Las Vegas Conventions to Attend this Year

People Attending Conventions in Las Vegas

There’s no denying Las Vegas is a popular travel destination. While it might be considered the Gambling Capital of the World, plenty of travelers also visit the city for the alluring entertainment and breathtaking natural attractions. Still more visit Las Vegas to attend the hundreds of shows and conventions held throughout the city each year. There are more than a few industry-only events among them. However, there are many more Las Vegas conventions open to the public that might help you decide when to book your own Las Vegas vacation.


Las Vegas Car Conventions


If you’re interested in auto shows, you might consider visiting The Las Vegas Convention Center this Fall. The Las Vegas Auto Show will take place there from September 16-18, and feature some of the latest and greatest in the automotive industry. The show boasts a display of million dollar exotic vehicles from Royalty Exotics and Lamborghini Las Vegas, and free test drives from Ford and Toyota.

For car lovers, SEMA is the Vegas convention to attend on November 1-4. All of the most prominent car companies feature showcases of their newest innovations, as well as booths that feature plenty of aftermarket parts and Power Sports vehicles. Additionally, courses are available all day led by industry leaders to help others learn more about connecting with their audience and to help them network with other professionals.


People Walking in Las Vegas Convention Space


Las Vegas Markets & Shopping Expos 


July 24 marks the start of the Las Vegas Summer Market. The Las Vegas Market happens twice every year, once in the Summer and once in Winter. From the 24th to the 28th of July, you’ll be able to shop ‘til you drop, surrounded by high-end home furnishings and exquisite decor items. 

If you’re a trend-setting, fashion enthusiast, then you might enjoy the MAGIC Marketplace, coming August 8-10. The vendor list may be curated, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t endless brands to browse from Anthony Wang Shoes to Lush Clothing and Pura Vida Bracelets. MAGIC is more than a pop-up mall, there are also educational panels and experiences aimed at helping today’s fashion retailers. 

Lastly, Vegas might have a reputation for the place to be for a great bachelorette weekend. However, it’s also a great place to plan other aspects of your wedding experience thanks to the Bridal Spectacular Expo. This event runs August 26-27 and connects soon-to-be-newly-weds with vendors across the wedding and honeymoon industry.


Las Vegas Food Conventions


If you are a chef, student, or foodservice professional, you should head to the ACF National Convention that offers professional development opportunities through seminars, forums, cutting-edge demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and networking. Held July 25-28, the show includes competitions as well as innovative foodservice exhibitors featuring their latest culinary products and services.

From September 17-21, the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) is where the next generation of baking technology is launched, new innovations are unveiled, and new trends begin. For this reason, a growing number of professionals from all around the globe make the trip to Las Vegas every three years. It’s the biggest opportunity to explore the newest baking technology, ingredients, packaging, and trends.


People Attending Educational Courses at Las Vegas Expo


Las Vegas Animal Conventions


If it’s happening in the pet industry, it’s happening at SuperZoo on August 22-25. For pros in the pet business, this convention is a great place to network and see some of the best products on the market, whether you’re looking for innovative items or best-sellers. You’ll also be able to take part in educational courses to help boost your business and stay on top of industry trends in the pet world.

Are you a reptile lover? Then check out the Reptile Super Show on September 10 & 11! Attendees will get a chance to see a wide variety of exotic pets including reptiles, amphibians, and turtles. In addition to reputable breeders, the show also features top quality vendors of all the supplies you need to create a comfortable and healthy home habitat, plenty of educational experiences, and opportunities to connect with other herpetoculture enthusiasts.


Las Vegas Entertainment Conventions


On August 25-28, the biggest Star Trek convention in the world returns to Las Vegas. Officially known as the 56-Year Mission, this far-out convention includes a Saturday Night Gala, an auction of rare collectibles, karaoke, celebrity photo-ops and autographs (you can meet Capt. James T. Kirk himself!), and a massive vendor floor where you can purchase a wide variety of sci-fi themed merchandise.

The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con returns September 16-18 with the best and brightest in comic book and pop entertainment. Meet your favorite creators and celebrities at this 3-day event, filled with a giant exhibitors hall, an international artist alley, video game arena, hundreds of people in costume, and more. There is something for everyone at this fun Comic Con, no matter what your nerdy tastes are!


These are just some of the great conventions and expos that Las Vegas has to offer this year. However, new shows and convention spaces are appearing all the time, so be sure to keep an eye out for the perfect time to book your trip. Whether you’re in town for one of the above conventions, or an awesome event of your own, start by booking your stay with us at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.