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Songwriters Festival Makes Debut in Panama City

The inaugural Panama City Songwriters Festival debuts November 15 and 16 in the Florida Panhandle, featuring original songs by local, regional and national musicians. Historic Downtown Panama City’s most notable art galleries and performance spaces will transform into intimate music venues for this one-of-a kind festival. Rescheduled due to Hurricane Michael’s impact on Panama City, this will be the first year for the festival organized by local musician, Will Thompson.

“Our community has been working hard to rebuild following Hurricane Michael and this two-day event is the perfect opportunity to welcome visitor’s back,” said Jennifer Vigil, president and CEO of Destination Panama City. “We are pleased to bring even more live performances to our city’s thriving arts and culture scene with the PC Songwriters Festival.”

This event will showcase 30 musicians of multiple genres and will give listeners the opportunity to hear the inspiration and process of how each song was made. Panama City Songwriters Festival is hosted by the Bay County Arts Association and Destination Panama City.

For the full 2019 lineup, visit For information about planning your trip, visit


Embraced by beautiful St. Andrews Bay, Northwest Florida’s Panama City offers ideal conditions for world-class sailing, year-round in-shore and off-shore fishing and a myriad of water sports. Nearby Shell Island, an uninhabited barrier island with beautiful white sand beaches, features dolphin excursions. Off the water, visitors delight in the sunny destination’s eclectic historic neighborhoods offering a thriving visual and performing arts scene, diverse shopping, a range of dining options and the Panama City Oyster Trail. To contact Destination Panama City directly call 850-215-1700. Please visit, and follow on Facebook and Instagram. Join the conversation at #PContheBay.