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Upcoming MNFEA Events

    • Thursday, February 29, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Smash Park, 1721 County Road C West, Roseville, MN 55113

    MNFEA Pre-Conference Happy Hour and Networking 
    Thursday, February 29

    3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Smash Park
    1721 County Road C West,
    Roseville, MN 55113

    Eat, drink, and connect with fellow MNFEA Conference attendees at this brand new entertainment venue in Roseville. This is your chance to network with MNFEA members, festival friends, and conference attendees before we get together for the conference in March!

    • Thursday, March 14, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Target Center, 600 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Behind the Scenes: Big 10 Tournament

    Target Center
    600 N 1st Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Thursday, March 14
    4:00pm - 7:00pm

    Minnesota is hosting some BIG games this year & we've got your behind-the-scenes ticket! Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of tournament activities & brand activations for the Men's Big Ten Basketball Tournament. We'll check out the Makers Market, Fan Zone, Big Ten Service Project and more while hearing from the team behind the magic at Minnesota Sports and Events. After the tour, we'll gather for a happy hour watch party, hosted by MNSE and WCCO Radio host Henry Lake!  

    Attendees will also be entered to win tickets to the game on Friday night, courtesy of Minnesota Sports and Events!

    This is a members-only event. Click here to become a member and join us at this and more exclusive events.

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    • Friday, March 22, 2024
    • DoubleTree by Hilton - Minneapolis- Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

    The 2024 Minnesota Festivals & Events Association Annual Conference is heading to St. Louis Park!


    What's included:

    • Thursday & Friday education sessions
    • Thursday & Friday tradeshow floor
    • Wednesday & Thursday night optional events (transportation included)
    • Thursday & Friday breakfast & lunch
    • Dinner Thursday night


    Volunteers: We have a limited number of onsite volunteer positions available. All volunteers MUST be available to be onsite Wednesday, March 20 - Friday, March 22. Online registration and full payment must be completed by March 15. Registration fees are not refundable but may be transferred to another party with advanced notice.

    Students: Registrants must be a current student attending a college, university, or tech school studying event management, meeting planning, tourism, hospitality, or related industries. Enrollment verification may be requested.

    MNFEA Conference Cancellation Policy: Registrations cancelled by February 1, 2024 will be refunded 90% of the registration fees. Registrations cancelled on or after February 1, 2024 will not be eligible for a refund. Registrations can be transferred to another person.

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Friday, March 22, 2024
    • St Louis Park - DoubleTree by Hilton - Minneaplis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

    Welcome Sponsors!

    For a full description of each available opportunity, please visit the 2024 Sponsorship Page

    Presenting Sponso$5,000
    One available

    Platinum Sponsor $3,000
    One available for each event:

    • Wednesday Night Networking Event - SOLD OUT
    • Thursday Night Soiree - SOLD OUT

    Gold Sponsor $2,000
    One available per area:

    • Breakfasts
    • Lunches
    • Hospitality Suite
    • Coffee Bar - SOLD OUT

    Silver Sponsor $1,000
    One available per area:

    • Welcome Bag - SOLD OUT
    • Event Shuttle - SOLD OUT
    • Sessions
    • Specialty Breaks
      • Thursday Happy Hour - SOLD OUT

    Exhibitor Only $500
    Limited availability

    General Sponsorship/Exhibitor Policies:

    All opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not considered confirmed until payment has been received and online registration is complete. Acceptable forms of payment: Check or credit card. 

    Sponsorship fees may not be split with others.

    You do not need to be a member of MNFEA to participate.

    The individual completing this sponsorship registration will automatically be registered as a conference attendee. Please notify us if this registration needs to be transferred to someone else in your organization.

    Each package includes an allotment of conference registration packages. Any additional registrations are available at the full attendee rate.

    Exhibitor spaces consist of a tabletop display. Pop-up banners, signage, accessories, and other décor items are permitted as long as they fit next to, behind, or in front of the assigned area.

    Exhibitor space will be assigned by the conference committee.

    Exhibitors will be provided with a standard power drop (extension cord and power strip). Additional exhibitor services such as monitors, high speed ethernet, etc. can be ordered directly from the hotel at the exhibitor’s expense.

    If you have questions or need assistance completing your sponsorship registration, please contact us at

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Warehouse Winery, 6415 Cambridge St, Minneapolis, MN 55416
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    Dine in the Dark Luncheon

    Warehouse Winery
    6415 Cambridge St
    Minneapolis, MN 55426

    Wednesday, March 20
    11:00am - 2:00pm

    Join us at Warehouse Winery on March 20 for a transformative sensory experience, and a delicious networking lunch with industry peers!

    This signature program, presented by Mark Valenziano, is a sensory awareness experiment that will be educational, fun, and memorable. In addition to giving a compelling glimpse into what it’s like to navigate daily tasks while visually impaired, this Dine in the Dark Luncheon will get you out of your comfort zone as you attempt some hands-on tasks while enjoying lunch and conversations – all while blindfolded.

    About the Speaker:

    Mark Valenziano was fifteen when he was told he was going blind. His journey from sighted to blind filled his life with change and challenge. Mark had to develop and utilize tools so he could build the happy life he enjoys today.  

    In 2016, Mark was contacted by Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and asked to create a sensory-awareness experience around losing one’s sight. His creation, Dining in the Dark, received extremely high ratings and went on to win a YPO Best Personal Development Award.  

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