Annual Conference

Connect with Community leaders, citizen diplomats and like-minded volunteers in the name of peace through people.

Whether you’re new to sister cities or are a seasoned participant, learn how cities are taking center stage on global  issues this August at Sister Cities International’s 2018 Annual Conference and Youth Leadership Summit in Aurora, Colorado.

August 2 – 4, 2018 | Aurora, Colorado

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center

Registration Fees

Member – $550

Non-Member – $650

Young Professional – $350

One Day – $325

Panelist – $200

Schedule and Trip-Planning Resources

This year’s conference, Cities Leading the Way, will showcase how, in an era of unrest, cities across the globe are leading efforts to create smarter, healthier, more inclusive, and more innovative communities.

Sessions and conference activities will take place in the beautiful Aurora, Colorado, which is minutes from Denver and a wide variety of exciting activities. We encourage all conference attendees to not only join us for our sessions, but to get to know the local area.


Sister Cities International has worked with local partners in Aurora to provide unique and exciting pre and post-conference tours for our attendees. From exploring new and innovative industries, to taking in the rich history of the area, there is a tour for everyone!

Denver History & Heritage Tour

  • Denver Skyline
  • Larimer Square
  • Denart Museum
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$77 per person. Maximum 53 people per tour. Visit Denver’s major cultural attractions and landmarks during this scenic motor coach tour like the Historic Larimer Square, Union Station, the Financial District. Pay a visit to the Historic Five Points neighborhood and explore the history and culture of the African Americans who helps settle Colorado and the American West. This trip includes a guided tour of the Colorado State Capital Building.

Download the itinerary here.

Colorado Cannabis Industry Tour

Man cutting Cannabis with Clippers

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$85 per person. This exciting tour will dive into the history and present state of the Colorado cannabis industry and its effects on the local economy, population boom, and tourism in the state. Learn about the emerging industry of marijuana testing for potency, THC, and CBD ratios, and the general analytics the industry uses to ensure public health, safety, and interest. Tour will include visits to three Aurora-based Cannabis facilities.

Itinerary coming soon.                                                                                                                                    

Big Mountains Tour

  • Rocky Mountain State Park
  • Rock Mountains with Trees in Foreground
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$110 per person. Maximum 53 people per tour. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park with a sister cities twist: hear from Estes Park Sister Cities on their sister park agreement with Monteverde, Costa Rica. Estes Park President Nick Molle, an award-wining documentarian, will join the tour. Attendees will visit the Costa Rican native-run OtherSide restaurant for lunch.

Download the itinerary here.

Little Mountains Tour

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$81 per person. Maximum 53 people per tour. Head out from Denver to the western foothills and enjoy a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to Lookout Mountain to see Buffalo Bill’s grave site. Finally, visit Golden, Colorado (the “almost Capital” of Colorado) for a lovely sit-down lunch.


Download the itinerary here.

Young Professional Component

To stay relevant and thrive in the New American Economy, businesses, cities, and governments are changing at lightning speed. Finding ways to leverage the younger generation and the entrepreneurial spirit are key in order to keep up.

Sister Cities International and Aurora are thrilled to share how we’re engaging the next generation during our special Next Generation and Entrepreneurship Track (Thursday, August 2).

Learn more about this track

Exhibition and Sponsorship

Demonstrate your products and services in front of citizen diplomats and elected officials from all over the world. Our delegates are looking for new ways to partner with cities, private companies, and institutions as they look to strengthen their programs and cities while promoting peace through people.

Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms with attendee at 2017 Annual Conference


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