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Early Bird Registration: 
October 1 - January 7
MNFEA Members $150/person
Non-Members $200/person

Regular Registration:
January  for 8 - February 28

MNFEA Members $200/person
Non-Members $250/person

Late & Onsite Registration: 
Begins March 1
MNFEA Members $250/person
Non-Members $300/person

Conference fees include sessions, workshops, networking activities, and most meals (onsite only). Optional evening event tickets must be purchased separately.

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2022 Conference Sessions

As always, the education sessions will be packed with valuable information for event and festival professionals, vendors, and service providers. While we will focus on getting back to business, sessions will also highlight general business, operations plans, diversity, and more!

Equally important, networking opportunities will be built into the program to maximize connections across and within each platform so you can meet & connect no matter what attendance style you prefer. We encourage all in-person attendees to bring a laptop with to be able to connect with virtual attendees throughout activities.

With a hybrid model in place, we have been able to approach speakers that have been leading national conversations, further elevating the knowledge that will be shared with you during the Conference! 

Here's your first glance at Conference sessions! Sessions and schedule will be updated over the coming months. 

Thursday, March 24 & Friday, March 25

8:30 a.m.   Vendor Booths Open & Breakfast

9:00 a.m.    Welcome & Sessions Begin

Keynote Speaker: Collaborate - Grow - Succeed - with Laughter!
Sarah Routman, Laugh Healthy
Jump into a kaleidoscope of fun with purposeful playful laughter as Sarah intrigues you with her unique approach to making it through the day with a smile, no matter how steep the challenges. Victor Borge said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” We’ll start with Smile-Ups, explore Laughter Breaths, and then connect over oodles of healthy laughter as an empowering tool for self-care. It’s time to stretch your silly muscles, tickle your funny bone and leave stress, overwhelm and anxiety behind, right next to negative self-talk and burnout. You won’t know what hit you, but you’ll feel so amazing at the end of this interactive experience, you’ll be telling everyone you know about it as you sail through festival and event planning with a smile plastered on your face and a joyful lift to your step. With a giggle in your pocket and an amazing array of health benefits accompanying every chuckle, you’re sure to put laughter at the top of your to-do list after this. Come as you are – no special clothes, previous experience or sense of humor required.

Accessibility Beyond Physical Access - Creating inclusive events
Jillian Nelson, Autism Society of Minnesota
The greatest part of any event is building a community, and the best communities are inclusive communities. Join Jillian Nelson from the Autism Society of Minnesota to learn how AuSM has partnered with festivals and community groups such as Twin Cities Pride, Irish Faire, Rock The Garden, Guthrie Theatre, Disability Day on The Hill, Bell Museum and MORE to create sensory friendly and inclusive events and learn tools and tips on how you can make your event more inclusive.

Sustainability for Events
Minnesota Sustainable Sports & Event Coalition, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

State of the Industry & Meet the New EMT Director 
Lauren Bennett McGinty, Explore Minnesota Tourism Director

Arts & Entertainment at Your Festival
Panelists: GL Berg Entertainment, MN State Arts Board, MN Music Coalition, Enticing Entertainment
It’s time to think outside the box and shake up the arts and entertainment game for your festival. Hear from a variety of professionals in the industry on how to engage your audience in new ways, discover what’s trending, best practices and learn about some fresh ideas that will inspire you.

Forecasting for the Future; Equipment rental, Supply Chain, & Labor
Panelists: TVG Events, Sunbelt Rentals, Apres Event D├ęcor & Tent Rental, Kennedy Concessions, & Biffs Portable Restrooms

Case Study: Moving Your Event from Free to Paid Admission
Tom Whelan & Mark Smith; Irish Fair of Minnesota 

Positioning Your Volunteer Program for Success
Panel led by Dot Belstler; Twin Cities Pride Festival 

Updating Your Event "Floor Plan"  
Case Studies from: Mpls Aquatennial, Twin Cities Pride Festival, Stone Arch Bridge Festival, and More….

Creating a Merchandise Plan for Your Organization
Bridget Resig - Creative Resources

Event Website & Social Media Critique
Nick Borelli- All Seeded

Build a Lifestyle and Business Culture that works best for you
Beatrice Adenodi- Mirror Ink

Katie Battis Troyer- Claim Our Space

*More sessions added frequently. Schedule will be announced soon!

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