Special Events

Complimentary Coffee in the Overlook Cafe (each morning starting at 9am)

Fuel up for a busy day of buying with a complimentary cup of coffee. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet up with associates and get your day off to a great start.  Sponsored by Southern Jewelry News.

$5 Buyer Lunch Buffet (Marketplace Cafe)
Market Place Café (12:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

Enjoy a quick lunch at a special discounted buyer price without leaving the show floor! Simply present your buyer badge at the Market Place Café entrance to qualify.



Renaissance Waverly Hotel Lobby
Friday-Sunday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us nightly for the most popular afterhours gatherings that have quickly evolved into must-attend events. Known as the place to make real connections, attendees simply stroll over at the end of each day to gather together for music, drinks and great conversations with good friends and business associates.

Saturday Night Entertainment

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Jazz Piano Performance. In addition to performances with Houston Person, Les McCann and his own trio, among others, Alterman has performed at many world renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. Alterman has also opened for Dick Gregory, Norah Jones, John Pizzarelli and Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind & Fire), among others. Only 29 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2017’s “Comin’ Home To You”. He was profiled three times by iconic journalist Nat Hentoff and was the subject of Hentoff’s very last piece on music in March 2016. Dick Cavett has referred to Alterman as “one fine, first class entertainer” and Ramsey Lewis has called Alterman “an inspiration to me” and his piano playing “something to behold”.


Sunday Night Entertainment

This year we’re very excited to have American artist Michael Zaib headline with his four-piece band at the Renaissance Waverly. A former contestant on Season 14 of NBC’s The Voice Michael is a Georgia native with a silky smooth voice that embodies the sounds of Otis Redding and Chris Stapleton with the storytelling of John Denver. Louisiana-born and Georgia-raised Michael brings soul, country, R&B and folk sounds into his originals and his diverse catalogue of popular covers. Michael tours regularly across Georgia, the Carolinas, DC, New York, Los Angeles and most recently to Australia. In June 2018 he released his new self-titled album “Michael Zaib,” which is available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Play and more. This year he will be recording his next album with John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band. Be sure to check him out on Sunday, August 5th! 




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