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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! 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.


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!

“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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