9 Ways To Celebrate Elvis’ 82nd Birthday
If Elvis was alive, he would be 82 years old on January 8, 2017. Whether you’re a card-carrying Elvis fan club member or just like an excuse to enjoy a special day, here are nine ways to honor the King’s birthday on January 8.
1. Get some Elvis-inspired treats
Cake for everyone! (If you’re a business doing anything special for Elvis’ birthday this week or month, leave a comment or Tweet at me.)
– Frost Bake Shop offers a Memphis Cream Cake and Cupcakes on a regular basis and will have the cupcake for $1.08 on Sunday the 8th at both locations.
– Muddy’s Bake Shops (Sanderlin Shopping Center and 585 Cooper St.) often has The King cupcake (banana-peanut butter) and the Hunka Chunka Burnin’ Love chocolate cayenne cookie. I am waiting to confirm that they’ll do the same again in 2017; confirmation pending.
– Here’s a post about a bacon banana peanut butter sandwich that’s super easy to make.
– The Arcade is going to be a little crowded this week, but that’s a great place to eat where the Elvis had his breakfast. I’ll update this if I find out they are doing any specials.
2. Go to an official Elvis birthday event at Graceland or score some Elvis memoribilia.
Graceland knows how to thrown down for The King, and they’ll have events January 5 – 8.
Be sure to reserve tickets or call ahead for reservations.
Get a full list of events here.
Also, Graceland Auctions in partnership with eBay will host a live online auction of important Elvis memorabilia including records, documents, jewelry, and clothes on January 7th.
3. Say Happy Birthday “In Person” during free walk-up times
You can visit the Meditation Garden at Graceland for free every morning from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. This week, there are also two free night-time walk-up opportunities: from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. January 7th and 8th.
4. Listen to Elvis/Elvis-inspired Music
– Memphis Symphony Orchestra Presents: Elvis at the Movies on Jan. 7 at the Cannon Center. They’ll perform tunes from Elvis Movies.
5. Take Your Picture With Elvis
If you’re downtown, stop by the statue on Beale between 2nd and Main for a photo opp with Elvis. Bonus points if you post it online and tag it #ilovememphis or #happybirthdayElvis so I can share it on Twitter or Instagram.
Bonus BONUS points if you take and post a picture dressed as Elvis/with an Elvis tribute artist/visitor dressed as Elvis.
6. Drop A Quarter in the Elvis Shrine at Goner Records
The shrine lives in a corner near the counter at Goner Records (2125 Young Ave). It’s lit from above by the primary colored light of a disco ball, and the hand-painted King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is outlined in twinkle lights. Drop in a quarter for the full benediction.
7. Check out Lansky Bros. at 126 Beale Street
Lansky Bros., the family business that dressed Elvis, still has their locations inside the Peabody Hotel, but the newest location is where their original store was on Beale Street. There is plenty of rock ‘n’ roll-inspired attire and even some blue suede shoes, but I really dig their selection of Memphis and band t-shirts.
8. Visit Sun Studio
If you haven’t visited Sun Studio yet, make a plan to get there. The tour guides are some of the best around and the milkshakes are pretty great, too.
9. Visit Other Memphis Music Attractions
So much of Memphis music influenced or was influenced by Elvis’ work. Pay homage to his inspirations and legacy at these two museums, both of which have opened since 2014.
– The Blues Hall of Fame opened last year at 421 South Main St. across from the National Civil Rights Museum. Check out tons of blues artifacts and listen to hundreds of songs Mon. – Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Happy Birthday Elvis! How are you celebrating?
Ed Note: This is an updated post from 2016.