The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival in the Heart of the Hill Country

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…it’s all about the song.

The Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival was founded in 2014 by songwriter/composer Jim Halfpenny, bookkeeper Laurie Halfpenny,

and brewer/businessman Dave Niemeyer.

Their shared concept for the event was to create a premier performance and exposure opportunity for up-and-coming songwriters from around the world, while providing their audiences with a ticket-free 3-day weekend of amazing songs and the people and stories behind them. The DSSF was produced under the loving guidance of Laurie, Jim and Dave from 2014 through 2019, introducing the Dripping Springs community to hundreds of talented emerging songwriters and dozens of top-name performers.

In the spring of 2020 the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau, the organization devoted to promoting tourism in the Dripping Springs area, acquired the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival and continues to produce the event and offer people the up-close and personal chance to see, hear, and get to know some very talented performers who have a deep love of the art of songwriting.

You are invited to the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country to come and enjoy an exciting weekend of phenomenal singer/songwriter showcases. Our annual event is an “industry-opposite” change from the typical “Austin-palooza-music-fest” that everyone is familiar with. We’re offering people the up-close and personal chance to see, hear, and get to know some very talented performers who have a deep love of the art of songwriting. In its essence, the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is all about finely-crafted SONGS, and the talented folks who have written them.

Highlighted by a list of esteemed local and national talent, our festival features more than 30 shows a day. Audiences are treated to a wide variety of amazing songs and the people and stories behind them as groups of local, national and international songwriters perform “in-the-round”, Nashville-style. Event stages are hosted by Dripping Springs’ most popular live music venues: The Barber Shop Bar, Mazama Coffee Company, Acopon Brewing Company, The Sidecar Tasting Room, Hudson’s On Mercer and Milton’s Lodging all located within safe, easy walking distance of each other in historic downtown Dripping Springs. These performances run all day and all night long and are absolutely FREE for everyone! Complimentary shuttle service between Venues runs throughout the event and is provided by Golf Cars of Austin.
Songwriters on a stage.

Over the years we’ve hosted elite headliner showcases featuring some world-class, award-winning songwriting talent.


Quickly moving up the list of favorite travel destinations, the City of Dripping Springs is located just 27 minutes west of metro Austin and is a straight, direct shot down Hwy 290 from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). The community has ample lodging and a growing number of excellent restaurants, wineries, breweries, pubs and event & wedding venues.

You won’t want to miss a single note of the 7th Annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. We’re constantly updating this site with new information about this year’s event; including details about the songwriters, the schedules and all the great venues that host our performance stages. So put October 16-18, 2020 on your calendars now and join us for another awesome weekend of top-notch singer/songwriter showcases.

“This festival could grow to be something big, you’ve really got a great thing going here.” – Dean Dillon, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Nashville, TN
“I would have never thought such a small town would have such a great little songwriters festival. Keep up the good work.” – JD Souther, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Los Angeles, CA
“The audience(s) at your festival are amazing! I loved performing here!” – Lori McKenna, 2-time Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Stroughton, MA


Sadly the 2020 Songwriters Festival has been postponed until October 2021. If you are interested in applying to perform at the 2021 festival, sign up now for the DSSF Newsletter and when we gear up for submissions we’ll send out the notice as to when, where and how everyone can submit. Check out our songwriter submission page for information on how to apply to be apart of the festival: SONGWRITER SUBMISSIONS

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We have many levels of involvement – there’s one for every advertising budget – and this IS the music event of the year in our area! Place your company’s brand on the coolest singer/songwriter music event in Texas! Go to the DSSF web site and visit our Sponsors page for all the details and forms.

* Thanks to our very talented contributing photographers: Laura Griffith, Chris Wuestefeld, Chris Garza, DorRae Stevens, Dianna Black, Cathy P. Jones, Jeff Jones, Ray Acevedo, Leslie Martin, Janice Smith, Warren Capps and Alissa Anderson. * Thanks to PODS – Photographers of Dripping Springs – for their time and talent. *

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