10 Things You Might Not Know About Elvis Week

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Elvis Week 2016 is only about a month away, and we can’t wait. There will be several concerts, like Elvis Love Songs, The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley and the Sound & Soul of Memphis, and so many panels and discussions, each with guests who have studied, worked with or were friends with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. There’s the excitement of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, and, of course, the always-emotional Candlelight Vigil. It’s a busy week, but it’s full of Elvis and Elvis fans – and that makes it the highlight of the year.

Think you know Elvis Week? Think again. Check out 10 Things You Might Not Know About Elvis Week:

1. You could run into someone from anywhere in the world.

These Elvis fans from Japan traveled to Memphis last year for Elvis Week.

These Elvis fans from Japan traveled to Memphis last year for Elvis Week.

We all know Elvis is worldwide. But it’s pretty magical to hear “I love Elvis” in accents and languages from across the globe during Elvis Week.

During Elvis Week 2015, we had visitors from Zimbabwe, Wales, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Singapore, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Norway, England, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, South Korea, Mexico, Monaco, Israel, Egypt, China, Chile, France, Germany, Belgium, and Japan. And you know what? That’s not even all of the countries. There are more. Lots more.

2. Expect the unexpected.

The Presley family surprised fans at the 2015 Candlelight Vigil.

The Presley family surprised fans at the 2015 Candlelight Vigil.

We like to stick to a schedule of events and a confirmed list of special guests… but sometimes, things go off-book. Special guests drop by. Exclusive previews, premieres or special announcements happen. Priscilla Presley has made a few surprise guest appearances, for example, and last year Lisa Marie Presley surprised thousands of fans when she spoke at the Candlelight Vigil.

3. You might get star-struck.

Actress Anna Kendrick posted this photo of herself at Graceland during Elvis Week on Instagram.

Actress Anna Kendrick posted this photo of herself at Graceland during Elvis Week on Instagram.

Celebrities are Elvis fans, too, and they tour Graceland often (just check out our Celebrity Visitors page). You never know when they’ll stop by – and it might be during Elvis Week. Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana stopped to tour Graceland a few years ago, as did “Pitch Perfect” actress Anna Kendrick, who was in town celebrating her birthday and stopped by to see the king’s castle.

4. The Candlelight Vigil started in 1978.

Thousands of Elvis fans take part in the Candlelight Vigil each year.

Thousands of Elvis fans take part in the Candlelight Vigil each year.

The very first Candlelight Vigil was held in 1978, the year after Elvis’ passing, by a small group of fans who gathered at the gates of Graceland. That makes this year’s vigil the 38th annual.

For the Candlelight Vigil, we shut down Elvis Presley Boulevard, and fans from around the world walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. It’s a truly magical, meaningful moment – one not to be missed during Elvis Week. Watch a time-lapse of last year’s Candlelight Vigil.

5. Elvis fans show off their creativity.

A fan created this tribute at a past Candlelight Vigil.

A fan created this tribute at a past Candlelight Vigil.

Elvis Week is the week for fans to showcase their incredible creativity. Many fans wear their own hand-made Elvis-inspired clothes and accessories. But one of the biggest ways that fan show their love for Elvis is at the Candlelight Vigil, as Elvis Presley Boulevard is filled with tributes to Elvis. Some make elaborate chalk drawings; some create designs with candles. They’re all unique and full of love.

6. Elvis Week celebrates everything Elvis.

Cynthia Pepper, who starred with Elvis in "Kissin' Cousins," discussed the movie and working with Elvis at last year's Elvis Week. There was a screening of the movie, too.

Cynthia Pepper, who starred with Elvis in “Kissin’ Cousins,” discussed the movie and working with Elvis at last year’s Elvis Week. There was a screening of the movie, too.

Elvis is everything, and Elvis Week will teach you exactly that. There are events devoted to Elvis’ music, movies, fashion, influence on pop culture and society, and much more. No matter what you love most about Elvis, you can celebrate it at Elvis Week.

7. Official Elvis Fan Clubs play a big role at Elvis Week.

Fan clubs from around the world meet up at Graceland before serving as Honor Guard during the Candlelight Vigil.

Fan clubs from around the world meet up at Graceland before serving as Honor Guard during the Candlelight Vigil.

Elvis has more than 400 official fan clubs worldwide. During Elvis Week, they gather to celebrate Elvis at our Fan Club Presidents’ Event and stand guard during the Candlelight Vigil on the driveway. The “Honor Guard” represents fans from around the globe, with fan club members as far away as the UK, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Brazil.

8. Elvis Week is multi-generational.

Even the youngest Elvis fans can rock 'n' roll during Elvis Week.

Even the youngest Elvis fans can rock ‘n’ roll during Elvis Week.

Like a puzzle, Elvis is perfect for those 8-80 – and beyond. Fans of all ages attend Elvis Week, and we love seeing several generations of families attending and celebrating Elvis together.

9. Elvis Week on a budget – it works.

Taking the perfect Elvis Week selfie is a must-do.

Taking the perfect Elvis Week selfie is a must-do.

There are plenty of free things to do at Elvis Week. The cornerstone event, Candlelight Vigil, is free. You can take the perfect selfie and sign the famous wall at Graceland, walk up to the Meditation Garden in the mornings and evenings, check out the free entertainment tent at Graceland Crossing, play Elvis Bingo at the Heartbreak Hotel and meet ‘n’ greet with Elvis artists like Betty Harper and Joe Petruccio. There are also free children’s activities at the Graceland ticket pavilion. Check out the Elvis Week schedule for more.

10. Twenty Elvis tribute artists  will compete in this year’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Last year's Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinalists were from all over the world. They all gathered to sing a few Elvis tunes at the top of The Bass Pro Shop at The Pyramid in Memphis.

Last year’s Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinalists were from all over the world. They all gathered to sing a few Elvis tunes at the top of The Bass Pro Shop at The Pyramid in Memphis.

Twenty of the world’s best Elvis tribute artists from across the globe – including the UK, Brazil, Japan and Australia – will gather in Memphis during Elvis Week to compete in this year’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, which is in its 10th year. See a recap of last year’s contest here.


Want to join in on all of the Elvis Week action? Go to ElvisWeek.com to see this year’s schedule of events and special guests. Buy your Elvis Week tickets now!

See you at Elvis Week!


21 Comments

  1. Sandy Van Horn

    LOVE Elvis Week! If anyway possible, I would be there every year! An event everyone should attend at least once in their lifetime! Magical!

  2. Me and my friend Wendy will be in Memphis for Elvis week we just can’t wait . See you all soon. xxx

  3. carlous Moody

    Awesome

  4. Linda Hanson

    would love to come to this event; will have to see.

  5. Beverly Rook

    I’ve never missed an Elvis week or Candlelight

  6. Eunice King

    Love being there in Memphis durning Elvis week

  7. Vickie b5

    We need to keep elvis memories going

  8. Vickie brandenburg

    Good luck on elvis week

  9. Deborah Linskey

    Getting very Excited driving in to Graceland from Chicago with my bestie ♡♡

  10. John Cavanagh

    I was in graceland tennissisee USA
    5 February 2016 my self my lady imelda Conde and my little daughter kaylah anna-merie cavanagh
    We are our dreams .so believe it dreams do come true. Comeing from Australia brisbane q.l.d
    Australia

  11. John Cavanagh

    Welcome to my world want you come on in as the door will be open.

  12. John Cavanagh

    I thank God and the staff at Graceland tennissisee February 2016 for the kindness for this special moment.

  13. Tracey

    I would love to experience elvis week it would be the most emotional experience ever
    Who would be representing Australian for this experience thanks tracey

  14. Dianna Bsuha

    Have been there many times and love everything!!!

    Thanks for keeping his memory alive and allowing others to learn more about his life and how he lived.

    It’s an incredible week of honoring Elvis

    Long live the king’s memory
    Thank you, thank you very much

  15. Mary Alice Lopez

    My husband Jaime and I were married across Graceland in 1993, Judge Thompson, Linda Thompson’s brother married us! We have been so happy together. We love coming to Elvis week, to
    celebrate Elvis(whom we dearly love), and celebrate our wedding anniversary. We love to see our friends from all parts of the world, and
    meet new friends! I wish the world could be this
    way, everyone loving each other, kindness, and peace, I know we can do this! We love you all!

  16. Lorena J Lovato

    Wish I could be there! Elvis Lives, My best to all Elvis Fans, GOD BLESS YOU ALL. TCB

  17. Peggy Goodson

    I won’t be there at Memphis, but I would like updates daily!

  18. A very big Highlight of my life..Honor guard 2013!!!!

  19. sandra austin18346

    love this thanks 4 sharing always interested in new information about…………never too old to learn,
    Sandra

  20. Steve patterson

    I have pictures of Elvis in the late 60’s with my step father. I have never seen this anywhere. He is in a car handing out a picture of him and Priscila

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