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1. A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one.

2. A change into something new, e.g. when a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.


Metamorphosis. To change. To transform.

In the last two years, the festivals and events industry…our events; our organizations; our teams; our sponsors; our vendors and suppliers; our host communities; and each of us, as industry leaders…have gone through an unprecedented metamorphosis, not of our choosing. A metamorphosis that, while stressful (as metamorphosis can be in all of its forms) has arguably left us stronger; more creative; more resilient; more aware; more connected; and more important to our cities, states, provinces, countries and world, than ever before.

As we reflect upon what we have been through, we have a unique opportunity to continue that metamorphosis – proactively vs. reactively – on our terms. To reimagine our events. To reconnect with our communities. To expand our reach and influence. To become the best version of ourselves, as we move into the future.

After a two year Covid-induced hiatus, we are excited to invite each of you, and your professional peers, to the 65th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, Presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance. A family reunion. A celebration. A leadership summit. An educational conference. And a united new reset for our global industry.

Plan now to join us in McAllen, Texas, September 19 - 21, 2022!

A metamorphosis that will change you for the better.

*NOTE: The 65th Annual IFEA Convention footprint will run through 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. 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 – September 16, 17, 18, 2022. Separate Registration is Required. For more details, Click Here.

Haas & Wilkerson Insurance

Haas & Wilkerson Insurance has proudly supported the IFEA and festivals and events industry for nearly three decades. As the presenting sponsor of the 65th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, and the title sponsor of the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Program, they have helped to raise the quality and standards of excellence for festivals and events around the globe. With over 80 years of entertainment industry experience behind them, they provide insurance programs designed for each event’s specific needs and have a long list of clients that includes festivals, fairs, parades, carnivals and more. Learn more about them at
“At Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, we’ve stood by festival and event professionals for over 80 years, and despite the unprecedented challenges of the past two years, we’ll continue to do the same for many years to come, as we all look to the future together. Haas & Wilkerson is proud to be the long-time presenting sponsor of the IFEA Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, and the Haas & Wilkerson Insurance Pinnacle Awards. Alongside the IFEA, we look forward to the pleasure of reuniting with all of you and to celebrating the continued success of your individual events and our common global industry, in person again, in 2022.“
Ryan Wilkerson
President & CEO
Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
Haas & Wilkerson

Presenting Sponsor of the IFEA Convention & Expo 

65th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat

Presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance

McAllen Convention Center
700 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

Thank You To:

City of McAllen
McAllen Convention Center
Visit McAllen
Quinta Mazatlan
“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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