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Rock, Gem & Mineral Shows ... and Bead Shows... and more

Rocking Events close to Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

This list is not a complete list of all the shows that exist but they are ones we are aware of and make for easy day or weekend trips. Make sure you contact the web site of the hosting organization before you make your trip so that you are sure the information is accurate & current. Some of these shows are free and others charge admission. Be sure to Google the show & confirm the exact dates and the location. This is meant as a planning guide only. Enjoy!

January

Many keen rockhounds try to fly down to Quartzite in Arizona, USA

February

One of the biggest Mineral Shows in the world is held annually in Tucson, Arizona.

March

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015   Peterborough Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show ~ The Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough, ON Put on by the Kawartha Rock & Fossil Club  http://kawartharockandfossilclub.com/

Mar 1 - 4, 2015   PDAC Convention ~ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto http://www.pdac.ca/convention

Mar 13 - 15, 2015   The Gem Expo ~ Hyatt Regency Toronto on King, 370 King Street West, Toronto ~ Independent Jewellery vendors and Jewellery makers, Precious and Semi-Precious stones from around the world, Beads, Beading supplies & tools, Gem Stones, Minerals, Silver Jewellery and Findings, Lamp work artists. Learn about minerals from on site Lapidary, take a class on Jewellery making or watch some live demonstrations. www.thegemexpo.com

Mar 14 - 15, 2015   The Innovative Beads Expo ~ The Conference Centre, 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY  http://www.innovativebeadsexpo.com/

Mar 15, 2015   Great Lakes Beaders Guild Bead Bonanza ~ South Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Rd Southfield (Detroit) Michigan http://greatlakesbeadworkersguild.org/

Mar 21 - 22, 2015   Buffalo Geological Society Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show ~ Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg New York USA Although in the USA, this show is still just a day trip from Toronto. http://www.bgsny.org

Mar 26 - 30, 2015   One of A Kind Show ~ Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto

April

Apr 11 - 12, 2015   Brantford Lapidary & Mineral Society Show ~ Paris Fairground. 139 Silver Street, Paris, ON http://www.brantfordlapidarymineral.ca/

Apr 17 - 19, 2015   Montreal Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show ~ Center Pierre-Charbonneau 3000 Viau St. (Viau Metro) Montreal, Quebec http://www.salonminerauxmtl.com/ang/index_en.html

Apr 24 - 25, 2015   Creativ Festival - International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Missiassauga http://www.csnf.com/

Apr 25, 2015   Sterling Hill Super Dig ~ organized by the Sterling Hill Mining museum and the Delaware Valley Earth Science Society  Ogdensburg, New Jersey http://sterlinghillsuperdig.org/

Apr 23 - 26, 2015   Rochester Mineralogical Symposium ~ This is for more serious rockhounds, not for beginning hobbyists. If that describes you, read up on the activities offered at http://www.rasny.org/mainframe.htm

Apr 24 - 26, 2015   Toronto Gem & Mineral Show & Sale ~ Don Mills Civitan Arena, 1030 Don Mills Rd., North York, ON This is a show where beads & minerals can be bought. There are many dealers present. It is not sponsored by a local club. A number of rock clubs do have tables at the show in order to showcase their hobby. www.TorontoGemShow.com

May

May 1 - 3, 2015   Canadian Micro-Mineral Association ~ Brock University, St. Catharines, ON http://canadianmicrominerals.ca/

May 1 - 3, 2015   Robert Hall Originals - Spring Open House & Demonstration Weekend ~ St. George, ON http://www.roberthalloriginals.com/

May 2, 2015   Kitchener -Waterloo Gem & Mineral Club Show ~ 25 Regina Street South in uptown Waterloo http://www.calaverite.com/kwgmc/

May 9, 2015   Toronto Bead Society BEadFABULOUS - YMCA  20 Grosvenor St, Toronto http://www.torontobeadsociety.org/web/index.php

May 27 - June 8, 2015   Bead and Button Show ~ largest bead show in North America, Wisconsin Centre, Milwauki, Wisconsin http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/

June

June 6, 2015   Niagara Penninsula Gological Society Show ~ Heartland Forest, 8215 Heartland Forest Rd., Niagara Falls ON http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/show.htm

July

July 5, 2015   Kingston Lapidary & Mineral Club Show - Gem Shower ~ Crystal Palace, 375 Main Street, Picton, ON http://www.mineralclub.ca/

July 17 - 19, 2015   Sudbury Gem & Mineral Show ~ Carmichael Arena, 1298 Bancroft Drive, Sudbury  http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/Sudbury/

July 18 - 19, 2015   Herkimer Diamond Festival & Gem Show ~ organized by the Village of Herkimer, Herkimer NY https://www.facebook.com/pages/Herkimers-Diamond-Festival-Gem-Show/1389083001398174

July 24 - 25, 2015   Robert Hall Originals - Giant Jewellery Yard Sale    ~ St. George, ON http://www.roberthalloriginals.com/

July 26, 2015   Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club Show ~ Bancroft Legion Hall, Station Street, Bancroft

July 24 - 26, 2015   The Gem Expo ~ Hyatt Regency Toronto on King, 370 King Street West, Toronto ~ Independent Jewellery vendors and Jewellery makers, Precious and Semi-Precious stones from around the world, Beads, Beading supplies & tools, Gem Stones, Minerals, Silver Jewellery and Findings, Lamp work artists. Learn about minerals from on site Lapidary, take a class on Jewellery making or watch some live demonstrations. www.thegemexpo.com

August

July 30 - Aug 2, 2015   Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree ~ Bancroft - sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce This is a great show for families because in addition to vendors, there are daily field trips organzied that are accessible to children and adults alike. http://rockhoundgemboree.ca/

Aug 15, 2015   Robert Hall Originals Rockhound Family Day  ~ 138 Sugar Maple Rd, St. George, Ontario N0E 1N0 http://www.roberthalloriginals.com/

September

Sept 19 - 20, 2015   Scarborough Rock & Gem Club Show ~ Come and visit the Gem and Mineral Club of Scarborough Show at Don Montgomery Community Centre 2467 Eglinton Ave. E Scarborough ( beside the Kennedy Subway station ) http://www.scarbgemclub.ca/2011/06/2011-scarborough-gem-mineral-show/

October

Oct 17 - 18, 2015   Kingston Lapidary & Mineral Club Show - Gem Storm ~ Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 52 Yonge St., Kingston http://www.mineralclub.ca/

Oct 2 - 4, 2015 Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show ~Ancaster Fairgrounds - Marritt Hall Complex, 630 Trinity Road, Ancaster Ontario Presented by Robert Hall Originals - http://www.roberthalloriginals.com/  

Oct 9 - 11, 2015 Detroit Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show ~ Annual Detroit Show in Warren, MI at the Macomb Community College-South Campus inside the Sports & Expo Center (SW corner of 12 Mile & Hayes Rd.) Billed as the "Midwest's largest show under one roof" with over 50 dealers selling minerals, fossils, gems, gemstone jewelry, carvings, equipment, and more.  www.michmin.org/show

Oct 23 - 24, 2015 University of Waterloo Gem & Mineral Show & Science Open House ~ University of Waterloo Campus, Science Centre,  Waterloo http://science.uwaterloo.ca/events/2011-science-open-house

November

Mid-November    London Gem & Mineral Show ~ Western Fairgrounds (Special Events Building), London http://www.gemandmineral.ca/

December

A time to dream about rocks and plan for the next year!:-)

 

Rockhounding as a Hobby

1.1 Joining a Rock Club

1.2 Gem & Mineral Shows

1.3 Suppliers, Rock Shops

1.4 Museums

1.5 Rocks Outdoors

1.6 Collecting Rocks

1.7 Fee Collecting Sites

1.8 Experiments