Official IPW Events

To learn more about official events during IPW 2017, click on the name of the event below.

Airport Experience, Hilton Welcome Lounge
Picture Yourself in the Oval Office
Press Brunch at the Newseum
Press Room
MICE Brunch and Tours
Chinese VIP Tour
Opening Night
Closing Night

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Hilton Welcome Lounge

Where IPW Lands at Washington Dulles International Airport


  • Friday, June 2: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 4: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Discover baggage claim transformed to a VIP lounge just for you, adjacent to carousel 10.

Enjoy refreshments including beer and wine from Virginia’s Cultural Region, snacks, and a welcome gift. Settle in for a chair massage and relax until the IPW team escorts you to your hotel shuttle; scheduled to run every 30 minutes.

Or, if you’re traveling into Washington Reagan National Airport, you’ll find volunteers in teal shirts ready to greet you with a welcome gift and information about Washington, DC. Look for the Amtrak train welcome table and gifts at Union Station, too.

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Access to the “Oval Office”

In the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

On your way to the IPW exhibit hall, stop by our replica of the Oval Office to have your picture taken at the most famous desk in the world. Tag your photos #MyDCcool and #ipw17 when you share on social media.

You’ll be under the care of a Secret Service agent who has stepped out from Madame Tussauds Washington, DC. Visit Madame Tussauds to see all 45 American presidents.

Meet the Destination DC team of experts ready help make reservations and share insider tips, hot happenings, and ways to maximize your free time at IPW.

Ask for your Uber code for a free ride to Tanger Outlets National Harbor.

Book your pre- or post-IPW specialty tour with Reston Limousine from the Oval Office. These tours are free for buyers and press while space is available.

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Press Brunch at the Newseum

Sunday, June 4, 9 – 11 a.m.
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001

This event is for registered press only.

Shuttle buses will depart from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 8:30 a.m., or the Newseum is an easy walk from the downtown hotels.

The Newseum is one of the world’s most interactive museums dedicated to freedom of speech. The museum will be closed to the public during this event, allowing IPW press delegates total access.

Rare Essence, DC’s famous go-go band will jump start the morning.  The event commences promptly at 9 a.m. with a welcome from industry leaders including Washington, DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser, followed by delicious brunch and cocktails. Be sure to check out the breathtaking views on the terrace overlooking the U.S. Capitol.

Delegates will explore stellar Newseum exhibits, including:

  • Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics
  • Pulitzer Prize photographs
  • 1967: Civil Rights at 50
  • 9/11 Gallery
  • Inside Today’s FBI
  • Berlin Wall Gallery

Press sightseeing tours will depart from the Newseum with a send-off from DC’s unique Batala, an all-female Brazilian drumming brigade. Bottled water from the Museum of the Bible (opening November 2017) will keep busy journalists refreshed.

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Press Room

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room #146 ABC

The press room is open to registered IPW press delegates only.


  • Saturday, June 3: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 4: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 5: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 6: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 7: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Recharge, relax and write in the fully-equipped press room. Fill your Washington, DC itinerary with insider tips and unique story ideas. The Washington, DC team of experts will suggest attractions, experiences, restaurants and more to ensure your trip is complete with #MyDCcool moments and editorial opportunities.

Look for special surprises in the press room, including a virtual reality DC experience, a bite of the city’s dining delights and special performances highlighting DC’s jazz and theater scenes.

Upon arrival, meet the Destination DC team and pick up a welcome gift from Washington, DC and the host city partners. Be sure to confirm your press tour. Ask for your Uber code for a free ride to Tanger Outlets National Harbor.

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MICE Brunch at the Knight Conference Center

Sunday, June 4, 10:30 a.m.
Newseum – Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
Freedom Forum Entrance, on 6th Street

This event is for registered MICE Buyers only.

Shuttle buses will depart from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 10:00 a.m., or the Knight Conference Center is an easy walk from the downtown hotels.

MICE buyers will experience some of Washington, DC’s unique venues and views available for future meetings and incentives including

  • Brunch at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center & Capitol View Terrace
  • Private tour of the U.S. Capitol Building
  • “Spy Sites” preview and hard hat tour of the relocating and expanding International Spy Museum
  • Champagne reception at The Hay-Adams Hotel’s, Top of the Hay overlooking the White House and Washington Monument

Events DC, the operator of Washington, DC’s major municipal spaces including the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, RFK Stadium, DC Armory and more will offer a virtual reality experience so MICE Buyers can tour all the Events DC facilities at brunch!

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Chinese VIP Tour

Sunday, June 4; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This event is for registered Chinese buyer delegates only, with prior RSVP. 

Shuttles will depart the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 10 a.m. immediately following the U.S. Travel-hosted Chinese buyer orientation.

Hilton joins Washington, DC to provide the IPW Chinese delegation a day of special experiences.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Big Bus Washington, DC, Potomac Riverboat Cruises and U.S. Capitol Visitors Center will all roll out the figurative “red carpet” to welcome these special Chinese guests.

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Opening event: Celebrate Under the Stars at the National Air and Space Museum and the National Mall

Sunday, June 4
National Mall & 4th Street, NW

Event: 7 – 10 p.m.
Big Bus Night Tours: 9:45 – 10:30 p.m.

This event is open to all registered IPW delegates. Shuttle busses will depart from the host hotels from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Do wear comfortable shoes; large bags are not permitted. All guests must prominently display IPW credentials and will pass through security screening, both inside and outside.

The National Mall
There’s nothing like twilight on the National Mall, known as “America’s Front Yard.”

Jam to a sunset concert featuring DC’s finest talent and thrilling entertainment with a view of the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, memorials, and Smithsonian museums.

Block Party on 4th Street
The quintessential American summer party is a block party!

On 4th Street (behind the stage) you’ll find DC’s famous Rocklands Barbeque.

Play yard games from Pinstripes, United Airlines and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Be dazzled by mysterious entertainers from the International Spy Museum.

Light up the night as you dance under the stars with your red glow bracelet from Tanger Outlets. You’ll be inspired by Tanger’s spectacular performers who will amaze with their wondrous attire and artistry.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Just for IPW, you’ll have a private, VIP experience in America’s most popular museum.

The National Air and Space Museum holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and space craft in the world including the Apollo 11 module, the Friendship 7 capsule flown by John Glenn and the Wright brothers’ plane.

Thrill your senses with the Museum’s high-tech delights.

Be a part of the action in the sky in flight simulators

“Spacewalk: Danger in Orbit”! Experience the thrill of leaving Earth in the motion-based 3D virtual reality ride—the first of its kind in North America.

Immerse yourself in the stars in the Einstein Planetarium. Shows are every 30 minutes.

Sink into a 75’ wide screen at the Lockheed IMAX theater and experience

7:15 p.m. – To Fly
This documentary film created just for the National Air and Space Museum in 1976 is the quintessential IMAX movie that made the format famous.

8 p.m. – National Parks Adventure 3D
The exhilarating beauty of America’s landscapes will take your breath away.

9 p.m. – A Beautiful Planet
The party continues inside the museum with a hot DJ and great food and drinks!

Sip fashionably on a Tangertini cocktail from Tanger Outlets

Feast upon
Big Bus, Big Flavor BBQ Beef
United Airlines Transcontinental Curry
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Artisan Virginia Ham and Rolls
IAD->BJS, Washington Dulles International Airport Chinese Takeout
Madame Tussauds Mushroom Salad
International Spy Museum Super Top Secret Recipe Corn Soufflé
Entertainment Cruises Fresh Feta and Watermelon Salad
American Express All-American Mini Pudding and Ice Cream Dessert Cups
Museum of the Bible Heavenly Desserts (Assortment of Trifles)
Lufthansa Lucky Lemon Bars

Big Bus Night Tours
When the music stops, the night is still young!

At 9:45 p.m. follow the Lufthansa “air traffic control” glow sticks to the Big Bus double-decker open-top sightseeing busses on 3rd Street (just behind the stage). You’ll be whisked through the monuments and memorials on a moonlight ride you’re sure to remember.

Night tours will last approximately 45 minutes and drop guests off at the host hotels. Be sure to board a bus that will bring you back to the hotel where you want to be.

The IPW opening event is co-hosted by Brand USA and Destination DC.

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Closing event: A Grand Slam in the Capital Region at Nationals Park

Wednesday, June 7, 7 – 10 p.m.
Washington Nationals Park
N & Half Streets, SE, Washington, DC

This event is open to all registered IPW delegates. Shuttle busses will depart from the host hotels from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Do wear comfortable shoes; large bags are not permitted. All guests must prominently display IPW credentials and will pass through security screening to enter the park.

Baseball, America’s Favorite Pastime
The popular Washington Nationals professional baseball team will host you at this state-of-the-art stadium in DC’s burgeoning Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

Big Bus Welcome!
What happens when four American presidents get on a Big Bus open-top tour bus? Snap your #MyDCcool/#ipw17 selfie with this crazy spectacle.

Rockin’ Center Field Plaza Stage
Artists from Virginia and Maryland will have you dancing all night long.

No BS! Brass Band
This horn-driven 10-piece band from Richmond, Virginia unleashes a thrilling blast of fun-fueled, rock and jazz.

The Reagan Years
Who doesn’t love a cover band? Sing along to your favorite 80’s pop, rock, new wave and heavy metal hits.

Three Sheets to the Wind
An acclaimed “party-rock” band, Three Sheets will make you move!

Ballpark Exclusives
Live Like a Pro-Baller
Take a swing in the batting cages or throw a pitch in the bullpen. Enter between Sections 134-135. There is limited access with priority for Buyers and Press delegates.

Stadium Tours
Explore behind the scenes including the luxury suites, press box, bullpen, dugout and more! Tours will depart every 30 minutes from Section 119.

On the Field
Snap your #ipw17 and #MyDCcool selfie from second base! Enter between Sections 111 and 112. You must wear flat shoes. Does your outfit require high heels? Don’t worry, Virginia Beach will give you a free pair of flip flops and a bag for your shoes.

Heads Up, Here Comes the NatPack!
Games, prizes and fun are on the loose in the Park. Watch for your chance to play and win!

See your face in 4,500 square feet of light
The Nats high-definition scoreboard is state-of-the art. Catch the host and camera to share your favorite #MyDCcool IPW moment with all of Nats Park.

Pose with Babe Ruth
The “greatest baseball player of all time,” Babe Ruth is warming up to take a picture with you at Section 116, courtesy of Madame Tussauds.

Bird’s Eye View
Visit the PNC Diamond Club, where luxury box holders dine during the games. Enjoy a sweeping view of the park and take a virtual reality bike tour of the city provided by Events DC.

Delight in the Capital Region
Step into life-size postcards highlighting the best of what Maryland and Virginia have to offer.

Scenic Byways
Take a road trip on picturesque highways.

America’s first settlement was in Virginia; the region is full of rich colonial, civil war and civil rights history. George Washington from Mount Vernon will share a warm welcome. Pose for your own George Washington portrait.

Hit the Beach
Sun, surf and sand are an easy drive from Washington, DC. Pack your shades and sunscreen.

Food and Drink
Fill up on the tastes and smells of the region’s cuisine including Chesapeake crab cakes, Virginia ham, Old Bay chicken, farm fresh corn and more. Save room for the Entertainment Cruises ice cream!

Sample local beer and wine. Popular craft breweries are found across the DC metro area. Virginia’s Cultural Region offers breathtaking wine country and elegant wines.

Baby, You’re a Firework
#ipw17 closes with a bang. Enjoy a fireworks finale at 9:45 p.m. The best seats for the show are in Sections 104-107.

The IPW closing event is co-hosted by Brand USA and Destination DC in partnership with the Capital Region USA: Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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