CULTURAL STAGE

Saturday Schedule | Sunday Schedule

Presenters & schedule subject to change.

Saturday Schedule

  • 10:00AM

    Traveling With Heart: Giving back when traveling can enhance your travels and your life

    Traveling with a purpose, voluntourism and socially conscious travel are some of the fastest growing segments of travel and add more dimension and depth to your journeys. Robert Rose, producer and host of Raw Travel TV, will explore the many ways travelers can give back and why voluntourism is becoming so popular.

  • 10:30AM

    An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

    Dylan Thuras, Founder and Creative Director of Atlas Obscura and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Atlas Obscura, delves into the world’s most astonishing and curious off-the-beaten path locations. From the secret apartment Gustave Eiffel built high atop the Eiffel Tower, to the spectacular New Zealand caves lit by glowworms, to the World’s Quietest Room, Dylan will discuss some of the most strange, surprising bucket-list travel destinations that evoke a sense of wonder. Book signings follow at on-site bookstore.

  • 11:30AM

    Insider Tips for Creating Great Vacations in All Price Ranges

    Pauline Frommer
    Editorial Director of Frommer Travel Guides and award-winning travel journalist – discusses secrets that the travel industry doesn’t want you to know about how to avoid overpaying for lodgings, activities and airfares. She’ll also discuss how to tailor the right itinerary for your interests and budget, how new developments in travel will affect your next vacation, and some destinations you should be considering. Book signings follow at on-site Bookstore.

  • 12:30PM

    Rince na Chroi Irish Dance Troupe

    Presented by

  • 1:00PM

    St. Kitts & Nevis – Where Everything Seems to Smile Back

    There are many reasons to journey to the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis: splashing in warm, iridescent waters along pristine island shores; diving ancient shipwrecks and virgin coral reefs; swaying to a soca beat; and sipping local rum around a bonfire on the beach. But the most important reason is that you’ll share a smile with every new experience that unfolds. St. Kitts and Nevis await you.

  • 1:30PM

    Rudy Maxa – Making Savvy Travel Choices

    Rudy Maxa, host of the public television series and weekend radio show “Rudy Maxa’s World,” has fun with the most common missteps by travelers that can tangle up a trip before it even begins. With helpful tips and real-life anecdotes, Maxa demolishes the myth that travel is a chore these days.

  • 2:30PM

    East African Adventures: Plan, Prepare, Enjoy

    Access 2 Tanzania will help make your dream to visit East Africa a reality, answering questions about when to go, what you should see and do, costs, safety, what you should bring, what shots might be needed, and how to get the most from your experience. The specific focus will be the Big 5 of Tanzania and the gorillas of Rwanda.

  • 3:00PM

    Trail Youth Performers presented by St. Croix Casino

    Presented by

  • 3:30PM

    Discover the Unexpected in Laughlin, Nevada

    If you haven’t been to Laughlin lately, you’ll love this affordable, hidden gem. One vacation destination offers river cruising, walks on a sandy beach, mountain climbing, dining along a waterfront, kayaking through a peaceful gorge, relaxing with a pampering spa treatment, hitting the links in winter, “star” gazing, and more. Learn how you can enter to win a vacation package!

  • 4:00PM

    Must-see Midwest: Some of Our Favorite Destinations

    Want to reload your bucket list with drivable destination? Travel editor Kerri Westenberg and Midwest Traveler editor Simon Groebner showcase regional spots that everyone should visit, including one of the world’s great beaches just hours away and a stunning national park right here in Minnesota. The two offer tips on when to go, what to see, and why you should go in the first place (hint, because they are great).

    Kerri Westenberg
    Star Tribune Travel Editor

     

     

     



    Simon Peter Groebner
    Team Leader | Culture

     

     

     

  • 4:30PM

    Depart Smart with Sheryl Hill

     

    Travel abroad safely. Learn how you can identify and avoid risks, seek help, offer assistance, and return home safely with a custom used action plan.

  • 5:00PM

    Pro tips for shooting great vacation photography

    Brian Peterson
    Star Tribune Photo Journalist

  • 5:30PM

    Embracing Solo Travel

    Travel and food writer Amelia Rayno has had the best vacations when exploring on her own. Find out how she approaches safety, meeting locals and delving into authentic experiences.

    Amelia Rayno
    Star Tribune’s Food & Drink, Travel and Features reporter

Sunday Schedule

  • 10:30AM

    Must-see Midwest: Some of Our Favorite Destinations

    Want to reload your bucket list with drivable destination? Travel editor Kerri Westenberg and Midwest Traveler editor Simon Groebner showcase regional spots that everyone should visit, including one of the world’s great beaches just hours away and a stunning national park right here in Minnesota. The two offer tips on when to go, what to see, and why you should go in the first place (hint, because they are great).

    Kerri Westenberg
    Star Tribune Travel Editor

     

     

     



    Simon Peter Groebner
    Team Leader | Culture

     

     

     

  • 11:00AM

    Don't Call Me a Tourist: Creating An Authentic Travel Experience

    More people are seeking authenticity when they travel. Robert Rose, producer and host of Raw Travel TV, will showcase a variety of ways that travelers can have authentic and satisfying experiences when traveling, including voluntourism and getting off the beaten track.

  • 11:30AM

    Rince na Chroi Irish Dance Troupe

    Presented by

  • 12:00PM

    Insider Tips for Creating Great Vacations in All Price Ranges

    Pauline Frommer
    Editorial Director of Frommer Travel Guides and award-winning travel journalist – discusses secrets that the travel industry doesn’t want you to know about how to avoid overpaying for lodgings, activities and airfares. She’ll also discuss how to tailor the right itinerary for your interests and budget, how new developments in travel will affect your next vacation, and some destinations you should be considering. Book signings follow at on-site Bookstore.

  • 1:00PM

    East African Adventures: Plan, Prepare, Enjoy

    Access 2 Tanzania will help make your dream to visit East Africa a reality, answering questions about when to go, what you should see and do, costs, safety, what you should bring, what shots might be needed, and how to get the most from your experience. The specific focus will be the Big 5 of Tanzania and the gorillas of Rwanda.

  • 1:30PM

    Royal Caribbean International - Come Seek The Royal Caribbean!

    Offering plenty of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, a Royal Caribbean adventure is more island-hopping than deck chair lounging. Experience temple trekking in Mexico, backstreet roaming in Barbados, mid-ocean molecular gastronomy and skydiving at sea, as well as next-level on-board activities, entertainment and accommodations. Nobody but Royal Caribbean International delivers more jaw-dropping, tummy-tickling, romance-kindling moments throughout the Caribbean.

  • 2:00PM

    Pro tips for shooting great vacation photography

    Brian Peterson
    Star Tribune Photo Journalist

  • 3:00PM

    The Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers

    Presented by