Graceland Events Celebrate The King

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MEMPHIS – January 8 marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 87th birthday. The late “King of Rock and Roll” was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1935. He died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Every year, loyal fans gather in his estate to celebrate his life. As usual, Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises will commemorate his birthday with several days of events, reflections and concerts in Memphis, Tennessee.

Here are five ways for fans to join in on the different festivities. Some events are free while others are chargeable. Tickets can be purchased and details can be found on Graceland.com.

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Elvis Presley poses for a portrait in Graceland in March 1960.

Thusday

Elvis Birthday Party and Graceland Mansion Evening Tours

5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Graceland and Elvis Presley Entertainment Complex in Memphis

Graceland will be hosting a special evening guided tour starting at 5 p.m. at the mansion. Fans will also be able to see Elvis Presley’s exhibits in Memphis (Automobile Museum, Presley Cycles, Archives Exhibit, Army Exhibit, ICONS Exhibit, and Elvis: The Entertainer). At 6 p.m., a birthday party will begin with an Elvis Dance Party hosted by SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio DJ Argo at Presley Motors. There will also be an appearance and book signing with Dixie Locke Emmons – who dated Elvis in the 1950s – at the Elvis: The Entertainer gift shop. The party will include free appetizers and cash bars, a prize scavenger hunt as well as the Elvis trivia prize wheel. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Cost: $ 90 for adults (11 years old and over); $ 58 for young people (5-10); children 4 and under are free.

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Friday

Elvis Presley and actress Ann-Margret shown in a publicity photo provided by MGM Studios for the 1964 film, "Long live Las Vegas." (AP Photo / MGM Studios)

Screening and singing of the film “Viva Las Vegas”

1:00 p.m. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland

One of Elvis’ most beloved feature films, “Viva Las Vegas,” receives free daytime screening at the Graceland Guest House. Fans can appreciate Elvis as the “go-go” guy and Ann Margaret as the “bye-bye” gal as they stroll through the fun capital of the world – and attendees can sing along to the many memorable tunes of the movie. Places are allocated on a first come basis.

No cost

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Saturday

Elvis Presley Day Proclamation Ceremony

8:30 a.m. North Lawn, Graceland Mansion

It’s an annual tradition early in the morning, as Elvis’ friends and family – including Priscilla Presley – cut a birthday cake on Graceland’s North Lawn in memory of the King. An Elvis Presley Day proclamation by Memphis and Shelby County officials will also be read. After the ceremony, fans can cross the street to Vernon’s Smokehouse in Elvis Presley’s Memphis, where a birthday cake and coffee will be served.

Cost: both events are free

Priscilla Presley cuts the birthday cake during Elvis' birthday proclamation ceremony on Wednesday, Jan.8, 2020, on the North Lawn of Graceland.

Conversations about Elvis

1:00 p.m. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland

The popular and always informative Conversations on Elvis panel format will have a special anniversary edition at The Guest House, as fans will be able to hear the stories of those who knew the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll best. Hosted by Tom Brown, the event will feature guest appearances from Priscilla Presley, Terry Blackwood – who performed with Elvis as part of The Imperials – and Elvis jeweler Lowell Hays.

Cost: $ 25

Elvis Presley stands next to his piano in Graceland in this 1965 photograph. Elvis was reluctant to allow the photos to be taken at his home.

Elvis Birthday Pops concert with Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m. Graceland sound stage

There’s no better way to celebrate Elvis than with his music. The Graceland Soundstage will host the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for the presentation of their annual Elvis Pops concert. Singer Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band will join members of the MSO for a musical salute touching every corner of Elvis’ catalog and career. The concert will include a special appearance by Priscilla Presley.

Cost: $ 38 to $ 68

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Tributes are seen next to Elvis Presley's gravestone in the Meditation Garden where he is buried alongside his parents and grandmother at his Graceland mansion in this file photo from August 12, 2017.


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