Below you will find a comprehensive guide to exhibiting at the Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market. If you questions are not answered here, you can check the FAQ or contact us. We are lifetime Va. Beach natives. So, if you have any questions about the area, please don't hesitate to ask.
Time & Location
The 34th Annual Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market will be held on March 6-8, 2020 in the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Friday & Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Where to Find Us:
During Load In: We will be just inside the dock doors at Hall B. PLEASE CHECK IN WITH US BEFORE UNLOADING!
During Show Hours: The Management Desk will be by the show entrance, as well as roaming the hall during the show.
Thursday, March 5th 3 pm - 9 pm
Friday, March 6th 7 am -10 am
EMG will not be available on-site for questions prior to Thursday's set-up at 3:00. All of our staff will be diligently working to prepare the hall for your arrival. Please call (757)417-7771 with any questions or concerns.
Registration & Check-in
Exhibitors must check in and register at the Show Management Desk before beginning booth set-up. At this time, you will receive your on-site packet of materials that include name badges, show directory, Temporary Retail Sales Tax Forms and other pertinent information.
Please do not park your vehicle in front of any loading dock area. Loading areas may be congested; therefore, come prepared to load and unload, using your own dollies or hand trucks, from the parking lot. The Va Beach Convention Ctr. does not have dollies available for exhibitors use, however we do have porters who work for tips who have large carts to assist you.
All exhibitors planning to arrive for check-in on Friday morning must notify EMG in advance by Monday, March 2nd. Any exhibitor who fails to register by 8:00 am Friday will be replaced by reserve artists and will summarily lose all fees, deposits and right to space and participation in the Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market.
Electric & Water
Electric service may be ordered through The Virginia Beach Convention Center at the price of $85 via their on-line webpage HERE until Friday Feb. 28th. After this date, or if added on-site, the cost will increase to $105. Forms are included in this mailing, and can be mailed to the convention center with a check for $85, if received before Feb. 28th.
Water service (early arrival with access to the kitchen) will be available by individual arrangement with Events Management at the time of check-in..
Telephone service for credit card approval systems may be ordered through the Virginia Beach Convention Center before Feb. 28th for $200. Orders placed after that date and on-site will be $260. If you are using a “square-type device” with your cell phone to process credit cards, in most cases you should be able to do this without internet service. However, VERIZON has had problems with their local tower and some exhibitors have had issues with their connectivity during the Christmas show. We haven't been able to confirm if they have fixed the issue. Please check you connections (at your booth) as soon as possible. Should you need WI-Fi the price is $30/day and can be ordered when you arrive.
Food & Beverage
Free coffee and donuts will be provided for exhibitors on Friday morning to help you get awake and rolling. For the remaining portion of the weekend, concessions will open 30 minutes before show time for exhibitors and will be open all event hours. Per our convention center contract, no coolers, food or food deliveries can be brought into the exhibition center during show hours when the concessions are open, but we realize concession food is very expensive. Many of us have special dietary needs and if this is the case you may “brown bag it.” We simply ask that you not bring in obvious containers from other restaurants. If anyone asks – You have “special dietary restrictions”.
This year we are in Hall B, and once again, the customer entrance will be on the right side of the room. Also the concession area in the back of the hall will be open with seating nearby. Please be sure to check your booth location ASAP. If you have an issue, it would be better to deal with it now, rather than closer to the show. While we cannot guarantee everyone's special requests, we always try to accommodate them as best we can if we know in advance what your unique situation is. Please email us as soon as possible if you are requesting a change.
Booth Set-up/Display Requirements
EMG will provide a properly-sized booth with three sides of 8' and 3' purple and white drapery, (no side drapes on corners), a booth sign, Exhibitor badges, general lighting and 24-hour security services. Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own booth structures and shall be liable for delivery, handling, erection and removal of their own display and materials. Show Management must be notified of any changes to table, chair or electrical requests at least two weeks prior to show dates. Lighting may be attached to pipe and drape. Show Management must pre-approve any heavy booth signs, art, etc. hung from aluminum piping. No commercial looking vinyl banners will be allowed.
Do not use pins, wire or tape on drapery. Rental tables measure 30" x 96" or 30" x 72". Exhibitors are responsible for covering tables to the floor in an attractive, professional manner. Exhibitors who ordered tables are responsible for checking tables and table legs before setting up their display.
All displays must be self-supporting and may not interfere or block other exhibits, exit doors or passage ways. Be absolutely positive that your displays are within the boundaries of your assigned space before setting up your inventory. Booth spaces measure 10' x 10', 10' x 15', 10' x 20' or 10' x 30'. All exhibitor chairs must be kept inside their measured booth spaces, not in the aisle space. No storage boxes shall be exposed inside or outside of exhibits. Tents and canopies must pass all local fire codes and must have a fire-retardant certificate. All aisles must be cleared and boxes, dollies, etc. must be out of sight when doors open at 10 am Friday. Each exhibiting artist must be at his/her booth and the booth must be set-up and "open for business" from the required open time to closing time each day of the show. Helium balloons and smoking are prohibited by the Convention Center.
Load out will be from 5 pm until 10 pm Sunday night. Artists must leave their space in the same condition in which it was delivered.
***UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL EXHIBITORS START PACKING OR LEAVING BEFORE 5 PM SUNDAY. THE LAST PERSON TO BUY A TICKET DESERVES THE SAME EXPERIENCE AS THE FIRST ATTENDEE. ANY EXHIBITORS NOT COMPLYING WITH THIS POLICY WILL BE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM FUTURE SHOWS AND FORFITURE OF ALL FEES PAID. SHOW STAFF WILL BE MONITORING THE EXHIBIT HALL ON SUNDAY FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS.
You must have individual approval from EMG, Inc. and the Fire Marshall for open flames, i.e.:burning candles or oil lamps. Contact show management for regulations and approval. All drapes, curtains, table coverings, skirts, carpet or any materials used in booth display must be fire proofed and conform to city fire codes and regulations.
Exhibitors must check with Show Management at check-in regarding exhibitor parking and trailer drop-off. Parking Passes in vehicles are mandatory
Signs & Badges
Each artist will be provided with booth signage listing the artist's name, hometown, and booth number. This sign should be displayed on the booth so that someone facing the front of the booth can readily see the sign. Signs offering sales, discounts or closeouts are not allowed in exhibits. A maximum of four (4) name badges per booth will be issued. Up to two additional name badges may be purchased for $6 each. These badges are for assistants who are actively working in a booth. Names must be written on the badges at Registration. Exhibitors with blank badges will not be admitted into the show. Exhibitors must wear their badges at all times while in the exhibition area. Relatives (including spouses and children over the age of six) and friends will not be allowed into the show without a badge or a ticket purchased from the Box Office. Exhibitors may leave assistant's badges at the Management Desk.
Work on Display
Only works of art created by the artist may be displayed or offered for sale at the Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market. All categories of work must be juried in advance for inclusion in the show. If your product line has changed since you last exhibited with us, or since your work was juried, and you have not submitted photos and a letter requesting approval to sell this new product, it cannot be exhibited or sold at this show.
***IMPORTANT*** NO BUY/SELL MERCHANDISE IS TO BE SOLD BY ANY EXHIBITOR UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY SHOW MANAGEMENT IN ADVANCE.
Work must be comparable in size, style and quality to the work pictured in slides/photos submitted for jurying. Show Management will review the show beginning Friday morning and will intermittently monitor booth content throughout the weekend. Show Management reserves the right to exclude from exhibition and sale any non-conforming work as determined by the application, criteria and/or the Event Director. All decisions of the Event Director are final.
No artist may let or sublet their booth either entirely or partially, with or without charge.
Restocking & Cleaning Booth Time
The exhibition hall will be open Saturday and Sunday at 9 am for exhibitors to restock and clean booth areas. Under no circumstances shall exhibitors be allowed into the exhibit hall before the above hours or after the show closes for the evening. Deliveries of merchandise during the course of the show should be directed to your hotel or place of residence. Neither EMG, Inc. or the Virginia Beach Convention Center will be held responsible for deliveries that come to the Convention Center.
Security guards will be provided 24 hours a day. However, the exhibitor is responsible for any loss, theft, breakage, damage by fire or personal injury within their rented space. Exhibitors solely are responsible for the security of their exhibits and equipment. Do not leave money boxes, sales receipts, or other valuables in your unattended booth during or after show hours. Report all incidents of theft or matters of a suspicious nature to Show Management immediately. Also, solicitation or photography of booths by exhibitors, customers or others will not be permitted during show hours. Show management may have photographer Cory Langley present during show hours to photograph various items in the show to be used for future marketing and advertising. he will be identified as official show photographer. Exhibitors are not to enter or inspect merchandise in an unattended booth. Security will be posted at the back doors to ensure that the doors are properly secured during all show hours.
Please turn in any "lost and found" items to Show Management.
Security guards will be present to protect you and your work. Please treat them with respect and appreciation.
Door Prize Certificates
EMG will offer a $100 daily drawing in the form of four $25 gift certificates to show attendees who fill out a registration slip upon entry into the show. The gift certificates may be used toward the purchase of an item from any exhibitor in the show. If you receive one of these certificates from a customer, EMG will reimburse you the certificate amount.
Directions to the Virginia Beach Convention Center
***Please note: The speed limit on 19th Street is now 25 mph.
From Washington DC: I-95S to I-295 to I-64E to Norfolk/Virginia Beach; after the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel go approximately 5 miles and take I-264 East to Virginia Beach; at the end of the expressway, make a right turn onto Parks Ave and the first right onto 19th Street. The Convention Center will be on your right.
From Eastern Shore/Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel: Rt. 13 South; after the tunnel, get off onto South Shore Drive to where it becomes Atlantic Avenue; turn right on 19th Street; Convention Center will be on the right.
From I-95/Rocky Mount, North Carolina: I-95 to Emporia; take Rt. 58E (Beware! Radar is everywhere on Rt. 58. Drive the speed limit!) and follow signs to I-264 East/Virginia Beach; at the end of the expressway, make a right turn onto Parks Ave and the first right onto 19th Street. The Convention Center will be on your right.
From I-85/Atlanta/ GA: I-85 North to South Hill; take Rt. 58E (Beware! Radar is everywhere on Rt. 58. Drive the speed limit!) and follow signs to I-264 East/Virginia Beach; at the end of the expressway, make a right turn onto Parks Ave and the first right onto 19th Street. The Convention Center will be on your right.
Hotel & Camping Accommodations
Hotel Accommodations: Events Management Group, Inc. has made special arrangements with the hotels listed below that are within close proximity to the show site. To ensure proper receipt of special rates, exhibitors are encouraged to make hotel reservations directly with the participating hotels by calling reservations at the numbers listed. Rates do not include applicable sales and other taxes; exhibitors are responsible for all hotel charges.
***IMPORTANT*** When calling for reservations, please identify yourself as a Virginia Beach Spring CraftMarket Exhibitor.
2 HOST HOTELS WITH DISCOUNT EXHIBITOR RATES:
DoubleTree Hotel – 1900 Pavilion Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. $94+ Tax single or double. This rate is valid until Feb. 19th, Next door to Convention Center & dog friendly. Newly renovated with luxury bedding, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, data ports, pool & fitness room.
Use Group Code SCM Call 757-422-8900, or click HERE for on line reservation.
Due to the buying power of web services like Priceline, Kayak and Hotels.com, we often find our exhibitors can find cheaper rates online. Therefore we recommend using those services if the above hotels are unavailable.
Camping Facilities: Overnight self-contained RV parking is technically illegal in the convention center parking lot. Until last year's spring show we never had an issue with police enforcing this rule. There was a rowdy event at the oceanfront and the city began to enforce this rule for the first time and also told us they would be enforcing it in the future.
Exhibitors with RVs can stay in one of the full service campgrounds listed below, which are just 10-15 minutes away. Be sure to mention the name of the show to receive your discount.
Holiday Travel Park - 1075 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach. 10% Discount; Other discounts may apply - AAA, AARP, etc.; (757) 425-0249 or (800) 548-0223
Be sure to mention you're a part of the Craft Show to get the discounted rate.
KOA Campground - 1240 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach. Call locally at (757) 428-8911 or 1-800-562-4150.
PetSmart Hotel - 201 Hilltop Plaza (757)425-0286
Owl's Creek Pet Hotel & Veterinary Hospital - 587 S. Birdneck Rd.; (757) 425-5349
Holly Ridge Kennels - 2993 Seaboard Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23456; (757) 426-6100
Porters, working for tips, will be available Thursday during set-up and Sunday's breakdown. Sign up for their services at check-in during registration and then at the Management Desk (Front of Hall) when you are packed and ready to go on Sunday evening. Upon arrival Porters are happy to assist you once you are pulled up to the loading dock and are wearing their your badge (indicating you have registered and know where your booth is.) Due to liability issues and their limited time, porters cannot assist with booth set up/booth tear down. During load out, porters will be happy to assist you once you are fully packed up. Please tip generously- our porters are either saving for or are paying for college!
In the event of an emergency during the show weekend, exhibitors and/or assistants may be contacted through the Virginia Beach Convention Center Security offices at (757) 385-2152 or EMG staff directly at 757-417-7771. Please make these phone numbers and the phone number of your hotel or host in the Virginia Beach area available to anyone who may need to contact you or your staff in an emergency.
Cancellation & Withdrawal
An accepted application is a commitment to the show. No refunds will be granted for show deposits or for cancellation within 90 days before show dates. Deposits and payments are not transferable to another Event. Exhibitors who must cancel should inform Events Management Group, Inc. immediately, both verbally and in writing, of their cancellation, which will constitute a confirmation not to show. Exhibitors who do not show and do not cancel will not be re-invited.
Last minute cancellations, vehicle breakdowns or other delays should be reported to Show Management immediately at (757) 417-7771.
Insurance & Limitations of Liability
Exhibitors are encouraged to insure their property against the risks of fire, theft, burglary, breakage and leakage, and water damage as well as the risks of transport into and from the event site. Neither Events Management Group, Inc., The Virginia Beach Convention Center, nor the Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market will be liable to any exhibitor any person for any damage or loss whatsoever, arising from any cause.
Sales Tax, Laws & Facility Policies
Virginia State Retail Sales Tax is applicable to all sales at the Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market. The current tax rate is 6% of the retail price. THIS IS A NEW RATE AS OF 2014. Each exhibitor is responsible for recording, collecting and paying current Virginia sales taxes on all sales made during the show. Temporary Virginia Retail Sales Tax Forms and Sales Tax Charts will be distributed to all exhibitors at Registration.
A Virginia Beach Business License is not required to conduct business in this show facility. All pertinent fire codes, laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to health, fire prevention and public safety shall be strictly obeyed and enforced. All food vendors must be approved by the Virginia
Beach Convention Center and must comply with Health Department regulations.
No alcoholic beverages of any type are allowed in the event or on facility grounds. There will be no smoking in the exhibition center. Lighted candles, wicks, incense, straw, hay bales or live trees or greenery are prohibited. No exhibit shall have a roof system that would impede the fire sprinkler system in any way. All tents or canopies must have a flame retardant certificate. No spraying or use of chemicals, such as lacquer, paint, stain, etc. is permitted inside the exhibition center. Helium balloons are prohibited.
Virginia Beach Weather in March/April
Temperatures in Virginia Beach in early March are generally in the mid 40's to high 50's. It can also be rather wet and rainy and windy; therefore, bring rain gear and protective coverings for inventory to use during set-up and breakdown.
Advertising, Marketing & Promotion
Advertising will be included in all major area news media including The Virginian Pilot, Daily Press, The Beacon, radio, television, internet, email, direct mail, as well as flyer and postcard distribution to individuals and local businesses. Press releases will be sent to local, regional, and national media resources.
***IMPORTANT*** Unlimited postcards and flyers are still available for exhibitors to mail or give out to their customers prior to show time. Help us promote the show by distributing this material to workplaces, churches, schools, offices, stores, other shows, etc. Exhibitors see great results in increased sales by sending out postcards to their former customers two weeks before show time. Call our office at (757) 417-7771 to order more postcards or flyers.
Other Businesses, Services and Special Needs located in Virginia Beach
Exxon at 17th Street - 312 Virginia Beach Blvd. (757) 425-8917 (Highly Recommended!)
- Merchant's Tire & Auto-Laskin Rd. (757) 428-7174
Bank of America - 210 Laskin Rd. & Pacific Ave. (757) 491-6010
Wells Fargo – 168 Laskin Rd. (757) 437-5510
Suntrust Bank – 711 First Colonial Rd. (757) 278-2972
Fulton Bank- 1616 Laskin Rd. (757) 228-7548
Business & Office Supplies
- Home Depot -3352 Virginia Beach Blvd (757) 340-5804
- Office & Copy Max - Hilltop North Shopping Center (757) 428-1200
- Michael's Arts & Crafts - Laskin Rd.& First Colonial (757) 437-1145
Events Management Group, Inc.
P. O. Box 909
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 471-7771 FAX (757) 417-7772
During Show Hours: (757) 471-7771
Virginia Beach Convention Center (757) 385-2000
Harris Teeter Flower Gallery - 2800 Arctic Ave. (757) 422-2496
Wayne Jones Florist - 329 Laskin Rd. (757) 428-2901
Binswanger Glass Co. - 623 First Colonial Rd. (757) 425-9227
Farm Fresh - 521 Laskkin Rd. (757) 428-0128
- Harris Teeter - 2800 Arctic Ave. (757) 422-4595
- Trader Joe's - 503 Hilltop Plaza (757) 422-4840
- Whole Foods - 1800 Laskn Rd, (757) 422-0444
Wareing's Gym - 700 19th St. (757) 491-0700
YMCA - Hilltop East - 1536 Laskin Rd. (757) 422-3805
Beach Do-It Hardware - 400 30th St. (757) 422-4555
Taylor's Do-It Center - 1609 laskin Rd. (757) 425-6120
Best Value Hardware 600 Va Beach Blvd. (17th St.) (757) 491-2542
Locksmith or Safe
Commonwealth Safe, Lock and Security (757) 426-6880
Oceana Urgent Care - 940 General Booth Blvd.(757) 425-8590
First Colonial Family Urgent Care - 1120 First Colonial Rd. (757) 481-2333
NowCare Urgent Care - 1168 1st Colonial Rd (757) 352-2020
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital - 1700 Will O Wisp Dr. Off of First Colonial Rd near Laskin Rd. (757) 395-8000
- Regal Cinemas - General Booth Blvd. (757) 563-2000
- Beach Movie Bistro - 941 Laskin Rd. (757) 963-2548
- AMC Lynnhaven 18 - Lynnhaven Mall - (888) AMC-4FUN
Rite Aid Drugs - 750 Hilltop North Shopping Center (757) 425-9474
Wallgreens - 24th St. & Atlantic Ave. (757) 422-3721
CVS Pharmacy - 1688 Laskin Rd. - (757) 417-3943
Lynnhaven Mall - 701 Lynnhaven Pkwy. (757)340-9340
MacArthur Center Mall - 300 Monticello Ave. Downtown Norfolk (757) 627-6000
Wal-Mart - Hilltop Wal-Mart Shopping Center (757) 364-7616
Target - Hilltop On First Colonial Rd. (757) 428-0233
Wal-Mart - 1149 Nimmo Pkwy (757) 430-1836
Wal-Mart - 2021 Lynnhaven Pkwy (757) 416-3480
Taxis - Beach Yellow Cab (757) 460-0605 or 460-0911
- Car Rental - Enterprise (757) 422-6900
Owl's Creek Pet Hospital 587 S. Birdneck Rd. (757) 425-5349
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Main - (757) 385-2000
Security - (757) 385-2152
Show Management Desk - (757) 417-7771