There is something for everyone in the Parkes Shire this long weekend from sport to culture, or just a social outing.

A local favourite in the Parkes social calendar - the annual Parkes Picnic Races will make a fashionable return on Saturday 11 June. With plenty of trackside entertainment involving a five-race program, full TAB and betting facilities, canteen and bar services, and the popular Fashions on the Field offering some fantastic prize packages, plus live entertainment from local Parkes band Foxxy Cleopatra.

Elizabeth Packchung and Dixie Coulton have returned for the second year in a row from Sydney as the Guest Judges for the Fashions on the Field. They will be looking for modern cutting-edge style and originality, discreet elegance and fine craftsmanship, attention to detail with accessories, an understanding and interpretation of current fashion trends for winter and excellent grooming and deportment.

Entry is free for under 16's, with $20 adult general admission tickets available online via 123Tix. Service NSW Dine & Discover vouchers can be used to purchase tickets online, however they must be used prior to the day. Gates open at 11.30am. For all the details, visit

During the long weekend, the Peak Hill Arts and Craft Exhibition returns for the 49th year, with a wonderful display of local arts and crafts. Browse the huge display of local handcrafts and artworks, market stalls and handiwork, before sampling the local delights, including Devonshire tea, homemade soups and a BBQ.

The Official opening will be held at the Leisure Centre on Friday 10 June, commencing at 6pm. The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday at the Leisure Centre and The Carrington for just $2 per person at each venue from 9:30am to 4pm on both days.

Sporting fans will also be kept entertained on the Sunday with the action-packed clash between Parkes Spacemen and rugby league rivals Forbes Magpies in the local derby at Jock Colley Oval. The local derby is always a stellar match and a great family day out.

The Henry Parkes Centre on the Newell Highway is open all June Long Weekend from 10am to 3pm daily. One ticket gains access to The King's Castle Elvis Exhibit and Parkes Motor Museum. Adult tickets are just $10, Concession $8, Child (under 15), $5 and Family $25, Service NSW Discover vouchers can be redeemed to purchase tickets.

Shop and Eat in the Parkes region and pick up some unique gifts or enjoy a meal at one of our fabulous local eateries.

It all adds up to a fantastic June Long Weekend in Parkes!