SUNSATIONAL awards

For the past 22 years, the Florida Festivals & Events Association has celebrated our members' achievements in event marketing, programming, service and innovation through the Sunsational Awards.

The Sunsational Awards are judged in three different budget levels and 16 different categories. Members may submit one item per category per event for nomination.

We had a record number of more than 400 submissions for the Sunsational Awards and we are thrilled to honor over 40 organizations and individuals representing over 120 events.

Winners are listed below first by budget division and then by category. Click the links to see the winning entries.

Click here to see an alphabetical listing of winners.

Click here to see a listing of winners by budget and category level.

 

Annual Budget - $250,000 and above

Brochure / Postcard / Direct Mail Piece

1st

 Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

2nd

 Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau - Island Hopper Songwriter Fest 

3rd

 Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival 

 

Commemorative Poster

1st

 Festival Management Group, Inc. - 17th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

2nd

 ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. - ArtFest Fort Myers 

3rd

 Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival 

 

Community Outreach Program 

1st 

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival 

2nd  Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Suwannee Hulaween 

 

Educational Program

1st

 Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival 

2nd

 Edison Festival of Light - Edison Festival of Light 

3rd

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County - SWA's Educational Program "AWAY"

 

Facebook 

1st     

Lion County Safari - Lion County Safari 
2nd Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade                                                   
                                    
3rd 

Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts - Festival of the Arts BOCA

 

Green Program 

1st     Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce - ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival                                       

2nd 

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Wanee Music Festival 

 

Instagram 

1st     Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Suwannee Hulaween                                                                   

2nd Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Wanee Music Festival  

3rd Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival

 

Mobile App

1st

 Leesburg Partnership, Inc. - Leesburg Bikefest 

2nd

 Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts - Festival of the Arts BOCA 

 

Outdoor Advertisement

1st

City of West Palm Beach Community Events - City of West Palm Beach Community Events

2nd

Bobby Rodriguez Productions, Inc. - Florida Renaissance Festival 

3rd

Clay County Fair - Clay County Agricultural Fair 

 

Photo

1st

City of Clearwater - Parks & Recreation - WiLD Splash 

2nd

Festival Management Group, Inc. - 17th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

3rd

Bobby Rodriguez Productions, Inc. - Florida Renaissance Festival 

 

PR / Media Campaign

1st

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Festival 

2nd

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau - Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

3rd

Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce - ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival 

 

Program / Event Guide

1st

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival 

 

2nd

ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. - ArtFest Fort Myers 

3rd

Clay County Fair - Clay County Agricultural Fair 

 

Promotional Item

1st

Clay County Fair - Clay County Agricultural Fair

2nd

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade 

3rd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival 

 

Promotional Poster

1st

Bobby Rodriguez Productions, Inc. - Florida Renaissance Festival 

2nd

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade 

3rd

Florida State Fair Authority - Florida State Fair 

 

Radio

1st     South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - South Florida Fair 

 

Social Media Campaign 

1st

Edison Festival of Light - Edison Festival of Light 

2nd

ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. - ArtFest Fort Myers 

 

Sponsor Program

1st

ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. - ArtFest Fort Myers 

2nd 

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - South Florida Fair 

 

Television

1st

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - South Florida Fair 

2nd

City of Clearwater - Parks & Recreation - Maxima Concierto Herenica Hispana 

 

3rd

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Wanee Music Festival 

 

Tickets & Invitations

1st

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade 

2nd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - South Florida Fair 

3rd

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball

 

T-shirt

1st

ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. - ArtFest Fort Myers 

2nd

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade 

3rd

Leesburg Partnership, Inc. - 10th Annual Leesburg Bikefest 

 

Website

1st

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - South Florida Fair 

2nd

Florida State Fair Authority - Florida State Fair 

3rd

Festival Management Group, Inc. - 17th Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

 

Annual Budget - $50,000 - $249,999

 Brochure / Postcard / Direct Mail Piece 

1st

 City of Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash

2nd

Pompano Beach CRA - Old Town Untapped 

3rd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - Yesteryear Village Spring Music Jam

 

Commemorative Poster

1st

Dania Beach CRA - Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration   


2nd

City of Gainesville Division Of Cultural Affairs - Downtown Festival and Art Show    

3rd 

Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce - ArtFest by the Sea   

 

Community Outreach Program

1st     Alpha Media USA - Our Kids World Family Fun Fest
        
2nd City of Palm Beach Gardens - PBG Pickleball Program                                                                  
                                                           
3rd Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Suwannee River Jam 

 

Educational Program 

1st     Collier County Agricultural Fair & Expositions, Inc. - Collier County Fair                                          

2nd  Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Spirit of Suwannee Music Park 

 

Event Recap / Annual Report 

1st     City of Boynton Beach CRA - Annual Report                                                                                      

 

Facebook 

1st    Dania Beach CRA - Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration 

2nd     Festival Management Group, Inc. - 2nd Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest                      

3rd Alpha Media USA - Our Kids World Family Fun Fest 

 

Green Program 

1st    West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Downtown WPB Powerwashing

 

Outdoor Advertisement

1st

City of West Palm Beach Community Events - Summer in Paradise 

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash 

3rd

Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition, Inc. - Collier County Fair

 

Photo

1st

Festival Management Group, Inc. - 2nd Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash

3rd

City of West Palm Beach Community Events - Sandi Land, Holiday in Paradise 

 

PR / Media Campaign

1st

Dania Beach CRA - Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration 

2nd

Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau - Beach Home For The Holidays

3rd 

Village of Wellington - The Village of Wellington's 20th Anniversary Celebration 

 

Program / Event Guide

1st

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - Delray Beach 100ft Christmas Tree 

2nd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - Yesteryear Village Spring Music Jam

3rd

Blue-Grey Army, Inc. - Olustee Battle Festival and Reenactment 

 

Promotional Item

1st

City of West Palm Beach Community Events - Sandi Land, Holiday in Paradise 

2nd

City of Palm Beach Gardens - Summer Gardens GreenMarket Promotional Seed Packets

3rd

City of North Miami Parks & Recreation Department - NoMI 90th Anniversary Festival 

 

Promotional Poster

1st

Blue-Grey Army, Inc. - Olustee Battle Festival and Reenactment 

2nd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - Yesteryear Village Spring Music Jam

3rd

City of Clearwater - Parks & Recreation - AmeriLife Fun 'n Country presented by 99.5 QYK  

 

Radio

1st Alpha Media USA - Our Kids World Family Fun Fest 

2nd West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Harmony

3rd Dania Beach CRA - Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration 

 

Social Media Campaign

1st

Pompano Beach CRA - Old Town Untapped

 

Sponsor Program 

1st City of Palm Beach Gardens - Gardens GreenMarket

2nd Dania Beach CRA - Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration 

 

Television

1st

City of West Palm Beach Community Events - Sandi Land, Holiday in Paradise 

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash

3rd

Alpha Media USA - Our Kids World Family Fun Fest

 

Tickets & Invitations 

1st   West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency - The Sunset Jazz Series

2nd Winterfest, Inc. - Winterfest Grand Marshal Reception 

3rd Dania Beach CRA - Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration 

 

T-shirt

1st

Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce - ArtFest by the Sea

2nd

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - Delray Beach 100ft. Christmas Tree 

3rd

Dania Beach CRA - Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration 

 

Website

1st

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - Delray Beach 100ft. Christmas Tree 

2nd

Festival Management Group, Inc. - 2nd Annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest 

3rd

Dania Beach CRA - Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration 

 

Annual Budget - $49,999 and under

Brochure / Postcard / Direct Mail Piece 

1st

Pompano Beach CRA - Ali Cultural Arts Grand Opening 

2nd

City of West Palm Beach Community Events - West Palm Beach GreenMarket 

3rd

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County - SWA Soiree Run AWAY 5k Trail Run/Walk

 

Commemorative Poster

1st

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Aura Music and Arts Festival 

 

Community Outreach Program

1st

City of Coral Springs - Teen Political Forum 

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA 

3rd

Palm Beach County Public Affairs - Palm Beach County Day 

 

Educational Program

1st

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival - Fort Myers Beach Film Festival 

 

Event Recap / Annual Report 

1st City of Boynton Beach Parks & Recreation Department - City of Boynton Beach
 
2nd City of Boynton Beach - City of Boynton Beach Annual Report & Calendar 

 

Facebook 

1st Spirit of Suwannee Music Park - Aura Music and Arts Festival 

2nd West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Downtown WPB - Social
 
3rd Margate CRA - Margate Under the Moon

 

Green Program

1st

City of Hialeah - CLIMA 

 

Outdoor Advertisement

1st

Dania Beach CRA - The PATCH Urban Farm and Market 3rd Saturday Special Events

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Celebrates MLK 

3rd

Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral - Holiday Festival 

 

Photo

1st

Lake County Economic Development and Tourism - 4th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival 

2nd

City of Boynton Beach Parks & Recreation Department - City of Boynton Beach Mother's Day Tea 

3rd

Leesburg Partnership, Inc. - Holiday Concert Series 

 

PR / Media Campaign

1st

Dania Beach CRA - The PATCH Urban Farm and Market 3rd Saturday Special Events 

2nd

Village of Wellington - Fall Festival 2015

3rd

Pompano Beach CRA - Pompano Beach Green Market 

 

Program / Event Guide

1st

Lake County Office of Economic Development and Tourism - 4th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival 

2nd

West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency - Heart & Soul 2016

3rd

City of Hialeah - Art Expressions 

 

Promotional Item

1st

City of Clermont - Light Up Clermont 

2nd

City of Pompano Beach - Dive in Movie Night 

3rd

Village of Wellington - Wellington Tennis Center Grand Opening 

 

Promotional Poster

1st

City of Boynton Beach CRA - Boynton Beach Celebrates MLK 

2nd

City of Gainesville Division Of Cultural Affairs - Jest Fest 

3rd

City of West Palm Beach Community Events - West Palm Beach GreenMarket 

 

Radio

1st

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival 

2nd

West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency - Heart & Soul Fest 2016

3rd

Pompano Beach CRA - Ali Cultural Arts Grand Opening 

 

Social Media Campaign 

1st

Village of Wellington - Fall Festival 2015 

 

Television

1st

Lion County Safari - 2016 Lion County Safari Commercial 

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA - Project Seahorse 

3rd

City of Hialeah - Love Letters to Hialeah 

 

Tickets & Invitations

1st

City of Coral Springs - Blame It On Rio 

2nd

Village of Wellington - "Wish Upon a Starfish" Father Daughter Dance 

3rd

Margate CRA - Kaye Stevens Statue Dedication Event 

 

T-shirt

1st

City of Coral Springs - ArtWalk 

2nd

Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau - Celebrating 80 Years of PCB

3rd

City of Tamarac - Tamarac Turkey Trot 5k Race

 

Twitter 

1st  West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Downtown WPB - Social 

 

Volunteer Program

1st

Dania Beach CRA - The PATCH Urban Farm and Market 3rd Saturday Special Events 

2nd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Sunfest Bike Valet

 

Website

1st

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - On The Ave Presents Grove Week 

2nd

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative - Sets in the West

3rd

Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral - BREWTOBER Craft Beer Festival