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 May 1 We're Going On a Bear Hunt Memphis, TN The Orpheum Theatre's Family Series presents WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, brought vividly to life in this fun-filled stage adaptation of the award-winning book. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 12 The Orpheum’s Annual HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS Memphis, TN The 5th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards will recognize achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre with participation from students across the Mid-South. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 14 50 Shades! The Musical Memphis, TN 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL, the hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, will premiere in Memphis on May 14. A sexy, hysterical musical romp, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is a laugh out loud night of fun that you won’t want to miss! learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 25 Eddie Izzard Memphis, TN One of the most acclaimed comedians of his generation, Eddie Izzard will perform live at the Orpheum Theatre for one night only. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas May 27 Morrissey Memphis, TN This 2014 tour will come on the heels of Morrissey’s completion of his forthcoming Harvest Records debut album - the artist’s first since 2009’s Years Of Refusal - recorded in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli. learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide