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Bead Fest returns for the 20th year to host the largest gathering of designers

Bead Fest is moving to a larger venue in Lancaster, Penn., August 17-20, 2022

GOLDEN, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bead Fest, the largest educational bead and jewelry event, will celebrate its 20e birthday at Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, attracting thousands of beaders and jewelry enthusiasts to its 4-day All-Beading Festival.

The gathering at the Penn Square Marriott, August 17-20, 2022, will offer over 400 hours of instruction from internationally and nationally respected instructors and an inspiring shopping experience with over 125 exhibitors specializing in pearls and jewelry. Additionally, special events to celebrate 20 years of coming together to explore beading and jewelry making will also take place throughout the week.

Bead Fest is the place for seasoned bead and jewelry making veterans to learn new techniques, find new trends, and explore a vast market. And, for those just starting out, there are demos, build and get started workshops, and starter workshops where you can try your hand and see where your path takes you. It really is a place where the whole community comes together,” said Tamara Honaman, artist and chief content officer at Golden Peak Media.

For his 20e year, Bead Fest will include a series of innovative “Getting Started” workshops for those who want to start exploring the world of beading and jewelry making. Taught by the world-renowned Honaman herself, it’s the perfect place to learn new techniques and learn the basics of bead and jewelry making.

This year, Bead Fest will also recognize and celebrate the best in the industry at the show. Winners of the Interweave Bead Arts Awards will be announced and featured throughout the event. These awards highlight the best of the best in three categories, with awards from the contest sponsors to recognize excellence in the following categories:

Seed Beads Sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

Multi-hole beads sponsored by Barrel of Beads

Crystals sponsored by Dreamtime Creations

Prices include:

Grand Prize Winner – $750 Cash

Three Category Winners – $250 Sponsored Prize

Four Honorable Mentions – $50 Gift Cards

All winners will receive a one-year subscription to Interweave+ (a $49.99 value), a digital badge, functionality on, and will be highlighted at Bead Fest.

“Being part of the Bead Fest lineup for the past 20 years has been amazing. Watching the event grow from our first effort with 50 vendors and 14 classes to where we are today is a testament to the vibrancy of the jewelry and bead making communities,” Honaman said. “We’re thrilled to have Bead Fest in this new location – Lancaster has a vibrant arts community, local attractions, plenty of dining options within walking distance, historic sites and it’s close to Hershey Park, an attraction that many many people have traditionally ventured out after the show.

“We are beyond thrilled with the response from the community,” said Jeffrey Litvack, CEO of Golden Peak Media. “After two years without live events, this community can’t wait to get together – and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Bead Fest 2022. In just a few weeks, we had record sales for the workshops and the block of hotel rooms sold out – twice!”

To learn more about Bead Fest, visit View a full workshop brochure and save on registration with advanced pricing through June 30, 2022. Market Hours: August 18-20, 2022, 10am-6pm. Advanced tickets: $15/1 day, $25/3 days. At the door: $20/1 day, $30/3 days. Workshops include a pass to the market.

About Golden Peak

Golden Peak Media is one of the largest media and education companies serving arts and crafts enthusiasts in the United States. The company publishes 15 magazines, including Love of Quilting and Artists Magazine, and has over 5,000 digital videos and 15,000 digital patterns. More information can be found at


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