ComplexCon: Nov. 6-7, Long Beach, CA
ComplexCon, the renowned pop culture festival spanning fashion, music, activism and education, returns to Long Beach this fall, but plans are still being ironed out. According to the event website, organizers “plan to share many more details beginning this fall including brands, music lineup, ticket and capacity details, and more of what to expect for this special ComplexCon reunion.” More info here.
Art Basel Miami: Dec. 2-5, Miami Beach, FL
After delivering a virtual event in 2020, Art Basel Miami, the annual international art fair, is making an in-person return this December. The experience, taking place at the Miami Convention Center, will begin with three invitation-only events, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, then open up to the public. Few details about COVID-19 protocols are currently available. More info here.
VidCon: Oct. 22-24, Anaheim, CA
Founded by a YouTube veteran, VidCon brings together content creators and fans. After cancelling last year’s U.S. show, the confab will be back this fall at the Anaheim Convention Center. In 2019, the event attracted 75,000 attendees. More info here.
New York Comic Con: Oct. 7-10, New York City
New York Comic Con, the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention, is back at the Javits Center in October. The event, which will be held at reduced capacity, will require face coverings and temperature checks. More info here.
San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition: Nov. 26-28, San Diego, CA
While San Diego Comic-Con, the annual mega-convention for pop culture superfans, will go virtual again in July, organizers are planning a smaller, special edition of the event for November in the hopes that “by fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings.” Comic-Con Special Edition takes place over Thanksgiving weekend at the San Diego Convention Center. More details on the event will be forthcoming, according to the event website. More info here.
Black Hat USA: July 31-Aug. 5, Las Vegas
Technical information security conference Black Hat USA will take a hybrid format this year, with the in-person event taking place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. According to the event website, organizers “will be following safety measures such as mask wearing, social distancing, traffic lanes, contactless features, regular venue sanitization and changes to capacities if applicable.” More info here.
MWC Los Angeles: Oct. 26-28, Los Angeles
Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, MWC Los Angeles, the U.S. counterpart to MWC Barcelona, will implement the theme “Connected Impact” at this year’s event. The program will explore how 5G, IoT connectivity, Telco Cloud and disruptive innovation are “shaping the future and continuing to transform lives.” More info here.
New York City Wine & Food Festival: Oct. 14-17, New York City
The 14th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, presented by Capital One, will take place at multiple venues across Manhattan this fall, while virtual experiences will be offered for those who don’t attend in person. The four-day annual event showcases the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and TV culinary personalities while raising critical funds to support local charities. To ensure a safe experience, the event is likely to have a cap on attendance. More info here.
Red Bull X-Alps: June 20-July 2, Salzburg, Austria
The Red Bull X-Alps is billed as the world’s toughest adventure race. Founded in 2003, it’s a race across the Alps by foot and paraglider. For the 10th edition of the race in 2021, organizers updated the format to create an “out-and-back route” in which athletes work their way from Salzburg to Mt. Blanc and back to Zell am See via 12 turn points in five countries. Spectators are not permitted at this year’s race. More info here.
New York City Marathon: Nov. 7, New York City
The New York City Marathon will return on Nov. 7 with a reduced field of 33,000 runners (some 53,000 runners finished in 2019) and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required. Read more here.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon: Oct. 10, Chicago
The Chicago Marathon is back after COVID cancelled the in-person race last year. Organizers plan to register 35,000 runners, a decrease from the typical 40,000, allowing for more space for runners and staff at staging areas in Grant Park. Read more here.
Austin City Limits Music Festival: Oct. 1-3, 8-10, Austin
Austin City Limits (ACL Fest) will take place Oct. 1-3 and 8-10 in Zilker Park with headliners including George Strait, Billie Eilish and Stevie Nicks. Both weekends of the event sold out in record time. As the festival approaches, ACL Fest attendees will receive regular updates with “important information regarding safety policies and procedures” before entering the venue, according to the event website. More info here.
2020 Summer Olympics: July 23-Aug. 8, Tokyo
The 2020 Summer Olympics are set to take place after COVID-19 forced postponement of the event last summer. Despite the onset of Japan’s fourth wave of the coronavirus, officials say the Games will move forward as planned. No foreign spectators are allowed at the event, but 10,000 Olympic volunteers have recently quit, likely as a result of concerns over the virus. Read more here.
SEMA Show: Nov. 2-5, Las Vegas
The Specialty Equipment Market Association will hold its trade show for the automotive aftermarket at the Las Vegas Convention Center this fall after cancelling its 2020 event. This year, the LVCC has expanded the West Hall to allow for more exhibitors and wider aisles. More info here.
New York International Auto Show: Aug. 20-29, New York City
The New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) returns to the Javits Center this summer. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900. Tickets go on sale June 17. More info here.
Dreamforce: Sept. 21-23, San Francisco, New York, Paris, London
For weeks, Salesforce said it was “absolutely committed” to hosting an in-person event for Dreamforce this fall. Now, those plans are official. The brand not only confirmed the conference will take place in its typical location, San Francisco, but will go global for the first time, with simultaneous in-person events in New York, Paris and London. Dreamforce in San Francisco and New York will require attendees to be vaccinated against COVID. Read more here.
Pitchfork Music Festival: Sept. 10-12, Chicago
Pitchfork’s annual show returns to Chicago this fall with some extra safety protocols in place. According to the event website, anyone on the festival grounds over the age of 12 will need to be fully inoculated against COVID-19, or have proof of a negative PCR test within the past 24 hours, for each day of the festival. More info here.
CEMA Summit: July 26-27, Phoenix
Taking a hybrid approach this year, CEMA will hold its annual summit in person in Phoenix, and online through a “meaningful digital experience.” The summit aims to educate and inspire event marketers around the return to in-person experiences through live keynotes, breakout sessions and evening functions. The digital registration option includes access to a livestream of the keynote, town hall session and closing sessions. More info here.
Lollapalooza: July 29-Aug. 1, Chicago
The Lollapalooza music festival is set to return to Chicago at full capacity this year, but a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result will be required to attend. On a typical day, the festival attracts 100,000 people. Read more here.
BravoCon: Oct. 15-17, New York City
After a wildly successful debut in 2019, BravoCon will make its return this fall. The event for reality TV superfans will include interactive experiences, live performances, insider panels, immersive activations, exclusive content, marketplace shopping and a chance to rub shoulders with myriad “Bravolebrities.” Read more here.
Sundance Film Festival: Jan. 20-30, 2022, Park City, UT
The Sundance Film Festival will take place online and in person in 2022. The Sundance Institute, which puts on the event, says more details will be available this summer. More info here.
Chicago Auto Show: July 15-19, Chicago
After being postponed over the winter, the Chicago Auto Show, which typically takes place in February, is now slated for July. Taking place indoors and outdoors at McCormick Place, the show will be cut to five days, from 10 days, and decreased attendance is expected. Read more here.
Motor Bella: Sept. 21-26, Pontiac, MI
In place of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit comes Motor Bella, an all-outdoor auto event to be held at the M1 Concourse that is slated to feature 1.6 million square feet of vehicle and technology display space. More info here.
AWS re:Invent: Nov. 29-Dec. 3, Las Vegas
Few details are available, but the 10th anniversary of Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference will take place in person. Sign up for updates on the event here.
Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival: Sept. 17-19, Las Vegas
Spanning music, comedy, art and food—and 18 city blocks—the Life is Beautiful festival is coming back to Downtown Las Vegas after last year’s event was canceled. Addressing COVID-19, a statement on the festival website says organizers will “provide our community with pertinent information on festival preparedness, including what may be required beyond a ticket to enter festival grounds.” More info here.
CES: Jan. 5-8, 2022, Las Vegas
After announcing, then detracting, plans for a physical show in 2021, CES organizers say the event is back in action for 2022 with a hybrid format. Confirmed brands attending the in-person world’s largest tech conference include Amazon, AT&T, Dell and Google. More info here.
GoPro Mountain Games: June 10-13, Vail, CO
Outdoor sports enthusiasts will return to Vail this year to compete in the GoPro Mountain Games after the event went virtual in 2020. There will be fewer athletic activities involved at the 2021 event, but attendees can still expect plenty of competitive action, in addition to live music performances and art experiences. More info here.
Tribeca Film Festival: June 9-20, New York City
The 20th annual Tribeca Film Festival will offer a variety of outdoor events and installations, along with timed and ticketed indoor experiences at venues across New York City. Outdoor events will take place rain or shine. More info here.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival: May 20-23, Miami Beach, FL
The 20th anniversary of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival will be celebrated in person over four days this year. Built for bona fide foodies, the event showcases some of the world’s top wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. The festival will be predominantly held at outdoor venues, and a new slate of health and safety protocols are in order. More info here.
Intel Innovation: October, San Francisco
The first of Intel’s new Intel ON event series is Intel Innovation, a global flagship event scheduled to take place in October, although specific dates have yet to be announced. The hybrid event is designed for learning, building skills and networking. Read more here.
29Rooms: September, New York City
Refinery29’s immersive Instagram funhouse is slated for a return this fall, with plans to “lean into more tactile, more tangible, unmissable, un-uploadable content.” With the goal of moving away from flat backgrounds and simple photo ops, the digital media brand is encouraging sponsor partners to create “more inventive and engaging programs.” Read more here.
Outside Lands: Oct. 29-31, San Francisco
One of the biggest independent music festivals in North America, Outside Lands will take place over Halloween weekend at Golden Gate Park. According to a statement on the festival website, “the move to October allows us the time to work collectively to determine any new safety procedures necessary to implement during the festival.” More info here.
Summerfest: Sept. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, Milwaukee, WI
One of the world’s largest music festivals, 53-year-old Summerfest, presented by American Family Insurance, is in the books for three consecutive weekends in September. The event will feature the unveiling of three new amenities to the public. More info here.
Dreamforce: Sept. 21-24, San Francisco
Salesforce is “absolutely committed” to hosting its mega-conference at the Moscone Center this fall, although several variables remain in play that could affect the brand’s ability to host the event in person. Under California’s current health protocols, in-person conventions will be capped at 5,000 attendees through Oct. 1 unless vaccinations or negative COVID-19 test results are verified for all in attendance. Read more here.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival: Sept. 2-5, Manchester, TN
Music fans are headed back to “The Farm” this fall for a sold-out event. Organizers are bringing back many artists booked for the canceled 2020 show, in addition to adding new talent to the roster. Read more here.
HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition: Aug. 9-13, Las Vegas
The health information and technology conference will take a hybrid format this year. The in-person experience will take place at the Venetian-Sands Expo Center, Caesars Forum Conference Center and Wynn. More info here.
MWC Barcelona: June 28-July 1, Barcelona
The world’s biggest mobile trade show is prepared to go fully hybrid this summer. The GSMA and Ministry of the Interior of the Government of Spain have announced details of an agreement to allow all MWC Barcelona registrants, including exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, and partners, to enter Spain to attend the in-person event. More info here.
The Governors Ball Music Festival: Sept. 24-26, New York City
Details are scarce, but The Governors Ball, which typically takes place in June, is scheduled for September. Rather than rescheduling artists from the canceled 2020 event, organizers have announced that a new lineup will be featured this year. More info here.