Please note that due to Public Health Order restrictions event details may change at short notice. Please check directly with the event via their website, social media or directly with the organiser for updates.
COVID-19: Please note that due to Public Health Order restrictions event details may change at short notice. Please check directly with the event via their website, social media or directly with the organiser for updates.
Online Exhibition from June 2020
Online. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is unfolding on a global scale, this exhibition explores the shifts that are occurring in our society; from the rise of social distancing, the collapse of our economies and the growing fear of the invisible enemy – the Corona virus. Nine contemporary artists explore these issues as they occur in real time and display their works through the interactive exhibition website www.shiftcontrolexit.com A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Sabrina Roesner.
Thurs 29 Oct – Sun 22 Nov 2020
Adrienne Richards and Kate Robinson: Symbiocene
Braemar Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Braemar Gallery is a community gallery, hosting changing exhibitions each month that showcase works of local and regional artists. Situated in the beautiful historic Braemar House, the gallery is a valuable community venue and a must-see for lovers of local art. Time: Braemar Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm. FREE Entry. bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/braemar-gallery/
Thurs 29 Oct – Sun 22 Nov 2020
Louise Kerr and Vicki Hersey: Solastalgia
Braemar Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Long term Blue Mountains artists and residents Louise Kerr and Vicki Hersey explore the feelings produced by the vast changes which have impacted the area over the course of their own lives. Climate change, habitat degradation, air and water quality, residential development and a host of other factors have changed the area irrevocably. We can never revisit the world in which these artists spent their childhood and in which they grew into adulthood. This realisation is at the heart of a deep longing – beyond nostalgia, beyond homesickness – Solastalgia. Each artist presents a unique perspective on this increasingly common condition. Time: Braemar Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm. FREE Entry. bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/braemar-gallery/
Sun 1 – Mon 30 Nov 2020
Chris Ireland: Dryads-seeking the spirit of Australian forests
Heritage Centre, End of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath. Dryads seeks to explore the spirit of diverse Australian forests from tropical rainforest to mangroves-the works, rather than being representational, attempt to capture the genius loci or spirit, of the forests. The photographs will be presented face mounted onto perspex, a technique which enhances the three dimensionality of the pieces. Time: 9am – 4.30pm daily.
FREE Entry. P: 4787 8877
Fri 6 – Sun 8 Nov 2020
Blackheath Rhododendron Film Festival 2020 at Blackheath Community Hall. RHODOWOOD! features a broad selection of films and includes full-length features, short films and locally-made featurettes. Current COVID-19 guidelines limit ticket numbers to 90 per session. All sessions are general admission. If you are planning to attend with friends please arrive together. www.rhodofestival.com
Sat 14 Nov 2020
Ian Cooper & Jazz Band
Blue Mountains Theatre, 106 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Ian Cooper returns to the Blue Mountains Concert Society together with his jazz band for an evening of delightful and entertaining jazz. Time: 7.30pm. Entry: $65 Adult, $60 Concession, $25 Student. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, on 4723 5050 or online at http://bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au/box-office/
Sun 15 Nov 2020
Gershwin & Friends with the NSW Police Band
Blue Mountains Theatre, 106 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Featuring the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein. The NSW Police Band and their acclaimed vocalist Belinda Parsons take you on a journey through the sublime music of three of American’s greatest composers of the 20th Century. Time: 3pm. Entry: $25. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, on 4723 5050 or online at http://bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au/box-office/
Fri 20 Nov 2020
Blue Mountains Theatre at 8:00 pm. Tim Freedman brings one of his rare solo tours to Blue Mountains Theatre to launch The Whitlams’ new single ‘Ballad of Bertie Kidd’, a six minute crime caper that describes a little known escapade in the long career of one of Australia’s most notorious criminals.
Tim will settle in with his piano to tell tales, reinvent classics like ‘Blow Up the Pokies’ and ‘No Aphrodisiac’ and play some tracks from The Whitlams’ forthcoming album due for release in 2021.
The Whitlams’ ‘Gaffage and Clink Tour’ with Ben Lee and Alex Lloyd sold out multiple dates around the country soon after being announced, but has now been rescheduled to August and September 2021. For now, this is your only chance to reacquaint yourself with the iconic repertoire of one of Australia’s most-loved bands. Presented by Blue Mountains Theatre and The Harbour Agency. *THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT*
Sun 22 Nov 2020
Varuna’s 30th Birthday Open Day
Varuna, the National Writers’ House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba. The first writers in residence arrived at Varuna in late 1990, and this year we will be celebrating our 30th Birthday! Come along to the Open Day at Varuna, celebrate the opening of our new writers’ studio, explore the gardens and meet local authors. Time: TBC. FREE Entry.
www.varuna.com.au E: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 4782 5674.
Fri 27 Nov 2020
Jerrah Patston with Sam Worrad
“Sounds Like Rain” Debut album launch concert. Blue Mountains singer-songwriter and much loved local identity, Jerrah Patston presents his debut album Sounds Like Rain in a special concert presentation at the Blue Mountains Theatre. Jerrah and long-time collaborator Sam Worrad will be presenting the album in full at the launch show, followed by a selection of old and new songs. Highlights include a celebration of the end of bushfire season (Rain Is Falling), tributes to beloved local landmarks (The Glenbrook Pool Song), a clutch of relatable observations about the everyday (Opal Card, All My Friends, Some Food Courts Are Better Than Others) and Jerrah’s beloved Brigadoon Is Bundanoon festival. Tickets online at http://bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au/box-office/
Fri 27 Nov 2020
Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase
Blue Mountains Theatre, 106 Macquarie Road, Springwood. The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the eighth year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2020 Festival to the Blue Mountains! Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Time: 8pm. Entry: Adult $35. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, on 4723 5050 or online at http://bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au/box-office/
Regular Happenings & Open Days
For the market enthusiast, every weekend in the Blue Mountains offers a different market to explore. Everything from organic foods, local art and craft to collectibles and clothes, there is a treasure to find for every avid market explorer. Ask for the Markets List at the Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centres.
Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum Open Days
Due to the success of online bookings for our reopening on October 11, the Museum is announcing further dates/sessions for later this year:
Sunday 8 November 10:00, 13:30 (Steam train ride* for all)
Sunday 6 December 10:00, 13:30 (see Santa arrive by Steam Train* plus Steam train ride* for all)
Sunday 13 December 10:00, 13:00 (see Santa arrive by Steam Train* plus Steam train ride* for all)
* Steam train operation is subject to logistical factors (fire ban or high fire risk, crew or locomotive availability, track failure or other reasons), therefore diesel operated rides with a heritage carriage may run in place. A reminder that all CovidSafe practices and protocols will be in place to ensure a healthy and enjoyable outcome for our visitors and volunteers.
Please note that reduced admission fees will apply for all the above dates — “Reopening Special!
Bookings are essential, with visitor numbers strictly limited to 60 in each session at 10:00 and 13:30.Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Tusculum Rd, Valley Heights. www.infobluemountains.net.au/locodepot/index.shtml
Open Thursday to Sunday.
Braemar House & Gallery
Braemar House, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Showcasing changing exhibitions of various mediums from both emerging and established artists work in one of Springwood’s most historic buildings. Time: 10am – 4pm. FREE Admission. http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/braemar-gallery/
Limited opening is Tues and Fri 10am – 2pm. Other activities are yet to resume
Historic Tarella Cottage Museum
99-101 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls. Built in the 1890s, this cottage museum is a hidden treasure filled with a wonderful collection of memorabilia of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Currently closed due to COVID-19. Please check the website for updates as restrictions ease. P: 4757 3824
Open daily (Closed Christmas Day).
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Blackheath
Discover all you need to know about the activities and history that make Blue Mountains National Park one of Australia’s most popular and famous destinations. The Heritage Centre also hosts the permanent ‘Outside In’ exhibition. Learn about local Aboriginal culture, plants and animals and the fantastic walking tracks around the stunning Grose Valley. There is also a gallery and theatrette for hire. For a unique virtual reality experience, pop on the Oculus Rift VR goggles and travel through one of the world’s most spectacular canyons – Claustral canyon. The cost is $10 for 15 minutes. Fairfax Heritage walking track starts here and leads to the picnic area and scenic views of nearby Govetts Leap lookout. Browse the centre for souvenirs, clothing and books.End of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath. New exhibition every month. FREE Entry. Time: 9am – 4.30pm. P: 4787 8877 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Visitor-centres/Blue-Mountains-Heritage-Centre
Presentations delivered online for 2020
Blackheath History Forum
The Blackheath History Forum’s 2020 season was cancelled because of the various pressures associated with the current Covid19 environment, but we have now decided to deliver presentations online. All sessions will be streamed on our YouTube channel at 4 o’clock on the indicated date. The program can be found on our website:
Open by appointment only (due to COVID-19).
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Mount Victoria Museum
Located at the back of Mount Victoria Railway Station. Opening in 1868, this Heritage Listed sandstone station is now a museum full to the brim with memorabilia of early history and old ways of living, farming and working in the upper mountains. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the museum will be open by appointment only for groups of 4-10 visitors at any time. Entry: $5 Adult, $1 Child. Donations welcome.
Various Locations and Times
Blue Mountains City of the Arts Events
Inspired by the natural beauty of this World Heritage Listed area, the Blue Mountains has a vibrant community of artists, writers, composers, poets, sculptors, performers, artisans and creatives who live, work, entertain and educate visitors to the Region. Everything from workshops to exhibitions, poetry readings to concerts, radio plays to films, there is something for everyone who wants to experience why the Blue Mountains was the NSW Inaugural City of the Arts. For more information on a full range of our City of the Arts cultural events “Like” the facebook page