This year's Orange Blossom Festival features a month of community events within the Hills that runs from 1-30 September 2018. The Orange Blossom Festival Day will be held on Sunday 16 September at Bella Vista Farm.


Please note the following event information is subject to change.


Pawsitive Steps Towards Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo

Event Organiser: Positive Vibes Foundation Ltd

Date: Sunday 2 September, 2018

Time: 8am - 1pm

Venue: Dog Arena, Castle Hill Showground

About: For fitness lovers, those just starting out with exercise or for those looking at things to do with their dog or kids - come along to the Pawsitive Steps Towards Mental Health event this year - you won't be disappointed. There will be lots of merchandise on offer and lots of dog activities and demonstrations.

The Positive Vibes Foundation's goal is to embrace a holistic approach with targeted intervention programs to address the tragedy of suicide, mental illness and well-being at home, work and in the community.

Cost: Walk is ticketed. Expo is free.




Bella Vista Farm Open Day

Event Organiser: Friends of Bella Vista Farm

Date: Sunday 2 September, 2018

Time: 9am - 2pm

Venue: Bella Vista Farm

About: The doors of the historic homestead are being thrown open with tours by The Friends of Bella Vista. Our volunteers from the Friends of Bella Vista farm are available to chat and answer any questions about the Farm and its history. Also relax in the gardens of the Farm or bring a family picnic lunch to enjoy. Explore the homestead and farm buildings.

You can also pick up a treat from the Free Spirit Markets while you're there and enjoy a stroll around this beautiful slice of heritage in The Sydney Hills.

Cost: Free entry.




Seniors Dance

Event Organiser: 365 Care

Date: Monday 3 September, 2018

Time: 9am - 4pm       

Venue:  Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground

About: This is dance for older people based on new vogue / ballroom dancing. This social event encourages people to be engaged and active as they age.

Cost: $5 entry




Employability Workshop

Event Organiser: Ability Options

Date: Monday 3 September, 2018

Time: 10am - 1pm

Venue: Rex Money Room, Vinegar Hill Library, Rouse Hill

About: This Employment Workshop will give attendees skills and tools to better equip them with their job search. This workshop will look to cover resumes, interview skills and job search skills.

Cost: Free entry.




Charismatic Sounds of Young Musicians

Event Organiser:  Sydney Contemporary Orchestra - Youth Symphony

Date: Friday 7 September, 2018

Time: 7.30pm - 9pm

Venue: Baulkham Hills High School - TLC Theatre

About: Come and be part of a growing audience and witness assembly of budding musicians. Prepare yourself to be impressed, excited and inspired.

The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra - Youth Symphony (SYS) is the Youth Program for young music lovers, music students, young musicians and young music teachers in Sydney. To achieve ones full potential as musicians what better and greater opportunity there is for a youngster than being part of the SYS Orchestra.

Cost: Tickets $20, Concession $15, Free for under 15 years      




Park Feast

Event Organiser: Australian Boutique Markets

Date: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 September, 2018

Time: Saturday 11am - 9pm & Sunday 11am - 8pm

Venue: Bella Vista Farm

About: Park Feast is a food truck festival open to the public across an entire weekend featuring over 20 unique food trucks, amusement rides, live music and entertainment to engage the community. This year Park Feast will be raising money and supporting a local charity - The Sanctuary, The Hills Women's Shelter.

Cost: Free entry.




Kenthurst Fair

Event Organiser: The Rotary Club of Kenthurst

Date: Sunday 9 September, 2018

Time: 9am - 3pm

Venue: John Benyon Rotary Park, Kenthurst

About: Fun, family day with street parade, stage acts, carnival rides, stalls and hot food and drinks.




Voices In Bloom

Event Organiser: Elizabeth Lessells & Toastmasters

Date: Heats, Juniors (Monday 10 - Thursday 13 September, 2018), Heats, Seniors (Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 September, 2018). Finals (Friday 21 September, 2018)

Time: Heats (6pm - 9.30pm). Finals (6pm - 10.30pm)

Venue: The Australian Brewery, 350 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill

About: Voices in Bloom is a Public Speaking competition for high school students that has been running for over 20 years and encourages youth involvement in the community and the promotion of Public Speaking skills. It is judged by Toastmasters.



Computer Pals for Seniors the Hills Open Day

Event Organiser: Computer Pals for Seniors the Hills Inc

Date: Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground

About: An information morning for seniors and retirees who are interested in tuition on computers, tablets and smart phones.

Cost: Free




The Art of Bonsai

Event Organiser: Bonsai Society of Australia Inc.

Date: Friday 14 - Sunday 16 September, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday (10am - 5pm), Sunday (10am - 4pm)

Venue: Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground

About: A bonsai show to please all with a large display artistically arranged. Fabulous demonstrations twice daily on Saturday and Sunday. A clinic to advise the public on their own bonsai. 'Build a bonsai' for children. Market Place to buy bonsai, stock plants, pots and accessories. Refreshments available all day.

Cost: $5 Adults, $3 Concessions, Free for children under 12




Celebrating Women In The Hills Expo

Event Organiser: Soroptimist International of the Hills Inc

Date: Friday 14 September, 2018

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Venue: Thompson Hall, Balcombe Heights Estate

About: Celebrating women in the hills expo and cocktail party.

Cost: Ticketed event.




The Hills Schools Expo

Event Organiser: Dorsal Media

Date: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September, 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Federation Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground

About: The Hills School Expo is held annually and is a free event that gives families the opportunity to meet directly with principals and teaching staff from Australia's best independent & private schools servicing the Hills District.




Orange Blossom Festival

Event Organiser: The Hills Shire Council

Date: Sunday 16 September, 2018

Time: 12pm - 7pm

Venue: Bella Vista Farm

About: Council’s Orange Blossom Festival event will showcase the best of the Hills community and include lots of fun, interactive and engaging activities for little kids, big kids, youth and adults. There will be roving entertainment, games, amusement rides, food and community stalls, all with an orange theme.

This event will be set out in zones to assist patrons to flow through the site, engage with the community groups and explore the activities on offer.

The zones will include:

  • Pipsqueaks (new zone) - A special zone for toddlers with ball pits, activity gardens, rockers and rides, slides, games, tents and tunnels, activity gyms and lots more.
  • Pippa’s Playland - An area for kids with face painting, balloon twisting, workshops and games, a pop up library, petting zoo, craft and more.
  • OZone  - A Youth Zone with amusement rides and engaging activities for the teenagers including breakdancing, DJ’s, rock climbing wall and a silent disco.
  • Community Grove - A showcase of community groups and associations in the Hills. There will be information available from all of the community groups as well as engaging and interactive activities
  • Active Zest - An opportunity to be active and get involved in local sporting clubs featuring AFL, NRL, touch football, soccer, cricket, netball, baseball and more.
  • Local Blooms Stage - The stage will showcase talent from local schools as well as a kids entertainment show and meet and greet Green Thumbs. A zone for the whole family to enjoy learning about gardens and conservation, kids can get their hands dirty by taking part in an edible garden workshop, planting their own seeds and get creative with nature play.
  • Food Trucks - A number of food trucks offering a wide variety of tasty food option.



Jazz At The Pines

Event Organiser: The Rotary Club of The Hills - Kellyville

Date: Sunday 16 September, 2018

Time: 12.30pm - 4pm

Venue: Roughley House at The Pines, 656a Old Northern Road, Dural

About: Enjoy an afternoon of live jazz within the grounds of the historic Roughley House at Dural, bring your picnic and relax under the beautiful pine trees. Tables can be booked in advance or set up your own chairs or a picnic rug. Be entertained by the Bridge City Jazz Band.

Cost: Tickets $20 Adults, $15 Concession, $40 Family.




Communicating Doors, Preview Theatre Production

Event Organiser: Castle Hill Players

Date: Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Time: 8.15pm - 11pm

Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill Showground

About: This special preview performance will be held as part of Orange Blossom Festival. Communicating Doors will run from 21 September through until 13 October, 2018.

Cost: Tickets $20.




The Sydney Hills Garden Competition - Presentation Evening

Event Organiser: The Hills - Kellyville Rotary Club

Date: Friday 21 September, 2018

Time: 7pm - 10pm     

Venue: Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground

About: The Sydney Hills Garden Competition's awards presentation evening includes categories for a wide range of gardens, from courtyard gardens to veggie patches; from commercial and industrial sites to the normal house garden and the gardens of apartment complexes and so should be of interest to the many gardeners in the Hills.




Orange Blossom Festival Annual Art Awards

Presented by Castle Hill Art Society


Event Organiser: Castle Hill Art Society Inc.

Date: Friday 21 - Sunday 23 September, 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Castle Glen Community Centre, Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill

About: Castle Hill Art Society has been part of the Orange Blossom Festival since the 1960’s, and will again be holding the Annual Art Awards and sale. Fabulous artwork from a great variety of talented artists. All work for sale. The whole family will enjoy.

Cost: Free entry




The Hills Women’s Shed Walk

Event Organiser: Positive Vibes Foundation

Date: Sunday 23 September, 2018

Time: 8am - 9am

Venue: Balcombe Heights Estate, Baulkham Hills

About: The Hills Women’s Shed, under the auspices of Positive Vibes Foundation, is launching a sustainable recreation activity of walking and jogging that encourages participation across all ages. The community focused activity shares Orange Blossom Festival spirit by forming a platform for local community to interact and engage with each other. It also generates a sense of community pride and involvement.

Recreation activity, such as walking/jogging organised in a predictable manner, can be a vehicle for positive social change. Walking at designated time on a designated day helps to bind families through shared experiences and shared achievements. Through participation, walking helps minimising anti-social behaviour.

Cost: $5




Cross Country Challenge

Event Organiser: Rotary Club of Castle Hill Inc

Date: Sunday 23 September, 2018

Time: 8.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: Bella Vista Farm Park

About: This is an event which allows all participants to have a day of enjoyment and to celebrate all that is good about our Shire. It is a Community Event and not a race.

Cost: Ticketed event.




Norwest Community Festival

Event Organiser: Connections Community Development

Date: Sunday 23 September, 2018

Venue: Bella Vista Farm Park

More information to come.  



Orange Blossom Workshop Week

Event Organiser: Hills Community Aid

Date: Monday 24 - Friday 28 September, 2018

Venue: Balcombe Heights Estate, Baulkham Hills

About: Our workshops will include Buttercream Cake decorating (Daytime),Buttercream Cupcake decorating (Youth), Coffee Appreciation,Youth Money Matters x 2, Barista Skills (Youth), Empowering You and Life Storie.




BMX NSW State Championships – Castle Hill BMX Track

Event Organiser: Castle Hill BMX Club Inc.

Date: Friday 28 - Sunday 30 September, 2018

Time: 7am - 4pm

Venue: Castle Hill BMX Track, Fred Caterson Reserve

About: The BMX NSW State Championships is the biggest event on the BMX calendar in NSW with up 700 Riders competing for State Plates for the age for both 24" & 20" class BMX bikes. Crowds of up to 2500 people will be there to watch. The racing will be fast, styling and aggressive.

Cost: Free




Baulkham Hills Art Show

Event Organiser: Baulkham Hills Art Society Inc

Date: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September, 2018

Venue: Thompson Hall, Balcombe Heights Estate

More information to come.



Inside A Rainbow - Family Day Out

Event Organiser: AMA Event Management

Venue: Bella Vista Farm

About: This event is celebrating all things colourful - Amusements, unicorns, live stage show, craft activities, a mini colour run and of course rainbows. There will be market stalls, activities, fireworks and loads of theming! Imagine walking through our beautiful rainbow inflatable arch to the venue decorated in giant colourful inflatable flowers, unicorns and butterflies.

Cost: Tickets $40 Kids & $10 Adults.