Organizing a social event? Looking for something to do outside of conference sessions? You’re in the right place. 

IRE offers this forum as a service to attendees, but the organization is not responsible for these events. Please direct event-specific questions to the organizers listed below.



Please fill out this form telling us about your event. It can be as formal as a happy hour or bar crawl, or something informal like a running club or game night. We’ll review your information and add it to the list below.

If you have questions or need to modify information you’ve already submitted, please contact Sarah Hutchins at [email protected].



Lunch Meetup/Networking

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday of conference

Where: IRE will announce a meeting location using the Guidebook app

Attending NICAR19 solo? Looking to meet new people? Participate in our lunch meetups. Here’s how it works: Meet in the hotel at 12:30 (exact location will be announced in Guidebook and updated here). An IRE staff member will break folks into groups and give you suggestions of places to go for lunch. After that, your small group can decide where to go and head out!


News Nerd Book Club

When: Thursday, March 7, from 12:45-2 p.m.

Where: Salon 1-2

Grab your lunch and join the News Nerd Book Club as they meet in person during the NICAR19 conference.


Beach Fire Pit Meetup

When: Friday, March 8, from 7-10 pm

Where: Corona Del Mar State Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: Aaron Kessler & Hanna Sender, [email protected]

Come join us for an evening around one of the area’s famed fire pits on the beach for roasted marshmallows and good company. More details at