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SUMMER 23/24: Summer Full of Fun ☼

As temperatures rise and the days get longer, we’re excited to welcome the warmth of Summer and transcendent sunsets. Forbes has plenty of local spots to keep cool; so grab your favourite cold beverage, find a comfortable spot and let’s dive in to the sizzling content awaiting you!

Get ready for a Summer full of fun and community spirit! We’ve lined up events and activities that cater to all ages and interests. From pool movie nights to our famed Amazing Forbes Street Breakfast, there’s something for everyone in Amazing Forbes this Summer. Keep an eye on our social media and website for all the details.

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Oh So Sugar now serving up your favourite Summer staples

Oh So Sugar:
Check out our sweet new lakeside dining!

In this edition, we’re shining a light on a new local business that has sweetened things up on the shores of Lake Forbes.

The eagerly anticipated ‘Oh So Sugar’ is now serving up all your favourite beverages and light food options at Lions Park precinct and they are ready to welcome you!

From expertly brewed coffees and ice cold shakes to mouthwatering treats and light meal options there is something for every palate.

Oh So Sugar are open 7 days and the team are ready to welcome you.

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Water activities and attractions for summer – we’ve got you covered.

Make a splash at one of the local watering holes and cool off in Forbes this Summer!

Forbes Ski Dam, Bedgerabong Road – Boating, skiing, kayaking!
Water Play Park, Bandon Street – Great for kids to splash.
Forbes Olympic Town Pool, Lawler Street – Open 7 days 


Let’s Jailhouse Rock!

Now in it’s 32nd year, the Parkes Elvis Festival is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever with an action packed four days from January 10 to 14.

There’s so much to see and do whilst enjoying all the festivities of Elvis Festival, including visiting the surrounding townships of Bogan Gate, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore that contribute their unique personality and attractions to create the undeniable appeal of the Parkes region as a wonderful place to visit.

This year’s King-sized program is filled with dozens of Elvis and Jailhouse Rock inspired events. A souvenir program will be available for purchase from Elvis Central, Parkes Visitor Information Centre along with several local retailers.

Forbes is excited to bring back an annual Elvis favourite, the Amazing Forbes Street Breakfast held on Friday 12 January from 7am.

With local food stalls, stacks of entertainment PLUS dance workshops from famed Sydney Swing Katz this is sure to be another great event on the Forbes social calendar and a great way to kick off the Elvis Festival.

Also joining the stage is local talent Georgia Sideris, Paul Sun Duo, and Elvis tribute artists “Shakin’ Rick” and “Ray of Elvis”.

Entry to the Street Breakfast is free, just buy your own brekky!

You can check out all the action and itinerary at Parkes Elvis Festival and book in to avoid missing out on any Elvis Festival fun!

Forbes Shire Council is a major travel partner offering shuttle buses daily to and from Parkes from January 10-14, you can check out departure times + fees on the Parkes Elvis Festival website.

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Image of the 2023 Christmas projection, "Gingerbread Greetings"

Upcoming Events!

Why not find yourself at one of our amazing events this summer?
With so much on offer this season, keep your cool with one of our many festivities…

Christmas events & attractions


Christmas story projection on Town Hall

1-26 December 2023 | 8.30pm-11.00pm | Forbes Town Hall & Council Administration Building, viewing from Harold Street/Victoria Park
Back by popular demand is Forbes’ Christmas story projection; full of candy, gingerbread people and Santa’s elves all bringing in the Christmas cheer!  
This year’s story is features elements from both ‘Greetings from the North Pole’ and ‘Gingerbread Greetings‘. The projection will show on the walls of the Forbes Town Hall and Administration building, and viewers can also tune in to an audio (music) track at FM88.7 through your car radio.
Be sure to check it out from 1 December, with the final showing on Boxing Day evening.

Town Christmas lights

Speaking of Christmas lights, the main street of Forbes has had a few little face-lifts where the Christmas lights are concerned, thanks to our wonderful Urban Services crew!
There are also some beautiful light displays in Albion Park (Art Park) and Victoria Park (right across from Town Hall and its story projection), as well as up the main street (Lachlan) with lighting in the trees lining the street and decorations in the roundabouts.

School Holiday activities

Lots of different activities for the young ones (age limits apply) during the school holidays. 
From a swim up movie at Town Pool to our Australia Day festivities there will be something for everyone.
For all the information on what’s happening, when, where, and how to book, check out the Forbes Youth Action Team (FYAT) Facebook page or Council’s website!

ELVIS events (part of the Parkes Elvis Festival)

The Parkes Elvis Festival is celebrating its 31st year and Amazing Forbes is once again proud to partner with the Festival to bring some wonderful events to our town for guests to enjoy.

Amazing Forbes Street Breakfast

Friday 12 January 2024 | 7am-12pm | Templar Street
Let’s Jailhouse Rock in Templar this Summer!
Live music, food stalls and dancing entertainment.
Entry is free – just buy your own brekky!

Australia Day celebrations

Friday 26 January 2024 | various times | various locations
Loads of activities on offer over the course of the day, including the parade and Party in the Park. See Forbes Shire Council’s website for all the details.

Bedgerabong Picnic Races

Saturday 10 February 2024 | Gates open 10am; First race 1:30pm | Bedgerabong Racecourse
The Bedgerabong Picnic Race Meet is a longtime favourite event in the Forbes Shire with many locals, ex-pats and visitors alike returning each year to enjoy a fun-filled day trackside.
More information will be released in the new year and closer to the date – be sure to keep your eye on their Facebook page and website for all the details and updates for the annual “B’Bong” Races!
Events and markets may be subject to change due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond the control of the individual organisers.
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