Management Conference

2019 Management Conference and Festivals & Events Institute

Hilton Garden Inn
Suffolk, Virginia

NEW FOR 2019:  Festivals & Events Institute Component

NEW FOR 2019:  Special Events Component:  Saturday - Monday noon

NEW FOR 2019:  Special Events Component:  Saturday - Monday noon

2019 E-Blast Archive

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Exhibitors and Sponsors

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*New for 2018:  all education session proposals must be submitted online via the "Online Education Session Proposal Link" below.  All speaker information, including contact information regarding questions, is included in the "Speaker Information Packet" and should be read prior to submitting proposals.

*Submission deadline is 9/30/2018.

Speaker Information Packet - COMING SOON!

Online Education Session Proposal Link

Festival and Events RFP

  • The Virginia Recreation and Parks Society (VRPS) is seeking proposals for a turn-key “Showcase style” entertainment event as part of the VRPS Festival and Event Institute and Management Conference to be held February 23-26, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, Suffolk, VA. The showcase is an opportunity to present in one evening the up and coming, unique, or tried and true entertainers from your roster to the decision makers for dozens of represented festivals and events. Includes the opportunity for artists to mingle with the delegates during the showcase.
  • The Showcase will take place Sunday, February 24th 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Hotel Ballroom. Actual performance time will be 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • The VRPS Management Conference and Festival and Events Institute is an educational conference that offers two tracks of education to professionals in the Parks and Recreation and events industry.

Learn more and submit your RFP online here.

Learn more and submit your online RFP here.
Learn more and submit your online RFP here.


Does the RFP request one company to provide entertainment for a 2.5 hour period as well as all production components?

Yes, VRPS seeks one vendor to provide the entertainment and production. Should you need to sub out the production elements, please state so on your proposal and we will consider an award for the entertainment alone.

Does this request have a budget or are you suggesting that the benefit is the opportunity to promote entertainment the chosen company is associated with?

While we would appreciate a vendor to consider this a sponsorship in exchange for the exposure the Society can provide, we understand there may be some costs to VRPS associated with the showcase. The conference budget allows for a portion of the expenses, if necessary.