Trade shows and expos come in all varieties. Here we count down events that are not so run-of-the-mill, offering a unique twist or an experience completely out of the ordinary.
- SXSW Gaming Expo
For the ultimate gamer, SXSW provides games on every platform imaginable and showcases the cutting edge in gaming tech. Mixing the old-school with the up-and-coming, there’s something here for every age and ability. Panel talks at the Geek Stage, demos, crazy parties and free entry make this expo a slice of heaven for the avid gamer. Held in March in Austin, Texas, exact dates for 2016 are yet to be confirmed, the 2015 having come and gone with great success.
- Surf Expo
With over 10,000 booths and storefronts and 26,000 attendees in 2014, Surf Expo is growing into a gigantic promiseland for all things surf. Packed to the brim with fashion shows, the best in surf equipment and fashion, this expo in Orlando, Florida, is a must-visit for every wave enthusiast. With surf, sup, skate, wave and wind accessories, the huge variety of world-leading equipment here is second to none. Running from Sept. 10 – 12, 2015, there will be plenty of activities, shopping and shows to fit in just three days.
Come to Augsburg Trade Fair Centre, Germany, for all things elevator. With a wide range of exhibits on elevators and how they work, escalators, parking systems, hydraulics and all sorts of technical details, Interlift can satisfy your curiosity for the age-old question, “How does it work?” With over 500 expert exhibitors and nearly 19,000 visitors in 2013, Interlift 2015 aims to be even bigger and better. This year’s event takes place Oct. 13 – 16 and draws elevator professionals from all over the world.
- The Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo
Part of the Festival of the Dead, held in the infamous Salem, Massachusetts, this expo puts on show the City’s most gifted psychics, practicing real-life witches and array of magical paraphernalia for you to take home. Book a tarot, palm or past life reading, or get a Spirit Medium to contact your angels, spirit guides and departed loved ones. Stop off at the Enchanted Alley to browse through wands, incense, spell books, voodoo dolls, crystals, jewelry and much more for sale. Running from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, 2015, there is plenty of time to cast away your inhibitions and delve into the world of the unknown.
- Celebrity Impersonators Convention
Imagine walking into a room and seeing Cher, Bill Clinton and Lady Gaga having a drink together. Well, now you can. Held in the Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, you can expect a huge range of look and sound alike talent to take the stage for your entertainment delight. If you are in the impersonation business yourself, send in a video clip to the convention organizers for your chance to jump on stage and show the world your talents.