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Port Charles Invades Burbank at the General Hospital Convention

The 3rd Annual General Hospital Convention is returning to Burbank, California this June!

Paging all General Hospital superfans! You’re needed in Burbank, California… STAT! Why you may ask? Well, if you’ve been a part of the first two General Hospital Conventions that have taken place at the Burbank Convention Center you need no further convincing. But for the GH Convention neophytes, we have put together a quick rundown of the Five Ws of this three-day extravaganza to get you ready to take a trip to Port Charles with us for a weekend!

General Hospital ConventionWho – Hosted by Laura Wright (“Carly Corinthos”), the entire weekend will be full of events featuring a venerable “who’s who” of Port Charles residents from the entire 55 years of this beloved series. From the other half of the supercouple, Carly and Sonny, Maurice Benard, who still captivates audiences today, to Genie Francis, the true originator of this term in soap opera lore as “Laura Webber”, many of your favorite actors will be on hand all weekend long for panels, signings, and photo-ops!

What – There are a variety of events throughout the three days of the convention. Set tours, a Friday night Karaoke party, the aforementioned panels and signings, and a variety of vendors will populate the Convention Center, ensuring that each and every attendee will get a truly memorable experience.

When – Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, 2019. Actual times of panels and signings will be announced closer to the event.

Where – The Burbank Convention Center at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

Why – Really? We think we might need to check your pulse if you still need further convincing. The past two conventions were so beloved that the organizers expanded it to three full days of exciting entertainment in celebration of this long-running series and its beloved characters.

As the host hotel for the General Hospital Convention again this year, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the premier choice of accommodation for this event. Our spacious guest room and upscale amenities will offer you the perfect retreat after your trip to Port Charles.


The Final Los Angeles Salsa Festival Is Almost Here!

It’s the “End of an Era” as the final Los Angeles Salsa Festival/Congress is set to take place this May at the Burbank Convention Center.

It’s the end of an era. After 20 years, a new generation and demographic has emerged and is taking salsa dance into the 21st Century! With these changes come hard goodbyes and this May at the Burbank Convention Center, it’s time for one of the most bittersweet for lovers of salsa dancing across the globe! The 21st Annual Los Angeles Salsa Festival/Congress will be the last.

Los Angeles Salsa FestivalThe longest-running salsa congress in the US will take its last dance over the course of three days, Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26. Founded by the late pioneer in salsa, Albert Torres, the festival has always united lovers of this Latin style of dance from all over the world, showcasing the best live bands, dancers and instructors of the time. As dance becomes more “social” and less driven by the live musical performances were which once at the core, the remaining founders have decided to end the festival by going out with a true celebratory bang!

Highlighting “The Best of The West”, the festival will be comprised of the traditional workshops, dance parties, and live entertainment all highlighting talent from the L.A. scene. The centerpiece of the festival this year will comprise of an “epic” 72 hour social dance party, ensuring that the action won’t stop until the waning hours on Monday morning!

Singular events during the festival are already selling out, but passes for the full three-day dance party remain. As the venue and partner hotel of the Los Angeles Salsa Festival, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the one true home base for anyone coming to the event. For those flying in to Los Angeles, you will find comfort and convenience in our modernly-appointed accommodations, that are located adjacent to Hollywood Burbank Airport. Our room block is filling up so be sure to mention the “L.A. Salsa Festival” and book your room today!


Go Back to Your Roots at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2019

In its 50th year, SCGS Genealogy and their flagship event are bringing three full days of events to the Burbank Convention Center. 

Forget the “Family Tree” you have hanging in your house! With new advances in technology and our new digital age of consciousness, now is the perfect time to explore and take a journey to your past! And the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Southern California Genealogical Society are here to help you start on your path!

Genealogy Jamboree 2019Formed in 1962, the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) seeks to promote interest in family history and genealogy. Having a 40,000+ volume library with genealogical sources from around the US and Europe, SCGS Genealogy events are some of the biggest and most prestigious across the globe. And this year on May 30 - June 2, their hallmark event – the Genealogy Jamboree 2019 – will take place at the Burbank Convention Center.

50 years strong, this year’s SoCal Genealogy Jamboree, or “Birthday Bash”, will be attended by people from across the globe to participate in the activities, hear the lectures, and visit the various exhibitors that make up the three-day conference. The organizers make an effort to ensure genealogy is fun for all members of the family by offering programs and activities for visitors of all ages. Even though many of the topics covered may seem too scholarly or inaccessible, you don’t need to be a genealogist to attend this conference. As long as you have an interest in discovering more about your family history, you will find yourself enlightened and entertained throughout the weekend!

As the host venue for this event, the  Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the ideal place to stay during your Genealogy Jamboree 2019 experience. Located adjacent to the Hollywood Burbank Airport for those flying in for the conference, registered attendees can reserve their rooms at the special conference rate. Book early as rooms are filling up!


What to Expect at the Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo

There is a lot more to this pet expo than meets the eye!

The numbers are staggering and they are continually on the rise. According to the APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of all American households own a pet! We bet that many of you reading this right now have your faithful furry companion snuggled up next to you or patiently (or not-so-patiently) waiting for your attention. For all of you pet owners, and those who work in the industry, the largest annual event centered on pet care is about to return to the Burbank Convention Center.

The Pet Boarding and Daycare ExpoThe Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo is a national conference for professionals in the pet boarding and daycare industry taking place at the Burbank Convention Center on Tuesday, April 30 through Thursday, May 2, 2019. This pet expo is three days chock full of attractions that include the chance to view and test out some of the best products and companies, listen to experts in the field share their knowledge, and sit in on educational panels and seminars.

While the expo is a can’t-miss event for anyone in the pet boarding industry, there are a variety of interesting experiences that all pet owners will enjoy:

Meet many major pet care manufacturers and test out their products. Many will even be offering special products and discount pricing just for attendees of the show.

Explore your pet’s wellness by sitting in on a variety of seminars from “Communicating with Canines” to “Feline Harmony”.

Learn about the newest innovations in the pet industry.

If you are planning on attending the pet expo, the best place to “board” yourself for the event is with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. As the host hotel for the event, we offer the convenience and amenities you need to make your experience complete!


Unleash Your “Beautiful Grit” on the Dance Floor at the BellaMoxi Convention

The 2018-2019 “Frame Your Focus” Tour is coming to the Burbank Convention Center this April!

BellaMoxi = beautiful grit. - It is a term that the founders of this innovative dance convention coined to describe their fledgling creation. Now in its fourth year, the BellaMoxi Convention is making its way across the country spreading its core message of helping dancers in all disciplines and skill levels illuminate their passion while providing opportunities to continue pursuing their dream career.

BellaMoxi ConventionConvention and Competition - Season IV of the BellaMoxi Convention, entitled “Frame Your Focus” is coming to our very own Burbank Convention Center on Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28. As the previous three seasons have shown, what makes this dance convention so unique is that it seeks to expose dancers to what it truly takes to have a successful career as a dancer!

Commercial and Concert Dance - All are welcome to show off their passion for a specific style (from ballet and hip hop to musical theater), but more of an emphasis is put on training well-rounded dancers – the key to being a successful working dancer. Every weekend stop on the tour ends with thousands of scholarship dollars being awarded to the winners of a variety of competitions.

Choreographic Festival - A staple of the event, this innovative celebration showcases the talents of budding choreographers in hopes of inspiring future generations to “find their own voice through movement”! Just like the dancers and their competitions, the Choreographic Festival also involves cash prizes for the stand-out dance makers!

So, you think you can dance? Be sure to book your stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and take advantage of our convenient location adjacent to the Burbank Convention Center. Get ready to enjoy exhilarating days at BellaMoxi, then come back, kick off your dancing shoes, and relax in the comfort and style of our accommodations.


It’s Back! The Second Annual LA Shag Festival 2019 Returns in April!

Join us at the Burbank Convention Center and learn why “it don’t mean a thing, if you ain’t got that swing!”

Shag dancing was brought to Burbank last year with the inaugural edition of this event. Surprisingly, for a first run event, the two-day affair drew in over 500 attendees who just couldn’t wait to get down and swing! Founded by two of the area’s top modern day shag dancers, this festival sought to bring their passion and innovative techniques on this retro dance style to the masses. This year, both Stephen Sayer and Chandrae Roettig have gathered more of their professional friends to swing back into the scene with LA Shag Festival 2019 on April 12 – 14. This festival at the Burbank Convention Center promises to be even bigger and better than last year!

There are two major facets to this festival – the Nightly Parties and Daily Workshops!

LA Shag FestivalNightly Parties – 3 nights of “taster classes” in a variety of different types of shag. From Friday night’s “Collegiate Shag Taster”to Sunday night’s “The Madison Taster”, you’ll be able to pick up the subtle (and not so subtle) differences while being instructed by the pros! Each night consists of contests in a variety of shag categories and late night DJ dancing parties. And when we say “late night”, if last year was any indication, the sun will be rising and dancers will still be swinging!

Daily Workshop – The true heart and soul of this event is the two days (Saturday/Sunday) of workshops, broken down in different skill levels so you’ll never feel out of place. Last year, there was only one style offered – Shag! That, of course, returns with four different levels broken into three sessions each day (from beginner to advanced). New for 2019, the instructors will be providing workshops for a second style – L.A. Style Lindy Hop (with two skill levels and two sessions each).

Ready to swing your heart out at the LA Shag Festival 2019? Book your stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, the host venue for this event. Our hotel offers guests a variety of upscale accommodations and amenties, perfect for kicking back and resting those dancing feet after a full day of swinging at the adjacent Burbank Convention Center.


The All-New Synthplex Expo Is Almost Here!

The inaugural edition of this highly-anticipated synth technology expo is taking place at our Burbank Convention Center this March!

Affectionately called “Synthapalooza” by its founders, the Synthplex Expo is almost here! Taking place at our Burbank Convention Center on Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31, this festival, simply put, revolves around “all-things-synthesizer”. Part genre, part instrument, it would be hard to classify Synthplex as a standard convention, as there is so much in store for all who decide to attend.

Synthplex ExpoCreated by two life-long synthesizer enthusiasts, Michael Learmouth and Michael Lehmann Boddicker, this four-day expo will feature:

Educational and Technology Seminars.  Be sure to catch the Electronic Music History Seminar!

Masters’ Sessions with Industry Legends.  Even though the performances may be the most attended, the Question and Answer panels will give you the most insight into the genre and techniques from the musicians who play them.

Trade Show Exhibits. Showing off the latest technology that you can try out and then buy!

Hands-On Workshops.  For the true DIYers – build your own synth equipment!

Live Performances.  Over 20+ performances are planned throughout the four days!

Pop-Up Synth Museum.  A whole collection of synthesizers will be on display for you to experience hands-on.

Even if you don’t know a Moog Modular from a Mellotron, all music lovers will find something to enjoy at this first of its kind event.  To fully complement your experience, be sure to book a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.  We look forward to making magic musical memories with you soon!


The Ultimate Tinseltown Experience – Hollywood Studio Tours

Experience La La Land like never before by taking one (or all) of these exclusive Hollywood Studio Tours! 

As we’re currently entrenched in “Movie Awards Season”, now is the perfect time to consider taking a behind-the-scenes look at where all of the magic you see on screen happens. For regular visitors to our area of the Golden State, you’re probably well-versed in the three official Hollywood Studio Tours that are open to the public. Yet for a slight refresher course, here are the basics:

Hollywood Studio ToursWarner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood – Get a glimpse at a true backstage studio experience. Iconic landmarks will be recognizable to any film fan, such as the iconic WB water tower, and the exhibits cater to fans of some of the most popular franchises in contemporary cinema (Batman and many other DC Superheroes and Harry Potter) You may even get a chance to see the set for the last season of The Big Bang Theory!

Paramount Studio Tour – With over a hundred years of history behind the walls of this studio, there’s a lot to see! While you will get a true intimate experience on the backlot of a working studio, that history is also on full display when you explore the new “Tour Center” and “Prop Warehouse” along with longstanding iconic filming locations that have always made up the bulk of the tour.

Sony Pictures Studio Tour – Very similar to its “Paramount” counterpart, this backstage experience is on a fully functioning studio. Yet this time, instead of catching a glimpse of the actors on the set of “This Is Us” or “NCIS”, you may spot the team of “The Goldbergs” or even Pat Sajak on his way to tape “Wheel of Fortune”!

After your trip through the magic of the movies, you’ll want a comfortable place to come back to your life “behind-the-scenes”. Book your room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, conveniently located near all three iconic Hollywood landmarks.


Feel the Rhythm at the ASH Dance Convention

Join us for this unique dance convention on its California tour stop at the Burbank Convention Center this April.

Since the first event held in 2010, Artists Simply Human has had one goal: to bring together those with a love for dance from around the globe to share in their passion. Thus, the ASH Dance Convention was born and since has featured a one-of-a-kind faculty who are meant to motivate, inspire, energize, and renew your passion for dance.

ASH Dance ConventionThis year, the SoCal stop on the tour takes place on Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7 at our Burbank Convention Center. Each of the three days consists of workshop classes in various genres from Contemporary and Hip Hop to the more traditional Ballet and Tap. The dance convention concludes with special Performance Showcases, giving all of the dancers an opportunity to perform in a non-competitive environment while still receiving critiques from the renowned faculty members.

Stripping away the competitive aspect of similar conventions, ASH solely focuses its attention on the dancer and their own personal growth. This is achieved through, longer class times, smaller class sizes, Q&A sessions with faculty members, different levels for dancers ages 4 through professional, live webcasts of all performance showcases and monetary scholarships to continue pursuing your dreams.  

Round off your ASH Dance Convention experience by staying with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.  Experience the convenience and comfort of our accommodations, whether you are local or flying in through the nearby Hollywood Burbank Airport for the convention!


Calling All Robots in Disguise: Join Us for TFcon USA 2019!

Save the dates and join us for the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention this March!

This long-running convention may have been founded in The Great White North, but in its 18th year, California is where you want to experience it first-hand! Why? We’re not being biased just because TFcon USA 2019 is taking place at our Burbank Convention Center. No, it’s because an event that has been 35 years in the making is “rolling out” … and only in Burbank!

Just as the organizers of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention have been slowly revealing their big surprise for the 35th Anniversary of the series, we’ll start you off with some basics. TransformersCon began in Canada in 2002 with an attendance that couldn’t even break 200! Now, TFcon is the most-attended convention honoring the series in the world! Since 2014, the organizers have taken the convention on the road with this year’s USA event taking place at the Burbank Convention Center on Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17.

TFcon USA 2019The event features the standard types of convention attractions line, Transformers merchandise for sale, guest Q&A panels, autograph sessions and fan contests and games!

Now, for the surprise – TFcon 2019 USA will feature a Generation One Reunion! To those who don’t know their Autobots from their Decepticons, this assembling of voice actors, comic book writers, artists, and toy designers that contributed to this fictional universe since 1984 is a once-in-a-lifetime happening! The names that have been announced thus far, including Jerry Houser – the original voice of Junkyard, Sandstorm, and Sweep in his first-ever convention, have fans counting the days until March 15!

There’s “more than meets the eye” to this three-day event! Whether you’re local or flying in through the nearby Hollywood Burbank Airport, you’ll want a convenient place to “roll out” from. As hosts of TFcon, you’ll find no better home-base than the luxurious comfort of the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel!