We all know someone (probably ourself) who has drifted down an inevitable rabbit hole of crafting, fashion, home decor, or makeup in the depths of Pinterest on an occasion or two. Avoiding it takes some major willpower—with so many ideas at your fingertips, getting lost in the pleasant aesthetics and easy-to-navigate features is increasingly inevitable. But at the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 3-4, you don’t need to scroll anymore. Pinners Conference and Expo is your living, breathing Pinterest board—except better.
Pinners Minnesota has a purpose: To create a face-to-face environment that connects the consumer, retailer, and influencer. By inviting the nation’s top influencers, creators, and experts to Minnesota, Pinterest fans have the opportunity to take 100-plus classes on popular trends you might see on the popular social networking site. The expo’s shopping floor (yes, there’s an entire floor dedicated to shopping) features more than 200 local and national brands.
“We were worried about explaining the unique coolness of Pinners, but we’ve been amazed by how quickly everyone picked up on the vision,” co-founder Kendall Bennett says. “Wherever we open a show, people just seem to immediately get it, and more importantly, love it.”
There’s a lot to love, including the ability to customize the weekend top to bottom. Attendees can pick and choose their classes, creating an experience that fits their niche passions and interests. The weekend promises 55 DIY-inspired classes from local favorites like Projects in Person, plus hair and makeup, wellness, food art, home decor, sewing, quilting, and photography classes for all ages.
Pinners Conference aside, there’s even more happening around the metro—like the highly anticipated Festival of Nations. Below, you’ll find the must-know basics about this can’t-miss event:
What: The Festival of Nations is a multicultural festival encouraging the community the discover and embrace cultural diversity across the Midwest. Through performances, cuisine, exhibits, demonstrations, and more, culture from nearly 100 ethnic groups comes to life.
When: May 3, 3-10 p.m., May 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and May 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: St. Paul RiverCentre at 175 W Kellogg Blvd., St Paul
How much: Adults, $11; Youth, $8; 5 and under, free.