Every November for the last 71 years, the Eureka Springs Folk Festival has brought live folk music, dancing, and plenty of excitement to Eureka Springs, making it the longest consecutive-running folk festival in America! Also known as the Ozark Folk Festival, this four-day escapade commemorates the spirit and tradition of the Ozark Mountains in the best possible way. If you happen to be visiting the area during festival season, make sure you take advantage of our complimentary Vacation Guide. With information on all of the Eureka’s best restaurants, attractions, and things to do, your trip isn’t complete without our guide!
Everything You Should Know About the Eureka Springs Folk Festival
What Is the Eureka Springs Folk Festival?
Eureka Springs’ first folk festival opened on March 15, 1934, 45 days before the first National Folk Festival in St. Louis Missouri. 84 years later, the Ozark Folk Festival remains, along with Oktoberfest, one of the most exciting fall festivals in Arkansas. The festival was created in order to document and preserve the rich heritage and tradition of the Ozark Mountains. Over the years, it has hosted some of the country’s best folk musicians and performers while remaining true to the original vision.
Where Is the Eureka Springs Folk Festival?
The first weekend of every November, Eureka Springs hosts events all over town as part of the festival. From live music in The Auditorium to classic Ozark tales and spoken word at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, it isn’t hard to find a place to join in on the fun! Explore the alluring beauty of this Victorian village and learn about the unique history of the Ozark mountains at the Ozark Folk Center.
Why Should You Go to the Eureka Springs Folk Festival?
Aside from hosting legendary folk musicians like Michael Johnathon and Doc Watson, the Ozark Folk Festival is home to an incredible number of things to do over the course of the long weekend. Whether you participate in the historic Barefoot Ball or join the Songwriters Contest, this annual event is the best way to immerse yourself in the deep-rooted culture of the Ozark region while embracing the unique charm of Eureka Springs. The gorgeous fall foliage in combination with the friendly atmosphere of Diversity Weekend makes for the perfect storm of mountain culture and family fun.
Accommodations Near the Eureka Springs Folk Festival
After you’ve had your fill of fresh Ozark Mountain air, sit back and relax at the Beaver Lake Cottages. With luxurious accommodations, first-rate amenities, and a convenient location, our one and two-bedroom cabins are your best option when looking for lodging in Eureka Springs. For example, our Lakeview Suites offer a comfortable way to experience the majesty of the Ozark Mountains and Beaver Lake. With spectacular views of the lake, a king-size bed, a Jacuzzi, and a private deck, each of these cabins is sure to make your visit to Eureka Springs one that you won’t forget.