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Elvis Birthday Celebration

2017 Elvis Birthday Celebration


Join us in Memphis as we celebrate Elvis’ Birthday on January 5 - 8, 2017.

General Ticket Information

  • For all tickets sold through Graceland, the price of the ticket includes sales tax and there will be a $5.95 transaction fee for each order. This includes orders made over the phone or online.
  • 10% Insiders discount does not apply to Elvis Birthday Celebration event tickets.
  • All guests, times, and details are subject to change.
  • All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. 
  • Tickets for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra event are sold by their office and are subject to their taxes, fees and terms/conditions.

Book your stay for the Birthday Celebration at The Guest House at Graceland!


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5

Elvis Team Trivia - Round 1

4:00 p.m. EP's Bar and Grill, The Guest House at Graceland. Put together your dream Elvis trivia team and join The Guest House crew to test your Elvis knowledge. This is a progressive trivia challenge with rounds over three days during Elvis' Birthday. Great prizes up for grabs. FREE to play.

"Viva Las Vegas" Sing-A-Long

7:00 p.m. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland. Enjoy a screening of Elvis fan favorite film "Viva Las Vegas" while singing along to some of your favorite songs from the movie, including "Viva Las Vegas," "The Lady Loves Me," "C'Mon Everybody" and more! FREE. Limited seating available on a first-come, first served basis.

Live Entertainment at The Guest House at Graceland

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Lobby Lounge, The Guest House at Graceland. Enjoy live music by acoustic soloist Vinnie Hines.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 6

The Auction at Graceland Preview
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Rock Meeting Room, The Guest House at Graceland. Stop by the Auction preview room to view the Elvis lots that will be up for auction on January 7. Guests will also be able to register for a paddle to bid in the auction.

Archives Show and Tell 
11:00 a.m. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland. Director of Archives, Angie Marchese, will give a special presentation and up-close look at some treasured pieces from the Graceland Archives. Free event.

Founders Event
2:00 p.m. Founders Lounge, The Guest House at Graceland. Founders members only event. Founders will receive email with additional details.

Elvis Team Trivia - Round 2
4:00 p.m. EP's Bar and Grill, The Guest House at Graceland. Put together your dream Elvis trivia team and join The Guest House crew to test your Elvis knowledge. This is a progressive trivia challenge with rounds over three days during Elvis' Birthday. Great prizes up for grabs. FREE to play.

Official Graceland Insiders Reception and Graceland Tour

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Graceland Plaza. A special birthday event reserved exclusively for members of the Official Graceland Insiders. The event includes a private evening tour of the Graceland Mansion decorated for the holidays plus a reception across the street in Graceland Plaza. The reception will be a progressive event moving about the plaza and will include Elvis' airplanes, the Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Archives Experience and Sincerely Elvis. In addition, attendees to the event will get to visit the VIP exhibit, Elvis in Hollywood. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bars will be available. The special evening tour of Graceland Mansion will include the iPad tour and Elvis Christmas music playing throughout the mansion grounds. Special guests appearances include: an autograph session with Robin and Gavin Koon, Elvis' co-stars in "Follow That Dream”; and a Q&A with award-winning producer, director, writer Andrew Solt, who owns the rights to The Ed Sullivan Show library, who will be talking about Elvis’ third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show exactly 60 years to the date of its airing.  Insiders may purchase only three additional guest tickets in addition to their own. Membership cards will be required when picking up tickets. Parking in the main Graceland Parking lot is free beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.00 for adults, $26.00 for children 7-12 and free for children 6 and under. This event is now sold out.

Live Entertainment at The Guest House at Graceland
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Lobby Lounge, The Guest House at Graceland. Enjoy live music by piano player Jon Felix.

Club Elvis with DJ Argo

9:30 p.m. - 12:00 midnight. Grand Ballroom, The Guest House at Graceland. Come hang out and enjoy a private party with your fellow Elvis fans as DJ Argo spins Elvis records for your listening and dancing pleasure. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Guest Services starting at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of the event, pending availability.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 7

Fan Club Presidents’ Event
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland. Elvis fans are invited to celebrate the work of Elvis Presley fan clubs during this event with special presentations, announcements and more. Special guests include Robin and Gavin Koon, Elvis' co-stars in "Follow That Dream."  Fan club presidents will get an invite to the event directly from EPE to register to attend. Other guests may purchase tickets for $20. Tickets can be purchased at Guest Services starting at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of the event, pending availability.

The Auction at Graceland Preview
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Rock Meeting Room, The Guest House at Graceland. Stop by the Auction preview room to view the Elvis lots that will be up for auction on January 7. Guests will also be able to register for a paddle to bid in the auction.

The Auction at Graceland
2:00 p.m. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland. Fans and collectors from around the world will have the opportunity to participate on-site and online for this auction, featuring artifacts authenticated by Graceland Authenticated. All of the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction will come from the treasured Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale. All of the items in the auction have been thoroughly authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, the Graceland affiliated authentication and appraisal service for collectors and fans. Registered bidders can reserve a paddle for in-person bidding by emailing auctioninfo@graceland.com. Advance registration is recommended. Online bidding starts in December. To register and bid online, visit GracelandAuctions.com. For more information about auction registration, auction fees or how to submit items for consideration by Graceland Authenticated for future auctions, visit Graceland.com/Auction.

Elvis Team Trivia - Final Round
4:00 p.m. EP's Bar and Grill, The Guest House at Graceland. Put together your dream Elvis trivia team and join The Guest House crew to test your Elvis knowledge. This is a progressive trivia challenge with rounds over three days during Elvis' Birthday. Great prizes up for grabs. FREE to play.

Elvis at the Movies Featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N Main Street. Singer and musician Terry Mike Jeffrey joins the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, singing all the great Elvis Presley movie songs in this astonishing salute. This all-new edition features the smash hits from your Elvis film favorites. Tickets on sale through the Memphis Symphony Orchestra by calling 901-537-2500 or by visiting MemphisSymphony.org.

Live Entertainment at The Guest House at Graceland
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Lobby Lounge, The Guest House at Graceland. Enjoy live music by acoustic soloist Vinnie Hines.

Elvis Happy Birthday and Gospel Tribute at the Gates of Graceland
11:59 p.m. Front of Graceland Gates. D&N's Elvis Presley Fan Club and the Elvis Meetup Fan Club invite fans to join their annual tradition. Meet at the gates of Graceland on the eve of Elvis' birthday and join fans from across the globe singing familiar gospel songs and, of course, "Happy Birthday to Elvis."


Sunday, January 8

Official Ribbon Cutting for The Founders Path at The Guest House
8:30 a.m. The Founders Path at The Guest House at Graceland (near tour bus drop-off circle/south entrance). All fans are invited to join us for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for The Founders Path at The Guest House. The ribbon cutting will take place at the entrance to The Founders Path near the tour bus drop-off circle/south entrance to The Guest House. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, for this one morning only, all guests will be invited to walk the path from The Guest House at Graceland to Graceland Mansion to attend the Birthday Proclamation Ceremony. The Founders Path will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. for guests to use to/from the Proclamation Ceremony (weather permitting).

Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony
9:30 a.m. Graceland's North Lawn. Free admission. Enjoy a ceremony with Graceland/EPE officials, a birthday cake cutting and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Fans who are unable to attend will be able to watch video from the ceremony later that day on Graceland.com.

Birthday Cake and Coffee 
10:30 a.m. Chrome Grille, Graceland Plaza. Complimentary birthday cake and coffee served at the Chrome Grille restaurant across the street from the mansion following the ceremony. Free to all who attend.

Hound Dog Tour: A Musical City Tour Celebrating Elvis by Backbeat Tours
11:00 a.m. Tour departs from Backbeat Tours window at BB King’s Blues Club, located at 143 Beale Street. Join Backbeat Tours for an Elvis tribute tour with a twist! As unique as the man himself, the Hound Dog Tour takes a one-of-a-kind approach to sharing Elvis’ legacy in a high-energy concert and sightseeing tour all rolled into one. Hear all your favorite Elvis hits performed live on Memphis’ only music bus while seeing where he grew up, where he went to school, where he worked, and where he dreamed, as well as sites important to his early career. This special 2 hour tour also includes an optional visit inside the Presley family apartment at Lauderdale Courts – second only to Graceland, the Memphis home where Elvis lived in the longest. Meticulously restored to its 1950s appearance, a visit to Apartment 328 of the Courts is like taking a step back in time, offering an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of Vernon, Gladys, and young Elvis. (If you choose to visit Lauderdale Courts, the tour will last approximately 3 hours). The tour includes exciting sites such as Sun Studio, Elvis’ Audubon Drive home, Humes High School, the Overton Park Shell (the amphitheater where he performed his first big show in 1954), Lansky Bros. clothing store, the Memphian Theater and the Chisca Hotel (home of the WHBQ radio station). Come celebrate the man behind the legend: whether you’re a longtime fan or a new admirer, we guarantee fun for all! The price of the 2 hour tour is $28/adults, $26/seniors and $16/child (7-12 years). The price of the 3 hour tour that includes Lauderdale Courts is $46/adults, $44/seniors and $32/child (7-12 years). Graceland Insiders receive a 10% discount with. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.backbeattours.com/ or by calling Backbeat Tours at 901-527-9415.

Live Entertainment at The Guest House at Graceland
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Lobby Lounge, The Guest House at Graceland. Enjoy live music by piano player Jon Felix.


ADDITIONAL & MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS

Graceland Tours
Tours of Graceland Mansion, the Elvis Presley Car Museum, Elvis' custom jets, the I Shot Elvis Exhibit, Elvis’ Hawaii Exhibit, Elvis in Tupelo Exhibit and Elvis in Hollywood Exhibit VIP Exhibit will be available daily. Visit the Graceland.com tickets page for prices and details. Graceland Mansion will be decorated for the holidays indoors and out through January 9. 

Free Walk-Up Times for Meditation Garden 
Daily throughout the year there is a period of time for free-admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland, where the grave sites of Elvis and members of his family are located. Then the area becomes part of the regular ticketed Graceland Mansion tours for the rest of the day. The winter hours for free walk-up visits are 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. daily. During the Elvis' Birthday Celebration, there will also be nightly walk-ups from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on January 7 and 8.

Betty Harper Artwork Display 
January 7 & 8. 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Gift Shop, The Guest House at Graceland. Stop by The Guest House at Graceland gift shop to meet Betty Harper and to see her Elvis artwork that will be on display.


All times, dates, guest and event details subject to change.