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Music Festivals on the Great River Road

The Mississippi River has a lot of tunes! From country and blues to pop and rock, there’s a festival for you and your genre.

  ~Minnesota~

Mid West Music Fest (Winona, MN)

Mid West Music Festival supports and showcases local art to stimulate a diverse experience for all! Great River Road travelers can support up-and-coming artists in the midwest.

Twin Cities Summer Jam (Shakopee, MN)

Get ready for three days of pop, country, and rock music in Shakopee! Join other Minnesotans in a music tradition at Canterbury Park.

 ~Wisconsin~

Country Boom (La Crosse, WI)

Country Boom focuses on key details that make a great festival experience: food, music, drinks, and venue. Join hundreds of other country music fans in a festival that brings “the soul of Nashville right to the heart of the Midwest”. 

Prairie Dog Blues Festival (Prairie du Chien, WI) 

Held on an island in the Mississippi, the venue can’t be beat.  Enjoy Blues and Roots music from across the country. Camping is first come, first serve or a shuttle bus can take you to an area motel.

~Iowa~

America’s River Festival (Dubuque, IA)

Children 12 and under are free admission! Great River Road families who have an ear for country music can make a stop in Dubuque for some family fun.

Camp Euforia (Lone Tree, IA)

The festival was originally a fan appreciation party of Iowa City’s funk fusion band Eufórquestra. Today, the festival celebrates over 20 music artists in a three-day span.

~Illinois~

NW IL Jazz Fest (Stockton, IL)

Great River Road travelers can discover Stockton’s jazz scene! The festival also hosts local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. 

Rock the Hops (Alton, IL)

Music, art, and craft beer.  Enough said really. A free shuttle takes you around the multiple venues featuring more than 25 bands, plus there are over 30 artists to view and craft beer brewers to sample.

 ~Missouri~

Big Muddy Blues Festival (St. Louis, MO)

Traveling Labor Day weekend? Over 30,000 people travel to Missouri to celebrate the blues!

Brew Skies Festival (Hannibal, MO)

Besides music, beer and car fans are welcomed. The festival hosts a vintage Volkswagen car show and a brew competition!

~Kentucky~

Lower Town Arts and Music Festival (Paducah, KY)

Paducah is a recognized UNESCO Creative City.  A two-day festival of all things creative: music, food, and art; taking place in the city’s Historic Arts District.

~Tennessee~

Delta Fair & Music Festival (Memphis, TN)

The festival creates an immersive family experience! Keep an eye on daily events and attractions like petting zoos and helicopter rides. 

Beale Street Music Festival (Memphis, TN)

If you’re looking for a diverse music lineup—Beale Street hosts over 60 musical acts! The musical event has hosted some big music names in the past: OneRepublic, Cardi B, The Avett Brothers, Lenny Kravitz, and plenty more.

~ARKANSAS~

King Biscuit Blues Festival (Helena, AR)

People from all across the country visit Helena to listen to the music of the Delta. The event features legends and up-and-coming blues artists over a weekend of fun! 

Delta Family Gospel Festival (Helena, AR)

This free family event brings gospel singers from near and far! Experience traditional and contemporary gospel acts along Helena’s Mississippi levee.

~Mississippi~

Otherfest (Cleveland, MS)

Otherfest has two rules: enjoy yourself and support local music! The event brings together genres of punk, rock, pop, jazz fusion, and singer-songwriter.

Birthplace of American Music Festival (Clarksdale, MS)

Get an ear for Deep South Blues! The festival is hosted on 10 different venues in downtown Clarksdale.

~Louisiana~

Bayou Country Superfest (Baton Rouge, LA)

The bayou celebrates country music with big-name acts like Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, and more! Join the music fun on Memorial Day weekend.

Baton Rouge Blues Festival (Baton Rouge, LA)

Join others in one of America’s oldest free blues festivals. Swamp blues originated in Baton Rouge, and the genre is continuously celebrated each year!