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Workshops October 26-29, 2017
Expo October 27-29, 2017

Tacoma, WA | Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

Event Expo Pass is only $5.

Expo Hours

Friday, October 27 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday, October 28 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday, October 29 10:00AM - 5:00PM


General - Expo

Where is the event located?

Exhibit Hall A and B
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center
1500 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

How do I get to Bead Fest?

Air: Fly into the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. If you choose not to rent a car you can schedule an airport shuttle to take you to your hotel or direct to the Convention and Trade Center, we recommend Airporter.

Public Transit: Information on public transit can be found here.

Directions: We recommend using google to plot your route to the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

How much does it cost to attend?

EXPO: Entrance is $5 and is good for the entire weekend.
Purchase your Event Expo Pass online today.

WORKSHOPS: Workshops run from 1-hour to 2-days in length and start at $35 and go up from there based on the length of the workshop and the supplies included.

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Event Expo Pass: how to purchase/what do I do when I arrive?

Purchase online: You can buy passes online.
If you purchased your tickets online you need to come to the onsite registration desk, provide your last name and you will be given your Event Expo Pass for the weekend and sticker for the day.

Purchase at event: Come to registration with cash or credit ready.

Does the Hall have free WiFi?

Complimentary WiFi access is provided throughout the facility.

Where can I stay? What hotels are in the area?

We have hotel blocks at the local hotels. The closest hotels are the Hotel Murano and the Courtyard by Marriott located just across the street from the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. The Holiday Inn Express Downtown location is also within easy walking distance. Book a hotel here.

Where is there parking?

The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center has a total of 400+ parking spaces that can be accessed at Market & 17th Street. Parking lots are operated by Republic Parking and managed by the City of Tacoma. Fees are as follows: $5 for 0-4 hours and $10 4+hours, all day maximum.

Does the facility have wheelchairs/scooters available?

Based on available inventory, wheelchairs are available at all entry points to the venue. Contact the nearest Guest Services Representative to request a wheelchair. Guests will be required to leave their driver's license, major credit card, or other government issued photo identification as a deposit.

I have special needs; can you help me?

Please let us know your special needs as soon as possible by sending an email to The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center is compliant with the American Disabilities Act and we will work together to accommodate your needs.

Can we bring strollers or rolling bags?

Yes, strollers and rolling bags are allowed on the expo floor as are scooters and wheelchairs. We ask that you be mindful of the space you are taking and not let your rolling bag trail far behind you and that while at a booth strollers and bags are kept close to prevent tripping hazards.

Can children attend?

Children of all ages are welcome on the Expo floor. Children 12 and under are free. You must be 16 years of age to register for a workshop. By registering you agree that you are capable of maintaining the pace of the workshop, or are willing to work at your pace within the schedule of the workshop.

Where can I buy food and refreshments?

Concession food options will be available for purchase. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

Is this a wholesale or retail event/what do wholesale buyers need to do?

Our events are open to the public and tend to be retail oriented. As such, prices marked by vendors should always be retail. For qualified wholesale buyers who attend, it is up to each vendor to choose whether or not they wish to conduct wholesale transactions, check the buyer's credentials to confirm that they are licensed for wholesale transactions, and set their own minimums for such transactions.

How do I exhibit?

Download a contract or contact Dana Groves, Event Sales Manager, at or (215) 510-0493 for more information.

How do I advertise?

Contact Dana Groves, Event Sales Manager, at or (215) 510-0493 for more information.

Still have questions? How to contact us

Email is the fastest option for a response.

Instructors/workshops/registration - email or
Exhibitors/Expo/Advertising - email
Generic questions - email


How do I register?

All registrations take place online through our secure registration system.

Use the registration site to search and sort though the 50+ workshop offerings. You can sort by date, technique, instructor, or length. Add workshops to your cart by simply clicking on the green + symbol, to the right of the workshop name. To remove, click the red - symbol. Your previous selections will be saved from previous sessions. If this becomes confusing you can clear your internet cache and cookies for the site.

Click on the [More Info] link at the bottom of the workshop description to see the kit contents and workshop location.

To proceed to check-out, click on the 'New Registration' button at the top or bottom of the page, you will be redirected to a secure site to review your workshop selections and register. Please contact Bead Fest customer service if you have questions.

Continue Incomplete Registration If you started to register and did not finish you can quickly continue where you left off. Just click on the 'New Registration' button and fill in the email address you used previously and click 'Continue' - you will be able to continue where you left off.

The information you fill out under Attendee Information is the information used for your name badges. If you are registering on someone's behalf (birthday/holiday gift for example) you put their information in this section and your information at the end for billing purposes.

Your registration confirmation will be sent to you via email. You will also receive Bead Fest updates on workshops, instructors, special events, hotel & travel information and more. Note: Registration confirmation and email updates are sent to the email address used to register under Attendee Information.

An email address is required for every registrant. If you do not currently have an email address, you can create one for free—try or

Your badge and Workshop schedule will not be mailed in advance of the show. Your schedule is available online through your confirmation email and your badge will be waiting for you at on-site registration when you arrive at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in Tacoma, WA.

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Are there any other ways to register?

We strongly recommend that you register online. If you are not able to register online, please contact the Bead Fest Staff 8:30AM-4:30PM Eastern at

You can visit on-site registration located outside Exhibit Hall A and B at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, WA beginning at 7:30 AM. We accept payment via credit card, or cash. On site registration is based on Workshop availability and we strongly suggest you check the website prior to the event to see if space is available.

How do I add or change workshops?

ADD: The easiest way to add a workshop is to email with your name and the workshop you would like to add to your schedule.
You are always able to register again online for another workshop. Please be sure only the additional workshop is checked off to prevent double billing.

CHANGE: You can swap workshops and make changes to your schedule through Thursday, September 14, 2017. If you would like to change a workshop you must contact Bead Fest Customer Service - the fastest way is by emailing 8:30AM-4:30PM Eastern .

In order for our instructors to prepare for workshops adequately, workshop switching will not be allowed after Thursday, September 1, 2016. We supply the instructors with their minimum workshop numbers prior to the Bead Fest taking place. We appreciate your understanding that this policy ensures a fair amount of prep time and reimbursement for our instructors, as well as enough materials present for each workshop member expected.

How do I cancel my registration? What is the cancellation policy?

If you wish to cancel a workshop, you have until September 14th.
A cancellation fee of $20 per workshop will be deducted from your refund amount. After September 14th there are no additional cancellations or changes allowed and no refunds will be provided. There are no exceptions.
All cancellations must be made in writing to

If a Workshop is sold out, can I be put on a wait list?

A waitlist is available for any workshop that is sold out - you can find them in the registration system on the review agenda page. If you would rather not go through registration you can send us an email at requesting to be added to the wait list.

Can I register for a friend?

We prefer each individual participant handles his/her own registration. You can register for someone else by filling out their information under Attendee Information, the email address you fill out in this section will be the email address confirmation emails and communications are sent.

What supplies do I need for my workshops?

Each Workshop has a "Students Should Bring" list. The items listed will be general supplies and special items for each class. Some workshops also have a materials fee, which covers materials purchased by the instructors that you will use in class. The kit materials are in addition to those you'll be bringing from the "Students Should Bring" list. Often the Instructor will bring additional materials to share.

You can find the "Students Should Bring" list for your workshop on the registration page or by downloading a PDF listed on the workshops page.

Do I need to check in for my workshop?

Come to Exhibit Hall A and B at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in Tacoma, WA and visit the pre-registered students counter - provide your last name and you will receive your name badges which will grant you access to the Expo floor.

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