Another staple of the car scene, the annual Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) show which draws 60,000+ attendees annually, has been canceled this year due to COVID-19. The show, originally scheduled for November 3-6th in Las Vegas joins the growing list of events canceled, postponed or running virtually.
The SEMA Show is held annually in Las Vegas, and is among the largest conventions in the city. The event features exhibitors and attendees from throughout the automotive aftermarket industry. Many companies that make products for car enthusiasts attend annually, promoting their new offerings to attendees representing magazines, blogs, retail outlets and installers. The event is generally only open to members of the industry.
SEMA had been holding firm they planned to host their show hoping that things would improve by November. Despite these efforts it appears they realized the environment, which included a mix of reports of worsening conditions and less desire by potential attendees to travel, made continuing impossible.
While both event organizers and industry members have been working tirelessly to deliver an outstanding SEMA Show in November, mounting uncertainty has rendered continuing with the event inadvisable. SEMA expects the decision will bring much-needed clarity to an uncertain picture and will help exhibitors, attendees and partners plan accordingly.
SEMA does plan to host it’s 2021 event as originally scheduled, which will be November 2nd thru 5th in Las Vegas. SEMA is also working on hosting show elements virtually. Stay tuned for more details to be released.
We appreciate the spirit, hard work and innovation our industry puts into the SEMA Show each year. While we are disappointed circumstances prevent us from hosting the Show in November, we look forward to getting everyone together in 2021 for another outstanding event.
SEMA is offering full refunds to attendees and exhibitors for the 2020 show.
Future SEMA Show Dates
- 2021 | November 2 – 5
- 2022 | November 1 – 4