Based on the 2018 Top 250 US Trade Shows by Trade Show News Network, 2019-2020 will be a big year for trade shows. There are several you’ll want to keep your eye out for. We have highlighted four different trade show categories and a few upcoming shows in each category.
November 5-8,2019 | Las Vegas, Nevada
SEMA Show (also known as Specialty Equipment Market Association) was rated #7 in 2018 with 161,938 attendees. It is the “premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world”. There are many reasons to attend this show, including the opportunity for educational seminars, special events, and product demonstrations
August 22-24,2019 | Dallas, TX
Coming in at #131 on the list, The Great American Trucking Show brought in 54,020 attendees in 2018. If you’re a professional in the trucking industry, this is the show for you. More than 500 exhibitors come together at this interactive show to represent all the components of the truck industry from trucks to trailers to engines to component & parts manufacturers and much more.
May 13-15, 2019 | Nashville, TN
Ranked at #116 with 8,788 attendees in 2018, The Car Wash Show prides itself with the tagline “A Good Story Starts with a Clean Car”. Over 8,000 attendees attend and visit the 350+ exhibits. They will learn about the car wash industry by seeing the new innovations and attending industry educational sessions.
If you’re interested in checking out more shows in the transportation category, check out the American International Motorcycle, IBEX: The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, The Work Truck Show, and Aviation Week Network’s MRO Americas Conference & Exhibition.
ENTERTAINMENT & HOBBIES
January 16-19, 2020 | Anaheim, CA
The National Association of Music Merchants was ranked #23 and brought in 115,085 attendees in 2018. Over 2,000 exhibitors came together to represent 7,000 brands in the music industry. NAMM brings together the music making community to learn about the new innovations in music, recording technology, and new event sound, stage & lighting products.
April 16-19, 2020 | Nashville, TN
The NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits was ranked #63 last year and attracted 87,154 attendees. Known for 15 acres of exhibits highlighting top-notch products in the shooting sports industry, as well as hunting, firearms, and outfitter exhibits. To make it even more fun, A-list celebrities perform for the attendees.
October 15-17, 2019 | Las Vegas, Nevada
Coming in at #61 last year, 16,900 attendees visited the Global Gaming Expo. This trade show brings together over 27,000 gaming industry professionals in a fun and interactive setting. This gives attendees the opportunity to experience the new games and technologies offered for your casino from new slot machines to table games to sports betting and even food and beverage.
BEAUTY, CANNABIS & HEALTH
December 11-13, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV
Ranked #110 last year, MJBizCon attracts 20,816 attendees. When you attend MJBizCon, you’re experiencing more than the best B2B cannabis conference. All the best cannabis business resources are at your disposal. With 14,000 attendees and over 650 exhibitors expected, this is a must-attend show for wholesale growers, dispensaries, recreational retailers, infused-product makers, investors, and ancillary companies ranging from grow technology to legal services.
April 18-20, 2020 | Chicago, IL
Ranked #99 with 77,193 attendees last year, America’s Beauty Show brings together over 90,000 salon professionals, students, educators, manufacturers, distributors and more. Anyone from cosmetologists, nail technicians, and hair stylists and colorists come to Chicago from all over the world to learn about new products and innovations, and then they take that inspiration back to their clients.
September 18-21, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV
Vision Expo West attracted 12,721 attendees and came in #114 last year. This is the place for Ophthalmology professionals to gather and visit exhibits for eye care and eyewear. Over 700 exhibitors, as well as 15,000+ eyecare professionals, buyers, and influencers, come together to learn about new trends and technologies in the eyecare and eyewear industries.
Trade Shows specializing in the Cannabis industry are on the rise this year, so if you want to learn about more shows in this industry, check out the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, CANNAFARM CON, and RAD Expo.
HOME & MORE
March 18-20, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV
International Security Conference West was ranked #58 last year with 20,612 attendees. This conference is the epitome of the security industry, bringing together 30,000 security professionals. In terms of home security, there are innovative solutions for access control, alarms and monitoring, communications systems, smart home technology, outdoor perimeter protection, video surveillance, and much more. Beyond home security, this trade show includes drone & robotic innovations and public safety.
February 4-6, 2020 | Dallas, TX
Bringing in 10,076 attendees and ranked #125 last year, the International Roofing Expo is 152,000 square feet showcase of over 450 companies representing the roofing construction and maintenance industry. Attendees will include residential and commercial contractors, remodelers, architects, distributors, estimators, engineers, builders, and more.
November 5-7, 2019 | New Orleans, LA
Ranked #129, the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo is attracting 10,082 professionals. It has everything you could need for pool, spa, and outdoor living. Attendees include residential and commercial builders, spa dealers, retailers for outdoor living, buying agents, and many more.
Trade shows are an opportunity to bring together industry professionals in an interactive, personable, and experiential setting to learn about new innovations, attend educational sessions, and expand your professional network. If you want to learn about more trade shows to keep your eye out for in 2019-2020, check out 2018 Top 250 US Trade Shows.
By: Jenn Hempel –