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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 Jul 9 THE WIZARD OF OZ Sing-Along Memphis, TN Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The popular classic The Wizard of Oz returns to the Orpheum big screen. Sing along to iconic songs like "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" as Dorothy is whisked off to the land of Oz in a tornado. Dorothy encounters a group of unlikely friends and iconic foes in Oz, and she’ll need plenty of brains, heart and courage to make it back home. Doors open at 6pm. Arrive early for drink specials and pre-movie activities in the Orpheum lobby. Rated G learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jul 10 AIRPLANE! Memphis, TN An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley. Doors open at 6pm. Arrive early for drink specials and pre-movie activities in the Orpheum lobby. Rated PG-13 learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jul 14 - 19 Motown the Musical Memphis, TN It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jul 18 Annual WEVL FM 89.9 Blues on the Bluff Memphis, TN The WEVL-FM Blues on the Bluff® offers visitors a scenic view of the Mississippi River while listening to some of the best blues, soul and rhythm and blues artists. Located on the grounds of the Metal Museum, enjoy the talented artists. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Jul 23 SOUND OF MUSIC Sing-Along Memphis, TN Calling all Nuns, Goat herders, Hills, Alps, Baronesses, Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String or any of your favorite things!! Get ready to yodel Mid-South! This is your chance to sing along to the most successful movie musical of all time. This is one of the funniest, most liberating nights out you will have for a long time. Sing along with Julie! Wave your Edelweiss! Dance in the gazebo with Liesl ! Bark at Rolf! Snuggle up with Gretel and join in earnest choruses of My Favorite Things! Doors open at 6pm. Arrive early for drink specials and pre-movie activities in the Orpheum lobby. Rated G learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide

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