Parkes Elvis Festival: Celebrate the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and best tribute to “The King” Every January, the Parkes Elvis Festival celebrates “The King” in style, with over 150 events held over 5 days. Visitors can even take the “Elvis Express” train from Sydney, Australia directly to the festival. The fun begins even before arrival. Thousands […]Parkes Elvis Festival 2022 Parkes NSW 2870, Australia Parkes New South Wales Australia
Every January, the Parkes Elvis Festival celebrates “The King” in style, with over 150 events held over 5 days. Visitors can even take the “Elvis Express” train from Sydney, Australia directly to the festival. The fun begins even before arrival. Thousands of local rockers and dancers meet fans at the gates of the festival inviting them to enjoy non-stop Elvis-themed events and entertainment from Wednesday to Sunday.
‘Shake, rattle and roll into Australia’s “Graceland” for great entertainment, colourful costumes and country hospitality.’
Endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, bejeweled costumes are encouraged, while more than 20 Elvis tribute acts compete to represent the Parkes Festival in Memphis and a “Miss Priscilla” beauty pageant occurs. As well as celebrities, 10,000 people line the streets of the small town to see over 170 Elvis floats, vintage cars, marching bands and motorcycle groups during the “Northparkes Mines Street Parade”. All venues are within walking distance of each other, providing lots of mingling time for fans.
There are look-a-like contests, sound-a-like contests, memorabilia displays and “cars of the era” show. The Elvis Gospel Music Show enables you to renew your vows and an expert panel talk about the big man himself. The vibe in the campgrounds called “Gracelands on the Green” is jovial as locals gather to sing Elvis songs together impromptu and mix in keenly with visitors.
Parkes is a regional town in Central N.S.W, situated on the Newell Highway, and is a thriving commercial center offering quality accommodation, unique attractions and events.
During the festival all venues are within walking distance of each other, making the event easily accessible to all during the 5-day event. There is a regular train service to and from Sydney from Parkes. There are also festival bus shuttle services available.
Even though Parkes is usually a small town, there are plenty of accommodation options on offer as the town swells in numbers for the festival.
Comfortable tent accommodation is available at Northparkes Oval called “Gracelands on the Green”, with ready-made tents available that include solid floors, beds and mattresses. You will need to bring bed linen for these. Towels and showers are provided on-site at the festival.
There are also unpowered campsites available to book at Pioneer Oval and McGlynn Campground with clean toilets and hot showers,
Over the 5 days at the festival, there are many local attractions that might also take your fancy. Parkes is famous for its role in the movie “The Dish”, and you can visit the Parkes Radio Telescope and information center, which is open daily.
You can also visit The Henry Parkes Museum depicts early life in Parkes through objects, photos and historical information. Items on display include traditional family items, furniture, clothing and collectibles along with historic buildings such as a schoolhouse, churches, blacksmiths shop and 45 tractors.
The “Kings Castle Elvis Exhibit” collected by Greg Page includes jewelry, movie, stage and personal clothing, books, documents and furniture owned by Elvis or directly connected to his life. Another Elvis collector and local, Elvis Lennox also displays his Elvis memorabilia he has collected since he was 16 years old.
There is also an Aquatic Centre with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts, squash courts and two bowling clubs in Parkes.
The dates for the next annual Parkes Elvis Festival are January 5 – 9, 2022.
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