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There are hundreds, if not thousands of trade shows, conferences, and trade shows held all over the United States every year. Want to stay up on all the hottest ones? We got you covered with a list of the top 19 upcoming conventions in 2018.

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The International Builders’ Show

Date: January 9-11, 2018
City: Orlando, Florida
Venue: Orange County Convention Center, 9860 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819

About the Event: The International Builders’ Show is the largest light-construction building industry trade show in the United States. The event is organized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This year’s event has an exceptional experience planned with more than 140 speakers and more than 1,400 indoor and outdoor exhibits, along with networking events, demos, and so much more.
About the City: Orlando is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. When you’re not attending the show, you can visit Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Studios with the family, take in the Bok Tower Gardens, try Orlando’s exciting culinary scene, or take a ride on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, just to name a few.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Orlando

 

International Production & Processing Expo

Date: January 30 – February 1, 2018
City: Atlanta, Georgia
Venue: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313

About the Event: The International Production & Processing Expo is one of the country’s largest trade shows focusing on innovation and education regarding a range of cross-industry topics and interests. This year’s event is expected to welcome more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors from more than 129 countries.
About the City: Atlanta is one of the most vibrant and energetic cities in the country, so it is the perfect setting for the IPPE. The city has a rich history and one of the most dynamic cultures in the South. Food, culture, art, and shopping are all in excellent supply in Atlanta, with some of the top attractions including The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Underground Atlanta, Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the World of Coca-Cola, just to scratch the surface.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Atlanta

 

MAGIC Las Vegas

Date: February 12-18, 2018
City: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

About the Event: MAGIC Las Vegas is the largest fashion marketplace convention in the retail industry. It is held twice a year in Las Vegas, in February and August. This convention introduces attendees to the very latest in apparel, footwear, accessories, and garment manufacturing. MAGIC is the show that no one in the fashion industry wants to miss.
About the City: Where better to attend a fashion trade show than Las Vegas? The city offers an endless variety of things to do when you’re not at the show. You can take a Big Bus tour around Vegas, visit Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum or Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum. Or, you can try your luck at the world’s finest casinos. In Las Vegas, the world is your oyster.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Las Vegas

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SXSW Conference & Festivals

Date: March 9-18, 2018
City: Austin, Texas
Venue: Multiple, Downtown Austin, Austin, Texas 78768

About the Event: South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the most popular and largest conference and festival in the United States. This expo brings together the top entertainment names and undiscovered talents in the film, music, and interactive communities. It is also a great opportunity for creatives to network, and even spot many of their favorite celebrities!
About the City: As the capital of Texas, Austin provides one of the most eclectic music and arts scenes in the nation. Although SXSW has a plethora of exhibits and events to attend, the city also has many must-sees. Thrill-seekers can take Austin’s famous ghost and bat tour, visit Graffiti Park at Castle Hill, or hop on a segway to take a historic tour of downtown Austin. For craft beer lovers, there are many breweries to satisfy your palate. The entertainment is endless in Austin.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Austin

 

The Philadelphia Flower Show

Date: March 3-11, 2018
City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Venue: Philadelphia Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

About the Event: The Philadelphia Flower Show is one of the largest horticultural events in the country. It is also one of the oldest, dating back to 1829. Every year, more than 250,000 visitors attend the week-long event, which showcases the talent, passion, and creativity of America’s top floral and garden designers.
About the City: The Flower Show is a Philadelphia trademark, but it’s not the only historic thing you can see in the City of Brotherly Love. From the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy while you’re not at the Flower Show. Of course, no visit to Philly is complete without indulging in a cheesesteak and an authentic Philadelphia soft pretzel.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Philadelphia

 

Natural Products Expo West

Date: March 7-11, 2018
City: Anaheim, California
Venue: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92802

About the Event: The Natural Products Expo West is considered the world’s largest organic and natural products expo. Last year’s event was record-setting with more than 80,000 industry pioneers, innovators, and others interested in shaping the future of healthy products attending.
About the City: Anaheim sits near the center of California, so you’re pretty much close to everything here, from the beaches to the mountains. Both Disneyland and California Adventure are close by, and thanks to the convention center’s location, you’ll have your pick of some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Anaheim

 

International Home + Housewares Show

Date: March 10-13, 2018
City: Chicago, Illinois
Venue: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616

About the Event: The International Home + Housewares Show is hosted by the International Housewares Association (IHA) and it is one of the largest trade shows in the country. The event focuses on the ways art, engineering, and technology impact the home and housewares industry. It is where housewares manufacturers introduce their latest products and innovations, and attendees experience an array of keynote speeches, demos, and presentations.
About the City: Chicago in March can be a windy and cold affair, but there’s so much to see and experience that you’ll be glad to be out and about when you’re not at the show. From the views of the Hancock Observatory to the city’s famous comedy clubs and deep dish pizza joints, you’ll have no shortage of experiences to enjoy in Chicago.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Chicago


The Global Pet Expo

Date: March 21-23, 2018
City: Orlando, Florida
Venue: Orange County Convention Center, 9860 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819

About the Event: The Global Pet Expo is the largest annual trade show in the pet industry. The show is co-sponsored by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and its focus is on introducing the newest and most innovative pet products on the market at the moment.
About the City: When you’re not attending the expo, Orlando has plenty for you to experience. Orlando is known as the Theme Park Capital of the World, so why not extend your business trip here and enjoy a family vacation? Orlando also has indoor skydiving, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and so much more, not to mention some of the best restaurants in Florida.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Orlando

 

The Specialty Coffee Expo

Date: April 19-23, 2018
City: Seattle, Washington
Venue: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place Seattle, Washington 98101

About the Event: The Specialty Coffee Expo is hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association and it is the number one trade show for those who work in the coffee industry as well as those love everything to do with coffee. The event brings roasters, retailers, food and beverage professionals, and coffee enthusiasts together to network, share information, introduce new products and processes, and more. There are even coffee competitions. Cool beans!
About the City: Seattle, thanks to its coffee culture, is the perfect place for the Specialty Coffee Expo. But, during the time you’re not at the show, the city has an array of options to keep you entertained. Some of the most popular attractions among attendees include the Space Needle, Seattle Underground Tours, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and the Museum of Pop Culture, just to mention a few.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Seattle

 

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)

Date: June 6-8, 2018
City: Los Angeles, California
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, California 90015

About the Event: The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is the annual trade show exposition for the computer and video games industry. The show is sponsored by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Last year the show welcomed more than 68,000 attendees looking to learn all about the latest in video gaming and innovative new technologies emerging in the industry.
About the City: Los Angeles is the ideal city to host a show like E3 because right across the street from the convention center is the Staples Center, home of the LA Lakers, Clippers, and Kings. This means you can take in a NBA playoff game or a concert during your time away from the show. Or, you can visit Universal Studios, the iconic Hollywood sign, or you can go whale watching, study LA’s art deco architecture, or try the hottest new dining spot.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Los Angeles

 

International Operating Conference & Trade Show (ILTA)

Date: June 11-13, 2018
City: Houston, Texas
Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010

About the Event: The International Operating Conference & Trade Show, is an annual symposium and trade show that brings together thousands of professionals in the liquid terminal industry from all over the world. The show is sponsored by the International Liquid Terminal Association (ILTA). Last year the show was attended by over 4,250 terminal professionals from over 340 companies and hosted 70 key speakers sharing best practices, tips, techniques, and educational information for terminal operators.
About the City: Houston is one of the largest metro areas in Texas and, of course, famous for the NASA Space Center. It is also home to the Houston Texans, Rockets, and MLB World Champions, Houston Astros, which means once you’re done with the expo for the day, you can kick back and catch a ball game. If you’re looking for something more low key, try taking a stroll in the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, or kick up some dirt at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Although a big city, Houston doesn’t feel like a typical hustle-and-bustle city, so you’ll be able to see many attractions at your own peaceful pace.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Houston

 
SEMICon West

Date: July 10-13, 2018
City: San Francisco, California
Venue: Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, California 94103

About the Event: SEMICon West is the largest North American convention in the semiconductor industry. Every year, it connects professionals from the system integration, manufacturing, demand channels, hybrid electronics industries, and so many more.
About the City: Although it’s famously known for its year-long fog, San Francisco is also well-known for many tourist attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Visiting the Bay Area means you’re not far from picturesque Napa Valley, a.k.a. wine country! You can also take in a lot of nature with Yosemite National Park nearby or taking a drive through the Muir Woods with its Giant Redwoods. The best way to catch a glimpse of this hilly city? Hop on the San Francisco trolley.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in San Francisco


Comic-Con International

Date: July 19-22, 2018
City: San Diego, California
Venue: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101

About the Event: Comic-Con is held every year in July in the city of San Diego. From its humble beginnings as a small comic book convention for roughly 100 fans in 1990, Comic-Con has grown to become the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world, attracting more than 160,000 passionate fans yearly!
About the City: San Diego in July is just splendid. It has the perfect weather for surfing or sunbathing, two of the city’s most popular pastimes. Meanwhile, the city’s historic Gas Lamp Quarter is where you’ll want to go for the hottest dining and entertainment. Other points of interest include Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, the Maritime Museum, and the USS Midway Museum, just to name a few.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in San Diego

 

Cosmoprof North America

Date: July 29-31, 2018
City: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

About the Event: Cosmoprof North America is the country’s foremost event showcasing the beauty and cosmetic industry and its products. This is the event where the latest products and information are revealed from the world of cosmetics, apothecary products, spa products, wellness kits, over-the-counter drugs, professional nail and beauty treatment products, and more.
About the City: When you’re not attending Cosmoprof, Las Vegas has a lot of different ways to keep you entertained. For instance, you can take a trip to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, peruse the Fremont Street Experience, or enjoy the fine dining and magnificent view at Stratosphere Las Vegas. Visit for Cosmoprof, but stay to find out why Vegas is called the entertainment capital of the world.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Las Vegas

 
Fire-Rescue International

Date: August 8-11, 2018
City: Dallas, Texas
Venue: Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, 650 S Griffin Street, Dallas, Texas 75202

About the Event: Fire-Rescue International is an annual conference and expo sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). This event provides senior-level first responders with leadership training, and has done so for over 140 years.
About the City: Dallas is a large commercial and cultural hub of the southern United States, set with a marvelous skyline. After you build up an appetite at the expo, grab a bite or two, or three, on the Food Tours of America with all the best cuisines from Dallas and all over the world. The city also feeds the hunger of history buffs with its many museums and historical landmarks. And if you want a little history with your meal, root for your favorite knight at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Dallas

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INBOUND

Date: September 4-7, 2018
City: Boston, Massachusetts
Venue: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street Boston, Massachusetts 02210

About the Event: INBOUND is an annual conference and expo that connects, informs, and inspires business professionals from all over the world in every industry and educates them on best practices to help transform their businesses. Last year, INBOUND welcomed over 21,000 attendees.
About the City: As the largest city in Massachusetts, and as its capital, Boston played a key role in the American Revolution. That means you’ll never need to walk far to take in a piece of this Nation’s history. The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail is a good starting point to take in some exciting landmarks. You’ll be sure to work up an appetite so be sure to visit the fresh markets or have a picnic in the Boston Common. And if there’s one thing Boston isn’t short on, it is wonderful pubs, so pull up a stool and enjoy a pint or two.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Boston

 
Artificial Intelligence Conference: San Francisco

Date: September 4-7, 2018
City: San Francisco, California
Venue: Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, California 94102

About the Event: The Artificial Intelligence Conference brings together innovators and leaders in the AI industry to explore applied machine learning, structured business data, chatbots, and so much more!
About the City: Known as the City by the Bay, San Francisco is located on the gorgeous Northern California coast. This means foodies can catch daily seafood specials at the Ferry Building Marketplace or Fisherman’s Wharf. Land lovers may prefer taking a walk through the world-famous Golden Gate Park with its beautiful gardens and structures. Be sure to get your best photo ops at top of Twin Peaks and take postcard-worthy pictures of San Francisco.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in San Francisco

 
Diversity Empowerment Summit

Date: September 11-14, 2018
City: Los Angeles, California 90015
Venue: JW Marriot Los Angeles L.A. Live, 900 W Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90015

About the Event: The Diversity Empowerment Summit is sponsored by The Linux Foundation and promotes an increase in diversity and inclusion for the empowerment and social innovation in open source and technology industry. The summit attracts major Fortune 500 companies from all over the globe to lead the discussion and collaboration of inclusion.
About the City: Los Angeles is one of the best places on the planet to see all the stars… at the Griffith Observatory on Mount Hollywood. You can also dress like a star by going on a shopping spree down Rodeo Drive. Or you can catch a beautiful sunset at the Santa Monica Pier and Beach. Whatever’s your pleasure, Los Angeles has it all for you.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Los Angeles

 
Bluetooth World

Date: September 18-19, 2018
City: Santa Clara, California 90015
Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, California 95054

About the Event: Bluetooth World brings in 1,000+ innovators, start-ups, executives, and developers to educate and celebrate success, network, and test Bluetooth enabled products, plus much more.
About the City: One of the best American theme parks lives in Santa Clara; Great America has roller coasters, good eats, and the world’s largest double-decker carousel. You can also catch thrills when the San Francisco 49ers host their home games at Levi Stadium. If you rather unwind, Santa Clara has a relaxing art and wine scene just about anywhere you look. Plus, you won’t be too far from the San Francisco Bay area, so connect – or disconnect – and enjoy the Golden State.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Santa Clara


WSJ D.Live Laguna

Date: November 12-14, 2018
City: Laguna Beach, California 92651
Venue: Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S Coast Highway Laguna Beach, California 92651

About the Event: The Wall Street Journal D.Live is an exclusive, invite-only, tech conference that gathers investors and CEOs in the tech industry from all over the world. This event aspires to lead the global technology agenda with interviews, networking, and interactive presentations.
About the City: Laguna Beach’s sandy beaches along the southern California coast is a perfect place to get lost in elegant art museums, fine dining, and to just take in one of the state’s most beautiful environments. Once you’re done enjoying the elegance of the conference, enjoy a peaceful walk around the Laguna Art Museum with some of the finest pieces by California artists. Or, perhaps you’d enjoy taking a refreshing dip at Crystal Cove State Park, Heisler Park, Crescent Bay Point Park, or watch sea lions splash around at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. One of Laguna Beach’s more fascinating must-sees is the Pageant of the Masters where you’ll get to witness art in motion as real people pose to recreate famous artworks.
Where to Stay: Short-Term Rentals in Laguna Beach

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