NETWORKING & EXCURSIONS

No event gives you this much networking. From our happy hours and receptions to our optional add-on afternoon field trips, excursions and more!

MONDAY MAY 14

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: ALCATRAZ | 8:30am-Noon
Alcatraz. Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated in San Francisco from 1934-1963 brought a dark mystique to what was called “The Rock.” If you’re an out of town EMS attendee, no trip to San Fran is complete without a tour of Alcatraz. Experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay. You’ll be astounded by what you learn and see in this morning excursion to this incredible place. Cost: $75 additional fee includes Alcatraz tour ticket plus transport between the Marriott Marquis and Alcatraz Ferry as well as ferry ticket to go to and return from Alcatraz Island. Tour departs the Marriott Marquis lobby at 8:30 a.m. for the Alcatraz Ferry and is expected to return back to the Marriott Marquis around noon.

OPENING RECEPTION | 4:30-6:30pm
It’s the first night of the Summit—a time for mingling, networking and cocktails. The EMS Opening Reception is your chance to reconnect with colleagues and meet new industry peers. This is a “can’t miss” opportunity to trade business cards, meet with new product and services suppliers and just plain “hang out” with the industry’s latest and greatest. Come early and stay late. (Admission to reception included with EMS registration.)

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: SAN FRAN GIANTS BASEBALL GAME | 5:30-10:30pm
Come join 50 of your newest best friends for a group trip to AT&T Park as the Giants take on the Reds. Cost: $75 per person. Excursion package includes ticket and roundtrip shuttle transportation (leaves Marriott at 5:30pm; returns to Marriott after the game… no penalty if you leave early and take an Uber back on your own). All 50 tickets are together in club level 200. Tip: If you’re attending the game with others, please reach out to mflores@accessintel.com so we can make sure we keep your seats together.

EX AWARDS GALA AND AFTER PARTY | 7:00-11:00pm
What started as the Oscars of event marketing has turned into the industry’s Golden Globes–600 of the world’s best marketers get rowdy as they celebrate the best campaigns of the year. Cost: $375 includes dinner, awards program and after-party. Tables of 10 also available. Note that an Ex Award ticket is not included in any kind of attendee/speaker registration and must be purchased separately. (Takes place at The Warfield Theater, 982 Market St.)

TUESDAY MAY 15

OPTIONAL WAKE-UP 5K RUN | 6:30-7:15am
Join other EMS runners for three (or if you want, six) miles of networking. Each morning we will start at the Marriott and take a jog amid some of San Francisco’s best run routes. Group stretch in the Marriott lobby at 6:20 a.m.; group leaves at 6:30 a.m. (There is no charge to participate but you must sign up online when you register for EMS. No walk-ups will be accepted.)

BREAKFAST AT WARFIELD THEATER | 7:45-8:30am
Get up and come on down before our morning keynotes held at the Warfield Theater for a cup of coffee, some fruit, and many conversations with fellow attendees.

COFFEE BREAK | 11:30-12:15pm
Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the industry’s best experiential partners in the Solutions Center.

NETWORKING LUNCH | 12:15-1:15pm
Come grab a bite and meet the industry’s greatest and talk about the industry’s latest. Chat up the day’s sessions, meet new colleagues or reconnect with old friends.

COFFEE BREAK | 3:15-4:00pm
Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the industry’s best experiential partners in the Solutions Center.

WOMEN IN EVENTS | 4:00-5:15pm
The annual networking learning mixers returns in San Francisco with all-new content, all-new drinks and all new ways to connect with fellow EMSers. (Function open to registered EMS ladies only. Sorry, guys.)

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HAPPY HOUR | 5:00-6:30pm
The EMS reception is always a who’s-who of event marketing. Reconnect with old colleagues and meet new peeps—grab a cocktail and enjoy great conversations with your industry peers. Only EMS brings together more than 1,000 elite event marketers at our networking events. This is a “can’t miss” opportunity to trade business cards, meet with new product and services suppliers and just plain “hang out” with the industry’s latest and greatest. This is the last major networking reception of the Summit so don’t miss it. (Admission to reception included with EMS registration.)

EMS LATE-NIGHT, POWERED BY NVE: THE EXPERIENCE AGENCY | 9:30-Midnight
This year’s official EMS party will be epic—from the music to the cocktails to the experience, you will have a blast. Come get your groove on. Mix and mingle with the world’s greatest event marketers. And raise more than a few glasses to the power of the experiential marketing industry. Location: 420 Mason Street, San Francisco. Theme and performer to be announced April 15.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 16

OPTIONAL WAKE-UP 5K RUN | 6:30-7:15am
Join other EMS runners for three (or if you want, six) miles of networking. Each morning we will start at the Marriott and take a jog amid some of San Francisco’s best run routes. Group stretch in the Marriott lobby at 6:20 a.m.; group leaves at 6:30 a.m. (There is no charge to participate but you must sign up online when you register for EMS. No walk-ups will be accepted.)

BREAKFAST | 8:00-9:00am
Get up and come on down for a cup of coffee, some fruit, and many conversations with fellow attendees.

COFFEE BREAK | 10:45-11:30am
Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the industry’s best experiential partners in the Solutions Center.

NETWORKING LUNCH | 12:15-1:15pm
Come grab a bite and meet the industry’s greatest and talk about the industry’s latest. Chat up the day’s sessions, meet new colleagues or reconnect with old friends.

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