Bead Fest is returning August 2-5, 2023 at the Lancaster County Convention Center and will feature the educational workshops and unique bead show shopping you’ve come to expect, along with entertaining new events. It is a great place for the beading and jewelry community to connect, learn, and shop with an inspiring variety of vendors. 2022 was our 20th year of Bead Fest, and we’re ready for many more years to come!
Above: Shopping the Bead Fest Marketplace.
We caught up with the inventor of the Conetastic family of tools, Sandra Lupo, at Bead Fest 2022 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sandra has taught or attended nearly every Bead Fest Pennsylvania show since the beginning. She talks about the camaraderie she feels in the classrooms and in the exhibit hall and why it is so rejuvenating to get together again.
Related: Raised by a Maker: Sandra Lupo’s Story
Bead Fest is more than a bead and jewelry show and educational event—come prepared to absorb it all. In addition to beading and jewelry making supplies, you will find specialty yarn, thread, and more inspiration for your craft projects. Plus, you might bump into one of your favorite industry folks in a classroom, in the Marketplace, or just getting coffee in the convention center lobby.
Bead Fest is the perfect place for people who are passionate about beading and jewelry making as well as people who are just starting out. There are classes for beginners to advanced makers, with well-known instructors in the industry. The Marketplace Expo features demos, hands-on maker experiences, and other opportunities for learning. See new techniques, trends, and supplies in action to fuel your next project.
Related: Read our recap of the 2022 event and see pictures.
See You Soon!
Additional Bead Fest events are being planned for next year. Sign up for our email newsletter to be among the first to find out when new dates and cities are announced. Want to teach with us? To submit your proposals, click HERE. For questions or to join our instructor list for the next show, contact us at [email protected].