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 9 - 11  Pink Palace Crafts Fair - Tennessee Craft Week Memphis, TN  Juried, fine craft fair in its 43rd year, featuring fine artisan crafts, demonstrating,  traditional and culinary craftsmen. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Oct 9 - 11 Pink Palace Crafts Fair Memphis, TN One of Memphis' best loved events, the Pink Palace Crafts Fair where you can see many beautiful art pieces displayed by artisans and hear great live music. There are plenty of activities for the children to enjoy and ample food vendors. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Oct 9 TN Welcome Center, I-40, Shelby County, Memphis, Craft Artist Demonstration - TN Craft Week Memphis, TN Craft Artist Becky Ziemer will be demonstrating the art of pottery/ceramics from 10am to 4pm at the I-40 Welcome Center in Memphis. Meet the artist and explore the rich heritage of handmade Tennessee Crafts, a magical and entertaining experience! This event is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Craft. The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Oct 10 The Jacksons Memphis, TN Original members Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Jackson 5. THE JACKSONS put on an amazing show and tribute that includes all of their mega-hits as well as hits made famous by the late Michael Jackson. The energetic show consists of all of their famous dance moves and costumes, and their performance is both exciting and poignant as it includes video footage and retrospectives of Michael and his world-wide appeal as the greatest entertainer of all time. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Oct 13 - 18 Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Memphis, TN Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! learn more

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