Dreamforce 2014 Parties


Dreamforce 2014 is fast approaching. And that means it is my annual time to start following and listing all the awesome night life parties at Dreamforce. After a long day of brain overload at Dreamforce the parties at night are a great time to unwind and network.

Remember to RSVP for the ones you want to attend. Some of these fill up quickly, so sign-up early.

NOTE: This list will be updated often. So keep checking back

All Days/Multiple Days

The Oasis – At the B Restaurant and Bar on Mon 9am – 3pm, Tue 8am – 2pm, and  Wed 9am – 3pm. Enjoy some coffee, tea, and snacks; recharge your phone; and even get a free back massage.

Cotap Cupcakes –  Cotap will be giving away, in partnership with Kara’s Cupcakes!, themed cupcakes (the Marc Benioff, The Hillary Clinton or The Bruno Mars) for free to all Dreamforce attendees.  10/14 and 10/15 from 11AM to 3PM –  70 4th Street, across from the Marriott Marquis on Mission St. Cotap will also be donating $1 to the Salesforce Foundation for every cupcake selfie shared on Twitter.  Follow Cotap and use them in your tweet.

Sunday, Oct. 12th

 Salesforce ISV nextLevel Welcome Party – When you arrive to San Francisco, we would like to invite you to check-in, drop your bags, freshen up and get ready to party nextLevel style!
5pm-10pm, La Mar on the Embarcadero

Pre-Dreamforce Kick-Off Reception – A great way to start off the night before Dreamforce is with some fine wine and food, thanks to Jobscience and RingLead | Broadlook.
6pm-8:30pm, Press Club

Monday, Oct. 13th

Dreamforce Kick-Off Party with ServiceMax – Start the first day of Dreamforce off with ServiceMax. Food, drinks, and networking.
4pm – 6pm, Great Room, The W Hotel

Roller Disco! – Break out the roller skates and have some fun doing some Roller Disco.   Brought to you by AdRoll.
8pm–12am, Mezzanine

Xede Dreamforce Kickoff – Join Xede for food and drinks at the award winning Bar Agricole.
6:30pm-?, Bar Agricole

What the Tech? – Join Salesforce, Apttus, Box and Deloitte in the Green Zone for the first annual WhatTheTech? Dreamforce launch party.
6:30pm-8:30pm, Apttus Quote-to-Cash Green Zone 201 3rd St. #1

Small & Medium Business Blastoff Party – If you are a SMB then start off Dreamforce night with a party exclusively for you.
8pm-11pm, Jones Bar

The Opening Night Soiree – Join InsideView for The Opening Night Soiree at Novela, the #1 rated event venue during Dreamforce.
9pm-12am, Novela

OutForce LGBTA Dreamforce Party – OutForce is salesforce.com’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & Allies (LGBTA) Employee Resource Group (ERG) for employees who wish to participate in outreach and collaboration on workplace practices promoting and celebrating diversity in all forms within our global workforce.
7:00pm-10:00pm, Audio Nightclub

The Dreamforce Elite Experience – Join Domo and Magnet 360 for cocktails and food.
8pm-11pm, Marriott Marquis San Francisco

B2B Marketers Roaring 20s Party – Kick off Dreamforce in “Roaring 20’s” style and network with top notch B2B Marketers.
9pm-12am, Manor West

Tuesday, Oct. 14th

DF’ 14 Newbie “Reunion” Breakfast – Not a party but a great event to meet new people and have a great breakfast. Great way to start off the day.
6:15am – 8:00am, Sears Fine Foods

Meet the Salesforce MVPs at Dreamforce – Come meet Salesforce and Force.com MVP’s (I will be there). Food, drinks and tons of awesome stories.
4pm-5:30pm, Admin Zone – Moscone Center

Pre-Gala Happy Hour – The Gala is always an amazing event. Before the Gala/Concert begins, grab a drink and network with NewVoiceMedia.
5pm-?, The Terrace at the Westin

Preact Pre-Party for the Dreamforce Gala – Join the Preact team for some pre-Gala drinks at food.
5pm-8pm, Soluna Lounge

Dreamforce Gala & UCSF Benefit – The biggest get together/party at all of Dreamforce. This year it outside at the Convention Center (same as two years ago for Red Hot Chili Peppers).
6:30pm-10:00pm, Civic Center

Wednesday, Oct. 15th

Cirrus Insight Happy Hour 2014 – At one of my favorite spots around Moscone, ThirstyBear, this will be a fun one from 4pm to 8pm. Beer and swag, what else do you need?
4pm-8pm, Thirsty Bear

Rush @Roe – Great party atmosphere here. Music, food, drinks, and entertainment abound.
7:30pm-1:00am, Roe Nightclub

Party with Pardot – Come to connect and stay to party at the Pardot Masquerade. This looks like a fun one.
9:00pm-12:00am, Vessel

The Engagement Party – Awesome party for non-profits.
8:00pm-?, Supper Club

Just Say Yes – Yesware is hosting this party that goes until 1am. Don’t know much about it yet but I will post more when I find out more.
7:00pm-1am, The Box SF

Wednesday Night Happy Hour – Hosed by Cloud Sherpas, CipherCloud, and Birst Happy Hour at the B Restaurant & Bar.
5:30pm-8:30pm, B Restaurant & Bar

AppBash – Multiple companies sponsor this yearly party. I believe it will be at the Metreon this year. You need to get a stamp of all the sponsors in the Expo area to get into this party.

Urban Cabana – Join Bluewolf and Apttus for a lively evening of music, cocktails, and networking at Natoma Cababna.
6:30pm-10:30pm, Natoma Cabana.

Zuora Block Party – This is an annual party put on by Zuora.  This year it will be held at the Mint.
7pm-12am, Mint Plaza

The In Party – Take a break from the chaos and speak easy with your peers.
8pm-12am, Bourbon and Branch

Acumen Solutions’ Cloud Octane Party – Grab a drink from Bartendro, enjoy an interactive gaming experience, and wrap up the evening with a rockin’ surprise guest performance.
7:30pm-11:30pm, 111 Minna Gallery

Ultimate 80’s Blowout – 80’s party including networking, drinks, food and entertainment. San Francisco’s premier Bay Area band Tainted Love will join us as we throw back and celebrate some of the greatest songs of the ’80s.
9pm-11:30pm, The Exploratorium

Thursday, Oct. 16th

Rehab – After a long week everyone will need a little rehab. FinancialForce will help with your rehab from 8:30am to 1pm. Enjoy a sparkling mimosa or spicy bloody mary.
8:30am-1:00pm, B Restaurant & Bar

4th Annual michaelforce.org Cigar Shindig – Go enjoy a cigar with the one and only MichaelForce. Always a great time.
6:00pm-9:00pm, Cigar Bar and Grill

DFGuide.com – The must bookmark website for Dreamforce ’13


Last year I kept posting every party/event I came across. I somewhat did this year. But I am going to stop posting all the party info. The reason is the great folks at Arrowpointe, creators of Geopointe, have a better solution for everyone.

Go to DFGuide.com and bookmark this immediately. You especially need this on your mobile phone. They have all the parties listed and add new ones as soon as they are announced. DFGuide also gives you information on everything around the conference, from restaurants to parks to attractions.

More Dreamforce Parties Announced


More Dreamforce parties have been announced. I know more will be coming in the next week or so. Visit the links below and sign-up!

Also visit this link to see the different posts I have done about Dreamforce Parties.  Dreamforce Party list.

AppBash – Wednesday, November 20,  Evening. This one you don’t signup beforehand. For the Dreamforce vets this was Cloud Crawl in the past.  More info given out at Dreamforce Cloud Expo on this one.

Kick Off AppBash with Cloud Sperpas – Wednesday, November 20, 5:30-8:30pm. B Bar and Restaurant, 720 Howard St. RSVP on their site. Great way to start the long, multi-party Wednesday night.

Silverpop – Monday, November 18, 9pm. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street . Always a fantastic Dreamforce party with live music. This year Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will be playing. Make sure you RSVP early on this one.

More to come later.

Dreamforce is near…and that means parties are starting to be announced


Dreamforce is getting near. The party announcements are starting.

Last year I listed all the parties, times, how to sign-up, and where to be in general. This year I might not get that in-depth, as the Dreamforce Mobile Party App will more than likely have everything you need. But the app is not updated to 2013 yet, so I will start to list what has been announced so far.

We already know Green Day will be playing at the Dreamforce Gala, and this is the cannot miss out of all the parties. That is a no brainer. It is at AT&T Park, and for those that have never been there the park in itself is an amazing place to be. But there are many other parties that happen at night during Dreamforce. They are great way to unwind after all the sessions you sat in at Dreamforce and even a better way to network. As I wrote last year Dreamforce is of course not all about the parties but they are part of the experience.

Here are a few of the parties already announced:

Ultimate After Hours Party – Revolution – Wednesday, November 20, 7:30pm – 1am @Roe.  651 Howard St, San Francisco – One block from Moscone

The Wrap Party – Rehab Lounge 2013 – Thursday, November 21, 8.30am – 1.00pm @B Restaurant & Bar. 720 Howard Street, San Francisco CA – Atop Yerba Buena Gardens

Dreamforce 2013 Tweetup – Monday, Nov 18 @ 7pm – 10pm. Location TBD.

NPO Engagement Party – Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Location TBD.

Of course Dreamforce isn’t all about the parties


I have compiled and posted a lot about Dreamforce parties.  The parties at night are important to both network and relax after long days. Navigating through 50,000+ people, getting from the many new locations at this years Dreamforce, seeing the many awesome products large Expo, and  listening/learning from the 750+ possible sessions will make you brain tired by the end of the day. You need the nights to get you through the days.

But, of course, the most important part of Dreamforce is learning. The sessions, zones, clinics, and everything else going on during the day gives you a chance to learn a great amount. You also can put yourself in information overload. Watch out for this. You want to take as much as you can in but you do not want to push yourself too much where you then don’t learn enough because your brain shut down.

I suggest picking your top 5 sessions. Then choose your next 5 secondary sessions. Then the rest of the sessions you picked are below those 10. Make sure no matter what you go to your top 5 sessions. The secondary 5 you should make a strong effort to you go but if your miss one or two don’t feel bad. Remember you want to keep your brain sharp. The rest of your sessions go to if you can but skip if you are feeling tired or you know you won’t be able to take it all in. Your priority should be around keeping your brain sharp and able to remember/take in what you are learning; your priority should not be to take in as many sessions as you can.

When night comes around I recommend attending a party or two. Have a few cocktails or beers (if you drink). Network and have fun. This is your time to have fun but also talk shop. These events are a great time to talk about what you learned during the day, all while in a fun atmosphere. Don’t go overboard where the hangover the next day will make you want to roll up in a ball and not want to do anything.

Rinse and repeat each day. But I cannot keep stressing enough do not push yourself too hard during the day. Prioritize and then do not feel bad if you have to take a break.

PS – If you know you will miss a session try to remember to remove yourself from the session through the My Dreamforce App. Be a good salesforce.com citizn and free your seat up for someone else.