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Tacoma, Washington

Bead Fest makes an exciting return to the West Coast with Bead Fest Fall.

Bead Fest returns to the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and we’re doing it bigger and better than before—with dozens of workshops offering premium jewelry-making education to beginner and lifelong jewelry enthusiasts alike! Enjoy fun, hands-on workshops taught by some of the best instructors from across the country. And don’t miss out on the shopping—aisles and aisles of booths stocked with beads, gems, tools and even finished jewelry. Bead Fest is your ticket to one-of-a-kind, handmade wearable art—and the jewelry-making getaway you deserve!

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Bead Fest Blog

Attention beading and jewelry fanatics! The Bead Fest Blog is live and ready for your enjoyment! It’s your weekly source for instructor Q&A’s, event news, travel tips, inspiration, Bead Fest attendee stories and so much MORE!

New Location

We want to celebrate this exciting new Bead Fest location with you as we set up in Tacoma, WA this Fall! Stay tuned as we announce contests, promotions, and other fun activities to celebrate our return to the Pacific Northwest!

 



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  • Metalsmithing

    Shape and mold metal into beautiful, fashionable pieces.

  • Beading

    String, weave, and stitch away creating wearable art.

  • Silversmithing

    Get creative with silver and immerse yourself in the craft.

Bead Fest Expo

Expo Hours

  • FRIDAY, October 14
    10am-6pm
  • SATURDAY, October 15
    10am-6pm
  • SUNDAY, October 16
    10am - 5pm

Testimonials

  • "The quality of instruction by these top instructors in the country is terrific. Really enjoy learning from the masters."
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "The shopping, I do not have bead shops in my area, so this is very important to me to have the section and to have so many bead vendors to buy from. But I also love the fact that I can take workshops to learn from."
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "The workshop and also the atmosphere and excitement and inspiration of the other people. I have been to a lot of bead shows, but never Beadfest before, this was much more friendly and not just about selling beads."
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "I enjoy looking at all the new beads and displays. I love just being here it is inspiring. Helps to jumpstart my creative juice twice year. "
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "The quality of instruction by these top instructors in the country is terrific. Really enjoy learning from the masters. "
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "Very well organized event with a great selection of classes, instructors and vendors. The staff are always helpful and pleasant."
    — BF Fall Attendee

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