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Informal Gatherings

One of the best parts of any professional convention is the chance to spend some dedicated time with friends and peers - reconnecting, looking ahead, planning that next great idea, sharing a laugh, a challenge, or a special memory. The 63rd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat provides plenty of opportunities for those special informal and memorable gatherings and conversations.

Connections Café

Open Every Day
“Connections Café,” sponsored by VolunteerLocal, is the center of IFEA daytime gatherings and conversations. Located near the heart of the convention sessions and activities, “Connections Café” is open every day throughout the convention, providing coffee and a relaxing atmosphere conducive to doing business one-on-one or simply catching up with friends.
Promoting human connections – while cyber ones are accessible too - this comfortable venue is always a popular hang-out, providing the perfect venue for strengthening those personal connections that are so important to everyone’s success.
“The ready access to the best in our business, not only in sessions, but in every hallway, reception, and hospitality suite, is unprecedented. Our Board and Staff look forward to the IFEA Convention each year and consider the IFEA as part of the team that helps ensure our success.”
Diana Mayhew, CFEE
President, National Cherry Blossom Festival
Washington, DC

dfest® Hospitality Suite

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 - Open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 1, 2018 - 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
The dfest® Hospitality Suite, co-sponsored by long-time IFEA supporter dfest®, is as much a part of the IFEA Convention as our breakout sessions, and we look forward to extending a warm San Diego welcome to everyone! Open Sunday night, September 30th (beginning at 6:00 p.m.) to meet up with old friends and new, before dinner, Monday night, October 1st (beginning at 9:00 p.m.) and Tuesday night, October 2nd (beginning at 10:30 p.m.), the dfest® Hospitality Suite provides convention attendees with a time and a place to unwind, relax and connect outside of scheduled sessions and functions. Historically, the dfest® Hospitality Suite is recognized as the hub of the IFEA’s convention networking system.

A Free Evening of Dining and Networking

In Beautiful San Diego

Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday evening, October 1st, offers the perfect opportunity to join up with your IFEA friends and professional peers, for an opportunity to explore some of the nearby San Diego city and dining highlights.

With dining and relaxation opportunities of their own, the Town & Country San Diego, our host hotel, is located just steps (or a complimentary shuttle ride) from the Fashion Valley Mall, the largest shopping center in San Diego County, and the light rail trolley, giving you easy access to Old Town, the Gaslamp District, Little Italy, Downtown and Tijuana, Mexico.


Dinner Groups

For those looking to join-up with a group of peers you may not otherwise connect with, we invite you to sign-up for one of our IFEA Networking Dinner Groups. Hosted (*cost of dinner is the responsibility of each participating individual) by local friends and IFEA Board members, you’re sure to enjoy a memorable and valuable evening of fun and professional networking! Sign-up sheets will be available at the IFEA Convention Registration Desk.

Riverwalk Golf Club

‘Fore’ those looking to hit the golf course with your friends, the adjacent 27-hole, championship Riverwalk Golf Club offers preferred tee times to guests of the Town & Country San Diego and the resort offers a complimentary hotel shuttle service between the two locations.
To make a tee time, contact the Golf Course Directly at: 619-296-4653.
Sponsor of the 63rd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat

Sponsor of the 63rd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat 

One-On-One Opportunities

The 63rd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat offers all attendees the unique opportunity, in one place and at one time, to be exposed to global industry leaders from festivals and events, large and small; host cities and municipalities; tourism organizations; corporate and media representatives; academic institutions and more.

Who Will You Meet at the IFEA Convention?
  • Seasoned Festival & Event Professionals
  • Those New to the Festivals & Events Industry
  • Festival & Event Board Members
  • Host City Leadership
  • Key Volunteers
  • Festival & Event Sponsors/Sponsorship Agencies

  • Suppliers to the Festivals & Events Industry
  • Industry Consultants
  • The Creative Sparks Behind IFEA Award-Winning
  • Events & Cities
  • Tourism Organizations, CVBs, and Chambers of Commerce
  • Parks & Recreation Staff
  • Educational Institutions/Faculty/Students
  • Media Representatives
  • Representatives from Allied Industry Associations
  • Professional ‘Experience Management’ Peers from
  • Around the World
  • All those with an Interest/Stake in the Festivals & Events Field
Start building and adding to your professional network today.
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