Convention Agenda

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Optional Tour Day! It’s New York City!

The Ride

Optional Tour

Tour leaves at 10:00 AM

Cost: $54

THE RIDE is the critically and virally acclaimed attraction that uses New York City and its iconic landmarks as the backdrop for a theatrical event that blurs the boundary between tour and performance. THE RIDE’s patented traveling theatres are designed with coliseum seating and floor-to-ceiling glass windows truly making the streets the stage. Immediately after departure, guests won’t be able to tell where the New York City streets begin and the show ends!

THE RIDE’s custom, multi-million dollar motor coaches come equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma TV screens and over 3000 LED lights. Enjoy our hilarious hosts trained in improvisation so that each performance is fresh depending on what’s happening on the street that day. You will delight in pop-up presentations along the 4.2-mile route through Midtown and Times Square by The Ride’s talented ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists. THE RIDE is one of the best ways to tour New York on a budget and whether you’re new to the city or a long-time native, you’ll find New York City eternally fresh aboard THE RIDE.

Find Your Heritage Tour (5 hours)

Optional Tour

Tour leaves at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM

Cost: $95

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Board the temperature controlled bus to our boat cruise drop off point. Take a boat cruise past Lady Liberty as you make your way to Ellis Island. 

Once at Ellis Island, you will have the option to explore on your own, take an audio tour or continue with the designated tour guide. Learn about those who traveled here so many years ago as immigrants in search of the American dream.

You will have the opportunity to grab a quick lunch at the café before cruising back to Manhattan.

Dress: Warm regalia with comfortable shoes

Tribute to Heroes Tour (4.5 hours)

Optional Tour

Tour leaves at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM

Cost: $92

Join your Sisters aboard a temperature controlled bus as we make our way to the 9/11 Memorial and the One World Observatory. On this guided tour, we will honor the brave first responders who risked their lives to help others on the tragic day of September 11, 2001. You’ll hear personal accounts from native New Yorkers and first responders who will tell the stories of their own experience; and walk by the footprints of the Twin Towers to view the names of those that were lost. You’ll be inspired and see forever from the 102nd floor of the One World Observatory. Here, you will get breathtaking 360 degree views of Manhattan from the tallest building in North America!

Dress: Warm regalia with comfortable shoes

Sexy in the City Tour (4.5 hours)

Optional Tour

Tour leaves at 10:30 AM

Cost: $96

On this temperature controlled bus tour with minimal walking, get “Carried” away on this Sexy in the City Tour. You will follow in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw & company as we take you around New York City locations where the ladies drank, shopped, gossiped and so much more!

End the day the same way as the ladies of Sex in the City, with a Cosmo, of course! You’ll stop in at O’Nieal’s (also known as Scout in the show) for a Cosmopolitan and photo opportunity. Be ready to share your social media ready photo with your Sisters.

Dress: Warm regalia with comfortable shoes

Moonstruck Tour (4 hours)

Optional Tour

Tour leaves at 11:00 AM

Cost: $90

You’ll feel like Loretta (from the hit film, Moonstruck) when Ronny took her to the Opera! Explore Lincoln Center with a once in a lifetime behind the scenes experience featuring: The Metropolitan Opera, David Geffen Hall, and David H. Koch Theatre, home of the New York City Ballet. You will walk onstage in one of the performance halls, interact with props and costumes from past performances and take home a souvenir to remember your Moonstruck experience.

Dress: Walking tour, so wear warm regalia with comfortable shoes

New York City Highlights Tour (4 hours)

Optional Tour

Tour leaves at 12:00 PM

Cost: $75

First time to the Big Apple? Hop aboard this temperature controlled bus tour that was created just for you! You’ll get an overview of the city that never sleeps on this four hour highlights tour. Your tour guide will point out iconic New York City signs as well as provide fascinating stories behind each landmark and neighborhood. Some of the sights you will see are the building King Kong climbed (aka the Empire State Building), where Audrey Hepburn ate breakfast (aka Tiffany & Co, 5th Ave.), the building where Yoko Ono resides (The Dakota,) and you may even see the corner where Marilyn Monroe got her skirt blown up!

Dress: Warm regalia with comfortable shoes

Tenements, Tales & Treats Tour (4 hours)

Optional Tour

Tour leaves at 12:00 PM

Cost: $75

“New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.” – Alistair Cooke

Hop aboard the temperature controlled bus with a licensed NYC Tour Guide and explore the “mini” neighborhoods where a diverse blend of cultures and ethnicities reside side by side. You’ll hear stories of how these immigrants settled into these neighborhoods, learn about the architecture, as well as taste authentic foods from each. Areas you’ll visit include: Chinatown, Little Italy, Lower East Side, Grenwich Village and Soho.

Dress: Warm regalia with comfortable shoes

Hatters’ LOVEfest

8:00PM – 10:00PM

Valentine’s Week in NYC!! What a perfect backdrop for our own Valentine’s Day Card Exchange! Join the Hatquarters team and your Sisters for a LOVE-filled afternoon. Each attendee is asked to bring at least 200 Valentines to share with those in attendance and a personalized Valentine bag to hold your newly collected Valentines. Be sure your bag is no larger than a 10”x5”x13” gift bag, clearly marked with your name (first and last, please) and is able to stand up on its own. As to how to prepare your Valentines, they can be the Valentine’s Day inspired trading cards available from Avery WePrint, the Valentine’s Day cards available for download on the RHS’s website or the ones reminiscent of what you exchanged with your classmates years ago. The choice is yours!

Prior to convention, we’d like you to send in a “LOVE note” sharing why you love being a part of The Red Hat Society. Please send those “LOVE notes” to We’ll be gathering them and placing LOVE note posters throughout the room. So, let’s fill the room with LOVE!!!


8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration for Tour & Extra Day Convention Attendees opens

"It was the first time I attended an International Convention & had a wonderful time. I will attend in the future if it is close to where I live. I can check this off my Bucket List"

This agenda is subject to change.