The Northwest's premier annual gathering of festival and event professionals for learning and networking. Three days of intensive workshops, educational sessions, and keynote presentations from local and national industry leaders. Features local entertainer vignettes, silent and live auctions, industry trade show and the annual Summit Awards for achievements in our regional industry.

Red Lion Hotel

2300 Evergreen Park Drive
Olympia, WA 98502
Tel: (800) 733-5466

Convention Room Rates

Single/Double - $102 /Triple - $112
*Reserve your room by 5:00 pm on
February 16, 2017, to receive our special discount (code WFEA0311) Hotel reservations after that date will be subject to availability.**

The Washington Festivals & Events Association has been producing a professional development conference for the past twenty (20+) years. This year, the Association is expanding its role in support of the industry to the greater northwest region.  Industry partners fromAlaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming will be invited to attend the 2016 convention to be in Olympia, Washington at the Red Lion Hotel.

As a super regional conference, WFEA is providing you with the opportunity to join us in partnership to provide the premier industry event in the greater Pacific Northwest .  Over thirty (23) professional development sessions will be presented during the three day conference and we expect over thirty (30) exhibitors who will market the specialty equipment and supplies for this unique industry.

The Washington Festivals & Events Association (WFEA) mission is to support and advance the professional development of staff, Board members and volunteers in the festival and special events industry. This year we offer a student rate for students or interns working for your organization.

our sponsors



MARCH 13-16, 2018

Inn at Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor

Event Speaker bios

Sylvia Allen, President, Allen Consulting 

Sylvia Allen, President of Allen Consulting located in Holmdel, NJ has run her business for 37 years.  Her marketing and public relations firm has produced more than 5,000 events during that time and raised millions of dollars of sponsorships for her clients each year.  She was on the faculty at New York University for 20 years and has taught seminars on sponsorship, public relations and sales around the world. 

Considered one of the world's PR and sponsorship experts, she is the author of HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT SPONSORSHIP SALES and A WOMAN"S GUIDE TO SALES SUCCESS.  Allen has received numerous awards and honors, including being named to the International Festivals & Events Association Hall of Fame; honored as one of the Top 50 Women in Business in New Jersey; named Garden State Woman of the Year; received the Governor's award for her work with the Freehold Center Partnership; names by AARP as one of the top 50 over 50 and was recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award for her work with Sylvia's Children, a 501 (c)3 organization she founded 14 years ago to help orphans in  Uganda. (These are just the highlights!)

Since 2003, when she started Sylvia's Children, she has raised over $1,000,000, developed the school from four buildings to 26, built a chicken farm and pig farm, plus 6,000 sq. ft. medical clinic and four bed hospital.  In that period of time over 1,500 children (of which 25% are orphans) have been given an opportunity to come out of poverty and attend high school and college.





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Jeannette Brennan, Executive Director
Washington Festivals & Events Association
mailing address
6035 Everson Goshen Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

Membership Rates

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

$75 / $100 / $150

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