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. Lithglo Twilight Markets

    Saturday 10 December 2016,

    A family Christmas event with live entertainment, spectacular lights and Santa Claus. Over 80 artisans and makers of fine foods from Lithgow and surrounding areas, have the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday...

    10 Dec
  2. Mountain Explorers

    Sunday 11 December to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Katoomba Area

    Follow the map to find the five trail stops and enjoy fun hands-on activities to learn about some weird and amazing plants. Answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize!

    11 Dec -28Feb
  3. Plants With Bite! Carnivorous Plant Fair

    Sunday 11 December 2016, Katoomba Area

    Learn how these intriguing plants have adapted to nutrient deficient environments by feeding on meat! Come in to the Visitor Centre’s carnivorous plant emporium and view the information panels and photographic images...

    11 Dec
  4. Santa Arrives by Steam Tram*

    Sunday 11 December 2016, Katoomba Area

    Santa completes his annual trip from the "North Pole" to the Museum in style! At 11am and 2pm on both days, he greets the throng of excited children from the back of the famous 19th century Sydney Steam Tram...

    11 Dec
  5. As far as the eye can see: Exhibition

    Sunday 11 December to Sunday 15 January 2017,

    As far as the eye can see is an exhibition of works by prominent Australian printmakers investigating their local landscapes. It celebrates the breadth and depth of printmaking practice in Australia today and is a...

    11 Dec -15Jan
  6. Santa Arrives by Steam Tram*

    Sunday 11 December 2016, Katoomba Area

    Santa completes his annual trip from the "North Pole" to the Museum in style! At 11am and 2pm on both days, he greets the throng of excited children from the back of the famous 19th century Sydney Steam Tram...

    11 Dec
  7. Blackheath Growers Market

    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. Closed January....

    11 Dec
  8. Through The Eyes Of The Printmaker

    Sunday 11 December 2016, Springwood

    In celebration of the Print Council of Australia's 'Year of the Print 2016', eight local and interstate artists come together to pay tribute to the medium of printmaking. This collection of work explores the...

    11 Dec
  9. Blue Mountains Markets

    Sunday 11 December to Saturday 31 December 2016, Katoomba

    For the market enthusiast, every weekend in the Blue Mountains offers a different market to explore. -Rotary Farmer's and Gourmet Food Market, Glenbrook Infants School, Ross Street. First Saturday....

    11 Dec -31Dec
  10. The Goon Show Live! with custard

    Saturday 17 December 2016, Katoomba

    The perfect Christmas work-function for your team, or family get-together.This year the Christmas programme features three popular Goon Show episodes; hilarious British Comedy classics with a...

    17 Dec
  11. The Whitetop Mountaineers (USA) In Concert

    Saturday 7 January 2017, Katoomba

    The Whitetop Mountaineers is made up of the duo, Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham. They both live in Whitetop in the highest mountains in Virginia. Their shows feature old time country duet singing, up-tempo old...

    07 Jan
  12. Summer Harvest Festival

    Thursday 12 January to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Katoomba

    Slow Food Blue Mountains presents this fun festival with the aim to educate and entertain guests about food with events relating to the use, preparation and consumption of food. 2017 is the eighth year of the Summer...

    12 Jan -28Feb
  13. Intaglio Printmaking for Adults

    Saturday 14 January 2017,

    In this workshop, using Norman Lindsay’s etching studio, participants will learn how to produce their own etchings on copper plates using only water soluble, non-toxic ink and etching materials. See how Lindsay’s...

    14 Jan
  14. Landmarks

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 19 March 2017,

    Featuring works from the John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.Curated by Anthony Bond OAM, Landmarks celebrates works of art that are inextricably linked with landscape from...

    21 Jan -19Mar
  15. The Buzz on Native Bees with Megan Halcroft

    Saturday 21 January 2017, Katoomba Area

    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....

    21 Jan
  16. Wines of the West Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Katoomba

    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....

    Jan 2017
  17. Springwood Australia Day Festival

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Springwood

    The Australia Day Festival in Springwood features a stage with live music and dancers along with rides, stalls, barbecue and a bar. Australia Day in Springwood welcomes all members of the community to come together...

    26 Jan
  18. Rydal Show

    Saturday 4 February 2017, Lithgow

    The Rydal Show is known as 'the biggest little show in the west', and this year will the 95th show for Rydal. There is something for everyone with yard dog trials, wood chopping, prize winning arts and...

    04 Feb
  19. The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz

    Saturday 4 February to Saturday 25 February 2017, Katoomba Area

    Doff your fedora, polish your pearls and celebrate the golden era of opulence, architecture and jazz music when the Roaring 20s and All that Jazz! Festival kicks up its heels again.The Festival...

    04 Feb -25Feb
  20. Bird Walk and Talk with Carol Probets

    Saturday 11 February 2017, Katoomba Area

    Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to learn about the habits of some of the beautiful birds that call the Garden their home. Carol will teach you how to use binoculars and spot birds and will discuss...

    11 Feb

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