Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 while at home in Memphis, Tennessee. When they held his funeral thousands of fans lined the streets to see the King travel to his final resting place. Now, fans come from all around the world to take part in Elvis Week in mid-August. It’s a week-long celebration of Presley and his life, legacy, and music.
This year’s Elvis Week kicked off yesterday, August 11th, and will go until Tuesday, August 17th. During the week-long celebration, Graceland opens its doors to fans of the King. However, there is more going on than tours of Presley’s Memphis estate. Fans can take part in a number of events to celebrate and commemorate the late icon’s life and passing.
Elvis Week Activities
Fans can watch the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. It is exactly what it sounds like. Some of the best Elvis tribute acts from around the world converge on Graceland during Elvis Week. They get up on the Graceland stage and give it their all in memory of the King. That contest goes on for multiple days during the event. Additionally, the contestants participate in panels, meet & greets, and after-parties.
Fans who attend Elvis Week can get in on some exclusive tours. For instance, Graceland archivist Angie Marchese will be leading “Hidden Graceland,” tours. She’ll show fans things that they don’t get to see on normal tours of the estate. There is also a group excursion to Elvis’ hometown Tupelo, Mississippi.
Fans who are all about the music won’t be disappointed by Elvis Week. Along with performances by Elvis Tribute acts, the organizers plan to show live concert footage of Elvis on the big screen. A live band will back the King while he sings. If that isn’t enough, fans can go to an exclusive listening party to hear the world premiere of never-before-heard music from Elvis.
Elvis Week isn’t just for fun and music, though. Fans can gather to commemorate the passing of Elvis Presley. Graceland’s gates open on the evening of August 15th and those in attendance can walk up to the King’s gravesite and light a candle to bring back. The gates stay open until everyone who wants to participate has made the short walk. The candlelight vigil usually lasts until the early morning hours of the 16th.
Head over to the official Graceland website to get the full schedule as well as tickets for Elvis Week events.
Celebrate the King Online
If you can’t make it to Memphis this week, don’t worry. You can still take part in Elvis Week. This year, they are offering virtual passes to all of the events. You can get live shows, panels, and even tours of Graceland all from the comfort of your couch. Additionally, you can watch the candlelight vigil with a digital pass.
They have offered virtual Elvis Week passes in the past. However, this year is different. This year, everything is live-streamed directly to the fans. However, all events will be available for 72 hours after the pass expires. So, if you miss something or just want to watch it again, you can.
Head over to the Virtual Elvis Week website, see what’s available, and get your tickets now.