New Ideas Annual Conference

2021 Social Events

All included in full registration. Subject to change. More details to come.

New Ideas Safety Plan

Newbie Orientation (Sunday, September 19)

Don’t miss the kick-off of the 2021 TSAE New Ideas Conference. This orientation is open to first-time conference attendees and ambassadors.

Enjoy hearing from TSAE leadership and members as you learn about the different aspects of this conference from education sessions, activations, and social events. You’ll also have time to start making connections and seeing your TSAE friends.

We can’t wait to welcome you!

Ambassador & Newbie Reception (Sunday, September 19)

New to TSAE or New Ideas? Join us at our reception before we take off for the Sunday night party on the beach and meet fellow new members, first time attendees and TSAE board, committee and staff members.

Visit Corpus Christi Opening Night Celebration  (Sunday, September 19)

Nothing says welcome to the Gulf Coast Capital like a party on the beach! Come and Coast with us at the Beach Party happening right along the bayfront! Enjoy the coastal breeze, live music, and signature South Texas treats and drinks. Be sure to bring your flip-flops and best all-white outfit for live music, good times, and great company.

Awards Luncheon

Enjoy a wonderful lunch and conversation with fellow attendees as we honor the 2021 TSAE Award winners.

Omni Dessert Reception (Monday, September 20)

Get coastal with us and dive into our custom dessert spread at the Sand & Sweets Reception. Enjoy live music and a variety of entertainers as you sip on a Corpus Christi Cooler. Don’t miss this chance to discover your new favorite sweet treat, courtesy of the Omni Culinary Team!

Excursions in Corpus Christi (Monday, September 20)

These exciting afternoon outings will help make the most of your time in Corpus Christi. Take a few hours on Monday afternoon to get out and see what the city offers, learn a new skill, or give back to the community. It is a perfect way to meet new people in a fun and relaxed setting. All tours are sponsored by Visit Corpus Christi.

Excursions are included in your full conference registration and selected at time of registration and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to change or cancel your excursion, please do so upon arrival at New Ideas at the Visit Corpus Christi table. Specific details and safety precautions will be shared prior to the event. Participating in an excursion prohibits you from attending the Deep Dive education session "Innovate to Elevate: Going Deeper with DEI".


Tour a local brewery while enjoying a beer tasting and light hors d'oeuvres. Capacity: 15

Ceramics on the Coast FULL

Partake in a pottery lesson with Moon Stoned pottery and a Wilhelmi art tour at Art Museum of South Texas. Capacity: 15

Come Sail Away FULL

Relax on the water with the best views of Corpus Christi you can imagine. Learn to sail, have a drink, or soak up some sun. Capacity: 6

Corpus Christi: Cooler on the Bay FULL

Take an afternoon cruise aboard the Texas Tease featuring a private bartender conducting a cocktail demonstration. Capacity: 20

Lockdown on the Lex FULL

Try to break out of one of two escape rooms ("Beat the Blast" or "Face Your Fears") on the first aircraft carrier to have escape rooms. Capacity: 10 per mission

Lone Star Surfer FULL

Participate in a Coastal Cooler Cocktail making class at the Surf Museum. Capacity: 20

Made in Corpus Christi FULL

Four local makers will conduct "make and take" classes for attendees in candle making, jewelry making, etc. at BUS (Bus Under the Sun). Capacity: 20

Opening the Vault: Curated & Curious

Learn from a history of the cowboy and leather making demo or history of the Native Americans and medicine bag demo. Capacity: 15

The World is Your Oyster FULL

Enjoy a private oyster shucking class and catch a vibe of gulf coast seafood fun! Capacity: 10

Under the Sea FULL

Get up close and personal with the creatures of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean at the Texas State Aquarium. Capacity: two groups of 10

Volunteer: Beautify the Bayfront

Leave your mark on the Gulf Coast Capital through a collaborative beautification project hosted by the Downtown Management District and the Corpus Christi Marina. Capacity: 20

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