Upcoming events

    • October 07, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall

    Be a Part of the Vision of the Changing Landscape of Seattle Events

    October 7, 2019

    Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall

    Seattle has long boasted of some of the best and diverse events in the country. This seminar will enable the producers of these events to go to the next level, while also giving them the opportunity to hear from and give input to city officials on several issues.

    You’ll learn from event experts on the latest regarding liquor and cannabis regulations and how to prepare your event to be disaster ready.

    You’ll also get an update on the efforts of ASSET (A Seattle Special Events Team), and how it is working with the City to find ways to keep police, fire and other cost increases for organizers to a minimum, in order that events can continue to thrive.


    Monday, October 7th, 2019

    8:00 – 9:00 am

    Welcome and Networking 

    City of Seattle

    Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, Washington Festivals and Events Association

    9:00 – 10:45 am

    Event Disaster Management

    Robert Mitchell, Director of Community Disaster Medicine

    Events will never be disaster-proof, but they can be disaster ready. Learn how you can develop a program that will provide for safety for community leaders, first responders, bystander/victims, as well as festival performers and the audience.

    11:00 am – 12:15 PM

    An Update from the City on its ongoing partnership with seattle events
    Chris Swenson, City of Seattle Special events, other City officials

    The events industry, while vibrant, operates on thin margins and is dangerously vulnerable to rising costs. Events rely on the collaboration from public-private partners to ensure this valuable part of our City’s fabric remains intact. ASSET (A Seattle Special events Team), which is includes many Seattle event organizers, is meeting with City leaders to discuss creative and mutually beneficial solutions that address the challenges all parties face. Learn how you can become involved.

    12:30 – 1:45 PM



    Seattle Center has been the site of events since the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. It remains as a vital center for cultural activities. Major events include Bumbershoot, PrideFest, Bite of Seattle, and Seattle Center Festal, a year-long series of 24 world cultural events, the largest of which is Northwest Folklife. Other events include arts and entertainment events at several facilities in the Center.

    Over 12 million people visit Seattle Center annually. It attracts large cohorts of visitors, over 58 percent of its audience comes from outside the area, generating significant economic impact that provides for thousands of jobs in King County.

    It also has several permanent attractions, including the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center and the Arena at Seattle Center, which is currently under construction.

    2:00 – 3:45 Pm

    Update on Liquor and Cannabis Laws for Event Organizers

    WSLCB Customer Service Manager Beth Lehman and Senior Policy and Education Manager Brent DeBeaumont

    Here’s what all event organizers should know about this very important subject. The WSLCB Licensing and Enforcement Visions will educate you on how to have safe and legal events with alcohol. They will cover types of licensing permits, ways to obtain and sell alcohol, and relationships with alcohol industry members at events. Although cannabis can’t be sold at festivals and other related events, they will discuss the new world of cannabis related events such as trade shows.

    • 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


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

Membership Rates

We offer 3 different membership rate levels. For students, individuals and organizations - each based on annual budget.

$95 / $125 / $195

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