All the fun from the Parkes Elvis Festival – see the best pictures here

Every January, Parkes in Central New South Wales is overrun with men in white suits. Copious amounts of hairspray are

Every January, Parkes in Central New South Wales is overrun with men in white suits. Copious amounts of hairspray are required – and that’s just for the blokes!

Yes, it’s the annual Parkes Elvis Festival, held in early January to coincide with The King’s birthday on January 8.

The regional town’s population swells from 12,000 to more like 40,000 as Elvis fans descend, ready to compete in the lookalike and soundalike competitions.

Parkes is 365 kilometres west of Sydney and the whole town becomes a throwback to the 50s and early 60s.

The festival was started by some passionate local Elvis fans; according to the festival’s website, one local changed his name to Elvis by deed poll and another local couple operated Gracelands Restaurant for many years. The first Elvis festival was held in 1993 and Parkes, which is also famous for it’s satellite dish, became known as the ‘Elvis Capital of Australia’.

Events during the festival include concerts, the Elvis Gospel Service, the Northparkes Mines Street Parade, the popular Renewal of Vows, the Miss Priscilla Dinner and Poets’ Breakfast.

Here are some of the best pictures of the 2016 Parkes Elvis Festival, which wraps up this weekend. Enjoy!

A photo posted by Beard Season (@beardseason) on

Donny Edwards Live! Rocking it out at the Parkes Leagues Club to another full house. #parkeselvis

Posted by Parkes Elvis Festival on Friday, January 8, 2016

Have you ever been to this festival? Would you like to go? Would you be an observer or a participant?


  1. Forever an Elvis Fan, did the trip to Parkes 3 years ago, thoroughly enjoyed it. Daughter is there at present.

  2. Yep I am 71 been Elvis fan since 12. Enjoyed all his stages. Great getting with a bunch of Elvis fans now they are friendly & fun. This festival brings millions of dollars into the central West that often does it hard.

  3. Yes have been all my life I would love to Parkes to see all but to old now but I can still dream

    • Your still young Maria , they have bus trips to parks for this event go with a few friends I did and it was great / cheers hope to see you
      There next year xx

    • Ruby yap  

      Would love to go next year..Pls let me know coach info to parkes for festival.tks

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