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The 2019-2020 Trade Show Watchlist: Upcoming Trade Shows Exceeding Expectations


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

The Great American Trucking Show
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.

The Car Wash Show
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 are expected to attend and visit the 350+ exhibits to learn more 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.

NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits
April 16-19, 2020 | Nashville, TN
The NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits was ranked #63 last year and attracted 87,154 attendees. This show is 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 are often brought in to perform for the attendees.

G2E (Global Gaming Expo)
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.

If you’re interested in checking out other trade shows in the Entertainment & Hobbies category, check out the Baseball Trade Show, SHOT Show and Toy Fair New York.

Beauty, Cannabis & Health

December 11-13, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV
With 20,816 attendees, MJBizCon was ranked #110 last year. 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.

America’s Beauty Show
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.

Vision Expo West
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 eyecare 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

ISC West
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.

International Roofing Expo
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.

International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
November 5-7, 2019 | New Orleans, LA
The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo was ranked #129 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.

If you’re interested in more trade shows in the Home & More category, check out the National Apartment Association and Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo.

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.

About the Author

Jenn Hempel graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her love for events led her to Polaris Industries following graduation where she was the Event Coordinator for the motorcycle division. She helped plan and prepare events both small and large from team building meetings at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. She is currently blogging for Deluxe Corporation and is excited to bring her passion for content creation and events to the Skyline blog.

2 responses to “The 2019-2020 Trade Show Watchlist: Upcoming Trade Shows Exceeding Expectations

  1. Hi Jenn – I was wondering if you know of any Trade shows coming up regarding Event Planning start-ups in Florida during the end of 2019 and into 2020? Thanks. Have a great day. Nanci

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