5 unique music festivals near Opelika you can’t miss

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The Standard Deluxe Fall Boogie (The Standard Deluxe / High 5 Production)

Looking for live music? These five festivals near Opelika are well worth the road trip! Read below for all the details on these upcoming live music events.

1. FALL BOOGIE | Standard Deluxe in Waverly

Set in a wooded area in the small town of Waverly, the Standard Deluxe print shop and music venue is hosting its tenth annual “Fall Boogie” this Saturday, October 15.

Enjoy fantastic local artisan and food vendors plus outdoor performances by American Aquarium, Mike and the Moonpies, Vandoliers and Sarah Lee Langford & Will Stewart. Not to mention, Good People Brewing Co. is partnering with Standard Deluxe for the event (Birmingham natives will know how exciting this news is).

You’re guaranteed to have a good time at this eclectic festival of world-class music, art, food and southern culture. This is the perfect time to fully experience Standard Deluxe—one of Southern Living Magazine’s TOP 15 Venues in Alabama.

“I’m looking forward to spending the day at Standard Deluxe with 700 of my friends and family.”

Scott Peek, Standard Deluxe Inc.

2. Opelika Songwriters Festival | Downtown Opelika

Attention all live music lovers! The Opelika Songwriters Festival is bringing together 70 (yes, 70) musicians from across the US and Canada for a collection of live performances in nine downtown Opelika venues. With headliners including Indigo Girls, Rickie Lee Jones, Shawn Mullins and John Paul White, this weekend-long festival is sure to bring the entertainment.

3. Auburn Rodeo | Opelika

Grab your cowboy boots and cowboy hats and get ready for the “rowdiest party in the SEC.” Auburn Rodeo is just two weekends away and is one of the most anticipated events for college students in the South. The day will start with the rodeo and tailgating and will wrap up with a concert lineup of country musicians Riley Green, Mike., Ernest, Bailey Zimmerman and Tyler Braden.

4. AubFest | Auburn

Mark your calendars for “the loveliest DIY indie rock festival on the plains.” AubFest is bringing together thirteen alternative, folk and rock artists from Auburn and the southeast for a care-free outdoorsy music festival. This all-day event will include a come-and-go policy, food vendors, live music and optional camping on the festival grounds. And the coolest part? AubFest was created and organized by Auburn University student Ashley Spencer.

I spoke with Ashley about her inspiration for the unique event, and here’s what she had to say:

“I was inspired by a DIY music festival taking place in the national forest in Colorado while I was working there this summer. I’ve envisioned a better music scene in Auburn since arriving here for school, and the excitement of hosting my own similar festival in Auburn has helped me stay motivated through the planning process.”

Ashley Spencer, Biosystems Engineering Sophomore at Auburn University

5. Oktoberfest | Auburn

Although it’s not technically a music festival, Oktoberfest craft beer festival has plenty of live music and festivities that make it worth mentioning. Named a favorite event by the Southeastern Tourism Society in 2019, Oktoberfest has something for everyone.

Oktoberfest includes contests, educational presentations, stein hoisting, food trucks and live music and entertainment from Kidd Blue and War Damn Polka Band. With 60 local, regional, and national breweries showcasing 150 beers, this event attracts people from near and far.

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Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
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