New Ideas Annual Conference

2023 Social Events

All social events are included in full registration and are subject to change.

Welcome Mix & Mingle (12:00 - 2:30 PM)

There is no better way to catch up with old friends than over brunch! Join us and our friends at Visit Dallas for a kick-off brunch to welcome all of us to New Ideas 2023. Mingle with your industry friends and colleagues over delicious bites and mimosas. It has been a long since we have all been together let’s catch up over brunch before the show begins.

Newbie Orientation (12:45 - 1:45 PM)

Don’t miss the kick-off of the 2022 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!

Experience Hall Opens (1:00 PM)

Stop by the first ever New Ideas Experience Hall, where innovation, engagement, and networking come together in a dynamic and unconventional exhibit hall setting. Unlike traditional exhibit halls, our New Ideas Experience Hall is designed to inspire creativity, foster meaningful connections, and provide a memorable experience for attendees.

Opening Night with Visit Fort Worth (7:00 - 9:00 PM)

Start off with a bang where Johnny, Willie and Waylon would be proud to hang out. Mix and mingle with your fellow TSAE attendees at Second Rodeo Brewing, a venue inspired by the outlaw cowboys of old in the heart of Mule Alley in the historic Stockyards. Come dressed for the Modern West and enjoy live music, cold brews and a casual dinner in this unexpected spot. Even if it is your first rodeo, you’ll feel the Fort Worth spirit in no time!

9:01 TSAE After Party (9:01 - 11:00 PM)

For the first time, TSAE would like to invite you to a fundraising after-party at 9:01 PM at the Sidesaddle Saloon. Grab a drink, mingle and enjoy live music in a stunning cocktail bar in the middle of Mule Alley. Additional ticket purchase required. Limited capacity.

Experience Hall Opens (7:45 AM)

As you step into the New Ideas Experience Hall, immediately notice an atmosphere buzzing with energy and excitement. The space is thoughtfully curated to showcase collaborative activations & tabletop exhibits to fuel your conference experience. The engaging activations scattered throughout are there to provide a refreshing break from conference sessions, allowing you to immerse yourself in a playful and charming environment. Grab a beverage, listen to live music, capture your mood with a caricature artist, or just relax and recharge!

Awards Luncheon (12:00 - 1:30 PM)

Enjoy a delicious lunch and conversation with fellow attendees as we honor the 2023 TSAE Award winners. This year's awards categories have been updated and refeshed. Let's recognize these outstanding efforts in the idustry.

Excursions in Fort Worth (3:45 - 6:00 PM)

Make the most of your time in Fort Worth with one of our excursions and experience what Fort Worth has to offer, learn a new skill, or give back to the community. Explore the Modern West and discover the unexpected.

All tours are arranged by Visit Fort Worth. Transportation will be provided when applicable.

Excursions are included in your full conference registration and selected at time of registration. Filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appreciate Film at the National Cowgirl Museum

Calling all film and history buffs! After an introduction to the National Cowgirl Museum, sip some bubbly while you hear from a panel of members of the film community about this exciting era in Fort Worth film.

After the panel, explore the world of the cowgirl in the only museum in the nation dedicated to honoring women of the West. Tap into your pioneer spirit as you roam the museum’s interactive exhibits. Discover the special bond between the horse, the women and the West in the It’s Never Just a Horse exhibition. The Cowgirls and the Wild West Shows Gallery displays the historical significance of the cowgirls who performed in the Wild West shows from the 1880s to early 20th century.

The National Cowgirl Museum plays an integral role in celebrating film in Fort Worth. Previous exhibits offered a behind-the-scenes look at projects produced in Fort Worth such as 12 Mighty Orphans and the Paramount+ series 1883.

The Fort Worth Film Commission has worked with hundreds of film projects since 2015, raising awareness of Fort Worth as a city for creative industries and as a tourist destination.

Capacity: 50

Get Wild at the Fort Worth Zoo

Get in touch with your wild side with behind-the-scenes fun including a scavenger hunt at one of the nation’s top-ranked zoos. Learn how to round ‘em up and move ‘em out at Texas Wild!, a hands-on exhibit that showcases the unique wildlife of the Lone Star State, complete with a petting zoo. Say hello to a family of Asian elephants or visit all four great ape species in the 2.5-acre world of primates. Feed the giraffe herd in the African Savanna habitat with lettuce for purchase. Get eye-to-eye with endangered reptiles and amphibians at the Museum of Living Art (MOLA). With all these activities and more, it’s easy to see why visitors and locals alike love the Fort Worth Zoo.

Capacity: 50 SOLD OUT

Cowboy Up and then Cool Off at Tannahill’s Tavern

*This excursion leaves at 3:15pm.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a cowboy, here’s your chance to find out! Experience life on the cattle trail first-hand at an educational experience with The Fort Worth Herd. After a meet and greet with the Drovers, the men and women responsible for leading and caring for the cattle on their daily drives, watch the past come to life at the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. After, the Drovers will demonstrate tools which were used during the cattle drive era and talk about life on the trail. Other activities can include: viewing the grooming and saddling of a horse, roping, branding, chuck wagon stories, photo opportunities and cattle drive demos. Then mosey on over to Tannahill’s Tavern, renowned Chef Tim Love’s newest music hall, for a tour, light bites and cocktails.

Capacity: 50 SOLD OUT
Mosey into Acre Distilling: Spirit Tasting & Tour

Imbibe with the best of ‘em at one of the Ten Best Craft Distillery Tasting Rooms in America. Just a 5-block walk from the Omni, Acre Distilling Co. is at the heart of the area once aptly named Hell’s Half Acre. This was Fort Worth’s den of iniquities in the late 19th century and saw the likes of Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and Etta Place. Once you’re settled in the tasting room, sample a lineup of Acre spirits and cocktails produced in-house and learn the history behind Hell's Half Acre. Between tastings, listen to a Fort Worth local artist and network with your fellow TSAE attendees. Don’t forget to purchase a bottle of your new favorite spirit to take home!

Capacity: 50 SOLD OUT

Service through Supplies: Support Local Classrooms 

The Welman Project is a local nonprofit on a mission to fill a classroom, not a landfill! Through creative repurposing of surplus business waste, it gives teachers across DFW the tools and support to provide vital hands-on learning opportunities to every student. At the Welman Project facility, you and your fellow TSAE cohorts will prep creative reuse materials, assemble project kits and help organize inventory, all so teachers can easily receive the free supplies they need to enhance their classrooms. The Welman Project is a short 7-minute bus ride from the Omni Fort Worth.

Capacity: 50

*If you would like to change or cancel your excursion, please do so upon arrival at New Ideas at the Visit Fort Worth table. 

Newbie Meet-Up (7:00 PM)

Want to Meet Up Before Dinner? Connect with other newbies right before grabbing dinner leading up to the Dessert Party. You can discuss the day’s sessions, offer advice, and even share stories from the day. Meet us on the Sundance Terrace and connect with new friends from the conference.

Dessert Reception with Omni Hotels & Resorts (8:30 - 10:30 PM)

Welcome to Club 817. Dance the night away, Fort Worth style! For one night only, the area between the Omni Hotel’s Whiskey & Rye bar and Cast Iron restaurant will turn into western night club created specifically for TSAE attendees. Wear your boots and two-step to your heart’s content.

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