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Regional Tourism Guide for Blue Mountains
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Christmas Under The Stars
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
Come along for a night of celebrating Christmas Under the Stars! It will be a night of carols and performances, food and activities and just a great night out for everyone.

Time: 5pm gates open, 6pm preshow, 7pm main carols. Free Entry.
A Taste Of Irish Christmas Lithgow
Date Sun 16th Dec 2018
‘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.
Noah's Story book launch
Date Sun 16th Dec 2018
How does a child with Asperger’s syndrome experience everyday life? How does it feel to be child who is different?
New children’s book Noah’s Story answers those questions and more, and gives children with the condition a tool with which to explain their condition, their symptoms and how they feel.

Blue Mountains resident Grace Kim wrote the book to help her son Noah Hylkema, his friends and teachers understand his Asperger’s diagnosis after a long period of challenging experiences at school. Noah illustrated the book.

Written in Noah’s 'voice', it uses examples of behaviours a person whose brain works differently and offers practical suggestions for how others can respond.

Ms Kim wrote the book as a relatable way of disclosing the information to Noah and his classmates.

Noah, nine, summed up Asperger’s in one sentence: 'I have a brain that’s a bit different to yours – I find some things easy that other people find hard (like computer coding and haiku poems) and some things hard that other people find easy (like handwriting).’
Christmas Day Lunch in the Blue Mountains
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
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.
Creative Fire blacksmithing workshops
Date Thu 27th Dec 2018 to Sat 29th Dec 2018
Unleash your inner creative fire, work off some energy and learn an ancient art under guidance from an experienced artisan at Talisman Gallery this festive season.

Burgeoning metal artists will create their own piece of art in the 30-minute blacksmithing session on the anvil by beating red hot steel into the shape of a fire poker, decorative wall hook or small sculpture.

Extra decorative elements such as crystals may also be added.

Talisman Gallery metal artist Ron Fitzpatrick of Blackheath said the activity would interest beginners as well as those who had previously taken his Fire Poker Challenge.

While the location amid undulating pasture lands with the dramatic backdrop of the Blue Mountains escarpment helped, Fitzpatrick believed the attraction to lay in the metal itself representing the romantic notion of a lost era; a simpler lifestyle; clearly defined values; and endurance and quality.

He and Lithgow-based metal artist Steve Cunningham will be on hand to guide you through the process.
Beached As Boogie Down: Beach Theme New Years Eve Party
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
Retro Rehash and The Baroque present Beached As Boogie Down: A Beach Themed New Years Eve Extravaganza. You will enter a world where Surfers will be strutting the dance floor with sea creatures, while partying with Pirates. In the tune to such sweet acts as:

Michael Smith of The Atlantic’s
Psyc Funkers Hibiscus Biscuit
Avant- Punkers InLärm
Classic Rockers K.T.B project
With Feel good Folk-ers Tally Ho and more.

Plus secret band jam (to be revealed at a later date). For bookings call the Carrington Hotel.

Partnered with:
Baroque Room
Resilience Festival
Blue Mountains Music Academy - BMMA
The Haze Mag - Blue Mountains
Katoomba Music
And Design Heroes
Life Drawing Summer Schools at Norman Lindsay Gallery
Date Tue 1st Jan 2019 to Fri 4th Jan 2019
During the warm summer days of January, explore your creative side in the magical grounds of Norman Lindsay Gallery with up to four days of life-drawing.



The package includes 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.

New Year's Day Party in the Blue Mountains
Date Tue 1st Jan 2019
Celebrate the start of 2019 on the terrace of Bar NSW at The Lookout Echo Point overlooking the glorious Blue Mountains! Party away New Year's Day over an afternoon of free flowing food, drinks and live tunes.

From 12 noon - 3pm, soak in the sun while enjoying savoury and sweet canapés, grazing stations, live music by Argentis and unlimited beverages including sparkling waters, soft drinks, beer, sparkling, white and red wines.

Lindsay Lou and Band with Smith and Jones
Date Sat 5th Jan 2019
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.
Bug Hunt Adventure
Date Mon 7th Jan 2019 to Mon 7th Oct 2019
Get ready to discover some of the planet’s most amazing creatures – bugs! You will be surprised at the many different bugs living right under your feet. Have fun in the beautiful Blue Mountains with your national park ranger, and find out where bugs live, what they eat, where they sleep and why they are so important. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and you’re ready to go.
Tree Painting and Art Day
Date Tue 8th Jan 2019 to Tue 8th Oct 2019
Join their Aboriginal ranger and participate in some tree painting, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich culture behind some traditional symbols. Enjoy this unique opportunity to get creative and make a natural work of art in Blue Mountains National Park.
Billy Tea with a Bushman
Date Wed 9th Jan 2019 to Wed 17th Jul 2019
Pull up a chair by the campfire and enjoy a cup of traditional Billy Tea in the Blue Mountains National Park. Your ranger will regale you with fascinating stories about local wildlife, engage the kids with some great hands-on activities, and even roast a marshmallow or two.
Junior Ranger: Essential Bush Skills
Date Thu 10th Jan 2019 to Thu 18th Apr 2019
Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? This activity focuses on essential skills that will help you thrive in the bush. Learn how to make a shelter, how to find water, and what you should do if you ever become lost. Discover the smart way to pack and prepare for your next bushwalk adventure.

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!
Froggy on the Hop
Date Fri 11th Jan 2019 to Fri 19th Apr 2019
Calling all frog lovers! Come and explore the wonderful world of frogs, where their national park ranger will provide fascinating insights on these little creatures. See what you can spot in the waters of the beautiful Megalong Valley. Bring a torch, warm clothing and good waterproof boots for this fantastic Blue Mountains experience.
The Leura Shakespeare Festival
Date Sun 13th Jan 2019 to Mon 28th Jan 2019
    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.
The Buzz on Bees
Date Mon 14th Jan 2019 to Mon 21st Jan 2019
Buzz along for a fun, hands-on morning with their ranger and discover more about their friendly native bees. Build your own mini Bee Hotel for your garden, sample some delicious honey, and learn about these very important little pollinators and their favourite plants.
Aboriginal Experience at Walls Cave
Date Tue 15th Jan 2019 to Tue 23rd Apr 2019
Journey with their Aboriginal Ranger as you descend down into the magnificent Walls Cave at Blackheath.

Hear stories and legends of this country’s first people, and retrace their steps along this beautiful waterway, formerly occupied for thousands of years.

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

Leaping Lizards
Date Wed 16th Jan 2019 to Wed 24th Apr 2019
Do you love lizards? Join their ranger for a morning of reptile-related fun! Learn all about these amazing creatures, take a guided walk to try and spot some hidden creatures along the track, find out how to protect reptiles in your own backyard, and make your own little critter to take home afterwards.
Junior Ranger: Mappping and Orienteering
Date Thu 17th Jan 2019 to Thu 3rd Oct 2019
Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? This activity focuses on some important outdoor techniques, including how to read and decode maps, and how to orientate to North using a compass. Once they have mastered the basics, your ranger will put your skills to the test!

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!
The Swell Sisters: Sweethearts of the '60s
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
Mandy, Sarina and Jo are The Swell Sisters, cheeky Sweethearts of the â€㰀s. 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.
Spotlight!
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Fri 4th Oct 2019
Shh! What was that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Join their national parks ranger for an exciting expedition as they discover the creatures of the night.

Get ready to tip-toe down the track and learn more about the wonderful nocturnal animals that live in the Blue Mountains.

They may come across owls, possums, sugar gliders, little microbats, and more, as they emerge from their homes in and around Govetts Leap. Get a different view of the Grose Valley under the stars, as they listen to the night-time chorus.

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

Lady Luck Festival at The Carrington Hotel
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
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.

Australia Day with the Australian Gnome Convention Glenbrook
Date Fri 25th Jan 2019
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!
Wines of the West Festival
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
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.
Springwood Australia Day Festival
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
The Australia Day Festival in Springwood features two stages with live music, band, singers and dancers along with rides, market and food stalls, barbecue and a bar. Australia Day in Springwood welcomes all members of the community to come together and celebrate living in Australia.

Entry to event by donation. All proceeds raised from the event are donated to local Rural Fire Service brigades and SES.
Rydal Show
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
    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.
Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
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.

Irish Mythen in concert for Metro Social Blue Mountains
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
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’.
Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
    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.
Oberon Show
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
    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.
A Remarkable Life - Trish Oktober
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
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.

Lithgow Ghost Tour
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
Creep back to Lithgow after dark for the Lithgow State Mine Museum Ghost Tour – if you dare.

Your host Paranormal Pete has extensive knowledge of paranormal activity in the area.

The tour is fully interactive with the use of the latest Ghost hunting equipment like thermal, Infrared and night vision cameras, Ovilus111 radio Boxes, EMF detectors and SLS stick cam.

Pete will be conducting several experiments to see if as a group we can capture some of the Paranormal Phenomena reported here.

Maximum 16 people.

Price includes: Tea, coffee, Pizza; Interactive five hour Ghost Tour; Use of Ghost Hunting Equipment and Museum entry.
Hat Fitz and Cara with Vanessa Caspersz
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
Hat Fitz and Cara can in no way be mistaken for a dainty duo. They are a striking pair who seldom fail to deliver an electric live performance on stage.

They are festival favourites throughout Canada, Australia, Europe, and the UK and it has been said they pack more energy into one song than most have in an entire career.

Their original compositions are seeped in Folk and Blues with an authentic Gospel sound. With just voices, guitar and vintage drums Hat Fitz and Cara embellish impeccable rootsy originals with old timey flavourings and soulful vocals reminiscent of a time once forgotten.
Relax and Awaken Weekend
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Relax and Awaken Weekend in the beautiful quiet village of Blackheath, Blue Mountains and it’s going to be a wonderful time to take a break from busy life to stop and connect your surrounding, to draw a breath of fresh air and to feel a new way of being.

Includes:
Two nights Accommodation, two continental breakfast, two morning teas, unlimited tea and coffee one lunch, one dinner.

Three hour mindful bush walk, four mini workshops on improving life, four different meditation workshops.
(Note. Vegetarian food, no alcohol, dietary requirements are not catered).

Plus free time to chat and relax.

Bring comfortable clothing and bush walking foot wear.

Tina and Mandy bring together their years of experience in personal self development to connect and transform mind body emotion and spirit with tools to know yourself through breath, movement, thought and visualisation.
The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
    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!

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Roaring 20s High Tea
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
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.
Portland Art Exhibition
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
    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.

Lithgow Agricultural Show
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019 to Sat 16th Mar 2019
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.
Blue Mountains Music Festival
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
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.
Gateway 2 Garden
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
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.

Susan O'Neill and ANDIE in concert
Date Wed 27th Mar 2019
All the way from County Clare, Ireland, the prodigiously gifted Susan O’Neill’s soulful and husky-voiced performances are truly something to behold. Using guitar, harmonica, trumpet and a loop pedal, Susan delivers a timeless and powerful blend of the old and new. Her inspirational fusion of soulful Irish folk and her own acclaimed original material makes for an entertaining and enchanting musical experience.

Her solo performances are literally mind-blowing. The amazing range of her gritty vocal combined with her superb guitar technique, her loop pedals and trumpet, make for a truly unforgettable musical experience.
Sculpture at Scenic World
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
    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!
Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
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.
Wonderous Waterbugs
Date Mon 15th Apr 2019 to Mon 30th Sep 2019
Get ready to discover some wonderous waterbugs! You will be surprised at the many different waterbugs living right here in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Have fun with their national park ranger to find out where waterbugs live, what they eat, and why they are so important to the waterways. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and prepare to start splashing!
Open day with rides on heritage steam train
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
    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.
Junior Ranger: Cultural Appreciation
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019 to Thu 10th Oct 2019
Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? Join their Aboriginal ranger for a fantastic hands-on experience as you discover ancient tools, weapons, and musical instruments. Aspects of both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture will be shared, including the importance of sustainability and how they can all help to care for Country.

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!
Ironfest
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
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
Springwood Community Quilt Show
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
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.

Springwood Foundation Day
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
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!

Leura Harvest Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019
    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.
LithGlow
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
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.
Voices of Eskbank, LithGlow
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Discover the history of the Lithgow region through the Eskbank House Museum collection.

    One of the earliest house museums in the country, Eskbank House Museum holds many objects that reflect the important developments of the region, including the role of influential industrials Thomas Brown, James Rutherford, William Sandford and the Hoskins Brothers.



    From 6pm Saturday, May 12 experience the Voices of Eskbank at night.

    Photographs from the archives will be projected on the buildings, giving you a unique insight into the people and moments that shaped the region.



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

Newnes Shale Oil Refinery Ruins Walking tour, LithGlow
Date Sat 11th May 2019
    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.
Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, LithGlow
Date Sun 12th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    The Glow Worm Tunnel trail is one of the most iconic walking tracks in the greater Lithgow region with its draw card - the spectacular display of illuminating glow worms in the historical Wolgan Valley Railway Tunnel No.2, and unmissable panoramic views across Wolgan Valley and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

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

    Following the historical footprint of the Wolgan Valley Railway, the hike traverses often steeply graded and densely forested slopes onto spectacular panoramic views of the Wolgan Valley. The nine kilometre trail meanders through fern tree laden gorges, sandstone pagodas and canyons and mountain streams to the aptly named Glow Worm Tunnel.
bentART
Date Tue 14th May 2019
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.

Ultra-Trail Australia
Date Thu 16th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Ultra-Trail Australia is four day running festival incorporating a 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre and 22 kilometre trail run through the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

    The UTA start/finish event hub is located at Scenic World, Katoomba.



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



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

    UTA is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

Million Paws Walk - Blue Mountains
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
    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.
Waste2Art Lithgow
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
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.
Teddy Bears Day Out
Date Sun 19th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Children aged 16 and under admitted free provided they bring their Teddy Bear along for the fun (and are accompanied by a paying adult).

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

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

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

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

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

    A great day out for all.
Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival
Date Mon 27th May 2019 to Thu 30th May 2019
    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.
A Bloody Dickens Christmas
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019
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.
The Rotary club of Springwood's Antique, Vintage and Collectables Fair
Date Mon 3rd Jun 2019
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.
Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon
Date Sun 16th Jun 2019 to Mon 17th Jun 2019
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!
Winter Magic Festival
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019
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.
Bald Archy Art Exhibition: Leura Blue Mountains
Date Mon 24th Jun 2019
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.
The Goon Show Live! at Yulefest
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sat 20th Jul 2019
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.
Wollemi Artisan Market
Date Sun 30th Jun 2019
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.
Mayfield Garden Winter Festival
Date Mon 8th Jul 2019 to Fri 19th Jul 2019
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.
Dragonfly Discovery
Date Mon 8th Jul 2019 to Mon 15th Jul 2019
Do you like dragonflies? Come and join their ranger for some fun activities that celebrate this majestic and fascinating insect.

They'll create a dragonfly out of colourful eco-friendly materials, discover where they live and what they like to eat, and make their own little dragonfly to take home.

Junior Ranger: Fire Safety Awareness
Date Thu 11th Jul 2019
Do you want to be a Junior Ranger? Fire safety is an essential skill at any age, and this activity will teach you some of the scientific principles behind fire and how it works. Discover the best way to make a cosy campfire, and explore some of the ways you can help prepare your home during bushfire season.

Junior Rangers is a new five-part program for kids. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
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.

Art in the Mountains
Date Tue 13th Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019
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.

The Annual Blue Mountains Elvis Festival
Date Thu 15th Aug 2019 to Sun 18th Aug 2019
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.
Greystanes Gala Dinner
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019
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.

Blackheath Choir Festival
Date Fri 23rd Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
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!
Leura Gardens Festival
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019
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.

Lithgow Halloween
Date Sat 26th Oct 2019
Lithgow Halloween 2019

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

Full event details will be announced early 2019.
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019
Some details to be confirmed closer to the event date*

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

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

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

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

Please visit the facebook page for more information.