Graceland releases Elvis birthday celebration schedule

By Published: December 26, 2018 4:37 PM CT

Graceland has released the schedule of events celebrating what would have been Elvis Presley’s 84th birthday next week.

The events, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, through Tuesday, Jan. 8, include a chance to see the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s recently awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Graceland has plans for a big 2019. It's teaming up with Live Nation for as many as 75 live music and entertainment dates at the 2,000-seat Graceland Soundstage and 464-seat Graceland Guest House Theater.

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The Elvis birthday celebration events are as follows:

Saturday, Jan. 5

  • Memphis Symphony Orchestra featuring Mike Jeffery’s salute to Elvis’ Las Vegas performances. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased from the symphony by calling 901-537-2500 or visiting MemphisSymphony.org.

Sunday, Jan. 6

  • The Elvis Birthday Party on Wheels bus leaves Graceland at 11 a.m. for a trip to Tupelo. The trip will be preceded by lunch at Vernon’s Smokehouse at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Tom Brown serves as guest host of the trip. In Tupelo, attendees will see the Tupelo Fairgrounds, the Elvis Homecoming Statue, Tupelo Hardware and schools that he attended. Elvis Presley’s Birthplace visit includes a meet-and-greet with Elvis’ childhood friend Guy Harris. Tickets.
  • There’s also a “Viva Las Vegas” sing-along at the Guest House Theater at 7 p.m. The free event includes a “Viva Las Vegas” screening. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, Jan. 7

  • The Elvis Birthday Brunch at 9:30 a.m. in the Guest House Ballroom features host Tom Brown, as well as Charlotte Stewart, who co-starred with Elvis in “Speedway.” Tickets are available here.
  • At 2 p.m. the Elvis Presley Fan Club Celebration will be held in the Guest House Theater. This is set to include fan stories, prizes and competitions.
  • And the Elvis Birthday Bash begins at 6 p.m., with a private tour of Graceland Mansion. Following the tour will be a party at Presley Motors featuring DJ Argo. This celebration will include Elvis trivia in the Graceland Archives exhibit, the newly expanded Presley Cycles exhibit and Elvis on the Graceland Soundstage screen. Tickets are available here.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

  • On Elvis’ birthday, a 9:30 a.m. Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on Graceland's north lawn will feature a birthday cake and proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Free birthday cake and coffee will be served at Vernon’s Smokehouse following the proclamation.
  • The final event, the Auction at Graceland, takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Guest House Theater. The auction includes 236 lots, all of which are owned by third-party collectors and have been authenticated by Graceland Authenticated.
    Among the items up for auction are a diamond-studded "TCB" lightning-bolt necklace Presley gave his personal doctor, Dr. George Nichopoulos; the 1957 sale contract for Graceland; an RIAA Gold record for the 1969 single "Suspicious Minds"; and Presley's seventh-degree karate black belt ID card, which includes his fingerprints and signature.
    A selection of the artifacts can be viewed at Elvis Presley’s Memphis through Jan. 6 and at Guest House at Graceland through Jan. 7. Online bidding is open at GracelandAuctions.com.

Graceland also is hosting several special events with Jerry Schilling, who met Presley in 1954 and became a member of his inner circle, known as the Memphis Mafia. The $549 My Friend Elvis package includes a two-night stay at The Guest House and package-only events with Schilling, including a cocktail party, show-and-tell event and private movie screening. Details here.


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