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August. Memphis. Elvis.

Translation: Heat. Music. Tourists.
As summer winds down and temperatures recede across the country during the month of August, this often signals an end to vacations and the start of the new school year. In Memphis however, we all know the heat will stick around for a few more weeks and the fresh new page on the calendar is a reminder to roll out the red carpet as we welcome the world to Memphis for Elvis Week.

When the last fan passes through the gates of Graceland during the wee hours of the morning on August 16th, thirty-four years will have passed since music fans lost the man they called “the king.” By now this annual celebration of Elvis’ life and legacy may seem cyclical in nature, kind of like the way we cook BBQ and expect mud every May, but make no mistake, this annual event has something for everyone to enjoy – Elvis fan or not. Just check out the lineup of events that include everything from a 5K ( you know you want the shirt) and documentary screenings to live entertainment by 25 Elvi from places as far away as Tokyo as they compete for the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist at The Orpheum.

Some folks in our fair city are proud of the fact that they’ve never been to Graceland or an Elvis Week event, but it’s time to embrace your inner Elvis, be a proud Memphian and experience something that makes this town famous on a global level. Think about it, people travel thousands of miles just to experience an event that takes place in your own backyard. Even international news outlets like the BBC converge on Memphis during Elvis Week and beam back coverage that showcases the best of the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Consider this an invitation to celebrate your city and its most famous citizen during Elvis Week, the rest of the world does, why not join the party.
- Kevin Kern, direct from Graceland

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