Welcome to the Henry Lawson Festival - Grenfell, NSW

Henry Lawson Festival 2016 Program

The Henry Lawson Festival is an annual event held in Grenfell, NSW on the June long weekend. Grenfell is the birthplace of Henry Lawson, one of Australia's best loved poets and writer of short stories. The Festival is one of the longest running arts events in NSW and 2016 sees it celebrate its 59th year.

The theme for the 2016 festival is ‘THE ROARING DAYS; A Trip Through the Decades’. This theme is a nod to the celebrations being held throughout 2016 for Grenfell's Sesquicentenary.

The festival kicks off on the Thursday evening with a special event at the Grenfell Art Gallery, and from there, through to the Monday a wide array of exhibitions, events and entertainment will be on show for all tastes and ages. Art and photography exhibitions, short story and verse competitions, a colourful street procession, children's rides, street entertainment including busking and live music, and car show are just a few of the wonderful events taking place over the festival weekend.

If you've never been to the Henry Lawson Festival, or if you're looking for something different to do over the 2016 June long weekend in Central West NSW, then this might just be the perfect long weekend to come to Grenfell and experience all that the town and surrounding areas have to offer. If you are a regular festival patron, then we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family again this year.

Be sure to check back here regularly as information on events and entertainment will be continually updated leading up to the festival. General information including our location, travel and accommodation is also available, or if you have a specific enquiry please feel welcome to contact us directly.

We want YOU to #BringHenryToGrenfell

Calling all Henrys!

Building on 2015 we want more Henrys in Grenfell than ever before.
If you have Henry in your name, we'd love to see you here for the festival. If you know a Henry why not bring them along?

Group photo at the Henry statue in Main Street at 11.30am on the Saturday of the Festival.

Let us know if you plan to #BringHenryToGrenfell

Festival News

  • 2016 Photography Competition Winners

    We're excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Henry Lawson Festival Photography Competition. Congratulations to all the winners. The standard of all entrants this year was extremely high.

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