Entertainment in Memphis

Beale Street

The blues were born in Memphis, but all types of music abound in Memphis—the fourth largest recording center in the nation. Memphis is home to symphonies, museums, festivals, a large selection of restaurants and nightspots, and of course, Beale Street and Graceland.

ArtsMemphis
ArtsMemphis is an arts fundraising organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the region's cultural community. 95% of the Annual Campaign raised by ArtsMemphis goes back into the arts community. Founded over 45 years ago by a group of Memphians who wanted to ensure that vibrant and diverse local arts offerings would be sustained, ArtsMemphis is now one of the largest United Arts Fund in the entire country.
Ballet Memphis
Now celebrating its 23rd season, Ballet Memphis is a creative resource to the nation as a maker and interpreter of the South's cultural legacy through dance, production and training.
Beale Street
With over 25 clubs and shops to choose from Beale Street has something to offer almost everyone. You could slip into Wet Willies and get some of the best daiquiris on the street or you could mosey on down to Blues City Cafe and sample some of the best ribs in the world. Art galleries, t-shirts, good music, getting your fortune told, Strange Cargo, you name it and Beale St. probably has it.
The Children's Museum of Memphis
The Children's Museum of Memphis creates memorable learning experiences through the joy of play in hands-on exhibits and programs.
FedExForum
FedExForum is the largest public building construction project in Memphis history. With a location on the historic Beale Street and the fact that Memphis is the “Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” the theme of Memphis Music was an obvious choice. FedExForum is home to the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team. It also hosts numerous other events, concerts and shows.
Germantown Performing Arts Center
GPAC offers more than 42 annual productions, hosts more than 75 community events and offers educational and outreach programs for young and old alike. As GPAC celebrates its fourteenth season of bringing the most exceptional talent to the Mid-south, we invite you to be a part of the magic that is GPAC.
Graceland
The home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. Explore Graceland to see exhibits of authentic clothing, artifacts, personal mementos, an amazing display of Elvis's gold and platinum awards, and much more.
Memphis in May International Festival
Memphis in May hosts the city's largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. Memphis in May also produces extensive education, international, and economic programs for the city. It more than its events. It's a not-for-profit, community-based organization that contributes to the economic growth of the community, fosters civic pride, promotes awareness of Memphis heritage and builds international relationships.
Memphis Rock'n'Soul Museum
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s exhibition about the birth of rock and soul music, created by the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to meaningful musical experiences is the heart of its past, present, and future. The MSO is an integral part of the cultural, educational, and economic life of the Bluff City and has been since 1952.
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.
Opera Memphis
After several years of producing mainstage performances solely at downtown’s Orpheum Theatre, Opera Memphis takes the MidSouth on a venue tour during its upcoming season. The company explores suburban options Germantown Performing Arts Center and Clark Opera Memphis Center, returning to patrons’ beloved Orpheum Theatre for the season’s final production.
The Orpheum
The Orpheum Theatre is truly one of Memphis' most remarkable success stories; a theatre able to overcome a variety of adversities that ranged from several untimely bankruptcies, a devastating fire, the decay of downtown Memphis, and the threat of demolition for the construction of an office complex. Yet the "South's Finest Theatre" rose above all this and is the Mid-South’s premiere performing arts center.
The Peabody
Our business is your pleasure at The Peabody Memphis. From our heated indoor pool and luxurious day spa to fun shops and award-winning dining, our recreational facilities stand out among Memphis hotels. This full-service Memphis, Tennessee luxury hotel with extensive amenities is also home to the famous Peabody Marching Ducks.
Pink Palace Family of Museums
The Pink Palace Family of Museums includes the museum, CTI IMAX Theater, Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Coon Creek Science Center, Mallory-Neely House and the Magevney House.
Sun Studio
The legendary Sun Studio was born to capture the pure raw energy of Beale Street, and is considered the birthplace of rock n' roll. Tour the working studio where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash recorded some of their early and career-starting music.