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
  JUL 2016 AUG 2016 SEP 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
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