Elvis Tribute

CELEBRATE ELVIS’ BIRTHDAY AT GRACELAND

When you talk to folks who’ve visited Elvis Presley’s Graceland, you hear one thing on repeat: this is where you get to know Elvis as a person. The legend lives here too, in studded jumpsuits, gold record after gold record, custom jets, a bubblegum pink Cadillac and the chartreuse shag carpet of the Jungle Room. But being inside Presley’s home gives an everyday look at the man behind the legend. Portraits of his parents still hang on the walls. The grounds ramble on where Lisa Marie used to play. The Music Room looks just as it did when friends dropped in to share songs. You learn that Elvis earned his three GRAMMYs not in the genre he rocked, but in gospel, the genre he loved best. 

Elvis birthday cake on display in front of Graceland and crowd of people
Alex Shansky
dad poses with daughter in front of welcome to Graceland sign
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Elvis fans in jumpsuits stand in front of Graceland house
Alex Shansky
Jungle Room at Graceland Mansion
Andrea Zucker

Celebrating Elvis' 89th birthday

Celebrate Elvis’ birthday on the grounds of Graceland, Jan. 5-8, 2024. You can find full details here but in short, it’s a flurry of concerts, guest speakers, show-and-tell presentations from the Graceland archives and tours of the mansion.

Some events are ticketed while others are free, so you can celebrate on any budget. Just plan ahead in case you need to purchase advance tickets. The marquee event is the annual birthday cake cutting and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by local officials, when you can enjoy a slice of birthday cake with coffee for free.

Don't forget to take advantage of the free walk-ups to the Meditation Garden, where Elvis rests with family members and fans place flowers, letters and other memorials on the regular. This is open 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. daily.

Sneak a Peek at Elvis Bucket List Stops in Memphis

See Where Elvis Recorded: Sun Studio

In 1954, an unknown Elvis Presley grabbed a mic and sang his heart out, making Sun Studio one of the most famous recording studios in the world. Today, you can take a guided tour through this incubator of rock 'n' roll. Photo by Alex Shansky

Eat Like a King: The Arcade Restaurant

Plan for a meal, dessert or drinks at The Arcade and ask for the Elvis booth. It's decorated with pictures of The King for you to enjoy alongside the restaurant's Southern- and Greek-style favorites. Photo by Oui We Girl

See How a King Lived: Graceland

Purchased in 1957 for $102,000, Graceland was home to Elvis until his death in 1977. It is one of the most visited homes in the U.S. and offers an intimate look at the man behind the icon. Photo by Andrea Zucker

Rock like a King: Overton Park Shell

In what music historians often call the "first rock 'n' roll show," Elvis played his first paid gig at Memphis' Overton Park Shell. Today, the venue hosts free concerts from spring into fall. Photo courtesy of Overton Park Shell

Dress Like the King: Lansky Bros.

In 1946, Bernard and Guy Lansky founded Lansky Brothers. What started as an Army surplus store among the bars and clubs on Beale Street quickly changed course to sell trendy clothes to local youth and musicians. The vivid silky fabrics at Lansky's contradicted the traditional styles popular in the South at the time, and the store would go onto outfit Elvis Presley and other iconic Memphis musicians. Shop for your own signature look today. Photo by Dan Ball

Tour or Sleep Over at Elvis' Apartment: Uptown Square

Elvis and his parents lived in Lauderdale Courts (now Uptown Square) between 1949 and 1953. It was here that Elvis would practice his guitar in the laundry room, play with other musicians who lived nearby, walk to Beale Street and listen to records at Pop Tunes around the corner. Contact Uptown Square to find out how you can tour or even sleep over in the Presley family apartment. Photo by Kerry Crawford

vintage blue car parked in front of sun studio
The Arcade / Oui We Girl
Graceland Mansion | Andrea Zucker
overton park shell with rainbow lights
Lansky Bros Clothing / Dan Ball
Lauderdale Courts Memphis

Graceland for beginners

If you’re new to Graceland, you should know that different tour options are available depending on how much you want to see and spend. You can tour the mansion only, or add on a visit to Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex across the street, which includes the Presley Motors Automobile Museum, Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum and Elvis Discovery Exhibits. You can also catch a live concert at the Soundstage at Graceland.

Can’t get enough? Book a stay at the onsite Guest House at Graceland, inspired by Elvis’ home and featuring specialty suites designed under Priscilla Presley’s supervision.

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Don’t forget about the food!

 
Elvis Presley’s Graceland offers a wide variety of dining options:
o Vernon’s Smokehouse – Presley’s Memphis
o Gladys’ Diner – Elvis Presley’s Memphis
o Rock ‘N’ Go – Elvis Presley’s Memphis
o Minnie Mae’s Sweets – Elvis Presley’s Memphis
o Delta’s Kitchen – The Guest House at Graceland
o EP’s Bar & Grill – The Guest House at Graceland
o Shake, Rattle & Go – The Guest House at Graceland
o Lobby Lounge – The Guest House at Graceland
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About the Author

Samantha Crespo has written about Memphis for more than 13 years, including four editions of 100 Things To Do in Memphis Before You Die, a love letter/insider's guide to the city. Find her running along the river, especially in the new Tom Lee Park, listening to her favorite Memphis band: Lucero.

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