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Upcoming MNFEA Events

    • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Padelford Riverboats, 205 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107

    Join MNFEA for a spring Happy Hour Cruise

    on the Mississippi River!

    Enjoy a scenic happy hour cruise along the river from Harriet Island. Tickets are just $25 and include the cruise and complimentary taco bar consisting of: classic beef and pulled chicken tacos, sour cream, salsa, lettuce and cheese. Did we mention you can purchase 2 for 1 margaritas too?!  A great way to network and prepare for the long summer event season to come! Get on board!

    NOTE: Reservations must be made via MNFEA site by May 11, 2018. No registrations permitted on-site.

    About Padelford Riverboats

    With plenty of seating and set-up options, audiovisual equipment and professional charter consultants who guide groups through the planning process, regular meetings seem more like floating benefits. Plus, few venues provide a more memorable backdrop for product launch parties, client dinners and incentive events. Affordable pricing and unique theme packages deliver efficient, inexpensive alternatives, while menus and entertainment options make it easy to impress clients and top performers. To keep company spirits - and budgets - afloat, cruise aboard a Padelford Riverboat.

    Spot bald eagles, herons, egrets and falcons as you travel back in time from St. Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park. We’ll see you on the river!


    Do the boats sail in inclement weather?

    We sail rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, it is up to the captain of the boat to make the decision on whether to leave at the designated time, or to wait a few moments while the storm passes over. All areas where food is served are enclosed, as well as heated and air conditioned, so you will definitely stay dry and comfortable!

    Do you have a dress code?

    We do not have a dress code. Our customers dress in everything from casual to formal. We encourage everyone to dress based on the situation they are celebrating.

    Are you handicapped accessible?

    Because of their unique design and regulatory characteristics, excursion vessels are not subject to the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG). With that said we make every reasonable effort to assist and accommodate passengers with special needs. We do provide ADA accessibility to our facility and vessels, however Coast Guard regulations require water barriers (raised thresholds in doorways). All vessels are multi-deck and are not fitted with rail lifts or elevators. Restrooms on the Anson Northrup and Betsey Northrup are outfitted with grab bars and are useable by persons with special needs. The restrooms on the Jonathan Padelford, built in 1969 are not large enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

    Where will we go on our cruise?

    It all depends on the length of your cruise. On our 1.5 hour sightseeing cruise we head towards Fort Snelling. On a 4 hour Lock and Lunch Cruise we make our way through the Ford Lock and Dam, turn around by the Lake Street Bridge and then come back down river. All of our cruises provide the best viewing possible of the St. Paul/Mississippi River National Park and Recreation Area.

    Is smoking allowed on the boat?

    Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. No smoking is allowed anywhere in the interior cabins.

Past events

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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