Asheville’s Big Annual Crafts Show

mtview400Asheville North Carolina, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known for beautiful scenery, good food, lots of live music, and a vibrant arts scene.  One of the largest arts events to come to Asheville each year is the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands.

There are two editions of the Southern Highlands show, a summer show in July and a fall show in October. The shows are held at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville and feature the wares of over 150 members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. The shows draw a large crowd and there is always an abundance of high quality crafts available for purchase. You’ll find both traditional and contemporary works in the clay, wood, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry categories.

The Southern Highlands Craft Guild, which puts on the show, is made up of about 900 craftspeople from 293 mountain counties in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Member participation at the show is decided through a jury process.

The Guild’s Folk Art Center is open year-around and showcases the works of many Guild craftspeople. Beginning in March of each year, daily live craft demonstrations are featured at the center. The Folk Art Center is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, about a five minute drive from downtown Asheville.

Other annual craft shows in and around Asheville include Art in the Park at downtown Asheville’s Pack Square three Saturdays in June and three Saturdays in October; the Village Art & Craft Fair, held each summer on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls at Biltmore Village; the Asheville Quilt Show at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center; and the Western North Carolina Pottery Festival in Dillsboro.

And, of course, anyone visiting the Asheville area should consider at stop at the beautiful Biltmore Estate.

Places to Stay:

Downtown Asheville Hotels for the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands – There are several downtown hotels located close to the US Cellular Center, where the Southern Highland Craft Show is held. The Hotel Indigo, Haywood Park Hotel (an interesting hotel located in what used to be a department store), Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown, and Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel are all nearby. See a map of hotels near the US Cellular Center.

Hotels near the Biltmore Estate –  The Biltimore Estate is such a large piece of property that when you look at a map, you won’t see hotels really close to the Biltmore’s location. There are, however, plenty of hotels that are located fairly close by. See a map of hotels closest to the Biltmore Estate.

Hotels near the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center – Also known by the abbreviated name of WNC Ag Center.  This is where the Asheville Quilt Show is held, as well as the Mountain State Fair, several horse shows, and many other events. The Ag Center is located in Fletcher North Carolina, about a 30 minute drive from downtown Asheville.  There are several hotels within a few miles of the Center, including the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Asheville, the Clarion Inn Airport, and the Hampton Inn and Suites Asheville I-26.  See a map of hotels near the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center.

Dillsboro Hotels –  The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival is held outdoors on Front Street in Dillsboro, NC.  The closest hotels are the Best Western Plus River Escape Inn & Suites, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dillsboro-Western Carolina, and the Microtel Suites by Wyndham Sylva Dillsboro Area.  See a map of Dillsboro hotels.



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The Annual NAMM Music Industry Show

The annual NAMM show in Anaheim. California is one of the largest music product shows in the world. NAMM stands for North American Music Merchants, which is the event organizer.

Over 100,000 people attend the NAMM show each year, which is open only to owners, suppliers, employees, endorsed artists, and guests of NAMM member companies. NAMM’s membership consists of companies that make, buy and/or sell musical instruments and products. The NAMM Show is not open to the public.

Dates: The dates for the 2017 Anaheim NAMM Show are January 19 – 22.

Location: The NAMM Show is held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Hotels: See a map of hotels closest to the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.

There’s also a smaller Summer NAMM event in July of each year at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Visit the official NAMM website for details.

2017 International Construction & Utility Exposition, Louisville, KY

The 2017 ICUEE takes place October 3 – 5, 2017 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.  The ICUEE, also known as the Demo Expo, is where utility professionals and construction contractors can learn about and try out the latest technologies. The event includes both an indoor demo stage and a 2-mile ride & drive test track.

Over 950 exhibitors filled more than 1.2 million share feet of exhibition space at the 2015 event.

Hotels: Hotels close to the Kentucky Exposition Center include the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center, the Springhill Suites by Marriott Louisville Airport, and the Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport.

See a full list of nearby hotels, with a convenient location map.

Registration : Visit the official Demo Expo website for registration information and other details about the show.

Top 10 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hotels in Minnesota: July 12, 2016

There are 12 Fairfield Inn by Marriott hotels in Minnesota. Listed below are our the Top 10 in the state, according to evaluation of service, amenities, value and customer satisfaction.

#1: Fairfield Inn Mankato

141 Apache Pl – Mankato
Nearby Places To Visit:
Blakeslee Stadium (1.7 miles)
Blue Earth County Historical (2.5 miles)
Wildlife Safari Museum (2.5 miles)

#2: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Blmington/Mall of America

2401 American Boulevard East – Bloomington
Nearby Places To Visit:
Mall of America (0.4 miles)
Underwater Adventures (1.1 miles)
National Huguenot Society (2.9 miles)

#3: Fairfield Inn & Suites St. Cloud

4120 2nd St S – St Cloud
Nearby Places To Visit:
Heritage Nature Ctr (0.6 miles)
Stearns History Museum (0.6 miles)
County Stearns Theatrical CO (2.4 miles)

#4: Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville

3045 Centre Pointe Dr N – Roseville

#5: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Eden Prairie

11325 Viking Drive – Eden Prairie
Nearby Places To Visit:
Staring Lake Outdoor Ctr (2.0 miles)

#6: Fairfield Inn By Marriott Duluth

901 Joshua Ave – Duluth
Nearby Places To Visit:
Arrowhead Regional Arts (2.8 miles)
Air Force Confederate (2.8 miles)
Depot-St Louis County Heritage (2.9 miles)

#7: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Burnsville

14350 Nicollet Court – Burnsville

#8: Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

1330 Northland Dr – Mendota Heights

#9: Fairfield Inn by Marriott Minneapolis/Coon Rapids

8965 Springbrook Drive – Coon Rapids

#10: Fairfield Inn & Suites Rochester Mayo Clinic Area/St. Marys

470 17th Ave NW – Rochester
Nearby Places To Visit:
Southeastern Minnesota Arts (0.5 miles)
Choral Arts Ensemble (0.8 miles)
Honors Choirs of SE Minnesota (0.8 miles)

Specialty Coffee Association of America 2017 Seattle Trade Show

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Expo is the place for coffee industry professionals to exhibit their products, network, and learn about the latest advances in coffee-making.

The 2017 SCAA Expo happens April 21 – 23 in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center.

The event includes a lecture series, pop-up cafes, the US Brewers Cup Championship, US Roaster Championship,  and lots of exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall.

Dates: April 21 – 23, 2017

Location: Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington

Hotels: Hotels near the SCAA Expo at the Washington State Convention Center include the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, The Roosevelt, the Hilton Seattle, Motif Seattle, and the Grand Hyatt Seattle. See a map of hotels closest to the Washington State Convention Center.

Visit the SCAA website for details.


2017 Seafood Expo North America

The 2017 Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America trade show takes place March 19 – 21 in Boston, MA.

This event is for seafood buyers in the retail, restaurant, catering, food service, and processing sectors.

More than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries attended the 2016 event.

In addition to exhibitors at the Expo, the event features a conference program with educational sessions and exhibitor presented seminars.

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts

Hotels: The convention center is located near the South Boston waterfront. There are lots of nice hotels in the area. Hotels closest to the Seafood Expo include the Westin Boston Waterfront, the Seaport Boston Hotel, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Aloft Boston Seaport, and Element Boston Seaport.  See a map of hotels near the Seafood Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Registration: Registration is now open. Please visit the Seafood Expo website for details.

The NADA 100 Convention in New Orleans, January 2017

The 2017 NADA convention for franchised new vehicle dealers will be held in New Orleans, January 26 – 29.  Hundreds of exhibitors will be in attendance, displaying the latest in vehicle equipment, services, and technologies. The convention features a variety of workshops, franchise meetings, and an Expo Hall.

NADA celebrate’s its 100th anniversary in 2017. Several events, including the 2017 convention, sport the NADA 100 name.

Location: The convention will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Dates: The NADA convention runs from January 26 – 29, 2017

Hotels:  Hotels close to the convention center include the Hyatt Place New Orleans Convention Center, the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center, the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center, SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown, and Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans Convention Center.  See a map of hotels closest to the 2017 New Orleans NADA convention at the Ernest N. Moril Convention Center.

Registration: Registration for the 2017 NADA convention opens July 25. Visit the NADA convention website for details.

Two Big Atlanta Summer Trade Markets

The International Gift & Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart Atlanta arrives this month, followed by the Atlanta Apparel Market in August.

These trade shows at AmericasMart are some of the largest in the country, allowing buyers and designers to see all the latest products first-hand.

The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market – July 12 – 19, 2016

August Atlanta Apparel Market – August 4 – 8, 2016

Hotels: Find hotels closest to the markets at AmericasMart.

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Gift and Home Furnishings Market 2017 & 2018 Dates:

January 10 – 17, 2017

July 11 – 18, 2017

January 9 – 16, 2018

July 10 – 17, 2018