Welcome to the Henry Lawson Festival - Grenfell, NSW

Henry Lawson Festival 2018 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 2018 sees it celebrate its 61st year.

The Henry Lawson Festival is delighted to announce that Alison Bell is the 2018 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Official Guest. Read more about Alison here.

The theme for the 2018 Festival is Poetry in Motion. A thesaurus suggests many words to describe such movement eg. Graceful, smooth, beautiful, delicate, elegant, lithe, rhythmic, supple, controlled, dainty, flowing, harmonious, practised, skilled, springy etc. 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 2018 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

  • 2018 Henry Lawson Festival Car Show

    The 16th Annual Grenfell Car Show at this years Henry Lawson Festival was a wonderful success.

    There were 111 cars on display with 75 entered for judging from 18 car clubs. The cars came from … more