Bead&Button Show to draw 13,000

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:14 pm

Milwaukee will play host to its 15th Bead&Button Show next week, drawing about 13,000 attendees from around the world to the area.

The Bead&Button Show, hosted by Waukesha-based Kalmbach Publishing Co. will be held from June 1 to 7 at the Wisconsin Center downtown. The show, one of Milwaukee’s largest annual consumer shows, has an estimated economic impact of $1.7 million.

More than 800 classes and workshops will be offered, from beginner to advanced levels, on topics including: beading, jewelry-making, wirework, metalwork, metal clay, polymer clay and glass bead-making.

An Artisan Jewelry Marketplace runs from June 5 to 7, at which jewelers and artisans network and vendors sell finished jewelry, beads, gemstones and accessories.

The marketplace is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Entry vouchers can be printed at or picked up from the box office.

Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer, a silent and live auction of beads, jewelry, books and supplies, will also be held during the event to raise money for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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