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August 2019

Blue Mountains Writers' Festival

The inaugural Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival will be held in Katoomba from Thursday to Sunday 22- 25 August, 2019.

Do you love books, writing and hearing writers talking about their work? A celebration of place, writers, writing and reading, this Festival offers something for everyone, including author talks, panel presentations, literary dinners, book clubs with celebrity authors, children's and young adult events, musical events, writing workshops, book launches and more.

The Festival will be held across several venues, including Varuna house, the iconic Carrington Hotel, the Cultural Centre, Katoomba library, and other cafes and galleries around town.

The program will be announced in June 2019.

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

Art in the Mountains

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

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

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

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

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

Various Dates 13th August to 1st September 2019 Next 22nd August 2019

Modern Arts Projects Blue Mountains - MAPPING – Beata Geyer

MAPPING is a contemporary art exhibition that presents a survey of creative art practices of the MAP Blue Mountains members.

New works in a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, video, performance, sound and installation will be shown in a curated exhibition.

The public program during the exhibition will include durational performances, artist talks and a public forum.
Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains (MAPBM) is a not-for-profit incorporated association that supports and advocates for the development, production and exhibition of contemporary, multi-form art in the Blue Mountains.

MAPBM also aims to foster an independent environment that supports the development and practice of contemporary artists and curators and to engage with the wider Blue Mountains community in developing a new critical agenda for contemporary art in the region.

Various Dates 8th August to 1st September 2019 Next 22nd August 2019

Blue Mountains Writers' Festival

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

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

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

Old City Bank Bar - Live Music

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

Visit their Facebook page for details.

Various Dates 19th October 2018 to 28th September 2019 Next 23rd August 2019

Friday Supper Club

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

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

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

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

What better way to start your weekend?

Bookings essential.

Various Dates 6th April 2018 to 25th December 2020 Next 23rd August 2019

Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

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

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

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

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

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

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

*subject to change/operating conditions.

Various Dates 14th February 2016 to 8th December 2019 Next 25th August 2019

Springwood Growers Market

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

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

Various Dates 24th February to 15th December 2019 Next 25th August 2019

Blue Mountains Radio Players

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

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

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

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

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

Various Dates 24th February to 24th November 2019 Next 25th August 2019

Wayne Donnelly, Hypno-Comedian

Mirth, Mesmerism & Mayhem. Donnelly will weave his magic as local audience volunteers are put under his spell right before your eyes, and become the stars in the show.


For a Totally Hypnotic Experience, book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale's Chef. Click here for the menu.


During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert... and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.


A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.


Full details on the website

On 31st August 2019

Disability Access
Children Welcome
Member Event

Blue Mountains Makers Artisan Market

The Blue Mountains Makers are proud to host another of their Handmade Artisan 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 music, enjoy the workshops and peruse the amazing Blue Mountains talent.

On 31st August 2019

Japanese Tea Ceremony - Chado

Also called The Way of Tea, this is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (green tea).

The essence of Chadō is found in four principles - harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. The presenters will wear beautiful Kimono and an afternoon tea of both Australian and Japanese food will be served following the ceremony.

Bookings are essential. Special Dietary Requirements can be entered at time of booking.

On 31st August 2019

Joe Fiedler: Open Sesame

Sesame Street’s renowned musical director Joe Fiedler plays beloved Sesame Street tunes as you’ve never heard them before, with his all-star jazz quintet.

Veteran New-York based trombonist/composer Joe Fiedler has collaborated with artists in genres ranging from avant-garde to salsa to pop, and his out-of-the-box Joe Fiedler Trio and low-brass quartet Big Sackbut have brought him further acclaim. For the last decade he has also served as musical director, composer and arranger for iconic children’s television show Sesame Street.

Accompanied by Phillip Johnston (saxophone), Nic Cecire (drums), James Greening (pocket trumpet), and Lloyd Swanton (bass guitar), Joe Fiedler will deliver irreverent jazz interpretations of some of the show’s most iconic songs, including ‘People In Your Neighbourhood’ and ‘Rubber Duckie’, as featured on his recently released album Open Sesame.

Proudly presented by Live At The Village and Blue Mountains Theatre

On 31st August 2019

September 2019

Open day with Steam Tram Rides

Bring the family along to enjoy the stunning display of remarkable exhibits including unlimited 20 minute rides on the Heritage Listed 1890 Sydney Steam Tram.

View model layouts, climb on board historic locomotives and carriages, and inspect memorabilia from over 100 years of railway action at Valley Heights. Inspect 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. For full pricing see website.

Various Dates 14th April to 10th November 2019 Next 1st September 2019

Garden Safari - Kids Self Guided Treasure Quest

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

Daily 1st September to 30th November 2019 Next 1st September 2019

Pasta and Sauce Making Class

Learn to make pasta by hand using age old techniques without the need for expensive gadgets. They’ll also demonstrate how to set up a pasta machine to make fresh fettuccine, lasagna sheets or angel hair.

They’ll give you tips on how to store your freshly made pasta.
Plus you get to make their traditional homemade tomato pasta sauce which you’ll taste at lunch.

Class includes Italian morning tea and their home made foods with a glass of wine.

Various Dates 18th July to 30th November 2019 Next 2nd September 2019

Oberon Community and Farmers Market

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

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

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

Various Dates 2nd February 2019 to 1st February 2020 Next 7th September 2019

Blue Mountains Hospital Annual Quilt Show

Come and see this Exhibition of beautiful handmade quilts by skilled artisans living in the upper Blue Mountains. Join them in a warm friendly environment to enjoy this wonderful display and a Devonshire tea.

Raffle tickets will be on sale with a beautiful quilt as first prize.

The Quilt Show is in aid of the Blue Mountains ANZAC Memorial Hospital with funds raised used to purchase equipment for patient care.

Daily 7th to 8th September 2019 Next 7th September 2019

Daffodils at Rydal

With the arrival of spring the Rydal village will be ablaze with golden daffodils

Your entry ticket gives you free entry to all the gardens, exhibitions, historical buildings and musical events.
Park at the Rydal Showground and there will be a free hop on hop off bus to take you round the village.
There will be an all day barbecue, light refreshments and morning and afternoon teas.

This year the Rydal Railway Station turns 150 . The station building will be open and from September you can book short term stays in the station in what was once the Station Master’s residence.

Entry tickets for Daffodils at Rydal will be available at the Rydal Railway Station information desk and the Rydal Showground Kiosk

Various Dates 7th to 15th September 2019 First 7th September 2019

Annual Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival

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

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

Keep an eye out for students sculptures throughout the gardens.

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

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

Ghost Tour Katoomba

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

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

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

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

Various Dates 3rd August 2018 to 8th September 2019 Last 8th September 2019

Defining Nature - Owen Thompson

Nature inspires a response. Owen Thompson’s responses are expressed in these watercolour and mixed media paintings, which aim to capture the extraordinary diversity of colour and texture in natural formations. Landscapes depicting the majestic escarpments of the Blue Mountains are joined by seascapes from the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales.

Contrasting but complementing these big views are close observational studies of collected seed pods, feathers, flowers, shells and leaves from these areas, which add detail to more fully define his responses to nature.

Standard Garden entry fees apply (National Trust members are free).

Various Dates 8th to 29th September 2019 First 8th September 2019

Blackheath Growers Market

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

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

Various Dates 10th March to 8th December 2019 Next 8th September 2019

Johnny Cash Live Springwood

In 1969, off the back of the huge success of 1968’s At Folsom Prison album, Johnny Cash recorded the second of his legendary prison albums at California’s notorious maximum security prison, San Quentin.

50 Years on, Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live hits the road celebrating this legendary album and the career of the Man in Black.

A brand new show featuring more than 35 hits, Back to San Quentin – 50 Years On includes the great moments of the San Quentin album plus hits and favourites spanning Cash’s entire 50 year recording career.

After six National tours and having performed more than 175 shows, Johnny Cash Live has become lauded as one of Australia’s premier tribute acts. With powerhouse backing band, The Tennessee Express and led by Australia’s own Man in Black, Daniel Thompson, Johnny Cash Live presents an unforgettable night paying tribute to one of music’s most iconic and influential figures.

With more than 60 thousand tickets sold Australia wide, don’t miss your chance to see what has audiences on their feet and coming back each year for more.

On 14th September 2019

Three Piece Suite: Australian Made and Played

Mountains favourite string trio Three Piece Suite (Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello) will celebrate Australian classical music with some twists in a lively, contemplative, romantic and energetic program.

Guest flautist James Fortune returns by popular assent to expand the musical colour palette, and some of the music has been written specially for the trio and James.

Come out of curiosity, stay for the warm, accessible, interesting and tuneful music by composers who might even be sitting next to you! Featuring Alice Chance, David Hush, Bruce Lawrence, Graham Powning, Greg van der Struik, and some surprises.

This concert is proudly made in Australia, from at least 85 percent local ingredients.

There will also be afternoon tea in the hall after the concert – a great chance to meet the musicians and enjoy a cuppa.

On 15th September 2019

Lithgow Ghost Tour

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 you can capture some of the Paranormal Phenomena reported here.

Maximum 16 people.

Price includes:
Interactive 4-hour Ghost Tour
Use of Ghost Hunting Equipment
Museum entry.

On 21st September 2019

World Music Dance Party with Hello Tut Tut and Le Hot Club de Katoomba

Hello Tut Tut takes its audiences on a high energy, stimulating musical safari shaped by the aesthetics of cultures from around the world. Exploring their heritage through a unique blend of Gypsy, Klezmer, Balkan and Latin sounds, they will entertain with a finesse, charm and intensity that will get you on your feet and dancing!

With the success of their 2018 debut album tour the band returns to Katoomba to celebrate the release of their latest single, Bay Of Kotor, a feature track off their upcoming follow-up album set for release early 2020.

Come and join them at this terrific space for a family friendly World Music Dance Party!

A portion of proceeds go towards the Junction 142 venue hire costs which support a great cause being Earth Recovery Australia and Blue Mountains Soul Kitchen who help to combat homelessness.

Curry and Chai will be available for purchase from the Bliss Beat stall located inside the venue on the night. The venue is also BYO.

On 21st September 2019

Sunset Strip

Come along for a night of extraordinary live performance, when legendary actor Lex Marinos (The Slap, Kingswood Country) stars in the critically acclaimed play Sunset Strip.

Written by multi-award winning playwright, Suzie Miller, Sunset Strip is a beautiful, dramatic-comedy about sisters, finding love, humorous family dysfunction, and making the best of lousy situations.

Writer Suzie Miller
Director Anthony Skuse
Performers Emma Jackson, Lex Marinos, Georgina Symes, Simon Lyndon
Producers Kate Armstrong Smith, Laurence Rosier Staines
Designer Emma Vine
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Sound Designer Benjamin Freeman

Presented by Critical Stages and The Uncertainty Principle in association with Blue Mountains Theatre

On 21st September 2019

Red Hot Revue

Join them at the gorgeous Wentworth Falls Arts Theatre ("City of Arts" a little bit of paradise a couple of hours out of Sydney) for this perfect excuse to get out of the city!

Award winning guest and local performers in an empowering and entertaining evening of cabaret and dance!

On 21st September 2019

Blackheath Flower and Craft Show

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

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

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

Relax over a light lunch or Devonshire Tea.

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

Women's Adventure Film Tour - Blue Mountains

The Women's Adventure Film Tour presented by Paddy Pallin is back for its third season! This is Australia’s original women’s adventure film tour, created by Adventure Entertainment in partnership with She Went Wild.

This short film festival is a celebration of the inspiring women around who are doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure.

This year’s lineup features an all-star cast of Australian athletes including cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland, climber Angie Scarth-Johnson, trail runner Jacqui Bell and many more including women in snow sports, mountaineering and mountain biking.

The Women's Adventure Film Tour is as an official part of Wome's Health Week by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.

Each screening of the Women's Adventure Film Tour features seven short films across 110 minutes. Selected screenings will include emcee introductions, prize draws and Q and A.

The Women's Adventure Film Tour is exempt from classification, but the films are suitable for the entire family and would obtain G/PG ratings.

Follow their Facebook Page for more updates.

On 24th September 2019

Maximum Adventure Race Series - Blue Mountains

Short, fast and fun, and suitable for anyone and everyone with a real sense of and adventure, the Maximum Adventure Race Series is designed to offer the perfect introduction to the exhilarating sport of adventure racing.

Designed for teams of two, the races are fun, fast and furious with teams having to change between three core disciplines several times during the event, mountain biking, trail running and kayaking. These non-stop events will take between two to six hours to complete so there is never any time to get bored or tired – you will constantly be challenged throughout the race, physically and mentally!

The Classic Course consists of 15-25 kilometres of mountain biking, five-10 kilometres of trail running and two-four kilometres of kayaking.

The Novice Course consists of five - fifteen kilometres of mountain biking, three-five kilometres of trail running and one-two kilometres of kayaking.

So, if you are new to the sport of adventure racing and are looking for an exciting challenge that lives up to your love of outdoors and action packed adventure, then the Maximum Adventure Race Series is a great way to experience what this exhilarating, growing sport is all about.

On 28th September 2019

Adult and Child Pasta Making Class

Children will learn to make various types of pasta by hand using their Italian techniques handed down the generations to them.

They’ll also demonstrate how to set up a pasta machine to make fresh fettuccine, lasagna sheets and angel hair.

Class includes lunch followed with a typical Italian dessert - Affogato (vanilla ice cream with coffee and liqueur - they’ll leave out the last two ingredients for the kids!)

Vegetarian option available, please let them know at time of booking.

Various Dates 16th July to 11th October 2019 Next 29th September 2019

Wonderous Waterbugs

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

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

October 2019

Tree Painting and Art Day

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

Various Dates 8th January to 8th October 2019 Next 1st October 2019

Bygone Beautys' Traditional High Tea Supreme for Good Food Month.

Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in October 2016.
Bookings are essential, please phone or email.

Enjoy a unique and theatrical Traditional High Tea with a twist. Reminiscent of decades past, enjoy even more decadence as Bygone Beautys launches its new Traditional High Tea Supreme as part of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi in October 2016.

Step back in time for a unique and theatrical high tea reminiscent of decades past in a charming old-world dining room. Upon arrival, enjoy complimentary champagne in crystal flutes with mini quiches, sausage rolls and vegetarian roulades. Then, grandly presented silver service on an afternoon tea tray-mobile, finely rolled crustless sandwiches, an assortment of homemade tea cakes and biscuits, baby scones with freshly whipped cream and strawberry jam, and your choice of speciality loose-leaf tea or coffee.

With the addition of a hot first course and a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, this experience will add an extra touch of upper class decadence and also give guests a taste of the original ‘High Tea’, which began around 1825 and was originally a hearty meal which included several hot dishes.

Various Dates 1st to 5th October 2019 First 1st October 2019

Circle Time

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

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

Junior Ranger: Mapping and Orienteering

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

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

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

Cultural Art Day for Teens

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

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

Various Dates 18th January to 4th October 2019 Last 4th October 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 Katoomba Falls. Get a different view of the Jamison Valley under the stars, as they listen to the night-time chorus.

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

Various Dates 18th January to 4th October 2019 Last 4th October 2019

Leura Gardens Festival

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

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

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

Beyond the Garden – Of natural forces, fleeting moments, and beauty of creation

A group of local artists’ explorations and search for meaning through paintings, drawings, and jewellery, inspired by the natural environment of Blue Mountains gardens and wild bushland.

Marg Beal (Botanical drawings)
Sandy Clifford (Silver Jewellery)
Lucy Dawson (Paintings)
Stephen Travers ( Paintings)
Kath Veel (Paintings)
Sanja Zemljacenko Herrmann (Painting/drawings)

Standard Garden entry fees apply (National Trust members are free).

Various Dates 6th to 27th October 2019 First 6th October 2019

Scenic World Makers Markets – Long Weekend Edition

Scenic World is hosting the Makers Markets – Long Weekend Edition 2019 to celebrate the talents of Blue Mountains artisans who contribute so much vitality to the region.

Held in the Scenic World Skyway Park, the Makers Market will feature more than 20 stalls from local artisans offering local art, photography, jewellery, fashion, homewares and natural beauty products.

Come along for live music and face painting, and support local small businesses by picking up one-of-a-kind goods.

On 6th October 2019


This multi award-winning family show has melted hearts around the world with its glorious brand of slapstick, acrobatics and total silliness.

Be swept up in the mayhem that is the larger-than-life ‘elegant buffoon’ Tom Flanagan, as one man’s life is flipped upside-down by the lonely, dust-covered world that surrounds him.

Suitable for all ages.
Please note: This show contains smoke haze, blackouts and some audience participation

Kaput By Tom Flanagan
A Koral Chandler and Critical Stages Production

On 10th October 2019

Essential Bush Skills for Teens

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

Various Dates 24th January to 10th October 2019 Last 10th October 2019

Junior Ranger: Cultural Appreciation

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

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

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

Bug Hunt Adventure

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

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

Leura Village Fair

Held for the past 37 years, Leura Village Fair is a celebration of spring in the beautiful Blue Mountains that runs over two days. Designed for all ages, this vibrant event transforms the picturesque village into a bustling strip of market stalls, which are set up among the beautiful cherry blossom trees on Leura Mall and extend into Megalong Street Carpark.

The majority of stallholders are based within the mountains and sell everything from fashion, jewellery, homewares and art to beauty products, children's toys and cool-climate plants. Megalong Street Carpark is transformed into an international canteen, with stallholders selling a delicious array of freshly made food, along with fresh local produce, locally made wine and cider, and an amazing selection of providore goods.

Local retailers also join in by having sale tables at the front of their shops. Street performers and buskers add to the fun and the Fair also coincides with the final weekend of the annual Leura Gardens Festival – it's a great opportunity to enjoy everything that makes Leura such a unique destination!

Daily 12th to 13th October 2019 Next 12th October 2019

Hazelbrook Family Fun Day

The Hazelbrook Association invites you to the annual Family Fun Day.

Bring a picnic or buy from the non-profit groups such as scouts/guides, RFS, schools and churches.

Join in the games, enjoy the jumping castle and petting zoo for kids and learn all about the local community.

On 12th October 2019

Gigs on Govetts with The Groove at Blackheath Bar and Bistro

Fusion Boutique and Blackheath Bar and Bistro are collaborating to bring the Blue Mountains a terrific range of touring artists in an open entry format for you to enjoy in this relaxed, family friendly venue.

The Groove is a new fusion of old sounds emerging from the Illawarra / Shoalhaven. An amorphous shifting blend of Spanish / Classical acoustic guitar vibes with driving Afro percussive rhythms. From Roots to Latin, Blues to Middle Eastern and Eclectic flavours in between The Groove tweak your sense of fun and familiarity. They are versatile, vivacious and vibrant and their sound invariably gets your toes tapping and your hands clapping to ‘The Groove’.

Free entry but bookings are highly recommended. Call or email to reserve a table.

On 12th October 2019

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival

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

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

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

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

Please check the website for further details.

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

Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen Dyna-Mite World Tour

A Grammy award winning, global touring and studio force, Jon Cleary quite simply embodies the sound of New Orleans.
Throughout the second half of 2019, he takes that experience to stages across the globe on his massive Dyna-Mite World Tour, bolstered by the presence of his long time band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen.

Jon Cleary is one of music’s great anomalies. A Kent raised Englishman turned certified New Orleans music legend after gracefully inhabiting the Crescent City and everything it has to offer over the course of 30 plus years. Jon has graced stages, shared rooms with and gained respect from everyone from Allen Toussaint to Tom Jones, Dr. John to Bonnie Raitt, Fats Domino to Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal to BB King, even Brian May to D’Angelo.

On 17th October 2019

Missy Raines Trio (Nashville) and Whoa Mule

With a smoky and seductive alto, seven time International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines, heads up this all-acoustic ensemble. The territory the trio covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted right in the centre of the stage directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it.

Whoa Mule bring you old time country ballads, original songs, and driving triple fiddle dance tunes. Inspired by the rapid weather changes of the Blue Mountains and the bustle of Sydney streets, these musicians deliver a performance characterised by both space and energy.

On 18th October 2019

Let Me Be Frank

...a not so serious tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Flawlessly performed by award winning entertainer Ed Wylde, this show celebrates one of the most influential musical artists of all time with a style that would make ‘Old Blue Eyes’ himself proud and chuckle to himself. 

For the complete Chairman of the Board Experience, book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Click to read more.

On 19th October 2019

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Annual NSW Iris Society Show

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

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

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

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

Lithgow Halloween Film Competition Screening

Lithgow Halloween has a new creative way to show your talents to the world with a short film competition at this year’s Lithgow Halloween.

Are you into creating films on your mobile phone or tablet or enjoy performing in front of a camera?

Scene one: Create a short film with a Halloween theme less than five minutes with your mobile phone or tablet.

Scene two: Enter the Lithgow Halloween Film competition. It’s free!

Scene three: Go to Lithgow Halloween website and click on the Enter Film Competition tab to see the full Terms and Conditions to entry.

Scene four: Develop your ideas and get your friends to be the stars of the film.

Scene five: Have fun and be a star.

On 26th October 2019

Lithgow Halloween

Lithgow Halloween 19 bursts into life Saturday 26 October with spectacular entertainment and creative costumes.
Have your costumes at the ready and prepare to be immersed in the next installment of Lithgow Halloween. Australia’s biggest Halloween themed street party explodes into life at 3pm and will keep you spellbound until 10pm.
There will be market stalls selling an amazing selection of giftware and food plus street performers, two live stages and lots more.
With live entertainment and amusement rides there is something for everyone.

On 26th October 2019

November 2019

Mike and Ruthy (USA) from The Mammals

Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar are a Hudson Valley, USA based husband-and-wife duo setting the Americana/Indie-Folk scene ablaze, as a duo or with their five-piece band, The Mammals.

Singers, songwriters and storytellers, social and environmental activists, poets and parents, they tour with their children in tow, embodying a down-home approach to Americana.

Merenda is a prolific songwriter, who’s recent crowd-pleasing piece, Sunshiner, was nominated for an International Folk Music Award for Song of the Year.

Ungar’s unique vocal style ranges from a capella balladry to earthy soul and country. She was raised in a folk music family and learned the fiddle at a young age.

She is carrying on her family tradition, being the daughter of legendary fiddler/composer, Jay Ungar, known for his famous composition, ‘Ashokan Farewell’ used as the theme for Ken Burns’ landmark documentary, ‘The Civil War’, which she also enjoys performing.

On 1st November 2019

Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical

Do you snore or love someone who does? Stew Walker's show featuring 'Stewpid' songs about snoring & sleep apnea could save your relationship or even your life!

After a sell-out shows at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Stew's Snorin' is about to shake the Blue Mountains!

This hilarious show follows Stew on his quest to treat his sleep apnea and escape the bungalow blues.

For the full Snorin'-Out_Loud Experience book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

After the show, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Full details on the website

On 2nd November 2019

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Oberon Outdoor Week

Oberon Outdoor Week returns to Oberon and surrounds for a second year celebrating everything that makes the outdoors in their region so special. This is a must for anyone who loves the outdoors or those looking for some family fun during the week.

Look out for an expanded Fishing Competition and Redfin Roundup at Lake Oberon this year, new mountain biking and Running Tracks. Fossicking Demonstrations and Historical Heritage Homestead Tours will be run from the Oberon Visitor Information Centre

Daily 2nd to 10th November 2019 Next 2nd November 2019

Oberon Redfin Roundup Fishing Competition

They are happy to announce that The Oberon Redfin Roundup will return again this year in November. As part of the ever expanding Oberon Outdoor Week, the Roundup has been extended across the weekend, with more entertainment, prizes and opportunities for everyone to get involved.

With support from their partners such as DestinationNSW, Fishcare, and Oberon Outdoor and Electronic they welcome anglers of all ages and skill levels to Oberon Dam. The event will have an array of prizes for largest catch, biggest bag, age categories, and lucky door prizes. Anglers will be able to enjoy a sausage sizzle and demonstrations from participating sponsors.

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

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit the facebook page for more information.

On 2nd November 2019

Remembering Our loved One's


The Afternoon will kick off with some Gifted Psychics sharing their predictions and some tips on how best to navigate 2020.

Then we will commence with the Main Show with well loved and respected Medium Judy O’Brien who is highly regarded in the industry for her genuine ability, in which Judy prides herself on giving all credit to Spirit for the messages delivered.

We will have a beautiful altar space set up in the auditorium dedicated to our loved ones, we encourage you to bring along a photo of your loved one and place it on the altar or another keepsake or even place your loved ones favourite flower in remembrance.

Location- Katoomba RSL Club, 86 Lurline Street, Katoomba, NSW, 2780.

Date: Sunday 3rd NOVEMBER

Price: $50

Time -1pm -4.30pm

Doors Open- 1pm

Psychic Conversations -1.15pm-2pm

Mediumship Show Part 1- 2.10pm – 3.10pm


Mediumship Show Part 2- 3.20pm-4.30pm

On 3rd November 2019

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Everglades exhibition: How do you say Bokeh?

The artists exhibiting in this show work in a large array of genres, including:

The subject matters and themes presented in this show are many and varied. Curated by the President of the BMPG, Jodi McConaghy.
Standard Garden entry fees apply (National Trust members are free).

Various Dates 3rd to 24th November 2019 First 3rd November 2019

Remembering Loved Ones: Psychic Event

Join them for a special Sunday afternoon event with Special Guest Medium Judy O’Brien delivering heartfelt messages.

You can desperately miss your loved ones when they leave this earthly plane from their physical presence, voice and touch so it is comforting to receive messages from your loved ones in spirit letting you know they are okay and reassuring you that there is life after death and they are never too far from your side.

The Afternoon will kick off with some Gifted Psychics sharing their predictions and some tips on how best to navigate 2020.

Then they will commence with the Main Show with well loved and respected Medium Judy O’Brien who is highly regarded in the industry for her genuine ability, in which Judy prides herself on giving all credit to Spirit for the messages delivered.

You will have a beautiful altar space set up in the auditorium dedicated to your loved ones, they encourage you to bring along a photo of your loved one and place it on the altar or another keepsake or even place your loved ones favourite flower in remembrance.

On 3rd November 2019

Shaun Kirk and Special Guest Chris Gillespie live in concert

Following the release of two brand new singles ‘Howlin at the Moon’ and ‘Save My Soul’ in 2018, along with an appearance at Bluesfest, Byron Bay, and a stack of sold out headline shows; award winning blues/rock singer-songwriter Shaun Kirk is proud to announce he will be dropping his anticipated, self titled EP this September.

To celebrate the release, the troubadour will be embarking on a huge twenty-one date tour across Australia and New Zealand to showcase his new tracks.

The tour announcement comes off the back of Kirk’s recently disclosed signing with Canadian Artist Agency Paquin following his performances at the East Coast Music Awards back in May, and could be Australasia’s last chance to catch him in the flesh for some time as new overseas prospects appear imminent.

On 9th November 2019

The Oberon Rat Race

The Oberon Rat Race is a Family Funduro that includes cross country running and mountain biking time trials along the beautiful shores of Lake Oberon. A 6.5 kilometre course will provide the perfect location for a Mountain Bike Time Trial, and Cross Country Running Race that will be sure to test your fitness. The day also incorporates NSW Bike Week with a beginners downhill course giving everyone an opportunity to try Mountain Biking. Registration is free and the day will include an array of prizes and entertainment for participants.

On 10th November 2019

The South Carolina Broadcasters featuring Jackson Cunningham from The Whitetop Mountaineers

The South Carolina Broadcasters are the 'real deal' when it comes to Old-Time Bluegrass music, or 'primitive bluegrass', as they sometimes call it. Their razor sharp harmonies, exceptional multi-instrumentation, and fabulous song selection will have listeners riveted to their seats. Wherever they perform, audiences connect with the Broadcasters through their heartfelt songs and good old-fashioned entertainment.

Their material ranges from the Old-Time mountain music of Appalachia, through Carter Family country classics, and Cajun music, to original tunes that sound like they’ve come from the past.

The trio consists of David Sheppard (guitar and vocals), Ivy Sheppard (fiddle, banjo and vocals) and new band member, Jackson Cunningham from The Whitetop Mountaineers (mandolin, guitar and vocals).

This is the Broadcasters’ first Australian tour, playing the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, the Maldon Folk Festival and MountainGrass Festival, and a number of other gigs in NSW, Victoria and the ACT. However, Jackson has toured here a number of times with The Whitetop Mountaineers, playing all the major folk festivals including Port Fairy, the National, and Blue Mountains festivals, and numerous successful gigs, including a sell-out show at The Metropole, Katoomba on their last tour here in January 2017!

On 22nd November 2019

Reel Rock 14 - Blue Mountains

The Reel Rock Tour 14 is here!

The Reel Rock Film Tour, one of climbing's greatest celebrations, returns this November with four new world premieres.

In a battle for El Cap’s coveted Nose speed record, rock legends Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold go head to head with Yosemite dirt bags Jim Reynolds and Brad Gobright. Highball bouldering ace Nina Williams flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone.

In rural Utah, conservative Mormon coal miners collide with an influx of out-of-town climbers - with surprising results. And two adventurous Brits, Hazel Findlay and Maddy Cope, pursue first ascents in wild and remote Mongolia.

Reel Rock visits 500 locations across the world this November. Don’t miss your local show!

Note: There will be an emcee introduction, local prizes and short intermission.

Various Dates 27th November to 3rd December 2019 First 27th November 2019

Nicki Sings Carole King

This is an intimate show that includes the history of Carole King as one of the world’s most prolific songwriters and includes a segment on the songs that Carole gave away.

After her highly anticipated UK theatre run with ‘Tapestry The Concert’, Nicki Gillis returned to Australia with her two hour acoustic presentation of ‘Nicki Gillis Sings Carole King

For the King Experience book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Click to read more.

On 30th November 2019

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The Crooked Fiddle Band Album Launch and Burralow in concert

The Crooked Fiddle Band return to Katoomba to launch their brand new album!

Another Subtle Atom Bomb takes the band’s blistering violin-led live show and creates soundtracks to their feelings around climate change.

From angsty and furious folk tunes to fantastical imagined worlds full of ecstatic hope, this is The Crooked Fiddle Band’s most personal album yet.

The band’s last show before an 18 month recording break was in Katoomba, so they can’t wait to return for a wild night to show you what they’ve been cooking up!

The Crooked Fiddle Band formed in 2006 through their mutual love of the energy and intensity of various traditional world music. Whilst writing and arranging, they discovered that this energy was shared by the other music they love: there seems to be a common thread between the frenetic accompaniment of gypsy, klezmer and punk rock; between the twisting rhythms of math-metal and balkan folk; between the clear tonalities of Scandinavian folk, Celtic folk, and cinematic post rock.

On 30th November 2019

December 2019

Flora Sensa Exhibition curated by Saskia Everingham

Flora Sensa is an exhibition of ten textile artists from the Blue Mountains, exploring significant moments when flowers touched their lives.

Ranging from weaving, felting and sewing to printmaking and installation, each artist brings their own experiences and skill to create a tapestry of stories. You are invited to participate in the exhibition by sharing your own flower story at the flora sensa exhibition facebook page, or visit the website.

Standard Garden entry fees apply (National Trust members are free).

Various Dates 1st to 22nd December 2019 First 1st December 2019

Gigs on Govetts with Catfish at Blackheath Bar and Bistro

Fusion Boutique and Blackheath Bar and Bistro are collaborating to bring the Blue Mountains a terrific range of touring artists in an open entry format for you to enjoy in this relaxed, family friendly venue.

Catfish is a Gypsy Jazz band with a classic Australian influence. A product of Melbourne’s unique jazz scene, the band draws upon influences from the 30’s to present day. Intricate, quirky arrangements of borrowed and original material give the band a unique exciting spirit. Catfish crafts each set for maximum impact drawing influence from Django Reinhardt, Les Doigts De L’Homme, Louis Armstrong, Julian Lage and more. Joyous and exciting, Catfish is not to be missed.

On 6th December 2019

January 2020

Winged Garden - Jan Melville

Insects, Birds and Winged Creatures come to Everglades. They lie hidden amongst the gardens - look closely and you will see them.

The Winged Creatures in this exhibition have come to help protect the Birds and Insects and in doing so these images have their own stories to tell as part of Jan's own ongoing Mythology.

Works for this exhibition have been created in 2D and 3D in both print media and mixed media on canvas. A 3D assemblage work of the Bird Goddess will watch over the exhibition.

During this exhibition Jan will be giving informal talks on both the works and the construction of the Artist Books on display. Hand made artist books have attracted a following in the arts the use of an artists visual images displayed in 3D. For this show a special book Winged Creatures Of Everglades was constructed using a number of prints from images both from Everglades and elsewhere.

Various Dates 5th to 26th January 2020 First 5th January 2020

Mayfield Garden Summer Festival

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

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

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

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

Springwood Australia Day Festival

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

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

On 26th January 2020

Australia Day with the Australian Gnome Convention Glenbrook

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

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

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

On 26th January 2020

Wines of the West Festival

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

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

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

On 29th January 2020

February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Daily 7th to 10th February 2020 Next 7th February 2020

Rydal Show

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

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

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

On 8th February 2020

Feelin’ Groovy – The ’60s Music Show

The 60’s Music Extravaganza!

Feelin’ Groovy – Cool River’s Tribute to the 60’s Music Show – engages audiences of all ages with timeless classic hit songs from the 60’s decade.From 1960 – 1969, it includes songs from the Summer of Love, Motown, the British Invasion and Swinging London plus a few perennial Aussie favourites!

Book a Dinner and Show. 

Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Click to read more.

On 29th February 2020

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March 2020

Blue Mountains Music Festival

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

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

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

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

Daily 13th to 15th March 2020 Next 13th March 2020

Six Foot Track Marathon

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

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

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

On 14th March 2020

Springwood Foundation Day Festival

Join the fun at this festival to celebrate the spirit of Springwood in 2020! Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, street performers and amusement rides.

Springwood Foundation Day Festival celebrates the village's heritage and showcases what it has become, drawing thousands of people to celebrate the spirit of our town.

Springwood Foundation Day Festival is a non-profit event - all money raised by the event goes back into the local community.

Catch a train or park at the commuter carpark at Springwood Station.

Non-stop fun and entertainment for the whole family!

On 28th March 2020

April 2020

Australian National Square Dance Convention

Each year since 1960 the square dance community of Australia, together with dancers from overseas countries have gathered in alternating Australian States to hold a National Convention to enjoy dancing, friendships, and generally meet and plan for the future.

They anticipate that between 600—800 delegates will register to attend and will encompass the dance genres of Square Dancing, Round Dancing, Contra Dancing and Clogging. The delegates will include local New South Wales and interstate delegates as well as international delegates.

The local community will also have the opportunity to view and sample these fabulous activities in the majestic Blue Mountains.

Various Dates 10th to 14th April 2020 First 10th April 2020

May 2020

Rolls-Royce Display Day

The display day of the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club Federal Rally is the highlight of the event. On show will be around 200 Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars from 1910 Silver Ghost models to current models. There will be stalls, food, and more.

Spend a relaxing day wandering the beautiful grounds of the Blue Mountains Grammar School and see some truly unique automobiles.

Entry is by gold coin donation (donated to the School).

On 3rd May 2020

Ultra-Trail Australia

Ultra-Trail Australia is an adventure packed four-day trail running event held in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, NSW in May.

One of Australia’s most challenging, stunning and prestigious trail running events. Runners can choose to tackle the 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre, 22 kilometre distance, or the most recent addition to the UTA family, the 11 kilometre.

Ultra-Trail Australia has captivated runners locally and internationally since its inaugural event in 2008 and It has quickly grown to become one of the most talked about endurance events in Australian history and a bucket list race for avid trail runners.

Known as the biggest trail running party in Australia with 6,000+ runners of all abilities making the trek to Katoomba each year to take part in one of the four running events.

Friends and families enjoy the action-packed weekend of trail running activities as much as the runners with the opportunity to learn all about trails, gear, nutrition, training, race strategy and more, whilst immersing themselves in the fun, friendly and welcoming trail running community to form new friendships with runners, coaches and brands.

Daily 14th to 17th May 2020 Next 14th May 2020

Waste2Art Lithgow

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

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

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

Daily 19th May to 10th June 2020 Next 19th May 2020

A Salute to Elton John

Show-stopping hit songs sung and performed by multi award-winner, Danny Elliott.

Danny Elliott features as the star and director of The Elton Experience; THE ultimate tribute to one of the greatest living musical legends of all time.

For the Full Elton Experience book a dinner and show. Dinner is 3 wonderful courses prepared by the Palais Royale’s Chef. Click here for the menu.

During the interval, Dinner and Show patrons will have dessert… and for anyone who selects the Supper & Show option, a delicious cheese and fruit platter will be served.

A cash bar will be operating at the back of the room.

Click to read more.

On 30th May 2020

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June 2020


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

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

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

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

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

Check out the bentART website for further details.

On 7th June 2020

Winter Cyclocross hosted by Western Sydney MTB Club

Come and have some fun at their Winter CX Event!

Do you like to ride your bike, but find it hard in the winter months? Cyclo Cross is a fun format where you can ride any type of bike around a set course for a short period of 20 - 40 minutes.

In 2019 they will host races at Sun Valley Pony Club in the Blue Mountains. The first race day will be on the Queens Birthday, Monday 10 June. The course will be mostly grass, some trail, some sand, some obstacles and quite possibly some mud. Of course bikes are meant for riding, but in CX you might find yourself running or carrying your bike as you try to clear the obstacles.

There will be races for kids, novices, adults and elites. It is a safe off-road environment without cars. Even if you're just curious about this type of racing, come along and watch some seasoned athletes show their skills! This is a community event, fun for the whole family.

On 10th June 2020

Blackheath Art Society Open Winter Exhibition

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

The second of Blackheath Art Society’s annual exhibitions, the Winter Exhibition is open to BAS members and non-members working in any medium, who compete for a first prize of AUD750 and second prize of AUD250.

The art works on display at this exhibition are for sale, beginning at AUD200.

Come and join them for the launch event where you can meet some of the artists and hear the judge’s comments over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Throughout the show, you can also enter the raffle for a gourmet hamper and vote for the ‘people’s choice’.

On 10th June 2020

Handel, With Care

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

Leura Singers present their Annual Charity Concert, this year supporting the local Blue Mountains SES with a new showcase into Handel’s works with a modern twist.

The concert will feature well known Anthems by Handel including ‘Father Of Mercies’, ‘Lord, I trust thee’, Coronation Anthem for King George 11 including Zadok The Priest.

Time: 2.30pm. Tickets available at the door and include afternoon tea.

On 15th June 2020

Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

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

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

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

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

Daily 15th to 16th June 2020 Next 15th June 2020


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Bloomsday is a celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses and is celebrated all over the world.

Join them for readings at Irish music at the Family Hotel, Katoomba.

Free entry. Please note that the Hotel's licencing requirements stipulate over 18's only.

On 16th June 2020

Winter Magic Festival

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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.

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

On 20th June 2020

CareFlight Woodford to Glenbrook Classic

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Join the CareFlight Woodford to Glenbrook Classic 2019 and run or ride the Oaks Fire Trail through the picturesque Blue Mountains National Park from the town of Woodford down to Euroka Clearing near Glenbrook to raise funds for CareFlight.

Covering 25 kilometres of undulating bushland, the trail is incredibly scenic and a must for keen mountain bikers and trail runners.

Up to 200 runners will run a new event of 5km from the intersection of the Oaks Trail and Bennett Ridge trail to the Euroka Clearing.

Registrations essential, no entries accepted on the day of the event.

This event has something for everyone, regardless of their skill level. Treat it as a physical and mental challenge or just a chance to enjoy the pristine mountain air. The race attracts many serious mountain bikers who use this event as preparation and training.

Since 1986, CareFlight a not-for-profit charity, has given the people of New South Wales one of the world's most advanced and medically proficient rapid response emergency helicopter and medical retrieval services, with more than 17,500 patients being treated and transported in the past 30 years.

On 30th June 2020

July 2020

Blue Mountains Antiques and Collectables Fair

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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.

On 5th July 2020

Dragonfly Discovery

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

Various Dates 8th July 2019 to 19th July 2020 Next 6th July 2020

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