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What's the schedule for Bead&Button Show 2019?

Master and General Education Classes take place throughout the duration of the Bead&Button Show June 2 - June 9, 2019. See the Classes Tab for more information.

Special Events take place on June 4, June 5, and June 7. Preview Shopping for registered attendees is on June 6 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. See the About the Show Tab for complete details on Special Events.

The Expo Preview Shopping is open on June 6 for registered attendees and Wholesale Buyers. Public Shopping days in the Expo are June 7 - June 9. Entry into the Expo is $10. Admittance is limited to the room capacity at all times. See the Shopping Tab for more information.

Where is the Bead&Button Show held?

The Bead&Button Show takes place at the Wisconsin Center, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, and the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Master classes are held at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Registration and check-in for classes is at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee starting at 3:00 p.m. June 2. Registration then moves to the Wisconsin Center on June 5 at 3:00 p.m. and remains at the Center through June 10.


Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 West Kilbourn Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53203

Hilton Milwaukee Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203

What is the difference between all the types of classes at the Bead&Button Show?

Here is your guide to the class types:

General and Evening Classes take place June 2 – June 9. The Show offers a large number of general classes taught by well-known instructors showcasing a huge variety of techniques, skill levels, and price points. Classes take place at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, the Hilton Milwaukee Center and the Wisconsin Center. Visit the See All Classes Tab.

Master Classes take place from 9:00am – 5:00pm over the course of three or four days. These intensive, high-level classes are held at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). See the Class tab for details.

What’s included in the Master Class price? Not only do you receive the following: Registration for the class, entry for all days into the Bead&Button Expo including Preview Shopping on Thursday, transportation to and from the MATC each day, breakfast and lunch on class days, entry to all Special Events, Bead&Button 2019 Commemorative Bead, Show tote, 2019 T-shirt, and early access to register for all the other Bead&Button classes.

How much does it cost to attend the Bead&Button Show?

Entry into the Expo is $10 at the door. Cash only please.

If you're taking classes, you must be a Registered Attendee. The Registration fee is $35 and can be done here.

Who runs the Bead&Button Show?

The Bead&Button Show is produced by Kalmbach Media in Waukesha, WI. Kalmbach serves customers through a variety of media channels including books, events, magazines, television partnerships, and web sites. Kalmbach is made up of active enthusiasts, sharing passion for customers, products and services.


Contact Customer Service: Bead&Button Show, Kalmbach Media, 21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187, or
Phone: 800-554-0197 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time. Outside the U.S. and Canada 262-796-8776 Ext. 421

How do I register?

It is fast and easy to register online. Visit the Bead&Button Show site and click Shop Now. You can review class offerings, sorting by Date, Time, Technique, Skill Level, Teacher, Price and Class Type. You can also search by keyword. Click Add to Cart by the class you want and it will go directly into your shopping cart. When finished, click on Shopping Cart icon to complete your purchases. The payment site is secure.

NOTE: You will need to add a Badge Registration to your Shopping Cart before completing your purchase.

Pick up your Badge and Schedule the day your classes or events begin at the Registration Desk at the Bead&Button Show.
Will I receive a confirmation email for my registration?

You will receive a confirmation email when you purchase anything on the Bead&Button Show web site. This includes classes, special events, souvenirs and donations.

What forms of payment do you accept online?
VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
Are there additional kit fees?
Kit fees are included in the price of the class. Bead&Button Show reimburses instructors for all kit fees.
Are there any other ways to register?

Registering online is the preferred method. If you prefer to register by phone, please call Kalmbach Customer Service. Phone: 800-554-0197 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time. Outside the U.S. and Canada 262-796-8776 Ext. 421.

Onsite registration begins June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee until 9:30 a.m. on June 4. Registration re-opens at the Wisconsin Center at 3:00pm.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel a General Class for a refund, you must do so before March 22, 2019. You must cancel the class in writing by email to, or by mail to Bead&Button Show, 21027 Crossroads Circle, PO Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187. Submit the title of the class, date and time of the class, and the price of the class to be cancelled. There is a $20 processing fee assessed for each class cancelled.

If you wish to cancel one class and change to another class, there is a $20 processing fee assessed for each class cancelled. Submit the title of the class, date and time of the class, and the price of the class to be cancelled. Then, please go to and register for your new class. We cannot guarantee placement into the new class. You will receive a confirmation of the cancellation and, as possible, a confirmation of acceptance into the new class.

If you need to cancel a Master Class, you must do so in writing before March 1, 2019. There is a $100 cancellation fee.

There are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations allowed after March 22, 2019.

How do I add or cancel classes?
Please refer to the cancellation policy.
If a class is full, can I be put on a waitlist?
There are no waitlists but you can check the web site regularly to see if additional seats or another class session has been added.
Can children attend the Bead&Button Show?

The Expo is open to all ages. You must be at least 12 years of age to register for most classes. Some classes have a higher age requirement. Refer to the class listing for details. 

How do I sign up to be a Bead&Button Show Exhibitor?

Information and questions on exhibiting or wait listing for future shows should be directed to Dina Johnston, Exhibitor Sales, or call 800-558-1544, ext. 523 for the most up-to-date booth availability.

How do I reserve a hotel room for the Bead&Button Show?

The Hyatt Regency Hotel Milwaukee and the Hilton Milwaukee Center each have available rooms for Bead&Button Show attendees. Visit the About the Show Tab and click on Travel Information to reserve your room.

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 West Kilbourn Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53203

Hilton Milwaukee Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203
How can I rent a scooter or wheelchair at the Show?

The Wisconsin Center does not rent scooters or wheelchairs. Show attendees should arrange a rental through On The Go Mobility before coming to Milwaukee.

Kraig and Cindy Ausman, On The Go Mobility, 7289 N Teutonia, Milwaukee WI 53209 
Phone: 414-228-7100, or 800-601-7267 

Please note: This company has received many positive comments from our Show attendees who annually use this service provider. On The Go Mobility can deliver and pickup all rental equipment.

What are the future show dates?

June 2 - 9, 2019 (Expo June 7-9)

May 31 - June 7, 2020 (Expo June 5-7)

Can I ship packages from the Show?

Both the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and Hilton Milwaukee Center can help you arrange package shipments. At the Hyatt, go to the Business Center located in the first floor lobby area. At the Hilton, go to the lobby on the second floor and ask for Guest Services. If you are not a guest at the hotel, they will require a credit card to process your shipment.

What is the BeadDreams competition?
Each year, Bead&Button magazine sponsors BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional jewelry artistry from around the world. We display the finalist entries at the Bead&Jewelry Expo and award ribbons in four categories. Gift certificates are awarded to each of the top two winners in each category by the contest sponsors. Look for your voting ballot in the Expo Program Book. 

New this year, the Bead&Button Show is adding the International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards. Finalist entries will be displayed at the Bead&Jewelry Expo and award ribbons in three categories. Award ribbon placement will take place on Friday, June 8.

What is the package check at the Show?

The package check and information area, located outside the Expo, is hosted by the Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee. The Society members will check your packages for a nominal fee during regular Show hours.

Who is the Loose Bead Society?
The Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee is a fellowship of kindred spirits that began in 1999. Their purpose is sharing and promoting the creation of beautiful beadwork. They take pleasure in their art and in each other's company and invite you to join them and do the same.

Visit the Loose Bead Society website »
What and where are the beading kiosks?

Forget something? Last minute beads, tools, and class supplies may be purchased at the beading kiosks located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in the atrium area from June 2 through the morning of June 5.

Where do I park when at the show?
View our Milwaukee directions and parking page.
Where can I get information about the Milwaukee area?
Information about the Milwaukee area can be found here.
I have another issue you didn’t cover in these FAQ’s.
Please contact us at or call 800-554-0197 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

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