6 Hot In-Person Trade Shows Coming in July

Posted by Exhibitor Source on Jun 29, 2021 10:45:00 AM
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That’s right, folks! You heard it here: real life trade shows coming soon. Not cancelled. Not postponed. Not rescheduled. Not online. IN PERSON! {And the crowd goes WIIIIILLLLLD!}July is already heating up, and with each passing week, more and more shows are added to this year’s event roster. Here are some big ones that are putting the “show” back in “trade show.”


Coverings: The Global Tile and Stone Experience is slated for July 7-9 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. Well-known for its beautiful decorative design, the show plans to extend its normal hours and to roll out a new Coverings Lounge with offerings not to be missed. Coverings is also opening its show to extend and partner with the National Wood Flooring Association, increasing exposure and customer base. With an expected attendance of over 26,000 people – 88% of whom have purchasing power – there’s plenty to anticipate at North America’s largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference.

Both the venue and the organizers are doing their due diligence in regards to safety procedures related to registration, food and beverage, and personal protective equipment. The event website notes its plans in place for sanitization and cleaning protocols.


Booked for July 15-17 at Nashville’s Music City Center, Summer NAMM is the industry’s midyear gathering connecting companies preparing for the busy fall and holiday selling season. With various opportunities for exhibiting, Summer NAMM is a can't-miss event for all companies, from established brands to first-time exhibitors, giving buyers a chance to check out the newest products in the market and place their orders for third and fourth quarter sales.

Summer NAMM is unique in its relaxed trade show environment combining work and fun. The events and entertainment planned by NAMM are some of the most exclusive in the industry. This event really takes advantage of Music City’s festive environment and penchant for lively fun. Outside of the show, Nashville is the place to be when it comes to music because the city is dotted with honky-tonk bars, historical venues, Music Row studios and publishing houses, making it ideal for mixers and networking and evening wining-and-dining.

Nashville is ready for you, and the event’s website details the special preparations they’ve planned to keep you healthy and make you feel safe.

3. AOSSM 2021

The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine 2021 Annual Meeting sets the stage for you to gain exposure to thousands of sports medicine specialists, practitioners, and members. Meeting at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee July 8-11, attendees will receive four days of leading research and education programming in a variety of formats from elite orthopedic sports medicine experts. The Annual Meeting plays an essential role in providing information on frontline research to the orthopedic sports medicine community, and it’s a chance to meet, influence, educate and connect with top physicians in the field of sports medicine. AOSSM has created opportunities for vendors to hobnob with these sports medicine professionals in multiple settings -- on the exhibit floor, during presentations, through open discussions, and with product demonstrations.

4. ICAST 2021

ICAST (the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades), the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, is heading back to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center this year from July 20-23. ICAST is the premiere showcase for the latest innovations in all things sportfishing – gear, accessories, and apparel. As the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, ICAST’s event organizers spent 2020 working on improvement and innovation for this year’s show. Their motto “Reignite, Recommit, Reconnect” drove their eagerness to bring the show back in person in 2021 and better than ever before.

Any questions about the venue or the organizers’ safety procedures can be found here, where the show’s website answers many frequently asked questions.

5. IAFP 2021

The International Association for Food Protection reconvenes July 18-21 at the Phoenix Convention Center. And no time like the present! Food safety is more important than ever and new information is constantly emerging concerning food safety, preparation, delivery, preservation, and storage. Thousands of attendees from all over the world will show up for what has become the world’s leading food and safety conference.

The Phoenix Convention Center site states, “Your future is safe with us,” as they outline their preparation to reopen. Because they are a GBAC STAR™ accredited facility, they have developed safety standards in their convention center implementing strict hygiene practices for protecting guests. Focusing on five strategic areas, they excel in health and safety: constant cleaning/disinfecting, removing touch points wherever possible, encouraging personal preventative measures, following social distancing recommendations, and increasing staff training.


The Furniture Manufacturing Expo is returning in-person July 20-21 to the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, North Carolina. This event welcomes the latest products, services, machinery, and technologies for the home furnishings manufacturing industry. After last year’s hiatus, this year will be a sensory feast for your eyes and ears as you get up close and personal with the newest in manufacturing. The trade show also offers a two-day educational program developed by top leaders in the industry who will be discussing regulatory environmental policy, recent innovations, and more

FME 2021 also wants to reassure its attendees and vendors that their health and safety is top priority. Find information on their website about the lengths they’ve covered to ensure a great exhibiting experience in their convention center, taking into account the well-being of all present as well as government guidelines.

Hearing about more and more trade shows exhibiting in person this year is a breath of fresh air in industries that thrive on personal interactions and relationships. Let’s get back to it!  Reach out to Skyline Exhibitor Source for any of your trade show needs as you step back into the trade show world! The future is bright and this summer’s in-person events look promising. Here’s to a fruitful summer and an optimistic return to living life again.!


This article was inspired by "In-Person Trade Shows Are Coming in Hot This July" by Briquelle Neyens and first appeared at

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