Connect California is an education conference and appointment-only trade show taking place at Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, March 22-23.  The event brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in specialty, association, corporate and sports meetings and events for two days of general sessions, roundtables, workshops, pre-set appointments and networking. The appointment-only trade show is the business marketplace, where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business. The focus on education at Connect California allows you to brush up on your skills, learn about trending topics, get business advice from speakers and enjoy networking with other industry professionals.



  1. Register and Pay. Get your $200 registration fee back after you have completed all scheduled appointments
  2. Travel to Irvine. We call you, book your flight (if necessary) and pay for it, too.
  3. Connect with Peers. Meet with suppliers in one-on-one appointments.
  4. Learn from Experts. Enjoy in-depth, interactive education on in-demand topics.
  5. Unwind and Mingle. Continue networking at our fun receptions.


Register Now!

A few helpful tips for filling out your Connect California registration:

  • If you leave the site during your session, your information will be saved for you to complete at anytime.
  • Once you are registered, you can log back in up to two weeks before the show to update your
    information. For instance, if we ask for a 100-word description on your event, you can put in "TBD"
    and come back to it later.
  • To sign back in to the registration site, you will need your user name and password created at the time of registering. The information you supply is what we will use for the Connect California appointment portal for all attendees to see.
  • Payment is required, however you can select “check payment” and we will send you a confirmation email containing an invoice you can submit. This option is available up to 30 days before the show. After that we will only accept credit card payments.
  • If you selected to bring an additional attendee, you can log back in up to 3 weeks before the show with that person’s information. But please enter "TBD" in that section so the system will save all information.

Who's attending: Suppliers

"As an innovative hub, the city of Irvine and Destination Irvine saw a partnership with Connect, and the opportunity to host its 2016 Connect California, as a way to go beyond a traditional trade show and bring something original and beneficial to our state’s meeting industry.


The prearranged format of Connect California matches planners’ needs with suppliers’ solutions, allowing attendees to better engage. Both planners and suppliers benefit from high-level education sessions, programming and networking opportunities.


Hosting Connect California allowed us to showcase our destination. As “America’s Safest Big City,” Irvine has 16 hotels, unique off-site meeting venues, miles of hiking and biking trails, shopping, diverse dining and family-friendly activities. All this, along with the city’s close proximity to the area’s popular beaches and attractions, makes it an ideal meeting location."


Linda DiMario

Vice President,

Economic Development & Tourism,

Irvine Chamber of Commerce/
Destination Irvine

Host Sponsor