Elvis Presley's Memphis | Alex Shansky


Considering the season’s shorter days—and the fact that you’re still hung over from all that holiday excitement—it’s natural to feel some winter blues. Lucky for you, Memphis has just the cure with an international blues fest, star-studded concerts, cozy hangouts and Black History celebrations set to liven up your January and February. The inspiration starts now.

Elvis’ 87th Birthday Celebration 

Jan. 6-9, 2022; Graceland
Die-hard fans will head to Graceland Jan. 6-9, 2022, for Elvis’ 87th Birthday Celebration. There will be cake, private tours of Graceland Mansion, archive show and tells and plenty of live music. Plus, we have 9 other reasons to visit Graceland this winter.

2022 International Blues Challenge

Postponed to May 6-9, 2022; Beale Street, Memphis
For five days, 200 blues acts from around the world will gather in Memphis. They play and compete in Beale Street venues, culminating in a final round, hosted inside Memphis’ historic Orpheum Theatre. The best part? You can experience any or all of it—find more details and ticket info here. Can’t make it during the festival? No worries. As the home of the blues, Memphis hosts live blues every night of the week, from Beale Street to local-secret spots.

Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion / Alex Shansky
Live music in Memphis / Craig Thompson
High Cotton Brewing Co. in Memphis / Craig Thompson
I Am A Man Plaza in Memphis / Logan Young

Winter Music & Theater Events in Memphis

Get ready because there are a lot of big names coming to Memphis this January and February.  The opulent Orpheum Theatre will host the Broadway productions of Hamilton and Tootsie. Catch the Jazz in the Box series, featuring Three Tenors Jazz with Bill Hurd, Lannie McMillan and Charles Campbell in January and Ben Paterson in February, as well as performances from Iris Orchestra with pianist Jeffrey Kahane and Dee Dee Bridgewater and Memphis Soulphony at Germantown Performing Arts Center. Playhouse on the Square will host a production of May We All in the Overton Square Performing Arts District. Don’t miss Robert Cray or Drive-By Truckers with Ryley Walker at the Soundstage at Graceland. Check Memphis’ full line-up of events here

musicals, plays, ballet . . .
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Celebrate Black History in Memphis

Start with King Day, Jan. 17, 2022. Commemorating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memphis’ National Civil Rights Museum hosts this event, featuring free museum admission, mainstage performances, trivia and more. With King Day and Black History Month so close on the calendar, winter is an especially good time to experience African American history in Memphis. But with the stories this city has to tell, any time of year can be a powerful time to visit. Check out this guide for an overview.

Memphis Beer Events

There’s nothing cozier than warming up with a winter ale. Memphis has a solid selection of local craft breweries—and related events—that will take the chill right off. A few of our favorites:

Enjoy our hoppin' craft beer scene
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Check in & win