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 Apr 19 Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival Memphis, TN In addition to over 18,000 pounds of crawfish, the event hosts a variety of vendors selling food, drinks, art and more! learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Apr 24 - 25 Dixon Garden Faire Memphis, TN Dixon Garden Faire - Spring Plant Sale learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Apr 24 - 26 Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run Memphis, TN Tyler Perry 's new stage play MADEA ON THE RUN starring Tyler Perry will play The Orpheum Theatre-Memphis for 5 shows April 24-26. VENUE: The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main Street, Memphis TN 38103 DATES: April 24 - 26, 2015 • Friday, April 24, 2015 8:00 PM • Saturday, April 25, 2015 3:00 PM • Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:00 PM • Sunday, April 26, 2015 3:00 PM • Sunday, April 26, 2015 7:30 PM TICKETS: $42.50 - $82.50 BOX OFFICE: 901.525.3000 learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Apr 25 Southern Hotwing Festival Memphis, TN This event will again pack the park with the sweet smell of hot wings, unreserved participants, terrific music, a rousing hot wing eating contest and a silent auction - tradition and fun for the whole family! learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Apr 26 Beale Street Wine Race Memphis, TN Come watch the area restaurants battle it out in the grape stomp, relay race and Queen of the Vine. Free and open to the public. learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide