The Best Gulf Coast Music Festivals
Music Festivals on the Gulf Coast
Music festivals are popular all across the country, from Coachella in California to Bonnaroo in Tennessee. But did you know that some of the best music festivals are right here on the Gulf Coast? That’s right! Florida & Alabama’s Gulf Coast is home to some of the best music festivals, including the 30A Songwriters’ Festival and Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores. We have to say, there’s little that’s better than gathering with friends under the sun while listening to your favorite music. With festivals happening all year long from Panama City Beach, Florida, to Gulf Shores, Alabama, there’s something for everyone! Grab your sunglasses and a cool drink and get ready to enjoy all these festivals have to offer. Read below to discover the best Gulf Coast music festivals.
Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival
In its 34th consecutive year, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival brings over 200 nationally acclaimed writers to the Gulf Coast from November 8-11. Learn the stories behind your favorite songs as they are performed at over two-dozen Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida, as well as Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Those who have performed at the Songwriters’ Festival go on to become Grammy-award winning artists, so say you saw them here first!
Hangout Music Festival
What started as a small festival at the Hangout Bar & Grill in Gulf Shores, Alabama, has flourished into one of the most anticipated Gulf Coast music festivals! Taking place at the end of May, “Hangout Fest” is unlike any other festival experience. The event features multiple genres of music: rock, hip-hop, indie, and dance. Previous headliners include The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kendrick Lamar, and Florence and the Machine. However, Hangout is not just a music festival: art exhibits, a puppy kissing booth, and more have found their way to Hangout Fest. The festival takes place May 22-24, 2020, so reserve your spot on the sand with one of our Gulf Shores vacation rentals here! How about a stay at one of our Seawinds Condominiums? Boasting amazing Gulf views, fabulous amenities, and a location close to the venue, don’t miss out on a stay at Seawind!
Pensacola Songwriters Festival
Similar to the Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival, the Pensacola Songwriters Festival brings the talented minds behind today’s top hits. With Pensacola Beach as the festival backdrop, catch these artists at 15 different venues throughout the area. Venues include Hemingway’s Bar & Grill, Flounder’s Chowder House, and other notable spots along Pensacola Beach. In addition, the festival also has a focused mission in music education. When you support the festival, you support hundreds of children in creating their own music. The festival runs the first weekend in October; learn more about it here! Stay at Emerald Isle on Pensacola Beach to be close to the action! With fabulous resort amenities and Gulf views to boot, what’s not to love?
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
One of the best Gulf Coast music festivals may have already come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce! The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, taking place in Panama City Beach, Florida, serves as a great way to send summer off with a bang. Past lineups include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Luke Bryan, so you know it’s a good time! In addition to great music, the festival is also a prime opportunity for a Labor Day beach vacation – an all-in-one package! Mark your calendars for Labor Day Weekend so you too can be part of the fun!
30A Songwriters Festival
The 30A Songwriters Festival is one of those events that gets better and better each year. With over 175 artists, 225 performances, and 25 venues, there’s something for everyone. Held in venues across Scenic 30A on Florida’s Coast, the 2020 festival is quickly approaching: save the date for January 17-20! The weather may be cool, but the music is red hot. Venues range from intimate to expansive, with capacities from 75 to 5,000. Proceeds from the 30A Songwriters Festival benefit the Creative Artists Agency and help fulfill its mission to advance the arts throughout Walton County. To learn more about the 30A Songwriters Festival, visit here. Book your stay nearby at one of our 30A vacation rentals today! Meanwhile, bring the whole family for the festival and stay at Ciao Bella in Seacrest Beach! Luxuriously chic and flooded with coastal charm, you’ll love every inch of this 30A vacation home.