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Welcome to Madison, Wis., a fun and friendly city located among beautiful lakes and parks. Home to the state capital, University of Wisconsin-Madison and many unique attractions, Madison is pleased to host the annual Quilt Expo event, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions. For more information on Madison’s hospitality, please contact the following helpful resources:

Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau
800-373-6376 or 608-255-2537


Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
608-256-8348

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way) is located on the southern edge of Madison, just off Hwy. 12 & 18 (Beltline), on John Nolen Dr. between Olin Ave. and Rimrock Rd. From the Beltline, the big white dome roof of the Coliseum building is easy to recognize.

From the north on I-90/94: Where I-90 and I-94 split, stay on I-90 to Chicago and Janesville – not I-94 to Milwaukee. After four miles, take exit #142A onto Hwy. 12/18 (Beltline) west to Madison. After five miles, the white dome roof of the Coliseum building is visible on the right. Take the John Nolen Dr. exit (#263).

From the south on I-90: Exit #142A onto Hwy. 12/18; proceed as above.

From the east on I-94: At Madison, take I-90 to Janesville and Chicago; then proceed as above.

From the west: Take Hwy. 12/18 (Beltline) going east. Exit at Rimrock Rd. (#262).

GROUP BUS TOURS

Plan an exciting getaway to Quilt Expo for your group. Autumn in Madison is the perfect time to visit. The friendly city, located among beautiful lakes and parks, offers unparalleled shopping, dining and recreational opportunities, and an ideal destination for quilting enthusiasts.

Group Admission Rates
Group admission rates are available for groups of 20 or more if tickets are purchased in advance (by Aug. 24). Admission includes entrance to the quilt exhibits, stage presentations and vendor mall.

  • One-day ticket: $7 in advance, $10 at door
  • Two-day ticket: $12 in advance, $15 at door
  • Three-day ticket: $15 in advance, $18 at door

Lectures, workshops and evening events must be purchased separately. Advance registration is recommended.

Bus Parking
Bus parking is $21 per day, payable at the entry gate. Your bus may come and go from the Alliant Energy Center parking lot throughout the day.

Group Tour Contact
To purchase advance admission tickets for your group, please contact Mary Alice Van Gemert at 608-265-5037 or maryalice.vangemert@wpt.org. Please indicate the day(s) you will be attending, and the name and location of your group. Advance group tickets must be purchased by Aug. 24. Return any unsold tickets by Sept. 30 for a refund. We are unable to process refunds during Quilt Expo.

Food Options
A variety of food options will be available for your group during Quilt Expo. Concessions are located in the lobby, exhibition hall and atrium. Options include salads, soup, sandwiches, pizza, coffee, yogurt, ice cream and pastries. If you would like to order boxed lunches for your group, please contact Centerplate Catering at 608-661-0525. The Alliant Energy Center maintains a strict policy that no outside food can be brought into the show.

HOTEL BLOCK INFORMATION

To receive special Quilt Expo rates, you must book through the online housing system. Reservations WILL NOT be accepted directly through the hotels. To make a reservation, please click on the link below:

2018 QUILT EXPO HOTEL BLOCK.

Please note: Once you have completed your reservation, you should receive an acknowledgment email immediately. However, it may take up to 72 hours for the hotel to process your reservation and assign a confirmation number. Once that occurs, you will receive a confirmation email containing your confirmation number(s) via the Madison Housing Bureau (services@visitmadison.com).

Looking to modify or cancel your existing reservation?

  • Please do not contact the hotel directly unless it is within 72 hours of your arrival.
  • To cancel or modify an existing reservation, please refer to the “Request for Change” link provided at the bottom of your confirmation e-mail. If you need your confirmation resent, please email services@visitmadison.com.

If you have a question about the Quilt Expo hotel block, please e-mail your questions to services@visitmadison.com.

Click here for more information about Madison.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS & SERVICES

Wheelchair rentals will be provided at the show by UW Health Home Care Services. The rental booth will be located in the front lobby of the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. For more details and to make a reservation, please call 888-663-7043. To ensure availability, please make a reservation by noon on Tuesday, September 4.

FOOD OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT QUILT EXPO

The Alliant Energy Center offers a variety of food options during Quilt Expo. Concessions are located in the Lobby, Exhibition Hall, and Atrium. Options include hot Bistro meals, salads, sandwiches, pizza, coffee, yogurt, and pastries. If you would like to order boxed lunches for a group, please contact Centerplate Catering at 608-661-0525. The Alliant Energy Center maintains a strict policy that no outside food can be brought into the show.