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Bead Fest Santa Fe

With just 2 days left until the kick off of Bead Fest Santa Fe, you might have a few lingering questions about transportation, activities, workshop locations and all of those last minute details. Before you make the trek to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, we have some important and exciting information to share with you so you can get the most out of your jewelry arts experience!

If you haven’t registered for a workshop yet, it’s not too late! Just visit the onsite registration desk on the day of event kickoff, or any day during the event, and we’ll give you the details on all open workshops.

Here are a few tips, tricks and bits of information that will make your Bead Fest experience remarkable!

 Expo Hours

Friday, March 24 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday, March 25 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday, March 26 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Discover the beads, gemstones, tools, materials, findings and finished pieces that you’ve always dreamed of adding to your collection at Bead Fest Santa Fe’s Expo! With 70+ renowned exhibitors with products from across the globe, the Expo is a can’t-miss feature of Bead Fest Santa Fe, and it’s a great day trip to take with your friends and family!

Workshop attendees receive a FREE Event Expo Pass, but if you can’t squeeze in time for a workshop, you can still get your Event Expo Pass for a great deal! You can save $3 by ordering your pass online today.

Bead Fest Tip: Arrive at the Expo early on Friday to beat the lines!

Make & Takes + Demos 

Join a lineup of your favorite exhibitors for a series of ultra-affordable learning opportunities and product demos right on the Expo floor! These breezy learning experiences will not take much of your time, and you’ll walk away with new skills, knowledge and in some cases, a finished piece of jewelry!


Create gorgeous jewelry for just $35! 

If you’ve been swooning over this season’s hottest jewelry trends–including boho chic touches, leather, raw gems, fringe and more–take on a fun and simple beginner workshop for just $35! Fan favorite instructors, Candie Cooper and Sally Battis are offering an incredible selection of workshops that cover pretty much any technique you can think of. Each of these beginner-friendly workshops lasts only one hour, and they are conveniently located right next to the Expo floor! Sign up, stop in, learn a technique, and then stock up on supplies to continue on with your new skills. It doesn’t get much better than that, friends!

Win $300 worth of jewelry art supplies!

Bead Fest Santa Fe is giving one lucky attendee the opportunity to fuel their jewelry art passion with a basket overflowing with FREE supplies and goodies! The Santa Fe Jewelers Supply Gift Basket is filled with $300 worth of materials, DVDs, books and other surprises to help you create fab jewelry. The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 26, at 5 PM in the Expo and will make an appearance on our social pages and blog.

Additional Surprises 

While you’re at the Expo, make sure you listen up for additional mini giveaways! You may enter to win these surprises in the Expo and if your name gets called, head up to the registration desk to claim your prize!

We wish all of our giveaway entrants the best of luck!

We’re here to tell you exactly where to go to get registered and prepared for your workshops! First off, head over to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, and visit us at the pre-registered students area. Upon providing your last name, you will be given a name badge + complimentary tote bag, along with all of the details you need about finding your workshop.

Want to add another workshop to your schedule? No problem! Get the scoop on available workshops and enroll at the registration desk.

Keep in Mind

More than 40 workshops will be hosted in the Drury Plaza Hotel, and attendees in these workshops will not need a name badge. They may go directly to their workshop at the hotel. Name badges are still required for the Expo, regardless of where your workshop is located. So it’s a good idea to visit the registration desk at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center early, just to make sure you have everything you need for your workshop and Expo experience.

Flying into Albuquerque? RoadRunneR has offered Bead Fest attendees a 5% discount on all transportation rates. Enter BEAD in the promo box at the bottom of the online reservation page, or mention the code when calling 505-424-3367.

Dates: 03/21/2017 – 03/31/2017 | Times: 8:00am – 6:00pm | Rate: $32 plus tax

Parking at the Drury Plaza Hotel is $7 per night with Bead Fest Santa Fe’s reduced rate. Tell the valet that you’re with Bead Fest to receive your reduced rate. Same day parking at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center is also available to Bead Fest attendees. Rates are as follows: $1.00 for the first hour, $2.00 for the second hour and each hour after, and $12.00/max.

For your convenience, FREE transportation will be provided (via our venue shuttle bus) between the Drury Plaza Hotel and the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Click here to view the shuttle schedule.

See you at Bead Fest Santa Fe!

Now that you’ve been filled in on Bead Fest Santa Fe’s most important info, take a look at our Explore Santa Fe blog post to make the most out of your inspiration vacation. We are so excited that it’s almost time to kick off Bead Fest Santa Fe, and we’re equally excited about meeting you!

Please visit our website for additional last minute information, and follow the excitement of Bead Fest Santa Fe all week on our social pages!









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