Event Schedule

2020 Special Guests and Activities


Josh Gates, host of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown

Sunday, February 9 at 12 p.m.
As the host of Discovery Channel’s smash-hit series Expedition Unknown, adventurer and explorer Josh Gates crisscrosses the globe to explore archaeological wonders and enduring legends. Armed with a daring passion for adventure and his signature sense of humor, Gates takes viewers on thrilling quests in search of answers to the world’s greatest mysteries. He will share behind the scenes tales from the show and provide tips on how to turn any vacation into the journey of a lifetime. Josh will also answer questions and be available following his stage appearance for photos and autographs.


Taste of The Place on Opening Day

Friday, February 7
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in your destination is to sample local cuisine. Join us on Opening Day for Taste of the Place, as dozens of EXPO exhibitors offer tasty samples of food and drink that distinctly represent their destinations. This taste adventure activity is your chance to talk with travel representatives while savoring the deliciousness of their destinations.


Brad and Grandma Joy

Friday, February 7 at 4 p.m.
Until four years ago, Joy Ryan, known as Grandma Joy, had never seen a mountain or an ocean. But that all has changed thanks to her grandson, Brad Ryan. For the last four years, Brad and Grandma Joy have been on the road trip of a lifetime, attempting to visit all 61 National Parks in the United States. The traveling duo will share captivating tales from their scenic journeys and explain how our National Parks are accessible for anyone, no matter your age.


Kids Day with Columbus Zoo Animals

Saturday, February 8
Designed to entertain youngsters while providing useful travel tips for parents, Kids Day offers families a day packed with costumed characters, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Kids can meet the animals that travel with Jack Hanna as the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium takes the stage at 11 a.m. And the entire family can play the “Passport for Prizes” adventure game to be entered to win an unforgettable Lake Erie Shores & Islands weekend getaway.


Midwest Photo photography instructor, Leonardo Carrizo

Saturday, February 8 at 3 p.m.
As a Midwest Photo photography instructor, university teacher and a National Geographic Student Expeditions photo trip leader, Leonardo Carrizo specializes in visual storytelling, travel and culture photography. Leonardo will share images from his recent international travels and provide techniques for how you can capture beautiful photographs of landscapes, wildlife, people and festivals during your next vacation.


The Wayfarers

Saturday, February 8 at 5 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 will 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.

AAA Travel Stage

AAA Travel Stage, presented by Royal Caribbean

2020 Stage Schedule

Friday, February 7

1:00 p.m. – Ohio. Find It Here. with TourismOhio
2:00 p.m. – Exploring the World in Comfort with Viking
3:00 p.m. – On Stage Alaska with Holland America Line
4:00 p.m. – Joy Ride: Exploring Our National Parks at Any Age with Brad and Grandma Joy
5:00 p.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions

Saturday, February 8

11:00 a.m. – Animal friends from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
12:00 p.m. – What’s New with Royal Caribbean
1:00 p.m. – Irish Step Dancing with Irwin Academy of Irish Dance
2:00 p.m. – Insider Tips for Southcentral and Southeast Alaska with Travel Juneau and Visit Anchorage
3:00 p.m. – Travel and Experience the World with Photography with Midwest Photo photography instructor, Leonardo Carrizo
4:00 p.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions
5:00 p.m. – Music of Appalachia with The Wayfarers

Sunday, February 9

11:30 a.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions
12:00 p.m. – Josh Gates, host of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown
1:00 p.m. – Climbing the World’s Tallest Mountain with Mount Everest climber, Matt Brennan
2:00 p.m. – Discover the World with Trafalgar

Destination Showcase Theatre

2020 Destination Showcase Theatre Schedule

Destination Showcase Theatre provides you with the exclusive opportunity to hear firsthand from the world’s top travel providers about vacations of a lifetime. This intimate presentation space gives you special access to expert advice, insider tips and great deals. It’s your opportunity to learn about a variety of vacation options and discover which is just right for you.

Destination Showcase Theatre is located on the second level of Kasich Hall, accessible through the lobby area.

2020 Destination Showcase Theatre

Friday, February 7

1:30 p.m. – National Parks by Rail with Amtrak Vacations
2:30 p.m. – Insider Tips for Southcentral & Southeast Alaska with Travel Juneau and Visit Anchorage
3:30 p.m. – Oceania Cruises – The Finest Cuisine at Sea
4:30 p.m. – 30 Breathtaking Years with Rocky Mountaineer

Saturday, February 8

11:30 a.m. – Why a Disney Vacation and Why Now  
12:30 p.m. – Hawaii…The Magic Isles with Pleasant Holidays
1:30 p.m. – Discover The Viking Difference
2:30 p.m. – Ireland & Scotland: A Nation of Storytellers with Brendan Vacations
3:30 p.m. – Scenic European Rail Vacations with Railbookers
4:30 p.m. – Sail Beyond Borders with Celebrity Cruises

Sunday, February 9

1:30 p.m. – AmaWaterways and the Luxury of Cruising  
2:30 p.m. – Your Perfect Girls Getaway at CocoCay with Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas and Sunny 95’s Stacy McKay