Graceland events celebrate the King


MEMPHIS – Jan. 8 marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 87th birthday. The late “King of Rock and Roll” was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1935. He died in 1977 at age 42.

Each year, faithful fans gather at his estate to celebrate his life. As is custom, Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises will commemorate his birthday with several days of events, reflections and concerts in Memphis, Tennessee.

Here are five ways for fans to join in on the various festivities. Some events are free while others have fees. Tickets can be purchased and details can be found at Graceland.com.

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Elvis Presley poses for a portrait at Graceland in March of 1960.

Thursday

Elvis birthday bash & evening Graceland mansion tours 

5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Graceland and Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex

Graceland will host a special guided evening tour starting at 5 p.m. at the mansion house. Fans will also be able to view the exhibits at Elvis Presley’s Memphis (Car Museum, Presley Cycles, Archives Exhibit, Army Exhibit, ICONS Exhibit and Elvis: The Entertainer). At 6 p.m. a birthday party will commence featuring an Elvis dance party hosted by SiriusXM’s Elvis Radio DJ Argo at Presley Motors. There will also be an appearance and book signing with Dixie Locke Emmons — who dated Elvis in the 1950s — at the Elvis: The Entertainer Gift Shop. The party will include complimentary appetizers and cash bars, a scavenger hunt for prizes along with the Elvis trivia prize wheel. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  

Cost: $90 for adults (11 and up); $58 for youth (5-10); children 4 and under are free. 

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Friday

Elvis Presley and actress Ann-Margret shown in an MGM Studios-supplied publicity photo for the 1964 film, "Viva Las Vegas." (AP Photo/MGM Studios)

“Viva Las Vegas” movie screening and sing-along

1 p.m. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland

One of Elvis’ most beloved feature films, “Viva Las Vegas,” gets a free daytime screening at the Guest House at Graceland. Fans can enjoy Elvis as the “go-go” guy and Ann Margaret as the “bye-bye” gal as they rollick through the fun capital of the world — and attendees can sing along to the movie’s many memorable tunes. Seating is on a first-come basis. 

Cost: Free 

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