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 Oct 3 - Nov 1 Spooky Nights Memphis, TN Are you up for a scare? Experience Memphis' only haunted trail at 2014 Spooky Nights in Shelby Farms Park! Every Friday-Saturday from October 3-November 1, Spooky Nights also includes nocturnal nature hikes for families, Zombie Paintball Hayrides, Pumpkin Painting, Zombie Laser Tag + Headless Horseman Hayrides. For more information + to purchase advance tickets, visit www.shelbyfarmspark.org learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Oct 9 Dinner on Stage Memphis, TN The Orpheum's Dinner on Stage includes an inside peek into the stories and history of the Orpheum Theatre as told by Pat Halloran. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a tour of the Theatre and backstage, a brief film in the auditorium about the Orpheum's history, a three course meal with wine, Broadway trivia, and an enlightening Q&A session. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Oct 11 Ladies Choice Tour Memphis, TN See singing sensations Ginuwine, 112 and Lyfe Jennings when the Ladies Choice Tour stops at The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee on October 11, 2014. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Nov 8 36th Annual Auction Memphis, TN Celebrate The Orpheum Theatre at our largest and most exciting fundraising event of the year – the 36th Annual Orpheum Auction! The evening is truly our “social event of the season” with an average of 800 guests, heavy hors d’oeuvres buffets, open bar and over 400 amazing items up for bid! Be a part of our celebration by sponsoring, donating, bidding online or attending the event. All proceeds benefit the new Orpheum Centre for Performing Arts & Education. For more information about the event or how to get involved, contact Michelle at (901) 529-4280 or heck@orpheum-memphis.com. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Nov 14 Schoolhouse Rock Live! Memphis, TN Students and families will be rocking out at The Orpheum as Childsplay brings the hit 1970s and ‘80s cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock” to life. Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the stage with updated songs and multi-media effects for a whole new generation! Appropriate for all ages. learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide

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