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The Blue Mountains with it's escarpments, cascading waterfalls, breath-taking panoramas, rainforests, fern-filled gullies and the abundance of flora and fauna, also hosts a number of popular annual events.

Whether you are in the Blue Mountains to celebrate Yulefest , the Winter Magic Festival, the Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival, any number of garden festivals and markets, just to name a few, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Blue Mountains Events

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bentART
• See website for address of the exhibition
• June long weekend
• This 4 day exhibition in the Blue Mountains has evolved into the largest LGBT art event in Australia. Today, this premier gay and lesbian art exhibition continues to expand, and is open to GLBTQI artists from around Australia. The exhibition is held during and part of the Blue Mountains pinkFEST.
Fairs and Markets
• There are a variety of fairs and markets held at many of the townships throughout the Blue Mountain region, selling anything from local wares, arts and craft, new and vintage goods, hand-made jewellery, plants, collectables, food, wines, locally made produce and much much more.
Yulefest‘Christmas in July’
• June, July, August
• The Blue Mountains Yulefest tradition is said to have started over 20 years ago when a group of Irish guest were staying at the Mountain Heritage Hotel in Katoomba. They remarked at the irony, as snow was falling outside, of having winter weather in July. They asked if it was possible for the hotel to arrange Christmas style food and festivities for that evening, which the hotel obliged. Thus started the first ‘Christmas in July’ festivities.

Today, the Yulefest Festivities are celebrated throughout the Blue Mountains, with many venues offering Christmas revelries, traditional Xmas food, log fires to keep out the cold winter winds, singalongs, a santa or two, as well as a number of specific events such as ‘The Winter Ball’.
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• Blackheath Events
Blackheath Info
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival
• First weekend in November
• Held over the first weekend in November, this annual event celebrates the flowering Rhododendrons found growing to perfection throughout Blackheath and the Blue Mountains. The festival incorporates a variety of entertainment and activities.
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• Jenolan Caves Events
Jenolan Caves Info
Jenolan Caves Calendar of Events
• Throughout the year
• The Jenolan Caves hosts a number of events throughout the year including activities during school holidays and public holidays.
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• Katoomba Events
Katoomba Info
Winter Magic Festival
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• June
The Blue Mountains biggest annual event that centres around Katoomba in June. The festival season also includes a programme of ‘Satellite Events’ that run throughout June.

The purpose of the festival is to encourage social and cultural expression that respects and celebrates the Festival’s setting within a World Heritage National Park and the status of the Blue Mountains as NSW first City of the Arts.
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• Kurrajong Events
Kurrajong Info
Kurrajong Scarecrow FestivalKurrajong Scarecrow Festival
• October
• Since 1997 the Festival has grown from a small event to one of the major cultural events of the Hawkesbury. 2009 see us celebrate our 13th annual festival.

Each year over six thousand people visit the picturesque village of Kurrajong to enjoy all the festival has to offer. The festival has something for everyone, with lots of family fun and include: local schools performing, children’s drawing competition, live music and buskers, dancing, puppet show, doggy fancy dress competition, the famous ‘Scarecrow Cup’, food and craft stalls, and much, much more.

This is a great weekend for both locals and visitors of all ages. For the latest information visit the Kurrajong community website.
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• Lithgow Events
Lithgow Info
Ironfest • Mastery and Mystery
• Ph: 02 6353 1859
• April (ANZAC weekend)
• Celebrates the regions through its past and current association in metals. There are blacksmiths demonstrating their skills, workshops, artisans, from sculptors, painters and jewellers, shows, and much more.
 
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