Event Schedule

2017 Event Schedule – Special Guests and Activities

We’ve assembled an all-star lineup of special guests and travel experts to help you plan your next vacation. The Great Vacations Travel EXPO provides fun and convenient ways for you to learn about what’s new, what’s popular, and what’s best when it comes to your next getaway.

Travel Channel Star Josh Gates

Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m.
The world is a mysterious place, and no one helps you unearth those mysteries better than adventurer and TV personality, Josh Gates, host of the popular Travel Channel series, Expedition Unknown. Josh’s spine tingling tales of his most memorable excursions will inspire you to find your own adventure. This is your chance to meet him one-on-one and grab an autograph following his stage appearance.

Gilligan’s Island Star Dawn Wells

Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m.
Help us welcome one of the world’s most famous castaways, Mary Ann Summers, played by TV sweetheart, Dawn Wells, to the EXPO. In addition to seeing Dawn in person and hearing her fascinating accounts from behind-the-scenes on the set of Gilligan’s Island, you’ll have the chance to ask her questions and meet face-to-face for autographs following her stage appearance.

The Galax Sound

Friday, February 3 at 12 p.m.; Saturday, February 4 at 10 a.m.; and Sunday February 5 at 11 a.m.
Direct from Galax, Virginia, and courtesy of our friends at Virginia Tourism, the wildly talented Stevie Barr returns to the EXPO by popular demand. This time, Stevie brings his bluegrass band, The Galax Sound. This next generation of musicians will have you on your feet as you experience the rich musical heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Amish Country Theater

Friday, February 3 at 1 p.m.; Saturday, February 4 at 12 p.m.; and Sunday February 5 at 2 p.m.
Don’t miss the hilarious cast from the Amish Country Theater. You’ll be entertained as this surprisingly zany crew gives you an unexpected glimpse into what you’ll discover on your next trip to Ohio’s Amish Country. Afterwards, stop by the Ohio’s Amish Country exhibit and see for yourself why over four million people visit this popular destination every year.

The Wayfarers

Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Ohio’s Appalachian Country, The Wayfarers’ magnetically spirited performances draws on their revered Appalachian traditions. Thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles and rich harmonies deliver a lively show. You’ll hear instantly why they have been asked to share the stage with the biggest names in bluegrass and country music.

Taste of the Place on Opening Day

Friday, February 3
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a destination than to dive into the local cuisine. Back by popular demand, join us Opening Day for Taste of the Place, when select exhibitors offer tasty samples of food and drink that distinctly represent their locales. You’ll get a taste of old favorites -- and discover new culinary adventures!

AAA Travel Stage, presented by Royal Caribbean

Stage Schedule

Friday, February 3

12 p.m.
Music of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Stevie Barr and The Galax Sound, courtesy of Virginia Tourism

1 p.m.
The Amish Country Theater, courtesy of Ohio’s Amish Country

2 p.m.
Exploring the World in Comfort with Viking River Cruises

3 p.m.
A Walk in the Woods with adventure guide Vesna Tyrell

4 p.m.
Discovering a Destination through its Food with culinary tour guide Nick Dekker

5 p.m.
Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with AMResorts

Saturday, February 4

10 a.m.
Music of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Stevie Barr and The Galax Sound, courtesy of Virginia Tourism

11 a.m.
Exploring the Richness of Chinese Culture with Shen Yun

12 p.m.
The Amish Country Theater, courtesy of Ohio’s Amish Country

1 p.m.
What’s New with Royal Caribbean

2 p.m.
Travel Channel Star Josh Gates

3 p.m.
Music of Appalachia with The Wayfarers, courtesy of Ohio’s Appalachian Country

5 p.m.
Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

Sunday, February 5

11 a.m.
Music of the Blue Ridge Mountains with Stevie Barr and The Galax Sound, courtesy of Virginia Tourism
12 p.m.
Discover the World with Trafalgar

1 p.m.
Gilligan’s Island Star Dawn Wells

2 p.m.
The Amish Country Theater, courtesy of Ohio’s Amish Country

3 p.m.
Escape to the Caribbean with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts