Top 20 events

The best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation. Through a nomination process, Southeast Tourism Society chooses the Top 20 events in the Southeast for each month of the year and publishes this list of winners quarterly. The Top 20 Events listings reach over 1,600 media outlets each quarter including web, magazines, radio, TV stations, AAA publications and newspapers.

Top Banner: Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park,Georgia

Deadline for NEXT Top 20 Festivals & Events
Friday, January 20, 2017
For events in July | August | September 2017 .

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Top 20 Nominations

Deadline Information
JAN \ FEB 2016


MAR 2016
APR 2016
JUL 2016
OCT 2016
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MAY 2016
AUG 2016
NOV 2016
JUN 2016
SEP 2016
DEC 2016
January-February 2016
Jan 1 Polar Bear Dip, Perdido Key, FL    
Jan 2
Jan 6-Feb 9
Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana, Southwest Louisiana, LA
Jan 7-9
Jan 7-10
Jan 15 & 18
Jan 15-17
Jan 20-25
Jan 26-30
Jan 30
Jan 30-31
Feb 4-6
Feb 5
Feb 6
Feb 6-7
Feb 6
Feb 10-13
Feb 10-13
Feb 13
Double Bridge Run, Pensacola, FL
Feb 19-21
Feb 20-21
Mar 3-13
Mar 4-6
Black Heritage Festival, Lake Charles, LA
Mar 4-6
Mar 5-6
Mar 5-6
Mar 7-14
Mar 10-13
Mar 12-13
Forsythia Festival, Forsyth, GA
Mar 18-20
Mar 18-19
Mar 19
Mar 19
Mar 19-20
Mar 20
Taste of Athens, Athens, GA
Mar 20-22
Mar 27
Easter Sunrise Service, Stone Mountain, GA
Mar 28-29
April 2016                                                   Top of List
Apr 1-3
Apr 1-3
Apr 1-23
Springtime Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL
Apr 2-3
Kite Fest Louisiane, Port Allen, LA
Apr 2-3 Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival "Art, Wine & Wheels" Weekend, Ridgeland, MS @visitridgeland @visitridgelandms
Apr 6-10
Apr 9
Apr 14-23
Come-See-Me Festival, Rock Hill, SC
Apr 14-May 6
Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, KY
Apr 16-Jun 5
Apr 16-17
Apr 16-18
Rivers & Spires Festival, Clarksville, TN
Apr 19-23
Apr 21-23
Apr 21-24
Apr 22-23
Apr 22-23
Apr 22-23
Apr 24
Apr 27-1
May 2016                                                    Top of List
May 5-7
May 5-8
May 6-8
May 6-7
Main Street JazzFest 2016, Murfreesboro, TN
May 6-7
May 7
May 7-8
May 7-8
May 7
May 12
May 13-15
Artisphere, Greenville, SC
May 19-22
Chesapeake Jubilee, Chesapeake, VA
May 20-21
SoulStock, Inc., Decatur, AL
May 20-21
May 20-21
May 21-22
Trail of Honor, Jackson, MS
May 21
Catfish Festival, Scottsboro, AL
May 26-29
Mudbug Madness Festival, Shreveport, LA
May 28-29
Garden Jubilee, Hendersonville, NC
June 2016                                                    Top of List
Jun 1-4
Jun 1-30
SC Festival of Flowers, Greenwood, SC
Jun 2-4
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Jun 2-Jul 21
Sounds of Summer, Columbus, MS
Jun 3-4
Jun 3-5
Jun 4
Jun 4
Taste of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, WV
Jun 4-7
Jun 9-12
Jun 9-11
Jun 10-12
Jun 10-12
Jun 10-Jul 30
Jun 13
Jun 13-20
Jun 17-26
FestivALL Charleston, Charleston, WV
Jun 18
Barbarian Challenge, Gadsden, AL
Jun 19-20
Jun 26
July 2016                                                     Top of List
Jul 1-4 55th Annual Alderson 4th of July Celebration    
Jul 1-2 Coke Zero 400 4th of July Weekend    
Jul-Sep Ice Cream & a Moovie at Chaney's Dairy Barn @chaneysdairy @chaneysdairybarn
Jul 2-6 An Applachian Summer Festival @AppalachianArts @ArtsatAppalachian
Jul 4 41st Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade    
Jul 4 St. Marys Independence Day Festival @VisitStMarys @VisitStMarys
Jul 4 Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue @gvillevents @gvillevents
Jul 4 Red, White, Blue & You!   @VisitLakeCharles
Jul 8-9 39th Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival @MaconMusic_UDMD  
Jul 9 Lake Charles Symphony Summer Pops   @VisitLakeCharles
Jul 14-16 Virginia Lake Festival @clarksvillecoc  
Jul 14-17 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance    
Jul 15-23 Kingsport Fun Fest @KPTFUNFEST @KPTFUNFEST
Jul 15-16 34th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival @festevent @festevents
Jul 15-16 Cajun French Music & Food Festival   @VisitLakeCharles
Jul 16-17 18th Annual Butternut Creek Festival    
Jul 21-31 Folkmoot USA @Folkmoot_USA @folkmoot
Jul 22-31 W.C. Handy Music Festival    
Jul 23 Gulf Brew @acadianaarts @acadianacenterforthearts
Jul 27-30 Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriter's Festival @SLSongfest @sandyleesongfest
August 2016                                               Top of List
Aug 3-6 Shelbyville Horse Show    
Aug 5-6 Lewisburg Literary Festival    
Aug 5-6 Main Street Music Festival @AlbertvilleMSMF @AlbertvilleMSMF
Aug 5-6 Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days    
Aug 7-8 Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival    
Aug 12-21 State Fair of West Virginia @sfwv @statefairwv
Aug 12-21 Staunton Music Festival @SMF_tweets  
Aug 13 Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights @GreaterBelhaven  
Aug 13 16th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival @FestEvents @FestEvents
Aug 13 YWCA Resolve Family Abuse "Girls Night Out"    
Aug 13 August Concert and Wing Festival    
Aug 18-28 Kentucky State Fair @KYSTATEFAIR @KYSTATEFAIR
Aug 19-27 Wilson County Fair @wilsoncountytn  
Aug 19 Asheville Wine and Food Festival @AVLWineFoodFest  
Aug 19-20 Franklin County Watermelon Festival    
Aug 20 Arts & Crabs Fest @VisitLakeCharles  
Aug 20 Thin Mint Sprint    
Aug 24-28 Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival @SMSWF  
Aug 25-27 Winterville Watermelon Festival @Melon_Fest @Winterville_MelonPatch
Aug 26-14 Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational @OCAFDirector @ocaf1902
September 2016                                        Top of List
Sep-Oct Blowing Springs Farm @SeeRockCity @SeeRockCity
Sep 1-5 Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival   @lashrimpandpetrofest
Sep 1-9 Virginia Beach Neptune Festival @NeptuneFestival @NeptuneFestival
Sep 2-5 North Carolina Apple Festival @NCAppleFest  
Sep 3 -5 Marietta Art in the Park    
Sep 9-10 Oka Kapassa Native American Festival    
Sep 9-11 Holley LS Fest 7 @Holley_News @holleyperformance
Sep 9-11 KY State BBQ Festival @kybbq  
Sep 9-18 Tennessee Valley Fair @tnvalleyfair @tnvalleyfair
Sep 9-11 Mainstrasse Village Oktoberfest    
Sep 10-11 35th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival    
Sep 13-18 Kentucky Bourbon Festival @kybourbonfest @kybourbonfest
Sep 16-18 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion @BristolRhythm @BristolRhythm
Sep 17-18 Ocmulgee Indian Celebration @ocmulgeemounds @ocmulgeemounds
Sep 17-18 Suwanee Fest @city_of_suwanee  
Sep 18-20 35th Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival @artintheheart14 @artsintheheartofaugusta
Sep 22-25 Benson Mule Days @JoCoTourism @VisitJoCo
Sep 23-24 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival    
Sep 24 A taste of Clarkesville    
Sep 30-Oct 31 Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern @SeeRubyFalls @RubyFallsCave
October 2016                                        Top of List    
Sep 30-Oct 2 North Carolina Seafood Festival, Morehead City, NC    
Oct 1-2 Cotton Pickin’ Fair, Gay, GA    
Oct 1-8 Red River Revel Arts Festival, Shreveport, LA    
Oct 1-30 Rock City’s Rocktoberfest, Lookout Mountain, GA    
Oct 2-9 20th Annual Cruisin’ The Coast, Mississippi Gulf Coast , MS    
Oct 6-16 Georgia National Fair, Perry, GA    
Oct 13-16 Fall for Greenville, Greenville, SC    
Oct 13-16 45th Annual National Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, AL    
Oct 14-16 Autumn Leaves Festival, Mount Airy, NC    
Oct 14-15 69th Annual Indiantown Rodeo, Indiantown, FL    
Oct-15 New River Gorge Bridge Day, Fayetteville, WV    
Oct 15-16 27th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, Georgetown, SC    
Oct 21-22, 28-29 Wild N’ Wicked Nights, Weeki Wachee, FL    
Oct-22 Barbeque Festival, Lexington, NC    
Oct-22 Deep Roots Festival, Milledgeville, GA    
Oct 23-24 Owl-O-Ween, Kennesaw, GA    
Oct 27-30 43rd Annual French Food Festival, Larose, LA    
Oct 27-Nov 13 State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA    
Oct 28-30 Marine Corps Marathon, Arlington, VA    
Oct 28-Nov 5 West Virginia University Mountaineer Week, Morgantown, WV    
November 2016                                       Top of List    
Nov 1-7 Indie Memphis Film Festival, Memphis, TN    
Nov 3-13 The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, Pensacola, FL    
Nov 4-6 27th Annual Stuart Air Show, Stuart, FL    
Nov 5-6 38th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival, Ocean Springs, MS    
Nov 5-6 Steampunk and Makers Fair, LaFayette, LA    
Nov 6-18 Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums of Bellingrath, Theodore, AL    
Nov-9 Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff, Gatlinburg, TN    
Nov 10-13 Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals, Myrtle Beach, SC    
Nov 11-Jan 1 Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, TN    
Nov 17-19 Mistletoe and Moss Holiday Market, Lake Charles, LA    
Nov 17-Dec 24 Christmas at the Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY    
Nov 18-Dec 31 Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, AR    
Nov 18-20 Celebration of Seagrove Potters, Seagrove, NC    
Nov 18-20 Fine Craft Show, Knoxville, TN    
Nov 18-Dec 31 Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights, Lookout Mountain, GA    
Nov-19 21st Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, Raleigh, NC    
Nov 19-Jan 6 90th Annual Christmas Festival of Lights, Natchitoches, LA    
Nov 19-Dec 31 Holidays in the City, Norfolk, VA    
Nov 25-26 Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville Beach, NC    
Nov 25-26, Dec 2-3, 9, 16-18 Winterfest Trolley Tours, Pensacola, FL    
December 2016                                        Top of List    
Dec 1-31 A Colonial Christmas, Williamsburg, VA    
Dec 1-23 Christmas Underground, Chattanooga, TN    
Dec-1 Home Town Holidays Parade, Forsyth, GA    
Dec 1-31 Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival, Lake Charles, LA    
Dec 1-30 Speedway Christmas, Concord, NC    
Dec-2 Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade and Winter Magic Kickoff, Gatlinburg, TN    
Dec-2 Wassail Fest, Columbus, MS    
Dec 2-3 Holiday Arts Tour, Ruston, LA    
Dec 3 & 10 Annual Christmas and Candlelight, Washington State Park, AR    
Dec 3-4 Marietta Pilgrimage, Marietta, GA    
Dec 3-4 Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour, Wilmington, NC    
Dec 8-11 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, Palm Beach, FL    
Dec 8-9 Victorian Christmas Festival, Thomasville, GA    
Dec 9-10 Feast of Seven Fishes Festival, Fairmont, WV    
Dec 9-10 It’s a Dickens Christmas Y’all Festival, Tuscumbia, AL    
Dec 9-10, 16-17 Winter Waterland, Weeki Wachee, FL    
Dec-11 21st Annual Town of Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade, Mount Pleasant, SC    
Dec 28-31 Andrew Johnson Bank Ladies’ Classic Basketball Tournament, Greenville, TN    
Dec-31 Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show and Ball Drop, Gatlinburg, TN    
Dec-31 Pensacola Pelican Drop, Pensacola, FL    
Next Deadline: Friday, Jan 20, 2017 For 2017 events in July, August & September  Top 20 Nomination Form
Since 1985 the Southeast Tourism Society has recognized the unique, diverse and unparalleled events in the region with the Top 20 Events Program. For every month of the year, STS selects 20 events which represent the Southeast's down home flavor through arts and crafts, music, parades, pageantry, food, sporting competitions, live entertainment and much more. #STSTop20
Upcoming Top 20 Nomination Deadlines
Fri, Jan 20, 2017 For 2017 events in July, August & September
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 For 2017 Events in October, November & December
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 For 2018 events in January, February & March
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 For 2018 events in April, May, June 2018
Shining Example
Recognizing the best and brightest within the travel and tourism industry in the Southeast, the Shining Example Award Program, an industry fixture since 1985, is comprised of 17 awards within 13 categories; 11 of these categories are open for nomination. Winners are announced at the Shining Example Awards dinner during the STS Fall Forum.  This year’s award ceremony will be in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, September 8, 2016.  Additional Details Here  #STSFall16   SEA Nomination Categories   SEA Nomination Form