Edgefest brings some of the biggest names in rock to Arkansas—really putting the rock in Little Rock. This festival is one of the top attractions in Arkansas and a great thing to add to any vacation itinerary.

Edgefest Facts and History

Sponsored by a local radio station, the Edge 100.3, the concert became a crowd favorite its first year. Ever since the first concert in 2006, more and more fans have flocked to Little Rock for one of the coolest things to do in Little Rock. Edgefest Little Rock Arkansas (not to be confused with Toronto's Edgefest) takes place on on a Saturday in April. The first few festivals were held along the river, the same place where Riverfest is held on Memorial Day weekend. More than 7,000 people gathered to hear Rob Zombie, Anthrax, and several other bands. Each year, the concert got bigger and drew more and more crowds. Kid Rock, Godsmack, and Korn are just some of the headliners that have entertained their fans over the Edgefest history.

After a muddy show at Cooper Farm in 2009, the organizers looked for a better place to hold Edge Fest Little Rock Arkansas and found just the place. The Arkansas State Fair complex in North Little Rock had plenty of room for the 18,000-plus people who gathered the next year for the return of Godsmack and Rob Zombie. With facilities equipped for handling crowds, the state fairgrounds are the perfect place to hold the one-day music festival. The concerts are held outside, and concert goers are welcome to bring along blankets, but they should leave the lawn chairs and umbrellas at home.

Tickets to Edgefest

You get a lot of music for you money with tickets to Edgefest 2011. For about the cost of a typical concert ticket, you get a full schedule of music with the daylong music festival—two concerts on the Bryant Music Center Main Stage and two more at the Body Designs Boutique Second Stage and access to plenty of things to do.

Directions to Edgefest Little Rock Arkansas

The Arkansas State Fair Complex is located at 2600 Howard Street in North Little Rock. From Interstate 30, take the Roosevelt Street exit to the west, north of the junction of I-530 and south of the I-630 junction. Follow the signs to the fairgrounds, which will be hard to miss. Parking is available onsite for a small per-car fee.

Lodging near Edgefest

Many of the Little Rock hotels are located close to fairgrounds, and the Holiday Inn Airport-Conference Center serves as Edgefest's official lodging provider. Minutes away from the airport, as the name suggests, the hotel also is within five minutes of downtown and the RiverMarket. Free shuttle service can take you to all of the exciting places here and right to the airport. The hotel, which opened in 2008, features complimentary Internet access, large-screen TVs, and an outdoor pool. It's located at 3201 Bankhead Drive.

Of course, this is just one of the options for overnight accommodations. After a long day of great music, it's nice to have somewhere to decompress without having to worry about the hassle of traffic of a long drive. The list of Arkansas hotels nearby is long and can suit all budget types. Another choice, the Days Inn and Suites at the Little Rock Airport is just five miles away from the Edgefest {year} grounds at 3200 Bankhead Drive. Like its next-door neighbor the Holiday Inn, the Days Inn is close to all of the action. Some of the newly renovated rooms have kitchenettes, and all of the feature big-screen TVs and free wireless access.

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