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June 2018

Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail

Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail. Embark on a winter adventure. X marks the spot to enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover amazing plants from around the world. For children aged six to twelve years celebrate winter at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.

Kits available to purchase from the Visitor Centre.

Daily 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 18th June 2018

Sensory Concert

People with sensory issues that prevent them from attending public events such as concerts can immerse themselves in a specially designed live music performance.

To be held on a weekday during school holidays to cater for aged care facilities, centres for people with a disability and families, it will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Erica Kennedy on violin, flautist Lisa Osmialowski and Bullaburra concert pianist Grace Kim.

Part of the Sensory Concerts series, it has been designed for people of all ages, especially families with sensory or special needs such as autism spectrum disorder, physical or intellectual disabilities who experience feelings of being overwhelmed by crowd, noise, light, smell and touch.

Performed to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere, there will be a range of seating options and a retreat space where audience members can self-regulate or seek support from the onsite occupational therapist and psychologist.

As an internationally renowned professional concert pianist and music educator Ms Kim knows firsthand the benefits of music to health and wellbeing, and strives to make it accessible to everyone who needs it.

Various Dates 23rd April 2018 to 4th March 2019 Next 18th June 2018

Exhibition: Big Swinging Ovaries by Jess de Wahls

Berlin-born, London-based Jess De Wahls is known as the ‘enfant terrible of British textile arts’ for her boundary-pushing, provocative, contemporary fibre art. She is heading to the Blue Mountains in June to premiere her first and only Australian exhibition here at Platform.

The exhibition will feature Jess’ signature embroideries, where her ovary motif is stylised into various maximalist patterns, including ovaries as cacti, rainbows, and as David Bowie and Frida Kahlo.

Daily 1st to 25th June 2018 Next 18th June 2018

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds, featuring Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig, Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline, Hannah Bath, Chris Carmody and Nick McKinlay uses play and field studies as creative research tools to look at how the built environment effects the way people learn, the way people process ideas, the way people relate to each other and the way people impose boundaries on their behaviour.

The artists use archetypal children’s play structures as a design reference and local parks as field sites for experimentation. The artists will work with these ideas using photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, video and sound.

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.

Daily 19th May to 1st July 2018 Next 18th June 2018

Landlines and Ancient Wanderers - an exhibition by Glenice Ware

Inspired by the strength and fragility of the outback landscape, Glenice Ware’s work explores the materiality of the land, its fine details and vast landscapes, the marks, rhythms, colours and textures of an ancient landscape.

The north-west corner of New South Wales has long drawn Glenice’s attention as an inspiration for her art. She is a mixed media artist and her work reflects the depth of her love of country. Earth based materials and hand-made brushes, stitching and eco dyed fabrics embellish the work to tell the stories embedded in the land.

Free entry. Artworks available to purchase.

Daily 2nd June to 5th August 2018 Next 18th June 2018

Mary Alice Evatt: Art for the People

The exhibition features work by Mary Alice Evatt, artist and cultural advocate, who was married to Dr. Herbert Vere ‘Doc’ Evatt, Justice of the High Court of Australia and prominent Labor party politician.

Evatt was an influential and committed advocate of Australian contemporary art. In 1943 she was appointed a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and continued as the sole female member of the board until 1970.

The exhibition features works from private and public collections and provides the unique opportunity to view works acquired and bequeathed by the Evatts. This includes works by artists such as Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as works by some of Evatt’s friends including Margaret Olley, John Coburn, Moya Dyring and Tom Gleghorn.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Dr. Melissa Boyde

Daily 12th May to 24th June 2018 Next 18th June 2018

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains where many venues offer traditional Xmas style celebrations. While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls, experience warm 'Mountains' hospitality, log fires, Xmas fare, singalongs and perhaps even Santa. The Blue Mountains is truly a 'Winter Wonderland'.

Event dates differ between establishments, please visit the website for more details on Winter Yulefest Packages.

Daily 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 18th June 2018

Bald Archy Art Exhibition: Leura Blue Mountains

Created in 1994 as a spoof of that more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.

This year's winning painting was James Brennan's portrait of artist and comedian Anh Do.

Winning subjects over the years have included Kerry Packer, Amanda Vanstone, Edmund Capon, Shane Warne, Dame Edna Everage, John Howard and Pauline Hanson, Robbie and Gai Waterhouse, Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Kennett, Cardinal George Pell, Tony Abbott, and Ian Thorpe.

Now known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment, with great appeal to people from all walks of life, the reason why the exhibition of finalists keeps breaking attendance records wherever it is shown.

Celebrating its 25th, the exhibition is being brought to the Blue Mountains' by Dr Jerry Schwartz, the owner of the Fairmont Resort and Leura Golf Course.

Various Dates 6th to 24th June 2018 Next 20th June 2018

Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

Take a walk with one of their Volunteer Guides to learn about the fascinating history of the Garden and see what's looking good. Tours leave most days at 11.30am - see times at the Visitors Centre or call to see if there is a tour on the day you plan to visit.

Group numbers are limited to 15 people to ensure the best experience. For groups of more than four people please pre-book.

Various Dates 5th April to 29th July 2018 Next 20th June 2018

Where Song Began - Kindlehill Performance Space

‘Where Song Began’ is a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world.

Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this performance explores the Australian origins of songbirds, ‘the birds that can sing’. Such is their evolutionary significance, ‘one may ask whether human music would have reached the heights it has, had the first songbird not sung in an Australian rainforest.’

Accessible for all ages, this work encourages the audience to contemplate the origin of birdsong and the importance of Australia's rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, from Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and J.S. Bach to Arvo Pärt and new Australian works, enhanced by a film of evocative landscape stills, moving images and bird call field recordings sourced from the Cornell Ornithology Lab.

About the performers: Simone Slattery was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program and is now based in London.

On 20th June 2018

Louise Fox and Cathie Cox: A Return to Home

This exhibition engages ideas of the house as the child's 'first universe' and as a key to the inner self. (Bachelard, The Poetics of Space).

Louise Fox and Cathie Cox recreate a corner of domestic life within Braemar, and thus explore the memories, daydreams and fantasy of early years. Their works combine past and present experiences, relationships and imaginings. These centre around the house and its garden together with the objects and life forms they encompass.

Simple materials such as paper, cardboard, wire and string and processes of plant-based dyeing, stitching and cutting illuminate our shared earliest experiences.

Various Dates 21st June to 15th July 2018 First 21st June 2018

Donna Ransom: Out on a Limb

Art making is a step of faith. To step ‘out on a limb’ one experiences the exhilaration and vulnerability of a bird’s eye view.

Donna Ransom’s body of work is a response to aspects of the vast panorama of the landscape. Ransom is interested in expressing the materiality, diversity and interaction of the elements of rock, water, foliage and air in the landscape.

The diversity of these elements found in the Australian landscape prompts Ransom to continually seek and expand on a variety of painting languages and approaches, in response to places which are both delicate ecosystems and monumental ancient rock formations.

The works exhibited are inspired by coastal and bush landscapes, ranging from the Far South Coast of NSW, with its multitude of pristine coastal areas, to the Blue Mountains.

Various Dates 21st June to 15th July 2018 First 21st June 2018

Alice Ridgway: Glance Beyond Reality

There are many things which impact your way of life and who you are as a person. Glance Beyond Reality investigates the imagination and the power of the surrounding environment. Alice Ridgway’s intricate ink paintings represent similarities between the body and the land.

By merging the structures of the environment and the human body, your unique individuality and way of life emerges. People all view the world in different ways. These works aim to not only represent what you see directly but also what your landscape triggers in the human imagination.

Various Dates 21st June to 15th July 2018 First 21st June 2018

Everglades Art Deco Tour

Rev up, rug up and warm up with a tour of Australia's first tourist destination in luxurious art deco style.

We've stocked up on fluffy mohair knee rugs, foot warmers and even the giggle juice cabintet to warm the cockles of your heart.

This 2-hour tour includes an all-weather Devonshire tea and tour of famous heritage property Everglades Historic House & Gardens at Leura.

Various Dates 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 22nd June 2018

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Winter Wonderland Tour

Rev up, rug up and warm up with a tour of Australia's first tourist destination in luxurious art deco style.

We've stocked up on fluffy mohair knee rugs, foot warmers and even the giggle juice cabinet to warm the cockles of your heart.

This 1-hour tour takes in historic Cliff Drive, Echo Point overlooking the famous Three sisters rock formation and Katoomba towm centre.

This tour operates at various timeslots between 9am and 4pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout June, July and August.

Various Dates 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 22nd June 2018

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Lord Carrington Tour

Rev up, rug up and warm up with a tour of Australia's first tourist destination in luxurious art deco style.

We've stocked up on fluffy mohair knee rugs, foot warmers and even the giggle juice cabinet to warm the cockles of your heart.

This three-hour tour includes a tour-course lunch or dinner at the historic Carrington Hotel and a Leura and Katoomba tour route.

Tours available at 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout June and July.

Various Dates 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 22nd June 2018

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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 29th March 2019 Next 22nd June 2018

My Friend the Chocolate Cake in the Blue Mountains

After a successful tour last year, 2018 will see My Friend the Chocolate Cake's latest album 'The Revival Meeting' back on the road by popular demand for the Winter Revival Tour.

The band have decided to put their music on the back burner for a few years in order to pursue solo projects, travel the world, and eat more cake. So this will be the last chance to see them for at least this decade!

The song writing genius of David Bridie combined with the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made My Friend the Chocolate Cake a big concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks for more than two and a half decades.

On 22nd June 2018

Annual Yulefest Blue Mountains Dinner and Show

Cult comedy entertainment… The Best British Comedy Down Under

With high energy and snappy one-liners, you will be quoting these guys for Forever!

The many stories of Neddie Seagoon, a rotund and short (“Duck’s Disease, the curse of the Seagoons!”) idiot. 

This tour de overacting, incorporating lots of sound effects, silly voices and a platoon of CraZy characters, will have you in fits of laughter and drowning in your own tears.

Seagoon, a good-natured and hairy sort, is victim to a terrible weakness… GREED. Coupled with his innate gullibility, Neddie’s covetous nature makes him easy prey to confidence schemes courtesy of the conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty.

Featuring a plethora of characters including the world’s most famous idiot Eccles (yes, even more infamous than Neddie), the squeaky-voiced boy-scout Bluebottle (who reads his stage-directions out loud), Major Dennis Bloodnok a devout coward, and Miss Minnie Bannister the sexy senior citizen who lives in sin with crumbling, fumbling old man Henry Crun.

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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Winter Solstice Soriree

Through the Day

At midday Hands Heart and feet will perform on The Carrington Driveway

Evening 

6pm the Fireworks display accompanied by Samba-trombada 

The Grand Dining Room will host our Annual Winter Solstice Ball - This years theme will be Winter Masquerade

 

Retro Rehash from Radio Blue Mountains will be hosting the Event in the Baroque Room. 

The KTown funky horns are set to funk up the annual peasants ball held in the Ballroom 

 

There will be other events happening through out Katoomba across many venues day and night. 

 

WATCH THIS SPACE  - MORE DETAILS TO COME

 

To plan you weekend, contact the Carrington Hotel directly accommodation packages on 02 4782 1111.

On 23rd June 2018

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Winter Solstice Masquerade Ball

Come and Celebrate the Winter Solstice with us at The Winter Masquerade Ball

Our annual fireworks display will be at 6pm and be accompanied by Samba Trombada. For best veiwing grab a spot on the driveway.

Afterwards, put on your best Mask and join us at the ball, with a 3 course meal, beverage package and live entertainment, it is an event not to be missed.

Accommodation packages available.

Contact details:

(02) 4782 1111

carrington@thecarrington.com.au

On 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!

Cult comedy entertainment… the Best British Comedy Down Under

With high energy and snappy one-liners, you will be quoting these guys for Forever!

The many stories of Neddie Seagoon, a rotund and short (“Duck’s Disease, the curse of the Seagoons!”) idiot. 

This tour de overacting, incorporating lots of sound effects, silly voices and a platoon of CraZy characters, will have you in fits of laughter and drowning in your own tears.

Seagoon, a good-natured and hairy sort, is victim to a terrible weakness… GREED. Coupled with his innate gullibility, Neddie’s covetous nature makes him easy prey to confidence schemes courtesy of the conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty.

Featuring a plethora of characters including the world’s most famous idiot Eccles (yes, even more infamous than Neddie), the squeaky-voiced boy-scout Bluebottle (who reads his stage-directions out loud), Major Dennis Bloodnok a devout coward, and Miss Minnie Bannister the sexy senior citizen who lives in sin with crumbling, fumbling old man Henry Crun.

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.

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

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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Wollemi Artisan Market

Join the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for the Wollemi Artisan Market Winter Edition for live music, gourmet food and stalls from local designers, artists and makers.

The markets will showcase a range of hand crafted gifts, homewares, prints, jewellery, clothing, stationery, beauty products, toys and more.

It’s the perfect opportunity to shop local and support your creative community.

On 23rd June 2018

The Goon Show Live! at Yulefest

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

The stories of Neddie Seagoon, a rotund and short (Duck’s Disease, the curse of the Seagoons!) idiot.

This tour de overacting, incorporating lots of sound effects, silly voices and a platoon of CraZy characters, will have you in fits of laughter and drowning in your own tears.

Seagoon, a good-natured and hairy sort, is victim to a terrible weakness - greed. Coupled with his innate gullibility, Neddie’s covetous nature makes him easy prey to confidence schemes courtesy of the conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty.

Featuring a plethora of characters including the world’s most famous idiot Eccles (yes, even more infamous than Neddie), the squeaky-voiced boy-scout Bluebottle (who reads his stage-directions out loud), Major Dennis Bloodnok a devout coward, and Miss Minnie Bannister the sexy senior citizen who lives in sin with crumbling, fumbling old man Henry Crun.

If you love British Comedy, Yule Love The Goon Show Live!

Based on the original cult BBC series which starred Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe; the shows include specially re-engineered sound effects.

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

Various Dates 23rd June to 14th July 2018 First 23rd June 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 24th June 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 Next 24th 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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Exhibition opening: The Unexpected In-Between by Hannah Surtees

Designer Hannah Surtees is the winner of this year’s Sculpture at Scenic World major prize, together with partner Mark, for their work Geronimo. With The Unexpected In-Between, Hannah is showing a body of solo work featuring sculpture, painting and prints, and it is an exciting and rare opportunity to delve more deeply into Hannah's incredible creative practice.

The exhibition takes its name from the serendipitous nature of how this particular body of work came about. After many years of producing commercial client work, Hannah was struggling to rediscover her own style. Her solution was to begin doodling to push through her creative block, which in turn laid the groundwork for the designs featured in this exhibition.

Daily 29th June to 23rd July 2018 Next 29th June 2018

Unlocking The Doors

Unlocking The Doors set out to capture the Shamanistic presence of Jim Morrison, the hypnotic bass lines and swirling keys of Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger’s legato blues inspired guitar modality and John Densmore eclectic fusion of Jazz, Rock and Latin drum beats for the ultimate Doors experience. Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin…….

One night only at the Baroque Room, located at the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. Come and celebrate and evening of the unmistakable music and poetry that was The Doors.

On 30th June 2018

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George Michael Relived: Katoomba

Don't miss this night of music “George Michael Relived” is an electrically charged act which covers all of the great George Michael eras taking you on a journey from the early years of Wham through to today.

George Michael Relived performs the songs we all know and love such as: Faith, Careless Whisper, Fast Love, Outside, Last Christmas, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, I’m Your Man, Freedom and Everything She Wants, to name just a few. A fantastic musical experience performing the best of singer songwriter George Michael from the 80s and spanning the last three decades. George’s music is iconic and his songs are recognised all over the world.

With the recent loss of George Michael, his music is more moving, than ever. These songs have stayed within your hearts and your minds. Featuring tight harmonies from some of Sydney's best singers and a killer band, this will be a Funky night to remember. So get ready to dance and sing along to all your favourites.

On 30th June 2018

Operation Art

Operation Art is the premier state wide visual arts exhibition for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. It is a unique contemporary children’s exhibition which encourages students to create artworks for children in hospital. The exhibition focuses on creating a positive environment to aid the healing and recovery process of young patients.

The Operation Art touring exhibition comprises 50 selected artworks from the 2017 Operation Art Main Exhibition. These works will tour regionally and be on display at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. They will then be given to the Children's Hospital at Westmead as part of their permanent collection.

Operation Art is an initiative of NSW Department of Education and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Operation Art acknowledges the generous support of ANSTO [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation] whose funding supports Operation Art's Touring Exhibitions.

Daily 30th June to 19th August 2018 Next 30th June 2018

July 2018

The Seasons – Haydn – The Phoenix Choir Blue Mountains

Phoenix Choir presents Joseph Hadyn's final oratorio, a masterwork of creative story-telling through music. With its refined classical elegance and quotes from the Surprise Symphony, The Seasons is unmistakably Haydn at his best. The delightfully intricate writing foreshadows the language of romanticism to illuminate the polite pastoral landscape of James Thomson’s original poem.

The oratorio is a 19th century metaphor for spiritual renewal—it tells the story of the seasons through their industrious work rewarded by God’s bounteous gifts. Haydn paints pictures of sunrise and scorched earth in summer, and rewards them with a drinking song in Autumn. In winter, they are still hard at work knitting and weaving before they face their reckoning in the final chorus and then the glorious morn, an awakening to new life.

Led by musical director Rowen Fox, Phoenix Choir will perform the oratorio in an arrangement by Alexander von Zemlinsky for four handed piano. An associate of Schoenberg and a fine composer in his own right, Zemlinsky captures both the complexity and the drama of the orchestration with two expert pianists, Janette Norcott and Margo Adelson at the grand piano.

See Eventfinda for more information.

On 1st July 2018

Watercolour Workshops with artist David Wardman

A workshop for beginners and more advanced participants. A one day structured workshop, an intensive but highly enjoyable process aimed at raising the skills and confidence of the participant. You will study the materials and techniques to discover new ways of seeing the world around you, and to translate that into successful water colour painting.

They look at how to find compelling subject matter almost anywhere. They study the nature of light in painting that defines and gives the image life.

David Wardman is an accomplished watercolour artist, as well as conducting workshops he has given talks in watercolour illustration at Sydney University, UTS, and Sydney College of the Arts.

Student numbers are limited to six participants, the day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm, the workshops are held on the first Sunday of each month. A light lunch and refreshments are included. Some materials are provided , please contact David for materials requirements.

Various Dates 1st July 2018 to 2nd June 2019 First 1st July 2018

Australian Girls Choir and Blue Mountains Youth Choir

The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) present a spectacular showcase of song and dance. You will be stunned by their exquisite singing, impressed by their dazzling dance steps and moved by the passionate performance of the AGC. Like no other choir you’ve seen before, these girls perform with vibrancy and energy which is how they have sung their way into the hearts of thousands of people worldwide. This enchanting performance will take you on a musical journey featuring a varied and entertaining repertoire from Broadway show tunes to Australiana to contemporary and traditional pieces and world music.

Many will know the AGC as the choir made famous by the ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ television advertisements for Qantas which have captured the hearts of the nation over the past 19 years.

The angelic voices of the AGC have been heard all over the globe including singing for Queen Elizabeth II, President Obama and Ellen DeGeneres, and at thousands of high profile events including the Hugh Jackman ‘Broadway to Oz’ Arena Tour.

The concert features all members of the 2018 AGC National Tour Choir. The Blue Mountains Youth Choir will also feature as part of this performance.

On 1st July 2018

Yulefest Restaurant Shuttle

Crisp mountain air, mist-ical landscapes, crackling fireplaces and even the change of snow: the season for which the Blue Mountains is most famous is almost here.

To celebrate, we are offering a special hotsy-totsy Yulefest restaurant shuttle deal every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening between 4pm and midnight throughout July.

One of our fully restored 1929 Cadillac La Salle vintage cars - Flora, Ella or Ava - will collect you from any location between Wentworth Falls and Mt Victoria and deliver you in old-Hollywood style to your choice of swanky restaurant, smooth bar or jazzy music hall.

Your dedicated chauffeur will collect you two hours later and return you to any accommodation venue, railway station or home.

Various Dates 5th to 28th July 2018 First 5th July 2018

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Yulefest Restaurant Shuttle

Crisp mountain air, mist-ical landscapes, crackling fireplaces and even the change of snow: the season for which the Blue Mountains is most famous is almost here.

To celebrate, we are offering a special hotsy-totsy Yulefest restaurant shuttle deal every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening between 4pm and midnight throughout July.

One of our fully restored 1929 Cadillac La Salle vintage cars - Flora, Ella or Ava - will collect you from any location between Wentworth Falls and Mt Victoria and deliver you in old-Hollywood style to your choice of swanky restaurant, smooth bar or jazzy music hall.

Your dedicated chauffeur will collect you two hours later and return you to any accommodation venue, railway station or home.

Various Dates 5th to 28th July 2018 First 5th July 2018

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Hello Tut Tut and Devil on the Rooftop in concert

Hello Tut Tut are dynamic and daring when it comes to creating original music. Tapping into their European roots, the band has a fresh take on the Klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy and Latin musical traditions.

By blending these styles with the pulse of contemporary dance music, this seven-piece brings a high energy show that gets you up and dancing.

They have made a speedy ascent on the World Music scene, winning over local and international crowds with their performances at Falls Festival (Byron Bay), Bello Winter Music Festival, Live en Août (New Caledonia), Rainbow Serpent Festival and a collection of Australia’s most recognised venues and night markets.

Devil on the Rooftop are a fantastical realm between Eastern European folk tunes, Bluegrass and something else.
DOTR is combination of the talents of Jess Randall (The Crooked Fiddle Band) and Morgan Haselden (Mimosa).

On 6th July 2018

The Mountain Heritage Hotel Katoomba - Yulefest 2018 Celebration

5 Course Dinner Menu  +  Carols & Special Guest Entertainment  +  Precious Memories!

Winter in the Blue Mountains means it’s Yulefest time again. So take a well-earned break and bring your loved one, grab your friends, stay with your whole family… we’ve got a jolly Santa, a gourmet menu, hot Christmas puddings, and much more, all just waiting for you!

PLUS this year we have a very special treat!

Multi award-winning singer/songwriter Pat Drummond (his accolades include ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ at the Australian Bush Music Festival, along with ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Country Song of the Year’) will be joining us! Pat will be performing all his popular favourites every Saturday night in July. Settle in for a performance that will be the talk of the town!

Don’t worry – all our regular and much-loved in-house entertainment will also be part of the magical evening… and you’re welcome to join in!

Don’t settle for imitations!  

Book direct for a fantastic Yulefest weekend – you’ll save $30 off the Mountain Heritage’s two-night minimum weekend accommodation rates when you do. (Make sure you select the weekend dates you want.) We’d love to have you join us for a once-a-year-event that will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

Join us for an unforgettable night! 

Every Saturday in July: 7th - 14th - 21st - 28th 

 

 

Various Dates 7th to 28th July 2018 First 7th July 2018

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Boxboards Theatre presents 'Faulty Tales'

Faulty Tales - the long-running parody of the greatest BBC sitcom every made - is once again being staged during Yulefest, at the Wentworth Falls Country Club by Boxboards Theatre.

Experience all your favourite characters with a contemporary twist, and enjoy a meal in the restaurant of the world's most infamous hotelier!

Time: 6.30pm. Tickets include a three course meal.

Daily 7th July to 4th August 2018 Next 7th July 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 Next 7th July 2018

Kevina-Jo Smith: Never Give Up

Kevina–Jo Smith’s Never Give Up is an immersive installation, combining film, photographs, textile panels and costumes to enact a collective consciousness around the ever increasing environmental threats facing the planet. The exhibition is formulated as a direct response to Smith’s experience as artist in residence in a remote Indigenous community in the Guna Yala region of Panama.

Smith’s art practice is focused on connecting the material world with the imagined - global with local. She weaves an intensely personal visual language as a means of addressing social, environmental and political issues. Her multi-layered installations often incorporate up-cycled and found materials, with each component being delicate and time consuming to create. This slow and labour intense process is Smith’s tribute to the natural world and a ritual against destruction.

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition.

Daily 7th July to 19th August 2018 Next 7th July 2018

The Marvellous Sock Machine

Sock Buddies, Spud and Gromit, are inundated with washing so many socks – and they’re always losing them! What are they to do?

An interactive show for kids aged two to eight years.

Gromit has a great idea! She starts to build the Marvellous Sock Machine that washes, sorts and pairs all the socks up.

Spud is very helpful (not), and he sings a silly-sock-song about Gromit’s Sock Machine.

Whenever Spud sings he gets the audience to join in and do something funny.

Then, oh no! Something goes wrong with the Marvellous Sock Machine. The Sock Monster has stolen a part of it!

How are Spud and Gromit going to catch the Sock Monster?
Can the Marvellous Sock Machine be fixed?
Will the Sock Buddies be able find all those lost Socks and pair them up?

Various Dates 7th to 22nd July 2018 First 7th 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!

Cult comedy entertainment… The Best British Comedy Down Under

With high energy and snappy one-liners, you will be quoting these guys for Forever!

The many stories of Neddie Seagoon, a rotund and short (“Duck’s Disease, the curse of the Seagoons!”) idiot. 

This tour de overacting, incorporating lots of sound effects, silly voices and a platoon of CraZy characters, will have you in fits of laughter and drowning in your own tears.

Seagoon, a good-natured and hairy sort, is victim to a terrible weakness… GREED. Coupled with his innate gullibility, Neddie’s covetous nature makes him easy prey to confidence schemes courtesy of the conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty.

Featuring a plethora of characters including the world’s most famous idiot Eccles (yes, even more infamous than Neddie), the squeaky-voiced boy-scout Bluebottle (who reads his stage-directions out loud), Major Dennis Bloodnok a devout coward, and Miss Minnie Bannister the sexy senior citizen who lives in sin with crumbling, fumbling old man Henry Crun.

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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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 8th July 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 Next 8th July 2018

Nerd Alert - Science on the Mountain

Hands-on science for curious kids who like to make things, experiment, use gadgets and find out cool stuff. Led by their fun and knowledgeable Garden Science Educator, these holidays they’ll explore the most ancient tiny plants on the planet with Mossy Monsters. Suitable children eight to 12 years of age and their parents. Bookings essential.

Various Dates 11th to 18th July 2018 First 11th July 2018

Holiday Kids Flix: Peter Rabbit

School Holidays Kids Flix are back by popular demand!

Beat the winter blues these holidays with range of family friendly films at Blue Mountains Theatre. All films begin at 11am. Fresh popcorn, drinks and treats will be available to purchase from the snack bar.

Peter Rabbit (PG)
Stubborn, mischievous Peter Rabbit causes chaos in the garden of the irritable farmer Mr McGregor. A comedy based on the much-loved children’s stories by Beatrix Potter.

On 12th July 2018

Holiday Kids Flix: Ferdinand

School Holidays Kids Flix are back by popular demand!

Beat the winter blues these holidays with range of family friendly films at Blue Mountains Theatre. All films begin at 11am. Fresh popcorn, drinks and treats will be available to purchase from the snack bar.

Ferdinand (G)
Gentle Ferdinand prefers smelling flowers to fighting, but he is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

On 13th July 2018

Winter 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. Winter is a fascinating season in the bird world. It’s a time of nectar abundance, with many honeyeaters attracted to the Garden’s collection of Proteaceae, while small birds can be easy to spot as they move into the open habitats. Get some tips from Carol on how to use binoculars and identify birds. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding.

Various Dates 14th July to 25th August 2018 First 14th July 2018

Holiday Kids Flix: Coco

School Holidays Kids Flix are back by popular demand!

Beat the winter blues these holidays with range of family friendly films at Blue Mountains Theatre. All films begin at 11am. Fresh popcorn, drinks and treats will be available to purchase from the snack bar.

Coco (PG)
Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician. Desperate to prove his talent, he sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, finding himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead and leading to an extraordinary family reunion.

On 17th July 2018

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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Holiday Kids Flix: Happy Feet

School Holidays Kids Flix are back by popular demand!

Beat the winter blues these holidays with range of family friendly films at Blue Mountains Theatre. All films begin at 11am. Fresh popcorn, drinks and treats will be available to purchase from the snack bar.

Happy Feet (G)
Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But Mumble can tap dance something fierce!

On 19th July 2018

Glenn A. Baker presents Tijuana Taxi

Join them for an unforgettable night when the legendary Glenn A Baker graces their stage to host an exceptional evening of music with acclaimed Sydney band Tijuana Taxi: a tribute to the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Tijuana Taxi is a dapper eight piece ensemble (with real marimba!) that evokes the mood and music of the swinging sixties, faithfully recreating 21 classics of this unique, upbeat, melodic group, including “Spanish Flea”, “Tijuana Taxi”, “The Lonely Bull” and “A Taste of Honey”.

They will strike chords of deep nostalgia for baby boomers as well as intrigue and delight the next generation of quality kitsch-loving younger folks. It’s music that spans all generations!

Tijuana Taxi itself is a who’s who of Sydney’s finest latin and jazz musicians, and is led by renowned bassist Tina Harris.

On 27th July 2018

The Buzz on Native Bees - Winter

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. Bookings essential.

On 28th July 2018

Cello and Chocolate - Cello Solo

A Collection of Cello Solos for the love of the lower Strings! Enjoy a wonderful Cello Solo with Georg Mertens in the 100 year old former Presbyterian Church, now Josophan’s Gingerbread House.

Program includes: Marais La Folia, five preludes for the Love of the lower Strings, Blue Mountains Rainforest Sonata, Gershwin's Summertime, Didgeridoo.

Plus - the overdue CD with Didgeridoo and Sakura and "The mellow cello" is finally there! Every CD will be dated and signed.

This event includes the concert plus Josophan's hot chocolate shot and fine chocolate on arrival, dessert in candlelight at the long oak table at Intermission and take home chocolate.

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

Various Dates 24th March to 29th September 2018 Next 28th July 2018

August 2018

Afternoons! Tonight with James Valentine

All the hilarity of James Valentine’s Afternoon radio program from ABC Radio Sydney but after dark. And in a theatre.

James will share his best, worst and most intriguing callers from his Afternoons radio show, and then he’ll turn it over to you for a live session of talkback theatre that will bring out the strange, the wonderful and the hilarious sitting right there in the theatre.

Expect live versions of such legendary segments as This Is What I Live With, Ex, The New Normal and Petty Crime Stoppers…they’ll all be there. Who knows, maybe he’ll even attempt…Nothing.

James will be joined by the legendary HG Nelson for a specially convened Springwood meeting of the Even Greater Sydney Planning Committee - the body that oversees all other planning bodies in Sydney. James and HG bring a vision splendid to Sydney planning so expect further insights into how the new airport can also be a Centre of Excellence for Rugby League and what it will take to turn the Scenic Railway into a major transport corridor.

A fantastically funny and interactive night at the theatre and a great insight into how this radio show really works!

On 3rd August 2018

Springwood Art Show

The first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains, which helped establish the Blue Mountains’ reputation as an arts hub and recognised 'city of the arts', will once again showcase the best established and emerging talent in the area from August 3 - 5.

Held at Springwood High School and co-ordinated by the P and C, Springwood Art Show directly supports students of the school with 25 per cent of all sales including admission, café, raffle and artworks used to buy educational resources.

Visitors can snap up a world-class piece from a mature artist or make a shrewd long-term investment with an artwork from fresh talent, selecting from approximately 400 pieces of original art from more than 100 predominantly local artists. The art show also includes a range of quality artisan crafts such as leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles.

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

Sea to the Trees Chef Dinner

Award-winning Chef Colin Barker is bringing his passion for sustainable seafood to Eucalypt Restaurant for an intimate dinner experience on Saturday 4th August. Having worked as John’s apprentice 20 years ago the pair re-join to bring the sea to the trees for one night only.

Experience a menu combining the freshest seafood, local Blue Mountains produce and decadent flavours. On the night your 5-course dinner will be expertly matched with TarraWarra wines from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, including their notable 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir. Book now for an evening of delicious food, great memories, and fine wine.

On 4th August 2018

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Pony Face and Special Guests Lazy Colts and Sarah Humphreys

Pony Face are one of the most revered and beloved bands in the Melbourne music scene. Their songs are mesmerising and immersive: creating layers of sonic electric guitar textures around deep driving bass grooves, with echoes from the Badlands.

With the recent addition of ARIA awarding winning guitarist/producer Shane O’Mara, the band has a dazzling energy that captivates both intimate rooms and festival stages. These four unhurried explorers of sound look for light in the dark, quiet corners of song. “Deja Vu” received “Album of the Week” from both SMH and The Age.

Straddling the divide between blissful and brooding, Pony Face take listeners on an aural journey down a highway that links the crystalline intimacy of Sparklehorse, the dark rock noir of Rowland S Howard and the uniquely Australian feel of Dirty Three.

On 4th August 2018

The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men

An all-star cast of angry musicians with a wicked sense of humour!

The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men features more than 20 iconic songs interwoven with tales that reveal surprising and unknown stories behind some of the world’s most legendary performers. Audiences can expect music from artists including: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp and many more.

From the writer and producer of Pearl – The Janis Joplin Story, this wonderful show delivers some of the greatest music ever made by the singers and songwriters who will never be forgotten.

The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men is led by Jeremy Edwards and Matt Ross performing vocals and guitar; with Wayne Kellett (bass and vocals), Di Solomon (keys and vocals) and George Brugmans (drums).

On 4th August 2018

Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

Margaret Flockton was the first botanical illustrator to work at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The Margaret Flockton Award honours the enormous contribution Margaret made to early Australian botanical illustration and taxonomic research and encourages outstanding contemporary illustrators to build on this fine tradition. Complex science is translated into precise and detailed imagery as artists from around the world compete for this annual Award. Free entry.

Daily 11th August to 23rd September 2018 Next 11th 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.

Daily 11th to 12th August 2018 Next 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

Mic Conway’s National Junk Band

Jug band blues, political satire and lunatic on-stage antics combine as a new-vaudevillian comedy cabaret. From Byron Bay BluesFest to Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals to Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the National Junk Band have become festival favourites for their unique collision of fire, illusion, passion, irreverent satire, magic, singing saws, flying chooks, musical mayhem and some very funny songs.

On 17th August 2018

Gondwana Garden Family Day

Take a trip through time to the ancient land of Gondwana for a fantastic family day of hands-on science fun at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden!

Enjoy interactive chats with Botanists from the Herbarium. Hunt for Australian Virtual Reality dinosaurs and megafauna in the Garden with their free Jurassic Garden app. Watch reptile and dinosaur shows. See and learn about furry animals, frogs and tadpoles.

The Gondwana Garden event and the Jurassic Garden dinosaur app are supported by Inspiring Australia, and part of the Sydney Science Festival.

On 18th August 2018

Greystanes Gala Dinner

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 18th August 2018

Kaki King

Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body is Kaki King at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist through virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity.

This ground-breaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other, where luminous visions of genesis and death, textures and skins, are cast onto an Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King Signature six-string Acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production.

The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body debuted at Brooklyn’s acclaimed BRIC Theater in New York City in 2014, and is touring extensively worldwide.

On 18th August 2018

Blackheath Choir Festival

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!

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

Daffodil Festival

With optimum growing conditions, the Garden will be transformed by a sea of golden hues as plantings of daffodils erupt in bloom. Enjoy a picnic, take some photos or simply enjoy the mass plantings. View the many varieties of cut flowers in the Visitor Centre with cut flowers and potted Daffodils available for purchase along with Cancer Council by purchasing Daffodil Day merchandise. For a small fee, book in for a guided daffodil walk or their bulb growing workshop.

Daily 24th August to 2nd September 2018 Next 24th August 2018

Daffodil Discovery Walk

Join their Horticulturist on a guided walk discovering the delightful winter/spring bulbs on display at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Learn about some of the varieties which are growing at Mount Tomah.

On 25th August 2018

September 2018

Prohibition Ball

On 1st September 2018

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Bulbs of the Taurus Mountains of Turkey

Mat Murray, Senior Horticulturist – Ornamental, recently accompanied an expedition to the Taurus Mountains of Turkey to look for spring flowering bulbs. In this presentation he will tell you about the plants, people and places that were encountered on this trip, with some stunning imagery as a back drop.

On 1st September 2018

Growing Bulbs

Join their Horticulturist to learn the secrets to bulb growing success. Learn about general cultivation and care tips for growing both spring and summer flowering bulbs with a hands on propagation workshop.

On 1st 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

CareFlight Woodford to Glenbrook Classic

Join the CareFlight Woodford to Glenbrook Classic 2018 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. The event will finish with a community fair-style reception in the beautiful Euroka Clearing.

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

This event has been running for over a decade and attracts almost 1,000 competitors annually. It 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 9th September 2018

Glenn A. Baker presents Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood Experience

Join them for an unforgettable night of entertainment when Glenn A. Baker once more graces the stage to host a presentation of the acclaimed Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood Experience.

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood were pop’s weirdest duo, a beauty and the beast pairing, whose quirky success confounded the critics while creating some of 60's America’s most iconic pop. Their iconic, eponymous 1968 album Nancy and Lee, rated as the 87th best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork, spawned some of the duo’s best songs and inspired generations of musicians.

Fresh from sell-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, they’ll be running riot through their classic hits, including ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking’, ‘Jackson’, ‘Summer Wine’, ‘You Only Live Twice’, ‘Sugar Town’, ‘Lightning’s Girl’, ‘Something Stupid’, ‘Bang Bang’, ‘Up, Up & Away’, the trippy ‘Some Velvet Morning’ and more gems from the Nancy and Lee catalogue, as well as many more fabulous solos and duets.

Fronted by renowned stage, film and television actor Zoe Carides as Nancy, Scott Holmes as Lee and with former red Wiggle Murray Cook on bass, the Nancy Boys re-imagine the Sixties through the eyes of the iconic and culty Nancy and Lee.

On 14th September 2018

Xylouris White

Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad and has been playing professionally from age 12. Born into a musical dynasty, he learned his craft at his father’s knee – beloved Greek composer and musician Psarantonis.

Jim White is an Australian drummer known and loved throughout the world as the drummer of Dirty Three, Venom P Stinger and now Xylouris White. For the last four years these two men have been performing as Xylouris White, the culmination of 25 years of friendship forged through music and place.

Xylouris White returns to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, Mother. Mother continues the duo’s innovative concoction of free-jazz, avant-rock and ages-old Greek folk traditions that saw their 2014 debut album Goats top the Billboard World Music chart.

On 21st September 2018

Always... Patsy Cline

Always…Patsy Cline
Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley – based on a true story.

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.

The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”

The musical play, complete with down home country humour, true emotion and audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as ‘Crazy’, ‘I Fall to Pieces’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Walking After Midnight’… 27 songs in all.

Always…Patsy Cline has enjoyed great success internationally including Canada and Australia and especially in the US, where it had a successful run off-Broadway.

This new production is directed by AFI award-winner Denny Lawrence and stars award winning country music singing sensation Courtney Conway alongside popular stage star Mandi Lodge (Menopause The Musical) as Louise Seger.

On 22nd 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

October 2018

Evergreen Ensemble

The acclaimed Evergreen Ensemble presents a stunning new concert of baroque and folk music: Snow in Summer.

Evergreen Ensemble pays homage to the music of the windswept landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Isles, as well exploring their Scandinavian ties. This is Scottish baroque music as you’ve never heard it before, arranged for electric viola da gamba, celtic harp, baroque violin, theorbo and the angelic voice of Claire Patti. Audiences will be enraptured by the ancient vocal and instrumental melodies interspersed with new compositions inspired by these beautiful rugged northern landscapes.

Featuring four female musicians, the ensemble comprises – Shane Lestideau on baroque violin; Samantha Cohen on theorbo and baroque guitar; Claire Patti with Celtic harp and voice; and Jenny Eriksson on acoustic and electric viola da gamba.

The October 2018 tour is also an album launch of a studio recording of the Snow in Summer repertoire. Alongside 18th Century sonatas you’ll hear arrangements of folk songs – sparse, ambient string textures, plucked notes resonating like stars in a clear nights sky, a voice soaring high above.

On 6th October 2018

Bijou

A café-bar in Paris 1933.

Wine flows, people chat, flirt and laugh while the music plays, but there’s a new face in the crowd.

A ravaged figure in faded finery and fake pearls, enters. The evening takes an unexpected turn, as ‘Madame Bijou’ former Queen of the Demi-Monde, unleashes a string of intimate, colourful memories.

Music of Satie, Weill, Hollander, Bruant accompanies her stories and songs.

This sumptuous cabaret peeps into the private, sensual world of a riveting Parisienne d’un certain age.

Bijou will surprise you at every turn. ?

>>>Reviews<<<

'BIJOU is a triumph; a glorious and uplifting look into the underground artistic world of post-war Paris.'

Review by Matthew RavenThe Buzz

 

 

 

'...a journey through time and space that is always entrancing... Four and a half stars'

Review by Sam Baranthemusic.com

 

 

'...memorable musical moments... truly beautiful harmonies...'

Review by Kim TownsendSydney Scoop

 

 

Daily 12th to 13th October 2018 Next 12th October 2018

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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.

Daily 13th to 28th October 2018 Next 13th October 2018

Bijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction

A café-bar in Paris 1933. Wine flows, people chat, flirt and laugh while the music plays, but there’s a new face in the crowd.

A ravaged figure in faded finery and fake pearls, enters. The evening takes an unexpected turn, as ‘Madame Bijou’ former Queen of the Demi-Monde, unleashes a string of intimate, colourful memories. Music of Satie, Weill, Hollander, Bruant accompanies her stories and songs.

This sumptuous cabaret peeps into the private, sensual world of a riveting Parisienne d’un certain age.

Bijou will surprise you at every turn. ​

Daily 13th to 14th October 2018 Next 13th October 2018

National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival

The National Cool Climate Wine Show teamed up with Mayfield 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.

On 13th 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

Task Force 72 Model Ship Association Annual Regatta

Come and watch as members from the Task Force 72 Model Ship Association from around Australia gather to display and run their 1:72 scale model vessels on Wentworth Falls Lake.

The detailed models, which are owned, built and maintained by members, range from warships to commercial vessels such as liners and tugs which range in size from less than 20 centimetres in length to over 4.6 metres in length.

Free viewing, however the running of the models is limited to members only.

Time: Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm.

Daily 24th to 25th November 2018 Next 24th 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

Life Drawing Summer Schools at Norman Lindsay Gallery

During the warm summer days of January, two Life Drawing Summer Schools will be held in the beautiful grounds of the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge. If you want to explore your creative side in this magical setting, enrol now in one of these special four day courses.

The package includes three or four days (9am to 1pm) of life drawing, with an experienced tutor, models, use of easels, and morning tea. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced drawers.

Bookings are essential.

Daily 4th to 7th January 2019 Next 4th 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

Lady Luck Festival at The Carrington Hotel

The Lady Luck Festival was formed in 2009, created for the rockabilly and vintage enthusiasts, showcasing 'customs and culture' from the fabulous 1950's.

By day, think fun, fashion, food and entertainment for the whole family with free admission to bands, market day, hot rod and vintage car show, swing dancing, public dance lesson and a jumping castle for the kids.

By night, get a babysitter and frock up as the party begins with a 'Diner and Dance' party with live bands, dance performances and much more. More details to come.

On 20th January 2019

Wines of the West Festival

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

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

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

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

Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2019

Rydal Show

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

The Rydal Show is known as 'the biggest little show in the west'.

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

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

On 2nd February 2019

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival

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

The Blue Mountains Ukulele Group presents one of the most unique and fun events of the year with the Annual Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival.

The festival is the largest ukulele festival in the world with over 100 acts across nine stages and thousands of visitors taking in the ukulele fun.

The festival opens Friday night at 7pm, with a dinner and show (bookings required at the Carrington Hotel). All are welcome to the performances and free workshops all day Saturday and then free Jam and Strum session on Sunday – bring your ukulele!

This free event is run by fun loving volunteers who believe that there are two types of people in the world - those who play the Ukulele and those who want to. One thing for sure, the many visitors who come along can't help tapping their feet, singing along and having fun.

Daily 8th to 10th February 2019 Next 8th February 2019

Oberon Show

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

Oberon's annual Agricultural Show returns.

Enjoy plenty of action and activity at the Oberon Show. A colourful showcase of country life with plenty of action and activity including dog championships, equestrian events, ute competition, stationary engines, fireworks, and a wonderful display of produce, flowers, and craft in the pavilion.

Children can enjoy rides and sideshow alley as well as the animal nursery. Saturday's program ends with spectacular fireworks. Appetising refreshments are also on offer.

On 10th February 2019

Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair

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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

The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz

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

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

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

On 23rd February 2019

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.

On 24th February 2019

March 2019

Portland Art Exhibition

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

Annual Portland Art Exhibition. The Portland Art Society Inc. hold an art exhibition every year the first weekend in March and have done so since 1976. The exhibition, which is highly rated in NSW allows a great diversification of artists to present and show their work.

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

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

Lithgow Agricultural Show

The Lithgow Agricultural Show will bring together all the popular exhibitions plus Side Show Alley. The Show weekend will be packed with things to do and see including Monster Trucks and Rolly Polly Cars, Outback Stockman Show, Machines Parade, Wood chopping, Rural Fire Service Challenge District Brigades, plus a spectacular Fireworks display on Saturday night.

Daily 15th to 16th March 2019 Next 15th March 2019

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 15th to 17th March 2019 Next 15th March 2019

April 2019

Lower Blue Mountains Artists Trail

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

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.

On 7th April 2019

Sculpture at Scenic World

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 35 artworks from local, national and international artists.

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

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

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

Plan your autumn arts escape now!

Various Dates 12th April to 12th May 2019 First 12th April 2019

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.

Daily 13th to 28th April 2019 Next 13th April 2019

Open day with rides on heritage steam train

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

Bring the family along to enjoy the stunning display of remarkable exhibits including unlimited 20 minute rides on the "Valley Heights Mixed" in an 1890 open ended "Cowboy" carriage hauled by 1899 Stephenson Steam tank engine No 2 "Stevo".

View model layouts, climb on board historic locomotives and carriages, and inspect memorabilia from over 100 years of railway action at Valley Heights. View exhibits of rail artefacts and paintings, local history and photographic display plus the shop stocks a selection of books, DVDs and other souvenir items. Kids can do the fascinating 10-question quiz and check answers on the website.

On 21st April 2019

May 2019

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.

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 3rd May 2019

Newnes Shale Oil Refinery Ruins Walking tour, LithGlow

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Explore the historic ruins of one of Australia’s largest shale oil production schemes - the Newnes Shale Oil Refinery.
Built in 1906, the refinery was an ambitious undertaking by the British based Commonwealth Oil Corporation to exploit the Wolgan Valley’s vast shale reserves. The use of 19th century technology and the importation of lower priced crude oil into Australia finally closed the works in 1932.

All that remains of this once prosperous industry and thriving community are the industrial ruins and building foundations dispersed across the historically significant landscape.
This half day walking tour will explore the fascinating history of the once thriving shale oil industry, taking in the shale oil refinery ruins, the iconic beehive-shaped coking kilns, the remote township of Newnes and the Wolgan River.

On 11th May 2019

LithGlow

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
LithGlow Illuminating Industrial Innovation will be a weekend showcasing and celebrating Lithgow’s remarkable story of industrial innovation dating back to the late nineteenth century.

LithGlow will be held over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday May 12 - 13. With many of Lithgow’s museums and industrial locations offering special exhibitions, tours and displays for LithGlow, it will be a weekend not to be missed with something to entertain the whole family.

LithGlow will feature the opening of the Blast Furnace Park after the installation of new interpretive signage, walkways and lighting to enhance the visitor experience.

Daily 11th to 12th May 2019 Next 11th May 2019

Voices of Eskbank, LithGlow

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Discover the history of the Lithgow region through the Eskbank House Museum collection. One of the earliest house museums in the country, Eskbank House Museum holds many objects that reflect the important developments of the region, including the role of influential industrials Thomas Brown, James Rutherford, William Sandford and the Hoskins Brothers.

From 6pm Saturday, May 12 experience the Voices of Eskbank at night. Photographs from the archives will be projected on the buildings, giving you a unique insight into the people and moments that shaped the region.

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

Daily 11th to 12th May 2019 Next 11th May 2019

Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, LithGlow

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
The Glow Worm Tunnel trail is one of the most iconic walking tracks in the greater Lithgow region with its draw card - the spectacular display of illuminating glow worms in the historical Wolgan Valley Railway Tunnel No.2, and unmissable panoramic views across Wolgan Valley and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

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

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

On 12th May 2019

Ultra-Trail Australia

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

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

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

Daily 16th to 19th May 2019 Next 16th May 2019

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.

Daily 17th to 19th May 2019 Next 17th May 2019

Teddy Bears Day Out

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Children aged 16 and under admitted free provided they bring their Teddy Bear along for the fun (and are accompanied by a paying adult).

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

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

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

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

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

A great day out for all.

On 19th May 2019

Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Varuna the National Writers’ House is hosting exciting Sydney Writers’ Festival events from 27-30 April in Katoomba, the Blue Mountains, featuring bestselling national and international writers. The festival also gives the community a chance to hone their writing skills with a selection of workshops and panel discussions.

Daily 27th to 30th May 2019 Next 27th May 2019

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