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, connections with business leaders and the annual Summit Awards for achievements in our regional industry.

Inn at Gig Harbor

3211 56th St. NW 
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Reservation Counter Call Center: 
(or) 1-800-795-9980

Or you can visit www.innatgigharbor.com and use group code WFEA031318.

Convention Room Rates

Single/Double - $115 (Includes breakfast) 

The Washington Festivals & Events Association has been producing a professional development conference for the past twenty five years. This year, the Association is expanding its role in support of the industry to the greater northwest region.  Industry partners from the Pacific Northwest will be invited to attend the 2018 convention to be in Gig Harbor, Washington at the Inn at Gig Harbor.

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 you will connect with business leaders about their specialty equipment, supplies and services for this unique industry.

 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 14-16, 2018

Inn at Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor

ILEA Seattle is proud to partner with WFEA! Visit www.ileaseattle.com and www.ileahub.com for more information.

Event Speaker bios

Kevin White, CSEP, Chief Strategist, XPL

Kevin White has been a storyteller his entire life.  That love of capturing attention and engaging people is what brought him to a decades-long career in experiential design.

In 2011 he founded XPL, a boundary-pushing agency that delivers bold, powerful live events that transform audiences around the world. 

Kevin’s commitment to his industry is demonstrated by his willingness to give back.  He was selected by his peers to serve as international president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA).  He currently teaches event students through the Event Leadership Institute and has been a professor at New York University.

While he resides in Massachusetts with his family, Kevin has never really left his native New York City.  He has a penchant for travel, is incredibly loud and loves to witness great stories.  He also has the distinct privilege of being uniquely related to the only word in English that rhymes with orange.




Event Speaker bios



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.

$75 / $100 / $150

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