Upcoming events

    • October 16, 2019
    • (PDT)
    • October 17, 2019
    • (PDT)
    • Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, Ellensburg, WA

    WFEA’s Annual Fall Conference

    October 16-17, 2019, Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, Ellensburg, WA
    Learn from leading experts in the events and festival field at WFEA’s first fall conference

    Two of the best event presenters in the U.S. will headline the program in Ellensburg October 16-17

    Sponsorship – Hear the latest trends on how you can increase your bottom line from Bruce Erley of Creative Strategies Group in Denver, one of the top experts on partnering in the U.S.

    Management and Operations – No one knows this subject better than West Palm Beach Florida’s Paul Jamieson, who runs Sunfest, one of the top festivals/events in the world.

    1700 S Canyon Rd, Ellensburg, WA 98926

    Online Reservations

    Or Call: (509) 925-9800

    Reservation Cut-off: September 20

    • October 17, 2019

    The Washington Festivals and Events Association has established a certification program that will offer the ultimate educational and achievement experience for WFEA members. The Association will kick it off at its annual conference in Bellevue April 3-5.

    Registrants who attend the all-day pre-convention sponsorship workshop on Wednesday, April 3, can earn CLEP credit. Click Here for Sponsorship Workshop and Conference Registration Information: 2019 Conference

    The CLEP program will offer all-day, in-depth educational sessions and hands-on experience at festivals and events that will provide event professionals knowledge at the highest level of their field. Upon completion of requirements, graduates will earn the title of Certified Live Event Planner (CLEP).

    “It will also offer recognition to people who have gone the extra step to learn about the festivals and events industry,” said WFEA Executive Director Bruce Skinner. “With it will come increased professional status and potentially compensation.”

    The WFEA Certification program is overseen by the WFEA Professional Education Board of Managers, a body appointed and made up of top industry professionals and educators. The Board establishes the curriculum, engages faculty, provides expertise, and monitors progress by students seeking certification.

    To achieve certification, candidates must complete items on the CLEP check list: CLEP Certification Checklist

    • November 07, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • River's Edge, Tumwater

    Best Practices Festivals and Events Seminar and Announcing an Organization for Thurston County Festivals and Events

    November 7, 2019

    River's Edge, Tumwater

    Be a part of the formation of this group that

    will be affiliated with

    Washington Festivals and Events


    Thursday, November 7th, 2019

    11:00 am

    Welcome and Introductions

    George Sharp, Thurston Economic Development Council

    Shauna Stewart, CEO, Experience Olympia & Beyond

    Carol Riley, Olympia Harbor Days

    Chuck Denny, Tumwater Parks and Recreation

    Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, Washington Festivals and Events Association

    11:15 AM – 12:15 Pm

    Trends and Best Practices for Festival and Event Managers

    Eric Corning, President and CEO, Seattle Seafair

    Special events large and small can often utilize similar best practices to ensure a successful event. Take a look at traditional best practices and how technology can help and hinder your efforts to organize events.

    12:30 Pm – 1:15 PM

    Ask the Experts Panel

    Bring your questions and get them answered by festival and event professionals who have decades of experience.

    Eric Corning, President and CEO, Seattle Seafair

    Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, Washington Festivals and Events Association

    Carol Riley, Executive Director, Olympia Harbor Days

    Chuck Denney, Director, Tumwater Parks and Recreation

    Moira Davin, Director of Marketing & Communications, Experience Olympia & Beyond

    1:30 – 2:00 PM

    Formation of WFEA Thurston Festivals and Events Organization

    Discussion/brainstorm on the benefits of working together:

    ·         Networking and knowledge exchange

    ·         Master list of festivals and events for cross marketing of each other’s events

    ·         Master list to leverage resources and share information about suppliers/vendors of equipment

    ·         Group buying power

    ·         Education and training of best practices and lessons learned, which could feature an annual workshop/seminar

    ·         Other: Be part of an organization that will be affiliated with WFEA and developed by local festival and event producers to build on collaboration and the benefits of working together.

    Keynote Speaker: Eric Corning

    With over 25 years experience, Eric Corning has produced high-profile, public events for Seattle and the greater Puget Sound Region.   Eric first joined Seafair as a summer intern in 1993 and quickly became a force in the events community.  He has produced over 20 Seafair Festivals including the Seafair Summer 4th Fireworks Show, the Seafair Torchlight Parade, and Seafair Weekend featuring the US Navy Blue Angels.  He was also a leader producing the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games and the 2014 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Parade.  A graduate of the University of Washington, Eric and his wife Kelli live in Shoreline, WA.


Bruce Skinner, Executive Director
Washington Festivals & Events Association
Mailing Address
1015 Georgiana Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

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