Southeast Tourism Society Selects Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival as an ‘STS Top 20 Event’

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

ATLANTA, Ga. (Jan. 23, 2018) – Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2018.

The 2018 RFAF will be April 7-8th in Ridgeland, Miss. at the Renaissance at Colony Park and will feature artists from around the nation. 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 RFAF weekend includes live music, children’s and youth activities featuring artists’ demonstrations and “make and take” crafts. Festival artists are chosen by a panel of independent jurors, and selected media include clay, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking sculpture and wood. Other weekend event offerings include the Ridgeland OBO Tandem Rally, the Run Now Wine Later 5K and the Sante South Wine Festival. Details on all events can be found at www.ridgelandartsfest.com or the RFAF Facebook page.

“The Southeast is home to unique and memorable events throughout the year. In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events each month, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve, but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities, and this is a way for us to acknowledge the time and resources organizers have tirelessly spent to create memories for their attendees.”

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.

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Ridgeland announces musical lineup for 2016 Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival

Ridgeland, Miss. (February 22, 2016) – The Ridgeland Tourism Commission has announced the musical lineup for the 2016 Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival.

 

Saturday, April 2nd

East End Stage

10:00 – 11:00 Hugh Mitchell

11:30 –12:30 Brewer and Hurd

1:00– 2:00 The Delta Mountain Boys

2:30 – 4:00 The Raphael Semmes Trio

4:30 – 6:00 Southern Halo

West End Stage

10:30 – 11:30 Sam Mooney

12:00 –1:30 Holley Peel

2:00 – 3:30 Bill & Temperance with Jeff Perkins

4:00 –5:30 Barry Leach

 

Sunday, April 3rd

East End Stage

11:00 – 12:30 Gena Steele

1:00 – 2:30 T.B. Ledford and the Accumulators

3:00 – 4:30 Chris Gill with Rufus Mapp

West End Stage

12:30 –2:00 Cary Hudson

2:30- 4:00 Lisa Mills

 

“Live music certainly enhances the outdoor festival atmosphere,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, Director of Ridgeland Tourism Commission. “We are thrilled to present a diverse and exciting lineup to complement the festival and the weekend.”

In its eighth year, the RFAF, a juried fine art show, provides an opportunity for artists from across the country and patrons from across the Southeast to interact with artists in an informal and relaxed setting and purchase fine art. The festival also provides activities to further art education through its student gallery and Creative Craft Corner. The festival is presented by the Ridgeland Tourism Commission (RTC).

For more information about Ridgeland Tourism, please visit www.visitridgeland.com.

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The Ridgeland Tourism Commission 

The Ridgeland Tourism Commission markets and promotes the City of Ridgeland as a destination of travel providing support for the Ridgeland Tourism industry and fostering awareness of the industry’s significance to create economic growth and opportunity through its travel industry.

3 Reasons To Look Forward To April

On the weekend of April 1 – 3, 2016 in Ridgeland, Mississippi, you’re going to have a great time! How do we know?

 

  • Reason #1  Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival: April 2-3
  • Reason #2  Santé South Wine Festival: April 2
  • Reason #3  Ridgeland’s OBO: April 1 – 3

 

Ridgeland’s “Art, Wine and Wheels” Weekend on April 1-3 was just named a Top 20 Event for 2016 by the Southeast Tourism Society, meaning you’ve just got to be there this year!

The Southeast Tourism Society is a travel industry organization that has saluted the region’s best events since 1985. With a special selection like this, Ridgeland, Mississippi is THE spot for a fun first weekend of April!

Ridgeland's "Art, Wine and Wheels" Weekend Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for 2016

So what is “Art, Wine and Wheels?” The weekend is all about fine art and fine wine as the two come together for the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival (RFAF) and Santé ​South Wine Festival. These two signature metro area events will be held at the beautiful Renaissance at Colony Park. In conjunction with these two annual events, you can hop on two wheels for the Ridgeland One Behind the Other Tandem Rally (OBO).

Learn more about these exciting April events and make plans to attend:

 

Whether you’re interested in art and live music, wine and culinary delights, or cycling the outdoor trails, Ridgeland has you covered this spring! Stay up-to-date by following Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival on Facebook, as well as Santé South and Ridgeland’s OBO.

Planning to join us for the weekend? Take a look at our special hotel rates!

Art Wine and Wheels

Ridgeland’s “Art, Wine and Wheels” Weekend Named a ‘STS Top 20 Event’

Ridgeland's "Art, Wine and Wheels" Weekend Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for 2016
Ridgeland’s “Art, Wine and Wheels” Weekend Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for 2016

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has selected Ridgeland’s “Art, Wine and Wheels” weekend as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2016.

This year’s “Art, Wine and Wheels” Weekend is Apr. 1-3, 2016. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Fine art and fine wine come together during the showcase of the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival (RFAF) and Sante’ South Wine Festival, two signature metro area events to be held during one weekend all at Ridgeland Mississippi’s Renaissance at Colony Park Apr. 1-3, 2016. In 2015, the Ridgeland One Behind the Other Tandem Rally, or “OBO,” was held in conjunction with these two annual events.

In its eighth year, the RFAF, a juried fine art show, provides an opportunity for artists from across the United States to sell and patrons from across the Southeast to purchase fine artwork while interacting with artists in an informal and relaxed setting. The festival also provides activities to further art education through its student gallery and Creative Craft Corner. The festival is presented by the Ridgeland Tourism Commission (RTC).

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

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

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. Nomination forms and deadlines are available at SoutheastTourism.org 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.

Media Advisory: Tandem, Fine Art and Fine Wine Weekend

RFAF twitter post

WHO:  The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival in partnership with the OBO Tandem Rally and Santé South Wine Festival

WHAT:  The Ridgeland Tourism Commission will host Mississippi’s first tandem bike rally. The Ridgeland One Behind the Other, or “OBO,” will be held April 17-19, 2015 in conjunction with two of the city’s other annual events, the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival and Santé South Wine Festival (SS).  The Ridgeland OBO Rally will feature some of the city’s excellent cycling routes, including the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail and Ridgeland’s section of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a national scenic byway connecting the cities of Nashville, Tenn. and Natchez, Miss.

In its seventh year, the RFAF, a juried fine art show, provides an opportunity for artists from across the U. S. to sell and patrons from across the Southeast to purchase fine artwork while interacting with artists in an informal and relaxed setting.  The festival also provides activities to further art education through its student gallery, Creative Craft Corner presented by the MS Craftsmen’s Guild and the MS Museum of Art MICRO Museum.  The weekend will also feature an exciting line-up of live music.

The Santé South Wine Festival, held on Saturday night, is an international showcase of the world’s premier wines and some of Mississippi’s most succulent culinary delights. Since 2006, it has grown into the largest wine and culinary extravaganza in the state and a signature event for the greater capital city area, generating proceeds for the Alzheimer’s Association® Mississippi Chapter. SS affords a rare opportunity for the wine enthusiast to speak directly with the winemaker and features exceptional wines and fine food samplings from top Miss. restaurants for a worthy cause.

WHEN:  April 17-19, 2015 for the Tandem Rally and April 18-19 for the RFAF and SS

WHERE:  Ridgeland, Miss. at the Renaissance at Colony Park and Bike Route locations

WHY:  “Ridgeland is excited to enhance one of our signature weekends,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, director of RTC. “Activities such as Ridgeland OBO, Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival and Santé South Wine Festival create crossover appeal to all visitors and establish our city as a destination for any business and leisure traveler.”

For more information, visit:

RAIN PLAN:  In the case of inclement weather, Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival is scheduled to proceed as planned. If rain passes through, the Renaissance at Colony Park–the beauty of the festival’s location–offers incredible indoor shopping venues to enjoy. There are also numerous dining options to wait out a shower. This also offers the perfect opportunity to qualify for our $500 gift voucher promotion! Anyone who has a $50 receipt from an RFAF artist and a $50 receipt from a Renaissance at Colony Park shop can register to when a $500 gift voucher. See the Ridgeland Visitor Center for more information.

For Santé South rain updates see www.santesouth.com.  In case of rain SS will move inside the Renaissance.

For OBO Tandem Rally rain updates, visit www.ridgelandtandem.com.  The ride is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and will proceed even if raining.  Determination for delaying ride start will be made at 7:30 a.m. should there be more severe weather conditions

Media Contact Onsite: Kim Foster Collins – 662-321-1043