What once was a small festival set up on a corner of Beale Street, today the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival has grown into a three-day celebration of music that draws more than 150,000 attendees each year. Beale Street Music Festival is the kickoff to Memphis in May International Festival, a month-long party that is possibly the best time to be in the city. But before you head to Downtown Memphis and Tom Lee Park, check out this guide to Beale Street Music Festival.
Jan. 8 marks one of my favorite days of the year, and I’m happy so many visitors from around the world travel to Memphis every year to celebrate with me on my birthday. What, people travel to Memphis to celebrate a former resident’s birthday instead of mine? OK, OK, I get it. I was born on Elvis’ last living birthday in 1977 so I’m pretty used to sharing my big day with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. If you’re traveling to Memphis this week to celebrate Elvis’ birthday, I have a few places you should visit this week. As a former employee of Graceland, I feel I have some insight that will make your Elvis birthday celebration in Memphis a little more meaningful.
Men’s and women’s hats, children’s toys, candy, albums from some of the world’s most important musicians, Elvis sideburns, cool T-shirts and a museum celebrating the famous street the historic general store calls home. This and much more can be found on the two levels of A Schwab’s General Store, a landmark destination on Memphis’ Beale Street that has been in continuous business since 1876. It’s home to a bit of the Memphis quirkiness.