Important update: Venue change for ONA19 Opening Night Reception

The ONA19 Opening Night Reception has been moved to Mardi Gras World. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are committed to ensuring all attendees can enjoy a memorable evening.

Getting to Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World, the world’s largest float building facility, is located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place. It is a 10-minute drive from the conference hotels, and not a walkable route. 

The Opening Night Reception is from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will transport attendees from the conference hotels to the reception venue every 15 minutes from 6-9 p.m. Pick-up points are at the Sheraton Canal St. entrance and the InterContinental will pick up on Poydras at the corner of St. Charles. Be sure to have your badge before boarding the bus.

If you are using your own transportation, please pull up to the front entrance of Mardi Gras World.

What to expect at the ONA19 Opening Night

We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of closing the first day of the annual conference with a fun evening of connecting with new and old friends while enjoying appetizers, drinks and music. Plus, expect a few extra surprises as we continue our 20th anniversary celebration.

This event is open to all ONA19 attendees with full conference passes. Be sure to bring your badge. 

Exhibit-only and Midway-only passholders can purchase advance tickets for $50, but non-conference attendees and guests are not permitted. Please consult your ONA partnerships coordinator to purchase tickets to this event via the ONA19 Partner Service Center. Contact with any questions.

Thank you to our supporters

The ONA19 Opening Night Reception is generously supported by the Facebook Journalism Project and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

If you have any questions regarding this change, contact us at We’ll work as quickly as we can to respond to your needs.