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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 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat provides plenty of opportunities for those special informal and memorable gatherings and conversations.

Sponsor of the Annual IFEA Convention & Expo 
“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

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 popular venue is always a favorite hang-out, providing the perfect setting for strengthening those personal connections that are so important to everyone’s success.

dfest® Hospitality Suite

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - Open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
The dfest® Hospitality Suite, 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 historically warm Colonial Williamsburg welcome to everyone! Open Tuesday night, September 24th (beginning at 6:00 p.m.) to meet up with old friends and new, before dinner; Wednesday night, September 25th (beginning at 9:00 p.m.) and Thursday night, September 26th (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. For 30 years the dfest® Hospitality Suite has been recognized as the hub of the IFEA’s convention networking system.

A Free Evening of Dining and Networking

In Historical Colonial Williamsburg

Wednesday, September 25th Wednesday evening, September 25th, offers the perfect opportunity to join up with your IFEA friends and professional peers to explore some of the historical ambiance of Colonial Williamsburg and/or an evening of dining in one of many memorable local restaurants (ranging from modern favorites to historical re-creations), all located within easy walking distance of our hotel. The hotel Concierge can help with reservations, suggestions and directions. A complimentary (to all hotel guests) bus shuttle circles the Colonial Williamsburg revolutionary city and the surrounding area on a regular schedule, for those who choose to use that option. Or, you may prefer a historical carriage ride to help take you back in time.

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 (Wednesday evening, September 25th, 7:00 p.m.). 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.

Wellness Options

Be it mind, body or soul that needs rejuvenating, the Williamsburg Lodge offers complimentary access to a fully-equipped fitness center, including indoor and outdoor pools, with additional spa treatment options (at an additional cost) to keep you fully recharged.

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club

Just as Colonial Williamsburg brings America’s revolutionary history to life, The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, ‘One of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,’ honors the classic traditions of the game—while still creating an entertaining challenge for today’s player. Designed by the father-and-son team of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones, experience 45 walkable holes over three courses, surrounded by mature woodlands and free from neighboring real estate. So pick your foursome, get in touch with nature, focus on your game, and get back to the true essence of golf in historic Colonial Williamsburg. Hotel guests receive preferred tee times reservations.

One-On-One Opportunities

The 64th 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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