Elvis Presley’s Graceland is gearing up for a busy summer filled with a variety of activities and numerous reasons to visit.
It kicks off with the opening of a newly reimagined ’68 Exhibit, which provides an up-close look at Elvis’ legendary 1968 NBC television special. The exhibit features artifacts such as tickets to the original show and the blue chairs that Elvis and the band sat on during the sitdown portion of the special. Along with a replica stage and famous ELVIS in red lights display, visitors can also see Elvis’ made-for-tv outfits including his famous black leather suit and white “If I Can Dream” suit. With 28 TVs throughout the exhibit, guests can immerse themselves in video clips of the unforgettable special that launched the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s “comeback” to live performing. The exhibit opens Memorial Day weekend at Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
This summer will be the last chance for visitors to tour the Making of ELVIS Movie Exhibition celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s hit film and take Graceland’s Elvis Movie Ultimate VIP Tour. The exhibition looks at the beginning of the creative process for the celebrated film and follows its journey to the big screen, including behind-the scenes videos of the making of the film, handwritten notes, drafts of scripts, storyboards, props, set pieces, costumes and more. The Elvis Movie Ultimate VIP tours include a private tour guide to share insight into the extensive research done by Baz Luhrmann while at Graceland, along with the stories of the real-life artifacts replicated in the movie. The Making of ELVIS Movie Exhibition and Movie UVIP Tours close on September 4.
In July, Graceland will be lit in red, white, and blue as it celebrates the nation’s independence during its All-American Weekend on July 1-2. The weekend will include an Elvis tribute concert, VIP Dinner and Reception on the grounds of Graceland, gospel brunch, special “hidden” tour of Graceland, and will be capped off with a one-of-a-kind fireworks extravaganza set to Elvis music.
Elvis Week 2023 will mark the 46th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, with nine days of events, August 9-17, celebrating Elvis’ life and legacy. Elvis Week has become a pop-culture phenomenon and an annual pilgrimage for music lovers from around the world. During Elvis Week 2023, Graceland will honor the anniversaries of two of Elvis’ landmark television specials with the ’68 Special 55th Anniversary Enhanced Screening on August 14 and Aloha from Hawaii 50th Anniversary Concert on August 16. Additional highlights of the week include the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Rounds on August 10 and 12; Conversations on Elvis on August 15; A Celebration of Lisa Marie Presley with Jerry Schilling on August 15; plus the cornerstone event of the week, the Candlelight Vigil, on the evening of August 15.
Graceland Live’s diverse and rapidly growing concert lineup is also presenting several concerts this summer at the Graceland Soundstage. Booked so far are August 8 - Motionless in White and In This Moment; August 17 - Clint Black; August 19 - Richard Marx; August 24 - Black Jacket Symphony; September 7 - W.A.S.P.; and September 8 - Cheap Trick; with additional shows also booked throughout the fall and into winter.
From new and limited time exhibits to great food, a refreshing pool, and the chance to walk in the footsteps of an American legend, this summer offers lots of great experiences for fans and music lovers. Check out Graceland.com for a list of 15 great reasons to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland this summer. Tickets are now on sale for all of Graceland’s summer activities at Graceland.com