Great songs tell even greater stories and capture your attention through the lyrics. The 30A Songwriters Festival is unique and special as songwriters share their stories via performances with audiences all over South Walton at different venues.

On Jan. 13-16, South Walton will be transformed into a songwriter’s paradise and the “hottest” mid-January destination for music fans. This year’s lineup brings together some of the great talents of the music industry.

More than 175 artists will perform at 25 stages resulting in nearly 225 performances, and countless once in a life time moments. Esteemed artists include John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers and Shawn Colvin. Set on the stunning Santa Rosa Beach’s Hwy. 30A and South Walton, the weekend that ensued in 2016 left a lasting impression on festival goers. Now in its eighth year, the festival has grown and evolved into a South Walton yearly tradition.

The 30A Songwriters Festival is never exactly the same, and this year the festival has added several new venues such as The Hub on 30A, The Bay, Borago and Gulf Place, which will have a heated tent. It also typically features the new headliners.

People can purchase tickets for $250 at Central Square Records, 89 Central Square, Seaside or the Cultural Arts Alliance Office, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane, Santa Rosa Beach. They can also be purchased online here. 

All ticket proceeds will benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. For more information on the festival, including the schedule, visit

Russell Carter, co-producer of the festival said, ” I had to  ask Jackson Browne to perform three times before he agreed, and when he did Browne brought tears to the eyes of crowd members at last year’s event. There were 5,000 people and, in various songs, everybody was wiping their eyes. He’s a tremendous performer!”

Also tremendous will be the addition of Cheap Trick this year. “Cheap Trick is going be the loudest, most rockin’ thing we’ve done in eight years, so that’s gonna be somewhat different and a lot of fun,” Carter said.

Seasoned festival performers have discovered that there are few things that go better together than beaches, relaxing atmospheres, excited attendees, gorgeous gulf sunsets, intimate and various venues, all while doing what they love — performing the songs they’ve written.

Plan to see old friends, meet new ones, laugh, cry, recall memories through music that you thought had faded, discover new music and gain an appreciation for the songwriting process.

Take note: Only a few general admission and VIP passes remain. Act quickly to attend this incredible event!

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