23rd Annual CFEA Conference & Trade Show

April 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – April 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm America/Denver Timezone
Ameristar Casino
111 Richman St
Black Hawk, CO 80422
Kinsley Phillips
  • Condensed format with impactful sessions and valuable networking!
  • Trade Show with Prizes for the Passport Program
  • Fun Scavenger Hunt at the Ameristar and nearby casinos
  • Discounted Rate for Students

The only conference in Colorado designed with YOU, the festival and event professional and supplier, in mind! Network with industry leaders.  Find professional resources.  Professional development and continuing education. Exciting networking events.

Discounted CFEA Member Full Conference or Day rate available.


Full Conference registration includes all conference materials, meals, breaks, seminars, trade show and social events – including the Thursday evening reception.

Friday Day Rate includes meals, breaks, seminars, trade show and conference materials on Friday.

CFEA Member $185 per person/Non-Member $215 per person
CFEA Member Vendor $195 per person/Non-Member Vendor $225 per person
Member Booth with 1 attendee $275
Non-Member Booth with 1 attendee $375
Student rate $150

AFTER March 20, 2016
CFEA Member $210 per person/Non-Member $240 per person
CFEA Member Vendor $220 per person/Non-Member Vendor $250 per person

Register Now!


Ameristar Casino ♦ Resort ♦ Spa
Black Hawk, Colorado

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in Black Hawk offers 536 luxurious guest rooms, including 64 suites.  Rooms are comfortable, tastefully furnished and contain exquisite amenities and features to exceed the most discerning guests’ expectations.  An on-site fitness center, roof-top pool and the infamous Ara Spa will complete anyone’s overnight experience.

To make your room reservation, call Ameristar at 720-946-4000 and ask for the $99/night CFEA rate or CLICK HERE to register online. Group code is CFEB17A.  This room block will fill up, so make your reservations as soon as possible.

Room block discount rate expires March 20, 2017.

Programming Schedule

The below schedule is currently being worked on and is updated often! Check back for frequent updates and check your email for the CFEA newsletter.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

5:00 pm – Registration opens

8 – 10 pm – Meet, Greet and Gamble, the first drink is on us! We can’t wait to see all your smiling faces. Join us on the first night when we’ll mingle, break the ice and play a game or two.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Category  Time Room Session Presenter 
Registration 7-9 am Registration Opens
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 am Summit Ballroom Breakfast & Welcome
Session 9:15 – 10:30 am Peaks A  De-Mystifying “Event Design” from an Event Designer    Stefanie Lerner     Encore Creative
9:15 – 10:30 am Peaks B  Learn the nuts and bolts of planning a Denver event      Erin Atkinson      Denver Office of Special Events
10:30 – 10:45 am Hall TRADE SHOW
Session 10:45 – 11:30 am Peak A  Avoid burnout, complete goals and manage your time like a boss!        Ira Johnson        Happy Llama Inc.
10:45 – 11:30 am Peak B The Mayor of Heidi Town will discuss how to take advantage of social media platforms and savvy people to promote you event! Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer Heidi Town
Lunch 12:00 – 1:30 pm Summit Ballroom Lunch and Annual Meeting
1:30 – 2:30 pm Hall TRADE SHOW
Session 2:45 – 3:30 pm Peaks A     Beverage Panel:      Learn from experts in the liquor beverage industry regarding event engagement and best practices! Representatives from the beverage industry from distributors to liquor brands
2:45 – 3:30 pm Peaks B Video Streaming Solutions: Learn about different solutions for live video streaming your conferences and events, including Livestream Studio, YouTube or Google.        John Aden         Denver Open Media Foundation
Session 3:45 – 4:30 pm Peaks A     Sponsor Panel:      Back by popular demand! Hear from professionals who work directly with event producers regarding the techniques of sponsorship development  Representatives and community relation specialists in television, print media and corporate
3:45 – 4:30 pm Peaks B Cannabis: Is Regulation Necessary? Colorado is an ever changing world of rules and new opportunities, learn what’s new!      Mike Wise       Smoke Screen Productions, OG Labs
Networking Reception 5:00 – 7:00 pm Cliffside and Hall Trade Show, networking, heavy apps/drinks
Evening Activity 7:00 – 9:00 pm Black Hawk Scavenger Hunt
Hospitality Suite 9:00 – 11:00 pm 9th Floor Hospitality Suite


Friday, April 7, 2017

Category Time Room Session Presenter
Breakfast 9:00 – 9:45 am Summitt Ballroom Continental Breakfast
Session 9:15 – 11:00 am Summitt Ballroom Keynote Speaker Chuck Blakeman   TEDx Speaker on The Emerging Work World in the Participation Age
Prize Drawings 11:00 – 11:30 pm Cliffside Drawings for Trade Show Passport and Auction Pickup


Help us make this year’s auction one of the best yet! We need your auction donations, build support for CFEA. Click on the button below to register your item(s) or CLICK HERE for a downloadable auction form

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Trade Show

Featured Trade Show Exhibitors

Bonacquisti Wine Company

Colorado Barricade

Common Area Maintenance (CAM)

Diamond Standard Events

Golf Tournaments Inc. (GTI Golf Carts)

Goodbye Blue Monday

Infunity Events

Kaleidoscope Productions


Radio Resources Inc.

Salida Circus

Spinhead Media

Sunny Communications

The Wright Group

Tri-State Fireworks, Inc.

United Site Services

Register Your Vendor Booth Now!