August 26, 2016

List of vmworld 2016 US Parties and Events

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VMworld 2016 is a few days away!  The party comes back to fabulous Las Vegas this year, which should shake things up compared to San Francisco.  Read our VMworld 2016 Survival Guide to learn more about how to prepare for the event.

In addition to all the great education and networking that will take place at VMworld, attendees have also become accustomed to having fun as well.  So far, things are shaping up nicely on that front.  While the number of parties as of yet don't seem to equal those of the last couple of years, there are still plenty of opportunities to have a good time!  And the list will hopefully continue to grow. So stay tuned and keep watch!

NOTE: Most events require you to take some signup action.  Yes, even the free events.  And watch out, because not all events are free.  

Time is of the essence.  If you're looking for a party, sign up as soon as you can, because they do have limits to the number of people.  So, first come, first served.

If I'm missing an event, drop me an email or send me a Tweet (@vmblog) and I'll get it added.  Or leave a comment below.

[ Also read VMworld 2016: Getting Started and What to Expect | VMworld 2016 Survival Guide - Tips and Takeaways | 25 VMworld 2016 Sessions that won't suck ]   


VMworld 2016 #VGOLF Las Vegas

WHEN: August 26th or 27th, 2016

Event Address: Golf Course TBC

Cost: Yes, but TBD.  Check the below link for details.

Click for #vGolf Information and signup


Sips and Stogies

Sips and Stogies 

WHEN: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 @ 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Location: Montecristo Cigar Bar in Caesars Palace

Cost: Free to attend. Buy what you want to sip or smoke.

Unofficial, non-sponsored event to hang with other virtualization folk thanks to Chris Wahl

Click for Sip and Stogies event details and to register to help with headcount.




WHEN: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 @ 8 - 10AM

Location: Denny's @ 3330 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV, 89103 

Cost: Free to go, but you must pay for your own meal (whatever you order and tip).

5 years running!  Grab breakfast and network with conference colleagues.  See the below link for more details. 

Click for info on vBreakfast event


#VMunderground Opening Acts


WHEN: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 @ 10:45AM - 4PM

  • 10:45am – The doors open
  • 11:00am – Panel Session 1
  • 12:00pm – Panel Session 2
  • 1:00pm – BBQ lunch by vBrisket
  • 2:00pm – Panel Session 3
  • 3:00pm – Panel Session 4
  • 4:00pm – Fin.

Location: Liberty Loft meeting space at NYNY casino

Cost: FREE (Panel Sessions) but vBrisket BBQ Lunch is $5 

Click for #VMunderground Opening Acts Signup


#v0dgeball 2016 (8th Annual)


WHEN: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM

Location: Sport Center of Las Vegas, 121 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Cost: FREE

EMC is hosting the tournament, and they are bringing back DOUBLE ELIMINATION! 16 teams (max 10 players per team).  

Supporting Wounded Warrior Project. 

Click for #v0dgeball details and signup


VMworld 2016 Welcome Reception

WHEN: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 @ 5:00PM - 7:30PM

Location: VMworld Solutions Exchange

Cost: FREE to VMworld Attendees with badge


#VMunderground Party


 WHEN: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: Nine Fine Irishmen, in New York, New York Hotel & Casino

Cost: $25

The 10th annual Warm-Up Party as a Service 

Click to buy your VMunderground tickets. 


VMware VMUG Member Party


WHEN: Sunday, August 28th, 2016 @ 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Location: House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, 3950 S Las Vegas Boulevard

Cost: FREE (Closed: Event Full)

Click for VMUG Party details


SolarWinds Experts and Espresso


WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 11:15AM (Tuesday August 30th @ 11:15AM and Wednesday, August 31st @ 10:30AM)

Location: SolarWinds Booth #535 

Cost: FREE 

Each day will be a different topic with an expert in the field. You also get your own coffee mug to take home with you! Limited quantities available.

Click for SolarWinds Experts and Espresso 


VMTN Tweetup - Meet the New Community Manager

WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Location: VMworld - VMvillage Social Media & Community Booth

Cost: FREE 

Meet the new VMTN Community Manager and VMware Community team. Open to all VMTN community members and VMworld attendees. Food, drinks & networking! 

Click for VMTN Tweetup Info and Signup


Cohesity Top Golf


WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: Topgolf at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, 4627 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Cost: FREE (Event Full, Creating Standby List)

Food and cocktails provided 

Click for Cohesity Top Golf details and signup.


CloudGenix SD-WAN Mixer Featuring Packet Pushers

WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Location: MGM Grand Centrifuge Lounge, Las Vegas 

Cost: FREE. Free food and drinks. 

Hang with SDN thought leaders, Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks of Packet Pushers, for the evening as we chat about cutting edge technology. 

Reserve your spot at the CloudGenix SD-WAN Mixer


PureStorage = Pure Fun @ TopGolf

WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 6:30PM

Location: Topgolf - 4627 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109 

Cost: FREE

Join for some sips, eats and of course, FUN!  Attend the Pure Party, taking place at Topgolf - the hottest new concept on the Las Vegas scene! 

Click to register or get more details on PureStorage Pure Fun Party


vFlipCup 5th Annual - Hosted by Actifio


WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 7:00PM

Location: 1923 Bourbon Bar at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Cost: FREE for spectators; Team of 6 Players: Premiere Sponsor $5,000; Gold Sponsor $2,000; Silver Sponsor $1,000

Click to register or get more details on vFlipCup


#CXIParty - Sponsored by Xiologix and DataGravityInc


WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 7:00PM - 11:59PM

Location:  TBD - The location will be "Metropolitan", "Sophisticated" and "Urbane" 

Cost: FREE but looking for sponsors.

Click to get your CXIParty ticket.


IGEL Family and Friends Reception

IGEL Logo 

WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 8:00PM - 10:30PM

Location: Border Grill Mandalay Bay - 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Cost: FREE (Invitation Only) - Printed Ticket and VMworld Badge Required

Enjoy margaritas and the bold flavors of Mexico

Click for more information on IGEL Family and Friends Reception 


Trace3 Annual VMworld After Party


WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Location: Daylight Beach Club: Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Cost: FREE.  You must be registered to attend.

Click to register for Trace3 Annual VMworld After Party


ThunDRstruck Party with PernixData, Zerto and Nutanix


WHEN: Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Location: House of Blues Las Vegas, Mandalay Place, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Cost: FREE.  You must be registered to attend.

Promises a night of rock and roll with AC/DShe all female tribute band. 

Click to register for ThunDRstruck VMworld party 


ExtraHop Happy Hour


WHEN: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 @ 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Location: Border Grill at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino

Cost: FREE. Must get an invitation.

For an event invitation, book an onsite demo at Booth #627


QTS VMworld After Party

WHEN: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 @ 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Location: House of Blues Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119


Live music (The Hipsters) and complimentary refreshments

Click to RSVP and get details on QTS VIP Event


#vExpert Party - Mob Museum


WHEN: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: The Mob Museum - 300 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Cost: FREE. Invite only for vExpert members.

Reception with food, drinks & networking for vExpert members.


Veeam Annual VMworld Party 2016


WHEN: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 @ 8:00PM

Location: The LIGHT Vegas - 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Cost: FREE. RSVP. Must have driver's license, VMworld badge and Event Ticket

Click to RSVP for the Veeam Annual Party 


Breakfast with Infinio Executives

Infinio Logo

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug 31st, 2016 @ 9:00AM 

Location: To be provided with confirmation.

Cost: FREE. Must RSVP.  Limited amount of seats available.

Learn about the only way to improve VSAN performance that's certified VMware Ready.  

Click to RSVP to Infinio Breakfast 


VMworld Closing Party


WHEN: Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016 @ 7:30PM - 10:30PM

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 N Las Vegas Blvd

Cost: FREE.  Must bring your full conference VMworld badge

Music and food. Fall Out Boy and Capital Cities


Am I missing anything?  If so, send me the links and details to get added.  

Enjoy the show and the events!

Last modified on August 26, 2016
David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, And co-founded, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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