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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 Sep 1 - Oct 31 Levitt Shell Fall Concert Series Memphis, TN Dust off your lawn chair and get out your picnic baskets. It's time for Levitt Shell's Fall Concert Series. The Shell is nestled in the beautiful and expansive Overton Park – a green oasis where art and culture come together. Get comfortable and settled in for the Dynamites and Charles Walker. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 3 - 6 On Location: Memphis International Film Fest Memphis, TN Four day film festival featuring short and feature films, animated and documentary films from around the country and around the world. Past guests include Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter and Cybill Shepherd. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 4 Zoo Brew Memphis, TN Get ready beer connoisseurs! Taste beers from around the world and enjoy live entertainment at one of the Memphis Zoo's most popular fundraisers. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 4 - 13 Delta Fair & Music Fest Memphis, TN Taking place within the friendly and familiar confides of the Agricenter International & grounds, the Delta Fair & Music Festival features a 50+ ride Midway with rides for all ages. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 4 ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Memphis, TN It's weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet encounter a problem when they car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide

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