Electrical Trade Shows: 13 Events to Spark Ideas in 2022

Mike LaFollette
February 24th, 2022
6 Min Read

Each year, the electrical industry features a wide range of trade shows for contractors, licensed electricians, and other related professions to network with industry peers, learn about the latest developments in automation, electronic design, and renewable energy, attend education sessions to earn continuing education credits, and explore exhibit space spanning tens of thousands of square feet.

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Take a look at some of our top 2022 picks for electrical industry trade fairs happening throughout the U.S.


Jan. 22-27, 2022, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California

Cost: All-access passes start at $1,315. Click here for pricing and registration information.

According to event organizers, IPC APEX EXPO is the premier event for the electronics manufacturing industry, bringing together roughly 9,000 attendees and over 400 exhibitors. In addition to the massive exhibitor show floor, attendees get access to the latest technologies in electronics manufacturing, technical content, and professional development courses, as well as the ability to network with thought leaders and innovators from around the world.

2. Photonics West 2022

Jan. 22-27, 2022, The Moscone Center, San Francisco, California

Cost: Click here for pricing and registration information.

Hosted by the International Society for Optics and Photonics, Photonics West bills itself as the world’s premier event for lasers, biomedical optics, and optoelectronics. Attendees get access to technical presentations, courses, two world-class exhibitions, plenary presentations, and a variety of networking activities with peers in the optics and photonics community.

3. NAHB International Builders' Show 2022

Feb. 8-10, 2022, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Cost: One-day passes start at $500 for NAHB members. Click here for pricing and registration information. 

According to event organizers, IBS draws more than 1,000 exhibiting brands spanning over 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space, for the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry in the U.S. Attendees get access to more than 100 education sessions led by renowned experts, in-depth Master Workshops, and several networking events and parties.

4. Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition 2022

March 20-24, 2022, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

Cost: Prices start at $225 for lifetime members. Click here for pricing and registration information.

APEC 2022 focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. The event promotes professional education seminars, technical and plenary sessions, and RAP sessions, where attendees and presenters address controversial topics in the industry head-on. APEC's exhibition center features nearly 50,000 square feet of exhibitor space and averages 300 exhibiting companies.

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5. Electro Expo 2022

March 29-31, 2022, Cleveland Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Cost: Free for attendees. Registration information to be announced soon.

Hosted by the Electrical League of Ohio, Electro Expo promotes the newest technologies and innovative solutions for the electrical construction industry, featuring lighting, power, communication systems, and sustainable products and services. For $95, attendees can also join the Opening Night Reception on March 29, featuring a cash bar, entertainment, and activities.

6. DesignCon 2022

April 5-7, 2022, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California

Cost: Click here for pricing and registration information.

DesignCon attendees gain access to a 14-track conference created by engineers for engineers, featuring exhibits with hundreds of new products and technologies, and networking opportunities with high-caliber industry professionals. According to organizers, DesignCon sessions cater to all levels of learning, from experienced engineers to recent graduates and everyone in between.

7. ServiceTitan Pantheon 

April 20-22, 2022, Los Angeles Coliseum & Convention Center, Los Angeles, California 

Cost: All Access Pass, $799 

ServiceTitan’s annual user conference, Pantheon, returns in-person in April 2022 for two days of exciting keynotes, software training, product announcements and, of course, epic parties and fun. Pantheon fosters a community of highly skilled trades professionals who are passionate about uniting in their vision for the industry to work smarter and faster, and deliver an exceptional customer experience.

8. Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo 2022

May 10-12, 2022, Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cost: Click here for pricing and registration information.

Produced by the Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association (WHMA), the EWPT Expo attracts a wide range of international manufacturers and distributors, nearly 200 exhibitors, and over 3,000 attendees from the electrical wire harness, cable processing, and aerospace industries. The event promises reimagined training and education opportunities, expanded networking with industry pros, and increased access to industry solutions. 

9. POWERGEN International

May 23-25, 2022, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas 

Cost: Individual conference passes start at $800. Click here for full registration and ticketing details.

POWERGEN bills itself as the largest network and business hub for electricity generators and solution providers who engage in power generation. Industry professionals get the chance to collaborate, connect, and meet with solution providers that support the clean energy transition through digitalization, decarbonization, and efficiency.

10. LightFair 2022

June 19-23, 2022, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: Registration and 2022 event information to be announced in Spring 2022.

Hosted by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), LightFair boasts the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference.

11. Independent Electrical Contractors National Convention + Expo 2022

Oct. 5-8, 2022, Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Cost: Registration and 2022 event information to be announced in Spring 2022.

According to organizers, IEC Convention & Expo brings together the top electrical and low-voltage contractor business leaders from across the globe to learn new approaches to increasing profitability, improve productivity, and the most efficient cost-cutting methods.

12. The NECA Show 2022

Oct. 16-18, 2022, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

Cost: Registration and 2022 event information to be announced in Spring 2022.

Presented by the National Electrical Contractors Association, the NECA Show bills itself as the largest event in North America for power, light, energy, and communication technology. Attendees can browse over 1,000 exhibit booths showcasing products and services covering all aspects of the growing electrical construction industry, attend educational workshops, and visit the Showstopper Showcase to be the first to learn about new products and technologies.

13. AEMS Exposition and Seminar 2022

Nov. 16-17, 2022, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California

Cost: Free with pre-registration.

The Anaheim Electronics & Manufacturing Show describes its annual exposition and seminar as a low-cost, high-value design and manufacturing show for the medical, biotech, and electronics industries.

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