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66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat
Presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
To Return to McAllen, Texas in 2023!

As we look forward to a new and gradually normalizing post-pandemic world, we are all reminded of the very large impact that unexpected and outside circumstances can have on our own realities. We are also reminded of the remarkable (and often unrecognized) impact and ripple effect that those in our industry (individuals, organizations and events) are able to have on the communities/cities that we serve; on our global professional peers; on the creativity, relationships, resources and network that have gotten us through so many challenges; and on the many, many lives that we are able to positively touch through the unique platform of celebration that we are fortunate to be able to create, influence and use together.

In 2022 the IFEA family regathered, successfully and memorably, for the first time in three years, in the very welcoming (IFEA member) City of McAllen, Texas, who pulled out all the stops to make sure that we could safely and securely begin to build back our own financial and resource foundations. And in 2023 they have offered to repeat that generosity and welcoming hospitality, allowing us to protect, sustain and grow our IFEA brand and network, while creating new and important ripple effects…close to home and around the world.

We invite you to join us for the 66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat in McAllen, Texas, October 9th-11th (with CFEE training classes on October 6th-8th), where the most successful and creative industry ripple effects from around the globe will intersect, merge, grow and expand as we look to the future together.

Stay tuned, we're still finalizing all the details and will have hotel accommodation information and much more details available soon!

In the meantime, mark your calendars and plan now to join us in McAllen, Texas in 2023!

66th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat

Presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance

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

*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.

Haas & Wilkerson

Presenting Sponsor of the IFEA Convention & Expo

Haas & Wilkerson Insurance has proudly supported the IFEA and festivals and events industry for more than nearly three decades. As the presenting sponsor of the 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 Haas & Wilkerson Insurance at

“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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