Event Schedule

2019 Special Guests and Activities


Eivin and Eve Kilcher, Co-stars of Discovery Channel’s Alaska: The Last Frontier

Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 at 1 p.m.
Eivin and Eve Kilcher, co-stars of Discovery Channel’s Alaska: The Last Frontier, will bring their unique vision of Alaska, along with their homesteading know-how, to the EXPO. The duo will share fascinating tales of life on the homestead and off the grid, while offering tips for enjoying a simpler, fuller life, whether you live in the big city, a small town or the most remote outback country. This is your chance to meet Eivin and Eve and grab an autograph following their stage appearances.


Rudy Maxa, Host of PBS’s Rudy Maxa’s World

Friday, February 8 at 3 p.m.
Rudy Maxa, inspirational globetrotter and host of the popular PBS travel series, Rudy Maxa’s World, brings his rich travel expertise to this year’s EXPO. Rudy will share captivating tales from his many journeys and reveal expert tips on how to immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine – no matter where your travels take you. Rudy will also answer questions and be available following his stage appearance for photos and autographs.


Kids Day with Columbus Zoo Animals

Saturday, February 9
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 1 p.m. And the entire family can play the “Passport for Prizes” adventure game to be entered to win an unforgettable Hocking Hills weekend getaway.


The Wayfarers

Saturday, February 9 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

2019 Stage Schedule

Friday, February 8

1:00 p.m. – Discovering a Destination through its Food with Maria Yagoda of Food & Wine Magazine
2:00 p.m. – Exploring the World in Comfort with Viking River Cruises
3:00 p.m. – Star of PBS’s Rudy Maxa’s World, Rudy Maxa
4:00 p.m. – Ohio. Find It Here. Sports, Space and Road Trips with TourismOhio
5:00 p.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions

Saturday, February 9

11:00 a.m. – On Stage Alaska with Holland America Line
12:00 p.m. – What’s New with Royal Caribbean
12:30 p.m. – Packing Tips and Luggage Picks with AAA Travel Experts
1:00 p.m. – Animal friends from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
2:00 p.m. – Eivin and Eve Kilcher, co-stars of Alaska: The Last Frontier
3:00 p.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions
4:00 p.m. – Irish Step Dancing with Irwin Academy of Irish Dance
5:00 p.m. – Music of Appalachia with The Wayfarers, courtesy of Ohio’s Appalachian Country

Sunday, February 10

12:00 p.m. – Alaska Myth Busting: Uncovering the Truth of an Alaskan Vacation
1:00 p.m. – Eivin and Eve Kilcher, co-stars of Alaska: The Last Frontier
2:00 p.m. – Italy: Handcrafted For You by Trafalgar
3:00 p.m. – Dream Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean with Travel Impressions

Destination Showcase Theatre

2019 Destination Showcase Theatre

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.

Friday, February 8

1:30 p.m.       Come Seek Your Next Cruise Vacation with Royal Caribbean
2:30 p.m.       Bound for Incredible with Rocky Mountaineer
3:30 p.m.       Adventures in Group Travel with AAA Travel

Saturday, February 9

11:30 a.m.     Discover The Viking Difference
12:30 p.m.    Sail Beyond Borders with Celebrity Cruises
1:30 p.m.       Travel the Real Ireland with Brendan Vacations and Trafalgar
3:30 p.m.       National Parks by Rail with Amtrak Vacations
4:30 p.m.       Israel: Beyond Belief with Israel Ministry of Tourism