Welcome to the Henry Lawson Festival - Grenfell, NSW

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 2019 sees it celebrate its 62nd year.

The theme for the 2019 Festival will be announced later this year. The theme is carried across a number of aspects of the Festival such as the Childrens Competitions and Street Parade.

The Festival kicks off on the Thursday evening with the opening of the Art exhibition 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 2019 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!

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

  • Chip Off The Old Block - 2018 Wood Chopping Competition

    The ever-popular wood chopping was once again a highlight of this year’s Henry Lawson Festival held in Rygate Square.

    Eleven axemen from Katoomba, South Bowenfels, Lithgow, Carcoar, Springwood, … more