February 5-7, 2020 • The Dana Resort on Mission Bay
San Diego, CA

20/20 – Envisioning Your Event’s Future

Join CalFest for three days of educational sessions, motivation, innovation,
fun and the best networking in the
Festivals & Events Industry!

Sessions led by your peers and the best minds in the industry
CalFest Trade Show featuring the latest products and trends for Special Events
Showcasing with talent for every event
CalFest Celebration Awards recognizing excellence in innovation and creativity
Networking opportunities at Luncheons, Celebration Dinner, and after-hours in the Hospitality Suite
Gala Celebration   The social gathering of the convention where you get to dress in costume (or not) and there are prizes, food, live auction and surprises.

If you have are an experienced festival and event producer and have topics of interest to share with your colleagues during the convention, we want to hear from you.
Call for Speakers 2020
2020 CalFest Convention Registration Form
CalFest Tradeshow Registration Form
2020 Celebration Awards Entry Form
2020 CalFest Convention Showcasing Form

Online Convention Registration
Online Tradeshow Registration

Attendees are entitled to special room rates of $139/night for a Standard Room, single/double occupancy or $159-$259/night, single or double for Marina View or Premium Spa or Deck Suite.  For reservations call 619-222-6440.  Identify yourself as part of CalFest 2020 Annual Conference or Register Online

More information as it becomes available.

February 5
8:45 – 4:00  Full-Day Special Workshop (Separate Registration Required)

Sgt. Josh DaFoe, San Diego Police Department, Mass Threat Unit
Mike Whan, Executive Director, Hot August Nights, Reno, NV
Carol Porter,Producer, Haas & Wilkinson Insurance Co., Fairway, KS

This one-day workshop will address the following:

  • Preparing yourself and your venue for the possibility of an active shooter or mass casualty incident
  • Safety plan for your staff, board members and volunteers.  Planning for an evacuation plan.  Media questions and public concern for future events.
  • Insurance coverages needed and working with your insurance carrier following the incident.

Sgt. Josh DaFoe has been with the San Diego Police Department for 25 years with 15 of those years spent on SWAT.  He is currently in charge of the Mass Threat Unit handling all active shooter and mass casualty training for the department
Mike Whan  With 25 years in Law Enforcement, Mike retired from the Reno Police Department in 2012 as the Deputy Chief of Police.  Throughout his career, he worked as a Homicide Detective, Hostage Negotiations Commander, SWAT Commander and Special Events Lieutenant.  Seeing event promotions from a different perspective allows Mike to fully understand the logistics from the Law Enforcement point of view along with the event promoter’s view.  He has been the Executive Director of Hot August Nights since 2015.
Register Online

February 6
Keynote Speaker Announced

Comic-Con  is coming to CalFest! 
CalFest is pleased to announce that David Glanzer, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer for Comic-Con International, will be the Keynote Speaker on Thursday, February 6 at the CalFest Convention at The Dana on Mission Bay in San Diego.
Comic-Con is the non-profit premier comic book and popular arts event of its kind in the world.  It features major comic book publishers, game companies, movie studios, television networks and toy manufacturers.
Overseeing all advertising, sponsorship and third party promotional associations, as well as over 3,500 members of the domestic and international media, Glanzer is responsible for the public image of the organization.
He has been a featured speaker at the International Conference of the Public Relations Society of America, lectured at the Asian Manga Summit in Japan as well as speaking at various colleges, universities and organizations in the United States, Japan, Mexico and the Middle East.
Breakout Sessions
Grant Writing – Nailing Down the Process
Dale Johnson, CIC, CFEE, Francis L. Dean & Associates, Ft. Wayne, IN
Every non-profit can use some extra $$.  What to expect when writing a grant, finding a “Fit.”  Networking with other grant writers and following guidelines.
“Takin’ it to the Streets” – Connecting Brands to Consumers
Peter Bellas, President, Bellco Promotions, Hermosa Beach, CA
Sponsorship selling is more about solutions than about sponsorships.  This session will give you the tools to successful sponsorship sales with 10 Steps to the Event Sponsorship Sale.

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