About Us

Carolina Aquatic Expo (CAE) was founded with the goal of showcasing the aquarium hobby to the public. One of the most amazing things about the aquarium hobby is the endless possibilities for every aquarium. There are so many interesting species and pieces of decor that can be used to fill up those glass boxes, and our goal is to bring together as many of those pieces as possible.

Carolina Aquatic Expo is designed to showcase livestock that is not normally found in your average pet store. Big box chain stores do not have the facilities to keep a wide variety of livestock, and therefore many people are unaware of the abundance of options that are out there. Our goal is to bring as many of those options to the Expo as we can so that attendees can see, and buy, things that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

Carolina Aquatic Expo goes to great lengths to bring in quality vendors, and we hope that this attention does not go unnoticed. With over 50 vendors and a wealth of experience, CAE is loaded with knowledgeable hobbyists and professionals.

For the last three years, Carolina Aquatic Expo has laid the foundation for the future of the aquarium hobby in the Carolinas. As the largest aquarium show in the Carolinas, CAE will continue to be an ambassador for the hobby and to all hobbyists

The Venue - The River Place Sound Stage

CAE 2022 will take place at The River Place in Fort Mill, SC.

8400 Regent Pkwy
Fort Mill, SC 29715

This venue was chosen for its open, 20,000+ square foot, floor plan. With high ceilings and a sprawling, open floor plan, The River Place is just a roof and some walls away from being an outdoor venue.

Just 10 minutes off of I-485 and I-77, CAE will be easily accessible for travelers from any destination! Our handicap accessible venue caters to guests from any background!


Carolina Aquatic Expo has partnered with Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne in order to provide luxury lodging to CAE attendees! 

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The Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne features modern urban-inspired loft rooms with the technology you need to stay in the know during your visit. They offer upscale amenities such as a heated indoor pool and 24 hour fitness center with Peloton bike. You will love mixing and mingling in the W XYZ lounge which offers specialty cocktails, a complimentary pool table, and open spaces suitable for social distancing including our backyard patio area.

Their LEED-certified hotel is also environmentally friendly with card-accessed efficient lighting in rooms and electric car charging stations. Their #1 in the Aloft brand service team will make you feel right at home. The Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne has your safety in mind and is committed to the sanitization standards of Marriott’s Commitment to Clean.


No event is complete without food! This spring’s food vendor is B Cooks!

Bryan and his amazing team have been featured on several news channels as one of Charlotte’s rising stars in the food truck industry. You won’t want to miss out on trying his famous American cuisine!

Check out his websites and support local businesses!


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