SUNSATIONAL awards

For the past 23 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 19 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 here to view 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.

Click here to view the images of the winning entries. Items without images are linked below .

 

Annual Budget - $250,000 and above

Commemorative Poster

1st

Festival Management Group - South Florida Garlic Fest

2nd

City of Gainesville - Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

3rd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival 

 

Educational Program

1st

 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

 

Event Recap / Annual Report

1st

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA - Annual Report

 

Facebook 

1st     

Winterfest, Inc. - Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade    

2nd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions - South Florida Fair                                             
                                    

3rd 

MacManda Media - Arts Garage

 

Instagram 

1st    

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association - Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2nd

MacManda Media - Arts Garage

3rd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions - South Florida Fair

 

Mobile App

1st

Schmidt Family Center for the Arts – Festival of the Arts BOCA

2nd

Winterfest, Inc. – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

3rd

Leesburg Partnership - Leesburg Bikefest

 

Multi Agency Collaborative Program

1st

Clay County Agricultural Fair

2nd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority – CANVAS Outdoor Museum

 

Outdoor Ad - Billboard

1st

Clay County Agricultural Fair

2nd

Florida State Fair Authority – Florida State Fair

3rd

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

 

 Outdoor Ad - Installation

1st

Florida Renaissance Festival

2nd

Winterfest, Inc. – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

 

Outdoor Ad - Signage 

1st

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau – Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

2nd

Clay County Agricultural Fair

3rd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association – Coconut Grove Arts Festival

 

Photo

1st

Florida State Fair Authority – Florida State Fair

2nd

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

3rd

Leesburg Partnership – Leesburg Bikefest

 

PR/Media Campaign 

1st

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association – Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2nd

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

3rd

Clay County Agricultural Fair

 

Program/Event Guide/Brochure

1st

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association – Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2nd

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau – Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

3rd

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

 

Promotional Item

1st

Winterfest, Inc. – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

2nd

Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce – ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

3rd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association – Coconut Grove Arts Festival

 

Promotional Mailer

 

1st

Florida State Fair Authority – Florida State Fair

2nd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association – Coconut Grove Arts Festival

3rd

Clay County Agricultural Fair

 

Promotional Poster

1st

Florida Renaissance Festival

2nd

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

3rd

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association – Coconut Grove Arts Festival

 

Radio Ad 

 

1st

Festival Management Group, Inc. – South Florida Garlic Fest

2nd

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

3rd

Clay County Agricultural Fair

 

Social Media Ad Campaign 

1st

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau – Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

 

 Sponsor Program

1st

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

 

Television Ad

1st

Clay County Agricultural Fair

2nd

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

3rd

Winterfest, Inc. – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

 

Tickets & Invitations

1st

Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association – Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2nd

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

 

T-Shirt

1st

Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau - UnWineD

2nd

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

3rd

Winterfest, Inc. – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

 

Twitter

1st

Winterfest, Inc. – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

 

Website

1st

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

2nd

Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau – Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

3rd

Festival Management Group, Inc. – South Florida Garlic Fest

 

Annual Budget - $50,000-$250,000

Commemorative Poster

1st

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration

2nd

Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce – Art Fest by the Sea

3rd

City of Gainesville – Downtown Festival and Art Show

 

Educational Program

 

1st

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

2nd

South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. – Yesteryear Village, A Living History Park

 

Event Recap/Annual Report

 

1st

City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation – Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival

 

Facebook 

1st

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

2nd

City of Gainesville Division of Cultural Affairs – Free Friday Concert Series

3rd

Margate Community Redevelopment Agency – Sounds at Sundown

 

Instagram

1st

Lion Country Safari – Lion Country Safari’s 50th Anniversary

2nd

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park – Suwannee Hulaween

 

Multi Agency Collaborative Program

1st

City of West Palm Beach Community Events – Summer in Paradise

 

Outdoor Ad - Billboard  

1st

Lion Country Safari – Lion Country Safari’s 50th Anniversary

2nd

Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau – Pirates of the High Seas Fest

3rd

City of Boynton Beach CRA – Holiday Tree Lighting & Concert

 

Outdoor Ad - Installation

1st

City of West Palm Beach Community Events – Summer in Paradise

2nd

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

3rd

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County  

 

 Outdoor Ad - Signage

1st

City of Boynton Beach CRA – Holiday Tree Lighting & Concert

2nd

City of Hialeah – City of Hialeah Independence Day Celebration

3rd

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

 

Photo

1st

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

2nd

City of West Palm Beach Community Events – Summer in Paradise

3rd

City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation – Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival

 

PR/Media Campaign

1st

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration

2nd

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

3rd

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

 

 Program/Event Guide/Brochure

1st

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

2nd

City of West Palm Beach Community Events – Summer in Paradise

3rd

Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau – Mardi Gras Music Festival

 

Promotional Item

1st

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

2nd

City of North Miami Parks & Recreation – North Miami 42nd Annual Winternational Thanksgiving Day Parade

3rd

Lion Country Safari – Lion Country Safari’s 50th Anniversary

 

Promotional Mailer

1st

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

2nd

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration

3rd

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

 

Promotional Poster 

1st

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

2nd

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

3rd

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park – Wanee Music Festival

 

Radio Ad

1st

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

2nd

West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Sunset Lounge Old School Series

3rd

City of West Palm Beach Community Event – West Palm Beach GreenMarket

 

Social Media Ad Campaign

1st

City of Coral Springs – Downtown in December

 

Sponsor Program

1st

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

2nd

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration

 

Television Ad 

1st

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

2nd

City of Hialeah – City of Hialeah Independence Day Celebration

3rd

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration

 

Tickets & Invitations

1st

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park – Wanee Music Festival

2nd

Winterfest, Inc. – Winterfest White Party

3rd

Winterfest, Inc. – Santa Boat in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

 

T-Shirt

1st

City of West Palm Beach Community Events – Clematis by Night

2nd

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

3rd

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park – Wanee Music Festival

 

Twitter

1st

Lion Country Safari – Lion Country Safari’s 50th Anniversary

 

Website

1st

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

2nd

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration

3rd

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

 

Annual Budget - Under $50,000

Community Outreach Program

1st

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Dania Beach Neighborhood Ambassadors Events

2nd

Palm Beach County Public Affairs – Palm Beach County Day 2017

3rd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority – Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts

 

Educational Program

1st

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County – 3R Ambassador Program

2nd

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

3rd

Melrose Lifestyle Services – S.T.E.M. Fest

 

Event Recap/Annual Report

1st

Leesburg Partnership - Christmas with the Clydesdales

2nd

City of Boynton Beach Events Program

 

Facebook

1st

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

2nd

City of Gainesville Division of Cultural Affairs – Free Fridays Concert Series

3rd

Margate Community Redevelopment Agency – Sounds at Sundown

 

Green Program 

1st

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park – Green Team

2nd

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – The PATCH Urban Farm and Market

 

Instagram

1st

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority – Downtown WPB

2nd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority – West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District

 

Multi Agency Collaborative Program

1st

City of Hialeah – The City of Hialeah, KaBOOM!, and Target Rebuild Carl F. Slade Park

2nd

City of Boynton Beach – YAPPY HAPPY HOUR

3rd

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County – SWA Soiree Run AWAY 5K

 

Outdoor Ad - Billboard

1st

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – The PATCH Urban Farm and Market

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA – Blarney Bash

3rd

Cape Coral Parks & Recreation – Tour De Cape

 

Outdoor Ad - Installation

1st

City of West Palm Beach Community Events

2nd

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County – SWA Greenway Trail System

 

Outdoor Ad - Signage

1st

City of Pompano Beach - Waterworks

2nd

City of Boynton Beach CRA – Blarney Bash

3rd

Cape Coral Parks & Recreation – Tour De Cape

 

Photo

1st

West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – BBQ, Brews & Blues

2nd

City of Boynton Beach – South Florida K-9 Competition

3rd

City of Pompano Beach - Waterworks

 

Program/Event Guide/Brochure 

1st

City of North Port – City of North Port’s 2016 Holiday Guide

2nd

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

3rd

City of Boynton Beach – Recreation & Parks Special Events Program

 

Promotional Item

1st

City of Boca Raton – Shakespeare in the Park: The Merchant of Venice

2nd - Tied

Melrose Lifestyle Services – Grand Hampton Oktoberfest 5K

City of Clermont - Light Up Clermont

3rd

Village of Wellington - Murder at the Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

 

Promotional Mailer

1st

City of Clermont – Light Up Clermont

2nd

West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Bourbon and Bowties

3rd

Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts - SWFL Sustains: A Regional Seafood Experience

 

Promotional Poster 

1st

City of Lake Worth – Lake Worth Beach Car Show

2nd

Evergreen Lifestyles Management – Candlelight Vigil

3rd

City of Tamarac – Holiday Lighting Festival

 

Radio Ad

1st

West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – BBQ, Brews & Blues

2nd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority - Pairings Food & Wine Event

3rd

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

 

Social Media Ad Campaign

1st

City of Hialeah – City of Hialeah Independence Day Celebration

2nd

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

 

Television Ad

1st

City of Gainesville Division of Cultural Affairs – Jest Fest

2nd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority – Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts

3rd

Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency – Dania Beach Neighborhood Ambassadors Events

 

Tickets & Invitations

1st

Palm Beach County Public Affairs – Palm Beach County Day 2017

2nd

Village of Wellington – Sweet Dreams in Candy Land Father Daughter Dance

3rd

City of Boynton Beach – YAPPY HAPPY HOUR

 

T-Shirt

1st

City of North Miami Parks & Recreation – Hoopz for a Cause – a NPA Celebrity Basketball Showdown

2nd

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park  

3rd

City of Coral Springs – Teen Political Forum

 

Twitter

1st

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority  

2nd

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park

 

Volunteer Program

1st

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County – SWA Soiree Run AWAY 5K

2nd

West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority – Bike Valet  

3rd

City of Boynton Beach – City of Boynton Events and Program

 

Website

1st

Town of Orange Park – Town of Orange Park Fall Festival

2nd

Spirit of Suwannee Music Park – Suwannee Lights  

3rd

Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative – Sets in the West Delray Beach