Jailhouse Rock Festival 2019

The JHR Festival is one of Australia’s longest running Rock’n’Roll Festivals, a true celebration of everything great about the 50’s and 60’s era.

15/03/2019 - 17/03/2019
05:00 pm - 05:00 pm


The Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival is one of Australia’s longest running Rock’n’Roll Festivals, a true celebration of everything great about the 50’s and 60’s era. Created in 1995 as a not for profit, incorporated body, as a celebration of all things rock’n’roll; the music, the dancing, the fabulous fashion, classic motorcycles & cars and of course, the Hot Rods! All the iconic items and themes of the fabulous 50’s & 60’s are celebrated over the weekend in Ararat. The Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival has been conducted by a volunteer committee as an annual event for the last 24 years with the support of the Ararat Rural City Council, and generous sponsorship from local & regional businesses. So dust off the dance shoes, polish the Hot Rod, dress to impress and please accept our invitation to join us in Ararat. 

"The Launch"
7:00 pm – 11.30pm
Official Festival Launch featuring Honky Tonk Rockers & DJ Jeff
$25.00 per person entry
Motorsport Street Cruise Parade from 3 pm (see Street Cruise in 'What's On' events page).
The Committee is pleased to announce the Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival will be in the bottom half of Barkly St on Saturday 16th celebrating all things on wheels
9.00am - 2.00pm
Grampians Vintage Car Club is holding "Show us your Wheels" Car Show, Cars, Hot rods, Bikes and more
Numerous Bands playing with lots of dancing in the Town Hall
Pin Up Competition 12 pm Senior Citizens Hall
Dance Competition 2 pm Town Hall
"24th Anniversary Dance" Town Hall Saturday night 16th March featuring The Fender Benders & DJ Jeff
7.00pm  – 11.30pm
$25.00 entry fee
"Silver Cadillac Dance" Alexandra Hall High street (across from subway) Saturday night 16th March featuring Pete Daffy and Torqueflite
7.00pm – 11.30pm
$25.00 entry fee. BYO Supper, Drinks and Glasses
  • SUNDAY 17TH  MARCH 2019
Back at the bottom of Barkly Street. 
Great family day - Admission fee only applies to enter the Town Hall for dancing or to watch the bands
Admission: $10.00 per person for ground floor, $5 balcony viewing seats
Children under 16 enter free  –  Companion Card accepted
Tickets available via entry to the Town Hall
9.00am  –  2.00pm
Live Rock N Roll Music
Fashion Parade For all ages
Various categories lots of prizes
Crowning of the 2018 King and Queen of Jailhouse
Dress in your finest for the day, you never know what surprises you may find.
Children’s Entertainment, sideshows and lots more.
Food stalls for you to overindulge or just grab a bite to eat.
BBQ will be available on the Day
2019 AJHR Merchandise  – T-Shirts,  Stubbie Holders, and lots more
Variety of Merchants
Fun Day of Cars, Bikes, Music, Dancing, Fashion, Family and Friends.