Rumor has it that the Elvis Presley Festival is back. After last year’s hiatus due to pandemic concerns, it returns next week. It begins on Wednesday, June 9, and winds up Sunday, June 13.
According to the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which is primary host and sponsoring organization of the annual event, this is the schedule as announced by the organization. Also, note that the Jeff Lewis & Friends After Parties – Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 p.m. at the Silver Moon Club – are all sold out.
The week kicks off Wednesday evening with the 8 p.m. Together Again Opening Night Showcase, hosted by Tupelo Tom Brown and featuring performances by Elvis Tribute Artists at the BancorpSouth Arena.
Tickets for this and other concert events are available through ticketmaster.com; package tickets, $225-$300, are available at eventbrite.com. Thursday at 9 a.m. in Rooms 3 and 4 of the BancorpSouth Conference Center North Hall will be the Youth Workshop and Competition.
At 3:00 p.m. in the arena, the Rockin’ Around the World Concert hosted by Tupelo Tom Brown with performances by Nick Perkins, Dean Z, Jeff Lewis and Bill Cherry happens. The Louisiana to London Concert starts in the arena at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Brown and performed by Brandon Bennett, Taylor Rodriguez and the 2019 and 2021 Youth Elvis Tribute Artists’ competitions.
The first round of the Elvis Tribute Artist competition begins Friday at 10 a.m. in the arena. Food Truck Friday with live music is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Fairpark. At 2 p.m., Conversations with Tom Brown and Linda Thompson will be held in the arena.
The Friday Night Fever Concert is in the arena beginning at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Brown with performances by Cote Deonath, David Lee and Dean Z. Saturday’s schedule kicks off, literally, with the Run ning with the King 5K in Veterans Park at 7 a.m., hosted by the Tupelo Running Club. That is followed by the 10:30 a.m. semi-finals of the Elvis Tribute Artists contest in the arena.
Meet & Greets with the ETA contestants and Tupelo Elvis Fan Club activities are 1-3 p.m. in various downtown Tupelo locations. The finals of the ETA contest and Tupelo to Memphis Concert are 6 p.m. in the arena, hosted by Brown and featuring performances by Taylor Rodriguez, Cody Ray Slaughter and Bill Cherry.
Tupelo Furniture Market, Building 4, will be the site of TCB Fights, hosted by UFM Boxing Tupelo, at 7 p.m. The final event, the Sunday Gospel Concert, is in the arena at 1 p.m., with noon brunch sold out.
Tickets for most all events were still available as of Wednesday morning; most prices are $25, with attendant service fees.
For more information, call the DTMSA at (662) 841-6598 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. According to the schedule on the DTMSA website -- tupeloelvisfestival.com/2021-schedule-of-events – aside from the live music at Food Truck Friday, there are no free outdoor concerts.