Thur night 5/16/2024

Thursday Night kickoff Dinner with Chef Chris Wilton & John Emerald Distillery

Celebrate the start of the 5th annual Opelika Songwriters Festival with a limited seating cocktail dinner on Thursday, May 16, 2024. You will enjoy a four-course dinner by Chef Chris Wilton and a cocktail pairing by John Emerald Distillery for each course. Guests are seated in the distillery where they can see the stills in action – an ideal spot for epic pictures! Includes a secret show by a festival artist.

** This is an add on experience, please purchase Thur Night Kickoff Dinner Ticket in order to attend.

breakfast at botanic

Breakfast at Botanic

Kickstart your Saturday morning with a buffet breakfast at Botanic in their newly opened beer garden!

Doors open for breakfast at 9am.

Ticket to this event includes:

NOTE: This is an add-on experience. On ticket page, click green “buy tickets” button. Scroll down to “Experiences” and select Breakfast at Botanic.


Sunday Brunch & Songs Sponsored by tito’s

Under the white tent on the heritage house lawn, the Sunday Brunch & Songs is always a cherished moment. Enjoy a delightful brunch prepared by chef Chris Wilton, and indulge in a bloody-mary bar sponsored by Tito’s Vodka.

Experience an intimate songwriters in the round session with Shawn Colvin, Shawn Mullins, Jon Muq.

Admission is reserved to VIP Weekend Pass Plus Sunday Brunch Pass holders OR ticket holder with the add-on experience, Sunday Brunch Sponsored by Tito’s


Songwriters Workshop

Attend the Songwriters Workshop on Saturday morning at Heritage House with LIVINGSTON TAYLOR!

In his Stage Performance class at Berklee College of Music, Livingston Taylor has taught thousands of young musicians how to take the stage without fear and deliver a performance that is rewarding for both the performer and the audience. Story, song, and intention with Q&A.

*Limited seating.

Saturday, MAY 18, 2024

10:00 AM | Heritage House
Led by Livingston Taylor

Larry Mitchell
Larry Mitchell

Attend the Guitar Tone Workshop on Saturday morning at The Sound Wall with LARRY MITCHELL!

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player..

*Limited seating.

Saturday, MAY 18, 2024

10:00 AM | The Sound Wall
Led by Larry Mitchell


Hey Students!

Would you like to perform at the 5th ANNUAL OPELIKA SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL 2024?

Read on for the rules on how to submit your entry to be considered for the student showcase. The deadline to enter is April 21, 2024.

Good luck!

OPELIKA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 07: Student Songwriter Showcase presents Savannah Hayes, Mae McKoy, and Anita Duncan at the Irish Bred Pub during the 2023 Opelika Songwriters Festival on October 07, 2023, in Opelika, Alabama. (Photo by R. Diamond/Getty Images)

2024 Rules & Regulations

  1. You must enter online. You will be required to provide a youtube link or link to mp3. You will also be required to provide song lyrics.
  2. All songs submitted must be original.
  3. Students may enter as many songs as desired, but each entry requires a new submission. For example, 5 song entries would equal 5 separate entries.
  4. This showcase is open to anyone under the age 18 and is a senior in high school or less.
  5. Students selected to perform in the showcase will be chosen by a judging panel.
  6. Students will be notified by email no later than May 1, 2024.
  7. Opelika Songwriters Festival reserves the right to extend the entry deadline if necessary.
  8. (3) three students will be selected to perform an in the round set together on the The Sound Wall Music Initiative Sponsored Stage during the festival. Plus, each student will receive a weekend festival pass and (1) ticket to the Songwriters Workshop led by festival performers.

Deadline to enter is APRIL 21, 2024


Announcing Opelika Songwriters Festival ONLINE Fundraiser

Napa Valley Vineyards


Blissful Napa Valley living awaits with a sun-kissed stay for four guests in a stylish country townhome.

Indulge in all things Wine Country with a chauffeured wine tour included.

Discover the region’s abundant charms with Downtown, Oxbow Market, and world-class wineries just minutes away.

The raffle support the mission of The Sound Wall Music Initiative. The Sound Wall Music initiative is a 501c3 non-profit.