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The Tradition Continues For Elvis Week 2020

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 1st 2020 4307 0

Graceland has not cancelled Elvis Week! The grand tradition—including the first-ever Virtual Elvis Week—continues in 2020 despite the pandemic, but with some big changes.

Andrea Zucker

Elvis Week 2020 is August 8-16, 2020. Here is what you need to know.

What’s Different For Elvis Week 2020

This year, most of the panels, film screenings, Elvis Tribute Artists, and tours are still happening—but with some adjustments. There are three components to Elvis Week this year:

1. Virtual Elvis Week
2. Elvis Week at Graceland
3. Candlelight Vigil 2020

I’ll explain each below.

1. Virtual Elvis Week: Exclusive Elvis Videos and Screenings

Enjoy Elvis Week from home! No masks, no crowds, and no lines. The 2020 Virtual Elvis Week is online only, and it is the main event for this year. Pass holders will receive an invitation to a private, closed Facebook Group set up especially for them.

You’ll have access to nine days worth of:

  • mostly NEW videos and content
  • panel discussions with Elvis insiders and friends
  • Elvis Tribute Artist best-of performances
  • interviews with ETAs
  • behind-the-scenes looks at Graceland’s archives
  • live stream of the Candlelight Vigil
  • much more

It’s all your Elvis Week fan favorites, from the comfort of home. Tickets are $39 and can watch all the videos at your own pace, on your own time. The videos will be waiting for you whenever you’re ready, you don’t have to watch them at a certain time.

You can also interact with Gracleand insiders and other Elvis fans from across the globe within the Facebook Group. Get your tickets on the Virtual Elvis Week website. You can see the full nine days of scheduling on the Graceland website.

This is the perfect option for folks who are staying in, prefer an online experience, or who cannot travel at this time.

2. Elvis Week at Graceland: Day Passes and New Guidelines

Alex Shansky

If you choose to visit Graceland in-person during Elvis Week, get an Elvis Week Day Pass. The $50 pass (use it on whichever single day you like) includes:

  • Graceland Mansion Tour (after 2 p.m.)
  • Elvis’s airplanes tour
  • access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex, with new interactive exhibitions and photo booths
  • Tickets to two screenings of pre-recorded Elvis Week panels or shows at the Soundstage (see the schedule on the website)
  • Reserved space at the socially-distanced Candlelight Vigil
  • If you use your pass on August  your pass includes tickets to an Elvis drive-in movie at Graceland

Graceland is limiting the number of guests who can go on tours, and attendance to Soundstage screenings will be limited—meaning there will be plenty of space for attendees to spread out when they’re watching the films.

Attendance at the Drive-In movies is limited as well, and guests will be able to enjoy the movie in their car or in chairs (you gotta bring your own) outdoors. If you don’t have an Elvis Week Day Pass, you can pay $20 per carload. Tickets on sale TBD.

3. Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil 2020: Free, But Reservations Only

Meditation Garden at Graceland, where Elvis and his family are buried. Photo by Raphael Tenschert.

This year the Candlelight Vigil procession through Graceland to the Meditation Garden, will take place in person, on August 15, 2020 fro 9 p.m. to midnight. We love the Vigil and the chance it offers for people to celebrate, mourn, pay their respects, party, meet others, and finish up Elvis Week every year with a special time.

But this year, it’s gotta change. This year, the Candlelight Vigil will go back to its roots as a simpler event.

  • Only people with free advanced reservations will be allowed to attend.
  • The event will be from 9 p.m. to midnight only.
  • No congregation or crowding will be allowed; EP Boulevard won’t be the party time it usually is.

Reservations for the Vigil will be offered to Elvis Week Day Pass holders first. Reservations are open to the general public and will be very limited, so grab your spot ASAP on the Graceland website.

Go There:

Virtual Elvis Week 2020
August 8-16, 2020
Online / Facebook
Tickets: $39 for all-access online-only pass

Candlelight Vigil 2020
August 15, 2020
Graceland’s Meditation Garden
Tickets: free, reservations only

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