• Celebrate in Style at the 2017 ILEA Minnesota Star Awards

    POSTED January 5, 2017

For the thirteenth consecutive year, the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter is hosting its annual Minnesota Star Awards. Events industry professionals throughout the area, both ILEA members and non-members, are welcome to submit their events for consideration. Those who are interested should do so quickly, the deadline for submission is Jan. 20, though they have a generous late deadline on Jan. 27.

Since its launch in 2004, the Minnesota Star Awards has recognized the hard work and dedication of the top events professionals in the Twin Cities. This year, the event’s theme is the Unluckiest Bash, as it’s the perfect event to turn your luck around and bet on yourself. 

The requirements for submission are that the event must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016. The entry fee before Jan. 20 is $65, after that it is $95 until the final deadline, Jan. 27.

To learn more about the Minnesota Star Awards or to submit your event, head to ilea-msp.org. 

A Conference That’s All Coffee Break


Weekends from August 19 through October 1 welcome back the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Voted 2017’s best festival, The Renaissance Festival draws hundreds of thousands of mead drinking, fairy loving, medieval enthusiasts every year. With free parking, 250 artisan booths, and 16 stages of live entertainment, the annual celebration offers planners a unique venue for their next event.


Brews & Buses: St. Paul Brewery Bus Crawl offers beer lovers the unique opportunity to experience each of Saint Paul’s 11 breweries, without having to worry about driving throughout the day. The GetKnit event is in its third year and will be taking place on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants board a fleet of specially-commissioned “brewery buses” at Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul and will be delivered door-to-door of each brewery in the capital city.