Below you will find Nashville Music Guide’s compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
We did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we’ve overlooked a specific event, please let us know so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
BYRDFEST – Dates: Mid April and Late September
Byrd’s Adventure Center is an 800-acre campground facility in the northwestern part of Arkansas. There are three miles of river frontage on the Mulberry River running through the property. The facility offers shaded camping, swimming, canoe float trips, restaurant, general store, electric sites, and live music.
Fayetteville Roots Festival – Dates: Late August
Fayetteville Roots Festival is a five-day, intimate, urban music and food festival in Northwest Arkansas. The festival features over 10 music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. The festival features nationally known musicians/bands paired with undiscovered regional and local talent. The Roots Festival is a showcase of many of the elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot.
Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival – Dates: October
Held at “The Farm” located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The venue boasts beautiful 360 degree panoramic views. It is sits on 160 acres and backs up to Mark Twain national forest. Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the White River are all within 5 miles of the venue.
The Festival brings together over 100 international musicians each June in the historic spa town of Hot Springs National Park and Hot Springs, Arkansas.
King Biscuit Blues Festival – Dates: October
King Biscuit Blues Festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to the banks of the Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas. Featuring recognized blues legends as well as up-and-coming acts, this iconic festival, held the weekend before Columbus Day each October, continues to preserve and promote the music of the Delta. Taking its name from “King Biscuit Time,” the longest-running radio show in history, the festival brings people together who appreciate being in the cradle of blues culture.
Peacemaker Music & Arts Fest – Dates: Late July
The Peacemaker Music & Arts Fest is designed as a venue where regional and national acts and artists can get their groove on and art it up for the fine people of Fort Smith and other far-flung locales.
Riverfest – Dates: Late May-Early June
The musical talent on RiverFest’s two main stages will be a combination of local and regional acts and well known national headliners.
Valley of the Vapors Music Festival – Dates: Mid March
The VOV has been producing original, forward-thinking, and independent music in the small town of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas since 2005. Support for Low Key Arts is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wakarusa – Dates: Late May to Early June
Wakarusa is on the marvelous Mulberry Mountain just up the road from Ozark, Arkansas. Each year it has been graced by over a hundred world-class artists that continue to stir the musical interests of folks from all 50 states and beyond. If this is your first Wakarusa, prepare yourself for a magical weekend of music where the best artist sometimes is Mother Nature herself.