…it’s all about the song.

You are invited to the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country to come and enjoy an exciting weekend of phenomenal singer/songwriter showcases. This 4th 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.   Put plainly, the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is all about  finely-crafted SONGS, and the talented folks who have written them.

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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 songwriters from all across the US play “in-the-round”, Nashville-style.  Event stages are hosted by Dripping Springs’ most popular venues: The Barber Shop Bar, Mercer Street Dance Hall, Mazama Coffee Company, The Sidecar Tasting Room, Hudson’s On Mercer and Acopon Brewing Company (formerly The Mercantile) – all located within safe, easy walking distance of each other in historic downtown Dripping Springs. These daily performances run all day and night long and are absolutely FREE for everyone!

On Saturday night the SOUTH POINT HYUNDAI/DODGE STAGE at the Mercer Street Dance Hall plays host to an elite headliner showcase featuring some world-class, award-winning songwriting talent.  Some have earned Grammy awards – all have had #1 hits.  Past DSSF headliners include DEAN DILLON, JD SOUTHER, RODNEY CROWELL, KOSTAS, ALLEN SHAMBLIN, SCOTTY EMMERICK, PAM ROSE, BILLY MONTANA, HELEN DARLING, ELIZA GILKYSON and DREW WOMACK.  Tickets are on sale now at our online STORE for this year’s showcase, which will be headlined by 2-time Grammy winner LORI McKENNA, featuring opening act, Angaleena Presley.  As our date draws closer, tickets for the 2017 Saturday evening showcase will be available at various events and venues around Dripping Springs and at our “traveling merch table”, and if we’re not sold out, on the weekend of the festival at our sidewalk Merch Store on Mercer Street.

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 from Austin-Bergstrom Airport.  The community has ample lodging and a number of excellent restaurants, wineries, event venues and pubs.

You won’t want to miss a single note of the 4th 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 headliners, the schedules and the great venues that host our performance stages.  So put October 20-22, 2017 on your calendars now and join us for another awesome weekend of top-notch singer/songwriters.

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A portion of the proceeds of the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival are donated to KIDS IN A NEW GROOVE, a non-profit, charitable organization that provides musical instruments and one-on-one instruction and mentorship to foster children in Central Texas. To learn more about this incredible organization, to volunteer or to make a donation please visit their website at



Songwriter submissions for this year’s event are now closed, but make sure to sign up for our Newsletter and  Follow and Like us on Facebook and Twitter for future information on how to submit to be considered for our 2018 Featured Songwriter Roster.  Our event is a great opportunity to see, hear, network and mingle with some incredible songwriters from all across the US…and beyond…we are truly an international festival!



Here’s your chance to become an official sponsor of the 2017 Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival.  We have many levels of involvement – there’s one for every advertising budget – and this IS the event of the year!  The time is now.  Place your company’s brand on the coolest singer/songwriter 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 and Janice Myers-Smith. *
* Thanks to PODS – Photographers of Dripping Springs – for their time and talent. *

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