The Nation’s Largest Bead and Jewelry Show Celebrates Its 20th Year

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Iconic event will include 20th-anniversary celebration honoring industry innovators and trendsetters

GOLDEN, Colo., August 08, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bead Fest, Interweave’s largest gathering of jewelry makers, will be held August 17-20, 2022, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. Over the years, Bead Fest has grown to be the nation’s preeminent beading and jewelry event, offering more than 120 workshops taught by world-renowned instructors in bead embroidery, mixed media, wire, metalsmithing, and more.

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Bead Fest's Marketplace is a shopping wonderland for beaders and jewelry artists with over 70 vendors to inspire creativity. (Photo: Business Wire)

This four-day jewelry arts extravaganza also includes a massive marketplace with vendors from across the country. Attendees can see tool demonstrations, create make-and-takes, and shop an endless supply of gemstones, tools, beads, and notions—up-close and in person. Interweave's Bead Fest has also added "Getting Started" Workshops to introduce a new generation of artists to this craft. Additionally, Jewelry TV will be broadcasting Jewel School live from our Best Fest stage this year on Friday and Saturday.

To celebrate 20 years in the community, Bead Fest has added a special gala reception on Friday, August 19, 2022, where we will reveal Interweave’s Top 20 Luminaries in beading and jewelry, as well as this year's Bead Fest Bead Arts Awards winners.

"I’m seriously in tears right now. You have no idea what this means to me. My heart is going to explode with happiness!" said one Beading and Jewelry Honoree.

"WOWOWOWOWOW!! That was really unexpected and so sweet and amazing!! I'm truly humbled to be named a trendsetter!" said yet another Beading and Jewelry Honoree.

The reception will also feature a 20-year retrospective on the beading and jewelry industry and Interweave’s and Bead Fests' contributions. The evening will be a unique opportunity for artists to swap pins or beads, mingle with industry personalities, and meet new bead and jewelry enthusiasts.

"Bead Fest has always been a welcome dose of community connection and inspiration. I look forward to seeing what my creative friends are making, and I love shopping for new supplies to infuse my own beading and jewelry-making projects," said Katie Hacker, artist and Content Manager for Interweave. "But this year, being there to celebrate 20 years and share honors with all the award winners make this event even more special. I also look forward to giving back to the community through our sold-out Beading with the Stars event benefiting Beads of Courage, a non-profit Arts-in-Medicine program for children coping with serious illness," Hacker continued.

This year's show is expected to be the largest in Bead Fest's history, anticipating more than 4,000 attendees. The Interweave team that puts on Bead Fest is excited to celebrate 20 years of bringing individuals from all facets of the beading and jewelry world together under one roof.

"This year really is shaping up to be our best year yet. There's no feeling like being part of something where you all belong," said Tamara Honaman, Bead Fest founder and Interweave’s Director of Content at Golden Peak Media. "I remember the very first Bead Fest; when we threw open the doors, we were thrilled to see a line of people waiting to get in. I have the same feeling this year—I can't wait for everyone to come and experience this year’s 20th-anniversary celebration. It will be so special to get together after our pandemic hiatus, with amazing classes, great shopping, and lots of catching up. From beginners looking to start their journey to veterans that have mastered multiple techniques, there's something for everyone at Bead Fest," Honaman added.

To learn more about Bead Fest, visit 20th Celebration Event: Friday, August 19, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Tickets: $50. Marketplace: August 18-20, 2022 | 10 am – 6 pm |Tickets: $20/1-day, $30/3-day. Workshops include a marketplace pass.

About Golden Peak

Fuel your creativity with our brands. Golden Peak Media is one of the largest media and education companies inspiring over 7.5 million Art and Craft enthusiasts in the U.S. each month with the best digital, video and print content. The company publishes daily newsletters, 5 community websites, 5,000 videos and 15,000 patterns in addition to its 12 magazines, which include Love of Quilting, Interweave Knits and Artists Magazine. Golden Peak Media also brings enthusiast communities together with industry-leading events like Bead Fest and Yarn Fest. More information can be found at

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