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2020 Annual Conference

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Upcoming MNFEA Events

    • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar
    • 300

    MNFEA Presents: An expert panel on the current landscape for events: Cancellation/postponement Decision Making, Stakeholder Communication, Sponsorships, Ticketing, and Virtual Programming. We'll discuss how to mitigate damage now, and strategies to bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic, along with guidance from the newly published Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide.

    As the event industry has entered into uncharted territory during these uncertain times it has become apparent that many events, especially those being run by volunteers and small staff, need guidance as to what to expect and how to handle issues that are arising from cancelations and postponements due to COVID-19. This will be a 45-60min webinar for your group or association that offers information and advice on the topics of Sponsorship, Ticketing and Vendors. 





    As Co-founder and CEO, Michael works with hundreds of endurance races, fairs, festivals, and expos nationwide. Prior to this, Michael accumulated over a decade of experience as a brand sponsorship manager and festival organizer. Before becoming ingrained in the live event industry, Michael had stops at Lionsgate Entertainment and cloud analytics powerhouse Applied Predictive Technologies. Off the clock, three things he loves are Philadelphia Eagles football, guacamole and superhero movies! | EventHub.net


    Ryan Kintz is founder and CEO of Afton Tickets and Afton Shows. Ryan is an event organizer, event producer, concert promoter, business owner, musician, and father of 2 daughters. Afton Shows has produced over 12,000 events and national tours in 60 U.S. cities and 8 Canadian cities with over 1.5 Million tickets sold. Ryan has worked with hundreds of event organizers, over 800 music venues and tens of thousands of music artists. Afton Tickets clientele includes fairs, festivals, beer/wine/food festivals, city events, and concerts that range from 10,000 to 100,000+ attendees. Ryan works onsite at various Afton Tickets clients’ events. He has firsthand experience planning and organizing events and executing online ticketing and box office admissions for large, complicated, multiple entry point events. Ryan runs both companies with his wife, business partner, and COO, Amelia Kintz. | AftonTickets.com


    Teresa Stas is a national speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator on the topic of sponsorships and event marketing. She is an accomplished marketing leader and CEO of Green Cactus, a boutique agency that specializes in event sponsorship sales and marketing. She has been named one of the 20 on the Rise Event Professionals by Honeybook and RisingTide.com and writes the column Big Sponsors Small Events for "i.e" the International Festival and Events Association magazine. Originally from Oklahoma, she is an Oregon State University graduate and holds a Sports Marketing Certification from Columbia University. Teresa currently resides in Central California with her husband and step-son. | GreenCactusCA.com


    The Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the event benefit the Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary.

    May 27, 2020 at 11 a.m.- webinar should take 45-60 minutes.

    • Thursday, June 04, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100

    Lets just have some fun this time! Enjoy a night of live trivia from your laptop.  Trivia impresario, John Cosgrove, will be your host with three rounds of trivia, pictures and music.  This is the trivia designed for people who are no good at trivia or who don’t like it! 

    The scoreboard updates automatically as you play and the fast pace and Irish lilt of Cosgrove will keep you engaged and entertained!

    June 4 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    We will send out information on how to connect closer to the event. Event will be recorded and available to view post-webinar.

Past events

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
Friday, March 13, 2020 MNFEA 2020 Conference Sponsorships
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Explore Duluth: A Night on the Town! - Networking Event
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 MNFEA Annual Conference (2020)
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 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 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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