Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festivals Celebrate the Season

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From harbor holiday lights to an underground Christmas, Weeki Wachee to Wassail, experience the season’s most festive offerings through these can’t-miss events

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. Save the date for these upcoming opportunities to experience the best of the Southeast. Read more about each event at: www.TravelMediaPressRoom.com/STS.

October 2017

October 1-8, 2017, 21ST Annual Cruisin’ the Coast, Mississippi Gulf Coast, MS, https://CruisinTheCoast.com/

October 1-November 4, 2017, Pumpkin Playground, Creedmoor, NC, www.ThreeBearsAcres.com

October 1-29, 2017, Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern, Chattanooga, TN, www.HauntedCavern.com

October 6-8, 2017, Slaughter Pen Jam, Bentonville, AR, www.VisitBentonville.com/bike/events/slaughter-pen-jam/

October 6-8, 2017, The North Carolina Seafood Festival, Morehead City, NC, www.NCSeafoodFestival.org

October 7-8, 2017, Cotton Pickin’ Fair, Gay, GA, www.CPFair.org

October 7-29, 2017 (Saturdays and Sundays only) Rock City’s Rocktoberfest, Lookout Mountain, GA, www.SeeRockCity.com/rocktoberfest

October 7, 2017, Rouge et Blanc Food & Wine Festival, Lake Charles, LA, www.VisitLakeCharles.org

October 12-15, 2017, The 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, AL, www.MyShrimpFest.com

October 13-14, 2017, 70th Annual Indiantown Rodeo, Indiantown, FL, http://IndiantownRodeo.com

October 13-15, 2017, Fall for Greenville, Greenville, SC, www.FallForGreenville.net

October 14, 2017, Big Creek Fall ATV Festival, LaFollette, TN, www.LaFolletteTN.net

October 14, 2017, T.O.O.T. (Taste of Our Town) Lewisburg, WV, http://CarnegieHallWV.com/

October 21, 2017, Culture Fest Louisiana, Lake Charles, LA, www.VisitLakeCharles.org

October 21, 2017, The Boudin Cook-Off, Lafayette, LA, www.BoudinCookOff.com

October 21-22, 2017, 28th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, Georgetown, SC, www.WoodenBoatShow.com

October 21-22, 2017, Town of Orange Park Fall Festival, Orange Park, FL, www.OPFallFestival.com

October 26-29, 2017, Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium, Cartersville, GA, www.BoothMuseum.org/cowboyfestival

October 28, 2017, The Barbecue Festival, Lexington, NC, www.BarbecueFestival.com

October 28-November 5, 2017, Mountaineer Week, Morgantown, WV, http://MountaineerWeek.WVU.edu

November 2017

November 3-5, 2017, 28th Annual Stuart AirShow, Stuart, FL, http://StuartAirShow.com/

November 4-5, 2017, 39th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival presented by Blue Moon, Ocean Springs, MS, http://www.PeterAndersonFestival.com

November 7-February 28, 2017, Pigeon Forge Winterfest, Pigeon Forge, TN, www.MyPigeonForge.com

November 9-13, 2017, Cucalorus Festival, Wilmington, NC, www.Cucalorus.org

November 8-14, 2017, World Food Championships, Orange Beach, AL, www.WorldFoodChampionships.com

November 9-12, 2017, 35th Annual Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals, Myrtle Beach, SC, www.DickensChristmasShow.com

November 9-19, 2017, Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, Pensacola, FL, www.fbisf.com

November 10-January 1, 2018, A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, TN, www.ChristmasAtGaylordOpryLand.com

November 10-12, 2017, Christmas City Gift Show, Biloxi, MS, www.ChristmasCityGiftShow.com

November 18, 2017, 22nd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, Raleigh, NC, www.NCMuseumOfHistory.org/events

November 11- December 31, 2017, Stone Mountain Christmas, Stone Mountain, GA, www.StoneMountainPark.com/events/stone-mountain-christmas

November 17-19, 2017, Foothills Craft Guild Showcase of Fine Crafts, Knoxville, TN, FoothillsCraftGuild.org

November 17-January 6, 2018, Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights, Lookout Mountain, GA, www.SeeRockCity.com/lights

November 18- December 31, 2017, Holidays In the City, Norfolk, VA, http://HolidaysInTheCity.net

November 24-December 31, 2017, Galaxy of Lights, Huntsville, AL, www.HSVBG.org

November 24-January 1, 2018, Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival, Gulfport, MS, https://www.facebook.com/GulfportHarborLights/

November 23, 2017, Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade, Charlotte, NC, www.NovantHealthThanksgivingParade.com

November 24-25, 2017, The 30A 10K, Rosemary Beach, FL, http://30a10k.com

November 25-January 8, 2018, Christmas In the City, Knoxville, TN, http://www.KnoxvilleTN.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/christmas_in_the_city

November 25-26, 2017, The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville Beach, NC, www.NCHolidayFlotilla.org

December 2017

December 1-23, 2017, Billy Graham Library—Christmas at the Library, Charlotte, NC, www.BillyGrahamlibrary.org/christmas-at-the-library/

December 1-2, 2017, ChristmasFest, Toccoa, GA, www.MainstreetToccoa.com/christmasfest

December 1-2, 8-9, 2017, Festival of Lights and Luminaries, Dillsboro, NC, https://www.DiscoverJacksonNC.com/event/festival-of-lights-and-luminaries/2017-12-09/

December 1-23, 2017, Ruby Falls’ Christmas Underground, Chattanooga, TN, www.RubyFalls.com/christmas

December 1-31, 2017, Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival, Lake Charles/Sulphur, LA, www.VisitLakeCharles.org

December 1, 8, 15, 2017, The Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas, Roanoke, VA, http://www.DowntownRoanoke.org

December 1, 2017, Wassail Fest, Columbus, MS, www.ColumbusMainStreet.com

December 7, 2017, Hometown Holidays Parade, Forsyth, GA, www.Forsyth-MonroeChamber.com/hometown-holidays-parade/

December 7-23, 2017, Reflections of the Season, Port Allen, LA, WestBatonRouge.net

December 2-3, 2017, The 31st Annual Marietta Pilgrimage, Marietta, GA, http://www.MariettaPilgrimage.com/

December 8, 2017, 29th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade, Hampton, VA, www.DowntownHampton.com/calendar

December 8-9, 15-16, 2017, Winter Waterland, Weeki Wachee, FL, http://WeekiWachee.com/

December 9, 2017, Christmas Candlelight Tour, Beaufort, NC, www.BeaufortHistoricSite.org

December 9-25, 2017, Community Holiday Light Show, Danville, VA, http://PlayDanvilleVA.com/

December 9, 2017, Historic Alabama Christmas Tour Homes, Decatur, AL, www.DecaturChristmasTour.com

December 9, 2017, Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale, FL, https://WinterfestParade.com/

December 14-15, 2017, Victorian Christmas, Thomasville, GA, www.ThomasvilleGA.com

December 31, 2017, New Year’s Eve Celebration—Island of Lights, Carolina Beach/Kure Beach, NC, www.IslandOfLights.org

December 31, 2017, New Year’s Eve Pier Park Beach Ball Drop, Panama City Beach, FL, www.ShoppierPark.com

December 31, 2017, Pensacola Pelican Drop, Pensacola, FL, www.PensacolaPelicanDrop.com