Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Who sponsors the Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference? Is this an official or unofficial church activity?
A: Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference is an official church activity sponsored by the Huntington Beach Midsingles Ward, Huntington Beach California Stake.
Q: I’m from out of the area, so where again is Huntington Beach, California?
A: Huntington Beach (aka Surf City USA) is located in Orange County in between Los Angeles and San Diego in sunny Southern California. Typically West Coast’s largest Latter-day Saint Midsingles events are held here in Southern California.
Q: What’s the age range for the Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference?
A: This Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference is for Midsingles (31-45) and Older YSAs (27-30)... so 27-45. If you are a year or two under or over the age range and can blend in, that’s cool..so on the “ish”.
For those younger than that, there are ongoing YSA events for the younger YSA crowd (18-25ish) throughout SoCal. For those older, there is also a separate San Diego Single Adult Conference (technically 31+ but caters to the 46+ crowd), Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27.
Q: What’s the difference between this Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference in May and the Orange County Single Adult Conference in August?
A: Here in Orange County, we are blessed to have two singles conferences to attend. In May, there’s this Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference (ages 27-45) sponsored by the Huntington Beach Midsingles Ward. In August, there’s the other Orange County Single Adult Conference (an all-age inclusive conference for any singles age 31 or older) sponsored by the South Orange County Coordinating Council with Rancho Santa Margarita Stake hosting for 2019. Both conferences complement and support each other.
Q: I just aged out of the YSAs, or I'm in my late 20s, and a little leery attending a Midsingles Conference. Will there be people of my age actually attending?
A: We get that dipping your shoes into the Midsingles scene after YSAs can seem like a big jump, but no worries. NEW this year, we have multiple optional Meet-Ups and Restaurant Groups just for the "Tweeners" (late 20s -early 30s) , so you can meet and socialize with like-minded folks before heading off to the bigger activities with everyone else. Stay tuned for details. We got your back.
Q. What's the purpose of this Midsingles Conference? Can't I just meet people online instead?
A: There is a power, support, and strength in numbers when everyone as singles (in this very family oriented church) meets physically in the same place together, that you can't necessarily experience online. Moroni 6:5 states, "And the church (Midsingles) did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls." The purpose of this Midsingles Conference is not just to be a "meat market" to only find that one, but also to spiritually and socially recharge, renew, and be uplifted with others who "get it". For many singles, in order to be spiritually fed, we first need to be socially fed. Many singles come looking to make new connections, new friends (of both sexes), and would benefit seeing your example, your strength, your testimony.
Of course for many, attending a Midsingles Conference is to cast a wider social net and increase your dating pool. While some may find success using online websites and apps, others find that after making tons of new real world friends at the Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference, they are able to follow up with them online afterwards much easier and have more authentic connections, than just randomly meeting people online.
Q: This Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference sounds ah-maz-ing and I really wanna go! But I really don’t know anyone, and I’m a little nervous going alone, any suggestions?
A: First of all, you are not alone in feeling this. Many are attending an event like this for the first time. No worries… there are several smaller activities planned throughout the weekend, where you have ample opportunity to chill and meet people in smaller group settings.
You can also coordinate rides, rooms, flirt with others, or make friends beforehand by joining the Facebook Event Page.
Ultimately we all need to stretch, be proactive, and get out of our comfort zone, and within no time, you will be able to mingle with singles from all over the U.S. and beyond.
Q: This Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference sounds great, but “I don’t do well” in large groups. How am I able to meet others in smaller group settings?
A: Even though the Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference will be the largest West Coast Midsingles Event of the year (and perhaps one of largest Midsingles Conferences of the Church), don’t let the size intimidate you. New this year, there are EVEN MORE smaller group activities and meet-ups planned throughout the conference giving plenty of opportunities to help you break out of your comfort zone and connect with new people from all over the U.S. and beyond.
Also, there are some who feel more comfortable to help out in some way "behind the scenes", at the conference, as a way to socialize in a small group settings. After you register, if you would like to help in some way, let us know via email, and we can put you to work.
Q: With a lot being offered at this year's Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference at different locations, when and where is Check-In and Registration?
A: As of right now, plan on official "Check-In" and Registration to begin on Friday Night (May 17) at K1 Speed in Irvine starting at 8 pm, where you will receive a wristband and other goodies. For those arriving earlier on Thursday (May 16) to attend the Los Angeles Temple, after the session at the Westwood Bldg, Early Registration is also available.
Q: What activities are included as part of your paid registration at the conference? And what activities are extra?
A: Here’s a breakdown below. (This is also listed on the Registration Page.)
Things Covered on the “All-Weekend” Ticket
Thursday Post-Temple Mingling Reception
Friday Morning Beach Clean Up/Wetlands Restoration Service Project
Friday Morning Beach Yoga
Friday Afternoon Laguna Beach Excursion
Friday Afternoon Mini-Dates @ Newport Beach
Friday Afternoon Tidepool Walk @ Little Corona del Mar Beach
Friday Night Main Event @ K1 Speed
Friday Night Catered Dinner
Friday Night Speed Indoor Go-Kart Racing
Friday Night Speed Mingling
Friday Night Dancing
Saturday Morning Continental Breakfast
Saturday Morning Workshops
Saturday All-American Lunch
Saturday Afternoon Beach Party
Saturday Afternoon Hikes
Saturday Evening Newport Harbor Yacht Sunset Harbor Cruise
Saturday Evening Catered Dinner
Saturday Evening Lock N Key Mixer
Saturday Night "Newport Nautical Nights" Dance
Saturday Night "Newport Nautical Nights" Karaoke Lounge
Saturday Late-Night Post-Dance Breakfast + Mingle
Sunday Morning Brunch + Mingle
Sunday Sacrament Meeting
Sunday Legit Late Lunch
Sunday Urban Bonfire + BBQ
Monday Recovery Chill Beach Day
Monday Epic Regional Beach Bonfire FHE
Things Considered "Extra" at the Conference
Thursday Night Dinner Groups
Friday Morning Kayaking @ Huntington Harbour
Friday Afternoon Seascape Paint Party
Friday Evening Pre-Event Meet-Ups (if you buy something, otherwise free)
Saturday Afternoon Beach Cruisers Rental
Saturday Afternoon Surf Lesson + Board + Wetsuit Rental
Monday Day @ Knott's Berry Farm
Monday Day @ Disneyland
Monday Evening Dinner Groups
Lodging and Travel
Q: Is a la carte registration available?
A: A la carte registration is not available at this time. If there is extra space at our Friday and Saturday venues in the final week, we may open up a la carte registration with separate Friday Only and Saturday Only tickets at a higher price. If you are planning to attend most of the conference (like Friday Night-Sunday), it's best to register sooner at the lower price now, and attend what you can.
You can always attend Sacrament Meeting and Fireside (minus Lunch) for free, if you are only attending Sunday.
Q: What’s the dress code?
A: Suggested Dress Code by Day
Thursday, May 16
Pre-Temple Dinner Group: Sunday attire or casual
LA Temple Session: Sunday attire (or causal if touring Visitors' Center at the same time)
Post-Temple Reception + Mingle: Sunday attire or casual
Friday, May 17
Beach Clean-Up/Wetlands Restoration: causal
Beach Yoga: work out or yoga attire (no shoes needed)
Kayaking: work out or beach Attire
Lunch Groups: casual
Laguna Beach Excursion: causal
Mini-Dates: nice causal (same outfit as Friday Night)
Seascape Paint Party: casual
Tidepool Walk: work out or beach attire
Pre-Event Meet-Ups: nice causal
Friday Night Main Event: nice causal
- Men: nice jeans, nice shirt, causal shoes (leave the flip flops for the beach)
- Women: nice jeans, nice top, causal shoes
- Racers (everyone): wear closed toes shoes, and long hair in ponytail when racing on the track
Saturday, May 18
Beach Party: beach attire (modest is hottest)
Hikes: work out attire or casual
Beach Cruisers: causal or beach attire
Newport Harbor Yacht Cruise: dress to impress
- Men: Think dapper! Nice business causal or cocktail attire - nice collared shirts, slacks, perhaps a sport coat.
- Women: party dress, cocktail dress, or nice party blouse and evening pants.
Church standards. So dresses or skirts at knee length, covered shoulders, etc.
After-Dance Late-Night Breakfast+Mingle: dress to impress (same as Yacht Cruise and Dance)
Sunday, May 19
Brunch + Mingle: Sunday church attire or casual
Sacrament Meeting: Sunday church attire
Lunch: Sunday church attire
Fireside: Sunday church attire
Urban Bonfire: casual preferred (Sunday attire okay, if you don't mind them getting smoky)
Monday, May 20
Knott's Berry Farm: casual
Dinner Groups: casual
Beach Bonfire: casual (bring hoodie or light jacket in case it gets chilly at night)
Q: What is this Speed Mingling thing on Friday Night? How it does work? Do I have to speed mingle?
A: Speed Mingling is just a low-key, no-stress way to meet new people and have face-time with singles you may not get a chance to on the dance floor or with the big crowd. Think of speed mingling as a simple ice breaker activity.
For Individual Rounds (1 guy and 1 gal), we will be doing 2-3 minute rounds where you will get to chat with 12-15 people (not the entire room) so only 30 minutes total per round, where the women once seated, stay put, and then the men rotate every 2-3 minutes.
Back by popular demand, we are also offering a few Group Rounds where 4 people (2 guys and 2 gals) are seated in a circle and the same two guys rotate together meeting two gals at the same time. The group format allows you to meet more people faster, and some say less stress, since more people are involved in the conversation. Consider the Group Round as a quick meet-and-greet.
Friday Night Speed Mingling Schedule:
Group Round (groups of 4 people, two couples)
8:15 pm - 8:45 pm
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Individual Rounds (one on one)
9:45 pm - 10:15 pm
10:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:15 pm - 11:45 pm
There will be ample space between couples, so that it’s not “Scream Dating”, as well as a list of fun get-to-know-you questions, if you need a little help in the conversation. Remember to keep the topics fun and light. Please do NOT ask uncomfortable questions that’s put people on the hot seat such as “What’s your story?” or “How long have you been single?” or “Why are you still single?” Discussing serious or heavy topics can be saved for later after the speed mingling round. This is not an interview or an interrogation.
You will need to check-in at the Speed Mingling Registration Desk (next to the Speed Mingling Lounge, in order secure your spot to attend your speed mingling round. It is important to sign up for Speed Mingling beforehand as part of your registration using the Eventbrite Sign Up Link. Space is limited to 40 couples per round.
If there is space available, any woman on the Waitlist Line can join the speed mingling round if they bring a guy friend with them to the round. If the speed mingling round starts and there are a few women waiting on the Waitlist Line and there is still space available, women in the Waitlist Line can join the speed mingling during the session once we get a few more men to join us, so that there was always an even M/F ratio. After people are the Waitlist line get seated, others on Standby can join in if space is available.
With so many singles attending, we anticipate all the rounds to fill up with even M/F ratios.
After each of the Speed Mingling sessions, the entire group will be escorted to the Reception Area where everyone can meet and mingle with those you didn’t get a chance to speed mingle with, and that’s a great opportunity to exchange any contact info at that time.
While speed mingling is happening only on Friday Night, it’s only an optional activity. Only those interested in speed mingling will be speed mingling. It’s just a fun and easy way to meet people on a different level than you would at other activities.
Q: What is this Saturday Lock N Key Mixer thing?
A: A “Lock N Key” Mixer is just another easy and fun ice breaker activity to meet new people, taking a different approach than Speed Mingling. It’s both extrovert AND introvert friendly. Typically when a Lock N Key mixer starts, the ladies will receive a mini-lock to wear around their neck or on their wrist, and the guys will receive a key. Both men and women can be forward and go around the crowd to “unlock your possibilities” to find your match. Or you can be more chilled and sit back and have people come to you. Works either way.
This year with the size of our group, and to match our Saturday Night nautical theme on the Yacht, instead of actual locks and keys, everyone will given Anchors (guys one color, gals another color) with a special code in the back, along with an ice breaker question to ask. You can ask and answer each others ice break question, and then see if you have matching codes.
Once you find a match, where both the guy and gal have matching codes, and they together can go to the reception desk, and show their matching codes, to receive a ticket to be in a raffle drawing to receive a cool prize. Afterwards they will be given new anchors to find more matches. More matches means more chances to win (both to win a prize AND more importantly meet new people). Good times.
This "Find Your Shipmate" Lock N Key Mixer will take place on the Newport Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise for part of the night. Stay tuned for exact details on our Sunset Cruise Schedule.
Q: I don’t live in California, so why would I go to a Midsingles Conference in Huntington Beach? Doesn’t everyone that attends live in California? What’s the breakdown of locations of attendees? How can I meet someone closer to where I live?
A: Only half of the attendees of the Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference actually live in Southern California. This is a national, if not an international conference, and so we are getting people from Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the UK, and Canada in attendance. Roughly the breakdown of attendees is 30% Southern California; 10% Northern California, Oregon, Washington; 20% Arizona; 20% Utah, Nevada and Idaho; 15% (Midwest, East Coast, Southeast U.S.), 5% Outside of the U.S.
So what does this mean? This means out of everyone attending , you have a good chance meet people closer to you, here in Huntington Beach than perhaps your regional events back home (perhaps a stretch, but you get the idea)… so it’s worth it for you and your friends to attend.
Q: I’m traveling from outside of the area and not familiar with Huntington Beach and Orange County. How should I get around to the different events?
A: Since the events are held in LA and throughout Orange County (Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Buena Park, Anaheim etc), it’s best to carpool with others going to the various events or share renting a car. Or you may choose to share an Uber or Lyft to get around. Using public transportation (bus or train) is not recommended in our area.
Q: How do I coordinate with others in sharing rides or rooms?
A: The easiest way to coordinate with others to share rides or rooms on the Facebook Event Page.
Q: Can I stay at members’ houses?
A: Due to the size of the conference, we can't accommodate everyone in members' house during the Huntington Beach Midsingles Conference, but a few members are offering their homes. With the cost of real estate much higher in Orange County than in other areas in the country, most locals actually live in condos, apartments, or smaller homes and can’t accommodate large groups where they live.
So we encourage you to use the hotel page on the conference website, and you can coordinate with others to share rooms on the Facebook Event Page.
Q: Is there going to be a beach house?
A: Yes! Not only one beach house BUT 4 or 5 beach houses are in the works all next to the Newport Beach boardwalk together. Contact Kris Dalton and Rebecca Folsom via the Facebook Event Page for availability.
Q: What’s the refund policy?
A: There are no refunds being offered. But, you can always sell or transfer your spot if need be, to someone else, typically via Venmo or Paypal. If you need to sell your spot, you can post on the Facebook Event Page.
Once you sell your spot, just notify us their name, address via email at email@example.com before the conference, so we can update the registration list.
You also will need to cancel your Eventbrite order, and the new person will need to sign up on Eventbrite to choose their conference activities.
(Step 1 on the Registration Page)
Q: How many people are expected to attend?
A: We expect over 1,000+ Midsingles and Older YSAs from all over U.S. and beyond, at West Coast’s largest Midsingles Conference. A lot of smaller group activities this year do have a limited capacity, so it’s best to register much sooner than later to secure your spot.
Q: Why do I need to register now instead of just showing up at the door?
A: Four words... Don't miss the boat! This year's Newport Harbor Cruise has a limited capacity, so you don't be left behind. The sooner everyone registers, the more bells and whistles (and possible 2nd boat) we can provide. If everyone shows up last minute, it makes budgeting and food difficult to plan and coordinate. So it's best to register way in advance, than just showing up at the door.
Q: How do I register?
A: It’s best to pay online beforehand on the Registration Page.