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Soulful Sounds Along a Grand Waterway

Memphis & Surrounding Areas

Memphis rises from a bluff along the mighty Mississippi. Beyond the scenic parks, trails and waterways is a city bustling with an urban flair, a wealth of talented musicians and singers across all genres, a revered musical past and present, true soul-fulfilling food and a history known throughout the world.

Tennessee’s critical role in American popular music can be felt, seen and heard on Beale Street. It’s the birthplace of the blues, where W.C. Handy and other musicians began performing as early as 1909.

If it’s Memphis, you must have barbecue. Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous comes to mind. Dry ribs are the essence of Memphis barbecue.

Relax in downtown Memphis at the Peabody, one of the Historic Hotels of America, and watch the ritual of the marching ducks. A stirring, memorable experience awaits you minutes from the Peabody at the National Civil Rights Museum, chronicling the Civil Rights Movement from slavery to today's human rights movements. Afterward, reflect on the lights of Memphis’ cityscape from the Madison Hotel's Twilight Sky Terrace.

In history-rich Henning, soak up an epic legacy at Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center while considering your own roots. At Mud Island River Park, you can pedal boat, bike and delve into history at the Mississippi River Museum.  

A veritable roll call of music royalty, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich, began recording careers at Sun Studio, where rock ‘n’ roll came together in the 1950s. Learn about music pioneers at Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Don’t leave Memphis without seeing Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Experience a palpable sense of his presence as you walk through the home and grounds. An icon of American culture, Graceland speaks volumes about music, celebrity, history and the King.

Visit the smaller towns around Memphis, where Civil War sites, farmers markets and town squares are celebrated.

Experience the Memphis Area

Accented by mouthwatering barbecue, the mighty Mississippi and Beale Street, the Memphis area’s music and heritage unfold at iconic attractions.


Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 28 - 30 Memphis Italian Festival Memphis, TN The Memphis Italian Festival is a community celebration, demonstrating the values of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition, for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jun 1 - Sep 30 Live at the Garden Concert Series Memphis, TN Imagine sitting under the stars, surrounded by beautiful gardens, while a soft summer breeze lazily floats by. You're sipping a cool drink, dining, and chatting with friends, while listening to the music of world-renowned artists. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jun 2 - 6 The Germantown Charity Horse Show Germantown, TN This all-breed event showcases over 800 horses, including hunter/jumpers, American Saddlebreds, Roaster and Hackney ponies, and Tennessee Walking Horses. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jun 4 TOP GUN Memphis, TN As students at the Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young flyer learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. Doors open at 6pm. Arrive early for drink specials and pre-movie activities in the Orpheum lobby. Rated PG-13 learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jun 5 14th Annual Ken Sossaman Memorial Golf Tournament Millington, TN The 14th Annual Ken Sossaman Memorial Golf Tournament consists of a morning flight and an afternoon flight, each with meals before the flight and an award ceremony immediately following. Participants can create teams of four or, for individuals, may request to be placed on a team. Sponsorship levels are also available starting at $500, and proceeds from the event will be allocated toward the Orpheum’s Education and Community Programs. learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide

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