Live music is around every bend in Fayetteville, so no matter what brings you to town, be sure to keep your ears open - you may be about to find your next favorite act! Fayetteville venues are notorious for featuring a variety of genres: rock, alternative, country, bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz, hip-hop, EDM … if you can dance, bob, hum, or sing along to it, we’ve got it.
Thanks to a vibrant nightlife scene - especially along the famed downtown entertainment district that lies between the Historic Downtown Square and the University of Arkansas campus - and the community’s deep appreciation for live music, traveling to Fayetteville to seek out concerts and live performances is one of the most popular activities for visitors! If you want to know the best places to see live music in Northwest Arkansas, keep on reading to find the venue that fits your vibe.
We’ve listed some of our favorite places to catch live music through the year in Fayetteville, AR below. Check our event calendar to find out who’s playing on the dates you’re in town, or browse around and start planning your next concert vacation in Fayetteville!
Dedicated Music Venues
Opened in 1927, George’s is an iconic landmark for Fayetteville. As the oldest and longest-running club and live music venue in Arkansas, they continue to bill incredible artists, showcasing to Fayetteville and its visitors the best in local, regional and national acts.
George's Majestic Lounge
An offshoot of the famed Nashville original, Tin Roof Fayetteville brings live music to Dickson Street daily. Their multi-level performance venue additionally serves as a bar and restaurant and offers multiple locations within the building for musicians to perform.
Tin Roof (Fayetteville, AR)
JJ’s Live - formerly known as JBGB - continues to consistently announce shows and bring some seriously big names to perform in Fayetteville! For such a young venue, they’ve proven themselves to be big players in the Fayetteville music scene, plus the providers of some of the most fun dance parties in town.
Located on Block Street in downtown Fayetteville, Heartbreak House is both an analog recording studio and an event space known for intermittent, yet raucous and lively shows.
All are welcome in this inclusive, artist-led hub of community. Prairie Street Live! (PSL) lives in a beautiful open-air space, right off the bike path in the heart of Fayetteville. PSL is a cross between your favorite art park, your favorite music venue, and a special place you never knew existed. Offering live music, food, cocktails, and games. Family and pet friendly.
Prairie Street Live!
A DIY music venue inside of a Fayetteville home, the HopOut is a supportive and friendly place to see a show in close quarters! Local and regional acts are booked through social media and entry is donation-based, with folks often pitching in a little extra to support traveling acts.
In the heart of Fayetteville's entertainment district, West & Watson plays home to the region's underground electronic music scene. The self-proclaimed "home venue for all forms of bass heavy music" hosts frequent shows, including late-night DJ sets.
West & Watson
Restaurants, Coffeeshops & Bars
Featuring live music nearly every night, Six Twelve prides themselves on supporting local musicians and carving out space for them to perform. They’ve got coffee and cocktails and often host pop-up events that occur side-by-side with musical performances.
Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar
Live music scheduled regularly, either inside or on the patio, plus great food, hand-crafted cocktails and NWA’s finest craft beers.
Mojo's Pints & Pies (East)
Proudly booking acts from all genres, Nomads has hosted shows since 1999 and supports local artists. The restaurant has an eclectic menu, plus beer on tap, hand-crafted cocktails, and patio seating.
Located just behind JJ’s on Dickson Street, this popular tavern features live music, fine whiskey and brews from Arkansas and out-of-state. In between sets, enjoy billiards and more.
Smoke & Barrel
Kingfish is open nightly until 2 a.m. and features live music regularly. It’s the perfect place to enjoy your favorite can of beer and your new favorite band.
Free live music most every day of the week featuring a variety of local names and favorites. Delicious sandwiches, wraps and full dinners are also available in addition to a large bar selection.
JJ's Grill (Dickson)
This longtime local coffeeshop on Fayetteville's downtown square hosts concerts on the patio each Friday & Saturday night when weather permits. During the regular Fayetteville Farmers Market season, keep your ears open for pop-up shows.
Your journey through the Fayetteville Ale Trail is easily combined with a tour of local music options, if you time it right! Browse the local brewery list to find events that pair perfectly with Fayetteville-brewed beers.
Boston Mountain Brewing
From May through October on the historic downtown square, you can catch a different variety of live music during each rendition of First Thursday. The Fayetteville square transforms into a pop-up art district with street performances, community activities, food trucks, and more. Each month has its own theme, and the family-friendly event is always free to attend.
First Thursday Fayetteville
Inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, The Lunch Hour is a free concert series that celebrates local artists over lunch. The intimate shows, one per month, take place in the KUAF lobby.
KUAF Public Radio
In the heart of one of Fayetteville’s most appreciated parks, the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series brings the community together for a long-standing tradition of live outdoor music. It’s a family friendly event - furry friends included. The series typically spans six concerts, which take place on Thursday evenings at the Gulley Park gazebo.
On select weekends, head to Terra Studios for a free concert in the gallery! Featured artists rotate, so check the schedule if you're on the hunt for a particular sound. The music makes a nice addition to a walk through the sprawling art park. Donations accepted to support the mission of Terra Studios, and tips for musicians welcome.
Mountain Street Stage Summer Music Series
Held at the Mountain Street Stage in the Fayetteville Public Library, this free-to-the-public series highlights local and regional artists in an intimate stage setting.
Fayetteville Public Library
Music on the Mountain
This annual series of outdoor concerts at Mount Sequoyah is produced by Creative Spaces NWA. Featuring a selection of varied musical artists performing on the gorgeous lawn, it's perfect for the whole family and makes an exquisite backdrop for a picnic.
Music on the Mountain
Each Friday evening, a compact creativity festival featuring live music and beyond takes place in the Lower Ramble. Interactive pop-up activities and installations are common features, and the urban park itself is stunning!
Weekend Starts in the Lower Ramble
Lambeth Lounge is a relatively unknown bar on the University of Arkansas campus, located within the historic Inn at Carnall Hall. Each April-November, you can sit on their gorgeous wrap-around porch that overlooks Old Main Lawn and enjoy live music! Shows take place from 5-8pm each Friday.
Lambeth Lounge (Inn at Carnall Hall)
Alongside the Broadway productions and special events that frequent Fayetteville's largest performing arts center, the stage(s) at WAC play host to several musical events. Popular concert series include Night Out, 10x10, Starrlight Jazz Club and West Street Live.
Walton Arts Center
Her Set Her Sound is a bold fetival centering womanhood to elevate local talent and beyond. Featuring a growing number of BIPOC and femme/them DJs and musical artists, HSHS first debuted as a one-day festival, and grew to two days for 2022.
Her Set Her Sound
Born of a year-round classical concert series, this extensive festival brings high caliber musicians to collaborate with local musicians, artists and organizations in the Northwest Arkansas region. As part of the Creative Spaces NWA program at Mount Sequoyah Center, the goal is to make classical music accessible and appreciated by all.
Chamber Music on the Mountain Festival
An annual festival produced by the University of Arkansas’ Headliners Concert Committee that brings big-name acts to Fayetteville, with free admission for students and public general admission tickets for sale.
Springtime of Youth Music Festival
This non-profit music organization more often known as Fayetteville Roots has established a new location near the Fayetteville Square! Officially opened in the summer of 2023, the Folk School of Fayetteville maintains space for lessons, classes, workshops, jams and more within the historic Walker Stone House.
Folk School of Fayetteville
Inside the Pryor Center in downtown Fayetteville lives a life-size, walk-through replica of a Delta Blues juke joint - and every so often, you'll get the chance to see it in action! The exhibit is managed by the Music Education Initiative and was previously installed in the Clinton Presidential Center.
Juke Joint (Pryor Center)