Networking & Social Events

Admission to all social events is included with full conference registration. Guest tickets for the Welcome Reception and GALA Dinner may be purchased only for those not in the industry (family, spouse, etc.). Industry professionals who would like to attend social activities must register for the conference.

Sunday, 24 April 2022
Flagship Cruises & Events
13:30 - 16:00 

When you arrive on Sunday, check in to your room and the conference, and then join us on the water for a San Diego Harbor Cruise! As we cruise, we’ll see up-close views of the bay's wildlife as well as iconic landmarks from a new perspective. Onboard our staff will provide live narration and details about the aquatic life and landmarks we pass for a truly memorable experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture all the sights in photos and video.

Here are just some of the sights you'll see while aboard the cruise:

  • The San Diego skyline
  • Star of India and the iconic ships of the Maritime Museum
  • Harbor Island
  • Shelter Island
  • North Island Naval Air Station
  • U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier
  • U.S. Navy Surface Fleet
  • Coronado waterfront & the Coronado Bay Bridge
  • Naval Amphibious Base Coronado (home of the Navy SEAL's)

You may purchase a ticket for yourself and (a) guest(s) during registration. Tickets are US$ 35 each.

Special thanks to our Conference Excursion Sponsor, Acolad

Sunday, 24 April 2022
Manchester Grand Hyatt
18:00 - 19:30

The Welcome Reception is the official start of the GALA conference, and we encourage you to make travel arrangements so that you can attend. It's going to be an amazing reunion this year! This event is in-person only. 

Special thanks to our Welcome Reception Sponsor, BeatBabel

Monday, 25 April 2022
Location: Topsail Restaurant at Portside Pier | 1360 N. Harbor Drive 
Time 18:30 - 22:30

The GALA Dinner is the social highlight of the conference. Always fun, never boring, the GALA Dinner features excellent food, excellent views, excellent company, and (mostly) excellent dancing. This year, while we're celebrating all the other great things about being together, we'll also celebrate GALA's 20th birthday. This event is in-person only. Topsail Restaurant at the Portside Pier is a scenic, flat, one mile walk from the conference hotel (1.6km). Topsail is an open-air, rooftop terrace with fire pits and waterfront views. We recommend bringing a jacket in case of cool weather. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Manchester Grand Hyatt
09:30 - 10:30

Speed networking is a popular session that allows you to make dozens of introductions in a short period of time. You'll create quick connections that you can follow up on during the conference or when you get back to the office. It's a sure-fire way to build your own professional community. And it's loads of fun!

Speed Networking will be hybrid. Both in-person attendees and online attendees are invited to join.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Manchester Grand Hyatt

It's happy hour! Need we say more? GALA provides the drinks and snacks, you provide the conversation. This event is in-person only. 

Special thanks to our Happy Hour Sponsor, Translation Back Office