19 MIM Pinnacle

Memphis in May International Festival collected twelve more Pinnacle Awards at the International Festival & Events Association’s 64th Annual Convention & Expo in Williamsburg, Virginia to end last week. This brings the total number of Pinnacle Awards received by Memphis in May to 223.

The world’s leading festivals and events submit entries in 71 award categories.  This year, Memphis in May was recognized with Pinnacle Awards for the Best Education Program and Best Volunteer Program, along with multiple awards for its marketing and branding (Best Website, Best Digital Ad Series), and collateral (Best Commemorative Posters, Best Event Invitations, and Best T-shirt Design). 

Other notable 2019 Pinnacle Award winners were Australia’s Vivid Sydney, South Korea’s Gimje Horizon Festival, the Kentucky Derby Festival, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Indy 500 Festival, National Cherry Blossom Festival, and Dublin’s Irish Festival.

“As the Official Festival of the City of Memphis, we are proud anytime Memphis in May can bring more recognition to our city and the events our staff and volunteers work so hard to produce in Tom Lee Park every year,” said Memphis in May President and CEO James L. Holt.  “To be recognized among so many prestigious national and international peers for our programs and creativity is truly an honor.”

Listed below are each of the twelve 2019 Pinnacle awards won by Memphis in May:


  • Best Education Program
  • Best Organizational Website (
  • Best Event Invitation (Memphis Bicentennial Gala)
  • Best Sponsor Gift (World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Barbecue Rubs)
  • Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (Beale Street Music Festival VIP Packaging)


  • Best Full-Length TV Program (Celebrate Memphis bicentennial broadcast on WATN-TV LOCAL24)
  • Best Promotional Poster (World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest- “Game of Bones” theme)
  • Best Commemorative Poster (Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster honoring Memphis)
  • Best Volunteer Program
  • Best T-Shirt Design (Beale Street Music Festival- Guitar Skyline)


  • Best Event Website (Beale Street Music Festival)
  • Best Digital/Social Ad Series (Beale Street Music Festival)

2020 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Month-long Salute to Ghana: May 1-31, 2020
Beale Street Music Festival: May 1-3, 2020
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 13-16, 2020
Great American River Run: May 23, 2020

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