Other Events

Soulshine Bean Bag Tournament, Feb. 29
Join the Nickel Open Fund as they support NAMI Minnesota! Taking place on Saturday, February 29 (Leap Day!) at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan, the Soulshine Bean Bag Tournament is a fun opportunity to raise money and awareness for moving NAMI’s mission forward. After the bean bag tournament, also attend the evening follow-up event located at Roets Jordan Brewery, which will include door prizes, a silent auction, and a keg tapping. For more information and to register, visit www.nickelopenfund.org.

Mental Health Day on the Hill, March 12
Every year the Mental Health Legislative Network (MHLN) holds a Mental Health Day on the Hill when mental health advocates come to learn the key issues, rally in the Capitol Rotunda and lobby their legislators. Free buses are offered from around the state. This year’s event is set for Thursday, March 12, 2020.  The legislative briefing will begin at 9:30 a.m at the Church on the Hill, and the Rally in the Capitol Rotunda will be from 11:00-Noon. Get details, including bus information registration. NAMI Minnesota is co-chair of the MHLN.

NAMI Networking and CEUs, March 24
NAMI Minnesota presents the third in our NAMI Networking and CEUs series at  Sisyphus Brewing on Tuesday, March 24. The event starts at 6:00-6:30 p.m. with networking and a happy hour, and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. there will be an informal talk with Dr. Kelvin Lim, a Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Minnesota on Using Your Mind to Change Your Brain. If you’re a mental health professional who is interested in learning more about the work of NAMI Minnesota and networking with other professionals who are newer to the field, this event is for you! It is also great for caregivers, parents, friends, family members and people living with a mental illness. Find more details and CEU information, here. Tickets are free for NAMI members and $5 for non-members.

Flannel & Farkel, April 2
NAMI is excited to share a new event coming this year. Join the next generation of NAMI supporters for an evening of fun and fellowship to support mental wellness. This Minnesota-themed event will feature the dice game Farkle (with lessons!); a fish fry and hot dishes; very short inspirational messages; and a paddle raise. Flannel & Farkel will be held at 5:00 p.m., at the Eagles #34 Ernie Mattson Ballroom, #55, 2507 E. 25th St., in Minneapolis. Sponsorship opportunities are available now.


Anime Detour Conference Supports NAMI Minnesota, April 3-5
The Anime Detour Conference 2020 will be held April 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. It is a gathering to learn, experience and celebrate the world of anime. NAMI is grateful that for the second straight year they have chosen us as their charity to support through live and silent auctions at their conference. Last year more than $32,000 was donated to us from this event! If you are interested in learning more, go to animedetour.com/charity-auction.

NAMI Minnesota Heritage Luncheon, May 27
NAMI is excited to share another new event coming this year. After careful consideration, we have decided to move away from our Spring Gala and embark on our first ever Heritage Luncheon this spring. We hope you will plan to join us at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul on Wednesday, May 27. More information to follow. If you have questions please contact Amy Britt at abritt@namimn.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available now.

NAMI Networking and CEUs, June 1
NAMI Minnesota presents the fourth in our NAMI Networking and CEUs series at Surly Brewing’s Scheid Hall on Monday, June 1. The event starts at 6:00-6:30 p.m. with networking and a happy hour, and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. there will be an informal talk with Minneapolis psychiatrist Dr. Eduardo Colon Navarro. If you’re a mental health professional who is interested in learning more about the work of NAMI Minnesota and networking with other professionals who are newer to the field, this event is for you! It is also great for caregivers, parents, friends, family members and people living with a mental illness. Find more details and CEU information, here. Tickets are free for NAMI members and $5 for non-members.

National NAMI Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, July 15-18
Early bird rates available until March 2, 2020. Peer and youth rates also available.  Find registration information, here.

Mental Health Awareness Day at the State Fair, Aug. 31
For the third straight year there will be a Mental Health Day at the State Fair. NAMI Minnesota will be a key organizer of the event which will feature about 50 mental health organizations sharing information and awareness activities.