The name “kaleidoscope” was selected in homage to the colors in the SFEA logo, which represent the many different elements and facets within festivals and events.

A call for entries was posted last fall, and all southeast festivals and events were encouraged to participate. The judges looked for originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact to the respective communities.

The Kaleidoscope Award categories are diverse, ranging from “Best Marketing Campaign” and “Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative” to “Best T-Shirt” and “Best Festival or Event.”

The 2022 Kaleidoscope Award Winners

Best Merchandise: Visit Hopkinsville, KY
Best Event Program or Brochure: Suwanee Fest, The City of Suwanee, GA
Best Promotional Poster: The Farmer’s Market, The City of Duluth, GA
Best Festival or Event T-Shirt: The 40th Annual Conyers (GA) Cherry Blossom Festival
Best Photo Op : Fall Pop-up, The City of Duluth, GA
Best Event Photograph: New Year’s Eve, The City of Knoxville, TN, Office Of Special Events
Best Festival or Event Video: Fridays-N-Duluth, The City of Duluth, GA
Best Marketing Concept: Suwanee Fest, The City of Suwanee, GA
Best Social Media Campaign: Duluth on Tap, The City of Duluth, GA
Mascot Award: Parker, The City of Suwanee, GA
Best Volunteer: Kate Fanale, The City of Suwanee, GA
Best Event Within an Event: Dog Days of Summer, Fridays-N-Duluth series, The City of Duluth, GA
Best Children’s Event: Bubblepalooza, The City of Duluth, GA
Event Professional of the Year: Martin Lane, The City of Rock Hill, SC
Best New Event: Christmas in the Park, The City of Kingsport, TN
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiative Award: Pride Pop-up, The City of Duluth, GA

Best Festival or Event over $75,000