Experience the Sounds of the Ozarks
There's nothing like listening to live music, and Eureka Springs has music events and concerts happening all the time.
The historic City Auditorium, built in 1928, has hosted legions of musical performances over the years, beginning with John Phillip Sousa and his 67-piece band. That performance paved the way for Eureka Springs to present the stars of today. Some of the acts that have graced The Auditorium's stage include Willie Nelson, BB King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Merle Haggard, Jefferson Starship, John Hammond, Lyle Lovett, Levon Helm, Ray Charles, Dwight Yoakam, and Ray Charles—to name a few.
From April to October, the Basin Park Music series presents free concerts in the park, which provides a beautiful backdrop for all genres of music that take place each month.
Just west of the city limits at Inspiration Point, Opera in the Ozarks has been happening every summer since 1950. The program began first as a summer camp and later evolved into what it is today--an inspirational program where university students and graduates in voice, instrumental music, and related arts come to practice, learn, and grow as performers. Opera in the Ozarks presents three different operas over the course of the month-long run.
Eureka Springs is home to the country's longest continually running folk festival. The Ozark Folk Festival will be celebrating its 73rd year in 2020. The festival features traditional folk music, arts & crafts, and more. Over the years, folk luminaries have graced The Auditorium's stage, but the most popular performers each year always seem to be The Hedgehoppers. Each year our third-grade students sing and dance to the delight of a packed Auditorium.
Seven days a week, you can find music at venues all around town. From theaters with nightly shows to casual pubs and lounges, Eureka Springs offers something for everyone's musical tastes and settings.