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Serving up Some Fun!

Join fellow MNFEA conference attendees at our Opening Networking Event sponsored by Biffs, Inc. 

Attendees will board the TVG Events sponsored fun-bus and head to Picklebarn for an evening of games, food and fun!

Picklebarn certified staff will be on site to provide instruction and an introduction to the sport. Other exciting games (cornhole and ping pong) will be set up when you aren’t on the court or relaxing and socializing in the upper mezzanine. Nosh on local food and beverages, socialize and network, or cheer on the action from above. This is going to be active and energizing evening!


Wednesday, March 29

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Picklebarn, 90 Power Dr, Mankato
Bus leaves from hotel at 5:30pm

Cost: included with you conference fees


What is Pickleball? 

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. The game is played using paddles volleying a plastic ball with holes, like a wiffle ball but slightly smaller, on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net

Upcoming MNFEA Events

    • Wednesday, February 08, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Online Networking Session
    • 92

    MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
    Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Grab a cup of coffee (or other favorite morning beverage) and meet us online as we spend some time reconnecting and sharing what we all are currently experiencing in our industry and looking ahead to what the future might bring. This is a great opportunity to update people on your projects and share helpful resources.

    This will be an open dialogue format to discuss anything and everything industry related.  Come with your questions and experiences for this opportunity to share and reflect.

    We look forward to connecting with you!

    • Wednesday, March 29, 2023
    • Friday, March 31, 2023
    • Mankato - Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center

    The Minnesota Festivals & Events Association Conference
    is heading to Mankato for 2023! 

    The conference will be packed with valuable information for event and festival professionals, vendors, and service providers.

    Early Registration: 
    October 5, 2022 - January 31, 2023
    MNFEA Members $250/person
    Non-Members $300/person

    Standard Registration:
    February 1, 2023 - March 29, 2023
    MNFEA Members $300/person
    Non-Members $350/person

    Conference registration fees include  general sessions, breakout sessions, networking, included events, and most meals.

    * See below for cancellation/refund policy

    Learn More about the conference sessions and other details

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

    All volunteers MUST be available to be 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

    MNFEA Conference Cancellation Policy: Registrations cancelled by February 1, 2023 will be refunded 90% of the registration fees. Registrations cancelled on or after February 1, 2023 will not be eligible for a refund. Registrations can be transferred to another person.

    • Wednesday, March 29, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Friday, March 31, 2023
    • Mankato - Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center

    Welcome Sponsors!

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

    Presenting Sponso$5,000
    One available

    Platinum Sponsor $3,000 SOLD
    One available for each event:
    Wednesday Night Networking Event SOLD - Biffs, Inc.
    Thursday Night Soiree SOLD - On Site Companies

    Gold Sponsor $2,000
    One available per area:
    Hospitality Suite
    Coffee Bar

    Silver Sponsor $1,000
    One available per area:
    Welcome Bag  SOLD - Warning Lites MN
    Shuttle Bus  SOLD - TVG Events
    Wellbeing Lounge SOLD - Yondar
    Breaks SOLD - Saffire
    Afternoon Kick-off SOLD - Discover St. Louis Park 

    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.

    All opportunities are open to all those involved or support the industry. You do not need to be a member of MNFEA to participate.

    The individual completing this sponsorship registration will automatically also be registered as a conference attendee. Please notify us if this registration needs to be transferred to someone else (i.e. - sponsorship registration is being completed by representative's admin, etc.)

    Additional registrations beyond the allotted are available for members of your staff at a 20% discounted rate of current member pricing. Please contact us at for details.

    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 with the Mayo Event Center and are at the exhibitor’s expense.

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

Past events

Thursday, January 12, 2023 MNFEA January Virtual Coffee Break
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 MNFEA Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 MNFEA December Virtual Coffee Break
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 MNFEA November Virtual Coffee Break
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 Navigating Networking in the "New Normal"
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
Monday, October 03, 2022 MNFEA Lawn Bowling Fundraiser
Monday, October 03, 2022 Activities for Lawn Bowling
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Fall Focus: Crisis Communication
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
Friday, June 24, 2022 Behind The Scenes: Twin Cities Pride 50th Anniversary
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 Canterbury Park - Coffee & Horses Training
Monday, May 16, 2022 Behind the Scenes: Twin Cities Auto Show
Thursday, April 28, 2022 Spring Deep Dive - Webinar: Crowd Control with Steve Adelman
Thursday, April 07, 2022 MNFEA Annual Conference: The Deep Dive
Thursday, March 24, 2022 2022 MNFEA Annual Conference
Thursday, February 24, 2022 MNFEA Pre-Conference Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Virtual Roundtable - Planning for the Year Ahead
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 Behind the Scenes: NHL Winter Classic
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Fall Focus: Summer Recap – Evolving Events in an Ever-Changing World
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Fall Focus: Trends, Techniques, and Technologies in Event Marketing
Thursday, September 16, 2021 POSTPONED: President's Scramble Golf Tournament - Sponsors
Thursday, September 16, 2021 POSTPONED: President's Scramble Golf Tournament - Golfers
Friday, August 27, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Summer Beer Dabbler
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
Thursday, June 24, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Peavey Plaza
Thursday, June 03, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Target Field Station
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 WEBINAR: Driving Engagement: Leveraging Technology to Expand the Life of Your Event
Thursday, April 08, 2021 Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Saint Paul Winter Carnival Drive-Thru Experience
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 MNFEA Trivia and Holiday Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 WEBINAR: LinkedIn Live Tutorial Session #2
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 WEBINAR: LinkedIn Live Tutorial Session #1
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 MNFEA Member Tour & Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 WEBINAR: Cultural Sensitivity for the Accidentally Insensitive
Thursday, September 10, 2020 MNFEA Members Virtual Coffee Break
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 WEBINAR: Meet the Organizations Working on Advocacy and Safety
Thursday, August 06, 2020 MNFEA Members Virtual Coffee Break
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 WEBINAR: Event Reopening and Safety Planning
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 WEBINAR: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 MNFEA & ILEA Virtual Trivia Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 WEBINAR: State Of The Industry Panel
Thursday, May 21, 2020 WEBINAR: The Future of Sponsorship
Thursday, May 14, 2020 WEBINAR: Keeping Your Brand & Event Alive During The Pandemic
Thursday, May 07, 2020 WEBINAR: Planning Your Run During COVID-19
Thursday, April 23, 2020 WEBINAR: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Minnesota Festival Vendors
Thursday, April 16, 2020 WEBINAR: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Minnesota Festivals
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Global Meetings Industry Day
Thursday, April 09, 2020 Webinar: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Minnesota Festivals
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 POSTPONED: Behind the Scenes: The Fillmore Minneapolis
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Explore Duluth: A Night on the Town! - Networking Event
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 The Mysterious Audio and Video World Revealed
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Tour City Club at Historic Rathskeller Building (Keg & Case)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 The Union Depot Tour & Holiday Cheer
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 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
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 Brainerd Curling Club - Happy Networking, Conference 2017
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 MNFEA Annual 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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