When you think of trade shows, you probably think about the big industry trade shows like the dentistry trade shows or the technology trade shows. Trade shows don’t just exist for big industries though, there are trade shows for just about every industry you can think of! From professional mermaid gear to pizza toppings, if there is a trade show for your industry it’s a great opportunity to meet other industry professionals, show off your products/services, and collect potential leads!

Check out these 5 Weird Trade Shows and let us know if you need help preparing for a “weird” trade show of your own!

The California Mermaid Convention

When: July 12th – July 14th, 2019

Where: Sacramento, CA

The California Mermaid Convention (previously known as Mermaid Weekend) is the 5th annual mermaid convention in Sacramento. Have you ever seen a real mermaid? Professional Mermaids are people who wear and swim in a costume mermaid tail and can be hired to appear or perform at special events or shows. Mermaiding is a growing industry between the custom-made tails for kids and adults, the handcrafted mermaid-themed jewelry, professional waterproof makeup, and event planning.

Just some of the fun events during the convention include group swims in tail, a costumed ball, panels/lectures from professional mermaids and so much more! 



The Salem Psychic Fair & Witches’ Market

When: October 1st – October 31st, 2019

Where: Salem, MA

Explore the future with a psychic reading at Salem’s longest-running psychic fair! The Salem Psychic Fair and Witches’ Market features the Witch City’s most gifted Psychics, each one officially licensed by the city of Salem! Wander an emporium of magical gifts, meet real practicing Witches, and make an appointment with one of Salem’s talented psychic readers as you delve into your destiny.

The Psychic Fair features Tarot card readings, clairvoyant visions, spirit mediums, palm readings, crystal ball scrying, angel/spirit guides, and past life readings. 


The Salem Psychic Fair and Witches’ Market is open to “magickal” vendors wishing to offer their spiritual goods and services to an audience interested in all things mystical. Hosted by the Witches of Salem, the Psychic Fair has been one of Salem’s featured attractions since 1989, offering talented readers and exceptional vendors. Vendors set up booths at the Witches Market, a magical marketplace of crystals, jewelry, sun catchers, spell kits, books of shadows, enchanted candles, voodoo dolls, herbs, incense, pendulums/pendulum boards, wands, books, divination tools, and much more!


International Pizza Expo

When: March 30th – April 2nd, 2020

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The tastiest out of all the weird trade shows! The International Pizza Expo in Vegas is the world’s largest pizza industry show. In 2018, there were 7,400 qualified independent, chain and franchise pizzeria buyers in attendance at Pizza Expo and 520 exhibiting companies. If you’re looking to build your brand and market share in the pizza segment, this is the one place you MUST do business. Pizza Expo, in its 35th year in 2019, is the largest gathering of pizza professionals in the world. 

Attendees can expand their knowledge on topics relevant to business success during Expo’s more than 90 seminars, workshops and baking demonstrations. They also can participate in pizza skills competitions and go to special events such as the Beer & Bull networking session and the Pizza Expo Block Party.



The Halloween & Attractions Show

When: March 19th – March 22nd, 2020

Where: St. Louis, MO

TransWorld’s Halloween and Attractions Show is the largest Haunt/Halloween trade show in their industry and has been running for 30+ years. This show is a MUST ATTEND event if you are thinking about opening or currently operate a haunted attraction, corn maze, farm, pumpkin patch, paintball field, family fun center, amusement park, zoo, aquarium, Halloween retail store or anything Halloween-related. 


The Halloween & Attractions Show also features Escape Room City, a segment of the show that caters to the room escape, virtual reality and adventure game industries. Whether you own/operate a successful escape room, are considering exploring this booming industry or thinking about adding an escape room attraction to your haunted house or event, Escape Room City’s vendors and seminars will appeal to both seasoned owners, novices and all those in between.


Check out our list of upcoming events to see what other trade shows are coming up! 

Pacwest Exhibits can help you prepare for any type of trade show- from booth design to installation to storage!