Choose Your Own Adventure!

There’s no shortage of fun and inspiring things to do in Las Vegas, whether you’re out on the town or taking part in convention activities and events.

Which adventures are right for you? We’ve taken the best Las Vegas offers and crafted experiences that will help you make the most of your time at the 2023 NFDA International Convention & Expo. Start planning now!

Las Vegas Adventures


One of the first things people are going to ask when you tell them you’re going to Las Vegas is, “Are you going to take in a show?” Vegas is known for showcasing the biggest talents in the world, from musical divas and world-famous bands to stunning acrobatics and the masters of illusion.

The Great Outdoors

Sometimes we want the best of both worlds. In Las Vegas, you can experience the magic of the city, but also take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Day trips to experience the jaw-dropping scenery of Red Rock Canyon, the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam will give you the respite you need to relax and recharge.


You could visit Las Vegas 50 times and never experience all the city has to offer in casual and fine dining. Whether you’re on a quest to pin all the best steakhouses in the country, looking for amazing vegetarian cuisine, or want to kick back in a casual pub, Vegas is the perfect destination for the culinarily curious. 

High Roller

Interested in a classic Las Vegas experience? Try your hand at a blackjack table or the slots at one of more than 75 casinos. Remember to keep it fun and play responsibly!


First visit to Las Vegas? You’re in for a treat! Start with a selfie at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and then make your way down the Strip, checking out the many resorts, restaurants and shops that make the city one of the world’s most glamorous destinations. Be sure to book a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel for an awe-inspiring view of the city at night.

Glitz & Glamour

Love to shop ’til you drop? Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind accent for your home, a piece of statement jewelry, or the latest fashion, Las Vegas’s shopping is over the top! After a full day, unwind at one of the city’s more than 40 luxury spas for a relaxing massage, facial or manicure.

Family Fun

Bringing the kids or grandkids? Bigs and littles alike will have a blast exploring everything the city has to offer. Fun, kid-friendly activities, including an aquarium, thrill rides (indoor skydiving anyone?), and an interactive children’s museum, will keep everyone in the family entertained for days.

But wait! There’s more!

The adventure continues every day at the Las Vegas Convention Center!

Convention Adventures

Back of the House

If you’re looking to really dig in on the technical skills needed behind the scenes, this adventure is for you. Take advantage of our embalming preconvention seminar or Cremation Certification Program and workshops featuring prep room tricks of the trade, restorative techniques and more.

Taking Care of Business

Looking to build your business? Or perhaps you’re planning for retirement? Make the most of the Expo Hall and visit our more than 350 exhibitors, who offer everything you need to be successful. Make sure to stop by the “A Brush With Death” booth, where you can hear live interviews with guests on NFDA’s podcast. Plus, check out the workshop schedule for sessions on numerous topics, including using your advertising dollars wisely, delivering phenomenal preneed experiences, and connecting with your community.

Career Builder

There’s no better place to prepare for the next step in your career, whether you’re looking to enhance your skills, learn a new one, or network with potential employers. Your one-stop shop is the NFDA Career Center in the Expo Hall, but make sure to also take advantage of networking with fellow attendees.

At Rest

Families have more choices than ever when they lay a loved one to rest. In some parts of the country, cremation has exceeded traditional casketed burial, but things such as alkaline hydrolysis, natural burial and natural organic reduction are also gaining in popularity with many consumers. We’ll break it down for you so you know the ins and outs of making these options available to families. Not sure what organic natural reduction is all about? Make sure to catch Sunday’s workshop on the topic.


NFDA is ready for what’s next, and if you are too, then make sure to catch our inspiring keynotes, plus workshops on trends, such as natural organic reduction. Also, be sure to visit the booths of the 2023 NFDA Innovation Award recipients and attend the All-star Recognition Ceremony, where we’ll honor leaders and visionaries in funeral service.

Fabulous Finds

If you love to find hidden gems and take advantage of free swag and refreshments (who doesn’t?), make sure you allow plenty of time for exploring the Expo Hall, NFDA Central and more. From spending time with therapy dogs and participating in a scavenger hunt, to enjoying a complimentary cup of coffee or perhaps even an adult beverage or two, our fabulous finds are sure to enhance your convention experience. Check them out!

Family Matters

Consumer preferences are changing. Learn how to stay ahead of the curve by participating in one of our in-depth preconvention seminars, including Arranger Training, Celebrant Training, and Safe Zone Training, to ensure you have the skills and resources you need to serve today’s consumer. Also, make sure to visit the Remembering A Life booth in the Expo Hall for resources you can use to educate families in your community. Wondering how to manage families that prefer to do things online? We have workshops for that!

Social Butterfly

If you love to mingle, meet new people and network, then the NFDA convention is the best place to be. Kick things off at the Welcome Party, and then make the most of networking opportunities in workshops, including one on Sunday that will channel your inner improv star. Be sure to take in a little nightlife with new (and old!) friends. We’d love to see you at the Funeral Directors Under 40 Party!