Graceland to Host In-Person Events for 2021 Elvis Week

by Katie Maloney

Graceland is offering Elvis fans “a little less conversation, a little more action” for Elvis Week 2021.

Fans were concerned that they may not be able to honor the King of Rock n’ Roll this year for the 44th anniversary of his death. Every year, for one week leading up to the anniversary of Elvis’s death, fans gather at Graceland to honor his life and career.

The event features appearances by celebrities and musicians, live concerts, panel discussions, parties, bus excursions and the Elvis Presley tribute artist contest. The week culminates with a candlelight vigil as fans visit The King’s grave. But the events were mostly held online last year due to the pandemic. And fans weren’t sure if in-person Elvis Week festivities would be canceled again this year for the same reasons.

However, Graceland recently announced that fans can start packing their rhinestone jumpsuits and Elvis wigs because Elvis Week is on. Events will take place from August 11 through August 17 this summer. And organizers confirmed that coronavirus safety protocols will be in place. The safety precautions include wearing masks, temperature screenings, and socially distanced seating.

Well, this announcement has got us “all shook up.” And we “can’t help falling in love” with this event lineup. Just give us a second to pack our “blue suede shoes” and we’ll be ready to go. Okay, we’ll stop with the Elvis puns now.

Graceland announced the festivities via social media. Along with a photo of The King wearing a Hawaiian shirt, they wrote, “We are so excited to announce our Elvis Week 2021 schedule and cannot wait to welcome fans back to Memphis in August for a celebration like no other!”

They also teased a few of this year’s main events.

“…Highlights include a 50th-anniversary concert celebrating Elvis’ Nashville recording sessions, Blue Hawaii Luau, Ultimate ETA Contests and concerts, exclusive tours, first-time experiences, Elvis in concert on the big screen, and much more!”

Have You Ever Seen Elvis With A Full Beard?

You’ve seen clean-shaven Presley. You’ve also seen mutton-chop Presley. But have you seen full-beard cowboy Presley? We hadn’t either until Graceland’s Instagram page shared this photo from the 1969 film, Charro!

Elvis plays Jesse Wade, a former outlaw who’s served his time and is now looking to distance himself from his bandit friends. But we all know how that goes. As soon as he tries to start a new life, the ways of his old one start trying to pull him back in. Interestingly, this is the only film that Elvis stars in where he doesn’t sing. He actually recorded two songs for the movie but only the title song ended up being used. Just when we thought it didn’t get any cooler than jailhouse Presley, we meet the outlaw King.