King Biscuit Blues Festival

King Biscuit Blues Festival
319 Phillips Street
870-572-5223

Founded in 1986, the King Biscuit Blues Festival is one of the nation’s foremost showcases of blues music. Held for three full days (plus the bonus “Warm Up Wednesday” the evening before) annually in October, tens of thousands of blues enthusiasts from all over the world converge on historic downtown Helena, Arkansas to hear stirring and uplifting performances of an American art form on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Consisting of five stages (including the levee-top amphitheater “Main Stage”), a wide variety of buskers (street musicians), supplementary events (including the Flour Power 5k Run, the Tour da Delta bicycle race, and a Kansas City sanctioned BBQ Contest), the indescribable personality and culture of “Tent City,” food and arts/crafts vendors galore, and one-of-a-kind shopping in the eclectic shops and boutiques of historic downtown Helena, there is truly something for everyone.


Upcoming Events at King Biscuit Blues Festival

King Biscuit Blues Festival

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 at 6:00pm
Historic Downtown Helena
Helena, AR
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King Biscuit Blues Festival

King Biscuit Blues Festival

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 12:00pm
Historic Downtown Helena
Helena, AR
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King Biscuit Blues Festival

King Biscuit Blues Festival

Friday, Oct 11, 2019 at 9:00am
Historic Downtown Helena
Helena, AR
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King Biscuit Blues Festival

King Biscuit Blues Festival

Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 at 12:00pm
Historic Downtown Helena
Helena, AR
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King Biscuit Blues Festival

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King Biscuit Blues Festival 2019

King Biscuit Blues Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to the banks of the Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas. Featuring blues legends and up-and-coming acts, this iconic festival, held the weekend before…

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King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018

King Biscuit Blues Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to the banks of the Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas. Featuring blues legends and up-and-coming acts, this iconic festival, held the weekend before…

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32nd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival

Schedule of Events:October 4, 2017:Warm Up WednesdayOctober 5, 2017:12:00pm to 12:50pm: Mississippi BigFoot1:10pm to 2:15pm: Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers2:35pm to 3:40pm: Sterling Billingsley4:00pm to 5:10pm: Chris O'Leary5:30pm to…

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31st Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival

Schedule of Events:October 5, 2016:Warm-up Wednesday:Warm Up Wednesday at the 31st King Biscuit Blues Festival just went from warm to red hot. Traditionally, Warm Up Wednesday is a prelude to the iconic three-day festival put on for local townsfolk…

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30th Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival 2015

Schedule: Thursday, October 8thDanny Lancaster - 12:00pm – 12:50pmSterling Billingsley Band - 1:10pm – 2:15pmBrandon Santini - 2:35pm – 3:40pmZac Harmon - 4:00pm – 5:10pmKentucky Headhunters - 5:30pm – 6:40pmCate Brothers - 7:00pm –…

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King Biscuit Blues Festival 2013

Schedule:October 10, 2013Battle of the Bands Winner - 11:00 a.m.IBC Winner Selwyn Birchwood - 11:45 a.m.Bobby Paltauf - 12:40 a.m.Sterling Billingsley Band - 1:45 p.m.Travis Wammack - 3:05 p.m.Hamilton Loomis - 4:35 p.m.Walter “Wolfman”…

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