IFEA Fan Favorite
Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram LinkedIn

Sign up for email updates from International Festivals & Events Association

The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide

Association Endorsed Partners

Home > Awards > IFEA Fan Favorite


Collage of Festival & Event Logos

The COVID-19 Pandemic left the Festivals & Events industry high and dry in 2020 / 2021 and a lot of disappointed festival fans in its wake. As the wheels begin to turn again, excitement is starting to build for the return of those fun, festive celebrations around the world that bring people together and put smiles on faces!

We cannot wait until the day that ALL festivals and events can take place in full force once again! Until that can happen though . . . let’s have a little friendly fun rallying our favorites!

We’ve created a festive competition called the “IFEA Fan Favorite”! It’s a voting competition where ‘the fans’ of festivals and events around the globe can vote on what Festival / Event they have missed the most and are most excited to attend LIVE when all the COVID-19 restrictions are no longer in place!

Whether you’re an organization that produces one Festival / Event (large or small) or many; or you’re a City/Municipality, Chamber/CVB, Parks & Recreation Department, University, Tourism Agency or something in-between that produces a Festival or Event – the “IFEA Fan Favorite” is for you! Enter one Festival / Event or enter them all!

The winner will not be chosen by the IFEA or a selection of your peers, like other award competitions we do. Instead, the winner will be chosen by YOUR FANS! The fantastically wonderful people that have missed you over the past year will have the opportunity to show everyone how much your Festival / Event has been missed and how much they’re looking forward to its return, by voting for you . . . over . . . and over . . . and over . . . in hopes of making your Festival / Event the “IFEA Fan Favorite”!

How to Enter Your Festival / Event

Between July 15, 2021 and August 30, 2021, you can enter your Festival / Event into the “IFEA Fan Favorite” competition. If you produce multiple events, you can enter each one separately!

Entry Fees

IFEA Members: $25 USD per Festival / Event
Non-IFEA Members:
Option 1
: Entry Fee: $225 USD per Festival / Event
Option 2
: Entry Fee: $225 USD per Festival / Event – includes 1 Year IFEA Membership.

How Your Fans Can Vote

Fans can vote for your Festival / Event one time or many times over! They can submit one vote at a time, 100 votes at a time, or any amount they choose. The choice is up to them. All it takes is $1 USD per vote with all voting proceeds going to the IFEA Foundation.

How to Win

The “IFEA Fan Favorite” will be selected by public voting (your Fans!). Votes cost $1 USD each with no limit from any contributor. The Festival / Event that receives the most votes after three voting rounds, will be awarded the “IFEA Fan Favorite”.

How the IFEA Fan Favorite is Chosen

Vote in the Preliminaries (Round 1)

Once all of the Festivals / Events have been entered, it is time for YOU to rally the troops (your festival fans) and encourage them to vote** for your Festival / Event in the Preliminaries (Voting Round 1) between September 13 and September 20, 2021.

Vote in the Semi-Finals (Round 2)

The top 50% of vote-getters from the Preliminaries (Voting Round 1) will then move on to the Semi-Finals (Voting Round 2), where hopefully you advance to, and can encourage your fans to vote for you once again, between September 20 and September 27, 2021.

Vote in the Finals (Round 3)

Finally, the top 50% vote getters from the Semi-Finals (Voting Round 2) will then move on to the Finals (Voting Round 3). This is the time to call in all the favors and rally your fans one last time to vote (and vote, and vote!) between September 27 and October 4, 2021, for your Festival / Event to be crowned the “IFEA Fan Favorite” Festival / Event of 2021!

Important Dates

Festival / Event Entry Period

  • July 15, 2021 – “IFEA Fan Favorite” Open for Entries
  • August 30, 2021 – Last day to enter “IFEA Fan Favorite”

Voting Rounds

  • Preliminaries (Voting Round 1)
    Begins: 3:00 p.m. (MDT), Monday, September 13, 2021
    Ends: 12:00 p.m. (MDT), Monday, September 20, 2021
  • Semi-Finals (Voting Round 2)
    Begins: 3:00 p.m. (MDT), Monday, September 20, 2021
    Ends: 12:00 p.m. (MDT), Monday, September 27, 2021
  • Finals (Voting Round 3)
    Begins: 3:00 p.m. (MDT), Monday, September 27, 2021
    Ends: 12:00 p.m. (MDT), Monday, October 4, 2021
  • Final Results Announced
    5:00 p.m. (MDT), Monday, October 4, 2021

What Marketing Materials Will You Receive?

Condensed Fan Favorite Voting Image 
After the final entry date of August 30th, 2021 has passed and all entries have been received, your Festival / Event will be entered into the “IFEA Fan Favorite” voting platform "OsmosVotes". When this occurs, you will receive by email:

  • A direct link to your Festival / Event page on the voting platform OsmosVotes, shown on the right, shortly before voting begins.
Facebook and Twitter links will also be available from the main "IFEA Fan Favorite Voting" page, (example shown on the left), to share your participation with your fan base.

You will also be able to use the images below to promote your participation and encourage your fans to vote for you!
Expanded Fan Favorite Voting Page 

IFEA Fan Favorite Images

IFEA Fan Favorite - Vote for Us image
IFEA Fan Favorite Vote Now Image
IFEA Fan Favorite - Every Vote Counts Image
IFEA Fan Favorite - I Voted image
Have You Voted Yet?
We Need Your Vote!

What Does the IFEA Fan Favorite Receive?

  • A 2021 one-of-a-kind “IFEA Fan Favorite” flag created by DFEST®.
  • The cover of the October 2021 issue of IFEA’s “ie” Magazine
  • A profile in the October 2021 issue of IFEA’s “ie” Magazine
  • Bragging rights* saying they were chosen as the “IFEA Fan Favorite” Festival / Event for 2021.
  • Additionally, the Top 25 IFEA Fan Favorite Festivals / Events will be featured in the October 2021 issue of “ie” Magazine.
*If your Festival / Event is voted as the “IFEA Fan Favorite”, you are entitled to use that specific language in sharing the news about your win with others.

Language declaring your Festival / Event as the ‘best Festival / Event in the world’ is not correct or in line with the nature of this competition and will not be supported or endorsed by the IFEA.

Your Festival / Event was selected BY the FANS from those who voluntarily entered themselves into this competition, making you the “IFEA Fan Favorite” of those who entered the competition.

Raising for a Reason!

For only a small $1 USD donation (or more!) to vote for your Festival / Event, your fans can not only help increase your likelihood of achieving the title of “IFEA Fan Favorite” and keep your event top of mind, but each vote received is a dollar raised in support of the IFEA and the IFEA Foundation.

Funds raised will help the IFEA as we continue to support the Festivals & Events Industry by sharing important resources, presenting valuable education, providing critical information updates, helping establish and strengthen industry connections, and so much more! It doesn’t get better than that – having a little ‘festive fun’, while supporting a great cause at the same time!

The IFEA Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and all or part of your vote donation may be tax deductible in the United States. Fans will receive an emailed receipt once their vote/donation has processed.

About the IFEA Foundation

The IFEA Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, managed by an elected board of directors. Formed in 1993, the mission of the IFEA Foundation is to ensure that the IFEA has the resources to fulfill its own educational mission. Since its inception, the IFEA Foundation has been a primary partner of the IFEA’s, through the provision of: Legacy Scholarships; Certified Festival & Event Executive (CFEE and CFEA) Program; Funding of top-quality speakers; Educational publications; Technology and electronic training services; Translation services and more.
To make a direct donation to the IFEA Foundation, please use the donation forms listed below:
To learn more about the IFEA Foundation and the many programs that we support at the IFEA and/or how to give, check out the links below. We thank you for your important and continued support.

Terms & Conditions:
By submitting an entry into the “IFEA Fan Favorite” competition, you acknowledge and agree to the following information:
  • The “IFEA Fan Favorite” is open only to those Festivals / Events who voluntarily enter themselves into the competition and pay the entry fee.
  • An organization can submit more than one Festival / Event and must pay an entry fee for each.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable once submitted.
  • You have the rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to enter the specific Festival / Event into the IFEA Fan Favorite.
  • All information within your entry is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge.
  • You grant the IFEA the right to use your Festival / Event name, likeness, entry information and photo for editorial, promotional or any other purpose without additional compensation or permission.
  • Entries will be accepted online and will end at the time specified on the “IFEA Fan Favorite” website page.
  • Voting will begin shortly after submissions end and will be held in three rounds, with the top 50% of vote-getters advancing to the next round. Voting periods are listed on the “IFEA Fan Favorite” website page and on the voting page.
  • Festivals / Events who enter the competition are not guaranteed to win. Your chance of winning is dependent on the total number of votes accrued during the voting period.
  • If a large number of Festivals / Events enter the competition, the IFEA reserves the right to divide all entrants into categories based on attendance size BEFORE voting takes place, in order for like sized Festivals / Events to compete against one another. You will be asked for your Festival / Event attendance size on the entry form. If entrants are not split into attendance categories, all Festivals / Events will compete against one another, regardless of attendance size.
  • As a not-for-profit 501(c) 6 organization the IFEA re¬serves the right to refuse entries from any individual or organization who, at its sole discretion, may represent / display unprofessional, unlawful, unethical, unsafe or other actions/ positions deemed contrary to the best interests of the IFEA and our global industry.
  • The “IFEA Fan Favorite” competition will be using the voting platform OsmosVotes in order for fans to vote.
  • The “IFEA Fan Favorite” will be selected by public voting. Each individual vote is $1 USD. 1 vote = $1 USD with no limit from any contributor. The Festival / Event that receives the most votes will be awarded the “IFEA Fan Favorite”.
  • All funds raised by your fans from voting in the competition are donations to the IFEA Foundation. The IFEA Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and all or part of your vote donation may be tax deductible in the United States. A receipt will be emailed to the donor once their vote/donation has processed.
  • If your Festival / Event does not advance into the next round and/or win the “IFEA Fan Favorite,” donations from votes by your fans are considered non-refundable donations to the IFEA Foundation. The IFEA appreciates their donation and support.
  • Your entry into the competition is acknowledgement of these terms.


Contact Nia Hovde, CFEE, IFEA Vice President/Director of Marketing & Communications at nia@ifea.com.
Back to