All the Summer Trade Shows*

Semi-Annual Trade Show Special Issue

Once again, “It’s Showtime.” Twice every year, this newsletter features the Gift & Home trade shows during the winter and summer seasons. There are shows all year ’round, but winter and summer is when the large markets have major shows. In this issue we *attempt to list all the shows during the three summer months. Refer to’s Trade Shows page for information about the wide variety of current and upcoming shows. (Be sure to refer to the show promoters’ websites and/or email them for specific information. OmegaNet, publisher of this newsletter, is not associated with any trade show and cannot be responsible for typographical errors or changes in the schedule made by the many different promoters of the shows.)

Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (June 21-27) starts very soon. Dallas Market Center President and CEO, Cindy Morris said, “The first show of the summer means the first opportunity for retailers and designers to discover new products and place orders. It’s critically important for buyers to be here first for the new collections, one-of-a-kind pieces and top sellers.”

The Atrium at Dallas Market CenterThe Atrium at Dallas Market Center

Dozens of new and expanding permanent showrooms will debut across the marketplace and a reimagined Temps show is set to be the largest Dallas exhibition in more than 10 years. Included in the Dallas show is Lightovation and KidsWorld markets and following on June 27 is the Apparel and Accessories Market.

Between the two Dallas shows, New York’s Javits Convention Center hosts the Fancy Food Show.

Cooking Demonstration at Atlanta MarketCooking Demonstration at Atlanta Market

Gourmet Delights

Speaking of food, the next big show is Atlanta Market (July 11-17), which will include Gourmet Education and Exploration.

“Atlanta Market is a top spot for all things gourmet – with a full range of gift-oriented housewares, tabletop and specialty foods, complemented by top chefs making signature dishes in the interactive JURA Gourmet Demonstration Kitchen,” said Karen Olson, IMC executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “IMC’s continued partnership with GC Buying Group also offers Atlanta Market buyers and sellers an exclusive opportunity to source, learn and network with an even wider range of industry leaders through GCX:Connect.”

Beginning the same day as the Atlanta Market, the Asia America Trade Show commences in Miami (July 11-13) and rounding out the month of July are Seattle Market Week (24-28), Minneapolis Gift Show (28-Aug. 1), Bluegrass Buyers Market (30-31) and LA Kids (30-Aug. 2). So whatever part of the country you are in or whatever product types you are looking for, opportunities abound.

But That’s Not All…

Did you think we were finished with the last week of July? Not by a long shot:


The Las Vegas Market this year will offer more than 30 presentations, webinars, tours, seminars, awards ceremonies and other special evens, including 12 CEU-eligible courses, available before and during the summer show. August in Las Vegas is very busy:

…there’s still more

In the interest of completeness, dates in August include:

Whew! And that may not even be all. Promoters launch new trade shows from time to time. If you know of shows which should be included in the list at, email us.