Southeast Tourism Society Selects Cruisin’ the Coast as an ‘STS Top 20 Event’

Travel industry organization has saluted region’s best events since 1985

ATLANTA, Ga. (date) – Southeast Tourism Society has 21st Annual Cruisin’ the Coast                one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for October 2017.

This year’s Cruisin’ the Coast is October 1-8, 2017. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.

America’s Largest Block Party will celebrate 21 years in 2017. Cruisin’ The Coast began in 1996 as a festival to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, nostalgic music and more. Starting with humble beginnings (274 registered cars), the event surpassed all expectations with nearly 8,000 vehicles in attendance last year. Enjoy the beauty of the area while driving the scenic stretch of beachside highway along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, from Bay St. Louis to Biloxi, D’lberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian and Ocean Springs. Each venue celebrates with a mini festival that features bands, food vendors, swap meets and more.

“The Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for the Southeast’s visitors, residents and travel writers.  The events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in our region,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.   The online nomination link and submission deadlines are available at or by calling 770-542-1523.

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.




Erin Rosetti