Events In The Blue Mountains
There are many special and regular events in Events In Katomba and The Blue Mountains throughout the year that are not to be missed!
We have listed some of the highlights including farmers and craft markets, Jazz and other musical events and concerts, plays and sporting events.
Many of these events are put on for locals and visitors alike so we hope you can plan your trip around these events as it will make your experience of the Blue Mountains area that more special.
If you have an event or would like to recommend and event please contact us.
Some of these events draw people from all over Australian and overseas so accommodation can book up quickly. Please check online or call us if you would like to stay for any of these events and we can recommend alterative accommodation if we are fully booked.
Annual Events 2017
The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz - Saturday, 4th February to Saturday 25th February.
Six Foot Track Marathon (Katoomba) - Saturday, 11th March 2017.
Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk Roots and Blues. Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March 2017.
Ironfest (Lithgow) – Friday, 21st to Sunday, 23rd April 2017.
Springwood Foundation Day – Saturday, 6th May 2017.
Ultra-Trail Australia (formerly North Face 100) – Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st May 2017.
Winter Magic Festival (Katoomba) – Saturday, 24th June 2017. Katoomba.
Leura Gardens Festival – Saturday, 30th September to Sunday, 8th October 2017.
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival – Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November 2017.
Regular Monthly Events
There is always a exciting list of artists exhibiting at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Bluebird Markets are an artisan market, all handmade crafts by local Blue Mountains artists. Held on the first Saturday of every month
Saturday, 4th to Saturday 25th February – The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz.
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 will be held at venues throughout the Blue Mountains and features 1920s-style balls in historic grand ballrooms, the Charleston Challenge, a long lunch, high teas, jazz and blues performances, historical walks, dinner shows and more. Spoil yourself with a short stay and become fully immersed in the halcyon era of extravagance.
Saturday, 4th February - The Pigs Spring Summer Tour at Hotel Gearin – Katoomba
As seen on Spicks and Specks and Australia’s Got Talent! The Pigs are comin’ back to the Mountains. With some mount’n music! Unashamed bluegrass sinners, The Pigs have been spreading their supercharged hillbilly pop around Australia and the world for over 12 years. Their ability to turn hit pop songs into downright foot-stompers is legendary and their kooky original anthems like ‘Macho Moisturiser’ and ‘Hey Christina’ are sung from Berlin to Bendigo. Following three celebrated albums, international tours, Golden Guitar nominations and a trip to the dentist, 2015 saw the release of their iconic Aussie album, ‘The Pigs Home Brew’ and the crazy national tour that ensued, including major festivals, regional theatres and television appearances – even singing “Ita” to Ita Buttrose (she loved their shiny teeth)! T-Bone, Stretch, Cousin Shamus, Cousin Montz and Cousin Bert will perform crowd-favourite tunes from 12 years on the road. With double bass, acoustic guitars, mandolin, stand up drums, banjo and big bluegrass vocal harmonies, The Pigs’ barefoot-genre-bending-energy appeals to just about anybody with a pulse! The band is known for its dynamic and entertaining live performances guaranteed to get your feet stomping and your faces smiling. For more information: fusionboutique.com.au.
Friday, 17th and Saturday, 18th February Culturescape Blue Mountains.
Come along in February 2017 for Culturescape Blue Mountains. Members of the Blue Mountains Arts Community of all ages are invited to submit art for inclusion in 'Culturescape', a showcase of the Blue Mountains Arts Community. Selected artworks will be digitally combined together to create an animated three dimensional projection show on the front-face of the Carrington Hotel. For further information visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 18th February – The Morrisons Album Launch with Special Guests Lime and Steel
Winners of the 2014 folk/acoustic song of the year at the Australian Song Writers Association Awards, The Morrisons fuse Australian stories and sounds with the spirit and intensity of old time American bluegrass, country and folk. With high, lonesome singing, fast picking and original songs inspired by folklore, family and their lives as young Australians, they are a modern day string band like no other. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, washboard, harmonica and four part harmonies, they deliver a live show full of raw emotion. The Metropole, corner of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba. Visit email@example.com.
Saturday, 11th March – Six Foot Track Marathon (Katoomba).
The Six Foot Track is a 45 kilometre trail stretching across the Blue Mountains from The Explorer's Marked Tree, near Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. The marathon started in 1984 and follows the length of the entire trail. The race is a fundraiser for the Rural Fire Service, and Six Foot Track Heritage Trust and is organised by the Sydney Striders Running Club, it attracts over 850 entrants each year. For further qualifying and registering details please visit the web site. For more information: www.sixfoot.com.
Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March - Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk Roots and Blues.
Each year the BMMF puts together an exciting three-day line-up of local and international artists from all over Australia and the globe, with an incredible spectrum of styles and talents. The Blue Mountains Music Festival Folk, Roots And Blues is a unique annual music festival that combines eight stages showcasing the best folk, roots, blues and indie music on offer with the scenic wonders of Katoomba and its surrounds.
Friday, 17th April – Sunday, 7th May – Sculpture at Scenic World 2017.
Sculpture at Scenic World 2017 celebrates its sixth exhibition transforming the natural Jurassic rainforest with world-class sculptures. An independent panel will select over 30 highly accomplished artworks across all sculptural and installation mediums, by local, interstate and international artists. Held over 30 days from April 7 – May 7, the exhibition offers exciting opportunities for art lovers, children and families to engage with art in a spectacular setting.
Friday, 21st to Sunday, 23rd April – Ironfest (Lithgow).
Ironfest is 'An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge', celebrating working and playing with metal. Held annually in Lithgow on the closest weekend to Anzac Day, Ironfest brings together artists, designer/makers, blacksmiths, performers of all kinds, musicians, historical re-enactors, machine enthusiasts and hobbyists from all over Australia, and the world. Ironfest is imagineering with a metal and clothing focus: bringing together designer makers from all around Australia. For more information: www.ironfest.net.
Friday, 5th and Saturday, 6th May 2017 – Wilderness Society’s WildEndurance Team Challenge (Katoomba).
The WildEndurance team walking challenge will partner with Science for Wildlife to raise funds to track and save koalas from extinction in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. WildEndurance is a stimulating challenge for teams of two - seven participants who will walk or run either 50 kilometres or 100 kilometres while experiencing first-hand the beauty and stunning scenery of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The event passes through the homes of more than 400 different kinds of animals, such as spotted-tailed quolls, koalas, long-nosed potoroos and the Blue Mountains water skink, which happily live in the rugged gorges and tablelands of the Greater Blue Mountains. Run by The Wilderness Society, WildEndurance, is open to mums, dads, families, fitness clubs, walking groups, sports teams, community groups, nature lovers, corporate teams and "bucket list" achievers. For more information: www.wildendurance.org.au.
Saturday, 6th May – Springwood Foundation Day.
Join the fun at this festival to celebrate the spirit of Springwood in 2017! Springwood Foundation Day Festival celebrates the village's heritage and showcases what it has become.
Enjoy live entertainment, street parade, stalls, street performers, a fun run, and amusement rides. Non-stop fun and entertainment for all the family. For more information: www.foundationday.org.au.
Thursday, 18th to Sunday, 21st May – Ultra-Trail Australia.
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 Mountains National Park. The UTA start/finish event hub is located at Scenic World, Katoomba.
The UTA festival also includes kids trail races and the UTA 951, a 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. UTA is part of the Ultra Trail World Tour and attracts runners of all levels from all over Australia and internationally vying for UTWT points. 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. For more information: www.ultratrailaustralia.com.au.
Saturday, 24th June – Winter Magic Festival.
Winter Magic is the Blue Mountains’ highest profile and most anticipated annual event. During the event, the main street of Katoomba is closed to motor traffic and open to pedestrian traffic. This allows the whole town to become a performance space. The streets are lined with market stalls and everybody who attends is encouraged to dress in costume. Website: www.wintermagic.com.au.
September / October 2017
Saturday, 30th September to Sunday, 8th October – Leura Gardens Festival.
The most famous of the spring garden displays in The Blue Mountains lays out the welcome mat for local and international guests. This year marks the 52nd Anniversary of the Leura Gardens Festival.
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November – Blackheath Rhododendron Festival.
Blackheath's Annual Rhododendron Festival is held in November each year. The Festival weekend is the first weekend in November. With so many activities and attractions each year, the Rhododendron Festival is not to be missed. Gardens, Art Exhibitions, Bikes, Cars, Model Trains on display, Entertainment and much more!
Every day until Sunday, 15th January – As Far as the Eye Can See Exhibition.
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 stunning reflection of Australia’s unique and varied geography. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba.
Monday, 2nd January – The Leura Shakespeare Festival.
Latest event details are yet to be confirmed. A double bill of moonlit romance, of men behaving badly and women winning the day, with a swift kick up the backside for a culture that is still discussing the rights and rules of marriage equality centuries after the greatest poets shot Cupid's arrows right back at him. These are two of the world's perfect comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare's only entirely original comedy, Love's Labour's Lost, the play most closely tied to his staggering series of Sonnets, to this day the most popular love poetry ever written. Sport For Jove, brings this unknown gem to the stage in a full Elizabethan setting, fusing the sonnets and the play into a passionate study of the act of artistic creation. Summer Season Seven will give these wonderful plays a vigorous outdoor life in the glorious surrounds of the Everglades Garden in Leura.
Thursday 12th January to Tuesday, 28th February - Summer Harvest Festival.
The Summer Harvest Festival and events include an eclectic program of food related workshops and events from long lunches, food tastings, workshops and the famous Chooks Tour as the grand finale. Visit www.bluemountainscitytourism.com.au for locations throughout the Blue Mountains.
Saturday, 16th January – Lady Luck Festival.
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. Visit www.bluemountainscitytourism.com.au.
Saturday, 21st January - ‘Metro Social’ with FourWinds live in Concert.
Deeply rooted in tradition, FourWinds produce an exciting landscape of tunes and lyrics that present Irish traditional music in a modern and creative context. Their influences include Begley and Cooney, The Bothy Band, Planxty, Brady and Irvine, Moving Hearts, Pink Floyd and even Elvis. This energetic quartet delivers a truly unique musical experience. The band has been awarded the prestigious Danny Kyle Award, presented by the Celtic Connections festival board in recognition of outstanding emerging talent in Celtic music. FourWinds has also been chosen as one of three finalists in the Rising Stars Competition, held by The Gathering in Killarney, Ireland. The Metropole is a family friendly venue! Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and supervised. Children do require a ticket for entry. There is also a retro cocktail bar downstairs and drinks and light meals will be available from the Metro Retro pop up bar.
Thursday, 26th January – Springwood Australia Day Festival.
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 and celebrate living in Australia. Entry to event by donation. All proceeds raised from the event are donated to local Rural Fire Service brigades.