Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Paducah Quilt Show Dates!
Plan now to attend the Annual AQS QuiltWeek™ in Paducah, Kentucky, April 20-23, 2016! AQS will host two annual QuiltWeek® events in Paducah starting in 2017. Plan now to attend the longstanding Spring AQS QuiltWeek – Paducah, April 26–29, 2017 and the new Fall AQS QuiltWeek – Paducah, September 13–16, 2017.

AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah Show Hours (2016)
Wednesday–Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM
Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM

Advance Admission (2016)
AQS Member: $10.08 Daily; 2-day $18; $23 Multi-day
Non-Member: $12.60 Daily; 2-day $23; $32 Multi-day

At the Door Admission (2016)

AQS Member: $11 Daily, 2-day $20, $25 Multi-day
Non-Member: $14 Daily, 2-day $25, $35 Multi-day
One Show Book is included with admission.

Quilt Exhibits

See more than 400 AQS contest quilts vying for more than $120,000 in cash awards including the $20,000 Janome Best of Show.

  • Large quilts—Paducah Expo Center
  • Wall quilts—Carroll Convention Center (second floor)
  • Special quilt exhibits—Convention Center (first & second floors) and Pavillion

AQS School of Quiltmaking
Workshops and lectures with some of the best instructors in the world! Advance registration recommended. 270.898.7903.

Merchant Malls
A quilter’s shopping paradise! All open during show hours.

  • Paducah Expo Center
  • 1st and 2nd floors of the Carroll Convention Center
  • Paducah Pavillion
  • AQS Vendors on Kentucky, 200 Kentucky Ave. Also open, Tues., 10 AM–6 PM.

Don't miss quilt-related community and AQS-sanctioned events throughout the city.

  • The National Quilt Museum
  • Rotary Antique Quilt Show & Vendor Mall at Cherry Civic Center
  • Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center
  • Quilt in a Day Fabric Fair, Store, and Warehouse 
  • Merryman House Paducky Derby

Carson Center Shuttle
Buses begin route from the AQS Bus Stop (next to the Carroll Convention Center) to the Carson Center 45 minutes prior to the start of each event and return to the AQS Bus Stop at the conclusion of the event.


Dining at the Show
Food vendors provide a variety of dining options and a tent with seating in the parking lot across from the Carroll Convention Center from 10 AM–5 PM. More choices in the Carroll Convention Center Atrium and at the concession stand in the hallway of the Paducah Expo Center.

Getting Around Town
Free bus service is provided by participating hotels, attractions, Paducah Visitors Bureau, and Anchor Tours. Bus routes and authorized stops are published in the AQS Show Book. Free Downtown and LowerTown trolley rides provide access to The National Quilt Museum, AQS Vendors on Kentucky, and the AQS Bus Stop.

Emergency Medical Services
For first aid or emergency medical services, visit the booths in the Pavillion and the Expo Center.

AQS Photography Policy
Photographs taken at AQS QuiltWeek® are for your own personal use, and for sharing with your friends and family who could not attend. Please include the name(s) of the maker(s) with any quilt image you post online; take a photo of the quilt tag so you will have this information. Photos of quilts may not be posted to any website where the images can be used to produce T-shirts, mugs, and other products. No videos or commercial photography are permitted at the show; media or writers may pick up a press pass at the AQS Information Center inside the exhibit hall at the Paducah McCracken County Convention and Expo Center.


  • Paducah Expo Center lot (enter at the stoplight at Executive Blvd. and 4th Street)
  • City lot, Jefferson St. and 2nd St. (in front of the floodwall)
  • Park and Ride. Park at Carson Park (Joe Clifton Dr./28th & Madison Sts.) and ride the Express Shuttle Bus to and from the AQS Bus Stop and Carson Park.
  • Parking Locations, Transportation Routes, and Shuttles to Hotels & Attractions

Quilt Appraisals
AQS Certified Quilt Appraisers will appraise new and antique quilts in booth 3618 (Carroll Convention Center, 2nd floor). Walk-in appraisals: Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 9 AM–4 PM and Sat., 9 AM–3 PM. $50 fee per quilt.

Time & Weather
Paducah follows Central Daylight Time. The average temperature in April is 48–68 F. Dress is casual. Bring a sweater or light wrap for evenings and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Wheelchair Rental
Rental wheelchairs are available at the Marilyn’s Medical Freedom booth in the Expo Center hallway. Call to make a reservation if you need a wheelchair for the entire show. 270.534.9713