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March 9, 2020

Pam Owens, President/CEO

Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau


Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival Announces Dates for 2020

(Dripping Springs, Texas – March 9, 2020) - The 7th annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival will occur October 16-18, 2020 in historic downtown Dripping Springs, TX. The festival highlights local and national talent creating a platform for emerging songwriters and established artists to broaden their reach and horizons. Audiences and music lovers are treated to a wide variety of amazing songs and the people and stories behind the finely crafted tunes during the 3-day festival.

The songwriting showcases give attendees the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s headliners in small-stage performances at unique venues in historic downtown Dripping Springs. On 6 stages, featuring thirty shows a day, over forty-five songwriters will perform in an “in the round” Nashville-style song-swap format. The festival is free to attend and attracts 3,000 music fans to Dripping Springs, TX over the 3-day weekend.

Application submissions to perform at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival open April 1, 2020. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2020. For more information, please visit:

The Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival was founded in 2014 by Jim and Laurie Halfpenny, and Dave Niemeyer. Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau, the organization devoted to promoting tourism in the Dripping Springs area, has recently acquired the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival and will continue to 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.

The Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization dedication to promoting tourism, providing residents with community information and supporting the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dripping Springs in their missions.



HILL COUNTRY VIEW – “Story of the Song” – Cover story by Ashley Brown – October 1, 2018

DRIPPING SPRINGS OUTLOOK – “Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival” – Cover story by Jim Halfpenny/Photo by Laura Griffith – October 1, 2018

AMERICANA MUSIC TIMES – “3rd Annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival will feature Rodney Crowell” – by

HAYS FREE PRESS / NEWS-DISPATCH – “Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival Coming October 19-21” – Staff Report, October 10, 2018

Songwriters Festival Strikes Right Chord

by Bonnie Gonzalez, Century News Editor – Thursday October 23, 2014

Dripping Springs struck a chord with music fans this past weekend after a successful Songwriters Festival. Hundreds of people packed Mercer Street to hear tunes performed by more than 30 artists from near and far. Musicians took the stage at four venues, all within walking distance—Mazama Coffee Company, The Mercantile, The Barber Shop and Mercer Street Dance Hall. Folk and Americana music filled the street.

Dripping Springs own Micah Wagner, Matthew Payne and Chad Hudson took part in the festival. “I actually have a song that I wrote specifically about Dripping Springs,” Wagner said. “It’s called We Were Young.” He made sure to play the song at the festival. For Matthew Payne, he too shared Wagner’s pride about the town. “I’ve spent 25 years here, seen many changes, seen it go from one stop light to many. And it fills me with great pride for the area, for the community, to have a gathering of artists and voices to fill our town’s street,” Payne said. It’s a place these gentlemen agreed was a perfect location for a festival like this.

“I’m honored,” Chad Hudson said. “It was such a great turn out and this is just the first one. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like down the road. It’s going to be a huge attraction.” Artists and music lovers weren’t the only ones excited about what is set to become an annual event for Dripping. “Events like this are magical for our community.

“What a show, family entertainment that helps our local downtown businesses,” says Pam Owens, Director of the Visitor’s Bureau. Festival Organizers, Jim and Laurie Halfpenny and Dave Niemeyer were more than pleased as well. “We didn’t know what to expect being the first annual festival but it surpassed expectations,” organizer Laurie Halfpenny said, “We’re so grateful to the city and people of Dripping Springs and the Chamber for helping to make this happen.” Laurie said they are planning the festival for the same dates at the same venues next year. They plan on posting updates throughout the year as it becomes available on their website at


2018 Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival - Photos by Christ Wuestefeld

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