Southeast Tourism Society Selects Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival as an ‘STS Top 20 Event’

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

ATLANTA, Ga. (date) – Southeast Tourism Society has 39th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for November 2017.

This year’s Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival is November 4-5, 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.

The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival is an annual event presented by Blue Moon, created to enhance and showcase the arts as well as provide a continual economic driver to the Coast Shops, restaurants, galleries and hotels. The festival makes a significant contribution to developing the Gulf Coast as a regional arts destination. Not only does the festival bring in 400 artists, craftsmen and food vendors from all over, the festival team as created a “festival season” around the event starting months before the main two-day show. Local restaurants host pre-dinners and previews of the Blue Moon Art pieces. Mississippi Seafood Marketing has partnered with the festival team bringing in the culinary arts to the festival, which also ties in the surrounding restaurants. This year, organizers will add even more events to the festival.

“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.