Are you ready for the biggest automotive event of the year? The SEMA Show is back in Las Vegas, Nevada, and starts October 31 to November 3, 2023, and it’s going to be epic! Whether you’re a professional, a media member, or a car enthusiast, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see the latest innovations, trends, and products in the automotive industry. Here’s everything you need to know about SEMA 2023. We scrounged up some old pics from the 2022 show to set the stage for the coming extravaganza and whet your whistle.
What is SEMA?
SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and it’s the leading trade association for the automotive aftermarket. SEMA represents more than 7,000 companies that manufacture, distribute, sell, and install performance and appearance products for cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and more. SEMA also advocates for the industry’s interests and provides education, research, and networking opportunities for its members.
The SEMA Show is the premier trade show for the automotive aftermarket, where thousands of exhibitors showcase their products and services to buyers, media, and influencers from around the world. The SEMA Show is not open to the general public, but you can attend if you’re a qualified industry professional or a media representative. You can register online at SEMA Show.
What can you expect at SEMA 2023?
The 2023 show will feature more than 2,200 exhibitors from the U.S. and international markets, including more than 400 first-time exhibitors. You can expect to see thousands of new products, ranging from performance parts and accessories to tools and equipment. You can also discover the latest trends and innovations in vehicle customization, technology, design, and safety.
There will also be more than 99 free education sessions covering topics such as business management, marketing, sales, customer service, technical skills, and industry issues. You can learn from experts and peers on how to grow your business, improve your skills, and stay ahead of the competition.
SEMA 2023 will also feature several special events and attractions that will make your experience unforgettable. Here are some of the highlights:
- SEMA Fest: This is a new celebration of music, motorsports, and car culture that will take place on November 3 and 4 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. While SEMA is closed to the public, SEMA Fest is open to everyone who loves cars and entertainment. You can enjoy live concerts by top artists, watch thrilling races and stunts by professional drivers, admire hundreds of custom vehicles on display, and participate in interactive activities and games. You can purchase tickets online at SEMA Fest.
- SEMA Battle of the Builders: This is the ultimate vehicle competition that showcases the craftsmanship and skills of SEMA Show builders. The contest features hundreds of entries from different categories such as hot rods, trucks, sport compacts, off-road vehicles, and more. The finalists will be judged by a panel of industry experts and celebrities on November 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The winner will be announced on November 4 at SEMA Fest.
- SEMA Ignited: This is the official after-party of the SEMA Show that takes place on November 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center Gold Lot. SEMA Ignited is open to the public and gives you a chance to see some of the most amazing vehicles from the Show as they roll out in a parade. You can also enjoy live music, food trucks, drifting demonstrations, celebrity appearances, and more.
- Saving North Wilkesboro Speedway: This is a special exhibit that tells the story of how a group of enthusiasts revived one of stock car racing’s most storied venues. The North Wilkesboro Speedway was built in 1946 and hosted NASCAR races until 1996. It was then abandoned for decades until a grassroots movement restored it to its former glory in 2022. You can learn more about this historic turnaround and see some of the original cars that raced there.
Where is SEMA 2023?
The big hootenanny will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada. The Convention Center is one of the largest and most modern convention facilities in the world. It has more than 3.2 million square feet of exhibit space and can accommodate up to 200,000 attendees.
The LVCC is conveniently located near several hotels, restaurants, casinos, attractions, and transportation options. You can book your hotel through the SEMA Show’s Official Housing Partner at Book Your Hotel. You can also use the Las Vegas Monorail to get around the city quickly and easily. The Monorail has a station right outside the Convention Center and connects to several other stations along the Strip. You can find more information about the Monorail at Las Vegas Monorail.
Why should you attend SEMA 2023?
Las Vegas will be the ultimate destination for anyone who loves cars and the automotive industry. It’s the place where you can see the newest and coolest products, learn from the best and brightest minds, network with influential people, and have a blast with fellow enthusiasts. SEMA 2023 is more than just a trade show, it’s a celebration of the passion, creativity, and innovation that drives the automotive aftermarket. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the action and excitement.