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Top Elvis Tribute Artists Compete for Semifinalist Spots

April 14, 2017 (Updated)

Some of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world will be competing in the upcoming months at preliminary locations around the world to win a coveted spot in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round. The Semifinal and Final Round of the contest will take place during Elvis Week in Memphis, where the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2017 will be crowned. 

Below is a list of upcoming 2017 preliminary round locations, taking place at fairs, festivals and casinos. You can visit the website for each of these locations for a schedule of events, ticket information and much more. Be part of the contest by cheering on your favorite Elvis tribute artist as they compete for their chance at the ultimate title. 

Interested in competing? If you are an Elvis tribute artist interested in competing, you can visit each of their websites below for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.


Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival

Part of the ElvisFestival.com series of events 
April 27 - 30, 2017
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Produced in part by Legends in Concert the Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival brings some of the world’s best Elvis entertainers to this year round tourist destination.  This year’s event features world renown Elvis Tribute Artists Ryan Pelton and Ted Torres, along with Irv Cass, the Change of Habit tribute band and performance of the Legends in Concert show. With performances both at the Legends theater and along the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this is an event not to miss.  The festival includes a three-day preliminary to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.  Learn more at ElvisFestival.com.

Niagara Falls Elvis Festival 

May 19 - 21, 2017
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
The Niagara Falls Elvis Festival features a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, "The Story of Elvis" performance featuring Dean Z and Tim "E," "The Killer and The King" performance featuring Bill Cherry as Elvis and Joe Passion as Jerry Lee Lewis, a gospel show and much more. Find more information at NiagaraFallsElvisFestival.com

Texas' Tribute to Elvis Festival

May 26 - 28, 2017
Dallas, Texas
The Texas' Tribute to Elvis and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round will take place at the legendary South Fork Ranch in Dallas, Texas. The festival includes the contest, special guests, parties and more. Get the details at TexasElvisFestival.com.

Lake George Elvis Festival

Part of the ElvisFestival.com series of events
May 31 - June 4, 2017

Lake George, New York

This year the Lake George Elvis Festival commemorates 40 years since the passing of Elvis and celebrates his life and legacy by presenting all ten winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.  Shawn Klush, Brandon Bennett, Bill Cherry, Justin Shandor, Cody Ray Slaughter, Ben Portsmouth, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis, David Lee and Dwight Icenhower will all appear along with Tim E Hendry, Robert Washington, Irv Cass and the Change of Habit tribute band.  The festival includes a three-day preliminary to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Elvis entertainers performing throughout town in local restaurants and on the boats cruising the lake.  Tickets go on sale September 6. Learn more at

Tupelo Elvis Festival

June 1 -4, 2017
Tupelo, Mississippi
Tupelo Elvis Festival is a musical celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s native son, and the impact that his music has on the world. Each year's festival features regional, national and local artists along with a Sunday Gospel Concert and a preliminary to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. In addition to all of the great music, the festival features a number of local food vendors, a carnival midway, pet parade, beauty pageant, 5k run, disc golf, movie poster exhibit, and much more. Find out more at 

Elvis Presley Continentals Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Festival

June 16 -17, 2017
Mt. Dora, Florida
The 38th annual Elvis Presley Continentals Charity Festival is hosting a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The winner, runner-up and third-place winner will each receive a cash prize, and the winner will advance to the Semifinal Round during Elvis Week in Memphis.  Click here to learn more. 

Penticton Elvis Festival

June 22 - 25, 2017
Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Celebrate Elvis at the Penticton Elvis Fesival! The schedule of events includes an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary, performances by Cody Ray Slaughter and Danny Vernon, a gospel show and more. Get festival information at PentictonElvisFestival.ca.

Europe's Tribute to Elvis Festival

June 30 - July 2, 2017
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
The fifth annual Europe's Tribute to Elvis Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest preliminary will take place at the world-famous Winter Gardens. The event also includes special guests, ETA performances, parties, raffles and much more. Learn more at 

Viva Surfers Paradise

July 7 - 16, 2017
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
Take a step back in time at Viva Surfers Paradise! Over 10 days at the festival, enjoy live performances, dancing, classic cars, the annual renewal of the vows ceremony and, of course, a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The preliminary round will take place during July 15-16. The winner will advance to the Semifinal Round during Elvis Week in Memphis. Sign up to compete and learn more at SurfersParadise.com.

Collingwood Elvis Festival

July 28 - 30, 2017
Collingwood Ontario, Canada

The theme for the 2017 Collingwood Elvis Festival is “Elvis: Celebrating Greatness.” The festival features an Ultimate ETA Contest Preliminary Round, as well as ETA performances, a Memphis Jones Trio concert, a Sunday gospel worship service, a gospel brunch, street party and much more. Get a full schedule and buy tickets at CollingwoodElvisFestival.com.

Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

August 11 - 13, 2017
Hard Rock Cafe, Memphis, Tennessee

Join the Hard Rock Cafe as they host their annual Ultimate Last Chance Elvis Tribute Artist Contest with live ETA performances. The overall winner will represent Memphis in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round during Elvis Week. Stay tuned to the Hard Rock's website for more details coming soon.
 

Past Contests



6th Annual Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival

August 19 - 21, 2016
Tweed, Ontario, Canada
Oliver Steinhoff will represent the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.

24th Annual Elvis FANtasy Festival

October 7 - 9, 2016 
Portage, Indiana
Matt King will represent the Elvis FANtasy Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.

Ocean City Elvis Festival

Part of the ElvisFestival.com series of events
October 27 - 30, 2016 
Ocean City, Maryland

Diogo Light will represent the Ocean City Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.

Parkes Elvis Festival 

January 11 - 15, 2017
Parkes, New South Wales, Australia

Brendon Chase will represent the Parkes Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.

Elvis Weekend

January 21 - 22, 2017
Tucson, Arizona

Doug Church will represent Casino Del Sol at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.


Ultimate ETA Contest Preliminary Round

January 27 - 28, 2017
Sioux City, Iowa

Tyler Hunter will represent Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City in the Semifinal Round in Memphis.


Georgia Elvis Festival 

Part of the ElvisFestival.com series of events
March 9 - 12, 2017
Brunswick, Georgia

Tim E. Hendry will represent the Georgia Elvis Festival in the Semifinal Round in Memphis.

Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Japan

March 26, 2017
Kobe, Japan

Daisuke Kiryu will represent the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest of Japan in the Semifinal Round in Memphis.

Nashville Elvis Festival

March 30 - April 2, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee

Mark Anthony will represent the Nashville Elvis Festival in the Semifinal Round in Memphis.

Branson Elvis Festival

April 7 - 9, 2017
Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater, Branson, Missouri


Ben Thompson will represent the Branson Elvis Festival in the Semifinal Round in Memphis.

*Specific event locations and details are subject to change.