Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception

opening and reception

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Opening Ceremony: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
Suggested dress: Smart casual

Please join us for the ICMGP2017 opening ceremony and welcome reception taking place at the historic Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, one block from the Convention Centre and the Omni Hotel. The official launch of the Conference will not only set the tone and provide an overview of what is to come for the week ahead, but also feature signature New England entertainment, sure to inspire and delight. Our welcome reception will be held in and throughout the recently renovated auditorium, and will be a great chance to catch-up with old friends and make some new ones as we begin our conference program. A generous reception menu will be offered, along with cash bars.

Tuesday Evening Social Program

What is more American than food and baseball? Tuesday evening’s social program will provide an opportunity to experience American Cuisine or American Baseball.

Dine around Providence

dine around

Tuesday July, 18, 2017
When: 7:00 pm onwards
Various restaurants in downtown Providence
Suggested dress: Smart casual

The culinary scene in Providence is an exceptional blend of traditional, cultural and modern. Go Providence, the local Providence Warwick Visitors and Convention Bureau, has reserved seats in some of the finest restaurant in Providence. Visit the Go Providence table, on-site at the conference in our ICMGP Registration & Information area, to acquire reservations. Don’t miss this chance to socialize, network, and get to know your colleagues! Please note: this is a user-pay activity. All restaurants will be within walking distance of the RICC.

View the Providence restaurants featured in our user-pay dine around program. You can, of course, enjoy them any other evening on your own.

Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Game

dine around

Tuesday July, 18, 2017
When: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Suggested dress: Casual
Bus will depart for the ballfield from outside the RICC/Omni Hotel at 6:00 pm and return to the same location after the game. Return time is approximate

The local minor league (AAA) baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox, is playing the Toledo Mudhens at 7:05 pm. You can get your tickets to the game in advance here. The $20 ticket includes round trip transportation to the ball park and a reserved ticket to the game.

Gala Event & WaterFire Display


Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Skyline at Waterplace, One Finance Way, Providence, RI
Suggested dress: Smart casual

Our Gala event will be held at the spectacular Skyline at Waterplace. The Skyline features three outdoor terraces with breathtaking views of Downtown Providence, the basin at Waterplace Park, which is home to the internationally acclaimed WaterFire. With sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the fire tenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world offer an experience only attainable in Providence, RI. Our event will feature a robust menu of delicacies from land and sea—known specialties of Providence—and cash bars.