On Sept. 22-23, MinnPost Festival will bring can’t-miss conversations with national and local guests exploring a range of issues surrounding civic life in this moment.
Today, we’re spotlighting Public Square, the center of the events on Saturday, Sept. 23. What is Public Square? Think of it as an all-day mini festival. Taking place in a big open hall at The 1893 at the Historic Grain Belt Office, Public Square will feature vendors, interactive experiences, activities for all ages, and food and drink for purchase. These features are centered around three conversations with local newsmakers and thought leaders throughout the day.
The best part about Public Square? It’s completely free. Yes, free! (Registration is required.) Hear more about Public Square from Tanner Curl, MinnPost executive director, in the video below.
What is Public Square?
Throughout the day in Public Square, you’ll be able to catch conversations on important issues in our state:
- Black Entrepreneurship in Minnesota (9:30 a.m.)
- A Conversation with Gov. Tim Walz (noon)
- The Minneapolis Sound, from Prince to Today (2:30 p.m.)
Come and stay all day or drop by for a session or two — you may also come and go as you please.
Public Square is completely free to attend, but registration is required. Reserve your Free Pass now!
If you’d the full Festival experience, purchase an All-Access Pass. All-Access Passes get you first-come, first-served access to all of our panels on Saturday, Sept. 23 (not just the free ones), AND the keynote session with Samantha Bee on Friday night. All-Access Festival Passes are $85, with discounts available for MinnPost members, educators, nonprofit & government professionals and students. (Thanks to Minneapolis Regional Chamber for sponsoring the student rate!)
No matter how you register, you’re supporting MinnPost’s nonprofit newsroom and keeping our in-depth local coverage freely available to our community — no paywall, no subscriptions.
In addition to the free sessions on Saturday, we’ll have the following sessions available only to paid passholders and VIPs:
- Keynote with Samantha Bee (Friday paid session)
- Third-Culture Cuisine in Minnesota (Saturday paid session)
- AI in Minnesota (Saturday paid session)
- Main Street Renaissance in Greater Minnesota (Saturday paid session)
- Black Maternal Health in Minnesota (Saturday paid session)
Thanks to our Festival Sponsors!