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66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat
McAllen, Texas
October 9-11, 2023

Mark your calendars for the 66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat presented by Clover! This unforgettable event will take place in the beautiful city of McAllen, Texas from October 9-11, 2023. We invite you to join us for an inspiring celebration of the power of festivals and events to create positive change in our communities.

Festivals and events hold immense power to bring about transformation in individuals, organizations, and communities at large. They have the potential to create a lasting impact that extends far beyond the duration of the event, motivating people to take action, establish fresh partnerships, and cultivate a sense of unity and inclusiveness that can stay with them for a lifetime. At this year's convention we will delve into the various avenues through which festivals and events can create ripple effects, ranging from boosting economic growth and tourism to serving as a catalyst for social and environmental progress.

Our lineup of speakers and presenters will include some of the most innovative and inspiring leaders in the festivals and events industry, as well as experts from a variety of fields who will offer new perspectives and insights. They will share their knowledge and experience on how to create lasting impact through festivals and events.

We are thrilled to be returning to McAllen, Texas for this year's convention, and we thank them for their generosity and welcoming hospitality. McAllen is a vibrant and diverse city that offers a perfect setting for the convention, with its beautiful natural surroundings, thriving arts and culture scene, and friendly community. It is the ideal location to celebrate the transformative power of festivals and events.

We are confident that the 66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat will be an unforgettable experience that will inspire and energize attendees. It will create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the event itself, transforming the festivals and events industry for years to come. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of it all.

Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing, and join us in McAllen, Texas from October 9-11, 2023.

We can't wait to see you there!

*NOTE: The 66th Annual IFEA Convention footprint will run through 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Be sure to make your travel arrangements accordingly. Certified Festival & Event Executive (CFEE) Certification education classes will be scheduled in the days leading up to the convention – October 6, 7, 8, 2023. Separate Registration is Required. For more details, Click Here.


66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat presented by Clover

McAllen Convention Center

700 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

Announcing Clover as the Presenting Sponsor of the 66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat!

We are pleased to announce that Clover has partnered with IFEA to be the presenting sponsor of the 66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat! Clover is ready to provide integrated hardware and software to help streamline each aspect of your festival/event's daily tasks. From accepting cashless payments to increasing revenue with specialized capabilities – to allowing business owners to focus their time and energy on business operations and customer satisfaction, Clover is suited to fit the needs of your event business. Learn more about them at

To Learn More About Clover,

Click Here

Convention Highlight Video

Whether you're a first-timer curious about attending the IFEA Convention or simply looking to relive the fun, take a glimpse at all the exciting highlights that happened during last year's Convention in McAllen, Texas, and hear from your fellow festival and event peers on why the IFEA Annual Convention is such a great place to be!

Introducing Your Virtual Attendee Liaison for the 66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat!

Are you excited to attend the Convention, but have a question about hotel details, transportation to McAllen, parking at the hotel or convention center, navigating the schedule, how to find a speaker or exhibitor . . . or you want to stay up to speed on any real-time updates and alerts about schedule changes and other important information while you're there?
Look no further than Festi-V.A.L, the new Chat Bot created by IFEA to help you make the most of your Convention experience!

Available 24/7, don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to enhance your IFEA Convention experience with Festi-V.A.L

To Start Chatting With V.A.L., Simply:

  • SCAN in the QR code on your phone
  • TEXT "HI" to 833-572-0211
  • VISIT the convention pages on the IFEA website.

The IFEA Convention Chat Bot, Festi-V.A.L., is powered by 42Chat. 42Chat is the leading provider of curated conversational A.I. solutions for organizations and events looking to enhance and protect their brand, gain and retain customers, and capture and act on insights. Learn more about 42Chat at or meet them at the IFEA Expo this year in McAllen, TX!

Thank You To our Convention Sponsors:

City of McAllen
McAllen Convention Center
Visit McAllen
McAllen Performing Arts Center
Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
Elsberg Studios
Open Sky Drone Light Shows
Norfolk Festevents
“As a not-for-profit 501(C)6 organization, the IFEA reserves the right to refuse or cancel the registration of any individual or organizational attendee, 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.”
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