Awake and Alive Conference 2023

Plan to join us January 13th through the 15th 2023 as Awake and Alive hosts its fifth 3 day international conference for 18-28 year olds and leaders this year hosted at the Mayo Civic Center in Mankato, MN.  Register now to join with others in your generation from around the country!

Registration is open through January 13th. $65 for a single ticket through December 1st, $75after the 1st.

Who is invited?
College students, young professionals, military or reserves, working a job, in the trades, married, single or living at home...  if you are between the ages of 18-28, this conference is specifically built for this season of life.  

Because we are stronger when the generations stand together, this conference is also available to supporters and leaders of college aged young people.

If I am a college Pastor, can I attend with my students or should I sign up as a volunteer?
Attend with your students.  The 2023 Awake and Alive Conference is designed for college students, young adult professionals, high school seniors, and their leaders. If you are a college Pastor, you and your students or members will benefit most from you participating in the event with them and we would encourage you to register as a participant/leader.

Can High School students attend the Awake and Alive Winter Break Conference?
High school seniors are invited to participate and make an investment in the next steps of your faith life as you gather with people who are a bit older than you.  Juniors?  If you have a brother or sister that is going, it may be a great experience.  If not, wait another year and we think you'll get more out of it.

I'm over 28, how can I attend?
We know that maturity and station in life is not always tied to how old we are.  If you are over 28, you may still attend and we would encourage you to register as a leader.  Our goal as an older generation is to listen, encourage and share with humility.  You will find a lot of value in the devotions and main sessions and you will grow through the community group as well.

Who are the speakers, topics and special guests?
You can find a list of the speakers, topics and guests here.

 What is the agenda for this conference?
You can find the conference agenda here.

Where is the conference being held?
This year the conference will be held at the Mayo Civic Center in Mankato, MN - see the map below
1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001

What do we do for parking?
Free on site parking is at Conference center.

Are there shuttles from area hotels to the conference center?  

We are looking into that.    

I'm from the south where it's warm, what is the average temperature in January in Mankato?
The average High temperature is around 25 degrees, the average Low temperature is around 10.  But it can be as warm as the mid to upper 50s.  We won't tell you how cold it can get (-15).  The warmth of community will make it more than worth it!!

What is the cost of registration?
Thanks to sponsors and donors this ticket can be offered at $65for a single ticket through Dec. 1st, $75/ticket after that.  (Ticket value is at $140 so thank you sponsors and donors!!)
Schedule is subject to change
All prices are in effect until 11:59 PM EST on the date listed.

Please note that the price is the same for high school juniors/seniors, 18-28 year olds, and their leaders. 

How do I register?
Please visit our registration site hosted by "eventbrite" for a secure registration

How do I pay for my ticket?
You may pay with credit or debit card online at the registration site.

What does the ticket cost cover?
Registration Price includes conference materials, Friday snacks, Saturday breakfast snacks and a full lunch and afternoon snacks as well.  Dinner Saturday is on your own to support restaurants and the service industry in the Mankato area.  (Ticket price does not include taxes/lodging)

When will I receive my ticket?

You will receive an order confirmation email immediately, which will include your Awake and Alive Conference ticket.

Where can we find lodging?

Parking and driving directions to the convention center

Parking and Directions | Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center


Hilton Garden Inn Mankato Downtown (connected to event center)

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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Mankato

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Courtyard by Marriott Mankato

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AmericInn by Wyndham Mankato Event Center

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Days Inn by Wyndham Mankato

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Who can apply to be a volunteer?
We are currently working on a list of service opportunities for people who would like to give their time and help make this event a success.  If you are interested or have questions you can email Jill Dunbar directly ( or contact us through the website.

QUESTIONS???  If we haven't addressed them here, please contact us ( and we will get back to you and add more info to this FAQ as the questions come in.