Networking Events


Monday, May 20 • 7:00-10:00pm
Churchill Downs First Turn Club

Annnd we're off!

Right out of the gate, WEC Louisville is going big. For our Opening Celebration, we'll be taking over the brand new First Turn at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. We encourage guests to wear their “Derby Best” attire for a one-of-a-kind experience. You'll reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and experience amazing cuisine and cocktails that only Churchill Downs can serve up. Don't worry, the Mint Juleps are on us.





Tuesday, May 21 • 6:15-9:30pm
Mellwood Art Center
Separate Ticket Required

The Classiest
Dinner of the Year

Join us a Mellwood Art Center for MPI's President's Dinner, where senior planners, supplier leadership, hosted buyers, MPI board members and chapter leaders will all be in attendance. Join us as we celebrate industry stalwart Steve O'Malley, COO - Business Events Solutions at Maritz, for his exceptional contributions to our industry, along with MPI volunteer leaders and industry champions.

Aloe Blacc
Featuring Aloe Blacc

Headlining Entertainment



Hilton - For The Stay

Founding Sponsor






Tuesday, May 21 • 9:00pm - Midnight
Mercury Ballroom
Separate Ticket Required

Celebrate 40 years of the MPI Foundation at the iconic Mercury Ballroom, Louisville's eclectic concert venue featuring rock royalty memorabilia sprinkled throughout. This event will feature elegant VIP areas, as well as some outside seating for those wanting fresh air while still enjoying great networking!

All night long, you'll get down while giving back to your industry. All proceeds benefit the MPI Foundation, so there's never been a better reason to rendezvous.

* Tickets for Rendezvous can be added to your cart as your go through the WEC registration process. If you have already registered for WEC, click the "Already Registered" link on the first page of registration and then modify your registration to add Rendezvous to your cart. Rendezvous tickets can also be purchased on-site but please note that there are a limited number of tickets available.

Sponsored by

Live Nation

Mercury Ballroom
Michaelis Events
Neste Live!
Monterey Meetings
Visit California

Wednesday, May 22 • 7:00-10:00pm
4th Street Live!

We're taking it to the street.

You'll have a ball—a giant, sparkling disco ball—at the Closing Celebration. Did you know that Louisville is one of the world's largest producer of disco balls? It's true, and we cannot wait to welcome MPI guests for some retro revelry! No one throws a street party better than 4th Street Live, offering live disco music along with great food and cocktails. Can ya dig it?




Fourth Street Live
Refined Social