Welcome to BABE!’s 19th Annual Show!

BABE ShowThis is the largest two-day bead and jewelry show on the West Coast, with over 120 exhibitor and studio artists showing handmade, ethnic and vintage beads, jewelry, buttons, findings, books and DVDs.

There will be more than 60 studio glass, silver, stone and polymer clay bead artists. Many artists or vendors will be exhibiting for the first time in the Bay Area.

Classes are available for every level of experience and in many mediums. A number of the classes are brand new- being taught for the first time at any national bead show. Choose from metalwork, enameling and wirework; or fused glass; seed bead techniques including peyote, right angle weave and herringbone; polymer clay, precious metal clay. More than 55 classes will be taught by nationally known, award winning artist instructors.

BABE! is a great show for collectors, designers and hobbyists – stop by and check it out!

See you at the BABE! show!!!

Oakland Marriott City CenterThe host hotel will be the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, adjacent to the Convention Center at 10th and Broadway. The Marriott is located across the street from the 12th Street BART Station, a mere 12-minute ride from downtown San Francisco.

The Marriott is located within easy walking distance of Oakland’s City Center, Oakland’s Chinatown and Jack London Square.

Now is the time to book your room for BABE! 2017, for the special lower show rate of $159/night.

The Marriott Hotel is the lodging of choice for most attendees and vendors and rooms sell out quickly.

The special show rate is only in effect for reservations made by October 5, 2017.

Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Reservations can be made online at Oakland Marriott City Center
Or by calling 1-877-901-6632 and let them know you are coming to BABE, and the date of Nov. 3, 2017

Are any vendors open on Friday? Is there a special open time for wholesalers or students?

No, the show section of BABE! is only open on Saturday and Sunday.

Is the show open to anyone or do I have to be a jewelry designer?

BABE! is a retail show, open to everyone who enjoys beads or jewelry

Can I buy at wholesale?

Many of BABE!’s vendors do sell wholesale amounts. It’s up to the individual vendor or artist to decide if they sell large amounts and at what discount or price point a sale is discounted.

I signed up for a class that starts on Saturday afternoon or Sunday, can I pick up my student badge early, so that I can shop Saturday morning and get free admission?

Absolutely! If you didn’t print your badge ahead of time, just go to the registration desk on the 2nd floor of the Marriott and let the staff there know what class you are taking and they will give you your badge early.

Where is my classroom?

Classrooms OCC 201-214 are on the 2nd floor of the back of the hotel/convention center.  To the right of the parking garage elevators as you leave them.

Classrooms – Oakland Room and California Room are on the 3rd floor of the front of the hotel – off a set of elevators towards the east side of the building (the elevators used to go to the sleeping rooms)

Staff at the 2nd floor class registration will be happy to help you find your classroom.

Where do I get a badge holder?

There will be baskets of plastic badge holders for students at the 2nd floor class registration desk, at the 1st floor show ticket desk and in baskets in the 3rd floor classrooms – for your convenience.  If you want to, deposit your badge holder back in any of the baskets at the end of your stay, so that it gets reused, rather than going to landfill.

What do I need to do before I show up for classes?
  • Be sure to check the class supply and equipment list for each of your classes to bring the items needed for each of your classes.
  • Check the class listing to verify the cost of the kit for your class. Some instructors can take credit cards, but many can only accept cash or check.
  • If additional spaces are available for sale during the weekend at BABE! that will be evident on the website. Closed classes are noted.  So are classes with limited spacing.  At the show, class fees must be paid in cash or check.
It’s such a big building. Where do I go?

Click to download and print a .pdf

This year we will be making available our logo, postcard and other images for vendors, instructors and anyone else interested in promoting BABE! Please check back soon.
The Bay Area Bead Extravaganza! (BABE!) is being held at the Oakland Marriott City Center, 10th and Broadway, Oakland, CA.


The Marriott/Oakland Convention Center has a parking garage. Entrances are on Clay Street and 11th Street. The daily fee is +/-$40.00.

There are also a large number of surface lots in the downtown Oakland area and several covered lots north on Clay St.

Public Transportation:

Consider taking BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit )or an AC Transit bus, saving the $30.00 parking fee (which you could spend on beads!).

The Oakland Convention Center is located across the street from the 12th Street BART station and is within easy walking distance of a number of AC Transit Bus Lines. Remember that free, convenient parking is available at many East Bay BART stations on weekends. You can park your car at the station and take BART to the Convention Center. (For weekday parking, be sure to check the rules at the station you park at)

An easy to use trip planner for BART, Muni, and AC Transit is available at: www.511.org.


The Bay Area is served by flights arriving at several airports. The most immediate and convenient is the Oakland International Airport. Some attendees may prefer to fly on carriers that utilize the San Francisco International Airport.

Transportation from Airports:
Airport Shuttle Service: The Bayporter Express offers fast van service from both the Oakland and San Francisco Airports. For a single person this can be a this is a much less expensive alternative to regular taxi fares. For more information, including fees, please call the Bayporter Express at 415-467-1800.


For the lowest cost (and often fastest) transport, both the Oakland and San Francisco Airports have connections to the BART system, whose 12th Street station is across the street from the Oakland Convention Center. The San Francisco Airport has a BART station within walking distance of the airport terminals, and the Oakland Airport has a bus connection called AIRBART. Check out the Transit Planner (www.511.org) for schedules and fees at www.transitinfo.org

For more information about Oakland visit: www.oaklandcvb.com

For more information about San Francisco visit: www.sfvisitor.org