Elvis Tribute


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. 

Celebrating Elvis' 87th birthday

Celebrate Elvis’ birthday on the grounds of Graceland, Jan. 6-9, 2022. You can find full details here but in short, it’s a flurry of concerts, guest speakers (including Priscilla Presley), 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. One sure thing: Saturday night’s Elvis Pops Concert on the Soundstage at Graceland, when singer Terry Mike Jeffrey, backed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, will draw on original charts from the Graceland archives to salute Elvis’ music (tickets required). Best bets on a budget: Saturday's 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. And: free walk-ups to the Meditation Garden, where Elvis rests with family members and fans place flowers, letters and other memorials on the regular. (Free 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. daily and 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. January 7-9.)

Graceland isn't the only spot in town celebrating the King's birthday though. Tigerman Karate Dojo & Museum is hosting a birthday bash of its own on Jan. 7.  Meet friends and family of the King and see Elvis memorabilia and pieces of history, like the ambulance that transported Elvis on the day of his passing, all where Elvis first practiced karate. 

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 and Exhibit Complex across the street, which includes the Presley Motors Automobile Museum, Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, and Icons: The Influence of Elvis Presley, as well as the Graceland Exhibition Center. 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.

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 TCB Food Hall – Graceland Exhibition Center
o The Jungle Room Bar – Graceland Exhibition Center
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