2023’s Top Building Industry Trade Shows

Baird Brothers team at IBS 2023.

Are you a homeowner, builder, or supplier of building materials? If so, you should consider attending some trade shows! These events provide attendees with professional networking opportunities, serve as a way to gain industry insights on the latest trends — straight from industry experts, and are a great source of inspiration.

Whether you’re a general contractor, interior designer, homeowner, business owner or supply chain professional, here’s a list of 2023 builders’ trade shows that you need to have on your radar.

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) – International Builders’ Show (IBS)

Even though you already missed the opportunity to attend the NAHB IBS Show in 2023, next year’s event is slated for Feb. 27-29, 2024. The show takes place in Las Vegas, and attendees can see all things related to residential construction.

IBS is the largest light construction trade show in the world, and this extremely popular international conference is held at the expansive Las Vegas Convention Center.

Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)

3150 Paradise Road

Las Vegas, NV 89109

The center is a great venue to host massive annual conferences because it includes a staggering 3.2 million square feet of space and 13 exhibit halls. When it comes to construction conferences, that expansive footprint allows for construction technology, new products, breakout sessions and demonstration homes to be highlighted for over 70,000 visitors.

Steve Stack and Eric Hiner at IBS 2023.

Baird Brothers at IBS 2023

Want to learn more about the benefits of attending home shows? In a recent episode of our American Hardwood Advisor podcast, host Steve Stack sat down with Baird Brothers’ commercial and residential sales consultant Eric Hiner while at the 2023 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV.

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Construction Institute Summit

Construction industry leaders, contractors, business owners and designers join together on a yearly basis during the Construction Institute Summit in St. Louis, Missouri, which took place March 1-4, 2023. There is a different theme for every Summit, but the event always focuses on shaping the future of the building industry by incorporating technical activities, conferences and the development of standards.

Construction Association Convention (AGC)

Contractors can network and leverage emerging ideas to prepare for industry disruptions during AGC. Attendees also learn about ever-changing legislative and regulatory protocol. Plus, AGC members get a pass to the ConExpo-Con/AGG trade show. This year’s event was held March 13-16, 2023 at Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.


The largest construction trade show in North America, CONEXPO-CON/AGG features 1,800 exhibitors, lots of educational breakout sessions (with job site productivity, workforce diversity, financial guidance and more) and awards. Also in Las Vegas, this expo took place from March 14-18, 2023.

Advancing Prefabrication

Hosted in Phoenix, Arizona, the seventh annual Advancing Prefabrication conference includes a pre-event workshop series, specialist content, offsite facility tours and more. This show is created for all things prefab, like modular and industrialized manufacturing, slated to run from March 14-17, 2023.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

Held in Kissimmee, Florida, (not far from Orlando), ABC is a great event for construction professionals to enhance their businesses. National committee meetings, a construction management competition and awards are some of the highlights on this year’s agenda, scheduled for March 15-17, 2023.

Groundbreaking Women in Construction (GWIC)

Women in construction can share their trade insights at this annual conference, held in San Francisco for 2023. GWIC focuses heavily on educational sessions and seminars, allowing women in the industry to hone their leadership skills while networking and learning from other industry professionals. GWIC will take place May 11-12, 2023.

Hexagon LIVE

Hexagon LIVE focuses on all things technology, highlighting how industry advancements can be incorporated into different disciplines. Hexagon is scheduled June 12-15, 2023 in Las Vegas.

Women at a construction conference.

National Association of Women in Construction

Another event for women, NAWIC focuses on leadership development and industry awards. This year’s conference takes place in Portland, Oregon, Aug. 9-12, 2023.

Greenbuild International Conference + Expo

Completely dedicated to green building, Greenbuild is scheduled for Sept. 26-29, 2023 in Washington, D.C. This environmental-forward event is both virtual and in-person, with summits and workshops incorporated into the programming.

World of Concrete logo.

World of Concrete

Although it already happened in 2023, World of Concrete is the largest annual concrete-based show. It was held on Jan. 17-19, 2023, but it’ll be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 23-25 in 2024. For World of Concrete, more than 60,000 international industry professionals unite (from commercial to residential contractors) learning new protocols, checking out new equipment and networking.

Locally Based Home and Garden Shows

Whether you’re a builder or a homeowner, the importance of local and regional shows can’t be understated! They are a source of inspiration and allow visitors to make connections with professionals in their area.

A couple of our favorites include the Mahoning Valley HBA Home & Garden Show, the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, and The Great Big Home + Garden Show in Cleveland.

The 72nd Annual HBA Home & Garden Show is a must-see for homeowners and builders near the Youngstown, OH area. The 2023 Home & Garden Show took place March 3-5, but keep it on your must-see list for 2024 when it comes to inspiration for interior and outdoor spaces.

The 41st annual Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show took place March 3-12, 2023, and included over 1,500 exhibits across ten acres of space at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. There is also a second show – The Fall Home Show – October 6-8, 2023, where visitors can shop products, ask questions and source regional services.

Last but not least is The Great Big Home + Garden Show, held annually at the I-X Center in Cleveland, OH. The 2023 event took place Feb. 3 – 12, but the 2024 show is already scheduled! If you’ll be in the Cleveland area, be sure to mark your calendar for Feb. 2-11, 2024 – it’s one of the best attended shows in the nation, with 112,000 attendees and 600+ yearly exhibitors.

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It’s exciting to see how the industry continues to evolve, thanks to the many great construction trade shows taking place across the U.S. each year! No matter which builders trade show you decide to attend in 2023 or beyond, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals, discover the latest trends, and expand your knowledge base.

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