An LED ferris wheel. A stocked fishing pond. A forest full of light up art installations. A goat. That’s a bit what it looks like when Arkansas does electronic music.
At Backwoods Music Festival, fishing (if you bring your license), playing with flow toys, attending a self-improvement workshop and, of course, seeing some of the biggest electronic and jam bands in the scene today, are just some of the activities one can partake in while nestled in the Ozark mountains.
This year’s lineup dons electro-funk giants Lettuce, The Floozies and Big Gigantic, along with bassier electronic acts like Of The Trees and Koan Sound. And, of course, you can’t have a jam band event in backwoods Arkansas without The String Cheese Incident and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.
When you’re bored of dancing, you can walk the Nirvana Woodlands, a forest path full of art installations, go to the Frick Frack, a trade-based, circus-themed casino, or chill at the “Community Bond-fire” and likely make new friends. When you wake in the morning and need refreshing, you can hike down Mulberry Mountain and swim at the base of a waterfall. Rinse, repeat.
- This year, more than 25,000 people are expected to attend Backwoods Music Festival over the four days.
- Here you can download the festival’s mobile app.
- $199: 4 day admission, includes camping in a field next to your car
- $229: 4 day admission, includes camping in the shade without your car
- $159: 3 day admission, includes camping in a field next to your car
- $189: 3 day admission, includes camping in the shade without your car
- There are two day admission options as well for Saturday and Sunday.
- Here is Fifty Grande’s guide on other things to do in Arkansas.