What’s would you consider the best way to commemorate the life and musical legacy of Elvis Presley? Of course, all sorts of celebrations, events, and concerts! We hand-picked the best Elvis festivals and contests taking place around the world. Choose the one that is the best regarding the location or the atmosphere, prepare your best Elvis outfit, and celebrate with the others!
Porthcawl Elvis Festival (Wales, UK)
Elvis fans of all ages and genders gather to pay tribute to the King of Rock’n’Roll wearing suite and wigs. Being Elvis' impersonator is a quite of a hobby among the eccentric Brits, especially slightly older ones. Participants wear costumes and wigs trying to depict the legendary singer join the Elvis Festival in South Wales. The number of Elvis Presley' impersonators beat records every year. The tiny Welsh town attracts about 35,000 Elvis-mad fans every year. The three-day weekend sees countless 50s dresses, fluffy cowboy hats, full white jumpsuits, and even dogs wearing neon-lit outfits after the Hound Dog competition held the day before. Official shows like The Elvies (award show for tribute artists) take place in the 1920s Grand Pavilion. Another location, Hi Tide, hosts around 100 shows, many of which are free to attend. There are about twenty other venues in and around Porthcawl forming the Fringe Festival, that makes the Elvis Weekend Porthcawl one of the largest Elvis festivals in the world. The organisers say that Porthcawl, a typical seaside town, is a rather ridiculous location for the Elvis-themed event, and maybe it’s the secret behind its success.
Las Vegas Elvis Festival (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
Hot July weekend gets even hotter when the Elvis fans gather under one roof in Las Vegas. Organisers promise great six daytime shows celebrating the King and his music with tribute artists. After welcome reception, enjoy run Elvis-themed parties with other crazies! There are also documentary screenings, souvenirs sales, and optional gambling to keep up the spirit. The emotional and stylish weekend ends with the excellent Farewell Concert featuring some of the best Elvis tribute artists, so prepare your suit and tears to Elvis Festival in Las Vegas
Collingwood Elvis Festival (Ontario, Canada)
The annual Collingwood Elvis Festivals features special guests, an Ultimate ETA Contest, lots of concerts, dinners, and a grand parade. It has been running since 1995 attracting thousands of Elvis impersonators from all over the world. Go to the local bars and nightclubs to listen to the talented Elvis Tribute Artists. The highlight of the Collingwood Elvis Festival is the concert on the main stage places in the centre of the town. Three signature events will leave you speechless: ‘ELVIS:UNITED’ backed by the live show band and pays tribute to the King of Rock’n’Roll, Semi-Final & Champion Showcase’ (the second round of competition with a full live band between the competition rounds), and the Grand Finals, the final competition round that features a live band, finalists, and special guest appearances. The winner is crowned and will proudly go to Memphis. Three unforgettable Elvis-mad days are awaiting you in Collingwood, Ontario.
Parkes Elvis Festival (New South Wales, Australia)
Parkes Elvis Festival is the biggest Elvis festival in Australia and includes everything from parades and film screenings busking contests, Elvis Trivia, and the crowning of Miss Priscilla. The list continues with Cars of the Era show and the legendary Elvis street parade. During the five days of the Festival around 120 individual events are organised. The first festival was held in 1993 and was sort of a one-night performance with about 300 attendees. The mid-summer was chosen for hosting the event as it’s a good time to be in the area and dates coincide with the birthday of The King of Rock’n’Roll on the 8th of January. Since then, it has grown into a five-day-long festival of Elvis-like madness. Every year in early January, the Festival attracts a large number of attendees and briefly doubles the population of Parkes. Well, you can also find incredibly dedicated Elvis fans residing in Parkes like a local couple who has been operating the ‘Gracelands Restaurant’. Up to 18,000 people head to Parkes for the Festival, so book your accommodation early. The Elvis Express takes visitors from Sydney to Parkes; during the ride, the festival attendees are serenaded by Elvis.
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