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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.



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.

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.

AmericasMart International 
Gift and Home Furnishings Market 2017 & 2018 Dates:

January 10 – 17, 2017

July 11 – 18, 2017

January 9 – 16, 2018

July 10 – 17, 2018


2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR has announced the 2017 schedule of races months earlier than usual. NASCAR fans can use early notice to get a jump on their travel plans for 2017. We’ve listed the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule below – follow the racetrack links for information about the closest hotels.

We posted the Nascar Cup Series and Xfinity Series schedules recently.

2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Feb. 24: Daytona International Speedway

March 4: Atlanta Motor Speedway

April 1: Martinsville Speedway

May 12: Kansas Speedway

May 19: Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 2: Dover International Speedway

June 9: Texas Motor Speedway

June 17: Gateway Motorsports Park

June 23: Iowa Speedway

July 6: Kentucky Speedway

July 19: Eldora Speedway

July 29: Pocono Raceway

Aug. 12: Michigan International Speedway

Aug. 16: Bristol Motor Speedway

Aug. 27: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Sept. 15: Chicagoland Speedway

Sept. 23: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sept. 30: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Oct. 14: Talladega SuperSpeedway

Oct. 28: Martinsville Speedway

Nov. 3: Texas Motor Speedway

Nov. 10: Phoenix International Raceway

Nov. 17: Homestead-Miami Speedway

2016 MLB All-Star Game

baseballThe 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game takes place July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. There are five days of fun scheduled around the game.

The MLB All-Star FanFest takes place in the San Diego Convention Center July 8 – July 12.  Over 40 legends of baseball as scheduled to attend FanFest, where they’ll sign free autographs and participate in Q&A sessions.

The All-Star Futures Game is played on Sunday at Petco Par, followed by the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.  The Futures Game is an opportunity to see top minor league players, and the softball game features Hall of Famers and celebrities in a fun exhibition game.

The Home Run Derby happens on Monday at Petco Park. Some of the best sluggers in Major League Baseball compete to see who can hit the most balls out of the park.

The All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 12th at Petco Park.

All-Star Game Hotels: Petco Park is located in downtown San Diego and there are plenty of hotels nearby.  The San Diego Convention Center, where the FanFest will be held, is in the same part of town as Petco Park. The Omni San Diego and Hard Rock Hotel San Diego are located between the two venues, making them perfect places to stay for the All-Star events.

See our map of hotels closest to Petco Park.

Visit the All-Star Game website for details about the game and other events.

First Events at Minnesota’s New US Bank Stadium

US Bank StadiumUS Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings is nearing completion just in time for the upcoming NFL football season and several pre-season events.

An open house is scheduled for the weekend of July 23 & 24. The open house will provide visitors with a sneak peak of the main concourse, club space, and other interior locations. The open house is a free event but does require tickets, which will be available through Ticketmaster.

Soccer – The first event scheduled for the new stadium is a Premier League soccer match between AC Milan and Chelsea FC, August 3rd.

Luke Bryan Concert – Country music star Luke Bryan brings his Kill the Lights tour to US Bank Stadium August 19th.

Metalica – Heavy metal band Metalica performs at US Bank Stadium August 20th.

The Minnesota Vikings will take the field at their new stadium for the first time at a pre-season match-up against the San Diego Chargers is scheduled for August 28th.

The Vikings’ first regular season game at home will be September 18th against the Green Bay Packers.

Tours of the new stadium will be available beginning August 24th. Tour tickets will go on sale beginning May 26th. Tours include a behind the scenes look at the well-appointed clubs and suites, the press box, and the Minnesota Vikings Locker Room.

Hotels: The new US Bank Stadium is located in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis, on the same site as the former Metrodome Stadium.  There are many downtown hotels located within a mile or less walk to the stadium.  The Aloft Minneapolis is the closest, located between the stadium and the river. Other hotels are located in the central downtown area and include the Hilton Minneapolis, W Minneapolis, Best Western Plus Normandy Inn, The Hotel Minneapolis, and The Grand Hotel Minneapolis.

Map of hotels near US Bank Stadium.