Plugged In: August 2014

Plugged In: August 2014

The best opportunities for networking in August

August 2, Saturday

Guinness International Champions Cup
English Premier League champions Manchester City FC take on Greek champions Olympiacos in this match, part of an international soccer tournament. Expected to draw a sell-out crowd, this is a one-of-a-kind way to connect with international business partners. The main event starts at 2 p.m., but stick around, because the Twin Cities professional soccer team, MN United FC, takes on Ottawa Fury FC in a second match as part of the North American Soccer League season.

2 p.m., $40-$130, TCF Bank Stadium,

August 2-5, Saturday-Tuesday

MPI World Education Congress
Presented by Meeting Professionals International, this conference will be jam-packed with event planners, sales directors and program managers from the United States and Canada. Breakout sessions feature topics ranging from navigating A/V systems to cross-cultural etiquette to managing employees. Keynote speaker Dr. Deepak Chopra leads a lecture on environmental wellness.

Times vary, $245-$1,099, Minneapolis Convention Center, 972-702-3053,

August 3, Sunday

25th Annual Polo Classic
With corporate and VIP tents (which includes activities such as wine tasting), the Polo Classic is a unique setting for a company afternoon. Events such as a fancy hat competition and a classic car show continue throughout the day. The main match bowls in at 2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefits the University of Minnesota equine center.

Gates open at 11 a.m., $25, Twin Cities Polo Club Field, Maple Plain, 651-283-9930,

August 4, Monday

Raise the Roof Golf Tourney
The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity hosts this annual benefit golf tournament. Join leaders from firms including Merchant & Gould, Egan Co. and General Mills for the shotgun start at 11 a.m., with lunch and dinner to socialize off the links.

11 a.m., foursome: $3,000, Minneapolis Golf Club, 612-305-7108,

August 8-10, Friday-Sunday

The Irish Fair of Minnesota
Billed as the largest free Irish fair in the United States, this annual event attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Live music, sport exhibitions, lectures, markets and, of course, lots of food and drink make the fair a must for the weekend warrior. With a hospitality tent available throughout the fair, it’s a great venue for a company outing, whether you’re from the Ould Sod or not.

Free admission; hospitality tent $75-$200; various ticketed events. Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul, 651-645-0221,

August 11, Monday

4Cast 4 Fun Paul Douglas Golf Classic
One of the top charity golf tournaments in town, the Paul Douglas Golf Classic shines a light on suicide awareness, with all proceeds going to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). The day kicks off with demos and PGA instructional tips; TPC pros will be on hand throughout the course to help golfers. Presented by Popp Communications.

Registration 10 a.m., shotgun start 12:15 p.m., $300 individual golfer (includes lunch and dinner), TPC Twin Cities golf club, Blaine, 952-946-7998,, click on “News and Events.”

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