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Workshops August 16-20, 2017
Expo August 18-20, 2017

Event Expo Pass $15 onsite | $12 online with promo code SAVE3

Expo Hours

Friday, August 18 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday, August 19 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday, August 20 10:00AM - 5:00PM



General - Expo

Where is the show located?

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456

How do I get to Bead Fest?

Air: Fly into Philadelphia 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 Expo Center, we recommend Tropiano.

Public Transit: Take SEPTA Regional Bus Route 99. You will be dropped off right at the Hall A.

Directions: We recommend using google to plot your route to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

How much does it cost to attend?

EXPO: Your Event Expo Pass is good for the entire event. You can purchase your Event Expo Pass online for only $12 or at the door with cash or credit card for $15.

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

Tickets: how to purchase/what do I do when I arrive?

Purchase Online: You may purchase tickets 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 Onsite: Come to registration with cash or credit ready.

Does the Expo Hall have free WIFI?

There is no free wifi inside the Expo Hall. Wireless internet is available through the facility for daily purchase.

Where is there parking? Is there handicapped parking?

All parking at the Great Philadelphia Expo Center is FREE. There are plenty of handicap spaces but they fill up fast.

Workshops attendees park outside Halls A & D.
Expo attendees park outside Halls B & C.

Does the facility have wheelchairs/scooters available?

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center has wheelchairs for emergency/EMT use only. If you need to use a wheelchair/scooter for easier access around the show you can rent one and have them delivered.

Mr. Wheelchair: 215-333-7303
Main Line Medical Supply: 610-734-0800
Mobility Express: 610-518-2221

Setting up a rental in advance is the best option, and delivery can be arranged.

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 Philadelphia Expo 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?

Concessions are located in back of HALL B at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and are open during show hours. There are also vending machines in the lobbies of both Hall A and B.

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 OR


Generic questions


How do I register?

All registrations take place online through our secure registration system.

Use the registration site to search and sort though the 200+ 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 Hall A at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

Are there any other ways to register?

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

You can visit onsite registration in Hall A at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA beginning Wednesday, August 16 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 Wednesday, July 29, 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 EST.

In order for our instructors to prepare for workshops adequately, workshop switching will not be allowed after Wednesday, July 29, 2017. 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 Wednesday, July 29, 2017.
A cancellation fee of $20 per workshop will be deducted from your refund amount. After July 29, 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 all instructors page.

Do I need to check in for my workshop?

Come to Hall A at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA 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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