Kick off the convention with a Nashville-style welcome and rollicking good time at the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon. Its story goes back to June 1, 1994 when country superstar Reba McEntire herded a stampede of live cattle through the streets of Nashville. In this publicity stunt, they came down Second Avenue and right through the newly opened club’s front doors. While we don’t expect a stampede of cattle, we do know that you’ll be eager to charge through the saloon’s doors to catch up with old and new friends, learn the newest dance steps and dine on fan favorites like fried pickles and hot chicken.


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Hobnob and swap ideas with peers during a casual Dutch-treat dinner in some of Nashville's best eateries. Whether you're meeting up with old friends or looking to make new connections, these dinners are a great way to hear about your peers' work, continue discussions from the day's sessions, swap ideas and more. Form friendships that will last long after the convention's end. Online signups for the dinners is now closed. You may sign up for a dinner onsite in Nashville at the convention's registration desk until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 17.


6 p.m.

We’re setting the stage for our annual awards show, which promises to wow guests with all the glitz, glam and glory of modern Nashville. Jam with the hit-makers and chart-toppers of the chamber profession when the spotlight shines on the stars of ACCE’s award and recognition programs, including Life Members, Certified Chamber Executives and Chamber of the Year winners. Plus, don’t miss an event high note: a special tribute to ACCE President Mick Fleming, who has led the organization for more than 16 years.

Wondering what to wear? The awards will incorporate the feel of Music City. Get inspired by these red carpet looks for men and women from this year's CMT Music Awards held last month in Nashville. Cocktail attire or business formal attire is appropriate.