Schedule

Workshops

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


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 Inaugural First Event 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


Dancing

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


Luncheons

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

  • Thursday: Newcomers
  • Friday: Spouses/Significant Others
  • Saturday: Transmasculine
  • 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 – Saturday


Schedule at a glance:

DaytimeEvening
WednesdayThe Closet previewKaraoke 
Dancing
ThursdayWorkshops
Welcome luncheon
Dinner on the town
Dancing
FridayWorkshops
Spouse/SO luncheon
Fashion show & cocktail party
Dancing
SaturdayWorkshops
Focus on wellness
TPOC lounge
Transmasculine luncheon
Transmasculine lounge
Banquet
Dancing
The Ball
SundayWorship service
Workshops
Youth & family workshops
Youth & family luncheon
Teen lounge

Daily activities

  • The Closet for clothes, shoes, and more (Wednesday – Saturday)
  • Exhibitors (vendors, providers, and community groups) (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Newcomer’s Orientation (Thursday – Saturday)
  • Yoga (Thursday – Saturday)