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2018 SEMA Show

October 30, 2018 - November 2, 2018

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SEMA Show in Las Vegas

The SEMA Show is one of the number one car shows in the world. It brings in the top automotive brands to showcase their products at the largest automotive specialty products expo in the world. It’s one of the top conventions in Las Vegas, and it attracts some of the top minds and hottest automotive products in the industry. This year’s 2018 SEMA Show is at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will provide attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations and car shows, special events, networking opportunities, and a chance to see some of the hottest custom vehicles in the world.

Attendees at the 2018 SEMA Show can expect:

  • More than 70,000 domestic and international buyers
  • Network with the top automotive specialty products companies in the world
  • Educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

Highlights from Last Year’ SEMA Expo

SEMA Show After Parties & Special Events

Media Preview Exclusive presented by the Light Truck Accessory Alliance
Monday, October 29, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, Media Center, S229
**Approved Registered Media Only** 

Media can get early access to the latest products from more than two-dozen manufacturers in the light-truck, Jeep, SUV and off-road sectors by participating in the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) Media Preview. This is a great opportunity to get individual attention and access to products and experts before the Show officially opens its doors on Tuesday morning. Sign up when applying for SEMA Show Media Credentials.

Gear-Up Girl Networking Event, Powered by SBN
Monday, October 29, 2018
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N264

Calling Female Professionals: The SEMA Businesswoman’s Network (SBN) will again host the Gear-up Girl Networking event at this year’s SEMA Show. Started in 2011, as part of the SEMA Education student program, Gear-up Girl is designed to connect female students with industry leading female professionals. Join us for this dynamic mixer that brings together generations of female professionals.

YEN Reception
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 5 PM – 7:30 PM
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

The Young Executives Network (YEN) is hosting its annual reception at the 2018 SEMA Show. This dynamic event is a great networking opportunity and is highly anticipated amongst the industry’s young professionals.

SEMA Vehicle Reveal and SEMA Award Presentation
Monday, October 29, 2018
5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, Outside Grand Lobby Entrance

Media will be given a sneak peek at some of the significant vehicles debuting at the 2018 SEMA Show, and be amongst the first to learn what theSEMA Vehicles of the Year are, by attending these Monday night media exclusive events. Held in conjunction with the Exhibitor Appreciation Reception, the SEMA Vehicle Reveal and the SEMA Award Presentations give journalists and reporters advance content to shape their stories and news before the Show even opens. Refreshments are included for media at the event.

Exhibitor Appreciation Party
Featuring the SEMA Vehicle Reveal and SEMA Award Presentation
Monday, October 29, 2018
5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, Silver Drive

This is SEMA’s chance to say thank you to exhibitors, get a sneak peek at many show vehicles and current trends, and kick off what will be another amazing SEMA Show. Open exclusively to exhibitors and media, the event includes refreshments, the debut of select vehicle builds revealed on stage, and the SEMA Awards which highlights the hottest vehicles – all before the SEMA Show officially opens for business on Tuesday morning.

Brew Talks
Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10/30/18 Las Vegas Convention Center, N258

10/31/18 Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA Central

Buy a beer, pull up a seat, and join SEMA for an entertaining conversation with personalities from the automotive, music, and business world. Learn what makes these successful people tick and what fuels their passion. Cash bar.

Truck Market Happy Hour Presented by LTAA
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
4:00pm- 5:30pm
Las Vegas Convention Center, LTAA Booth #34185

Join council members, select-committee members and SEMA staff for a happy hour on the Show floor in the LTAA Booth #34185. The event will kick off just before the close of the first day of the Show on Tuesday, October 30. Surrounded by the hottest truck builds in the world, you’ll enjoy free beverages and conversation with fellow truck and off-road industry associates.

There is always much excitement and buzz surrounding the SEMA Show; what better way to wind down from the first day than swapping stories with industry friends and making new connections?

PRO Booth Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
4:00pm- 5:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center, PRO Booth #13113

PRO will be hosting a happy hour in their booth from 4:00pm- 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Join PRO members and fellow restylers to wind down from a long day on the Show floor with free beverages and engaging conversation. Discuss different topics relating to our industry, including the emerging market of retrofitting safety features into vehicles, and what you can do for your business to prosper.

Learn more about the benefits of a PRO membership and connect with select-committee members who can help you get plugged in. The council offers many volunteer opportunities that lend a way to give back to the industry.

SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet
Thursday, November 1, 2018
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Westgate, Garden Patio & Paradise Event Center

The SEMA Industry Awards Banquet is the automotive specialty-equipment market’s premier awards ceremony where industry excellence and achievements are celebrated. Held annually, the event is the industry’s single largest gala attended by nearly 3,000 automotive icons, professionals, supporters and celebrities. This year’s event will feature a networking cocktail hour, delicious dinner and top-flight entertainment. The program also includes the announcement of the SEMA Person of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, WD of the Year, Rep Agency of the Year, Gen-III Innovator of the Year and tributes to this year’s SEMA Hall of Fame inductees: Donnie Eatherly, Ed Pink and Chris Thomson.

The Offical SEMA Ignited After-Party
Friday, November 2, 2018
3:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, Gold Lot

SEMA Ignited Party

SEMA Ignited Parade

SEMA Ignited is probably one of the top SEMA Parties and events of the show. It gives you the opportunity to see the world’s most unique and celebrated customized vehicles from the 2018 SEMA Show. The top vehicles from the show will gather and be accessible to the public at the SEMA Ignited Closing party and parade, as the SEMA Cruise concludes at SEMA Ignited. The event will give consumers a rare opportunity to see hundreds of customized vehicles featuring the newest and most innovative products from the 2018 SEMA Show. The event will include some of the best Las Vegas food trucks, local music, entertainment, automotive celebrities, builders and more.


October 30, 2018
November 2, 2018
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Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas,NV89109 United States
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