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Upcoming MNFEA Events

    • Thursday, February 29, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Smash Park, 1721 County Road C West, Roseville, MN 55113

    MNFEA Pre-Conference Happy Hour and Networking 
    Thursday, February 29

    3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Smash Park
    1721 County Road C West,
    Roseville, MN 55113

    Eat, drink, and connect with fellow MNFEA Conference attendees at this brand new entertainment venue in Roseville. This is your chance to network with MNFEA members, festival friends, and conference attendees before we get together for the conference in March!

    • Thursday, March 14, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Target Center, 600 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • 38

    Behind the Scenes: Big 10 Tournament

    Target Center
    600 N 1st Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Thursday, March 14
    4:00pm - 7:00pm

    Minnesota is hosting some BIG games this year & we've got your behind-the-scenes ticket! Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of tournament activities & brand activations for the Men's Big Ten Basketball Tournament. We'll check out the Makers Market, Fan Zone, Big Ten Service Project and more while hearing from the team behind the magic at Minnesota Sports and Events. After the tour, we'll gather for a happy hour watch party, hosted by MNSE and WCCO Radio host Henry Lake!  

    Attendees will also be entered to win tickets to the game on Friday night, courtesy of Minnesota Sports and Events!

    This is a members-only event. Click here to become a member and join us at this and more exclusive events.

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    • Friday, March 22, 2024
    • DoubleTree by Hilton - Minneapolis- Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

    The 2024 Minnesota Festivals & Events Association Annual Conference is heading to St. Louis Park!


    What's included:

    • Thursday & Friday education sessions
    • Thursday & Friday tradeshow floor
    • Wednesday & Thursday night optional events (transportation included)
    • Thursday & Friday breakfast & lunch
    • Dinner Thursday night


    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.

    MNFEA Conference Cancellation Policy: Registrations cancelled by February 1, 2024 will be refunded 90% of the registration fees. Registrations cancelled on or after February 1, 2024 will not be eligible for a refund. Registrations can be transferred to another person.

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Friday, March 22, 2024
    • St Louis Park - DoubleTree by Hilton - Minneaplis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

    Welcome Sponsors!

    For a full description of each available opportunity, please visit the 2024 Sponsorship Page

    Presenting Sponso$5,000
    One available

    Platinum Sponsor $3,000
    One available for each event:

    • Wednesday Night Networking Event - SOLD OUT
    • Thursday Night Soiree - SOLD OUT

    Gold Sponsor $2,000
    One available per area:

    • Breakfasts
    • Lunches
    • Hospitality Suite
    • Coffee Bar - SOLD OUT

    Silver Sponsor $1,000
    One available per area:

    • Welcome Bag - SOLD OUT
    • Event Shuttle - SOLD OUT
    • Sessions
    • Specialty Breaks
      • Thursday Happy Hour - SOLD OUT

    Exhibitor Only $500
    Limited availability

    General Sponsorship/Exhibitor Policies:

    All opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not considered confirmed until payment has been received and online registration is complete. Acceptable forms of payment: Check or credit card. 

    Sponsorship fees may not be split with others.

    You do not need to be a member of MNFEA to participate.

    The individual completing this sponsorship registration will automatically be registered as a conference attendee. Please notify us if this registration needs to be transferred to someone else in your organization.

    Each package includes an allotment of conference registration packages. Any additional registrations are available at the full attendee rate.

    Exhibitor spaces consist of a tabletop display. Pop-up banners, signage, accessories, and other décor items are permitted as long as they fit next to, behind, or in front of the assigned area.

    Exhibitor space will be assigned by the conference committee.

    Exhibitors will be provided with a standard power drop (extension cord and power strip). Additional exhibitor services such as monitors, high speed ethernet, etc. can be ordered directly from the hotel at the exhibitor’s expense.

    If you have questions or need assistance completing your sponsorship registration, please contact us at

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Warehouse Winery, 6415 Cambridge St, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    • 96

    Dine in the Dark Luncheon

    Warehouse Winery
    6415 Cambridge St
    Minneapolis, MN 55426

    Wednesday, March 20
    11:00am - 2:00pm

    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 navigate daily tasks while visually impaired, 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.

    About the Speaker:

    Mark Valenziano was fifteen when he was told he was going blind. His journey from sighted to blind filled his life with change and challenge. Mark had to develop and utilize tools so he could build the happy life he enjoys today.  

    In 2016, Mark was contacted by Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and asked to create a sensory-awareness experience around losing one’s sight. His creation, Dining in the Dark, received extremely high ratings and went on to win a YPO Best Personal Development Award.  

Past events

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 MNFEA Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 MNFEA Coffee Break: TC Pride
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 Behind the Scenes: Cars Against Crime & Networking
Tuesday, October 03, 2023 Artificial Intelligence: Shaping the Future of Event Planning
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 Fall Focus: Cannabis Legalization & Events
Wednesday, August 09, 2023 Behind The Scenes: Theodore Wirth Park
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 MNFEA June Virtual Coffee Break
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 MNFEA Panel Discussion: Minneapolis Event Permits, Purposes & Pitfalls
Thursday, April 20, 2023 CynCity Sampler: Exclusive Saint Paul History Tour
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 2023 MNFEA Conference Sponsorships
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 2023 MNFEA Annual Conference
Thursday, March 16, 2023 Pre-Conference Happy Hour & Tour at The Fillmore Minneapolis
Thursday, February 09, 2023 MNFEA February Virtual Coffee Break
Thursday, January 12, 2023 MNFEA January Virtual Coffee Break
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 MNFEA Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 MNFEA December Virtual Coffee Break
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 MNFEA November Virtual Coffee Break
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 Navigating Networking in the "New Normal"
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
Monday, October 03, 2022 MNFEA Lawn Bowling Fundraiser
Monday, October 03, 2022 Activities for Lawn Bowling
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Fall Focus: Crisis Communication
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
Friday, June 24, 2022 Behind The Scenes: Twin Cities Pride 50th Anniversary
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 Canterbury Park - Coffee & Horses Training
Monday, May 16, 2022 Behind the Scenes: Twin Cities Auto Show
Thursday, April 28, 2022 Spring Deep Dive - Webinar: Crowd Control with Steve Adelman
Thursday, April 07, 2022 MNFEA Annual Conference: The Deep Dive
Thursday, March 24, 2022 2022 MNFEA Annual Conference
Thursday, February 24, 2022 MNFEA Pre-Conference Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Virtual Roundtable - Planning for the Year Ahead
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 Behind the Scenes: NHL Winter Classic
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Fall Focus: Summer Recap – Evolving Events in an Ever-Changing World
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Fall Focus: Trends, Techniques, and Technologies in Event Marketing
Thursday, September 16, 2021 POSTPONED: President's Scramble Golf Tournament - Sponsors
Thursday, September 16, 2021 POSTPONED: President's Scramble Golf Tournament - Golfers
Friday, August 27, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Summer Beer Dabbler
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
Thursday, June 24, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Peavey Plaza
Thursday, June 03, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Target Field Station
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 WEBINAR: Driving Engagement: Leveraging Technology to Expand the Life of Your Event
Thursday, April 08, 2021 Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 Behind the Scenes: Saint Paul Winter Carnival Drive-Thru Experience
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 MNFEA Virtual Coffee Break
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 MNFEA Trivia and Holiday Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 WEBINAR: LinkedIn Live Tutorial Session #2
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 WEBINAR: LinkedIn Live Tutorial Session #1
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 MNFEA Member Tour & Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 WEBINAR: Cultural Sensitivity for the Accidentally Insensitive
Thursday, September 10, 2020 MNFEA Members Virtual Coffee Break
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 WEBINAR: Meet the Organizations Working on Advocacy and Safety
Thursday, August 06, 2020 MNFEA Members Virtual Coffee Break
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 WEBINAR: Event Reopening and Safety Planning
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 WEBINAR: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 MNFEA & ILEA Virtual Trivia Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 WEBINAR: State Of The Industry Panel
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
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Explore Duluth: A Night on the Town! - Networking Event
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 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
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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