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Top Texas Trade Shows

People aren’t exaggerating when they say everything’s bigger in Texas. The food, the hats, the personalities, and the events! People in Texas know how to gather, and we want you to gather with them. If you’re a trade show junkie, you’ve most likely made your way to Texas for an event or two. The state holds hundreds of massive and popular events every year. Here is a list of some of the top ones that you won’t want to miss in 2018:


  1. Franchise Expo South – IFA

Dates: January 18-20, 2018

Whether you’re the owner of a thriving franchise, or you dream of starting one, this conference is for you. You can learn from leading experts in the franchise industry through educational programs with expansive topics. Join thousands of entrepreneurs for this informative weekend.



  1. The Golf Industry Show

Dates: February 3-8, 2018

Thousands of people attend the annual Golf Industry Show in order to learn about upcoming trends and leading products in golfing facility maintenance, turf, and more. They offer free educational seminars, interactive demos, and showcases! If you own a golf course or are simply an avid golfer, you won’t want to miss this show.



  1. NAPE Summit

Dates: February 5-9, 2018

As the largest event of its kind, the NAPE Summit focuses on connecting people in the upstream oil and gas industry.



  1. TCEA Convention and Exhibition

Dates: Feb 5-9, 2018

The 2018 TCEA Convention & Exposition brings thousands of educators together with the knowledge and resources they need to transform the future of teaching and learning. Campus and district-level administrators, curriculum and technology leaders, teachers, librarians, and champions of ed tech will all discover innovative ways to engage students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity. TCEA’s 38th annual convention will showcase 1,000+ informative sessions and hands-on workshops for educators to learn best practices for integrating technology into their schools, classrooms, and libraries.




  1. Texas Music Educators Association Clinic

Dates: February 14-18, 2018

This annual convention is, by far, the largest of its kind. With over 30,000 attendees spanning from kindergarten to college aged music educations, there is ample opportunity to network and learn together. They offer over 300 workshops, over 100 performances by the state’s finest musicians, and space for over 1,300 booths for industry leaders that you can learn from.



  1. CAMEX

Dates: March 2-6, 2018.

CAMEX is Campus Retailing’s Largest Educational Conference and Buying Expo! For 95 years, NACS has brought campus store professionals and vendors together to meet the needs of students, alumni, parents, and the campus community. CAMEX is now ranked as one of the top 250 trade shows in the nation.




  1. The SXSW Trade Show

Dates: March 13, 2018

South By Southwest hosts a nine-day festival and trade show annually. During the trade show, they aim to promote education, discovery, and inspiration through leaders in the film industry, design, food, journalism, and much more. The festival includes interactive arts, film, comedy, and music. Although the nine-day calendar, 9th-18th, is packed full of events, you can also join in for just the trade show on March 13th.



  1. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

Dates: April 30-May 3, 2018.

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals from more than 120 countries meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.



  1. TRA Marketplace – Texas Restaurant Association

Dates: July 15-16, 2018

The restaurant business is ever-changing and you never know where you’ll find the next big idea. Whether you are a veteran or a novice in this industry, you will be motivated and inspired by the big ideas at the Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace – the place to do business and become a better restaurateur. We’ve got cutting edge technology, innovations to help you manage your business, ways to leverage the latest trends to grow customers, great deals on products and services and more!



  1. THSCA Convention & Coaching School – Texas High School Coaches Association

Dates: July 22-25, 2018

The THSCA Convention & Coaching School is the most comprehensive athletics conference in the state of Texas. This four-day annual conference offers a wide range of education sessions on both male and female sports, athletic administration, as well as health and safety topics, multiple networking opportunities, rules meetings, an on-site job room, an awards luncheon, and an astounding array of exhibits. On average the THSCA Convention draws an attendance of over 12,000 coaches, athletic directors, exhibitors and fans of athletics.



  1. Fire-Rescue International

Dates: Aug 8-11, 2018.

FRI, the annual conference, and expo of the IAFC has provided senior-level leadership training to fire chiefs for 140 years. As an organization, the IAFC represents the world’s leading experts in the first responder community. The IAFC’s commitment to excellence is seen throughout FRI—from the classroom to the expo, the IAFC delivers when it comes to quality and value.



  1. 2018 Nursery/Landscape EXPO

Dates: Aug 16-18, 2018.

Discover the latest nursery and landscape products. Gain a new perspective while meeting face-to-face with industry experts and share new ideas. Over 80% of last year’s attendees were mid to upper-level managers playing a major role in company purchases and are serious buyers, motivated by the opportunity to search out new products and compare values.



  1. NSC Congress & Expo – National Safety Council

Dates: Oct 20-26, 2018

NSC Congress & Expo offers a dynamic Expo floor; with company sizes ranging from small to midsize as well as large and multi-national organizations.

Meet decision makers with the purchasing power of the following products:

  • General Safety
  • Personal Protection
  • Fall Protection
  • Occupational Health, Hazard Control & Ergonomics
  • Emergency Response, Environmental Protection,
  • Risk Management





About the Author

Craig is the President of Skyline Displays of Houston. Since acquiring Skyline Displays of Houston in June, 2000, Craig has led the Company to become one of the leading full-service exhibit houses in Houston. The world-class 60,000 square foot facility was recently recognized as the top Skyline facility in the world, and Skyline Houston is now one of the top three Skyline Dealers globally. For more information on trade show displays, trade show booths, and trade show exhibits in Houston, please visit

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