With mild temperatures and longer days, spring festivals are the perfect time to plan a weekend in the city where anything is possible. Tupelo celebrates its favorite native son, Elvis Presley, through festivals and special events throughout the year. Dancing With the King is an annual event that combines the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s music with dancing in both amateur and professional performances. Held March 22-24, this year’s event also includes a Singing With the King competition that invites young talent to compete for scholarships.
May in Tupelo is all about cars, comics, and creativity. Blue Suede Cruise roars into town May 3-5, bringing over 900 classic cars with it and all of the nostalgia you can handle. Tupelo Con invites fans of all types to the Tupelo Furniture Market May 4-5 to mingle with your favorites from comics, anime, sci-fi, and more. The Gumtree Arts Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition comprised of a juried arts festival, visual arts performances, live music, and a 10K race. Held around the downtown courthouse square, Gumtree is May 11, with a preview party the night before.
Each June, Tupelo throws a party fit for a king and everyone is invited. Festival season culminates with the ultimate celebration of all things Elvis during the Tupelo Elvis Festival. Held June 5-9, the line-up includes an Elvis Tribute Artist competition, outdoor live music concerts, living history demonstrations, a 5K race, and so much more. A gospel concert closes the event, highlighting the music that Elvis loved most of all.
Tupelo is home to nine live music venues where you can tap your toe to the beat or dance cheek to cheek. From live national music acts at the 10,000-seat BancorpSouth Arena to an evening on the porch at Steele’s Dive, Tupelo’s beat resounds through the city’s many and varied live music options. Visit tupelo.net and search the EVENTS page to plan your perfect weekend around great live music.
Food is integral to a successful weekend getaway and Tupelo is just waiting to serve you. From food trucks and doughburgers to farm-fresh creations and haute-cuisine, Tupelo has something to satisfy every appetite. Toast your perfect weekend together atop the rooftop at Park Heights Restaurant overlooking all of Downtown Tupelo. Sample small-batch meads in the tasting room at Queen’s Reward Meadery. Eat like the king in a cozy booth at Johnnie’s Drive In, the city’s oldest restaurant where Elvis was known to eat. Whether you are looking for the perfect lunch spot, a great burger and live music, or a truly memorable dining experience, Tupelo’s over 160 restaurants are ready and willing to make your mouth water. With new restaurants opening constantly, visit EAT at tupelo.net and follow #tupelofoodie on social media to stay current on where to dine. Your stomach will thank you.
A visit to Tupelo must include a stop at the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum. The attraction features the home where he was born, a museum, Assembly of God church that he attended, and many other unique exhibits. The Elvis’ Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour takes guests on the Elvis’ Tupelo journey on two wheels. Explore 13 stops that influenced his life here. Snap a picture or two enjoying the ride, tag #MyTupelo, and stop by the Tupelo Visitors Center to pick up a special gift. For those who prefer to explore Elvis’ Tupelo on four-wheels, the Elvis Driving Tour takes you to the same spots the influenced young Elvis in Tupelo.
If it is time to take your sweetheart on a truly memorable getaway, plan your trip to Tupelo today and imagine what you can do here!