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 Dickson Street 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!
We’ve listed some of our favorite places to catch live music 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
George’s Majestic Lounge
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.
The recently remodeled JJ’s Live - formerly known as JBGB - has only been reopened since September 2021 but 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, bringing acts such as Ludacris, Jimmy Eat World, and Parker McCollum to the mainstage.
Prairie Street Live!
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.
Located on Block Street in downtown Fayetteville, Heartbreak House is both an analog recording studio and an event space known for particularly raucous and lively shows.
The Swamp House
A DIY music venue inside of a Fayetteville home, The Swamp House (sometimes just “The Swamp”) boasts multiple performance spaces inside and out. Local and regional acts are booked through social media and entry is donation-based.
On the southeast corner of the Fayetteville Square, in the historic 1880s building that was once the home of Guisinger Music House, lives Roots HQ. The Roots HQ plays host to intimate listening room concerts, jam sessions, and workshops year-round, often in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society.
Restaurants & Bars
Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar
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.
Mojo’s Pints and Pies
Live music scheduled regularly, either inside or on the patio, plus great food, hand-crafted cocktails and NWA’s finest craft beers.
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.
Smoke & Barrel
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.
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.
JJ’s Grill on Dickson Street
Free live music Monday-Thursday from 6-8pm and Friday-Saturday from 8:30-10:30pm featuring a variety of local names. Delicious sandwiches, wraps and full dinners are also available.
The Lunch Hour
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 beginning at 12:20pm.
Gulley Park Summer Concert Series
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 spans six concerts, which take place on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at the Gulley Park gazebo.
Black Fret and House of Songs are partnering to produce a three-month series of shows celebrating exceptional local music called “NWA Sessions”. The public is invited to attend the free events, happening in three distinct venues across Fayetteville.
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.
Chamber Music on the Mountain
This year-round classical concert series 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.
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.
Her Set Her Sound
Her Set Her Sound is a liberating concert series that reclaims identity through producing musical experiences that centers womanhood and elevates local talent and beyond. Featuring a growing number of BIPOC and femme/them DJs and musical artists, they first debuted as a one-day festival, but have plans to convert into an eight-part series in 2022.
Fayetteville Roots Festival
Arguably the most beloved music event in Fayetteville, Roots Fest draws in festival-goers from over 25 states and countries each year to experience the music and food that makes this region of the Ozarks so special. Featuring acts across several unique styles such as folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and country, the festival also supports local farmers, chefs, and restaurants, with a heavy focus on locally grown produce and locally raised meats from the Ozarks.
Fayetteville Roots on the Avenue
A temporary street stage is the centerpiece of Fayetteville Roots on the Avenue. The three day music festival on the Fayetteville square will feature two musical acts each evening and is intended to be an intimate, urban, outdoor street concert experience. As a smaller iteration of Fayetteville Roots Fest itself, there will unsurprisingly be foods curated by local chefs and craft bar selections available too!
Springtime of Youth
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.