The Wonder of Tupelo

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The Wonder of TupeloTupelo, Mississippi, may be the birthplace of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but it’s a town fit for a queen and her entourage. Whether you’re traveling with family and friends, getting away with a special someone, or striking out on your own, there’s always fun to be had in Elvis’s hometown. Tupelo is full of surprises just waiting to be discovered.

There are plenty of ways to pay homage to the King, but other entertainment abounds this spring in the form of classical music. The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra offers performances with exceptional musicians from all over the South in March, April, and May. From choral music to violin and piano concerts, you’ll find something for all to enjoy.

You can also check out the Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise, a highlighted event featuring antique and classic cars in a sleek showcase outside BancorpSouth Arena. The whole family will delight in the entertainment and the vehicles— especially the vintage automobile parade—against a backdrop of golden oldies and classic rock tribute bands. 

Over Mother’s Day weekend, artists and craftsmen from across the country will be on hand at the Gumtree Museum of Art’s 50th annual Art & Wine Festival. The festival has a whole new look this year and culminates with a Sunday Jazz Brunch to toast moms in style. Original art, shimmering jewelry, hand-crafted pottery, and more will adorn Tupelo’s downtown courthouse square. Attendees also can taste and learn about wines and how to pair them with a range of flavorful foods. A special event for kids, the Creative Art Garden, encourages sensory learning.

Ready to get “all shook up” in June? If you’re making a pilgrimage to hail the King, the Tupelo Elvis Festival is for you. Honoring the city’s native son and his music, this event celebrates his world-wide fame. Festivities include tribute artists squaring off in concerts and competitions, while close friends and relatives remember the man himself. In October, a second Elvis-themed event, Dancing with the King, raises funds for dance and vocal education scholarships. The crown jewel of this cherished occasion is the dancing and singing competition, where amateurs and professionals compete in the shadow of Elvis’s birthplace.

Whether you’re going to honor Elvis or relish the abundance of food, fun, and fanfare that Tupelo has to offer, you’ll make memories to cherish for years to come. Start planning your trip today at