The Parkes Elvis Festival is held in January each year as it coincides with the birthday of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.
The festival started back in the 1990’s and has been growing every year, now with over 150 events over 5 days.
There are a huge number of fun events to take part in including Tribute Shows, renewal of vows ceremonies, Miss Priscilla Dinner, live music, competitions and best Elvis impersonation contests. The festival attracts over 25,000 visitors each year with thousands dressing up to take part in the many events scheduled over the weekend.
Head over to Clarinda Street which will be transformed into Festival Boulevard with heaps of free entertainment including buskers, food and drink as well as live musical performances. Check out the many markets selling vintage clothing, jewelry and Elvis memorabilia.
Another popular event is the Northparkes Mines Street Parade which has Elvis-themed floats, vintage cars, a marching band and look-a-likes. The parade will travel from Bushman Street to Cooke Park via Clarinda Street. There will be look alike competitions for both Elvis and Priscilla wannabees with cash prizes available.
There will also be plenty of rock and roll dancing where you can register to compete or just sit and watch. For those who are romantically inclined, gather up your loved one and renew your vows. The cost is only $50 per couple, where you will take part in a ceremony, will receive a certificate, photograph, flowers and wedding cake.
Why not catch the train to the festival from Sydney. There are two special train options; the Blue Zephyr Luxury Heritage Train ‘Blue Suede Express’ and the NSW TrainLink XPT ‘Elvis Express’. These train services depart on the Thursday of the Festival from Sydney to Parkes, returning Monday.