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Early Bird Registration: 
Now - January 31, 2020

MNFEA Members $140/person
Non-Members $180/person

Regular Registration:
February 1 - March 8, 2020

MNFEA Members $160/person
Non-Members $200/person

Late/Onsite Registration: 
March 9-13, 2020
MNFEA Members $180/person
Non-Members $220/person

All fees include sessions, workshops, networking, activities and most meals.

2020 Annual Conference

Thank you all that joined us for our 2020 Annual Conference!

2020 is destined to be a visionary year of innovation and collaboration as MNFEA takes over the North Shore.  As always, the education sessions will be packed with valuable information for event and festival professionals, vendors, and service providers. Equally important, our networking and social events offer attendees multiple opportunities to nurture existing relationships and create new ones.

Click for Conference Schedule and Topics

Click here to learn more about our speakers


Wednesday Night Networking 
Explore Duluth: A Night on the Town!

Sponsored by 

5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Head into town on Wednesday to settle in before the conference officially starts Thursday morning and join us for our annual networking kickoff! Progressive dinners are all the rage, and we're jumping on the wagon. Join us on the MNFEA fan bus as we tour popular Duluth attractions while enjoying dinner and drinks throughout the city.

Advance registration is required for this event.  
Register Here 

5:00 PM - Happy Hour at the Lyric Kitchen & Bar ( Holiday Inn)

6:30 PM - First bus departs from the Holiday Inn for Caddy Shack

7:00 PM - Games and Dinner at Caddy Shack

8:40 PM - Buses depart from Caddy Shack to Vikre Distillery

10:00 PM - First bus departs Vikre for the Holiday Inn

10:30 PM - Last bus leaves Vikre

Thursday Night Soiree
Axe-citingly Unique Night @ Blacklist Brewing

Sponsored by   &  

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

What do you think of when you hear ‘Duluth?’ Beards? Beers? Bulldogs? Bridge? How about Bullseyes? Join MNFEA at Blacklist Brewing for our axe-citingly unique Thursday night soiree! You’ll enjoy beers from Blacklist and bring out your inner Paul Bunyan by trying axe throwing! Never thrown an axe? No worries. Blacklist staff will teach you everything you need to know to have a safe ‘up-north’ experience.

Dinner will be provided by Pizza Luce and Blacklist will have a cash bar.

Also, please email madson@sropro.com a photo or two of your event(s) or business. We’ll be projecting them onto monitors in the taproom so networking attendees get a clear picture of the great work you do!

Conference Hotel

Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth - Downtown
200 West First Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Room rate is $99/night for Wednesday-Friday EXTENDED now through February 28

Once you've registered for the conference, there are two options for booking your hotel room:
1. Call the Holiday Inn directly at 218-722-1202 and reference the Minnesota Festivals & Events Association Block.
2. Click here to use the online booking link. You just need to enter your arrival and departure dates and the system will walk you through the rest.

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