'Out-of-the-Box' Entertainment Ideas for Event Inspiration

December 19, 2022 Jessica Stewart

New York event planners can always use some creative inspiration. It’s what you draw from when you brainstorm for new ideas about event themes, corporate event engagement, and social event wow factors. Today, we’ll explore some of your available options for event entertainment. And these not-so-traditional entertainers might just be the creative element your next New York conference, or event needs to be amazing.

Holiday Parties & Fundraisers

Whenever celebrations are involved, your event entertainment needs to be top-notch. In today’s corporate events, award banquets, and fundraising galas, you’ll need more than just a great band or DJ service to keep the guests entertained all evening long. And there are some incredible artists out there offering these out-of-the-box performances, prepared to absolutely delight your attendees.

  • Magicians
  • Contortionists
  • Fortune Tellers
  • Tea Leaf Readers
  • Photo Booths
  • Interactive Food & Beverage Stations
  • Illusionists
  • Roast Masters 
  • Circus Performers
  • Aerial Performers
  • Pianists or Soloists
  • Speed Painters
  • Visual Artists
  • Street Dancers
  • Graffiti Walls

Virtual & Hybrid Events

Whenever you incorporate a virtual element into your event or are planning an exclusive event online, you’ll need to consider entertainment for those remote guests, too. Don’t presume you can’t bring in some of the traditional forms of entertainment. But get creative and dream up other fun and interactive performances and themes like these.

  • Comedians
  • Game Shows
  • Trivia Contests
  • Illustrators & Visual Artists
  • Musical Performances
  • Roast Masters
  • Celebrity Host or Speaker
  • Virtual Musical Performances

Trade Shows & Conferences

If you’re event planning a trade show or conference, where thousands of guests are expected to attend, you’ll need some great main-stage entertainment as well as side-show performers. Delight your attendees with truly unique acts and aesthetics, including these.

  • Magicians
  • Face Painters or Temporary Tattoo Artists
  • Comedians
  • Celebrities or Celebrity Look-Alikes
  • Arcade Games
  • Jugglers 
  • Virtual Reality Corners

Corporate Sales & Team Meetings

When you’re assembling top performers, corporate executives, or company staff for an event, you can really get creative about your entertainment elements. Consider these New York event extras to bring fun, innovation, and engagement to your corporate sales or team meetings.

  • Contests & Game Shows
  • Throwable Microphones
  • Virtual Reality
  • Hula Dancers or Luau
  • Mariachi Band
  • Cigar Rollers
  • Fireworks
  • Exotic Animal Show
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Karaoke

Are your event planning creative juices flowing yet? Get inspired by these out-of-the-box entertainment ideas. And if you really want to surround yourself with brilliant inspiration, get on the waiting list for The Event Planner Expo 2023!

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