Which events still have tickets available
- The 2022 Elvis Week events begin August 9 and run until August 17.
- The annual candlelight vigil is set for 8:30 p.m. on August 15 at the gates of Graceland.
- Elvis panel conversations will include Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Barbara Eden, Pat Boone and more.
There’s an old local adage that Elvis weekday crowds tend to increase dramatically whenever the commemorated anniversary ends in a 5 or a 0. With 2022 marking the 45th anniversary of Elvis’ passing Elvis Presley, and due to a renewed interest in everything Elvis thanks to the success of the recent Biopic directed by Baz Luhrmannthat means this year’s festivities seem to be the busiest in recent memory.
Unsurprisingly, many official Elvis Week events — which kick off Aug. 9 and run through Aug. 17 — are already sold out, and others require the purchase of premium ticket packages. But here’s a sample of events that are still open, affordable, and more than worth visiting for Elvis fans or the music-loving in Memphis.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Elvis Week website at graceland.com/elvis-week.
Elvis the next generation
2:00 p.m. August 9, Guest House Theatre, The Guest House at Graceland
Tickets: $25 to $35
This year, a new concert event will kick off Elvis Week 2022, with the inaugural edition of “Elvis the Next Generation”. The concert will feature young artists inspired by Presley, including Peedy Chavis of “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent” contestant Jesse Kramer. Others making appearances include Riley Jenkins, Moses Snow, Emilio Santoro from the UK, Nashville recording artist Thea Danos, Tim Hembree, musical prodigies Finley Watkins, Zach Lentino and Derrell Lowe, and guitarist and internationally renowned musical director Heitor from Brazil.
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Elvis Unplugged, with Dean Z & Friends
1:00 p.m. Aug. 10, Guest House Theatre, The Guest House at Graceland
Veteran Ultimate Elvis Tribute artist Dean Z will host an afternoon concert at the Guest House Theater where he will be joined by special guest artists for a mix of music and stories. An intimate acoustic showcase will feature former Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winners Patrick Dunn and Ben Thompson, among others. A second unplugged Elvis concert, with a different guest list, will take place on August 13.
Elvis Songwriters Showcase
2 p.m. August 11, Guest House Theatre, The Guest House at Graceland
Tickets: $35 and $45
Some of Elvis’ greatest blacksmiths will be on hand to play songs and tell stories about their efforts for the king. Musician Andy Childs will host a group of writers including Dickey Lee, author of “She Thinks I Still Care”; Mike Stoller of the legendary songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, who wrote Elvis classics including “Hound Dog,” “Loving You” and “Jailhouse Rock”; and Billy Swan, author of “I Can Help”.
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finals
7 p.m. Aug. 12, Graceland Soundstage, Memphis by Elvis Presley
Tickets: $50, $60 and $72
Following the contest rounds earlier in the week, the 2022 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will see a new winner crowned and take home a $20,000 prize. Hosted by Ultimate ETA winner Dean Z, all finalists will be supported by the EAS Group. The evening will also include a performance by Patrick Dunn, winner of the 2021 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
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All the king’s men
7 p.m. August 13, Graceland Soundstage, Memphis by Elvis Presley
Tickets: $55, $65, $75, $85
Some of the great musicians who shared studio and stage with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll will come together for a jam session of stories, music and memories. Hosted by Terry Mike Jeffrey and Andy Childs, members of the classic band TCB, including guitarist James Burton, pianist Glen Hardin, bassist Jerry Scheff and Memphis Boys member Gene Chrisman, will share their insights and memories of working with Elvis . The show will also feature a tribute to the late TCB Band drummer. Ronnie Tutt died last fall.
Elvis: behind the scenes
10 a.m. August 14, Guest House Theatre, The Guest House at Graceland
Tom Brown is hosting a unique event that explores behind the scenes of Elvis’ big tour productions. Special guests will include Sam Thompson, Elvis’ friend and personal bodyguard; Charles Stone, Elvis’ tour producer throughout the 1970s; and Greg McDonald, who also worked closely with Colonel Tom Parker on Elvis’ career.
Conversations about Elvis: the man, the music, the legend
August 15: Morning session, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Afternoon session, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Graceland Soundstage, Elvis Presley’s Memphis
Tickets: $70 (includes both sessions)
The Graceland Soundstage will be the site of a full day of stories and celebration of Elvis’ life and career, with a double dose of the panel presentation, Conversations on Elvis. Sessions will include appearances from family, friends, co-stars, musicians, singers and more. Among those due to appear are Priscilla Presley; ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ star Barbara Eden, who appeared with Elvis in ‘Flaming Star’; Jerry Schilling, close personal friend of Elvis; singer Pat Boone; as well as TCB Band members James Burton, Glen Hardin and Jerry Scheff, among others.
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8:30 p.m. August 15, Gates of Graceland
The centerpiece of Elvis Week, the annual candlelight vigil draws thousands of fans to the gates of Graceland on the eve of Elvis Presley’s death. After an opening ceremony at the gates of Graceland, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’ grave and back down with a candle in silent remembrance. The gates remain open until everyone who wishes to join the procession has done so, which usually takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary of Elvis’ death. The candlelight vigil will be open to everyone. No special passes or bracelets are required to participate. All guests will be required to pass through a security checkpoint.
Additionally, there will be daily walk-in tours to the Graceland Meditation Garden. The Elvis Week Morning Walks will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. August 9-12 and August 14-17. Morning walks will not be available on August 13 and may not be available on August 16 due to the candlelight vigil. For morning walks, guests must leave the mansion grounds before Graceland tours begin.
Elvis Week drop-in parties will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on August 9, 14, 16, and 17. Walk-in nights will not be available on other nights due to evening events at Graceland Mansion.
Viewing Party for ‘Elvis Presley in Concert’
7 p.m. August 16, Guest House Theater
Elvis’ week-ending concert celebration at Graceland Soundstage is already sold out. But if you don’t have tickets for the show, the Guest House will organize an evening to watch the concert live on the big screen.