2024 Pacific Bonsai Expo updates

Now we have numerous information to share about this yr’s occasion! I’ll present the highlights under and can observe up with extra detailed data over the approaching months.

First up, we’ll be internet hosting the occasion at a…

New Venue!

For the 2024 Pacific Bonsai Expo we’ll be shifting the occasion to a brand new venue: the Henry J. Kaiser Middle for the Arts in Oakland, California.

The venue is positioned subsequent door to the Oakland Museum on the shores of Lake Merritt, simply throughout the lake from the Bonsai Backyard at Lake Merritt.

The board determined to make to maneuver to fulfill the neighborhood’s need for an expanded occasion. We’re at present engaged on easy methods to finest make the most of the extra area and can share particulars after they’re obtainable.

Japanese maple

Japanese maple by Andrew Robson
Picture courtesy Julian Tsai


The venue has restricted parking on web site. The present plan is to promote parking passes forward of time so you possibly can plan your journey accordingly.

There’s further parking subsequent door on the Oakland Museum, and the venue is positioned one block away from the Lake Merritt BART station. We strongly encourage carpooling and utilizing trip share companies when doable.

Most popular Lodge

The official lodge for the occasion would be the identical as final time, the Hilton Home Emeryville. To high quality for the group fee, which incorporates discounted parking, reserve your room on-line with this hyperlink or name (510) 601-5880 and use group code “G-PBSE”.

New Distributors

We’re comfortable to announce that we’ve got further area for distributors within the new venue! In case you are involved in changing into a vendor, ship me a word indicating your curiosity in merchandising and the variety of 6′ tables you’d like to order.

We plan to make the ultimate willpower of which distributors will be capable to take part in March. Though this yr’s vendor space is bigger, we anticipate we might not be capable to accommodate all requests as a consequence of area limitations. Our choice standards, because it was final yr, can be to pick out distributors that present guests with a mixture of timber, containers, and provides that help the goals of the Expo: to create, to look after, and to show lovely bonsai.

Name for Submissions

In case you are planning to submit a number of of your timber for consideration, the submission interval will run from February 1st via April thirtieth. The members of the jury (extra on that quickly!) will decide which timber can be accepted for show on the exhibit.

It’s free to submit, so we encourage everybody who desires to take part to start getting ready their submissions. A number of modifications from final yr:

  • There can be new judging classes (particulars coming quickly)
  • Exhibitors are restricted to exhibiting not more than three entries
  • In case your tree appeared within the first Expo, it’s ineligible for show till the third Expo in 2026. Award profitable timber can be eligible for show on the fourth Expo in 2028.

We’ll have much more details about getting ready submissions within the coming weeks so keep tuned!

Ticket Gross sales

We’re nonetheless working behind the scenes on the main points and can announce a date for ticket gross sales within the coming months so be looking out for extra particulars right here, on the Expo web site, or on Instagram/Fb. Within the meantime, you possibly can…

Save the Date

The second Pacific Bonsai Expo can be held on October 26-27, 2024. Setup can be on Thursday the twenty fourth and Friday the twenty fifth. We hope to see you there!

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