February brings with it another fortnight of 1920's-themed events as The Roaring 20's and all that Jazz Festival returns to the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon. This year the event will run from Saturday February 7 to Sunday February 22.
As always the festival will begin with the Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge, a fun event that gets hundreds of people dancing in their 'glad rags' and trying to break the Guinness World Record for the most people in costume to do the Charleston (the record has successfully been broken the last two years). It will take place at the re-opened Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath on Saturday February 7. Rehearsals will take place in the morning if you don't know what you're doing.
The rest of the Roaring 20's Festival will feature balls, high teas, historical walks, fashion parades, dancing, jazz music and more. The Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair will take place in Oberon and the three-day Sixth Annual Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival will be held on the middle weekend of the festival.
Expect The Roaring 20's and all that Jazz Festival to have a great, celebratory atmosphere, as director Angela Corkeron explains that "The 1920s was a time to celebrate - the drudgery of World War I was gone, people were happy and kicked up their heels to show it. Everything was almost a dare: the fashion, the makeup, ladies' traditionally long hair was cut short, skirt lengths rose so that one caught a glimpse of elegant ankles and the dancing was matched by the fabulous rise of jazz and ragtime music."
More details on all the events that make up the festival can be found here. If the venues seem a bit far to travel to for a day trip, there is the option of staying in the area for a night or two. Accommodation details can be explored here.