Major Events

Major Events2019-09-17T10:35:33+10:00

Parkes Elvis Festival

Parkes has been celebrating Elvis Presley for well over two decades. 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.

AirVenture Australia

So much to see and do for all ages. Includes an airshow, trade stalls, educational seminars, and career information with a focus on STEM.
Held annually at the Parkes Regional Airport.
Don't miss the spectacular fly-in!


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

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.

2019 Regular Events Schedule


2nd Weekend - Parkes Elvis Festival

26th - Australia Day Celebrations

26th - Parkes Harness Racing Australia Day Meeting

31st - Parkes Jockey Club TAB Race Meeting


13th-24th - Seniors Festival


2nd - Parkes Rodeo Stampede

13th-19th - Wings Out West Paragliding Trundle

16th-17th - Showcasing Parkes Talent

30th-31st - Trundle Back In Time Vintage Rally and Tractor Pull


5th-6th - Dinner Under the Blue Dish

7th - Westlime/Rotary Charity Golf Day

10th-18th - Youth Week

25th - Anzac Day

26th - Parkes Painters Group Exhibition

27th-28th - Kookaburra 8s Hockey

29th - Parkes Open Houses


4th - Trundle ABBA Festival

4th-5th - Bogan Gate Markets

12th - Parkes Jockey Club Gold Cup Race Meeting

27th - Reconcilliation Week


Long Weekend - Parkes Picnic Races

Long Weekend - Peak Hill Art & Craft Exhibition

Long Weekend - Parkes & District Kennel Club Show

Long Weekend - Pow Wow Scale Aerobatics



7th-14th - NAIDOC Week

20th-21st - AstroFest and Conference

28th - National Tree Day


Annual Agricultural Shows


7th - Trundle Bush Tucker Day

7th-9th - Junior Tennis Open

13th-15th - SCT Logistics Parkes Open Golf Tournament

14th - Busking Championship - Peak Hill Regional Final


1st-30th - Small Business Month

5th-7th - Parkes Antique Motor Club Motorcycle Rally

13th - Parkes Open Gardens

19th - Parkes Car Enthusiasts Weekend - Swap Meet and Show 'n' Shine

25th - The Henrys Business Awards

25th - Australian Indoor Marbles Championships


11th - Rememberance Day


1st-25th - Christmas Festivities

8th - Carols in Cooke Park

13th - Christmas Street Parade and Party