The OA Birthday Party
Celebrating Our 57th Year!
SAVE THE DATE – January 13-15, 2017
for the 57th OA Birthday Party Weekend Celebration
Birthday Party Recordings
If you missed the last Birthday Party or attended it and now want to relive the memories, you can by ordering CDs or MP3s of the event. These are available “a la carte” or you can also purchase the entire event.
Visit the All Star media website by clicking here.
What is the Birthday Party?
We hope you will join us in 2017 as hundreds of compulsive overeaters from across the United States, Canada and other countries gather in Los Angeles for a weekend of recovery and fellowship. The annual Overeaters Anonymous Birthday Party celebrates the January 1960 founding of our program. The party is the main Special Event of the year for the Los Angeles Intergroup. Its purpose is to enhance personal recovery in OA, raise funds to keep the intergroup thriving, and highlight fellowship and service.
What will you experience at the Birthday Party?
The Birthday Party kicks off on Friday afternoon with a limited amount of Workshops/Panels and Marathon meetings. Friday night is the grand opening, where a fabulous keynote speaker (with many years in program) is followed by an OA musical. Many professional actors, singers, and dancers participate in this fun time.
Saturday is a full day of activities. Workshops, panels, marathon meetings, and special focus meetings on a large range of topics continues throughout the day. Additionally, we will be having a day-long Big Book study, hosted by a long-term member from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. There will also be a luncheon (optional) and a luncheon speaker (open to all). At the end of the day, we will have a dinner banquet (optional), followed by a diner speaker (open to all). After that, we will have entertainment, which will include a number of professional standup comedians, some of whom have been seen on “The Tonight Show,” HBO, Comedy Central and other TV venues (an extra charge, if you’re not joining us for dinner, is required).
Sunday continues numerous panels and workshops, including our popular “Sober Eating” workshop. Our closing ceremony includes another long-term keynote speaker and the numerous prize drawings.
Additionally, there will be other fun things on the schedule, such as yoga and a clothing swap at our boutique.
To get a better idea of what you can look forward to, refer to both the “Program” and “Program Grid” menu options on the left hand side of this page.
How expensive is the Birthday Party?
Compared to other region and national events (this year’s WSO Convention registration fees started at $109), our registration fee of $40 (until 11/26/16) and then $50 after that is a bargain. Our special room rate ($119) at the LAX Hilton is sold out, but you can still get rooms directly from the LAX Hilton website for as low as $143 a night if you are a member of AAA, AARP, or Hilton Honors — and you can put up to 4 people to a room! (Helpful hint: you can sign up for Hilton Honors online ahead of time, then plug your new number in to get the Hilton Honors rate!).
However, we have just worked out another $119 a night deal with the Sheraton Four Points around the corner from the Hilton. This is a nice hotel that has hosted the Birthday Party many times. To register, click here or call 800-368-7764 and tell them you want the Overeaters Anonymous rate. The hotel has free wifi and if you are a Starwoods Preferred Guest (SPG), you can ask for a room with a free refrigerator in it. (You can also sign up for that on line before registering as well.) Since both the Hilton and Four Points are at LAX, there is a free shuttle to the hotels, so you don’t even need a car! While there is dining in the hotel, there are also numerous inexpensive dining options in the area.
When is the next OA Birthday Party?
January 13-15, 2017!