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Can’t Help Falling In Love With The Parkes Elvis Festival

Dust off your blue suede shoes and dance your best jailhouse rock, all the way down to the Parkes Elvis Festival 2024.

The Parkes Elvis Festival is back for its 31st year, from 10-14 January. Each year, 25,000 fans from across Australia and around the world shake, rattle and roll down to Parkes to celebrate all things Presley.

Whether you’re heading down to check out the featured artists – award-winning Elvis tribute acts Cote Deonath and Taylor Rodriguez – or just want to soak up the atmosphere, every attendee is guaranteed a good time. There will be impersonators as far as the eye can see, unique merchandise available for purchase, parades, workshops – even weddings!

An Elvis look-a-like and friends enjoy the Parkes Elvis Festival 2014
Credit: Destination NSW

Best of all, the organisers of the Festival, and the Parkes Shire Council, are committed to ensuring the events are safe, inclusive, and enjoyable for all. They’re all about a little less conversation, and a little more action when it comes to accessibility.

Accessible Viewing Areas at the Parkes Elvis Festival 2024

Most of the venues and event areas at Parkes Elvis Festival have step-free access for attendees. In 2024, Festival organisers have added new designated accessible viewing areas, to ensure everyone gets a spot that suits their needs.

Head down towards the Main Stage at Cooke Park (in front of the old Cooke Park gates on the Welcome Street side) to find the accessible viewing platform for main stage entertainment. For the Street Parade, you’ll find an accessible viewing area at the lower end of the CBD (Clarinda St, by AA Blatch).

This year, Parkes Elvis Festival will also offer wireless headphones for volume personalisation for attendees who have impaired hearing or sensory sensitivities. There will also be vibrating vests available for attendees who prefer to feel the music. These headsets and vests are available at the Cooke Park elevated accessible viewing area, from 11AM Thursday to 4PM Sunday.

If you’re being picked up and/or dropped off at the Festival, there are designated zones to make things easier:

  • Designated disability drop-off area in Browne Street, and a limited number of disabled parking spaces. This is the best drop-off zone for access to the accessible viewing area for the Street Parade on Clarinda St.
  • Drop-off for the main stage accessible viewing platform in Cooke Park at the bus stop on Welcome Street. There is also new disability parking in this area, and easy access to Parke Services Club.

Two dressed-up attendees sitting on a bench that has PARKES written on it, smiling
Credit: Parkes Elvis Festival

There are public accessible toilets available in Cooke Parke, the Henry Parkes Centre, and the Parkes bus station in Church Street. There are also toilet facilities in Kelly Reserve with MLAK access (so make sure to bring your key along!).

Additional Support & Accessibility Services at Parkes Elvis Festival 2024

Companion Card: Companion Card holders can attend eligible events in a caring capacity free of charge. To book, call (02) 6881 8632.

Auslan interpreters: Auslan interpreters will be available at some Festival events:

  • 8am Q&A with Charles Stone & Sam Thompson, Services Club
  • 11.30am Saturday – Official Opening, Cooke Park Main Stage
  • 9.30am Elvis Gospel Service, Cooke Park Main Stage

An Elvis look-a-like performs at the Parkes Elvis Festival Parade 2014
Credit: Destination NSW

Sensory space: A private time-out space is available for attendees with sensory sensitivities and other specific needs from 10AM-4PM Wednesday to Sunday. Head down to 30 Welcome Street (opposite the Cooke Park main stage), and enter through the side gates in Cecile Street.

Find out more on the Parkes Elvis Festival website, or call (02) 6862 6000 to speak with Festival staff.

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