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 28 - 29 Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary Tour Memphis, TN Global music sensation Celtic Woman brings its 10th Anniversary Celebration to The Orpheum Theatre. This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs, in the group’s distinctive signature style. The 10th Anniversary Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women - three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist - with a full band, plus the Anotas Choir, bagpipers, and Irish dancers all under the direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer David Downes. A true celebration of an incredible 10-year journey that has already captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert! learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 1 - 3 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN Memphis in May's month-long salute to Panama begins with this fun-filled music extravaganza featuring nearly 70 acts across three days and four stages. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 1 - 23 Memphis In May International Festival 2015 Memphis, TN Memphis in May International Festival 2015 - Bringing the World to Memphis ... and Memphis to the World. This month-long celebration will honor the culture, customs and heritage of Poland through festivals and educational events. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 1 - Jul 31 Levitt Shell Summer Concert Series Memphis, TN Dust off your lawn chair and get out your picnic baskets. It's time for Levitt Shell's Summer Concert Series. The Shell is nestled in the beautiful and expansive Overton Park – a green oasis where art and culture come together. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 7 36th Annual Blues Music Awards Memphis, TN The Blues Foundation will again showcase the best performers and best blues music of the year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Musicians from around the world will compete in Memphis. learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide

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