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:
This is NOT a Drill! What to do When you Actually Have an Emergency
11am - Registration Opens
1:30pm - THE Conference Begins!
2pm - Opening Kick-off
Bird's Eye View: Top Strategies & Mistakes I've Seen with Ticketing (Ryan Kintz, Afton Ticketing)
A Tale of Two Unfortunate Incidents (Rachel Bivens, Iron Shield Protection Group)
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 - And All That Jazz
times subject to change
2024 sessions include:
Conference Attendee Rates
- 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
Donate to our Silent Auction
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 to our Sponsors
Some memories from our 2023 Conference in Seaside, Oregon.
Yo Ho! Yo Ho! The Events Life for Me