! Restaurant is open from 6-8pm. Please book on the number provided.

Various Dates 26th April 2017 to 18th April 2018 Next 17th January 2018

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 13th to 28th January 2018 Next 17th January 2018

Critter Capers - Kids Theatre Performance

Who lives in the Garden? Meet their kooky and cheeky tour-guides: A possum, a snake and a bower bird, and explore the Garden to learn about animals along the way. There'll be songs, jokes and surprises, everyone can join in the fun on this interactive theatre adventure.

Daily 17th to 19th January 2018 Next 17th January 2018

WilderQuest Froggy on the Hop

Calling all frog lovers. Come and explore the wonderful world of frogs, where the Ranger will provide fascinating insights on these little creatures. See what you can spot in the waters of the beautiful Megalong Valley – so bring a torch, warm clothing and good waterproof boots.

On 17th January 2018

Scenic Summer Fun

Scenic World comes alive in the Summer months, with long days and brilliant weather providing the perfect stage for exciting adventures.

Check out the new Scenic Skyway which is now a third bigger, or treat the kids to something different with a free interactive wildlife display. Keep your camera handy as the kids hold friendly pythons, bearded dragons and curious owls in their own hands and learn how these incredible creatures survive in the wild. Shows will be held daily between 11am to 2pm on certain dates during the school holidays, led by the fabulous Feathered Friends team.

Whether you’re after thrilling adventures or a relaxing rendezvous, there’s something for everyone at Scenic World this Summer. Dive 52 degrees into the Jamison Valley on the world’s steepest passenger railway, or take a breath of fresh air along the 2.4 kilometre elevated Scenic Walkway.

Open every day of the year including Christmas Day, come on down to Scenic World this Summer and make a day of it with unlimited passes, free onsite parking and oodles of fun for everyone!

Various Dates 20th December 2017 to 29th January 2018 Next 17th January 2018

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin 'Edgelarks'

Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The new band name comes with a new project, taking the roots of their previous work – British traditional musics, Indian classical slide guitar, stomping roots beatbox harmonica party; adds a strong stem of original writing; and runs wilder with each gig.

The new album, also called Edgelarks, concerns the liminal: borders, crossroads, travellers, refugees, twilight, dawn. In large part written during their travels in Australia in 2016, the album takes inspiration from new horizons, new stories, spacious landscapes. A key song, Signposts, was directly written as a celebration of their time in Tasmania; a travellers anthem imbued with a touch of homesickness, but alight with the excitement of adventure, and the special connections music can make with others, even when you are a world away from home.

Edgelarks takes the idea that thresholds, despite often being places of marginalisation, are also places of change – and therefore places of hope. That in the end, people have far more in common than things that divide them, because people are all liminal – all just passing through.

On 17th January 2018

Habitat - an exhibition by Annette Minchin

From her studio on the edge of Lake Menindee, Annette Minchin witnesses the fragility of the landscape with dead river red gums providing refuge for wildlife: reptiles, birds and insects. In Habitat, Annette explores the intricacy of the landscape using gouache on paper, found materials hand sewn onto rice paper, artist books with digital prints on acrylic sheet, recycled papers and rice papers.

Daily 16th December 2017 to 25th February 2018 Next 17th January 2018

Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom

Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom traces 20 years of work from one of Australia's most influential textile designers and local Blue Mountains resident, Julie Paterson.

Drawing inspiration from the Australian bush, Paterson's stunning fabrics are a riot of colour, floral forms, and patterns. Achieving commercial success through design excellence, her designs are highly prized and sought after, with short batch productions quickly snapped up by avid collectors, interior decorators, and commercial clients.

The exhibition will focus on nine key textile groupings – the first called Seeds and the last one Bloom. Contemporary textiles commonly sit at the practical end of art and design. Cloth: Seeds to Bloom is comprised of Julie Paterson's domestic textile objects, which take the viewer on a journey from the humble seed through to the luscious bloom.

An Australian Design Centre touring exhibition

Various Dates 9th December 2017 to 28th January 2018 Next 17th January 2018

Summer Exposure

Summer Exposure 2017 is an exciting Braemar Gallery exhibition showcasing selected works from supporters of Braemar, including previous exhibiting artists and gallery volunteers. Works cover a range of mediums: oil, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, textile, ceramic and more. Mark this date on your calendar as there is something for everyone in this exhibition.

Various Dates 14th December 2017 to 21st January 2018 Next 18th January 2018

Thursday night Trivia

Come along to unwind and give your brain a workout at the same time. Trivia from 6:30pm. Restaurant is open from 6-8pm. They have lots of fun, so don't miss out. Please book on the number provided.

Various Dates 27th April 2017 to 19th April 2018 Next 18th January 2018

WilderQuest Summer Splash at Walls Cave

Cool down this summer with an outing to the magnificent Walls Cave at Blackheath. Journey with the Ranger as you descend down into this hidden cave, along a beautiful ancient waterway. If you’re lucky you may even see a crayfish scuttling past!
Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and lunch, and you’re ready for some summer splash fun.

Various Dates 18th to 24th January 2018 First 18th January 2018

Kate Woolfe Trio: Friday Night Jazz

The Kate Woolfe Trio return to vamp Friday Night Jazz in the suave setting of Hotel Blue’s Lounge and Parlour Bar. In collaboration with some of Sydney’s finest musicians, Kate renders an audacious repertoire, spanning the standards – including Ellington, Porter, Berlin and Gershwin – and remodelling classics in a fresh, lounge-style. Make it a date for your Saturday Night aperitif or main course.

 

Join Kate Woolfe and the gang this Friday Night, 6:30-8:30 pm. Come along early if you want a seat as it's first come, first served. Bar & Kitchen open, free event. Lounge Sessions @ Hotel Blue is brought to you by 'Music in the Mountains'.

On 19th January 2018

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Friday Supper Club with John Stuart and Lloyd Swanton

Avalon presents the Friday Supper Club. Join us for live music, hearty meals and classic cocktails, every Friday night. This week's music to dine to will be provided by John Stuart and Lloyd Swanton.

 

John Stuart and Lloyd Swanton play a warm relaxed music where fragments of familiar melodies flit by, harmonic complexity becomes beauty, and rhythmic drive is the order of the day.

 

Playing from a large and varied repertoire that ranges from Duke Ellington, Charles Lloyd, and Harold Arlen, the Lounge spans freely between Funk, Easy Swing and beautiful Latin Boleros and Sambas. 

 

John is well known for his work with many different artists, including the Field, Three Handed Beat Bandits, both in the Blue Mountains and Sydney. 

 

Bassist, composer, record producer, bandleader, Lloyd is one of Australia’s most highly regarded musicians. Best known for his work with internationally acclaimed trio The Necks, Lloyd has led The Catholics for many years.

 

To book your table call 02 4782 5532 or email dylan@avalonkatoomba.com.au

On 19th January 2018

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The Leura Shakespeare Festival

A riotously, raucous Ninth 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.

Designer Sallyanne Facer
Design Assistant Bronte Nicole
Sound Designer Tegan Nicholls
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Stage Managers Rebecca Poulter and Steph Kelly
Vocal Coach Amy Hume
Fight Director Tim Dashwood

Various Dates 13th to 28th January 2018 Next 19th January 2018

Friday Night Live Music: Wentworth Falls Country Club

Come and unwind from your week with them at WFCC while enjoying some live music. Music starts from 7pm. Restaurant has delicious food and is open from 6-8pm. They suggest booking a table on the number provided. Please note that Karaoke replaces live music on the first Friday of each month.

Various Dates 28th April 2017 to 20th April 2018 Next 19th January 2018

WilderQuest Aboriginal Experience at Walls Cave

Cool down this summer with an outing to the magnificent Walls Cave at Blackheath. Journey with their Aboriginal Ranger as you descend down into this hidden cave. 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 19th to 25th January 2018 First 19th January 2018

Andrew Russell does Rock'N'Roll: Lady Luck Festival Weekend

Andrew Russell has been 'rockin' n rollin' since rock'n'roll was just popular music. Drawing on his forty plus years as a performing musician, Andrew has covered many styles of music. As a teenager, he rocked 'n' rolled with the best of them before settling into a French Canadian fiddle band for a decade and then moving to symphonic composition and back to rock 'n' roll in his 50s.

 

Join Andrew Russell this Saturday Night, 6:30-8:30 pm. Come along early if you want a seat as it's first come, first served. Bar & Kitchen open, free event. Lounge Sessions @ Hotel Blue is brought to you by 'Music in the Mountains'.

On 20th January 2018

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Moving Histories: Future Projections

Moving Histories: Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia, curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Baker-Smith of Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council).

A dLux MediaArts exhibition toured by Museums and Galleries of NSW.

Daily 20th January to 11th March 2018 Next 20th January 2018

Fire: An Installation by Kevina-Jo Smith

Fire is a site-specific installation by artist Kevina-Jo Smith at the Woodford Academy, the Blue Mountains oldest building. Smith’s installation engages with concerns of climate change and the bushfire season in the Blue Mountains. The installation responds to investigations of the Academy’s collection of research by historical guests, researchers, artists and the local Indigenous community, the Darug and Gundungurra People, who have provided records of documenting bushfire in the past, through written word and illustration.

Kevina-Jo Smith’s artwork emerges from her collection and reuse of consumer by-product materials. Her process is a tribute to the natural world and a ritual against its destruction. Her work explores shelter, environments and cultural climates, through both exhibited works and the lived process behind those pieces. Smith currently resides in the Blue Mountains, a place which sustains and inspires her.

Daily 20th January to 17th March 2018 Next 20th January 2018

Wilderquest 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 learning all about where they live, what they eat, where they sleep and why they are so important. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and you’re ready for your Bug Hunt Adventure.

Various Dates 15th to 23rd January 2018 Last 23rd January 2018

Chris Gillespie & Martijn Hadders: Friday Night Jazz

Chris Gillespie has been playing a blues set at Hotel Blue for the last 6 months with Cameron James Henderson, so naturally we thought Chris was a 'blues cat' . . . well it turns out Chris is actually an undercover jazz fan. Chris has invited Martijn Hadders to join him this week - should be a fun evening!

 

Join Chris Gillespie & Martijn Hadders this Friday Night, 6:30-8:30 pm. Come along early if you want a seat as its first come, first served. Bar & Kitchen open, free event. Lounge Sessions @ Hotel Blue is brought to you by 'Music in the Mountains'.

On 26th January 2018

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Friday Supper Club with Jazz Daiquiri

Avalon presents the Friday Supper Club. Join us for live music, hearty meals and classic cocktails, every Friday night. This week's music to dine to will be provided by Jazz Daiquiri.

 

Jazz Daiquiri are one of the smoothest, most intoxicating sounds in the Blue Mountains.

 

Featuring the beautiful voice of Robyn Gordon, Karl Javernig on guitar and Martyn Cook on saxophones, flute, clarinet and trumpet.

 

Jazz Daiquiri play anything from the coolest Latin sambas and bossa novas, swinging jazz standards or soulful blues and ballads, all delivered with style and class.

 

To book your table call 02 4782 5532 or visit avalonkatoomba.com.au

On 26th January 2018

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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 2018

Springwood Australia Day Festival

The Australia Day Festival in Springwood features two stage with live music, band, singers and dancers along with rides, 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 2018

Blackheath Golf Club BURNS SUPPER

Burns Supper - 27th January 2018

The birthday of Robert Burns - the famous Scottish poet and songwriter - is celebrated around the world at the end of January each year.  This year the Blackheath Golf and Community Club is hosting its first ever Burns Supper to celebrate the Bard’s birthday.

It will be a very Scottish night, with a piper to welcome you at the door and to pipe in the haggis; three magnificent singers, David Hamilton, Linda Foulsham and Christine Wheeler to sing some of Burns’ songs; readings of some of his poems; an exhibition of Scottish country dancing by the Blue Mountains Scottish Country Dance Club and dinner music provided by the Orchard Boat, in their Celtic mode!  Get into the mood and wear something tartan!

Mer will provide another of his delicious buffet meals, this time with a Scottish flavour (you can even try some haggis as an optional entree) and all this for a very frugal Scottish $50 per head - just a “wee bawbee or twa”.

Seating from 7:00pm - Function commences at 7:30pm

Tickets are on sale now - ring 4787 8406.

On 27th January 2018

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Piccolo Bear: Saturday Session

Piccolo Bear, Vanessa Caspersz and Daniel Di Biase, are a folk-bluegrass duo from the Blue Mountains. Their unique sound blends dark and sweet harmonies with banjo, ukulele and guitar.

 

Join Piccolo Bear for their Hotel Blue debut this Saturday Night, 6:30-8:30 pm. Come along early if you want a seat as its first come, first served. Bar & Kitchen open, free event. Brought to you by 'Music in the Mountains'.

On 27th January 2018

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Nerd Alert

You'll make fun gadgets, mix up chemical compounds, build and test models, investigate with scientific equipment and experiment with super-cool science! Every month they'll explore a new theme with lots of making and experimenting for everyone to get involved. They provide all the tools, equipment and ingredients so you can have all the fun!

September 16: Colour and Light
Rainbows, prisms, plant colours and colour vision.

October 14: Propellers and Parachutes
Let's experiment with aerofoils and wind resistance!

November 4: Sound - Good Vibrations
They'll look at sound and vibrations in the air, waves and the ear.

Various Dates 13th to 27th January 2018 Last 27th January 2018

The Buzz On Native Bees

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.

Various Dates 21st January 2017 to 27th January 2018 Last 27th January 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 First 28th January 2018

February 2018

Friday Supper Club with John and Yuki

Avalon presents the Friday Supper Club. Join us for live music, hearty meals and classic cocktails, every Friday night. This week, the John and Yuki will provide the music-to-dine-to.

Yuki Kumagai and John Mackie play and sing smooth jazz, a popular mix of jazz standards and some latin hits. Yuki sings and plays piano, flute , harmonica and ukulele, while John plays guitar and saxophone.

Yuki and John perform around Sydney in clubs and jazz clubs, on cruise ships, and have performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Manly Jazz Festival and many other music festivals.

To book your table call 02 4782 5532 or visit avalonkatoomba.com.au

On 2nd February 2018

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Great Art Deco Ball

A jam packed weekend of celebrating the Roaring 20s and all that Jazz throughout the Blue Mountains.

Start your weekend with some live jazz in the lounge. Get a cocktail from Champagne Charlie's and start the weekend off right. Open to all, entry is free

Delve into yesteryear with art deco history tours with Paul Innes from Blue Mountains History Tours. Bookings essential, call 0402 483 599.

The ballroom will have the Cavalcade of History and Fashion exhibiting some of the fabulous fashion of the roaring 20's, daily talks with the ladies to learn more about the fashions of the time. entry is free

Put on your best flapper dress and come and do the Charleston at the Great Art Deco Ball.

Tickets $135 per person which includes a 3 course dinner, 3 hour beverage package and live entertainment by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Contact reception on 4782 1111 or at reservations@thecarringtonhotel.com.au

On 2nd February 2018

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Trail Running Training Weekend

2nd-4th February 2018

13th-15th April 2018

Home of the iconic annual Ultra Trail Australia race the Blue Mountains is synonymous with trail running.

Renowned for breathtaking scenery Fairmont Resort is the ultimate trail running destination with it’s prime location on a prominent stretch of the Ultra Trail Australia course. Join champion trail runners Brendan Davies and Jo Brischetto to hone your skills and experience the ultimate trail running training weekend.  If you are able to comfortably complete a 10km road run in under one hour,  and are looking to refine and improve the way you race, this retreat will be perfect for you.

Optimise your performance and learn to avoid common race day issues.  Brendan and Jo will lead you through some key racing strategies that will have you running more competently and confidently. You will come away with a clear understanding of racing specific nutritional strategies and will also leave armed with a variety of techniques that will help you recover from hard race efforts. Attendees will also spend time on the trails, practically implementing what they learn with the opportunity to ask questions and clarify information.

This is your perfect opportunity to prepare for the May 2018 Ultra-Trail Australia!

On 2nd February 2018

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The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz

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!

Daily 2nd to 27th February 2018 Next 2nd February 2018

Karaoke: Wentworth Falls Country Club

Come along to the Wentworth Falls Country Club for Karaoke on the first Friday night of each month. This is a great fun night. Restaurant is open from 6-8pm - come and try their delicious food! They suggest booking on the number provided.

Various Dates 5th May 2017 to 6th April 2018 Next 2nd February 2018

Prohibition Jazz with Jazz Daiquiri

The 1920s came in with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals and wild weekends. The parties were bigger, the pace was faster and the morals were looser. Well, thankfully those days have passed, but in the spirit of those fleeting days of folly, come along to Hotel Blue every Friday night in February for some Roaring 20s jazz and cocktails. This week Jazz Daiquiri will be joining them.

Jazz Daiquiri are one of the smoothest, most intoxicating sounds in the Blue Mountains. Featuring the beautiful voice of Robyn Gordon, Karl Javernig on guitar and Martyn Cook on sax, trumpet and flute. Jazz Daiquiri can play anything from the coolest Latin sambas and bossa novas, swinging jazz standards or soulful blues and ballads, all professionally delivered with style and class.

Come along early if you want a seat as it's first come, first served. Bar and Kitchen open, free event. Lounge Sessions at Hotel Blue is brought to you by Music in the Mountains. Part of The Roaring 20s Festival.

On 2nd February 2018

The Tablelands Way Oberon Farmers Markets

Sample a smorgasbord of local produce at The Tablelands Way Oberon Farmers Markets.

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 June 2017 to 5th May 2018 Next 3rd February 2018

Blue Mountains Portraits

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is celebrating the Blue Mountains community with a major portrait exhibition of local personalities and community members. Over forty artworks in a broad range of styles and media such as painting, photography, drawing, collage and mixed media will be exhibited together with a selection of local students’ work.

Featuring: Peter Adams, Cath Barcan, Linda Aubrecht, Roslyn Elms, Simon Fraser, Jennifer Gabbay, Brigitte Grant, Tony Grant, Kunchok Gyaltsen, Ona Janzen, Tim K Jones, April Keogh, Leahy and Watson, Mathew Lynn, Tomasz Machnik, Kellie Mar, Alison Marcer, Scott Marr, Graham McCarter, Berylouise Mitchell, Chia Moan, Christian Mortensen, Benjamin Nelson, Bron Newman, Tim Newman, Buddy Patrick, Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig, Ben Pearse, Victor Peralta, Mandy Schöne-Salter, Anne Smith, Gerlinde Thomas, Nicole Toms, Pam Vaughan, Marty Walker, Camille Walsh and Kayo Yokoyama.

Daily 3rd February to 11th March 2018 Next 3rd February 2018

Speakeasy Saturdays with Mark 'N The Blues

When you’ve got the blues you think about misfortune, betrayal, heartache and regret. You lose your job, you get the blues. Your dog dies, you get the blues. While the lyrics often deal with personal adversity, the music itself goes far beyond self-pity and discomfort. The blues is about overcoming hard luck, saying what you feel, ridding yourself of frustration, letting your hair down, and simply having fun.

The Roaring 20's were the times of the blues – life was tough! Bluesmen left the plantations and rambling shacks of the Deep South and headed into the big cities. Everyone talks about Jazz, however, Blues in the 1920's was a way of life and the big cities didn’t make it easy. Head back to the 1920's this week with Mark 'N The Blues.

Mark Bishop’s passion for the blues will take you on a journey to the deep south where the Delta blues was born. In his show, Mark incorporates instruments such as the Resonator guitar with slide, Cigar Box guitar and a stomp box to keep the beat.

On 3rd February 2018

Rydal Show

The Rydal Show is known as 'the biggest little show in the west', and this year will the 96th show for Rydal.

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 3rd February 2018

Friday Supper Club with The Three-Handed Beat Bandits

Avalon presents the Friday Supper Club. Join us for live music, hearty meals and classic cocktails, every Friday night. This week's music-to-dine-to will be provided by The Three-Handed Beat Bandits.

 

Beautiful to the ear, great for the feet, the Three­-Handed Beat Bandits are the best three-­handed big band in the world. Together, John Stuart and Neill Duncan play guitar, bass, congas, drums and saxophone, along with quirky megaphone vocals. This beat combo swing their listeners through a kaleidoscope of reggae, ska, calypso, funk, swing and klezmer.

 

Two-handed John Stuart is a master of the seven­-string guitar and conga, switching between driving bass lines, sparkling solos, and hot percussion. One-handed Neill Duncan, who lost his left arm to cancer three years ago, plays a custom-built one­-handed tenor saxophone and an adapted drum kit, his passion and musical imagination flowing like never before. 

 

Their exotic musical gumbo will steal your heart.

 

To book your table call 02 4782 5532 or visit avalonkatoomba.com.au

On 9th February 2018

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Prohibition Jazz with Soular Spill

The 1920s came in with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals and wild weekends. The parties were bigger, the pace was faster and the morals were looser. Well, thankfully those days have passed, but in the spirit of those fleeting days of folly, come along to Hotel Blue every Friday night in February for some Roaring 20s jazz and cocktails. This week Soular Spill will be joining them.

Sarah-Jane Spillane, Skye Evans and Colin Day are Soular Spill. Expect sultry, playful and spacious interpretations of jazz standards with stripped back bass, guitar and keys. This is a group not to be missed!

Come along early if you want a seat as it's first come, first served. Bar and Kitchen open, free event. Lounge Sessions at Hotel Blue is brought to you by Music in the Mountains.

On 9th February 2018

Lolo Lovina in Concert

Fusion Boutique are very pleased to welcome back Lolo Lovina ahead of their performance by invitation at one of the biggest festivals in the world in Austin, Texas.

Lolo Lovina (Red Beer) are an intoxicating, cosmopolitan virtuosic brew infused with Unza, Swing and Balkan Gypsy beats. The only ethnic Romani band in Australia, fronted by Hungarian Romani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak.

Lolo Lovina’s music reflects the cosmopolitan identity of an artist, who grew up with three native tongues and cultures. The charming and passionate performance of the charismatic singer makes each of her concerts an unique experience. Featuring Serbian Rroma drummer and guitarist Nenad Radic, Stuart Vandegraaff on Saxophone, clarinet and Ney, David Carr on guitar and banjo and Nathan Gatt on double bass.

Their album Rroma Sapien received a four star review in the London based World Music magazine Song Lines (June 2016) with Rroma Sapien and RromAntics both being featured on ABC Radio Nationals program, The Daily Planet.

On 9th February 2018

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 100 acts across nine stages and thousands of visitors taking in the ukulele fun.

The festival opens Friday night at 7pm, 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 free Jam and Strum session 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.

Various Dates 10th February 2017 to 11th February 2018 Next 9th February 2018

Oberon Show

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 2018

Speakeasy Saturdays with Orchard Boat

The 1920's came in with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals and wild weekends. The parties were bigger, the pace was faster and the morals were looser. Well, thankfully those days have passed, but in the spirit of those fleeting days of folly, come along to Hotel Blue every Saturday Night in February for some Roaring 20's fun and cocktails. This week Orchard Boat will be joining them.

The Orchard Boat are Rob Weule and Beejhan (BJ) Goodfellow taking their gypsy guitar and accordion on a musical adventure through the Jazz, Irish, French and quirky pop music scene. Featuring stunning instrumentals and sublime vocal harmonies, The Orchard Boat sets sail and charters a course delivering a cruise of musical adventure.

On 10th February 2018

Dave Graney and Clare Moore in concert

Dave Graney and Clare Moore will be playing material from across their vast and splendid songbook.
Performing songs from over 30 albums, film and TV scores including their work from The Moodists, Coral Snakes and The Mistly.

This will be a show about songs and lyrics. Minimal instrumentation. Guitar, keys, percussion and vocals.
They have a songbook with hundreds of titles to choose from and they access songs they’ve written and recorded across the four decades which they’ve now been present and incorrect for.

Dave Graney was awarded ‘Best Male Vocalist’ at the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 for his work on The Soft ‘n’ Sexy Sound, while “Feelin’ Kinda Sporty” won ‘Best Video’ in 1997 and he has received seven other ARIA Award nominations.

On 10th February 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 First 11th February 2018

The London Klezmer Quartet in concert

The London Klezmer Quartet brings you klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, at its most beguiling and seductive. The subtleties of the original tradition, combined with a kick-the-chairs-over ability to party.

LKQ is a dynamic group of performers much in demand on the UK folk, world and pop music scenes. The band’s deep understanding of klezmer is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

Formed in 2009, the band is already popular throughout the UK, has had five sell-out tours in Australia, as well as performing in Brazil, Germany, Holland, Latvia, New Zealand and Switzerland, and has broadcast live on BBC Radio, BBC TV and ABC Radio.

On 16th February 2018

Prohibition Jazz with Threepenny Moon

The 1920s came in with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals and wild weekends. The parties were bigger, the pace was faster and the morals were looser. Well, thankfully those days have passed, but in the spirit of those fleeting days of folly, come along to Hotel Blue every Friday night in February for some Roaring 20s jazz and cocktails.

This week local jazz duo Threepenny Moon will be performing. Experience the wonderful cabaret talents of Jocelyn Moen and Martin Dawes – think forgotten wartime french classics and 1920s classics. Oh, and there is a souzaphone! Don’t miss this week’s Prohibition Jazz.

On 16th February 2018

Speakeasy Saturdays with Belle Jar

The 1920s came in with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals and wild weekends. The parties were bigger, the pace was faster and the morals were looser. Well, thankfully those days have passed, but in the spirit of those fleeting days of folly, come along to Hotel Blue every Friday night in February for some Roaring 20s jazz and cocktails. This week Belle Jar will be joining them.

Belle Jar plays an energetic blend of gypsy, Klezmer, swing and pop styles, with a mixture of English and French lyrics. Belle Jar is a popular band in the Blue Mountains for their driving rhythms and infectious melodies that get audiences up and dancing, sometimes on the tables. The band likes to dress according to their mood which can be anything from circus to burlesque to Paris chic and enjoys nothing more than a dancing, theme dressed audience to party with.

On 17th February 2018

Fred Smith Blue Mountains CD Launch for 'Great' at Kindlehill performance space Wentworth Falls

Renowned Australian singer-songwriter Fred Smith’s new album ‘Great’ is a rollicking hayride through American history, politics and pathologies.

The new double album features his brilliant balladry balanced with some raucous piss taking, and brings to the fore his reverence and comprehension of American music and mythology. Great is a remarkably eclectic double album collection of songs. The first disc includes 12 songs written and recorded in the classic American folk/country style – story songs, some funny, some sad, bringing to the fore Fred’s gift for melody and lyric, and his talent for inhabiting other people’s worlds.

On the second disc, Fred lets the band off the leash – drums, bass, electric guitars and horns. It’s a riot and a romp through songs and stories with American settings – mostly wry but sympathetic accounts of characters fictional and otherwise. The lead single, What Could Go Wrong, lampoons the contradictions in the Trump platform while celebrating mix of ebullience and bald faced egotism that makes it impossible to take one’s eyes off Donald J Trump.

In performance, Fred will be accompanied by Matt Nightingale on double bass, and one other eminent sidemen.

On 19th February 2018

Vivaldi Bach Paganini: Katoomba

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany's finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne performing in Armidale Uniting Church classics from Germany.

They are very happy to offer you a diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi and his tremendously famous Four Seasons to J.S. Bach, Peter Tchaikovsky and Niccolo Paganini.

On 21st February 2018

Faith I Branko (Serbia/UK)

Blue Mountains Theatre is delighted to present renowned leading Serbian Roma violinist Branko Ristic and UK accordionist Faith Ristic performing with their extraordinarily talented international gypsy/jazz ensemble.

Audiences and critics alike have raved about Faith I Branko’s high energy live performances world-wide. Combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe, Faith I Branko take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming Serbian Kolos, with explorations into jazz improvisation, swing, Gypsy Rumba, Turkish and Indian influenced violin solos.

Joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited, Branko’s violin soars at break-neck paces whilst Faith’s nimble accordion accompaniment provides a beautiful bedrock.

On 23rd February 2018

Prohibition Jazz with Lisa Finn Powell

The 1920s came in with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals and wild weekends. The parties were bigger, the pace was faster and the morals were looser. Well, thankfully those days have passed, but in the spirit of those fleeting days of folly, come along to Hotel Blue every Friday night in February for some Roaring 20s jazz and cocktails. This week Lisa Finn Powell will be joining them.

Lisa Finn-Powell is a dynamic singer, bandleader, choral conductor and an inspiring vocal coach. She has performed at venues around the world playing pop, rock, jazz and swing, in various bands, orchestras and The Lisa Finn Powell jazz trio. Having performed at Hotel Blue during the 2016 and 2017 Roaring 20s Festivals with Jazz Daiquiri, they thought they might invite this sensational singer back for 2018 with her own trio!

On 23rd February 2018

Summer Bird Walk with Carol Probets

Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to learn about the habits of some of the beautiful birds that call the Garden their home. Carol will teach you how to use binoculars and spot birds and will discuss bird identification techniques and getting started as a birdwatcher. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding.

Various Dates 13th January to 24th February 2018 Last 24th February 2018

Turner's Turn starring Geraldine Turner

An intimate cabaret evening with Geraldine Turner, a true icon of Australian theatre. Featuring songs and show business anecdotes in a celebration of her remarkable career.

Geraldine has earned her place as one of this country’s most legendary leading ladies, winning enormous acclaim for roles in stage musicals including Anything Goes, Chicago, Oliver, Cabaret, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd; plays such as Steel Magnolias, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Don’s Party; on television, film and also through her extensive recording output.

Turner’s Turn is a celebration of Geraldine’s incredible life on stage and marks her first cabaret performance in more than ten years. This intimate evening of songs from her celebrated career, peppered with amusing anecdotes and stories (and there are some great stories to tell), is a rare opportunity to see one of Australia’s most beloved leading ladies, up close and personal.

Geraldine is accompanied on piano by Musical Director Brad Miller.

On 24th February 2018

Speakeasy Saturdays with Piccolo Bear

The 1920s came in with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals and wild weekends. The parties were bigger, the pace was faster and the morals were looser. Well, thankfully those days have passed, but in the spirit of those fleeting days of folly, come along to Hotel Blue every Friday night in February for some Roaring 20s jazz and cocktails. This week Piccolo Bear will be joining them.

Piccolo Bear, Vanessa Caspersz and Daniel Di Biase, are a folk-bluegrass duo from the Blue Mountains. Their unique sound blends dark and sweet harmonies with banjo, ukulele and guitar, and for The Roaring 20s Festival, this duo will be bringing some old-timey 1920s classics your way!

On 24th February 2018

Majestic Roaring 20s Festival

The Hydro Majestic Hotel will revive its most mischievous traditions and host the ultimate day-long vintage revelry for the Majestic Roaring 20s Festival.

The Roaring 20s Festival celebrations will high kick off with a community Charleston Challenge for Charity dance in front of the Majestic Pavilion at 11am.

The naughty knees-up with costume and dancing prizes galore will be an opportunity for art deco buffs to don their most sophisticated 1920s-inspired costumes befitting the elegant venue.

The following decadent regional food and wine showcase of shared plates will feature the culinary skills of the Hydro Majestic kitchen team, other exceptional local producers and a fashion parade of exquisite 1920s clothing.

Sumptuous high tea will be available in the Wintergarden Restaurant overlooking the Megalong Valley throughout the day, along with history tours of the world-famous hotel.

That evening, the grandest of the grand Blue Mountains hotels will again resound with the likes of Al Capone, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel during the Gangster Casino Charity Night in support of Katoomba Hospital.

Guests can play all the traditional games at casino-quality tables with professionally trained casino standard croupiers.

There will be an array of prizes at the 18 years plus-restricted event.

On 24th February 2018

White Party at Mayfield

In February, Mayfield showcased its incredible garden for an all white attire celebration, its 'White Party', which kicked off Mayfield's huge calendar of events in 2017 and beyond.

In 2018, the 'White Party' will be bigger and better. The Allee of London Plane trees will frame the long rows of elegant communal tables and the obelisk and pond as a stunning backdrop and the dancefloor ready for guests to create a magical night.

Mayfield's signature dish the 'Communal Feast' is created from fresh produce sourced from Mayfield's Orchard, vegetable garden and surrounding farm, delivering an exquisite paddock and garden to plate menu. Matched beautifully with premium local wines, ciders and craft beers.

The DJ will keep the night pumping away, along with the incredible roaming entertainment by local performers, Cirkus Surreal.

All food, beverages and entertainment is included in the price. Bus transfers from Bathurst and Oberon will make it a smooth ride to Mayfield’s breathtaking setting - transfers are an additional cost.

Pick up / drop off locations:
Leaving from Bathurst Courthouse at 5pm;
Leaving from Oberon Information Centre at 5:45pm.

On 24th February 2018

Jazz in the Garden at Norman Lindsay Garden

Experience this ever popular live Jazz in the Garden celebrating the birthday of one of Australia's finest artists, Norman Lindsay.

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of Jazz in the grounds of the home where Norman Lindsay lived for 57 years and where he created most of his artwork. Enjoy the extraordinary talents of the iconic jazz band Galapagos Duck.

Bookings required.

On 24th February 2018

AusCamino Festival

The AusCamino Festival is a four day festival held in the Australian Blue Mountains to celebrate the Camino pilgrim trails, and all the pilgrim experiences while journeying on the Camino pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
A great opportunity to learn more about the Camino or to relive the phenomenal experiences had by prior pilgrims.

On 24th February 2018

Traditional Greek Luncheon at Everglades Historic House and Garden

Greece’s culinary tradition dates back hundreds of years and has evolved over time to absorb many diverse influences.

In Greek culture food is so much more than sustenance - it is about culture, comfort and family. Join the Friends of Everglades for a traditional home cooked delicious Greek inspired three course luncheon, served in the Art Deco room at Everglades House, and take time to wander through the wonderful Paul Sorensen gardens. BYO alcohol.

Time: 12.30pm. Bookings essential.

On 24th February 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 First 25th February 2018

March 2018

The Necks

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Featuring Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass), these three internationally renowned performers conjure a chemistry together that is brilliant and unparalleled in the world of music. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks has been critically acclaimed world-wide:

The Necks return to Blue Mountains Theatre after one of their busiest years yet in 2017 - which featured the release of their acclaimed double LP Unfold; opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian tour; a successful tour of the US; three European tours and a huge feature article in the New York Times.

On 2nd March 2018

Jetblack 24 Hour

In 2018, the JetBlack 24 Hour with its JetBlack 6+6 Hour offspring will take place at Rydal Showgrounds near Lithgow Organised by Rocky Trail Entertainment and with thanks to its hosts, the Central Tablelands MTB Club and the NSW Forestry Corporation who will help put together an awesome race track and all that supported by the Lithgow City Council.

You can race in teams of up to six in the 24 Hour and up to four in the 6+6 Hour and there are the classic age categories in the solo divisions. Bring the family, friends and the kids - there is so much space and they can't wait to entertain you in "classic 24-hour race style"! DJ, great food, kids activities, that signature Rocky Trail wake-up call on Sunday morning - the Rocky Trail crew awaits you at Rydal!

Come and Be a #rockytrailracer - stay tuned as they roll out more details over the next few weeks!

Daily 3rd to 4th March 2018 Next 3rd March 2018

Portland Art Exhibition

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

The Portland Art Exhibition will be held once again on the first weekend in March. The event is held in Portland’s Beautiful Crystal Theatre. The building ensures a wonderful atmosphere for you to enjoy the art show.

With over 400 paintings on display, all of which are for sale, it is one of the largest and most respected regional art shows in the country.

This years guest artist is Nicole Foxall. Nicole is a colour junkie who loves injecting hefty doses of pigment and vibrancy into her paintings. Her mission is to express and create from the world around her and bring colour and happiness to people’s walls. Nicole’s painting process is loose and spontaneous with each piece a unique translation of the subject.

The Portland Art Prize competition, now in its fourth year, is this year to include artists representations of Bottles. Artworks may be of any subject the artist chooses but must include at least one bottle. Artists are permitted one entry only in this section and this will form part of the four entries entitled for each artist.

Daily 3rd to 5th March 2018 Next 3rd March 2018

Shaun Kirk ‘Howlin at the Moon’ Single Release Tour and Andie in Concert for 'Metro Social'

Following the recent success of his Australian ‘Midnight in Motion’ Tour which saw award winning blues/soul troubadour Shaun Kirk selling out numerous headline shows across the country; the one man dynamo has announced a stack of new tour dates across Australia and New Zealand to launch his soon to be released new single ‘Howlin at the Moon’.

Recorded and co-produced with Nick Huggins (Jen Cloher, Fraser A Gorman, Skipping Girl Vinegar) at A Pocket Full of Stones Studios in the sleepy beachside town of Point Lonsdale, Victoria and co-written with ARIA Award Winner Joel Quatermain (Eskimo Joe) – ‘Howlin at the Moon’ is set to drop in early 2018.

Shaun Kirk has an energy that is unique, with a hybrid of musical styles that challenge genre classification, his shows are nothing short of an experience.” – Diesel

“One of the most explo­sive solo acts this country has to offer.” – Mixdown Magazine

“A truly hot new artist on the blues scene” – Peter Noble (Director of Bluesfest)

“One of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard!” – Buzz Magazine

“He’s a powerhouse” – Sydney Morning Herald

On 4th March 2018

James Greening and Gary Daley live at The Boilerhouse

An intimate night of jazz with two contemporary jazz heavy-weights, James Greening and Gary Daley. These two are often found playing together in lineups like The Catholics, however when you let them improvise and explore their own musical influences, you get something magical.

Australia’s leading jazz trombonist, James Greening has been widely praised for his work with seminal ensembles such as Ten Part Invention, Wanderlust, The Catholics, the Umbrellas and the Australian Art Orchestra. One of James‘s major musical influences was friend and mentor, the late Jackie Orszaczky. Contemporary jazz heavy-weight, he's jazz royalty.

Gary Daley is best known as a musician playing in some of the elite bands of Australian jazz; currently James Greening’s band Greening from Ear to Ear and the jazz-world music band The Catholics. He leads the quartet Bungarribee which features his own compositions and interpretations from the classical repertoire.

On 10th March 2018

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.

Various Dates 11th March 2017 to 10th March 2018 Last 10th March 2018

Collectors Edition: Fundraising Art Exhibition

Now in its fourth year, this fundraiser exhibition supports the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collection Acquisition Fund. Over 80 original artworks by prominent artists will be for sale through silent auction.

Take this opportunity to start your own collection while supporting the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition.

Daily 17th March to 8th April 2018 Next 17th March 2018

Standing Up Alive: Aboriginal Art Exhibition

Standing Up Alive is an Aboriginal expression describing how the people are not only still going, but are dynamic: alive! Join Aboriginal artists Wayne Brennan, Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin and Uncle Peter Williams who use the power and connection of their local symbols and patterns in a contemporary way to create a vibrant exhibition.

Daily 17th March to 13th May 2018 Next 17th March 2018

Karen Miranda Abel - Pools of Light: In Shadow

In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program. This initiative consists of a six week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

Karen Miranda Abel from Toronto, Canada was selected to participate in the World Heritage Artist in Residence Program and will present her body of work Pools of Light: In Shadow. Through field research practice, Abel will examine cave formations as symbols of protection and refuge in a changing landscape, representing timeless sanctuaries in an area increasingly threatened by coal mining. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition.

Daily 24th March to 6th May 2018 Next 24th March 2018

Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis: Life and Travels

Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis are two of Australia’s most acclaimed artists. Created in collaboration with Master Printmakers Ian and Anne Smith, the works on display depict the artists’ travels and art marking practice in Europe as well as intimate encounters and everyday life scenes.

All works in this exhibition were donated to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection through the Australian Governments Cultural Gift Program. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition.

Daily 24th March to 6th May 2018 Next 24th March 2018

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.

Various Dates 17th March 2017 to 24th March 2018 Last 24th March 2018

April 2018

The Good Lovelies in Concert

Juno and four-time CFMA Award Winners the ‘Good Lovelies’ return to Australia.
With Burn The Plan a long-awaited new album, Good Lovelies are both fulfilling and defying their so-called musical destiny as a “folk trio.” What makes this Burn The Plan special is that the band’s considerable strengths – winsome song writing, impeccable vocals, and triangulated charisma – don’t tell the full story. There’s a new spirit of adventurousness that gives Burn The Plan an extra spark; the album is permeated with textures and tones from musical worlds away.
This time around, the trio has spent time developing, expanding and honing their sound as musicians first, and as Good Lovelies second.
2011’s Juno-nominated Let The Rain Fall was the last time the Good Lovelies released a full-length studio album. It may not feel so long ago, since the band’s profile has continued to grow with awards, steady and sold-out touring, and a live album in between.

On 4th April 2018

AutumnFest at Mayfield

AutumnFest celebrates the best musical talent in regional NSW all in spectacular event space, in front of the Mayfield Obelisk and Pond. Guests also get access to explore Mayfield's world class 36 acre garden in beautiful Autumn colour.

They love great food and drink, so they’ve carefully selected a range of the finest food and beverage vendors, treasured by the local community, to treat your tastebuds. Mayfield Cafe will be open as usual and their woodfire pizza will be available too.

This does mean food and alcohol can't be brought into AutumnFest. However, they encourage you to bring chairs and blankets to sit on the grass and enjoy the entertainment.

Bus transfers from Oberon, Bathurst, Orange, and Katoomba will make it a smooth ride to Mayfield (at an additional cost) to create a truly hassle-free day.

On 7th April 2018

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 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!

Daily 7th April to 13th May 2018 Next 7th April 2018

Lower Blue Mountains Artists Trail

12 artist studios that make up the Blue Mountains Spring Artists Trail are being opened again to the public across the mountains from Lapstone to Linden. See how art is made and the environments in which creativity and inspiration flourishes.

The artists who are opening their doors create paintings, textiles, photographs, mosaics, glasswork, sculptures and more! Set your own pace for a leisurely and inspiring art crawl.

For full event details, visit the Arts Trail website for information about each artist and studio, check out the Blue Mountains Artists Network Facebook page for regular updates.

Various Dates 8th April 2017 to 8th April 2018 Next 7th April 2018

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.

Various Dates 14th to 29th April 2018 First 14th April 2018

Autumn 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. Autumn is an exciting time, often bringing surprises as migrating birds pass through the area. Many species move away from their breeding territories into more open habitats and small birds flock together in mixed groups. Carol will teach you how to use binoculars and spot birds, and will discuss bird identification techniques and getting started as a birdwatcher. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding

Various Dates 14th April to 26th May 2018 First 14th April 2018

ZenRasa

Bronwyn Kirkpatrick – shakuhachi
Colin Berryman – sitar
Special guest John May - calabash

Bronwyn Kirkpatrick and Colin Berryman have combined their considerable talents for this captivating Sunday afternoon concert.

Colin was a disciple of the late Pandit Ashok Roy; while Bronwyn is an award-winning Master of the Shakuhachi, studying with Riley Lee in Australia and later with shakuhachi masters in Japan. Both regularly perform in cross-cultural collaborations: Colin in Eric Whitacre’s Winter, and projects such as The Firebird, Intertwine, D’yari (Kurdish); while Bronwyn with the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Sydney Dance Company and TaikOz.

Grounded in traditional Japanese and Indian melodies and rhythms, ZenRasa seeks to awaken and liberate. “Rasa” is that power in music to evoke an emotion, to transport the listener to another place or time, while the traditional music of the shakuhachi is a meditation practice in Japanese “Zen” Buddhism.

For this special debut performance of ZenRasa, Bronwyn and Colin are joined by John May - renowned percussionist of the Blue Mountains, on the West African gourd-drum - the calabash, creating an eclectic instrumental fusion that promises to be fascinating, joyous and uplifting.

On 15th April 2018

Lah Lah 10th Birthday Party

Come and party with the stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday at Blue Mountains Theatre.

Lah-Lah and the band will be touring their 10th Birthday “best of” album through Sony Music, following their 2017 ARIA-nominated release, Having Fun.

It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs.

And don’t forget, everyone gets to meet the band, and the instruments, after the show.

It’s going to be a great party, and you’re invited!

Ages: 2 – 7 years
Duration: 50 minutes plus Meet and Greet

On 16th April 2018

Baby et Lulu

ARIA award nominated Baby et Lulu accompanied by their six-piece band return to the Blue Mountains Theatre for a show of gorgeous French music, full of joie de vivre, seductive harmony, and that Baby et Lulu je ne sais quoi!

Lara Goodridge (FourPlay String Quartet) and Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic that will have you thinking you are in a Parisian Café!

A heady combination of feminine couture - from elegant to va va voom, seductive and witty banter, romantic chansons sung exquisitely in French, and the extraordinary musicianship of the band - leaves audiences enraptured.

It is no surprise then, that Baby et Lulu continue to attract new devotees at their festival appearances and sold-out shows across Australia.

On 28th April 2018

The Buzz on Native Bees with Megan Halcroft

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 28th April 2018

Springwood Foundation Day

Join the fun at this festival to celebrate the spirit of Springwood in 2018!

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!

Various Dates 29th April 2017 to 28th April 2018 Last 28th April 2018

May 2018

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 than the previous three festivals.

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 5th May 2018

Ultra-Trail Australia

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 17th to 20th May 2018 Next 17th May 2018

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.

On 20th May 2018

June 2018

bentART

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

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.

Time: Friday Opening Night 6.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm, Monday 10am – 2pm.

Check out the bentART website for further details.

Daily 8th to 10th June 2018 Next 8th June 2018

Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

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

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 2018 Next 16th June 2018

July 2018

Mayfield Garden Winter Festival

Although it is cooler outside, does it really mean you have to hibernate? Mayfield is a European inspired garden, do what the Europeans do: rug up and explore.

With parts of the Private Garden open including: the Amphitheatre, Croquet Court, Chinese Pagoda and The Creek and Sunken Garden rooms. On the weekends, local musicians will entertain you as you take advantage of their complimentary smores station (toasted marshmallows dipped in chocolate) in the wood fire.

Daily 7th to 22nd July 2018 Next 7th July 2018

Yulefest 2018 Dinner & Show

2018 will be The Goon Show LIVE!’s 6th consecutive appearance as part of the Blue Mountains Yulefest season… and this one’s going to be CraZy!

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.

To get you in the mood and help with your plans, we are offering special Early-bird tickets for only $99 per person, including booking fees.

Please note that these Early-bird tickets are only available online.

Once these tickets run out, the full-price tickets will be available for $130 per person, with some great group booking offers.

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

Perhaps there’s a Goon-Type in your family who’d love these tickets as a Christmas present.. go on, spoil them.

 

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

Daily 23rd June to 14th July 2018 Next 14th July 2018

Disability Access
Member Event

Blue Mountains Billy Cart Bash

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

Picture this...It's a beautiful crisp July day, skies are clear and there is the crunch of leaves underfoot as contestants walk up to the start line with a freshly painted billy cart in tow. The smell of the sausage sizzle firing away in the background, and there is still the faint taste of fairy floss in the air. Suddenly there's those three little words. "Ready. Set. Go!" The air horn goes and....

What happens next?

Come along and join in the fun - bring a cart that flies down the hill, or the more creative variety. Billy Cart Bash has something for all carting enthusiasts. For supporters there are sausage sizzles, a coffee van, jumping castle and free activities for the kids!

On 23rd July 2018

August 2018

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 2018

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 16th to 19th August 2018 Next 16th August 2018

Springwood Art Show

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

The longest running art show in the Blue Mountains will showcase the best established and emerging talent in the area.

Choose from more than 400 pieces of original art from more than 100 local artists.

The art show also includes quality artisan crafts such as leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles.

Co-ordinated by the P and C, it directly supports students of the school with 25 per cent of all sales going towards educational resources. There will be an official opening program on the Friday evening and activities and café throughout the weekend.

Daily 24th to 26th August 2018 Next 24th August 2018

Blackheath Choir Festival

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

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!

On 26th August 2018

September 2018

Daffodils at Rydal

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Thousands of daffodils in all shapes and colours, combined with colourful gardens, music, food, village heritage and rural landscapes, make Daffodils at Rydal a destination for a day or a weekend.

Daffodils at Rydal is spread over two weekends to showcase the daffodils at their best.

An entry fee gives admission to all the gardens, the music and other attractions (except the Sculpture Garden which has a separate entry fee).

You can pay the entry fee at the Information Centre in the Rydal Village at the Railway Station on the main street or at country gardens. With your entry wrist band you will be given a detailed list of the addresses of the gardens that are open and the time and location of the various music programs. The list will also include information about the demonstration of antique farm machinery and other unique displays.

Food is served all day in the Greg Featherstone Park with home cooked cakes, hot tasty soups and a barbecue lunch using quality local meat. The Rydal Pub serves light refreshments.

There are great picnic spots in the village parks and at the country gardens.

Daily 8th to 9th September 2018 Next 8th September 2018

Greystanes Gala Dinner

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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 9th September 2018

Leura Gardens Festival

Think Spring ... Think Leura.

The 53rd Leura Gardens Festival is now finished but they'll do it all again in 2018. Huge thanks to everyone who attended and made this event such a success.

Save the date for 2018: Saturday September 29 - Sunday October 7.
More information will be posted soon.

Daily 29th September to 7th October 2018 Next 29th September 2018

Wollemi Artisan Market

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

These curated markets features artists and designers from the Blue Mountains, Sydney and West of the Divide. Don't miss out on the live music, food and beautiful quality products.

On 30th September 2018

October 2018

National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival

The National Cool Climate Wine Show teamed up with Mayfield in 2017 to create the National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival. World class wines from local and national cool climate vineyards, the very best from local gourmet food producers – together in the spectacular location. They have a vibrant live music scene and the best of their local bands will keep you entertained throughout the day. Save the date.

On 13th October 2018

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival

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

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 15th to 30th October 2018 Next 15th October 2018

Lithgow Halloween

Lithgow Main Street will be overrun with freaky fiends, ghouls and zombies.
The main shopping area will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with, non-stop entertainment.

Markets
3.00pm-9.00pm
Market stalls will be back again this year with lots of interesting things to purchase.

Amusement rides
3.00pm-9.00pm
There will be additional rides at this year’s Lithgow Halloween.

Trick or Treat
5.00pm
Halloween tradition has always involved Trick or Treat and Lithgow Halloween provides a safe place for kids to enjoy the fun and treats generously provided by local business.

Dedicated DJ Stage
6.00pm-10.00pm
With the strong response from past years Lithgow Halloween will have a dedicated DJ stage.

Street Parade
6.10pm
Samba Trombada will lead the street parade and they invite you to join in with them.

Welcome and best costume competition
6.30pm
Each year so many people put a huge effort into creating the most amazing costumes for Lithgow Halloween and at the 2018 there will be a great chance to show off their efforts.

On 27th 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 recipient to be advised.)

Back to Hartley is a day of family fun and entertainment with something for every age member of the family to enjoy. A petting zoo, snake show, Lithgow Folk Club , Sally Anne's Dancers, Free pre-school activities , Lithgow Living History - get lashed as a convict, pony rides and much more.

Explore the Village and visit the Talisman Gallery enter the fire poke 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 and crafts, vintage motor bikes, Mountain Cruisers Car Club.

On 28th October 2018

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

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

January 2019

Wines of the West Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Part of the Summer Harvest Festival, the twelfth Wines of the West Festival will be held again in the opulent Grand Dining Room of the Carrington Hotel.

This event showcases many of the leading wineries, breweries, and distillers from Central West regions. There will be tastings, opportunities to purchase wines, entertainment, food stalls, and fun throughout the weekend for all to enjoy.

Featured are wine exhibitors from the Mudgee and Orange regions. Make the most of your chance to talk to the makers of fine award winning wines!

Various Dates 23rd January 2016 to 24th January 2019 Last 24th 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

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

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