MEMPHIS, TN – June 6, 2019 – Elvis Presley’s Graceland® opened for public tours on June 7, 1982, and since that day over 20 million people have visited the mansion, known as the second most recognized home in the United States (after the White House).
In the past 37 years the Graceland campus has expanded considerably, offering a wealth of new and different experiences and entertainment for visitors.
In 2016, the 450-room AAA Four Diamond resort hotel The Guest House at Graceland was opened to the public. In 2017, Elvis Presley’s Memphis opened across the street from the mansion. The 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment and exhibit complex houses more than 11 stand-alone Elvis museum exhibits. In August 2018, Graceland opened the Chapel in the Woods for weddings and vow renewals. It is located between the mansion and The Guest House, and is the star of the new Hallmark Channel original movie, “Wedding at Graceland,” the sequel to last year’s top rated “Christmas at Graceland.”
Graceland also has opened its most recent expansion, The Graceland Exhibition Center, a 80,000-square-foot Exhibition Center that will host a line-up of national and international pop culture and educational touring exhibits. The Graceland Exhibition Center also features multiple dining options and the Jungle Room Bar, which will be open before and after concerts on the Soundstage at Graceland.
In addition to Elvis Week every August; the traditional lighting of the mansion grounds in November; the Holiday Concert Weekend in December; Elvis Birthday Celebration in January; and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend in March, Graceland has begun hosting a wider variety of events.
New events this year include the General Hospital Fan Celebration celebrating the longest-running American soap opera during a three-day weekend packed full of “General Hospital” stars, parties, panels, shows, dinners, autographs and photo ops. Military Appreciation Weekend showcased Elvis’ patriotism through a variety of family-friendly events and a concert featuring Bret Michaels. Hallmark Channel's June Weddings Fan Celebration Weekend featured Hallmark stars and two days of one-of-a-kind events and interactive activities.
The Fabulous 50s weekend features Chubby Checker live in concert, “A Salute to The King” by acclaimed Elvis Tribute Artist Victor Trevino Jr., a Sock Hop party, dinner at the Hot Rod Diner (Presley Motors), trivia contests, and a 50’s movie marathon.
Graceland's All-American July 4th Getaway features Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo in concert, fireworks, barbecue, the rockabilly Brandon Cunning Band, a gospel brunch, Kyle Busch’s No. 18 M&Ms NASCAR Show Car and the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an official NASCAR SimPod.
The two, four-day Performing Arts Camps feature a theater arts experience for kids and teens (ages 6 -17). Campers follow in the footsteps of Elvis and learn about singing, acting and dancing from professionals (including special guest counselor Reagan Strange for NBC’s “The Voice”).
Graceland has partnered with Live Nation earlier this year to bring music’s hottest acts to its newly expanded campus. Graceland Live concerts cover a wide variety of music genres including Melissa Etheridge, Boz Scaggs, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Why Don’t We, Kirk Franklin, Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot, Violent Femmes and X, George Thorogood and more.
For additional information visit www.graceland.com.
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