Helena hosting Beadapalooza Aug. 18-19

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–For two days, those interested in seeing one-of-a-kind beads, gemstones and beading supplies from all over the world will have a chance to see all of this in Helena.

On Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 The Bead Biz in Helena will host Beadapalooza which brings together bead and gemstone vendors from all over the United States where they will all convene at the Helena Sports Complex.

Beadapalooza will feature gemstones strands, Czech glass, metal, shell and wood from various countries around the globe, an array of bead artisans, opportunities to network and share with other jewelry designers from the Birmingham area and more.

Admission to Beadapalooza is free as the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 19.

In addition, there will be opportunities for early bird shopping on Friday, Aug. 17 for those who sign up for bead classes.

The various classes take place throughout the day Aug. 18-19 to offer something for everyone.

To enhance the shopping experience, tribal belly dancers will perform at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 where there will also be line dancing demonstrations later that afternoon. The first 50 shoppers who spend $20 or more on Aug. 18 will also receive a free goodie swag bag.

To view and sign up for bead classes, visit Thebeadbiz.com/product-category/classes/.

The Helena Sports Complex is located at 110 Sports Complex Drive in Helena.