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Regional Tourism Guide for Blue Mountains
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Oberon Community and Farmers Market
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Sat 1st Feb 2020
Sample a smorgasbord of local produce at The Oberon Community and Farmers Market.

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

Around 30 stalls gather under the canopy of trees in the charming grounds all year around, and if you get there nice and early, prepare to be amazed with the diversity of local produce. You will find local fruit and vegetables, knitwear, alpaca products, handmade local crafts, art work, freshly roasted coffee, wines, olives, jewelry, bags, homemade pies and cakes and other baked goods, local eggs, clothing, homemade jams and preserves, essential oils, fresh baked bread, and many other gourmet treats available.
Loyalty to the Cockroach - Mathilda Robba
Date Thu 7th Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
The cockroach can survive being submerged under water for half an hour.  It can live for a week without its head. It can survive a nuclear explosion because of its simple body structure and slow cell cycles. It has never been known to be discriminatory. These are all capabilities homosapiens can only dream to obtain. Why is the cockroach not celebrated? What holds value and why? Is it a dead rabbit in a Dutch painting? Why did the masters never paint the beautiful and humble cockroach?
In Passing - Jean-Luc Batchelor
Date Thu 7th Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Pieces that people normally only get a fleeting moment to interact with presented in a manner to encourage further viewing. Stickers attached to street signs, posters on bus shelters, images on shirts – these pieces of art are barely noticed by those who aren’t looking for them and disappear too fast for those who are.

This exhibition captures a fleeting snapshot of the world, facilitating a glimpse of art that is often removed from the city streets before the close of business hours. A collection of mediums in a manufactured landscape reorients the viewer to pause and see the streets’ art.
Drawing, Painting Classes for Adults
Date Mon 11th Feb 2019 to Mon 1st Apr 2019
Do you want to learn how to draw and paint as a hobby or even take your skill to a professional level? This is a less intensive and relaxed class suitable for hobbyists and those who would like to enjoy the experience of painting in a friendly environment.

Although it is a group class, each individual will be guided according to own needs and everyone follows own pace. The basic program is a combination from the traditional program to learn the basic skills of drawing plus other modifications and additions to teach you colour and painting. They teach representational art that is realism and impressionism. They do not teach abstract or any other forms of contemporary styles.
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What you learn?
Absolute beginners are encouraged to start learning the basic concepts and techniques of drawing. Drawing is the foundation of visual art. Training will be focused to develop a keen eye to see and observe while develop the skill of handling line, contour, perspective and values to develop the form and a convincing representation of light.
Painting Realism In Oils
Date Tue 12th Feb 2019 to Tue 2nd Apr 2019
The aim of this course is to help you master the use of this versatile medium focusing on still life, portrait and Landscape Painting in a realistic style. Although acrylics are accepted, certain techniques will be harder to achieve.

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

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

Charleston Dance for Charity
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
The chutzpah of the golden age of jazz music, elegant fashion, speakeasies and all things Oriental will return in majestic style when the grandest of the grand Blue Mountains hotels hosts Roaring 20s Festival events.

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

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

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

The Charleston Dance for Charity will be followed by the Majestic Long Lunch and Hydro Express Deco Dinner, with a further Hydro Express vintage train high tea experience the following day.
Majestic Long Lunch
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
An indulgent shared feast showcasing the best regional produce and presented by event ambassadors food luminary Lyndey Milan OAM and The Darnell Collection fashion anthropologist Charlotte Smith.

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

The Majestic Long Lunch at 12pm will follow the Charleston Dance for Charity at 11am and precede the Hydro Express Deco Dinner at 6pm.
Hydro Express Deco Dinner
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Retro enthusiasts can fully immerse themselves in the ultimate vintage experience by riding into the art deco era aboard the Hydro Express from Central station to the world-famous Hydro Majestic Hotel in time for an evening of decadence, fine dining and mischievous revelry.

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

The Hydro Express is a Roaring 20s Festival event and follows the Charleston Dance for Charity and the Majestic Long Lunch. The train will return the next day for a special 1920s-themed high tea.
Blue Mountains Radio Players
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019
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.
Springwood Growers Market
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019 to Sun 15th Dec 2019
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.
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.
Hydro Express High Tea
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
The Hydro Express will revisit the original Blue Mountains party palace for a 1920s-themed afternoon high tea as a Roaring 20s Festival event.

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

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

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

Edible Garden Trail
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
The Edible Gardens Festival is a celebration of the myriad ways Blue Mountains residents are creating food security, saving money and the climate, while receiving all the health benefits of getting their hands in the soil.

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

Time: 10am to 4pm each day.

Tickets can be purchased online or at various outlets, see website for details.
Blue Mountains Makers Artisan Market
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
The Blue Mountains Makers are proud to host their first Artisan Market in 2019. This is their second market at this fantastic location, Springwood Theatre and Community Hub.

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

Come down, grab a coffee, listen to the buskers and peruse the amazing Blue Mountains talent.
Six Foot Track Marathon
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
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.

Sulari Gentill - Author Talk
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
Don't miss this chance to meet the best-selling novelist behind the Rowland Sinclair historical crime novels and hear her discuss the latest in the series, All the Tears in China, as well as her psychological thriller, Crossing the Lines.

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

Book and pay at any Library branch or online.
Blackheath Growers Market
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019 to Sun 8th Dec 2019
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)
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.

Ticket prices are yet to be released, check website for up to date details.
Lithgow Family Show
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019 to Sat 16th Mar 2019
The Lithgow Family Show is a community based event run by volunteers that celebrates the best in the region and provides a form of entertainment that appeals to a broad range of people.

From cattle and wool produce, through to incredible cooking and photography, the Lithgow Show has something for everyone.

A brilliant showcase of everything the Lithgow region has to offer, capped off with an incredible fireworks display to close out an evening of exciting entertainment.

Oberon Heritage and Collectors Fair
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
The next Oberon Heritage and Collectors Fair will be held in March 2019.

The Tractor Trek and Pioneer Car Run will be Friday 15, the main event on Saturday 16 and a ‘wind-down’ day on Sunday 17.

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

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

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

Spanish Luncheon
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Enjoy a delicious three-course luncheon celebrating the culinary delights of the Spanish people, served in Everglades elegant Art Deco dining room.

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

Bookings are essential.
Lithgow Ghost Tour Eskbank House
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Creep back to Lithgow after dark for the spooky Ghost Tour of Eskbank House and Museum – if you dare.

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

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

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

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

Ghost Hunting equipment included: Thermal imaging video cameras, EMF metres, Ovillus III, REM-Pods, Full spectrum cameras, Night vision camera, Laser Grids, Talker II, Patrick Boo Buddy Bear.
Ayres and Graces: Brandenburg Ensemble in Blackheath
Date Mon 18th Mar 2019
Join members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for an evocative musical journey through the streets and homes of eighteenth-century England and the palace of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France.

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

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

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

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

The concert features heavenly trio sonatas, gorgeous pastoral folk tunes and intimate chamber music alongside stately works of grander scale.
Jimmy Vargas and the Black Marias
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Jimmy Vargas and the Black Marias in trio mode perform Hollywood jazz classics mixed in with scintillating noir original tunes at that haven of 1930s splendour, Avalon.
Jetblack 24 Hour
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Experience the unique 24-hour mountain bike event atmosphere at the Jetblack 24 Hour at the Rydal Showgrounds - wide open meadows to set up right next to the cars and a stone-throw from the trail head of the racing circuit through the magnificent Lidsdale State Forest!

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

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

Join an enthusiastic community of 24-hour racers, supporters and crew for an unforgettable racing experience!
Compositional strategies with Jo Ernst
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Composition, the arrangement of a work, is a vital consideration and the backbone of a painting or drawing. A strong composition will take the ordinary to the extraordinary and move your work to a new level.

This two-day workshop will focus on an awareness of composition, using the elements of form and context and applying the principles of composition as you work.

They will look at the fascinating way in which the principles interweave and relate to each other, simplifying the whole process.

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

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.

Mountainfilm on Tour: Blue Mountains (Matinee) and (Evening)
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Mountainfilm on Tour is back! The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - heart. Join them for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit.

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

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

Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.
French Bred by Three Piece Suite
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Classical string trio Three Piece Suite has prepared food for your ears in an hour-long program entitled French Bred.

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

Time: 4pm.
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.
The Wolfe Brothers
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Tamworth Country Music Festival Golden Guitar winners The Wolfe Brothers will rock the Blue Mountains escarpment when they bring their Country Heart National Tour to the most majestic live gig venue in the region.

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

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

Second place-getters in the 2012 Australia’s Got Talent, The Wolfe Brothers are riding a massive wave after snagging an ARIA nomination for Best Country Album last year and five Golden Guitar nominations at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival.
VulgarGrad and Special Guests in concert
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019
Everybody’s favourite Russian criminals make their long-awaited return to Australian stages, launching their much-anticipated new album, The Odessa Job.

The band has amassed an incredibly dedicated fan-base over the last 14 years, but for those who don’t know, VulgarGrad are a seven-piece band that play music by, for, and about Russian criminals – raw, raucous, and rude (particularly if you understand Russian).

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

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

Bach to Bach - Phoenix Choir
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Phoenix Choir Blue Mountains present two of Bach’s most beloved cantatas, featuring the talented soprano and baritone soloists Julie Paik and Lewis Barber.

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

Time: 4pm
Sculpture at Scenic World
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 25 artworks from local, national and international artists.

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

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

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

Plan your autumn arts escape now!
Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
During the 16 days of Autumn Festival, the Hawkins Family opens its Private Garden to visitors, so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 160 acres of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet Court, the Chapel, the Chook Hilton, the 80 metre Cascade with Temple and much more. In Autumn, their rowboats are available on Mayfield Lake (at no additional cost) and interactive games are scattered throughout the garden for your family and friends to enjoy. There is a courtesy bus making several stops around the garden to help everyone see it all.

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

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney, 30 minutes from Bathurst and 15 minutes from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival is not to be missed.
Mànran (Scotland)
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Mànran are one of the hottest acts and best-loved Scottish bands performing on the international music scene today.



Variously tagged as “folk-rock”, “Celtic-rock” and even “grown-up folk-rock”, Mànran’s music defies easy labelling due to the eclectic mix of influences on the band and the alchemy that melds them.

With a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create innovative and uplifting instrumental music.



Coupled with songs performed in both Gaelic and English, it’s easy to understand why Mànran are in such high demand as a live act.

With music ranging from the explosive to the poignant and, at all times, a palpable connection to their audience, Mànran thrive on live performances.



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

Ink Intensive: surface-making, painting and unique finishes with Sofie Dieu
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
In this two-day workshop, renowned artist Sofie Dieu will guide you through an exciting range of techniques and approaches to working with ink, including ink and water painting, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, gradient techniques, floral/plant study, reserve techniques and mark-making.

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

This workshop is ideal for beginners as well as more experienced artists interested in developing their gestural, textural and ink painting skills.
Diego Bonetto Oberon Mushroom Foraging Workshop
Date Sun 14th Apr 2019
Join environmental educator and wild food advocate Diego Bonetto on an edible adventure through the forests around Oberon. The renowned forager will share his knowledge of how to identify, harvest and cook wild mushrooms.

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

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

Foraging for your food is the oldest of skills. It is the way modern humans, can relate directly to other species and embrace the forgotten cultural practices passed on from elders to youngsters, since forever.
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!
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
This biennial Quilt Show features over 100 quilts from local quilters, with wonderful stalls from all local quilt shops for some retail therapy. What a great opportunity to be inspired by the fabulous quilts, and purchase supplies to design and make your own from the stallholders.

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

Guest quilter this year is Margaret Sampson-George. The beautiful quilt that can be won in this year's raffle is Bird Seed by Tula Pink.

Profits raised from the Quilt Show go to the Wimlah Womens Refuge and Textiles Studies at Springwood High School. This year they will also offer a scholarship for Textiles students undertaking further textile studies at post-school level.

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

Time: 10am – 4pm each day. Entry: $6.

Junior Ranger: Cultural Appreciation
Date Fri 26th 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 aged 8 to 12 years. Once you complete all five activities you will receive a certificate and a gift!
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!

Chaika in concert
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Chaika create worldly rhythmic textures inspired by Balkan vibrancy, Turkish markets, Celtic stories, and Australia’s own stunning landscapes. Fans have branded their genre blending sounds as ‘Nomadic Folk-Jazz’. Employing ethereal harmonies (in several languages), a myriad of instruments and a dynamic ability for discovery, Chaika re-imagine and create their own exuberant music traversing incredible landscapes with jazz-like dexterity.

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

At home wherever appreciative ears assemble – from dirt-stomping blues, roots, and folk festivals to the world-class environs of Sydney’s City Recital Hall – Chaika surprise, thrill and move the unsuspecting listener.
Archie Roach
Date Sun 28th Apr 2019
Archie Roach’s music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition. His voice – uniquely Australian and undeniably universal – continues to resonate for all.

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

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

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

Archie’s career has spanned three decades. His work has been recognised locally and internationally. He will be performing songs from his new 3CD box set of recent live shows, Into the Bloodstream 2012; Let Love Rule 2016 and Dancing With My Spirit 2018, marking the first time Archie has released recordings of his live concerts.
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.
Heritage Festival - Sulari Gentill in Conversation
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Join award-winning author and creator of the Rowland Sinclair mystery series, Sulari Gentill, as she shares her passion for connecting people, place and the past. Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel, Sulari's talk will be followed by a book signing and a two course luncheon. Bring your own alcohol. Time: 12 noon.

Bookings are essential. Please contact the Booking Officer by phone or email.
LithGlow
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sat 11th May 2019
LithGlow 2019 will be held on Saturday 11 May, coinciding with the 2019 Australian Heritage Festival and the 112th anniversary of the opening of the Blast Furnace.

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

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

Lithgow has a remarkable history of innovation and industry dating back to the late nineteenth century and you will be able to explore the many museums and industrial tourism attractions over the weekend.
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.
Dave Graney and The MistLY band
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Dave Graney and Clare Moore are back in 2019 with a new album.

It’s approximately their 30th and is a killer set of rock music – made properly, like they’ve always done.

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

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

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.
Flats And Sharps
Date Fri 17th May 2019
Flats and Sharps are a high-energy contemporary Bluegrass band, from Penzance, Cornwall, in the South West of England, known for their own highly original songs as well as their blistering renditions of Bluegrass classics.

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

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

They have since been invited to the home of Bluegrass, the USA, to represent the UK in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in September 2018.
In 2019 they have been invited back by the Fairbridge Festival in WA, where they’ll also play the Albany Festival before heading east to Victoria and NSW.
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.
Daniel Champagne and Special Guest Chris Gillespie
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019
They are very pleased to welcome Daniel back to the Blue Mountains and after the last sold out show they advise booking early to avoid disappointment!

Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism.
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.
Jukebox Revolution
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
Every record tells a story!

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

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

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

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

Get ready to join the revolution!
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.
Blue Mountains Antiques and Collectables Fair
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
A wide range of antiques, retro items and collectables for sale displayed by a group of professional dealers. Items include furniture, jewellery, sliver , porcelain, lamps, books and many other collectables. Also a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains who will be supplying delicious morning and afternoon teas and light lunches.
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 aged 8-12 years. 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.

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

See the website closer to the date for the full program, list of authors and to purchase your tickets.
Circle Time
Date Wed 2nd Oct 2019 to Wed 9th Oct 2019
Come and experience the magic of Circle Time. Sit down with their Aboriginal ranger and learn some traditional hands-on craft activities using resources straight from the bush. Learn how materials such as tree bark can transform into eco-friendly fishing line, a belt, or bush jewellery. Create your own stringybark rope bracelet to take home.
Leura Gardens Festival
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019
The 55th Festival will feature glorious cool climate spring gardens, showcasing a particularly wide range of styles and sizes, and comprising new, returning and several old-favourite gardens. Situated in the beautiful Blue Mountains 100 kilometres west of Sydney, the gardens of Leura are famous for their magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias and other cool climate exotics, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. The blaze of springtime colour in the gardens attracts visitors from all parts of Australia and overseas.

There are big gardens and small gardens in the Festival and each garden has its own distinctive character.
Festival proceeds go to the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital and other local health-related organisations.
Mayfield Garden Spring Festival
Date Sat 12th Oct 2019 to Sun 27th Oct 2019
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.
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.
Oberon Outdoor Week
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019 to Sat 9th Nov 2019
A must for anyone who loves the outdoors or those looking to explore the culture and history of the Oberon region. The week includes an array of events including a fishing competition, cross country run, fossicking experiences, and arts and heritage walks.
Mayfield Garden Summer Festival
Date Sat 11th Jan 2020 to Sun 26th Jan 2020
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.
Australia Day with the Australian Gnome Convention Glenbrook
Date Sun 26th Jan 2020
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!
Springwood Australia Day Festival
Date Sun 26th Jan 2020
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.
Wines of the West Festival
Date Wed 29th Jan 2020
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.
Rydal Show
Date Sat 8th Feb 2020
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.