The popularity of songwriter festivals continues to grow. Along with exceptional live music experiences, audiences are often treated to sessions with songwriters in a tradition that encourages them to share the fascinating and moving stories behind their lyrics.
Palm Coast Songwriters Festival, May 1–3, will showcase the works of artists, including Sarah Beth Terry, JR Ward, Steve Azar, Ira Dean, Bridgette Tatum, Casey Beathard, Leslie Satcher and James Slater. One of the many attractions of this particular festival is the chance to listen in small, intimate venues. Stages include the Hidden Treasures Raw Bar & Grill in Flagler Beach, Moonrise Brewery and Daytona State College Palm Coast Amphitheater. There’s also a general admission lawn, but seating is not provided. Instead, attendees should plan to bring their own chairs or blankets.
Key West plays host to the world’s largest songwriters festival, the 24th edition of the Key West Songwriters Festival, May 8–12. Hugely popular, this island-wide party regularly attracts top industry names. This year’s line up includes Liz Rose, Earl Bud Lee, Brad Paisley, Lee Roy Parnell, Even Stevens and Kylie Sackley, who will take to stages in a variety of local venues, including the Ocean Key Resort, Key West Theater, Schooner Wharf and the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon. While the majority of shows are free, some require advance ticket purchase. Check the website for details.
The annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, March 24–28, ranks as an annual favorite with both artists and fans, regularly drawing in around 300 songwriter participants. The first official festival took place in 1993, and past stages included historic and popular spots such as The Bluebird Café, Hard Rock Café Nashville, The Listening Room Café and The Local.
Fall will bring top singer-writer talent to the annual Mississippi Songwriters Festival, generally held in September. Averaging around 100 national and regional songwriters, this laid-back fest offers shows at locations in Margaritaville Biloxi, downtown Ocean Springs, Gautier and Moss Point. The fun at this popular musical event includes workshops with songwriters, and special events such as 2019’s Gospel Showcase.
Always highly anticipated, the 30A Songwriters Festival takes its name from its location along Highway 30A in South Walton, Florida, and is offered each January. Pulling in big names such as Brian Wilson, Tanya Tucker, the Indigo Girls, Don McLean and John Prine — all of whom performed at the 2020 event — this annual Who’s Who of singer-songwriters has been in production for more than 10 years, and serves as the major fundraiser for Walton County’s Cultural Arts Alliance, a private, non-profit organization. Performances are staged in intimate spaces and big amphitheaters, allowing for a variety of musical experiences. Keep an eye on the website for announcements regarding the next festival, as tickets go fast and area lodging fills quickly.
As Pride Month comes to an end and following the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which marked a crucial turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, we’ve compiled a list of important LGBTQ+ sites and memorials around the world.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
Multigenerational travel is a growing trend for good reason. When different generations of a family can come together, share common experiences and have fun, lasting memories are made.
Easy to reach from either the Boston or New York areas, Martha’s Vineyard is a laid-back island with beaches, historic attractions and lots of outdoor activities for families. Walk, bike, paddle or sail here for an active, stress-free vacation, but with culture and fine dining just as available.
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Jalisco, Mexico’s most emblematic region, is the birthplace of many of the country’s cultural offerings, including Tequila; the state is rich with the drink’s history and the culture that surrounds it. Tequila fans looking for a fun tour of Jalisco, check out Viva Tequila Festival’s Mexico Experience Tour, which brings guests on a luxurious tour to five cities to explore Jalisco’s Mexican spirit and provide a deeper understanding of the different regions that cultivate agave.