What are the dates of the 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival?
The 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival dates are 10-14 January, with the Festival celebrating 50 years since the ’68 Comeback.
How do I book tickets to shows?
Tickets go on sale from mid-September each year. You can find booking information for each event on this website. Most venues accept bookings over the phone, while some venues will accept email bookings and others request that you pay at the door on the day.
For major shows we strongly suggest buying your tickets in advance of your arrival in Parkes.
How do I register in the competitions and interactive events?
Registrations open mid-year. You’ll find registration forms for all the competitions and interactive events on their pages on this website. You can download and pre-register to participate in Busking, Junior and Senior Tribute to Elvis, Rock’n’Roll Dancing, Edible Art, Poets’ Breakfast, Renewal of Vows, Miss Priscilla, Northparkes Mines Street Parade, Cars of the Era Show and as a Volunteer.
How do I register as a market stallholder?
Stay tuned to our website, e-news, Facebook and Twitter for information on registering for the 2018 Festival. Registrations will open in May 2017.
How and when can I book tickets on the NSW TrainLink Elvis Express?
Tickets to the NSW TrainLink Elvis Express go on sale mid-September each year. In order to receive updates and confirmation on the ticket release date, sign up to the Festival e-news (see subscriber box right) and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
How do I go about finding accommodation?
Accommodation is in peak demand over the Festival period. For up-to-the-minute accommodation information in Parkes and surrounding towns, call Parkes Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6862 6000.
How do I get between venues in Parkes?
Most venues are Parkes are within walking distant of each other. A regular shuttle bus service operates in a loop within Parkes and stops by most major venues. See here for the shuttle bus information.
What are the travel times between Parkes and other major towns in the area?
Forbes is 20 minutes away from Parkes by car. Orange and Dubbo are both just over an hour away from Parkes by car.
Is the Festival wheelchair-accessible?
Yes. There is a designated wheelchair viewing area at the Cooke Park Main Stage and a second dedicated viewing area during the Northparkes Mines Street Parade. Most venues have step-free access. Maxi taxis are available in Parkes.
There is a designated disability drop-off area including a limited number of specially created disability parking spaces on Browne Street during the Festival. This is the closest access to Parkes Leagues Club and the Northparkes Mines Street Parade viewing area at AA Blatch, 155 Clarinda Street. There is also disability drop-off access at the bus stop in Welcome Street for Cooke Park and Parkes Services Club access.
Quiet, private time-out space is available for patrons with special needs at Currajong Disability Services, opposite Cooke Park on Welcome Street. Open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday during the Festival with entry through the side gates in Cecile Street. Please contact CDS for further information on (02) 6863 4713.
Is there a parents’ room at the Festival?
Yes. There are baby-change facilities at the Cooke Park Community Centre, located near the bus stop on Welcome Street. The Community Centre is a quiet and private place to feed or change your baby.
Are there first-aid and medical services at the Festival?
Yes. St John’s Ambulance will be on-site in Cooke Park and around the CBD to assist with medical emergencies across the Festival.
Parkes Hospital Emergency Department is located in Coleman Road. (02) 6861 2400.
In the event of an emergency, call 000 for Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade assistance.
Where can I get a official souvenir program?
The 2018 official souvenir program will be published in November. You can download an order form here.
Programs and official calendars will be available at Elvis Central, visitor information tents around the precinct and various other outlets during the Festival.
I’m a local or international Elvis Tribute Artist and I’d like to perform at the Festival. Who do I make contact?
If you’re an artist interested in performing at the Parkes Elvis Festival, please email the Festival Director at [email protected] with details of your act, photos and video.
The Festival receives a large amount of inquiries. The premium time to contact the Festival is between February and May each year.