Music Festivals to Check Out in Missouri and Arkansas This Summer

As May approaches, music festivals are gearing up across the country.

For those who love live music outdoors, the News-Leader has compiled a list of regional music festivals.


Date: May 19-22

Location: Astral Valley Art Park in French Village

ReKinection is a women-led music, wellness, and arts festival located about 45 minutes from St. Louis. The three-day festival features music on three stages, yoga, aerial performances and live visionary art.


Date: May 21

Location: Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights

Pointfest, organized by 105.7 The Point, is an outdoor rock music festival. Acts include Papa Roach, Highly Suspect, Halestorm, Mammoth WVH, Jelly Roll, Palaye Royale, Shaman’s Harvest, Brookroyal and The Ricters.


Date: May 20-21

Location: KC Grinders in Kansas City

Bluegrass in the Bottoms is a bluegrass music festival. Musical numbers include Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, Unsafe At Any Speed ​​and more.


Date: June 4

Location: Spring of the Reeds

The 16th Annual Rock House Music Festival is a backyard barbecue and live music event. Headliners include Big Smith from Springfield and The Way Down Wanderers from Chicago and Peoria, Illinois.


Date: June 11

Location: Ozarks Community Blood Center in Springfield

Springfield music lovers don’t have to travel far for the 11th annual Stomp The Blues Festival. According to the festival website. Supporting organizations include Women In Need of the Ozarks, The Rare Breed, Laura’s Home, Darr House, and Play it Forward SWMO.


Date: June 17-18

Location: Grand Boulevard at the Crown Center in Kansas City

Boulevardia is a beer, food and music festival – Kansas City’s largest urban street festival. In addition to the music festival, Walk 2 Boulevardia ⁠— a charity bike ride ⁠— is offered on June 18. Riders can choose from 15, 30, and 40 mile rides around Kansas City.

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Date: June 24

Location: Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights

Outlaw Music Festival is a traveling rock music festival that travels to cities across the country from June to September. Headliners include Willie Nelson & Family, Chris Stapleton, ZZ Top, Billy Strings and Brittney Spencer.


Dates: July 1-4

Location: Ozzie Smith Sports Complex in O’Fallon

Heritage & Freedom Fest is a family-friendly Independence Day festival, featuring a carnival, parade, live music and two nights of fireworks.

Tickets: Admission is free

Date: July 7-10

Location: Lost Hill Lake in St. Clair

Celebrating its fifth year, Pickin’ On Picknic is an outdoor bluegrass music festival centered around live music, food, workshops and bonfires with collaborative “pickin’ jams”.


Date: August 5-7

Location: Black Silo Vineyard in Trenton

Mid-America Music Festival is a country music festival about 90 miles north of Kansas City. This year’s festival features 12 different country music artists. Headliners include Lauren Alaina and Travis Tritt. The festival serves as a fundraiser for the Black Silo Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating rural community development in northern Missouri.


Date: August 11-14

Location: Pulaski County Sanctuary Camp in Waynesville

Gnomestock is a popular family festival. Musical acts include The Stone Sugar Shakedown, One Way Traffic, Clusterpluck and others.


Date: September 2-5

Location: Historic Independence Square in Independence

The SantaCaliGon Days Festival is the oldest music festival in the state. the festival website. A second festival was held in 1947, but it was not held again until 1973. Initially, the festival was known as Three Trail Days. It was renamed in 1974 to SantaCaliGon Days.

Tickets: Admission is free

Dates: September 10 and 11

Location: Grand Center Arts District in Saint-Louis

In its second year, Music at The Intersection tells the story of St. Louis “Musical, cultural and artistic heritage”, according to the festival website. The festival features blues, jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop and rock musicians.


When: September 10

Location: Rose Music Hall in Columbia

Hosted by the Jazz Forward Initiative, Mo Jazz Music Festival’s mission is to provide free jazz music to Missourians.

Tickets: Admission is free

Date: October 7-9

Location: Lake Stephens Park in Colombia

The Roots N Blues Festival features local and national roots, blues, country and folk artists. This year’s lineup includes Wilco, Jon Batiste, Bleachers, Tanya Tucker, Hippo Campus and more.


Date: October 14-15

Location: Iron County Courthouse in Ironton

The Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival is an “old fashioned mountain” bluegrass music festival held each May and October, about 80 miles south of St. Louis.

Tickets: Admission is free


For people who want to enjoy live music in the Ozarks, Northern Arkansas offers a variety of festivals throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The News-Leader has compiled a list of Arkansas festivals that are about a three-hour drive from Springfield.

Date: May 20-21

Location: The Momentary in Bentonville

FreshGrass is a family bluegrass and roots music festival held annually in Arkansas and Massachusetts. The FreshGrass Foundation, which hosts the festival each year, has a mission to create a sustainable festival experience by reusing and recycling existing materials.


Date: July 29-30

Location: Riverfront Amphitheater in Fort Smith

This fall is the eighth annual Peacemaker Music Festival, which features country, rock, blues, red dirt and Americana music. Headliners include Zach Bryan, Lukas Nelson and POTR, Charley Crockett and The Steel Woods.


Dates: September 16 and 17

Location: Byrds Adventure Center in Ozark, Arkansas

A weekend camping concert experience, ByrdFest features a variety of rock tribute performances including Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Phish.


Dates: September 23-25

Location: Sugar Creek Airstrip in Bentonville

A new music, arts and technology festival, FORMAT will feature over 80 live music acts with visual performances, just five minutes from downtown Bentonville. The festival is in partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary. Musical acts include Beach House, The War on Drugs, The Flaming Lips, Fatboy Slim and others.


Dates: Sept. 28-Oct. 1

Location: Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wakaan, an EDM music festival, returns this fall.


Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Location: The Farm in Eureka Springs

Described as “The Harvest Moon Festival”, Hillberry is an American music, bluegrass and funk festival.


Date: July 1

Location: Walmart AMP in Rogers

Following the performance at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights in June, the Outlaw Music Festival travels to Walmart AMP in Rogers, Arkansas.


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Greta Cross is the current affairs reporter for the Springfield News-Leader. Follow her on Twitter and instagram @gretacrossphoto.

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