SFEA Conferences

2023 SFEA Conference

2023 SFEA Conference

Come join us in Myrtle Beach, SC, for Live Your Fest Life, Best Life – 2+ days of education, networking, and idea sharing, with a healthy dose of music, fun, and memories thrown in!

SFEA is excited to announce our keynote by Rachel Cooke of Lead Above Noise – Leading Through Uncertainty and Change. Other speakers include: Danielle Hernandez, Wright Tilley, Greg Fuson, Michael Bleau, Bill Frey, Julie Beck, Haley Tinkle, and Spencer Ingle.

We’ll also have:

*11+ hours of pure educational content

*4-5 hours of musical showcase presentations

*~3 hours of dedicated tradeshow time

*~12 hours of socials and networking time

*The Kaleidoscope Awards Gala

*Discounts on local experiences for your time in Myrtle Beach outside of the conference (so come early or stay a little longer!)

More information will be coming soon! But lock in your spot now – prices go up after January 15th!

Vendors – make sure to apply through the Exhibitor section (don’t buy just a regular ticket)! General attendees can just purchase the ticket appropriate to their situation. And announcing, for the first time – SINGLE DAY ATTENDANCE TICKETS!

Register for the conference

Apply to be an exhibitor

Book your hotel rooms


Apply for the 2023 Kaleidoscope Awards today!

Check out the categories and apply for the 2023 Kaleidoscope Awards. The deadline for application is February 1, 2023 at 11:59pm, so get those apps in!

If you’ve ever thought about applying, but haven’t, here are some testimonials from past winners about why awards matter and what a difference they can make for the future of your festival or event:

“Winning the new event award last year was a great reward for all those that worked hard on the event and the publicity we got for receiving the award helped us to boost our event this year and we actually were able to double the event size!” – Kristie L., The City of Kingsport (TN)

“[Our Kaleidoscope Award] has allowed us to pursue larger acts and has helped us generate more sponsorships as a now award-winning event! We’ve added it to our credenza in the office and it makes me smile every time I walk by it. :)”– Haley T., Downtown Vision Jacksonville (FL)

“It was a dream come true to receive a call from Frito-Lay after they simply Googled ‘Award-winning festivals of the south’ and at the top of that list was the SFEA Kaleidoscope Best Festival over 75K – Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival.” – Nancy K. R., Jekyll Island Authority (GA)

You don’t need to be a member to apply, but you do need to be present to win in the following categories: Best Festival or Event Over/Under $75k in Budget; Best New Event; Event Professional of the Year; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative Award; Green Initiative Award


Other Conference links:

Conference schedule

Exhibitor Layout Map

Silent Auction Donation Form

Swag Swap Donation Form

Speaker Application

Showcase Application

Vendor Special Request Form


General Session Information

Keynote: Leading Through Uncertainty & Change – Rachel Cooke of Lead Above Noise and the Modern Mentor podcast
Plenary talk: Event Safety – Danielle Hernandez of the Event Safety Alliance
Plenary talk: The “Fun”damentals of Leadership – Julie Beck of NCAFE

Breakout workshops & case studies:
Maintaining Purpose, Clarity, and Alignment (2 parts) – Rachel Cooke
Optimal Vendor Layout (2 parts) – Michael Bleau of EventHub
Kids Activities at Your Event (Interactive)

Breakout talks:
Building Events for Communities – Wright Tilley
Supply Chain Challenges – Wright Tilley
Measuring & Merchandising the Impact of Your Festival – Greg Fuson of ChandlerThinks
Crisis Planning & Communication – Danielle Hernandez of the Event Safety Alliance
Lighting Design & Safety – Bill Frey of Illuminating Design
Private/Public Partnerships & Successful Events – Haley Tinkle of Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk
How to Increase Event Revenue Through Sponsorships – Spencer Ingle of Eventeny

Panel Discussions:
Municipality/Vendor Relations
How to Create Award-Winning Festivals and Write Winning Applications

Check out our sponsorship opportunities!


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