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February 2018

Fire: An Installation by Kevina-Jo Smith

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

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

Daily 20th January to 17th March 2018 Next 21st February 2018

Wentworth Falls Country Club: Wednesday half price meals

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

Various Dates 26th April 2017 to 18th April 2018 Next 21st February 2018

Vivaldi Bach Paganini: Katoomba

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

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

On 21st February 2018

The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz

Relive the 1920’s golden age of extravagant balls, decadent high teas, vintage vehicles, period comedies and swingin’ music at The Blue Mountains’ Roaring 20’s and all that Jazz Festival in February.

This annual month-long event pays tribute to an opulent era when Australia’s first tourist destination held a decade-long party, celebrating breathtaking architecture, iconic art and outrageous music. Don your best 20s frock and ‘kick up your heels’ in the Charleston Challenge, eat to excess at Australia’s highest (unofficial) Long Lunch, or revel in the jazz, blues and ragtime music that shaped the era (or pick up a ukulele yourself and strum along at the Blue Mountains Ukelele Festival). There are vintage cars, music, dancing and fun for the whole family!

Daily 2nd to 27th February 2018 Next 21st February 2018

Blue Mountains Portraits

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

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

Daily 3rd February to 11th March 2018 Next 21st February 2018

Lunar New Year at Scenic World

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at Scenic World with visitors from across the globe from February 16 – March 4.

This Lunar New Year go head to head with the Scenic World team in their annual Ping Pong Pro tournament held daily from 11am – 2pm in the main plaza.

Watch the traditional and vibrant Lion Dance on February 24 from 11am, get stuck into some sticky char siu beef ribs in Eats270, and surprise the kids with a balloon dog before they ride the world’s steepest railway.

Daily 16th February to 4th March 2018 Next 21st February 2018

Habitat - an exhibition by Annette Minchin

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

Daily 16th December 2017 to 25th February 2018 Next 21st February 2018

Moving Histories: Future Projections

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

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

Daily 20th January to 11th March 2018 Next 21st February 2018

Thursday night Trivia

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

Various Dates 27th April 2017 to 19th April 2018 Next 22nd February 2018

Blue Mountains Embroidery Group: Follow the Thread - A Textile Embroidery Connection

This exhibition showcases the skills and creativity of the Blue Mountains Embroidery Group. From the elegance of Japanese embroidery, to the beauty of traditional embroidery and the freedom of contemporary, experimental work, the exhibition includes historical items from the Embroiderers Guild NSW Inc.

Hand stitching is a meaningful, thoughtful and sustainable approach to creativity and reflects the yearning by people to be more mindful.

The Embroiderers Guild NSW Inc., encourages the art of embroidery with a high standard of design and technique.

Various Dates 22nd February to 25th March 2018 First 22nd February 2018

Sally Coppard: Is There Still Life?

17th century still life paintings depicted both the bountifulness of creation and the fleetingness of time. Sally Coppard’s Is There Still Life? reinterprets this idea through paintings examining 21st century fears: has time ran out for the bountifulness of nature on this planet? Will there still be life? Following the loss of a loved one, the artist also looks at themes of loss and mortality from a personal level, asking herself the question: is there still life?

Coppard paints with oil, making some of her own paint, in dark, rich hues.

Various Dates 22nd February to 25th March 2018 First 22nd February 2018

Roaring 20s Festival Vintage Car Tours

Imagine being transported back to the most romantic of retro eras when the Blue Mountains was at its ultimate flamboyant luxe.

Pootle around the heritage architecture of Katoomba, the upmarket Leura Mall and along the spectacular scenery of Cliff Drive on their special one-hour Roaring 20s Festival tours leaving from the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath, each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in their gorgeous old Hollywood-esque Cadillac LaSalle vintage car beauties Flora, Ava or Ella.

Various Dates 16th to 25th February 2018 Next 23rd February 2018

Friday Night Live Music: Wentworth Falls Country Club

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

Various Dates 28th April 2017 to 20th April 2018 Next 23rd February 2018

Faith I Branko (Serbia/UK)

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

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

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

On 23rd February 2018

Prohibition Jazz with Lisa Finn Powell

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

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

On 23rd February 2018

Turner's Turn starring Geraldine Turner

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

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

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

Geraldine is accompanied on piano by Musical Director Brad Miller.

On 24th February 2018

Speakeasy Saturdays with Piccolo Bear

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

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

On 24th February 2018

Traditional Greek Luncheon at Everglades Historic House and Garden

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

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

Time: 12.30pm. Bookings essential.

On 24th February 2018

AusCamino Festival

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

On 24th February 2018

Summer Bird Walk with Carol Probets

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

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

White Party at Mayfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 24th February 2018

Jazz in the Garden at Norman Lindsay Garden

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

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

Bookings required.

On 24th February 2018

Majestic Roaring 20s Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 24th February 2018

Springwood Growers Market

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

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

Various Dates 28th January to 23rd December 2018 Next 25th February 2018

Blue Mountains Radio Players

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

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

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

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

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

Various Dates 25th February to 25th November 2018 First 25th February 2018

March 2018

Autumn Adventure Quest: Aboriginal Adventure

Go on a walkabout through the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden – can you find the five adventure stops? Find out how Aboriginal people use plants for food, shelter, medicine and more. Look and listen to spot the birds and animals living in the Garden, enjoy fun hands-on activities, find the clues to solve the puzzle and win a prize.

Part of Standing up Alive featuring the works of five NSW Aboriginal artists who use the power and connection of their local symbols and patterns in a contemporary way to create a vibrant exhibition.

Daily 1st March to 31st May 2018 Next 1st March 2018

Leonarda Kovačić: Mediterranea

Mediterranea is the 14th solo exhibition by Dr Leonarda Kovacic, Katoomba-based photographic artist, historian, tutor, lecturer and curator.

The exhibition presents a selection of Mediterranean motifs from Croatian islands, evoking the characteristic landscape, pristinely clear waters, traditional architecture, and island flora and wildlife.

The exhibition is suitable for all ages. Leonarda specializes in landscapes, nature scenes, flora and fauna, abstracts, and architecture. Her images have accentuated poeticism and meditative simplicity and clarity.

Daily 1st to 29th March 2018 Next 1st March 2018

The Necks

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

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

On 2nd March 2018

Karaoke: Wentworth Falls Country Club

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

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

Portland Art Exhibition

42nd 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 2018 featured artist is local Annie Joseph.

The Society has donated two-thirds of the exhibition's profit back into the community for the past 34 years. Money raised this year will go towards mental illness.

Daily 2nd to 4th March 2018 Next 2nd March 2018

The Tablelands Way Oberon Farmers Markets

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

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

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

Various Dates 3rd March 2018 to 2nd February 2019 First 3rd March 2018

Edible Garden Trail

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 on the first weekend in March, sharing their passion and their methods to inspire food growing both large and small scale.

Time: 10am to 4pm each day.

Tickets on sale from early February at the Katoomba Co-op, and Lyttleton Stores at Lawson on the weekend, Glenbrook Village Nursery, Fed Café at Wentworth Falls and Bog Bean at Blackheath.

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

Jetblack 24 Hour

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

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

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

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

Gateway to Garden Run

Mayfield and D2F have teamed up to create the Gateway to Garden run. G2G will allow runners to challenge themselves through Mayfield’s elevated terrain, while exploring the spectacular garden. A choice of a five or ten kilometre run, with the chance to win money and prizes. It will be a perfect day out for the whole family, dogs are welcome.

On 4th March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“He’s a powerhouse” – Sydney Morning Herald

On 4th March 2018

Blue Mountains Bat Night

Blue Mountains Bat Night – it’s a Bat Fest!

Go batty at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on Friday, March 9. Bat spotting walks, bat talks, videos, kids Bat Cave and more!
Come along and enjoy from 6.30pm to 9pm.
Entry is by gold coin donation.

Bookings are essential for the bat walks, please book online at the website.

On 9th March 2018

The Song Company presents Byrd Round Table: Blackheath

Australia's premier vocal ensemble is presenting their first program of the year, Byrd Round Table.

Featuring songs by one of the European masters of Renaissance music William Byrd, The Song Company will transport you back through 400 years of history, soaring through the gorgeous harmonic landscape to bring you to a country house. On a round table in this country house William Byrd and his friends singing from partbooks and created musical artistry. This lost art of partbooking has been found; The Song Company gives life, heart and vigour to some of most beautiful music of 16th Century Oxford and London.

Popular during the Renaissance and Baroque period, partbooking is a format of hand written music containing the part for a single voice or instrument. William Byrd and his friends and now The Song Company will demonstrate how partbooking creates a communal and invisible pulse that beats to keep each part in perfect harmony.

On 10th March 2018

James Greening and Gary Daley live at The Boilerhouse

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

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

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

On 10th March 2018

Six Foot Track Marathon

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

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

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

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

Three Piece Suite: Northern Lights

In their first concert series for the year, string trio Three Piece Suite with guest tenor David Hamilton, invite you to taste a musical smorgasbord from the North – music of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Scotland. A diverse blend of folk song, dances and chamber music will delight and entertain you in the cosy acoustics of the Presbyterian Church in Wentworth Street, Blackheath.

Enjoy some of the most popular Scottish songs performed by Blackheath regular David Hamilton accompanied by Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello. As well as dances from Sweden, Norway and Denmark, there will be atmospheric and romantic trios by Melartin, Grieg and Berens, with a few surprises and a scrumptious afternoon tea to follow in the hall. Whether you are a fan of Nordic noir, Scandi style or just like Ikea furniture with a tartan rug thrown over, you will love the colours of Northern Lights.

Afternoon tea will be served after the performance in the hall behind the church. Tickets can be purchased prior online or at the door (cash only).

On 11th March 2018

Winmalee Artisan Markets

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

Various Dates 11th March 2018 to 10th February 2019 First 11th March 2018

Blackheath Growers Market

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

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

Various Dates 11th February to 9th December 2018 Next 11th March 2018

Museum Open Day - Valley Heights Rail Museum

Ride the Heritage Listed Steam Train and explore the many large and small exhibits. Model rooms and artworks complete the story of the railway’s impact on the Blue Mountains. Learn about the Call Boy, the Fish and Chips and the life of Hendrikus Trip. Indulge in the ambience of the beautifully restored 1930s Caves Express carriage.

Enjoy the café and shop when you’re ready for a break.

All rides are included in the entry fee. Please note that rides are subject to operational factors, including high fire risk or ban.

Time: 10am – 4pm (last rides 3.30pm).

On 11th March 2018

Blue Mountains Music Festival

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

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

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

See website for more details.

Daily 16th to 18th March 2018 Next 16th March 2018

Collectors Edition: Fundraising Art Exhibition

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

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

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition.

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

Standing Up Alive: Aboriginal Art Exhibition

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

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

Glamping in the Garden

This Autumn they are offering a pop-up luxury camping experience (glamping) in the spectacular grounds of Mayfield.

Immerse yourself in a night like no other – in a world class location while delighting the senses. Glamp in absolute comfort and enjoy the tranquility and majestic surrounds of the gardens, with exclusive night-time star gazing to Mayfield. You’ll also get to enjoy the Mayfield Farmers platter, where 80 percent of the produce comes from Mayfield.

Daily 23rd March to 30th April 2018 Next 23rd March 2018

Cello and Chocolate: Two Cellos

Enjoy the extraordinary sounds of Two Cellos with Georg Mertens and Ella Jamison in the 100 year old former Presbyterian Church, now Josophan’s Gingerbread House. Concert plus Josophan’s hot chocolate shot and fine chocolate on arrival, Dessert at Intermission and take home chocolate.

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

On 24th March 2018

Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis: Life and Travels

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

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

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

Karen Miranda Abel - Pools of Light: In Shadow

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

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

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

Penelope Hale: The Patchwork of Childhood

The Patchwork of Childhood is a celebration of the moments in early life that on the surface may seem ordinary. When viewed as a collection it can be seen that smaller moments, however mundane, help shape the greater childhood experience. These are the things you remember when you reminisce; that lounge, those cups, your beloved blankie.

Penelope Hale uses a documentary approach to photography. Displaying a mixture of personal and client work in this digital print exhibition, gallery visitors of all ages are invited to pause and reflect on their childhood experiences as they move through the work.

Various Dates 29th March to 22nd April 2018 First 29th March 2018

Peta Hinton: Dwell

Dwell is a series of acrylic paintings on scrolls inspired by the natural surroundings of artist Peta Hinton’s home in the Blue Mountains. Symbols, repetition and pattern are used to represent the features of the landscape and the effects of season and the elements. These landscapes are also philosophical musings on growth, aging and the passage of time.

After completion, the paintings on paper are mounted by the artist onto scrolls. When hanging, scrolls have a floating ephemeral quality, further reflecting the themes explored.

Various Dates 29th March to 22nd April 2018 First 29th March 2018

Susan Ruming Discovering the Blue Labyrinth

Discovering the Blue Labyrinth is artist Susan Ruming's journey of exploration through the Blue Mountains National Park from Wentworth Falls to Glenbrook.

Ranging from expressive horizon landscapes, to plein air sketches, the artist uses a variety of mediums and forms to depict the environment around her community in the Lower Blue Mountains.

Fascinated with the changing nature of light and shade, depth and atmosphere, this exhibition strives to evoke a sense of discovery and reflect a love of the Blue Mountains and the Australian bush.

Various Dates 29th March to 22nd April 2018 First 29th March 2018

The Great Easter Adventure

This Easter, pop on your bunny ears and bring the whole family along for a Great Easter Adventure at the beautiful Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

Places are limited, so session bookings are essential.

Collect your passport from the Visitor Centre and follow the trail to find the five activity stations. Complete all the fun Easter-themed challenges: Bunny-Hop, Egg-Roll, Down the Rabbit Hole and more. Collect all the stamps and bounce back to the Visitor Centre to win a delicious chocolate prize.

Why not add a yummy lunch to your fun day out? The Potager are offering a free kid’s meal for every child that has a Great Easter Hunt passport, with any adult meal purchased. Terms and conditions apply. Advance bookings by phone or email.

Terms and Conditions: One Free Kids Meal per Adult Main Meal ordered.

Daily 30th March to 2nd April 2018 Next 30th March 2018

April 2018

Moments of Magic

Hartley based, natural light photographer, Karen Edwards, shares some of Nature's most magical moments from sunrises to sunsets, frosts, fog and brilliant autumn colours in the beautiful Hartley Valley and beyond.

The exhibition showcases the ever-changing light during a sunrise at Govetts Leap, Blackheath - a truly magical experience!

Time: 9am – 4.30pm daily.

Daily 1st to 30th April 2018 Next 1st April 2018

The Good Lovelies in Concert

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

On 4th April 2018

AutumnFest at Mayfield

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

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

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

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

On 7th April 2018

Lower Blue Mountains Artists Trail

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

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

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

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

Museum Open Day: Valley Heights Rail Museum

Ride the Heritage Listed Steam Tram and explore the many large and small exhibits. Model rooms and artworks complete the story of the railway’s impact on the Blue Mountains. Learn about the Call Boy, the Fish and Chips and the life of Hendrikus Trip. Indulge in the ambience of the beautifully restored 1930's Caves Express carriage.

Enjoy the café and shop when you’re ready for a break.

Seniors Card Holders admitted free (if accompanied by ticket purchasing visitor - see website for details).

All rides last for 20 minutes and are included in entry fee. Please note that all rides are subject to operational factors, including high fire risk or ban.

Time: 10am - 4pm (last rides 3.30pm).

On 8th April 2018

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

Prince Edward Island trio Ten Strings And A Goat Skin announce their first tour of Australia in March/ April 2018. This dynamic bluegrass ensemble will perform at The National, Yackandandah and Fairbridge Folk Festivals, plus concerts in TAS, WA, NSW and VIC.

Transforming tradition with vigour, curiosity, humour and spark, this Canadian trio wielding bodhrán, acoustic guitar and violin plays seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining music. Singing in both French and English, they were awarded World Music Recording of the Year by Canada’s East Coast Music Association, been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards, and received Roots-Traditional Album of the Year (2012) from Music PEI.

Brothers Caleb and Rowen Gallant wield Bodhrán and violin, while Jesse Périard drives acoustic guitar, now creating original songs and arrangements. Their recent album Auprès du Poêle weaves old-school Arcadian roots (Franco-Canadian) with Breton, Irish and Scottish tunes, filled with wicked grooves and cunning quirks, featuring both traditional and original songs. Working closely with producer Leonard Podolak (The Duhks), Ten Strings and a Goat Skin pushed their music into new territory which promises to gather new listeners around the warm glow of fast-burning tradition.

On 11th April 2018

Sculpture at Scenic World

Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 35 artworks from local, national and international artists.

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

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

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

Plan your autumn arts escape now!

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

Autumn Bird Walk with Carol Probets

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

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

Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

During the 16 day Autumn Festival the Hawkins Family opens its Private Garden to visitors so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 160 acres of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet Court, the Chapel, the Chook Hilton, the 80 metre Cascade with Temple and much more. In Autumn, their row boats are available on Mayfield Lake (at no additional cost) and interactive games are scattered throughout the garden for your family and friends to enjoy. There is a courtesy bus making several stops around the garden which is great for less mobile visitors.

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

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

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

4WD Tag a Long Tour, Katoomba to the Caves and beyond

A fully catered and accommodated 2-day 4WD tag-a-long tour

Exploring the best 4WD trails, from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves and beyond - deep into the Kanangra Boyd National Park.

Graded easy to medium - suitable for standard 4WD vehicles.

Includes guided cave tour through Chifley Cave, accommodation at gorgeous Caves House Jenolan Caves and all meals.  

visit www.simmosoffroadtours.com to order an Information Sheet.

 

 

 

Daily 14th to 15th April 2018 Next 15th April 2018

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ZenRasa

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

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

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

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

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

On 15th April 2018

Lah Lah 10th Birthday Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 16th April 2018

Nerd Alert - Flying Things

Hands-on science for curious kids who like to make things, experiment, use gadgets and find out cool stuff. You'll discover Why stuff happens, What makes things the way they are and How things work.

You'll make fun gadgets, you'll mix up chemical compounds, build and test models, investigate with scientific equipment and experiment with super-cool science. There'll be lots of making and experimenting for everyone to get involved, with all the tools, equipment and ingredients provided.

Play with the wind, defy gravity and make some things that fly. You'll experiment with paper planes, kites and tube-flyers and you'll find out how to make things that will go up and stay up.

Suitable for eight - twelve years.

On 18th April 2018

Mountain Critters Capers - Kids Theatre

Come on an exciting and interactive theatre adventure through the Garden.

Meet local Mountain Critters on your journey. Can you out-stare the grumpy possum? Be kind to a slightly scared snake, help a busy bee pollinate the flowers and lend a hand to a proud bower bird.

There'll be songs, jokes and surprises, everyone can join in the fun on this interactive theatre adventure.

Daily 19th to 20th April 2018 Next 19th April 2018

The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) and Joe Man Murphy

The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) are a multi-award winning band of three of the Australian folk scene’s most talented young songwriters, singers and performers. Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby (The Rainmakers) are joined by cellist Monique Clare.

They perform an insightful collection of original songs arranged for ukulele, banjo, guitar, fiddle, cello, bass and superb three part vocal harmony.

Their latest album, Take Care Take Cover, was released in April last year and saw them win Best Folk Roots album at The Age Music Victoria Awards.

Joe Man Murphy is an Irish born Folk and Roots singer-songwriter and artist. His music consists of foot stomping Celtic, Roots and Folk mixed together in a melting pot of energy and musical flair.

On 20th April 2018

Mr Snot Bottom's Seriously Stinky Songs

From ghosts in the loo through to lolly-stealing Grandmas, Mr Snot Bottom’s Seriously Stinky Songs has it all. The Peter Pan of all things gross and The Willy Wonka of all things weird, don’t miss your chance to see Mr Snot Bottom perform his latest, fully charged stand-up theatre show for families, right here in Wentworth Falls.

On 20th April 2018

Nerd Alert - Garden Chemistry

Hands-on science for curious kids who like to make things, experiment, use gadgets and find out cool stuff. You'll discover Why stuff happens, What makes things the way they are and How things work.

Mix up some chemical potions. You'll extract chemicals from plants, have fun with invisible ink, test the garden soil - and more.

On 26th April 2018

A Lunch Date with Henri: Everglades Historic House and Garden

Henri van de Velde (a Belgian born entrepreneur) was the owner and builder of the Art Deco/ European modern house in the Gardens at Everglades. He also contracted Paul Sorensen to design the gardens with all the wonderful trees and stone walls and meandering paths.

You can take the opportunity to wander the gardens before sitting down to a Belgian inspired luncheon in the Art Deco dining room in the house.

Please BYO. Time: 12 noon. Bookings required.

On 28th April 2018

Baby et Lulu

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

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

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

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

On 28th April 2018

The Buzz on Native Bees with Megan Halcroft

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

On 28th April 2018

Springwood Foundation Day

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

Springwood Foundation Day Festival celebrates the village's heritage and showcases what it has become.

Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, street performers, and amusement rides.

Non-stop fun and entertainment for all the family!

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

May 2018

Leura Harvest Festival

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

With a focus on fresh, regional, and sustainable, the Leura Harvest Festival is set to take place in Leura Mall during autumn, when the village is at its beautiful best!

This year's event promises to be even bigger and better than the previous three festivals.

Up to 75 stalls will line Leura Mall, selling seasonal food and sharing expertise on all things fresh, regional and sustainable. You can also expect a number of fun competitions open to all age groups, including the popular Scarecrow Competition, Pet Chook Show and the Great Australian Chocolate Cake Competition. It's a great community event for the whole family.

On 5th May 2018

The Button Collective and Diamond Duck EP Launch

The Button Collective is a high-energy travelling Folk and Bluegrass band. Their guitar-driven sound delivers definitively Australian stories combined with elements from traditional Irish folk songs and tunes, and spiced with the spirit of fast-paced American old time music, all with a personal and intimate delivery from singer and songwriter Brodie Buttons, backed by accordion, bass, banjo, fiddle, flute, and rich vocal harmonies.

Featuring a rich tapestry of plucked strings, lush vocal harmonies, highly original songs and a diverse range of influences from The Beach Boys to Bach, Diamond Duck is an exciting new collaboration between Sydney mandolinist and song writer Jimmy Daley (The Morrisons, Sanctuary Band, Tawny Owl String band) and Canadian born guitarist, vocalist and song writer Brian Campeau (Green Mohair Suits, Rescue Ships).

On 12th May 2018

Mother's Day High Tea

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with an exquisite High Tea. Begin with a glass of sparkling on arrival, then delight in a selection of tea sandwiches; traditional scones with fresh cream & jam; pastries, cakes, slices & savoury items. Enjoy all this while taking in the spectacular views of the Jamison Valley in Misty’s.

Includes: Glass of sparkling on arrival, divine selection of tea sandwiches, homemade scones with fresh jam and cream, sweets and treats.

On 13th May 2018

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Mother's Day Family Buffet Lunch

Give Mum the afternoon off and enjoy a family buffet lunch in our Jamison’s Restaurant complete with stunning views overlooking the Jamison Valley.

With all mums receiving a complimentary glass of sparkling, enjoy a range of classic lunch favourites including the ever-popular dessert buffet. 

Bookings are essential. Please call +61 2 4785 0000 or email to secure your spot.

Terms & Conditions: No discounts are applicable to this event. Changes to booking or cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to event.

On 13th May 2018

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Ultra-Trail Australia

Ultra-Trail Australia is four day running festival incorporating a 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre and 22 kilometre trail run through the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The UTA start/finish event hub is located at Scenic World, Katoomba.

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

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

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

Million Paws Walk - Blue Mountains

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

Grab your two and four legged friends and join other animal lovers for a fun filled day at the Million Paws Walk.

Whether you have pets in your family or not, you're invited to join the pack, walking with tens of thousands of people and pets throughout Australia to help raise vital funds for the RSPCA, the animals in their care, and to promote responsible pet ownership.

Walk or be walked around Melrose Park and be a part of dog agility tests, get training tips and information for the care of dogs of various ages and sizes and talk to dog behavioural experts who will be there to give you advice on discipline and handling of larger breeds.

A fun day out for families and people of all ages with a real festival atmosphere, and a variety of demonstrations, exhibitions and stalls selling merchandise and food.

On 20th May 2018

June 2018

Perch Creek Album Release Tour with Special Guest Jumpin' Jack William

Perch Creek are a band of five exuberant and multi-talented musicians, four of whom are siblings. This Melbourne-based international touring act write and perform harmony driven modern pop/folk music with a creative energy and fearless spirit.

Perch Creek will be bringing their unique sound and unforgettable live show on a national headline tour in support of their new self-titled album this June. With three lead singers and diverse instrumentation, Perch Creek combine five-part vocal harmonies with folk, pop, roots and rock musical styles, all threaded together by the band’s unique five-way collaborative song-writing – a coalescence of lyrics, music and arrangement, drawing on the creative strengths of each band member and the clarity of the group’s vision.

Perch Creek have toured from Europe to Canada, Woodford Folk Festival to Golden Pains, Edinburgh Fringe to ABC Television Spicks and Specks.

On 8th June 2018

bentART

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the bentART website for further details.

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

Daniel Champagne with Special Guest

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father.

He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

On 10th June 2018

Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

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

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

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

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

Daily 16th to 17th June 2018 Next 16th June 2018

Annual Yulefest Blue Mountains Dinner and Show

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

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Various Dates 23rd June to 14th July 2018 First 23rd June 2018

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Yulefest 2018 Dinner & Show

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

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Various Dates 23rd June to 14th July 2018 First 23rd June 2018

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The Goon Show Live! at Yulefest

The Goon Show Live! is the perfect comedy entertainment, with high energy and snappy one-liners that you will be quoting for days, weeks and months to come - forever; ensuring a great night, one that you will remember.

Join the lads for their sixth annual appearance at Yulefest Blue Mountains.

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.

Every year Christmas at Blue Mountains programme features popular episodes written by Spike Milligan; hilarious British Comedy classics with a delicious Christmas-in-July menu.

Please note, booking fees apply in addition to quoted prices.

Various Dates 23rd June to 14th July 2018 First 23rd June 2018

Anh Do: The Happiest Refugee (Blue Mountains)

Anh Do travelled to Australia in 1980 on an eight metre fishing boat with 47 other Vietnamese refugees. Sick with dehydration and one person already dead, the journey was the first of many struggles for a young Do, who overcame all manner of difficulties throughout his life to become a lawyer and, in 2008, Australia’s Comedian of the Year.

Today he is one of Australia’s most sought after stand-ups, as well as a talented writer, actor, producer and Star of the ABC1 TV’s Anh’s Brush With Fame.

The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir, charts his journey from starving refugee to one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers. It has been awarded Book of the Year with sales in excess of 400,000.

Do’s struggles as a young refugee – his difficulties with English, divorcing parents, being bullied and broke, are brought to life in this hilarious but moving new stage show, garnering this happy refugee standing ovations across the country.

On 27th June 2018

Yulefest Buffet Dinners

Friday & Saturday evenings from 29th June to 28th July

Immerse yourself in a magical yuletide experience… Set in Jamison’s Restaurant with a festive atmosphere and a special appearance by Santa Claus all the way from the North Pole. Indulge in a festive buffet with all the trimmings. Begin with your complimentary beverage before dining on sumptuous seafood platters, traditional heart-warming roasts, rustic veg and delectable accompaniments. Then end your evening with a well-deserved treat from the delicious dessert buffet… Yule log, cakes, sweets and more!

Adults $92 / Teen (13-17) $49 / Child (5-12) $29 / Children 4 and under free (Plus booking fee)

 

Various Dates 29th June to 28th July 2018 First 29th June 2018

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July 2018

Mayfield Garden Winter Festival

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

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

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

Afternoon Tea and Show with The Goon Show LIVE!

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

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

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

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

 

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

On 8th July 2018

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Outback NSW 4WD Safari

Fully accommodated 4WD Tag-a-Long Tour showcasing the best of country NSW - from Katoomba to Lightning Ridge and beyond.

Highlights of this 11 day safari include the spectacular Blue Mountains, the goldfields of Hill End & Sofala, Wines of the Mudgee region, Aboriginal rock art of the Warrumbungles, sculptures of the Pilliga scrub, Opal mining at Lightning Ridge, birdlife of the Macquarie Marshes, and an African Safari at Dubbo Zoo.

This is a fully accommodated and catered tour, staying in modern self-contained cabins across NSW.

Bring your own 4WD or AWD and a sense of adventure.

 

Daily 9th to 19th July 2018 Next 19th July 2018

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Blue Mountains Billy Cart Bash

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

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

What happens next?

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

On 23rd July 2018

August 2018

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service commemorates the Battle of Long Tan, the most significant engagement by Australian Forces during the Vietnam War on 18 August 1966. Each year on the closest Sunday, Vietnam Veterans gather at the War Memorial for a commemorative service and wreath laying.

This year the event will start with the parade and service in Macquarie Road Springwood from 11am to 12.30pm. In the afternoon from 4pm to 4.45pm, proceedings continue with the Beating the Retreat Ceremony with Lithgow Pipe Band at the War Memorial.

On 11th August 2018

The Annual Blue Mountains Elvis Festival

The Blue Mountains Elvis Festival's main venues this year are the Wentworth Falls Country Club and the Palais Royale Hotel, Katoomba, with additional shows at the Family Hotel and other venues in and around Katoomba.

The Festival includes four major shows at the Wentworth Falls Country Club and seven major shows at the Palais Royale, plus the Sing Like Elvis competition and the opening night dinner dance.

Jack Gatto, Marcus Jackson, and Sean Spiteri will headline the festival this year.

Please refer to the website for further details and the programme.

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

Springwood Art Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blackheath Choir Festival

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

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

On 26th August 2018

September 2018

Daffodils at Rydal

Daffodils at Rydal festival celebrates the arrival of spring. Thousands of daffodils have been planted in the parks and gardens of Rydal. Daffodils at Rydal will take place over two weekends in September.

You can pay the entry fee at the Information Centre in the Rydal Village at the Railway Station on the main street or at country gardens. With your entry wrist band you will be given a detailed list of the addresses of the gardens that are open and the time and location of the various music programs.

Various Dates 8th to 16th September 2018 First 8th September 2018

Greystanes Gala Dinner

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The Annual Signature Fundraising Event for Greystanes Disability Services.

Join supporters of Greystanes Disability Services for a colourful Gala Dinner. The Annual Greystanes Gala Dinner is an evening of networking, good food and good wine for a good cause.

Tickets include canapés, three course fine dining meal with four hour drinks package. Dress is formal with prizes for the most colourful guests.

On 9th September 2018

Leura Gardens Festival

Think Spring, Think Leura. They are pleased to announce that the Leura Gardens Festival will have a new format in 2018. This year the festival will be held for six days over two long weekends:

Saturday, 29 September – Monday, 1 October (public holiday weekend) as well as Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October.

More information will be posted soon.

Daily 29th September to 1st October 2018 Next 29th September 2018

Wollemi Artisan Market

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

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

On 30th September 2018

October 2018

National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival

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

On 13th October 2018

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival

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

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

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

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

Please check the website for further details.

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

Lithgow Halloween

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 27th October 2018

Back to Hartley - Family Fair

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

Entry is AUD5 per car, all monies raised will be donated to a local community group in the Lithgow district. (2018 recipient to be advised.)

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

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

The event showcases a variety of hand made arts and crafts, vintage motor bikes, Mountain Cruisers Car Club.

On 28th October 2018

November 2018

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

During the Annual Rhododendron Festival the Blackheath village comes alive with entertainment and street stalls. The Grand Parade will take place on the first Saturday in November.

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

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

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

Please visit the facebook page for more information.

On 3rd November 2018

December 2018

Phoenix Choir Christmas Concert at Katoomba

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

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

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

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

On 2nd December 2018

See Santa arrive by Steam Tram

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

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

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

Normal Museum admission fees apply.

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

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

January 2019

The Leura Shakespeare Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Wines of the West Festival

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Part of the Summer Harvest Festival, the twelfth Wines of the West Festival will be held again in the opulent Grand Dining Room of the Carrington Hotel.

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

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

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

Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

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

Other operating days (see website) will still see all day rides on the ever popular Steam Tram from the 1890s.

Enjoy the two operating model rooms and explore the beautifully restored locomotives and carriages from past eras.

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

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

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

February 2019

Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 10th February 2019

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