76th Annual Ozark Folk Festival

Eureka Springs Live Music

As the longest-running folk festival in the country, the 76th Annual Ozark Folk Festival, nestled in the picturesque town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, guarantees an unforgettable experience for all.

Thursday, November 9th


The Festival kicks off on the East Lawn of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa with a unique, one-of-a-kind concert played by flickering candlelight. Tim Hillwood and Aviva Tu will wow you with original guitar and violin music that soars from jazz to chill to inspiring melodic sounds.

Guest will overlook the performance from the back porch, veranda guest rooms, SkyBar patio, or East Lawn.   Admission is free. 

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: The Hedgehoppers

Join us at The Auditorium for a heartwarming tradition that’s been going strong for over 70 years. The Hedgehoppers, third graders from Eureka Springs, will captivate you with their performance of a traditional Ozark dance and song. This event preserves a form of Ozark square dancing that’s been around since 1947. For over 60 years, every third grader has had the chance to participate as a hedgehopper, making this a truly special and enduring tradition.

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm: The Barefoot Ball

Kick off your shoes and head over to the historic Basin Park Hotel for the Barefoot Ball! This year, we’re bringing back the old dance halls of yesteryear with Jumpsuit Jamey and the Can’t Wait to Play Boys. Jamey has assembled some of the best players in Northwest  Arkansas to deliver classic honky tonk country hits from the 50’s and 60’s. Don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned dancer, as the infectious energy of the music will have you on your feet in no time.

But hold on, there’s more! Kicking off the night is none other than Eureka’s very own NightTimers, showcasing the unique blend of honky tonk swing brought to you by Shila Molina and Doc Hopper. This promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with music, dancing, and pure enjoyment, all within the charming Barefoot Ballroom at the Basin Hotel.

Get your tickets now at https://theaud.thundertix.com/ and get ready to dance the night away!


Friday, November 10th

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Ozark Folk Fair

Experience two epic days of free music and art at The Auditorium in the Aud Basement! Doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, with music starting at noon. EImmerse yourself in captivating performances by The Korey McKelvey Duo, Opal Agafia and DeAnna Smith, and the dynamic duo of Mountain Alice & Dylan Hawf. Get ready for a day filled with sensational sounds and unforgettable moments!

7pm Auditorium Show

Join us on Friday, November 10th, at 7:00 pm at The Auditorium for a mesmerizing performance by Trout Fishing in America, accompanied by the talented Matt the Electrician. This dynamic duo promises to deliver an evening of soul-stirring music that transcends boundaries. With bassist/vocalist Keith Grimwood and guitarist/banjo/bouzouki player/vocalist Ezra Idlet, their four decades of musical mastery will transport you on an unforgettable journey.

Saturday, November 11th

11am to 4pm:  Ozark Folk Fair

Saturday kicks off at 11:00 am with the dynamic Jesse Dean setting the stage. Following him, the beloved Ozark folk duo, Still on the Hill, will grace us with their enchanting melodies. The day continues with a delightful family show featuring the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America. As the sun sets, we’ll be treated to the exquisite sounds of Luthier Bayard Blain, joined by the talented Denise Collins and John Davies in a captivating trio performance. It’s a day packed with musical magic you won’t want to miss!

7:00 pm, Auditorium Show : Cap off your Ozark Folk Festival experience with an extraordinary performance by John Fullbright and The Melissa Carper, Brennen Leigh, Kelly Willis Trio at The Auditorium. John Fullbright, an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist hailing from Oklahoma, promises to deliver a musical experience that transcends boundaries. His unique sound and captivating storytelling are not to be missed.

Make the Basin Park Hotel your ultimate home base for this extraordinary weekend at the Ozark Folk Festival. In the heart of downtown, all events are conveniently within walking distance of the hotel. Embrace the charm of Eureka Springs and make the Basin Park Hotel your hub for a weekend filled with music, dance, and fun. See other Places to Stay in Eureka Springs.