2018 Annual Conference
- 2018 Conference Schedule
- Conference Speaker Bios
- Conference Sponsorships
Join us for drinks, bocce ball and networking at Half Time Rec on March 21. This Happy Hour is an opportunity for you to connect with friends, while making connections with new colleagues and fellow MNFEA members. Come and go as you please between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Registration is complimentary for members, future members and guests!
Appetizers will be included. Cash bar available. Bocce ball provided! Game on!!
GO ALL-IN AT TREASURE ISLAND!
The Minnesota Festivals and Events Association will host its annual conference at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing, MN - just 40 miles southeast of the Twin Cities. 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:
Hotel rooms should be reserved separately at time of registration by calling 1-800-222-7077, be sure to mention MNFEA for the group rate of $109/night!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT | 5:00-9:00PM
Set ashore for the Island on Wednesday night for Xtreme Bowling and interactive games. MNFEA will provide the bowling, pizza and fun. The Island will handle the cash bar. Don’t bowl? No worries. Come at 5:00PM for social hour to meet conference attendees and laugh along with others with bowling starting at 6:00PM!
ANNUAL THURSDAY NIGHT ‘SOIREE’ | 6:00-9:00PM
The Island is calling you Thursday night! All aboard the S.S. MNFEA Shuttle for the Treasure Island harbor. We’ll be alone in the deserted paradise for a tropical-themed night of food, fun & games. Wear your beach party apparel and prepare for a party MNFEA-style!
Early Bird Registration: ENDED February 28th
MNFEA Members $140/person
Regular Registration: March 1st through April 1st
MNFEA Members $160/person
Late/Onsite Registration: April 2nd through April 13th
MNFEA Members $180/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.
Click here to learn more about the conference
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.
Annual Thursday Night Soirée – $2,000.00
The Island is calling you Thursday night! All aboard the S.S. MNFEA Shuttle for the Treasure Island harbor. We’ll be alone in the deserted paradise for a tropical-themed night of food, fun & games. Wear your beach party apparel and prepare for a fiesta MNFEA-style! 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 Networking – $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 Networking – $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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. No smoking is allowed anywhere in the interior cabins.