Southeast Tourism Society (STS) is dedicated to promoting and developing tourism in its member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 1985, in recognition of the unique, diverse and unparalleled events in the region, STS began the Top 20 Events award program. A Top 20 Award seeks to bring more publicity and recognition to the best events in the Southeast, whether it be media, attendees or both. STS selects the Top 20 events, by month, and publishes them on a biannual basis. Learn more about Southeast Tourism Society at www.SoutheastTourism.org
While the pandemic canceled many festivals in 2020 and others were virtual, the number and scale of events in the second half of 2021 demonstrate the spirit of resilience on the part of communities, tourism organizations and the traveling public. These celebrations represent the soul of the South and serve as inspiration for future explorations of the Southeast region.
Travelers are advised to check websites for the most up-to-date info regarding masks and other safety precautions should pandemic restrictions still be in effect.
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