30A Songwriters Festival

Shawn Mullins


David McClister

The Emerald Coast is known for its beautiful beaches, but in mid-January when thousands of locals and visitors venture to Scenic Highway 30A to nestle into intimate venues and spread out blankets at large amphitheaters to listen to 230 performances by 150 local, regional and national singer/songwriters, the EC transforms into a perfect music playground. The popular event is gaining national attention and recently was ranked No. 6 by USA Today as one of 10 Best Southern Festivals. 

The musicians look forward to it, too. Said Destin singer/songwriter and guitar player Kyle LaMonica, “It’s like Christmas for us local musicians because you get to be a part of a special event and be involved with so many amazing artists from around the country.” 

What will be the sixth annual three-day music jam is set for Jan. 15–17. Tickets are available by the day, or you can snag a weekend pass for $120. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance in Walton County. Concerts are staged at 25 venues along Scenic Highway 30A. Download the official app for last-minute updates. Visit 30asongwritersfestival.com and map out your weekend with schedules organized by venue, artist or day. For more information, call (850) 622-5970.

Categories: Music