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Oregon Festivals & Events Association Annual Conference

Our spring conference is our biggest gathering for festival and event industry professionals. Our speakers, seminars, round tables, entertainer showcases, a trade show and the Ovations! Awards provide an unparalleled opportunity to meet your peers from around the state while learning from experts.

We hope you'll join us along with event producers, sponsors, entertainers, volunteers, vendors and suppliers from across the state. Together, we can share information, resources and contacts to make our events more successful.

Mardi Gras in Seaside

February 29 - March 2, 2024

Seaside Civic and Convention Center


Grab your krewes, some beads, and join us for educational breakout sessions from industry leaders, showcases from top performers, a chance to network at our Trade Show, and our annual Ovations! Award night recognizing the most innovative and successful events out there and those that help make them happen. Plus a chance to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and connect with others in the industry. Check back for more information this Fall. It's going to be a Bon Temps at the Beach!

2024 Conference Schedule

The OFEA Conference Committee is hard at work planning our 2024 event. We'll be updating the schedule as all our amazing speakers and sessions are confirmed. Some of the topics we'll be covering are: security, ticketing, sponsorship relations, digital marketing, event medical staffing, and event law.

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9am - Noon - Pre-Conference Workshop

11am - Registration Opens

1:30pm - THE Conference Begins!

2pm - Opening Kick-off


5pm - Dinner on the Town - Check-in at the lobby no later than 5:30pm for your Dining Vouchers, then enjoy dinner at one of Seaside's great restaurants.

7pm - Networking Hospitality Night


times subject to change


Click for Printable Conference Schedule (coming soon)

Click for Printable Session and Speaker Information (coming soon)

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Pre-Conference Workshop

This is NOT a Drill!

What to do When you Actually Have an Emergency


What do you do when there's a lost child? Active shooter? Bomb threat? You may think you're prepared on paper but join us to put your plan to the test. We'll play out real life emergency scenarios with live emergency drills and practices for your teams.

Workshop facilitated by Scott and Jill Ingalls with expert assistance from first responders.

  • When: Thursday, Feb. 29
  • Time: 9am - Noon
  • Where: Seaside Convention Center
  • Cost: TBA

2024 sessions include:

Marketing: (Royal Media)
Special in-depth Saturday morning workshop

Audience Experience: (Jason Fellman)

Social Media Influencers: (Katie Schrock)

Vendor Management:







Site Layout:

Non-traditional Revenue Sources:



Conference Attendee Rates

What's Included

Registration Includes:

  • Conference Welcome Packet
  • Educational Sessions from Leading Industry Experts
  • Access to Trade Show
  • Entrance to all Hospitality Receptions & Networking Evenings
  • Meals: Thursday Night Dinner on the Town, Friday Lunch, Friday Ovations! Awards Dinner, Saturday Lunch
Member Rates
Non-Member Rates
Trade Show Info
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to everyone that donated to our
silent auction and raffle tables

Funtastic Shows
Rational Unicorn
Habitat Store - Lebanon
Kulonis Family
Family Tree Relief Nursery
Rascal Rodeo
Oregon Jamboree
Honey Bucket
Waterfront Blues Festival
Astoria Chamber
Green Cactus
Oaks Amusement Park
Adam's Rib
Rouge Music Festival
Lincoln City Chamber
Brasada Ranch
Astoria-Warrenton Chamber
Linn Lanes
Lebanon Community Pool
Portland Rose Festival
Casacade Air Show
Oregon State Fair
Ontario Area Chamber
First Taste Oregon
Lebanon Strawberry Festival
Jackson Fair and Expo
Divine Distillery

Where to Stay

We do not have a host hotel in Seaside this year. For hotels in the area, please check HERE for the Seaside Chamber of Commerce Directory.

Thank You Sponsors

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Some memories from our 2023 Conference in Seaside, Oregon.

Yo Ho! Yo Ho! The Events Life for Me

To view/download more photos from previous conferences click here

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