Daily Schedules, with Workshops

Schedule Overview


December 9: Workshop schedules are not final and are subject to change.

WednesdayThe Closet previewKaraoke 
Welcome luncheon
Dinner on the town
FE Family Feud
Job fair
Fashion show & cocktail party
Transmasculine pool party
Focus on wellness
Free HIV/HCV/STI testing
TPOC lounge
TPOC luncheon
Transmasculine luncheon
Transmasculine lounge
Jazz cafe
Love Disco Ball
SundayWorship service
Youth & family workshops
Youth & family luncheon
Teen lounge

Conference Highlights


Workshops are the heart of First Event, providing an incredible array of learning opportunities for transgender and gender expansive people and those who love and support them. 

Thursday – Sunday

Wellness Track

The transgender Wellness Track is new for First Event 2019. Spread over all four days of workshops, the wellness track features free HIV/HCV/STI testing and 35 workshops on a number of aspects of trans wellness.

Thursday – Sunday

Night Out at Apex Entertainment

Head across the street to the incredible new Apex Entertainment complex for a night of food, drinks, and fun! Go-Karts, a ropes course, restaurant and bar, candlepin and 10-pin bowling, and so much more. 

Thursday Night

John Warrener Memorial Fashion Show

A celebration of diverse gender identity and expression, with dozens of transgender and gender expansive models from age 7 to 77+. Dinner is served at a cocktail party before the show.

Friday Night

The Frances J. Cardullo Banquet featuring CeCe McDonald

The conference peaks Saturday night at the Cardullo Banquet. Dress to the nines for a night of socializing with friends old and new. Be inspired by CeCe McDonald, transgender activist and revered icon of the LGBT community, as she shares her stories of hope and triumph following 19 months in prison simply for defending herself from a transphobic attack.

Saturday Night

The Love Disco Ball

Hosted by New England Mother Legendary Athena West

The promo for Athena’s December 2018 World Aids Ball, to give a taste of what to expect.

Late Night Saturday


We turn the hotel bar into the hottest club in Marlborough every night. Unwind and let loose after a long fun day.

Late Night Thursday – Saturday


We set aside time at lunch for community-specific gatherings:

  • Thursday: Newcomers
  • Saturday: Transmasculine, TPOC
  • Sunday: Youth & Family

The Closet

The Closet is a First Event exclusive popup thrift boutique. Prices and selection are incredible and all money raised goes directly to support TCNE. Come early for the best selection!

Wednesday – Saturday

Vendor Room

Visit the vendor room to connect with transgender-focused retailers, service providers, medical providers, and community groups.

Wednesday – Sunday

Job Fair

Nearly two dozen area employers dedicated to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce will participate in the job fair, presented in partnership with the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce.  Be sure to bring plenty of copies of your resume!


Big thanks to Denise Maccaferri Photography for several of our photos.