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Los Angeles is home to a number of state-of-the-art conference centers that are fully-equipped to handle all sorts of conventions, trade shows, and expos. Also, the city’s thriving cultural, epicurean, and nightlife scenes are sure to make for an unforgettable conference experience.
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One of the great aspects of LA is its diversity. Its rich history, large Latinx community, and unique desert-meets-coast vibe means that there’s something for everybody in La-La Land. The same goes for the conference circuit. LA conferences run the gamut of industries, interests, and ideas. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is the largest video game trade show and exhibition currently in existence. Open to the public only since 2017, it also recently increased the number of public passes from 15,000 to 25,000, and has rolled out a more fan-friendly format. The world’s leading gaming companies use the three-day event as an opportunity to hold press conferences to announce upcoming games and products, as well as groundbreaking new technologies.
The biggest of its kind in the country, the LA Travel and Adventure Show is the place to be for anyone bitten by the travel bug. On top of offering incredible deals and discounts on travel packages, as well as showcasing over 300 destinations worldwide, the conference is loaded with fun activities for the whole family.
Designers, retailers, and press from all over North America and beyond flock to LA to attend Market Week, the West Coast’s premier trade show for men’s, women’s and children’s fashion. Taking place five times annually in the chic and spacious California Market Center in downtown LA’s fashion district, the show features over 100 exhibitors, and is a virtual who’s who of local and international designers. The show also features a Kids’ Market, including apparel, toys, and lifestyle products.
It’s a car enthusiast’s paradise at the LA Auto Show , where roughly 1,000 vehicles are on display across over 1,000,000 square feet of exhibition space. Founded in 1907, the event has grown into the most influential auto show on the planet. Visitors can get a VIP guided tour, and go for a spin or two with virtual reality demos, and yes, real cars, too.
Conferences are highly-coordinated events that require a lot of planning, as well as hundreds of people on the ground to make them run smoothly. Luckily, Los Angeles has no shortage of venues built for this purpose, with skilled staff at the ready to make sure your event is a success. Let’s take a look at some of the city’s best conference centers.
With more than two million visitors per year, spanning 350 events, and with a grand total of 750,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, it’s no wonder the award-winning LACC is one of the top choices in the country for hosting conferences, trade shows, and exhibitions. The center also prides itself on its commitment to environmental sustainability, inclusiveness, and community relations. Located in the heart of downtown LA, it’s a great way for conference guests to take in some local flavor, as well.
Adjacent to the LACC is LA Live, a gargantuan sports and entertainment district whose tagline is, aptly, “the most entertaining place on the planet”. In it you’ll find the iconic Staples Center, as well as music venues, night clubs, restaurants, movie theaters, museums, and pretty much everything else under the sun when it comes to entertaining conference guests. The Center’s XBox Plaza offers 40,000 square feet of open-air space, with state-of-the-art “plug and play” technology for easy presentation setups.
The Sheraton Fairplex not only has the advantage of housing a sprawling conference venue with a capacity of just over 10,000 people, it’s also attached to a luxury hotel, which means a more streamlined experience for conference attendees as well as organizers. Guests will enjoy the vibrant culture of Pomona, including Fairplex, a sprawling fairgrounds that is host to a multitude of cultural events throughout the year.
Long Beach is quintessentially SoCal, and the Long Beach Convention Center is no exception. Adjacent to lively Rainbow Harbor and miles of sandy beach, the venue offers a number of completely adaptable conference facilities, in a self-described turnkey style. Ballrooms, theaters, and 34 meeting rooms occupy the 400,000 square feet of space, and the glass-domed Promenade Atrium is perfect for receptions or cocktail events, with its stellar views of both the beachfront and city skyline.