Beale Street
Beale Street
Beale Street

Beale Street Tours and Tickets

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From 1920 to 1940, artists descended on Beale Street to collaborate, creating a new music style that blended smooth jazz with hard-charging rock 'n' roll. This mix eventually gave birth to the blues, a new and distinctly American genre of music that gradually made its way into the United States' pop culture mainstream. A visit to today's Beale Street, now a U.S. National Historic Landmark District, allows travelers to check out the blues clubs that served as the launching sites for some of the most famous American blues musicians of all time.

  • Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee

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What are people saying about Beale Street

Schelkia_R, Nov 2023
Great tour!
Michael was a great tour guide for this tour. We learned a lot about Beale Street and downtown Memphis. If you love history and music this is the tour for you!
Patricia_N, Oct 2023
Great way to quickly get a Beale Street History lesson
I love to learn the history of the things I am seeing in life. This was an inexpensive way to understand and appreciate Beale Street. I have a deeper appreciation for the city because of this tour. Thank you.
Susan_W, Nov 2023
We had a very enjoyable tour!
Brandon provided us with a very Memorable day! He shared a ton of interesting facts! Sun Studio tour was an amazing way to round off that part of the day!
MaryJo_C, Oct 2023
Informative
Guide was very informative and told some fun facts of the past! Very easy walking with just enough stops
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Should I book Beale Street tickets in advance?
A:
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Beale Street can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:How much does it cost to visit Beale Street 2024?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Beale Street costs USD 8.00. Guided Beale Street tours start around USD 8.00 per person.
People Also Ask
Q:What is Beale Street known for?
A:Delta blues, jazz, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll make Beale Street famous. At night, head out to its three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops and get the full downtown Memphis flavor. Have your cameras ready, get a cocktail in hand, and make sure you’re wearing your dancing shoes.
Q:Is Beale Street worth a visit?
A:Yes, Beale Street is worth visiting, especially if you want to groove to the lively atmosphere at night. There’s plenty of history here, dating back to the Jazz Age in the 1920s-1940s, where B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, and others created “Memphis Blues,” a style born on Beale Street.
Q:Is Beale Street like Bourbon Street?
A:Some liken Beale Street to Bourbon Street, but the scale is much smaller. Beale Street has an authentic Memphis feel, complete with blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and barbeque. During the day, tourists visit the shops on Bourbon Street, but Beale Street is pretty dead during the day, waiting to come alive at night.
Q:When’s the best time to visit Beale Street?
A:Head to Beale Street in the evening for the party atmosphere it's known for. The neon lights turn on, and the music and jam sessions are in full effect. Listen to some excellent blues music, and try local barbeque before or after you grab some drinks.
Q:Do you have to pay to walk on Beale Street?
A:Yes, you do. It’s only around $5 per person after about 9pm. The fee goes for security, so everyone can safely enjoy a night out and drink a few adult beverages. Beale Street sees many drinkers, and open containers can be carried on the street and between bars.
Q:Is it safe around Beale Street?
A:Generally, it is safe around Beale Street, but take care when walking in the late night hours when fewer people are out and about. Like any big city, walk in well-lit areas, don’t walk alone, and keep an eye on your valuables.