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Upcoming MNFEA Events

    • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Explore Minnesota Offices, 121 7th Place East, Suite 360, St Paul, MN 55101
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    Networking, even if you live to network or want to avoid it, it’s one of the most important aspects of career growth. While we live in a digital world, face-to-face networking is still extremely important in the event industry. It’s a great way to meet others, discuss struggles or exciting new sponsorships. Don’t miss this opportunity to make unique connections. Attendance to this networking event is complimentary.

    Come and go as needed during this event. Feel free to bring your co-workers!

    Here's what you'll hear from our friends at EMT:

    • An overview of how Explore Minnesota Tourism works
    • Examples of Explore Minnesota’s advertising campaigns
    • Learn how to get involved with Explore Minnesota Tourism through partnerships, grants, advertising, and more!


    Across the state, and throughout the year, communities celebrate with festivals and fairs, and a wide variety of other events, as well. Music festivals, ethnic festivals and county fairs --- events range from the quirky to the quintessential. All of them can be found on the Explore Minnesota website. Use it often and all year 'round: www.exploreminnesota.com/onlyinmn

    Explore Minnesota invites you to celebrate "Only in Minnesota" by using official campaign hashtag, #OnlyinMN, on social media. 


    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • Friday, March 15, 2019
    • Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, 100 4th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301
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    The Minnesota Festivals and Events Association will host its annual conference at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in St. Cloud! This year's 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 should be reserved NOW by calling 320-253-0606, be sure to mention MNFEA for the group rate of $109/night!  


    WEDNESDAY NIGHT NETWORKING | 6:00-9:00PM

    The event business will test your mind and patience so our Wednesday night entertainment should be right up your alley!  Join us for cocktails and networking while we 'attempt' an on-site Escape Room and play some trivia. Get to know our vendors and sponsors in this informal setting.




    'RUSH NIGHT' at the Red Carpet | 6:00-9:00PM

    We'll stroll over to St. Cloud's infamous Red Carpet bar for dinner & live music from Grateful Red - all included in your conference fee! Dress is casual or as your inner rock star!




    Special thanks to our friends at the Visit Greater St. Cloud Convention & Visitors Bureau for their support of the conference! The CVB is the marketing power behind the Greater St. Cloud region. Their staff responds to visitor inquiries, assists convention planners and works with group tour operators to provide a fun and interesting stay for all who stop in the area. It is their job to tell the world why Greater St. Cloud is the perfect place to visit and meet.


     



    CONFERENCE FEES

    Early Bird Registration: thru February 28, 2019
    MNFEA Members $140/person
    Non-Members $180/person

    Regular Registration: March 1-10, 2019
    MNFEA Members $160/person
    Non-Members $200/person

    Late/Onsite Registration: March 11-13, 2019
    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.








    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Friday, March 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • St Cloud, 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.


Past events

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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