Memphis Music and Heritage Festival at Center for Southern Folklore
Craig Thompson

Performance Venues for Student Groups

When you perform in the home of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll, you can't help but be inspired by Memphis music legends. For your next student or youth group trip, check out these unique performance venues, including a photo tour to help you visualize the possibilities Memphis presents for your group.


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Take a photo tour of Memphis performance venues

Autozone Park

One of the finest ballpark in the minor leagues, Autozone Park is conveniently located in the heart of downtown within walking distance of Beale Street

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid

More than just a store; it's an adventure! This massive destination experience offers something for everyone from a bowling alley to the largest freestanding elevator in the nation. There's nothing else like it in anywhere in the world. 

Beale Street Landing

Connected to Tom Lee Park, Beale Street Landing located at the foot of Beale Street in Downtown Memphis. The landing serves as a welcoming pad for all those traveling by river and serves as home to the American Queen Steamboat Company. 

Blues Hall of Fame

Located in the South Main Arts District, you’ll find displays instruments, stage costumes, artwork,and artifacts. Read stories and see memorabilia from famous blues artists like B.B. King, W.C. Handy, Robert Johnson, Dr. John, Bobby Rush and many more.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

The 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility is the home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and hosts a multitude of other events.


Home to the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers, is one of Memphis’ newest sports facilities.

Halloran Centre

The Halloran Centre, directly adjacent to the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Memphis, is the perfect showplace for any group or special event that truly wants to be center stage.

Handy Park

Named after the Father of the Blues, this outdoor entertainment experience is right off of Beale Street with a capacity of 800-2,500 people.

Hard Rock Cafe

Located in the historic Lansky Bros. building (the clothier to Elvis Presley). With 5,000 sq. ft. of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, retail shop and an awesome view of Beale Street. 

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum and Lorraine Hotel is a place in history and symbolism, not just for black Americans but for all who cherished Dr. Martin Luther King's ideals and vision. The museum may be built with bricks and mortar, but the message the National Civil Rights Museum delivers is enough to change the world, one visitor at a time. 

Memphis Music Hall of Fame

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame celebrates visionaries who’ve made music in this city that resonates around the world. 

Rock 'n' Soul Museum

Created by the Smithsonian Institution, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum tells the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the world. 

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/ ALSAC Pavilion

The life of Danny Thomas and the history of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are commemorated in the Danny Thomas / ALSAC Pavilion, located on the campus of St. Jude. St. Jude has built America's 3rd-largest health-care charity, with a model that keeps the costs down and the funds flowing, so the science never stops.

Hattiloo Theatre

Located in the Overton Square Theatre District, Hattiloo Theatre enhances audience's appreciation for the diversity and nuances of Black theatre, and provides opportunities for otherwise underutilized local actors and directors to develop their crafts.

Lafayette's Music Room

During the 1970s, Lafayette's Music Room had a reputation of showcasing musical legends such as Billy Joel, Kansas, Big Star, and Kiss. With Lafayette's reopening, live music back to Overton Square.

Overton Park Shell

The Overton Park Shell is located in the beautiful and expansive Overton Park in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. The park, an oasis of green in the middle of the city where art and culture come together.

Memphis Zoo

Get nose-to-nose with polar bears and splashed by sea lions in Northwest Passage. The Memphis Zoo is also one of only four zoos with giant pandas. And don't miss the newest exhibit: Zambezi River Hippo Camp, home to hippos, flamingos, Nile crocodiles and other animals along the 1,600 miles of Africa's Zambezi River. 

Overton Square

This multi-block entertainment district is located in the heart of Midtown Memphis featuring a variety of restaurants, an assortment of unique retail shops, live theater, entertainment venues and Memphis' only independent movie theater.

Playhouse on the Square

Memphis' only professional live theatre. Offering the best of Broadway and off-Broadway shows. 


Walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Elvis' home.

Guest House at Graceland

Located on beautifully landscaped property, just a few steps from the gates of Graceland, this unique accommodation is inspired by the same warm hospitality that Elvis always showed his guests.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

From 1959 – 1974, a tiny movie-theater-turned-recording-studio in Downtown Memphis produced a string of hits that stirs souls today.

TN State Welcome Center

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, this center offers unique and beautiful views of both the Mississippi River and Mud Island River Park.

University of Memphis / Michael D. Rose Theater Hall

Today, the University of Memphis is one of Tennessee's three comprehensive doctoral- extensive institutions of higher learning. Situated in a beautiful park-like setting in the state's largest city, it is the flagship of the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

Incredible Pizza

Themed dining rooms,  indoor fairgrounds with a roller coaster, go karts, laser tag and the best arcade games around.

Autozone Park Memphis
Lookout at Bass Pro Shops
Beale Street Landing Boat Dock Aerial
Blues Hall of Fame, Memphis
Cannon Center interior stage
Memphis Grizzlies playing at FedExForum. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images
Memphis Music Hall of Fame
Pop Tunes at Rock n Soul Museum
danny thomas pavilion
Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square - Justin Fox Burks
Live Music at Lafayette's Music Room
Levitt Shell
North West Entrance Memphis Zoo
Mural in Overton Square
Amie Vanderford playhouse sign
Graceland, Home of Elvis
Pix - Guest House Exterior
Stax Museum of American Soul Music sign. Photo Credit: Dan Ball
University of Memphis
Skeeball at Ultimate Pizza Co

Orient Your Group with this Map of Memphis


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Lisa Catron, International & Domestic Sales Manager, CTIS, CSTP, CTTP

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