NEW: See the lineup for the Opelika Songwriters Festival, including 10,000 Maniacs, Susanna Hoffs + more

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Music will be filling the streets of Downtown Opelika. (Elizabeth Hobbs / The Bama Buzz)

Music lovers, you’re gonna want to see this. The 4th Annual Opelika Songwriters Festival is coming soon with over 80 shows across local spots—the headliners were recently announced and we couldn’t be more excited. With over 40 singer-songwriters, workshops, exciting music events and more, this October 5-8 festival is one you don’t want to miss out on. Read on for details + to secure your passes.

Meet the lineup

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NEW: See the lineup for the Opelika Songwriters Festival, including 10,000 Maniacs, Susanna Hoffs + more 1

For the festivals fourth year in operation they brought a killer lineup. Across the four-day festival, over 40 singer-songwriters will perform shows in restaurants, coffee shops and breweries across Downtown Opelika.

This multi-venue fest allows you to listen to your favorite artists and learn about masterful songwriting in workshops throughout the event. Check out this years headliners:

  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • 10,000 Maniacs
  • Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles)
  • Drivin N Cryin

Love the sound of that? Other artists performing include Shawn Mullins, David Ryan Harris, Kevn Kinney (Drivin N Cryin), Sarah Lee Guthrie, Charlie Mars and much more to be announced.

Don’t miss a beat—follow Opelika Songwriter’s Festival on Instagram for the latest artist announcements and event details.

What you’ll experience

This festival is much more than just listening to live music. You have the opportunity to reserve a spot at one of these special events taking place throughout the fest.

Thursday, October 5 — Cocktail Dinner | 7-11PM

  • What: Enjoy a four course gourmet dinner by Chef Chris Wilton and a cocktail pairing by John Emerald Distillery for each course. You’ll see the stills in action for amazing photo ops. Plus, there’ll be a secret show by a festival artist.
  • Where: John Emerald Distillery, 706 N Railroad Ave, Opelika, AL 36801
  • Price: $125
  • Reserve your spot

Saturday, October 7 — Songwriter’s workshop

  • What: Learn the ins and outs of songwriting from the best. This limited seating event includes a minimum of 1 hour songwriting workshop led by two festival songwriters.
  • Where: The Sound Wall, 605 Ave B, Opelika, AL 36801
  • Price: $25
  • Reserve your spot

Sunday, October 8 — Sunday Brunch

  • What: *Requires VIP ticket* Enjoy a delicious brunch catered by Chef Chris Wilton at Resting Pulse Brewery. Seating is first come first served and there’ll be a memorable in-the-round show with festival artists.
  • Where: Resting Pulse Brewery, 714 1st Ave, Opelika, AL 36801
  • Price: included with VIP ticket
  • Reserve your spot

Get your passes

This fun festival wouldn’t be possible without The Sound Wall Music Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to offering opportunities to aspiring musicians. You can help support their mission to keep the music alive through the online festival fundraiser and silent auction.

Here are the projected start times for the music each day:

  • Friday, October 6 — music begins at 5PM
  • Saturday, October 7 — music begins at 10AM
  • Sunday, October 8 — music begins at 10AM

Explore the venues and stay tuned for an official schedule of events so you’ll know where to catch your favorite artists around town.

Ready to secure your spot at the fest? Tickets start at $39—buy tickets here.

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Gabby Gervais
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