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We are now accepting proposals for host locations for the 2025 and 2026 Annual Conference. 



2024 MNFEA Conference

Wednesday, March 20 - Friday, March 22, 2024
DoubleTree by Hilton - Minneapolis- Park Place
St. Louis Park, MN

1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416


The 2024 Conference will be packed with educational sessions that address current and future challenges in the events industry, as well as business fundamentals and exciting up-and-coming trends. Thursday breakout sessions offer an opportunity for you to deep-dive into topics that are specifically relevant to you and your operations. Join us for both Thursday and Friday to access all sessions & get the most out of your conference experience.

2024 topics will include:

  • The impacts of Climate Change on our Weather Patterns for Festivals and Events – Mike Augustyniak, WCCO TV
  • The Legalization of Cannabis & Events – Panel
  • Designing Radically Inclusive Events with AI – Nick Borelli, Zenus
  • Creating an Event Risk Management Plan - Jeff Beahen, Senior Director of Security,  Minnesota Twins
  • Enhancing Your Marketing Footprint with Media Partnerships – Star Tribune, Cumulus Media & KSTP-TV
  • Case Study: Vendor Applications & Layout Software - Eventeny & Twin Cities Pride

...and much more! View the schedule, learn more about these sessions, and stay tuned as we continue to build out the 2024 program.


The DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place will be our host for 2024 conference activities, including sessions, meals, networking and more. Stay with us onsite to be close to the action and all the after-hours networking and avoid the daily commute!

Rate: $135/nt + tax

1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416


We're excited for you to join us at the 2024 MNFEA Conference!
Your registration package includes:

    • Two days of dynamic education sessions (Thursday & Friday)
    • Access to tradeshow vendors
    • Built-in and spontaneous networking opportunities
    • Wednesday & Thursday night optional events
    • Breakfast & lunch on Thursday & Friday, plus dinner on Thursday night
    • Dozens of idea-generating activities to take back to your team!


      We recognize that conference registration rates may not be affordable to all individuals and are happy to offer two ways for individuals to receive discounted access at just $100 per person to the 2024 Conference.

      Volunteers: We have a limited number of onsite volunteer positions available. All volunteers MUST be available to be onsite Wednesday, March 20 - Friday, March 22. Online registration and full payment must be completed by March 15. Registration fees are not refundable but may be transferred to another party with advanced notice.

      Students: Registrants must be a current student attending a college, university, or tech school studying event management, meeting planning, tourism, hospitality, or related industries. Enrollment verification may be requested.


      NEW! Dine in the Dark Luncheon
      We are proud to present this special presentation as a sideline event to kick off the 2024 Conference! As part of our focus on inclusivity in events, join us at Warehouse Winery on March 20 for a transformative sensory experience, and a delicious networking lunch with industry peers!
      This signature program, presented by Mark Valenziano, is a sensory awareness experiment that will be educational, fun, and memorable. In addition to giving a compelling glimpse into what it’s like to be blind, this Dine in the Dark Luncheon will get you out of your comfort zone as you attempt some hands-on tasks while enjoying lunch and conversations – all while blindfolded.

      This event is not included in your registration & additional registration is required to attend.

      Some of the best features of the annual conference are the nightly networking events, which provide opportunities to let loose and meet like-minded attendees while enjoying new experiences in the host city. Join us at these special events, which are included in your registration!

      Wednesday Night Networking Event: Ice Bowling at The ROC
      Join us for this pre-conference happy hour kick-off! A great opportunity to meet other attendees before sessions start, we'll be heading over to The ROC (Recreation Outdoor Center) to experience Ice Bowling! Bundle up for the game and some happy hour fun.

      Thursday Night Soiree: A Minneapolis Venue Experience
      After a full day of inspiring sessions, we'll be hitting the town! With our close proximity to Downtown Minneapolis, we'll be heading into the city to explore Target Field or The Orpheum Theater. This is your chance to see how these facilities navigate security, operations, waste management, production, and more. We'll close out the night with cocktails and connections in our final stop The Basement Bar in the North Loop.

      After Hours Hospitality
      If you've been to the conference before, you know the fun doesn't stop when the evening events are over! Our host hotel is positioned conveniently across the street from the West End shopping district, which offers a great opportunity for us to exit the hotel and explore Saint Louis Park businesses. This year, our nightly 'hospitality suite' will take place at the below locations. Join us for drinks and conversations to continue networking after hours!


      Wednesday Night | 8PM – 12PM
      Punch Bowl Social

      1691 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416

      Thursday Night | 9PM – 1AM

      The Loop West End

      5331 W 16th St, Minneapolis, MN 55416        

      These fun nightly events are included in your registration! Stay tuned for more details as they develop.

      Help Plan the 2024 Conference!

      Joining the Conference Planning Committee is a great way to get more involved with MNFEA without the long-term commitment! You can help guide the educational content, build exciting events, and help your industry partners gain exposure among this group of industry leaders.

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