Parkes Elvis Festival
Parkes, New South Wales
Honorary Best Grey Nomad
Festival or Event
What are you doing on Elvis Presley's birthday?
We think you should join in the five days of fun and frivolity, music and merriment at the 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival.
The Festival is always held in the second week of January to coincide with the King's birthday. In 2022 those five days of Elvis-mania will run from 5 ot 9 January.
Officially endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc in Memphis, a highlight is the official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, with the winner representing Australia in Memphis. That's just one of more than 250 events that will attract more than 25,000 festival goers from across Australia and internationally. In fact, this Festival has become so popular that it now has a global reach of more than 200 million with exposure in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia.
The majority of events are free to attend!
Think rick'n'roll dancing, street parades, concerts, photography competitions, Elvis' birthday party, bingo with the King, classic cars, jitterbug lessons, 50s hairstyle workshops, Elvis' galore, the Elvis Express train, the wildly popular renewal of vows and so much more.
Location: Through the Parkes CBD. Parkes is 300 kms west north west of Sydney, on the Newell Highway.
Open: Events throughout each day and night from 5 to 9 January 2020.
Facilities: Parkes and the surrounding areas book out for the Festival so get in early. In addition to the caravan parks around town, the Council operates two large temporary non-powered campsites with toilets, showers and security. Forbes, only a half hour drive to the south, also has four caravan parks and the showground, while Peak Hill is a similar distance north with a couple of van parks, a showground and a good pub stay.
There is much to keep you entertained in addition to the Festival. Parkes is home to "the Dish" (the Parkes Observatory) while the Henry Parkes Centre houses the impressive King's Castle Elvis memorabilia exhibition, the Parkes Motor Museum and the Visitor Centre all in one complex. A few kilometres east of town is the airport, where the Parkes Aviation Museum is located. Peak Hill, an historic gold mining town an easy half hour drive north on the highway, is home to the Big Fish Fossil Hut and the Open Cut Experience, which gives visitors an insight into both the historic operation that closed in 1917 and operations by Alkane that finished in 2002 that retrieved 145,000 ounces of gold from 4.9 million tonnes of rock.