Opening Night

Next date: Saturday, 06 July 2024 | 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM


Each year we kick off the fun with a spectacular Opening Night.

Be there as the festival comes to life for the first time in 2024 with colour, magic, delicious food and amazing entertainment.

Opening Night features the Official Festival Opening, Bowman Dental All Schools Stage, Lantern Parade, food trucks, some of the region’s best beer, wine and cider, along with spectacular entertainment and the historic buildings of Bathurst being illuminated for the first time in 2024.

What's On

Lantern Parade

Be there as the majestic lantern parade winds it’s way through the Winter Playground, Kings Parade and Machattie Park finishing up at the Bowman Dental Stage for the Official Opening.

The parade will feature lanterns by regional artists, local school students and members of the Bathurst community.

When: 5.45pm

Official Opening

The 2024 Bathurst Winter Festival will be officially opened with an Opening Ceremony taking place on the Bowman Dental All School's Stage.

Be there as the festival comes to life for the first time and the illuminations light up the CBD!

When: 6pm

Bowman Dental All Schools Stage

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance as the Bowman Dental All Schools Stage showcases the extraordinary musical talent from each of Bathurst's renowned high schools, including Mackillop College, St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst High School, Kelso High School and Scots All Saints College. 

Don't miss this opportunity to witness the very best of our student talent in a mesmerizing display of musical artistry.

Full schedule coming soon.

When: 4pm - 9pm

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Proudly sponsored by Bowman Dental.


Silent Disco

Dance the night away at the Silent Disco located in the forecourt of the Bathurst Court House.

Choose your channel and dance like nobody's watching as the colours of the Court House illumination splash over you.

When: 6pm – 9pm

Note: A deposit is required to enter the silent disco. Please make sure you bring cash, your driver’s licence or a credit card.

McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink

Be the first to skate on the freshly built McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink.

Sessions run 9am - 9pm daily, with last session starting at 8pm.

Book now


See Bathurst's historic buildings light up for the first time in 2024 as the illuminations are officially switched on at 6pm.

Walk the illumination light walk to see the buildings come alive with colour as stunning light shows play across their walls.

When: 6pm – 10pm

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Winter Playground

Get your adrenaline pumping in the Winter Playground!

See the festival from above from the Giant Ferris Wheel, ride the enchanting two-storey carousel, brave the Sizzler, take a spin on the Tea Cups or get bouncy on the jumping castles.

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Hearty Hot Food & Sweet Treats

Curly Potatoes | Curly potatoes on a stick

Epic Wedges | Wedges, salt & pepper squid, fish & chips and chips & gravy

Harvest Café & Store | Burgers, loaded mac & cheese, and loaded fries

Little Vintage Blends | Coffee, muffin & sweets

Macau Sweet Street Bites |

Rolling Schnitzel | Schnitzel in snack packs, wraps, burgers and fries

Romanian Delights | Hot sweet & savoury crepes

Swirl & Dip | Ice Cream, coffee, milkshakes and slushies

Turkish Gozleme House | Gozleme

Trang Hue | Vietnamese street food

VK Cobbs & Co | Mini cobb loaves with various fillings

Delicious Brews, Wines, Ciders & More!

Bathurst Grange Distillery | Gin & Tonic, whisky, liqueurs

Beekeepers Mead & Beer | Beer and Honey Mead

Cosmo Brewing | Beer

Reckless Brewing Co. | Beer

Renzaglia Wines | Red wine, white wine, mulled wine

Small Acres Cyder | Pomme Apple Cider, Poire Pear Cider, Heritage Blend Apple Cider, Golden Knot Non -Alcoholic Ciders, Mulled Cider

Stay tuned for more details to come!


  • Saturday, 06 July 2024 | 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Winter Playground, Bathurst, 2795

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