Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Arkansas, 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 through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Fayetteville Roots Festival - Dates: Late August
-Peacemaker Music & Arts Fest - Dates: Late July
Valley of the Vapors Music Festival - Dates: Mid March
-BYRDFEST - Dates: Mid April and Late September
-Wakarusa - Dates: Late May to Early June
"2012 will mark the fourth year of Wakarusa on the marvelous Mulberry Mountain just up the road from Ozark, Arkansas. Each year since its relocation, Wakarusa 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."