Log in



Early Registration: 
October 5 - January 31
MNFEA Members $250/person
Non-Members $300/person

Standard Registration: 
February 1 - Onsite
MNFEA Members $300/person
Non-Members $350/person

Conference fees include general sessions, breakouts, networking activities, included optional events, and most meals.



2023 Annual Conference

Don't Miss the 2023 MNFEA Conference!

Wednesday, March 29 - Friday, March 31
Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center - Mankato, MN

The Minnesota Festivals & Events Association will host its annual conference in Mankato for 2023! This industry-leading event is packed with valuable information for event professionals, vendors, entertainers, service providers, hospitality partners, and more.

MNFEA's annual conference is the top networking and learning environment for the Minnesota event community! Join likeminded professionals to share ideas, experiences and opportunities that shape the successes of our common industry and individual events. You will leave the conference feeling invigorated and ready to implement new ways of thinking, leverage new contacts and explore great ideas!

Your conference registration includes all of these benefits and much more:

  • All educational sessions: general sessions & breakouts
  • Breakfast on Thursday and Friday morning
  • Lunch on Thursday and Friday afternoon
  • Structured and organic networking opportunities
  • The MNFEA Exhibitor Expo
  • All-day coffee bar
  • Post-event access to speaker presentations
  • Attendee list with contact information
  • Nightly after-hours hospitality suite
  • Wednesday Night Networking Event
  • Thursday Night Soiree 

Plan ahead and block these dates on your calendar today!

2023 Venue: Mayo Event Center in the heart of downtown Mankato, MN 


Sessions will cover a wide array of topics for event producers, marketers, operations teams, suppliers and much more. It's been a wild few years so we'll be touching on some of the basics that will help you re-organize your events; discussing new hot topics to keep your teams and attendees safe; and diving into trends and vendor support that will take your events to the next level.

Sessions will include a look at these topics:

  • Hot New Trends
  • Accessibility & Inclusivity
  • Security & Safety Onsite
  • Sponsorship Solutions
  • Leading Event Technology
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Retention
  • Food & Beverage Trends & Challenges
  • Event Communications & Marketing
  • Weather Spotting Tips & Techniques

Stay tuned for more details as we build out another great lineup of speakers and sessions!

Interested in being a speaker at this year's event? Submit an inquiry to info@mnfea.com 


From the pre-conference Wednesday Night Networking Event to the Thursday Night Soiree, your conference registration includes multiple opportunities to gather with your peers. Learn more about these highly-anticipated events featured during this year's conference!


We look forward to having you join us IN-PERSON for two jam-packed days of education, networking and fun! Education sessions will run Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31.



The conference offers our sponsor partners that added time to make amazing connections! 

Learn More about our current  sponsorship opportunities!


A LIMITED number of onsite volunteer positions are available at a discounted rate.

All volunteers MUST be available and onsite Wednesday, March 29 - Friday, March 31. Online registration and full payment must be completed as outlined below. Registration fees are not refundable but may be transferred to another party with advanced notice.

Register between October 5 – January 31: $100
Register between February 1 – March 1: $150

Student Volunteers must meet the above volunteer requirements and must be a current student attending a college, university, or tech school and studying event management, meeting planning, tourism, hospitality, or related industries. Verification may be requested.
Register between October 5 – January 31: $50
Register between February 1 – March 1: $75


Hilton Garden Inn
20 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001

We've secured a discounted rate of $139/night +tax for conference attendees. Complete your booking by calling 507-344-1111 and request a room under the group name: MNFEA Conference.

The hotel is located next to the Event Center, is connected by skyway, and includes free parking.

Book by Monday, March 13, 2023; reservations after this date are subject to  the hotel's availability and current room rates. 


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software