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Upcoming MNFEA Events

    • Friday, October 25, 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • Wednesday, March 04, 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Duluth, MN
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    The MNFEA Conference offers many opportunities to help your company stand out from the crowd. Our sponsorship packages can afford you the visibility and branding you need to accomplish your sales and marketing goals and be truly effective in conveying your company’s message to our qualified buyer audience.

    Click here for full details for each option 


    Annual Thursday Night Soirée – $2,000.00


    This package includes complimentary registration for 4 individuals from your company. *Sponsor will have 10 minutes to address attendees at the start of the event.



    Wednesday Night Networking – $1,500.00


    A great place to make initial contact with attendees...and a lot of fun! This package includes complimentary registration for 3 individuals from your company. *Sponsor will have 10 minutes to address attendees at the start of the event.



    Thursday Night Dinner – $1,500.00


    This package includes complimentary registration for 3 individuals from your company. *Sponsor will have 10 minutes to address attendees at the start of the event.



    Thursday & Friday Breakfast – $1,000.00


    Your company's name and logo will be prominently featured on signage displayed at the breakfast setup for both days, maximizing your exposure. This package includes complimentary registration for 2 individuals from your company.



    Thursday & Friday Breaks – $1,000.00


    Your company's name and logo will be prominently featured on signage displayed at coffee/tea break setup for both days, maximizing your exposure. This package includes complimentary registration for 2 individuals from your company.



    Thursday & Friday Lunch – $1,000.00


    Your company's name and logo will be prominently featured on signage displayed at the lunch setup for both days, maximizing your exposure. This package includes complimentary registration for 2 individuals from your company.



    Conference Guide – $1,000.00
    The conference guide is included in all attendee registration bags and includes the schedule of events, speaker bios, logistical information on all activities, sponsor ads, and more. Sponsor will be prominently featured with a full-page ad in the guide. This package includes complimentary registration for 2 individuals from your company.

    Attendee Welcome Bag – $600.00 
    Your company's logo will be featured on sponsor-provided welcome bags, and you can also provide a branded insert item if you wish. This package includes complimentary registration for 1 individual from your company. (MNFEA to approve bag and will provide additional contents by other sponsors)

    Conference Sessions – $500.00
    Now’s a great time to brush up on your elevator pitch. The Conference Session Sponsor package allows you to speak in front of the conference attendees during one of the general sessions. During this time, you can talk about your product or service, run a short You Tube video or share PowerPoint slides. This package includes complimentary registration for 1 individual from your company. *Sponsor will have 5 minutes to address attendees at the start of the event.

    Trade Show Vendor Booth – $350.00
    Promote your company before, during, and after the conference sessions with a 6' table and two chairs will be provided. This package includes complimentary registration for 1 individual from your company.

    Welcome Bag Inserts – $75.00 
    This allows your company to insert an item, brochure or giveaway into the registration bags for attendees. Previous giveaways have included branded flash drives, travel kits, notepads, pens, water bottles and more. Sponsor is responsible for the production and delivery of inserts.


    • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Union Depot, 240 Kellogg Blvd. East, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • 12
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    Join us for a behind the scenes look at The Union Depot followed by holiday cheer at The Union Depot Grill and The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop by as well.

    Revitalized and once again welcoming travelers and visitors of all kinds, Union Depot is what it’s always been – a meeting place, a starting point, a hub of activity, a home to celebrations much anticipated and long remembered.

    In the next chapter of its existence, this one-of-a-kind facility is playing a key part of the dramatic transformation of Lowertown and will serve as a multi-modal transportation hub. A true gathering place past, present and future, Union Depot is also the perfect setting for public events, private functions, arts and cultural festivals, concerts and more.

    Union Depot was completed in 1926. It was placed on to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1974, and under ownership of the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority (RCRRA), it underwent extensive renovations in 2011-2012 totaling $243 million. Learn more about the history of Union Depot and its dramatic renovation.

    Schedule:
    4:00 pm - Registration
    4:30 pm - Tour
    5:15 pm - Holiday Cheer at the NEW Station 81
    6:45 pm - The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train 
    7:00 pm - Event Ends

    Meet up at 4:00 pm at the Christmas tree in the Head House, the front of the building closest to 4th St. and the Light Rail.  We’ll tour from there around the building, and in the end come back to the Head House and have happy hour up on the mezzanine of the restaurant, re-opening as Station 81.  At approximately 6:45 the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be pulling in and the band will play songs for about half an hour. Dress warm to be outside for the train!

    Visit: https://cptrain2019.eventbrite.com, if people want to buy VIP tickets for a preferred viewing area for the train and hot chocolate, the $10 for the ticket is also a fundraiser.

    Parking Informationhttps://www.uniondepot.org/about/parking/

    • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • City Club, 882 W. 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
    • 40
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    Join us for a sneak peak at the new City Club at Historic Rathskeller Building (Keg & Case). After the tour we will grab Happy Hour at a nearby establishment. Come and network with like minded event producers. 

    Schedule:
    3:00 pm - Registration
    3:30 pm - Tour
    4:15 pm - Happy Hour
    6:00 pm - Event Ends

    • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Heroic Productions, 801 West 106th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420
    • 33
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    Join MNFEA at Heroic Productions and hear from their expert audio and video team as they take us through the basics, solve the mystery of price quotes and reveal how to take your event to the next level with the latest in technology trends that give your fans the best experience possible. This is the event where there are no dumb questions and you can finally get the answers to all the things you have wondered about.

    The Schedule:

    3:00 pm Registration
    3:30 pm Program Begins
    4:30 pm Tours and Happy Hour
    6:00 pm Event Ends

    Parking: Onsite parking lot with ample spaces


    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • Friday, March 13, 2020
    • Holiday Inn,200 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802
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    The Minnesota Festivals and Events Association will host its annual conference at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Downtown Duluth! The 2020 conference will be packed with valuable information for event and festival professionals, vendors, and service providers!

    Stay tuned for more details including a great line-up of sessions, networking time AND...the annual "Soirée" social event! 

    A sample of session topics include:

    • Social Media & Marketing
    • Sponsorship
    • Public Relations 
    • Volunteer Management 
    • Event Security
    • and more! 

    Hotel rooms can be reserved by February 24, 2020 for the group rate of $99/night!

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

    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.


    CONFERENCE FEES

    Early Bird Registration: thru 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.

    **Note** When registering, be sure to click on the Pay Online button in the yellow box to finish your registration. Payment must be made in full in order to be registered.

    MNFEA Conference Cancellation Policy: Registrations cancelled more than  60 days prior to the event will be refunded 95% of the registration fees. Registrations cancelled less than 60 days of the event will not be eligible for a refund. Registration can be transferred to another person.








Past events

Thursday, November 14, 2019 Festival Art and Activation Panel
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 St. Peter | MNFEA Fall Focus: ADA Accessibility for Festival Settings
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 St. Cloud | MNFEA Fall Focus: ADA Accessibility for Festival Settings
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 MNFEA Fall Focus: ADA Accessibility for Festival Settings
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Behind the Scenes: Allianz Field
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Behind the Scenes: The Armory
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Festival Season Support Group Happy Hour
Thursday, July 11, 2019 Behind the Scenes: Ramsey County Fair
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Coffee Break with Explore Minnesota
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Forklift Operator Training
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 MNFEA 2019 Conference Sponsorships
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 MNFEA Annual Conference (2019)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, December 06, 2018 Happy Hour, Skating & Networking: Saint Paul Winter Skate
Monday, November 05, 2018 Fall Focus: Event Safety Management: The Checklist
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Fall Focus: Operations Behind the Scenes Tour
Thursday, September 20, 2018 Fall Focus: Saint Paul Venue Crawl
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Behind The Scenes: St. Paul Saints Game & CHS Field Tour
Monday, July 23, 2018 Happy Hour, Headshots & Networking!
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Happy Hour Cruise on the Mississippi
Friday, April 13, 2018 MNFEA 2018 Conference Sponsorships
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 MNFEA Annual Conference (2018)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Happy Hour & Networking - Half Time Rec
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, December 14, 2017 MNFEA Holiday Party at Holidazzle
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 MNFEA Fall Focus - Working with Volunteers
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Happy Hour & Networking - Longfellow Grill
Sunday, July 30, 2017 10,000 Lakes Concours d'Elegance
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Happy Hour & Networking - UpDown Minneapolis
Friday, June 23, 2017 Behind The Scenes: Twin Cities Pride Festival
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Coffee Break, Social Media & Networking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Kick-off Cruise on the Minneapolis Queen
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, March 09, 2017 MNFEA 2017 Conference Sponsorships
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 MNFEA Annual Conference (2017)
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Brainerd Curling Club - Happy Networking, Conference 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 MNFEA Panel Discussion: Examining Minneapolis Event Permits, Purposes & Pitfalls
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Behind the Scenes - Great Lakes Coca-Cola, LLC followed by Happy Networking at nearby Lone Oak Grill
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Happy Holiday Networking - MNFEA Holiday Party
Thursday, November 10, 2016 MNFEA Panel Discussion: The Fundamentals of Producing Events in Saint Paul
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Happy Hour & Networking - Betty Danger's Country Club
Thursday, August 11, 2016 Renaissance Festival Preview Party
Thursday, July 07, 2016 Coffee Break and Networking
Thursday, June 30, 2016 Marketing Best Practices Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 Behind the Scenes - Grand Old Days
Thursday, May 05, 2016 "Happy Networking" at Sociable Cider Werks
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Behind the Scenes at Hubbard Broadcasting
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Coffee Break with Minnesota State Arts Board
Thursday, March 10, 2016 MNFEA Annual Conference
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 New Ulm Turner Hall - Happy Hour & Networking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Happy Hour & Networking - The Loop West End
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Behind-The-Scenes at Winter Carnival
Thursday, January 07, 2016 Coffee Hour hosted by Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Happy Holiday Networking!
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 MNFEA Panel Discussion: The Fundamentals of Producing Events in Minneapolis
Friday, October 23, 2015 Coffee Break! Coffee and Networking
Friday, September 25, 2015 Networking at Cities Wine Tasting
Thursday, August 13, 2015 2015 Renaissance Festival Preview Party
Thursday, July 09, 2015 Behind The Scenes: Basilica Block Party
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Coffee Break! Coffee and Networking
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MNFEA at St. Paul Festival Assoc - May Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 The Freehouse - Happy Hour and Networking!
Thursday, March 05, 2015 MNFEA Annual Conference
Friday, February 13, 2015 Coffee and Networking
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Happy Hour and Networking!
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 MNFEA Holiday Party
Friday, October 24, 2014 Knowing your festival/event: Economic Impact Analysis, evaluation, and changes of the industry "landscape" over time
Friday, September 26, 2014 Behind the Scenes - MN Renaissance Festival
Thursday, August 07, 2014 Behind the Scenes - Irish Fair of Minnesota
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