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THE 63rd ANNUAL IFEA CONVENTION, EXPO & RETREAT IS DESIGNED TO INFORM AND ELEVATE ALL OF YOUR PERSPECTIVES;providing access to many points-of view; increasing awareness of changing technologies, trends, issues, opportunities and risks; and extending educational and networking opportunities to share and grow your professional experience and expertise.

WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL PLAN NOW TO JOIN US(with your staffs, boards, key volunteers, city representatives, sponsors and vendors) as we welcome the world’s top events, host markets and industry experts, for an unforgettable opportunity to evaluate, prepare for and respond to the many critical and changing perspectives that are influencing our industry and all those that we depend on.

WE PROMISE THAT YOU WILL LEAVE WITH MULTIPLE FRESH PERSPECTIVES OF YOUR OWN.Can You Afford to Miss It?
IT DEPENDS ON YOUR PERSPECTIVE

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Networking - Social [clear filter]
Friday, September 28
 

8:30am PDT

12:00pm PDT

Lunch On Own
Friday September 28, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Hotel Restaurants as Desired

5:00pm PDT

Free Evening for Attendees
You'll find no shortage of things to do outside of our official Convention hours. The Town & Country San Diego is located just steps from the Fashion Valley Mall, the largest shopping center in San Diego County and minutes from the light rail trolley, giving you easy access to Old Town, the Gaslamp District,  Little Italy, Downtown and Tijuana, so gather some friends and head out for a memorable evening in this beautiful city!

Friday September 28, 2018 5:00pm - Saturday September 29, 2018 12:00am PDT
Choice of Easily Accessible San Diego Destinations
 
Saturday, September 29
 

8:30am PDT

12:00pm PDT

Lunch On Own
Saturday September 29, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Hotel Restaurants as Desired

5:00pm PDT

Free Evening for Attendees
You'll find no shortage of things to do outside of our official Convention hours. The Town & Country San Diego is located just steps from the Fashion Valley Mall, the largest shopping center in San Diego County and minutes from the light rail trolley, giving you easy access to Old Town, the Gaslamp District,  Little Italy, Downtown and Tijuana, so gather some friends and head out for a memorable evening in this beautiful city!

Saturday September 29, 2018 5:00pm - Sunday September 30, 2018 12:00am PDT
Choice of Easily Accessible San Diego Destinations
 
Sunday, September 30
 

8:30am PDT

12:00pm PDT

Lunch On Own
Sunday September 30, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Hotel Restaurants as Desired

6:00pm PDT

dfest® Hospitality Suite Convention Welcome
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 warm San Diego welcome to everyone! Open Sunday night to meet up with old friends and new, before dinner, the dfest® Hospitality Suite provides convention attendees with a time and a place to unwind, relax and connect outside of scheduled sessions and functions. Historically, the dfest® Hospitality Suite is recognized as the hub of the IFEA’s convention networking system .

Sponsors

Sunday September 30, 2018 6:00pm - Monday October 1, 2018 12:00am PDT
Location - Terrace Suites 1123-25

6:00pm PDT

Free Evening for Attendees
You'll find no shortage of things to do outside of our official Convention hours. The Town & Country San Diego is located just steps from the Fashion Valley Mall, the largest shopping center in San Diego County and minutes from the light rail trolley, giving you easy access to Old Town, the Gaslamp District,  Little Italy, Downtown and Tijuana, so gather some friends and head out for a memorable evening in this beautiful city!

Sunday September 30, 2018 6:00pm - Monday October 1, 2018 12:00am PDT
Choice of Easily Accessible San Diego Destinations
 
Monday, October 1
 

8:00am PDT

Connections Café (coffee served all day)
"Connections Café," sponsored by VolunteerLocal, is the center of IFEA daytime gatherings and conversations. Located in the Lion Fountain Court, "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 comfortable venue is always a popular hang-out, providing the perfect venue for strengthening those personal connections that are so important to everyone’s success.

Artists
Sponsors

Monday October 1, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm PDT
Location - Lion Fountain Court

6:00pm PDT

Free Evening in San Diego
You'll find no shortage of things to do outside of our official Convention hours. The Town & Country San Diego is located just steps from the Fashion Valley Mall, the largest shopping center in San Diego County and minutes from the light rail trolley, giving you easy access to Old Town, the Gaslamp District,  Little Italy, Downtown and Tijuana, so gather some friends and head out for a memorable evening in this beautiful city!

Monday October 1, 2018 6:00pm - Tuesday October 2, 2018 12:00am PDT
Choice of Easily Accessible San Diego Destinations

9:00pm PDT

dfest® Hospitality Suite
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 warm San Diego welcome to everyone! Open Sunday night to meet up with old friends and new, before dinner, the dfest® Hospitality Suite provides convention attendees with a time and a place to unwind, relax and connect outside of scheduled sessions and functions. Historically, the dfest® Hospitality Suite is recognized as the hub of the IFEA’s convention networking system .

Sponsors

Monday October 1, 2018 9:00pm - Tuesday October 2, 2018 2:00am PDT
Location - Terrace Suites 1123-25
 
Tuesday, October 2
 

8:00am PDT

Connections Café (coffee served all day)
"Connections Café," sponsored by VolunteerLocal, is the center of IFEA daytime gatherings and conversations. Located in the Lion Fountain Court, "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 comfortable venue is always a popular hang-out, providing the perfect venue for strengthening those personal connections that are so important to everyone’s success.


Tuesday October 2, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Location - Lion Fountain Court

7:00pm PDT

Surf's Up!': IFEA Foundation 25th Anniversary Party & Live Auction
Our primary, annual fundraising event, celebrating the IFEA Foundation’s 25th Anniversary in 2018, is an all-important source of support that allows us to confidently provide convention scholarships to many young professionals who will become the next generation of industry leadership and to those deserving organizations working to build a solid and successful foundation for their festivals, events and communities. The funds raised also support our capabilities to provide and host top-quality industry presenters, speakers and programming, helping us to raise the bar for everyone in our global industry.

Surrounded by the retro-ambiance of the Town & Country’s Grand Plaza, including sparkling swimming pools, fountains and the Tiki Pavilion, complete with the surf and sun music of the 1960’s, this year’s IFEA Foundation Party promises to be a fun, laid-back and memorable evening with good friends, for a great cause. With an ‘Opening Reception’ from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (remember to bring your drink tickets) followed by a sit-down, interactive dinner with special friends from around the world, this special evening will be interspersed with bidding on a selected menu of once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, helping us to reach our annual goal of exceeding the previous year’s success. Best of all, the IFEA Foundation Party is included at no extra charge as part of your convention registration! So grab your flip-flops and best 'Tikiritaville' attire and plan to be there for a special and memorable evening!


Tuesday October 2, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Location - Tiki Pavilion Poolside Court

10:30pm PDT

dfest® Hospitality Suite
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 warm San Diego welcome to everyone! Open Sunday night to meet up with old friends and new, before dinner, the dfest® Hospitality Suite provides convention attendees with a time and a place to unwind, relax and connect outside of scheduled sessions and functions. Historically, the dfest® Hospitality Suite is recognized as the hub of the IFEA’s convention networking system .

Sponsors

Tuesday October 2, 2018 10:30pm - Wednesday October 3, 2018 2:00am PDT
Location - Terrace Suites 1123-25
 
Wednesday, October 3
 

8:00am PDT

Connections Café (coffee served all day)
"Connections Café," sponsored by VolunteerLocal, is the center of IFEA daytime gatherings and conversations. Located in the Lion Fountain Court, "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 comfortable venue is always a popular hang-out, providing the perfect venue for strengthening those personal connections that are so important to everyone’s success.


Wednesday October 3, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm PDT
Location - Lion Fountain Court