Major Events

Major Events2018-11-15T15:09:35+00:00

Parkes Elvis Festival

Why Elvis in Parkes?

Parkes has been celebrating Elvis Presley for well over two decades. Parkes Elvis Festival was founded in 1992 by local restaurateurs and Elvis fans Bob Steel OAM and Anne Steel OAM, with the inaugural Festival attracting 200 people. Today, Parkes Elvis Festival attracts over 20,000 people from across Australia and around the world, and has become an iconic destination event on the national festivals calendar.

Featuring international and Australian Elvis tribute artists, competitions, the ever-popular street parade, markets and days of free entertainment, Parkes Elvis Festival remains the largest and most vibrant celebration of the music of Elvis Presley in the southern hemisphere.

Trundle ABBA Festival

Come and be the dancing queen at the annual Trundle ABBA Festival held on the first Saturday in May. Enjoy internationally renowned ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again, singing competitions and more at this family friendly event. There are great prizes for all competition categories including Fashions of the Festival and Disco Dancing.

Parkes Picnic Races

Come along and be a part of the fashions, fun and festivities that make the June long weekend in Parkes the social highlight of the year!
The Parkes Picnic Races offers loads of entertainment with a great day of racing, live music, children's entertainment and the popular Fashions on the Field.

AstroFest

Annual festival of astronomy held in Parkes in July. The Festival endeavours to bring to the people of the Central West world renowned astronomers, both professional and amateur. 

Trundle Bush Tucker Day

Taking place in Trundle the first Saturday in September every year, the event dishes up a day of fun for participants and spectators, featuring bush cooking competitions, billy boiling sprint, free bush tucker tasting, live bands and a wholesome program of bush entertainment.

2018 Events Schedule

January

2nd Weekend - Parkes Elvis Festival

26th - Parkes Harness Racing Australia Day Meeting

Variable - Parkes Gold Cup

February

Variable - National Local Government Touch Carnival

March

1st Sunday - Rotary Charity Golf Tournament

Variable - Australian Indoor Marbles Championships

April

Easter Weekend - Annual Landscape Art Award

Variable - Tractor Start Up Day

May

6th - Trundle ABBA Festival

21st - Parkes Rotary Fun Run

17th - Parkes Jockey Club Gold Cup

June

Long Weekend - Parkes Picnic Races

Long Weekend - Peak Hill Art & Craft Exhibition

Long Weekend - Parkes & District Kennel Club Show

 

July

Variable - Astrofest

August

Annual Agricultural Shows

September

1st Saturday - Trundle Bush Tucker Day

3rd Sunday Parkes Open Golf Tournament

October

Long Weekend - Parkes Antique Motor Club Motorcycle Rally

Variable - Parkes Car Enthusiasts Weekend - Swap Meet and Show 'n' Shine

19th - The Henrys Business Awards

November

30th - Parkes Christmas Festivities

December

1st Friday - Peak Hill Meet you up the Street

2nd Sunday - Carols in the Park, Parkes

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