Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil. Photo Credit: EPE

Elvis Week 2024

Elvis Presley’s legacy is alive and well in Memphis, where every August, thousands of fans from around the world come together to celebrate his life, music and movies. Join the annual week-long pilgrimage to Graceland, Aug. 9-17, 2024. Since The King's death, the gathering now known as Elvis Week has centered around Presley's Graceland Mansion. Here's what you can expect out of this thrilling week:

Elvis Week features nine days packed with concerts, tribute artist performances, special tours, meet and greets, and more.
Catch two of the tribute shows celebrating different periods of Elvis' music at Elvis: Return to Vegas and Elvis: Back in Memphis Concert.
See confirmed Elvis Week guests such as Elvis' friend Jerry Schilling, girlfriend Linda Thompson, and more who knew The King personally.
The marquee Candlelight Vigil on August 15 to honor the 47th anniversary of Elvis' passing.
Elvis Tribute
Priscilla at Elvis Presley's Memphis
Elvis grave in graceland
Elvis Presley at Graceland 1957. Photo Credit: EPE

ELVIS WEEK ACTIVITIES

At Elvis Week 2024, fans will have a chance to immerse themselves in all things Elvis with live music performances, behind-the-scenes tours, panel discussions, appearances by special guests and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Study the full Elvis Week 2024 schedule here.

  • Kick off the week seeing the best of Elvis Tribute Artists at AN ULTIMATE TRIBUTE: SALUTE TO THE 50s (Aug. 9) for a show dedicated to Elvis' 1950s performances from love ballads to big screen dance numbers. Afterwards, go straight to the ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST KICK-OFF PARTY (Aug. 9) to keep the dancing going with more performances. Celebrate all your favorite Elvis eras with tickets to AN ULTIMATE TRIBUTE; SALUTE TO THE 70s (Aug. 11).
     
  • At CONVERSATIONS ON ELVIS (Aug. 15) join Linda Thompson and her brother Sam Thompson, Shirley Dieu, Joe Esposito’s girlfriend and Elvis’ friend; Jerome Stump Monroe, drummer for the Sweet Inspirations who opened nearly every Elvis show for a decade, and Larry Geller, Elvis' hairstylist and spiritual advisor, for a conversation about their personal recollections of Elvis. 
     
  • ELVIS: BACK IN MEMPHIS (Aug. 13) at the Graceland Soundstage will be a celebration of the music that emerged from Elvis' Memphis studios from Sun Studio to the sounds of American Sound, Stax, and more. Hear historic recordings during this concert performance that also includes stories from those that were there.
     
  • Hit the ELVIS FAN CHOICE AWARDS (Aug. 14) to celebrate all your favorite things about the King of Rock 'n' Roll with guest appearances, exciting performances, and special award presentations. Dress to impress for this glamorous awards show! Don't miss the after-party or red carpet experience pre-show.
     
  • Karaoke, dance parties, and music brunches (various dates and times throughout Elvis Week 2024): Whether you harbor your own aspirations of singing like the King, or prefer the role of back-up dancer, watch for Elvis Karaoke sessions to pop up at the Jungle Room Bar inside Graceland Exhibition Center, plus scheduled dance parties throughout Elvis Week.
     
  • But perhaps one of the most solemn, and free, activities you can participate in during Elvis Week is walking up to the Meditation Garden of Graceland. Between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9-17 (Aug. 16 excluded), take advantage of free access to the garden, where you can pay your respects to the King and members of his family. You can also get free access to the Meditation Garden between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on August 11, 13, 14, 16 and 17.

Visit Graceland's Elvis Week page to learn how you can experience these and other events during Elvis Week 2024.

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see the full list of 2024 events

While panels, music, tours and a variety of fun events fill up the schedule, the annual candlelight vigil held at Graceland is a solemn and special event that takes place every year on the evening of Aug. 15. Fans patiently wait their turn to pass through the famed gates of Graceland and walk up to the Meditation Garden with candle in hand to pay their respects to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. This awe-inspiring sea of candles is a must-see for fans and anyone traveling to Memphis for Elvis Week. 

Bookmark the developing schedule of events for the latest updates and ticket sale announcements.

More on the ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST

Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) have become such an endearing reflection of fans' appreciation for Elvis, an Elvis Tribute Artist contest will kick off Elvis Week 2024 (Aug. 9). Throughout Elvis Week, additional ETA events will unfold, including the highly competitive (and thoroughly entertaining) semifinals and finals, when the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2024 will be crowned. Join ETA winners and hopefuls during a variety of events such as kick-off parties, meet 'n' greets, request performances, and way more.

To understand how this field of competitors seizes the opportunity to compete in front of thousands of fans at Graceland during Elvis Week, read more about ETAs here.

what else can I do on-site at Graceland?

In addition to special events, Elvis Week is a lively time to tour Graceland Mansion, check out Elvis' private planes and discover the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex, featuring Elvis' car museum, Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum and several interactive experiences. Also on-site: see who's playing the Soundstage, as the 2024 line-up has been full of big names including Zebra, The Wallflowers, and more.  

Make a day of it with several dining options on-site, and even stay overnight: steps from Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion is the AAA Four Diamond Guest House at Graceland resort hotel.

More Ways to Celebrate Elvis Week

Looking for more unique ways to celebrate Elvis Week in Memphis? Join The Circuit Playhouse for two special events.

  • A Special Elvis Tribute Concert: Brad Birkedahl In Concert commemorates the life and music of Elvis Presley. With a deep-dive exploration into the Elvis catalog as well as some of the classics, this concert is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Thursday, August 8, at 7 p.m.
  • Memphian Memories with Dave Hebler: Step into the past with us at the legendary Memphian Theatre, where Elvis Presley and his friends enjoyed countless all-night movie sessions. Feel the nostalgia and magic of those unforgettable nights with Memphis Mafia member Dave Hebler, who will share his personal stories and memories of protecting the King. Multiple sessions from August 12-August 16.
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