July 18 – 22, 2017
Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota
Festival 2017 FAQs (updated 01/03/17, please check back for new or updated info)
Do I need to be a member of Puppeteers of America to attend the Festival?
Yes. Membership in the Puppeteers of America connects you with artists, performers and educators from around the country and around the world. Get connected and stay connected. If you are not currently a member, you can become a member as part of the registration process.
Where is the Festival taking place?
The Festival takes over the Concordia University campus in St Paul Minnesota. For a “tour” of the campus and facilities, please visit https://www.csp.edu/ . All workshops and performances are located on the Concordia campus.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Concordia University is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. . If you are driving Interstate 94 has two exits (Snelling Avenue and Lexington Ave EXIT 238 & 239B) connecting the campus. There are several parking lots within a two block radius of campus.
Coming by air? MetroTransit has light rail and bus connections to within 1-3 blocks of campus. There are also various shuttles, cabs, and Uber or Lyft rides.
To take the light rail from the airport to Concordia University, you will want to follow the signs in the airport to the light rail station. You will need to change trains once to get to the station nearest Concordia. The trains you will take are:
Blue Line (in the direction of Mpls-Target Field)
– Get off at the U.S. Bank Stadium Station
Change to the Green Line (in the direction of St. Paul – Union Depot)
– Get off at the Hamline Ave. Station
After getting off the train, walk south on Hamline Ave. in the direction of the Target Store. Just past Target on the other side of Highway 94 is Concordia University.
You will find more details about using the light rail system on the Metro Transit website ( https://www.metrotransit.org/ ). When using the Trip Planner on the website enter “MSP airport” for the From address and “Concordia University” as the To address. For Service Type, select “Rail Only”.
What’s the July weather like in St Paul?
As the saying goes, “Expect the Unexpected”. Generally, July can be warm and pretty humid, so you won’t need your winter underwear. Packing a light jacket or sweater is always a good idea as nights can get chilly. Here’s a link to average weather and temps: https://weatherspark.com/averages/31689/7/St-Paul-Minnesota-United-States
What do I need to bring?
Besides enthusiasm for a week of puppet madness? If you have a favorite pillow (and teddy bear or comfort puppet) bring that as dorm pillows are never adequate. Linens, though, are provided.
Bring the obvious personal items such as clothing and toiletries. Usually, in town mosquitoes are not a problem but having repellent on hand can be helpful. Notebooks, writing implements . . . Let us know what you think attendees should bring.
What is the campus and dorms like?
Follow this link to see a bit of the campus and dorms: https://www.csp.edu/student-life/housing-dining-bookstore/
What’s the plan for Festival dining?
Click for the FESTIVAL MENU.
The Festival meal plan runs Tuesday evening through Sunday breakfast. For those coming early, see the local dining FAQ below. That said, the Concordia chef has prepared a wonderful menu AND that menu has great vegetarian choices amongst the entrees.
What are the local dining options?
How do I sign up for workshops?
Sign up for workshops will take place starting in May on the registration site’s workshop page. You will receive a reminder notification. Simply log in to the festival registration site by using your email and the password you created when you registered. Further instructions will be emailed to you.
What about special needs, esp. mobility?
What’s the refund policy?
Cancellations received by 5:00 PM CST on June 18, 2017 will receive a full refund minus a $40.00 cancellation fee.
Cancellations received after 5:00 PM CST on June 18, 2017 will receive no refund.
Substitutions can be made at any time.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
We can also connect you with Festival staff by phone if needed. Make sure you list your best contact info so that we can connect with you via updates and email.