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.

Deadline for NEXT Top 20 Festivals & Events
Friday, July 15, 2016
for events in October, November, December 2016

Online Submission Link  | ONLINE PAYMENT LINK
Deadline Information
JAN \ FEB 2016
MAR 2016
APR 2016
MAY 2016
JUN 2016
2015
Winners
  JUL 2016 AUG 2016 SEP 2016      
January-February 2016
Jan 1 Polar Bear Dip, Perdido Key, FL    
Jan 2
@AZOLibertyBowl
@autozonelibertybowl
Jan 6-Feb 9
Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana, Southwest Louisiana, LA
@LakeCharlesCVB
@VisitLakeCharles
Jan 7-9
@LakeCharlesCVB
@VisitLakeCharles
Jan 7-10
 
 
Jan 15 & 18
@LakeCharlesCVB
@VisitLakeCharles
Jan 15-17
 
 
Jan 20-25
 
 
Jan 26-30
 
 
Jan 30
@ncmuseumhistory
@ncmuseumhistory
Jan 30-31
@CapeFearModelRR
 
Feb 4-6
 
 
Feb 5
 
 
Feb 6
 
 
Feb 6-7
 
 
Feb 6
 
 
Feb 10-13
@nfmslouisville
@nfmslouisville
Feb 10-13
@nfmslouisville
@nfmslouisville
Feb 13
Double Bridge Run, Pensacola, FL
 
 
Feb 19-21
@CLWSeaBlues
 
Feb 20-21
@ArtsCouncilMC
@artscouncilmc
Mar 3-13
@FLStrawberryFst
@FLStrawberryFestival
Mar 4-6
Black Heritage Festival, Lake Charles, LA
@LakeCharlesCVB
@VisitLakeCharles
Mar 4-6
@KYArtsCouncil
 
Mar 5-6
 
 
Mar 5-6
 
 
Mar 7-14
 
 
Mar 10-13
 
 
Mar 12-13
Forsythia Festival, Forsyth, GA
@fmccoc1
@Forsyth-monroechamber
Mar 18-20
 
 
Mar 18-19
@LakeCharlesCVB
@VisitLakeCharles
Mar 19
 
 
Mar 19
@ChasEastEnd
 
Mar 19-20
@LakeCharlesCVB
@VisitLakeCharles
Mar 20
Taste of Athens, Athens, GA
@TasteOfAthens
@tasteofathens
Mar 20-22
 
 
Mar 27
Easter Sunrise Service, Stone Mountain, GA
 
 
Mar 28-29
 
 
April 2016                                                   Top of List
Apr 1-3
@YMCAFlowertown
 
Apr 1-3
@BoudinFestival
@ScottBoudinFestival
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
@NCAzaleaFest
@ncazaleafest
Apr 9
@Lburgchocofest
 
Apr 14-23
Come-See-Me Festival, Rock Hill, SC
@csmfestival
 
Apr 14-May 6
Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, KY
@KyDerbyFestival
@KyDerbyFestival
Apr 16-Jun 5
@garenfest
@georgiarenaissancefestival
Apr 16-17
@O4WArtsFestival
 
Apr 16-18
Rivers & Spires Festival, Clarksville, TN
@RiversAndSpires
 
Apr 19-23
@TravelGburg
@VisitGatlinburg
Apr 21-23
@ThomasvilleGA
@thomasvillega
Apr 21-24
 
 
Apr 22-23
@Gdalemagfest
@magnoliafestival_gardendale
Apr 22-23
@NorfolkNATOFest
@NorfolkNATOFestival
Apr 22-23
 
 
Apr 24
@mtpleasantBiz
@comeonovermp
Apr 27-1
@BFT_WineAndFood
@beaufortwineandfood
May 2016                                                    Top of List
May 5-7
 
 
May 5-8
@ilmwineandfood
@ilmwineandfood
May 6-8
 
 
May 6-7
Main Street JazzFest 2016, Murfreesboro, TN
@mainstreetmurf
 
May 6-7
 
 
May 7
 
 
May 7-8
@ChastainParkArtsFestival
 
May 7-8
 
 
May 7
 
 
May 12
@TravelGburg
@VisitGatlinburg
May 13-15
Artisphere, Greenville, SC
@Artisphere_SC
@artisphere
May 19-22
Chesapeake Jubilee, Chesapeake, VA
 
 
May 20-21
SoulStock, Inc., Decatur, AL
@soulstockevent
@soulstockevent
May 20-21
 
 
May 20-21
@sevierfun
@visitsevierville
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
@scfof
@SCFestivalOfFlowers
Jun 2-4
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort Walton Beach, FL
@BBPirateFest
 
Jun 2-Jul 21
Sounds of Summer, Columbus, MS
 
 
Jun 3-4
 
 
Jun 3-5
 
 
Jun 4
@BiloxiBlessing
 
Jun 4
Taste of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, WV
 
 
Jun 4-7
@tupeloelvisfest
@dttupelo
Jun 9-12
 
 
Jun 9-11
@GenealogyJambo 
 
Jun 10-12
@BlairsvilleSFHG
@BlairsvilleScottishFestival
Jun 10-12
@NASSC_HRSC
@SANDSOCCER_NASSC
Jun 10-Jul 30
@TravelGburg
@VisitGatlinburg
Jun 13
@HburgBeerFest
 
Jun 13-20
@HandyBluesCrew
@handyblues
Jun 17-26
FestivALL Charleston, Charleston, WV
 
 
Jun 18
Barbarian Challenge, Gadsden, AL
@festivall
@festivall_cwv
Jun 19-20
@blueberrytown
 
Jun 26
 
 
Next Deadline: Friday, July 15 For 2017 events in January, February & March   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
Friday, April 1 For 2016 Events in October, November & December
Friday, July 15 For 2017 events in January, February & March
Friday, October 14 For 2017 events in April, May & June
Friday, January 20, 2017 For 2017 events in July, August & September
Upcoming Shining Example Online Nomination Deadline Friday, June 17, 2016
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
Mark Your Calendar
STS Spring Symposium Baton Rouge, LA April 4-6, 2016 #STSSpring16
STS Marketing College Dahlonega, GA May 15-20, 2016 #STSMC16