Blue Mountains Events

Events in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is constantly abuzz with a wide range of events such as art exhibitions, live music performances, cultural festivals and markets.

Weekend markets are held throughout the Blue Mountains region and range from featuring arts and craft to specialising in gourmet food; explore the diverse stalls and immerse yourself in the vibrant community scene.

Experience the region’s thriving art scene by timing your visit with an Arts Trail event. This free event is held every three months and invites visitors into the studios of local artists. Create your own art by joining a photography tour and capturing the Blue Mountains’ stunning landscape.

The towns of Katoomba and Leura are the main precincts for musical and theatrical productions. From symphony orchestras to dramatic stage shows, there is no shortage of cultural activities to enjoy. Held in March, the annual three-day Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Blues and Roots is a great event for all ages and includes food and craft stalls, a poet’s brunch, performance workshops and children’s entertainment. Visit Oberon's beautiful open gardens during autumn and spring, and check out a wide range of sporting events throughout the year in Lithgow.

Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the Blue Mountains is a great destination to experience arts and cultural events at any time of the year.

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  1. Coiling Workshop with Lanny and Sally

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Katoomba Area

    Join Lanny Mackenzie and Sally Blackwell and learn weaving skills to create a small coiled basket to take home.
    They will demonstrate a variety of stitches, so you can develop your own...

    03 Sep
  2. Archibald Prize 2015 Regional Tour

    Sunday 24 July 2016, Katoomba

    The Archibald Prize 2015 is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition. The exhibition presents the finalists from this highly-anticipated and much loved major portraiture prize held...

    24 Jul
  3. Blackheath Growers Market

    Sunday 14 August to Sunday 11 December 2016, Blackheath

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

    Time: 8am to 12noon....

    14 Aug -11Dec
  4. Blue Mountains Artfest

    Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Wentworth Falls

    Blue Mountains ArtFest is an annual weekend art festival that celebrates the talents of local and regional Australian artists and artisans in the context of a school community event....

    11 Nov -13Nov
  5. Blue Mountains Radio Players

    Sunday 31 July to Sunday 27 November 2016, Katoomba

    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...

    31 Jul -27Nov
  6. Botanical Illustration Workshop with Tanya Hoolihan

    Sunday 9 October 2016, Katoomba Area

    Join natural history illustrator Tanya Hoolihan to gain an understanding and appreciation for botanical subjects as artworks. Learn how to illustrate a small piece of flora using four different...

    09 Oct
  7. Fibre Workshop with Ann Evers

    Sunday 27 November 2016, Katoomba Area

    Join fibre artist Ann Evers to learn the ancient skill of basket weaving. Create your own sculptural piece from items collected from nature.
    To be held in the Waratah Education Centre....

    27 Nov
  8. Floristic Fusion: The Art and Science of Botany - an exhibition by Tanya Hoolihan

    Saturday 3 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, Katoomba Area

    Natural History Illustrator, Tanya Hoolihan, showcases the fusion of science and art in this exhibition of botanical illustrations. Art creates beauty while science provides truth. Informed by...

    03 Sep -09Oct
  9. Lolo Lovina Album Launch with special guests Belle Jar

    Saturday 10 December 2016, Katoomba

    Fresh from their European CD tour, Lolo Lovina launch their new album in the Blue Mountains.
    Presenting again two fantastic acts in one night –
    Tango, Swing, Jazz, Multicultural Gypsy...

    10 Dec
  10. Markets - Blue Mountains - Oberon - Lithgow

    Sunday 24 July to Saturday 31 December 2016, Katoomba

    Markets are held at the following locations:

    Rotary Farmer's and Gourmet Food Market, Glenbrook Infants School. First Saturday.
    Glenbrook Rotary Markets, Glenbrook...

    24 Jul -31Dec
  11. My Visions: Neil Aldred

    Monday 1 August to Wednesday 31 August 2016,

    Neil Aldred presents a selection of fine art photographic images.
    Having spent the past 20 years exploring the outdoors, it has been Neil Aldred's dream to capture the wild and wonderful...

    01 Aug -31Aug
  12. Out West: an exhibition by Ann Evers

    Saturday 15 October to Sunday 27 November 2016, Katoomba Area

    Fibre artist Ann Evers explores the struggles, adaptation and loss over the millennia that people have walked on this land. Using collected plant fibres along with collected cultural and natural...

    15 Oct -27Nov
  13. Spring Bird Walk with Carol Probets

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Katoomba Area

    Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the Garden's beautiful birds and learn about their habits. In spring, many species are nesting and singing their most elaborate...

    22 Oct
  14. Ultra-Trail Australia

    Thursday 18 May to Sunday 21 May 2017, Katoomba

    Ultra-Trail Australia (formally The North Face 100) is five day running festival incorporating a 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre and 22 kilometre trail run through the world heritage listed Blue...

    18 May -21May
  15. Teddy Bears Day Out

    Sunday 28 May 2017, Katoomba Area

    Children aged 16 and under admitted free on this day only provided they bring their Teddy Bear along for the fun! (and are accompanied by an adult paying for admission).
    At 11am, 12 noon,...

    28 May
  16. Random Weaving Workshop with Lanny and Sally

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Katoomba Area

    Join Lanny Mackenzie and Sally Blackwell and learn how to random weave to create functional (or not so functional) pieces in either natural or recycled materials.
    Share this fun, relaxing...

    01 Oct
  17. Where Sky Meets Earth - an exhibition by Dr Shane Smithers

    Sunday 24 July to Sunday 28 August 2016, Katoomba Area

    Aboriginal Culture describes the place where we grow, live and dream as ‘Where Sky meets Earth.’ This exhibition brings a new energy to this story, giving context to stories of greatness, good and...

    24 Jul -28Aug
  18. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Sunday 24 July to Wednesday 31 August 2016, Katoomba

    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,...

    24 Jul -31Aug
  19. The inaugural Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection Exhibition

    Sunday 24 July 2016, Katoomba

    THE COLLECTION presents the first exhibition curated from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection, which was launched in March 2014.
    Since then over 100 significant artworks by...

    24 Jul
  20. Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

    Sunday 24 July to Sunday 27 November 2016, Katoomba Area

    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 recently been revived for the Museum's 25...

    24 Jul -27Nov
  21. Springwood Growers Market

    Sunday 24 July to Monday 28 November 2016, Springwood

    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...

    24 Jul -28Nov
  22. Wollemi Artisan Market

    Saturday 23 July 2016, Katoomba

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

    23 Jul
  23. Van the Man Live at the Hydro Majestic

    Saturday 23 July 2016, Katoomba Area

    In 1999 "Van The Man" was formed honouring the great Van Morrison. One of the first performances was at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and ever since the show has blitzed venues across the country....

    23 Jul
  24. Catherine Bishop – Author in Focus

    Saturday 23 July 2016, Springwood

    A fascinating talk by local author, Catherine Bishop, about her book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney.
    The book is about Sydney women ‘at the helm of the...

    23 Jul
  25. Printmaking for Beginners with Artist Liz Perfect

    Thursday 28 July to Thursday 15 September 2016, Katoomba

    Learn how to use three different printmaking mediums: Silkscreen, Relief Printing and Intaglio.
    This course will introduce the beginner to a range of methods and materials necessary to...

    28 Jul -15Sep
  26. Introduction to Blending: Tea, Spices and Herbs

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Katoomba

    Creating your own style of tea is easier than you might think.
    Join Liliana Algorry, Tea Sommelier and Tea Blender, for an introduction to blending tea, spices and herbs. Learn about...

    30 Jul
  27. Advanced Weaving with Lanny Mackenzie

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Katoomba Area

    Join successful weaver and fibre artist Lanny Mackenzie to build on the skills learnt in the Stage One workshop. Lanny, who has exhibited her work around the world, will show you new stitches and...

    30 Jul
  28. Denis Carnahan’s - Rugby League The Musical

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Springwood

    Bigger hits, more grunt, new songs, more villains, more off field dramas, and some big name off season signings.
    Rugby League is filled with larger than life characters, melodrama,...

    30 Jul
  29. General Introduction to State Records resources for family history

    Wednesday 3 August 2016, Springwood

    Gail Davis, Senior Archivist and Publications at State Records NSW will provide a fascinating introduction to using State Records to research family history.
    Free Entry but bookings...

    03 Aug
  30. Cello and Chocolate: From Beethoven to Brazil

    Saturday 6 August 2016, Katoomba

    Enjoy the wonderful sounds of cello and guitar, with Georg Mertens - cello and Giuseppi Zangari - guitar, in the 100 year old former Presbyterian Church, now Josophan’s Gingerbread House....

    06 Aug
  31. Mountains of Stories Creative Writing Workshop: Screenwriting with Keith Whelan

    Saturday 6 August 2016, Katoomba

    Writers keen to explore this genre will benefit from Keith’s extensive experience in writing and in the academic field of writing.
    Keith is an entertaining and knowledgeable presenter...

    06 Aug
  32. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service

    Sunday 14 August 2016, Springwood

    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...

    14 Aug

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