Eight ways to honor Elvis on the 37th anniversary of his death

Piano virtuoso Liberace is shown playing the guitar with Elvis Presley at the piano in November 1956 at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas.

The impact of Elvis Presley’s career on modern music cannot be overstated, and neither can his impact on Las Vegas. (He even ranked No. 3 on our list of the 25 greatest headliners in Vegas history.) On the 37th anniversary of his August 16 death, there are several ways you can pay tribute to the man and his legacy.

Justin Shandor performs as Elvis Presley in "Million Dollar Quartet" at Harrah's.

Million Dollar Quartet A December 4, 1956 jam session among four of music’s biggest pioneers—Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and, of course, the King—is lovingly rendered in this show at Harrah’s Main Showroom. Resumes August 25, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, 7 p.m.; Monday & Thursday, 5:30 & 8 p.m., $63-$87, 702-777-2782.

The King Starring Trent Carlini Shimmer Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas (known as the International when Elvis performed there during his 1970s residency) is a spiritual experience for Elvis faithful, as Carlini is regarded as one of the best (did someone say best?) Elvis impersonators on the planet. Wednesday-Monday, 6:30 p.m., $52-$71, 702-732-5111.

Check out his star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. Head out to the Riviera (near the statue of Crazy Girls) to see Elvis’ star, placed there when he was inducted in 2008.

Elvis Tribute Contest 2013

Take a picture of yourself with Elvis’ statue. Although it now goes by the name Westgate, the former International casino dedicated a statue to Elvis a year after his death in 1977. And if you head over to the property's Main Showroom, you'll find Elvis' famous sequined jumpsuit.

Or snag a selfie with Elvis' wax figure at Madame Tussauds. Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., $20-$30, Venetian.

Legends in Concert This show began at Imperial Palace in 1983 and moved to the Flamingo in 2013, and it’s brought Elvis (not to mention other legendary performers, including Madonna and Tina Turner) within reach for thousands of fans. Sunday & Monday, 9:30 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Thursday & Saturday, 4 & 9:30 p.m, $50-$82, 702-777-7776.

Geek out over Elvis memorabilia. The Hard Rock Café on Paradise has some of Elvis’s gold records, as well as a smashed guitar and a telegram he sent to The Beatles.

Go hug an Elvis impersonator. This one's easy. Whether it's at the Fremont Street Experience or one of the chapels along the Strip, Elvis is everywhere, and he wants to spread the love. This weekend, take him up on it.

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