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AQS QuiltWeek - Grand Rapids



AQS QuiltWeek - Grand Rapids

Wednesday, August 20 through Saturday, August 23, 2014

DeVos Place Convention Center

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids is pulling out all the stops to assure an incredible experience!

Grand Rapids is the perfect place to experience an AQS QuiltWeek 2014!

Conveniently located at the intersection of I-96 and US 131, Grand Rapids is an easy drive from all major cities in the Midwest. DeVos Place and the official AQS hotels are all located within blocks of the expressways and parking is convenient and affordable. DeVos Place has 700 parking spaces in the building that are an elevator ride from the Quilt Show.


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AQS has negotiated reduced room rates at these hotels for those attending the AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids. Rooms are still available in the official AQS hotels.

Book now to stay with your friends and fellow quilters!

Amway Grand Hotel (headquarters hotel connected to the DeVos Place Convention Center); $114 plus taxes


JW Marriott (indoor walkway access to DeVos Place Convention Center); $114 plus taxes


Courtyard by Marriott Downtown (indoor walkway access to DeVos Place Convention Center) $114 plus taxes

Parking at these hotels is $8.00 per night for registered guests.

Make your hotel reservations today with the above hotels by clicking here
Holiday Inn Hotel    

Holiday Inn  Grand Rapids Downtown; $112 plus taxes and includes free parking. Click here to make your reservation.



Camper Clip Art


Camping in or near Grand Rapids lets you take advantage of our awesome natural wonders and still enjoy easy access to our "big-city" amenities.

PDF of camping locations

 Michigan Map    

Getting to Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is easy to get to by plane, train and automobile. 

Amtrak provides daily rail service between Chicago and Grand Rapids.

We're situated at the junction of two major expressways, within a day's drive of half the U.S. population.  Click here for drive times.

Air travel to Grand Rapids is easy through Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR). Five airlines including Southwest Air provide non-stop service to many non-stop destinations.

Here is a list of airlines that service Grand Rapids.

Parking Structure    

Quilt Show Parking

Ample parking is available in downtown Grand Rapids for Quilt Show attendees.

Parking facilities and rates PDF

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DeVos Place Convention Center

The AQS Quilt Show & Contest will be held at the DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids. This magnificent facility is pillar free giving AQS a wide open space to display hundreds of quilts and our merchant mall. The public is welcome to attend this show of fiber art at the DeVos Place Convention Center and provides ample parking underneath DeVos Place as well a just across the street.

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Eats Greenwell outside dining



Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is in full swing during AQS! More than 30 downtown restaurants are offering creative three-course meals for just $28 and some are offering two complete meals for $28. It's a great way to sample the fresh, farm-to-table cuisine that has made Grand Rapids a culinary destination. There are dozens of eateries within walking distance of downtown hotels and hundreds throughout the city - something for every taste and budget!

View all of the Restaurant Week Menus--INFO TO COME

Click here for a PDF map of downtown restaurants near the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place.

Or, click on the Restaurants Link at left for a complete list of Grand Rapids restaurant information. 

 Quilt Competition    

Special Quilt Show Events

2014 Young Textile Art Challenge is a juried and displayed challenge that is open to all textile artists and art students, 18-30 years of age as of June 6, 2014. The Challenge will be on display at AQS QuiltWeek.

Click here for details.


The Quilt of Belonging consists of 263 11-inch fabric squares, 70 representing all Aboriginal groups, 193 featuring all immigrant nationalities in Canada and the Canadian block. The Quilt project was a collaborative effort which took over six years to complete and involved hundreds of volunteers from across the country. We are thrilled that this will be shown at the AQS show in Grand Rapids this year.

Click here to learn more.


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Ford Museum

Family Art Museum

Family - Running at Gardens


Grand Rapids Attractions


Grand Rapids Public Museum--The Museum will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Tuesday; and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday during AQS. They will offer a collection of approximately 10 quilts that will be available for White Glove viewing. This bonus will be complimentary with paid admission. White Glove Viewing will be available from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily; and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday night.

Gerald R Ford Museum allows you to experience America's most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White House State Dinner, step inside the Oval Office and see the original Watergate burglar tools. Visitors can also see President Ford's and First Lady, Betty Ford's burial site. The museum will be celebrating Gerald Ford's 100th Birthday.

Grand Rapids Art Museum will be featuring The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter.  Susana was an African-American woman who made quilts in Wilcox County, Alabama. Created from the 1930s to the 1970s, Hunters' colorful quilts reflect her life in that rural community. Using her innate flair for abstract design, she pieced together and quilted hundreds of colorful improvisational quilts throughout her lifetime.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park  is a 132-acre attraction featuring the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest, indoor and outdoor gardens, largest tropical conservatory in the state, guided tram tour and café. 





From mega malls to independent boutiques, Grand Rapids is a treasure-hunter's paradise. Unique art galleries and specialty shops are found throughout downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Click the Shopping link at left to see what's in store for you.

Fabric & Supply Stores

Looking for something new and different? Need supplies after show hours? You'll find it all in Grand Rapids:
Field's Fabrics - local retailer offers 7 stores open until 9 pm.
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores - 2 area locations open until 9 pm.
Michael's - 3 area stores open until 9 pm.
Hobby Lobby - 3 area stores open until 8 pm.

View all of the quilter friendly fabric and supply stores.









Daytime Diversions


Are you traveling with a spouse and/or children? Grand Rapids offers plenty to keep them occupied while you're at the show. Here are just a few suggestions:

Golf. There are dozens of excellent courses within 30 mins. of downtown - including The Mines, just 3 miles away!

John Ball Zoo. Practically right next door to The Mines golf course, the Zoo includes a new tram ride to a treetop view of the city, a zipline, sky trail ropes course and more than 1,100 animals.

Millennium Park. One of the nation's largest urban parks includes a swimming lake with sandy beach and nearly 20 miles of biking and hiking trails.

West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball. This Detroit Tiger affiliate plays at nearby Fifth Third Ballpark.

Craig's Cruisers. Kiddie karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, laser tag and more.

Beer Tours. Grand Rapids is Beer City USA - downtown alone boasts 4 craft breweries including the World's 2nd Best Brewery (Founders Brewing Co.) and 3rd Best Beer Bar (Hopcat). Many more excellent craft breweries are close by!  Click on Beer Tours for the tour!

Click here for a complete list of events happening during your time in Grand Rapids.

2014 Visitor Guide Cover

Learn more about Grand Rapids before you attend the conference by clicking on one of the following links.

Digital Visitor Guide

Request a printed copy of our Visitor Guide