In-Person Events Happening During Covid

A new F&B show will debut in Las Vegas, and Houston just hosted its largest convention since the start of the pandemic.

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Updated Feb. 10, 2022.

While some events are being cancelled, postponed or moved online due to rising cases of Covid-19, many are committed to going ahead in person with additional health and safety protocols. To submit an event, please email us.

SIAL America

SIAL America will be the first SIAL food-and-beverage show in the United States; the organization hosts eight other F&B events around the world. The inaugural U.S. event will take place March 22-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Education sessions will include "The Era of Food on Demand," "Beverage Trends in 2022" and "Cheese Sustainability."

CattleCon 2022

The Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show was held Feb. 1-3 in Houston. With more than 6,200 attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, CattleCon 2022 was the largest event hosted at the George R. Brown Convention Center since the onset of the pandemic. 

"CattleCon 2022 kicks off a strong year of conventions for our city after all the pandemic-related disruptions to the meetings industry," said Michael Heckman, CEO of Houston First Corp., which operates the convention center. "There is nothing like collaborating, sharing ideas and doing business face-to-face, especially in a city that is so highly respected as a meetings destination."


The National Shooting Sports Foundation's annual Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show was held Jan. 18-21 at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. After the 2021 event was held virtually due to gathering restrictions, more than 43,000 participants from more than 100 countries registered for this year's show. Exhibit space at the 44th annual SHOT Show was expanded, covering 800,000 net square feet, an increase from 692,000 net square feet used for the 2020 in-person event.


The Promotional Products Association International's annual PPAI Expo took place on Jan. 10-13 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. On Jan. 4, a PPAI spokesperson said the event was moving forward with no change to its schedule, which included the conference on Jan. 10 and exhibition Jan. 11-13. 

“The PPAI Expo will be held in the midst of numerous challenges, but it will be full of entrepreneurs and businesses leveraging the PPAI Expo to drive success,” said PPAI president and CEO Dale Denham. “It’s time we return to in-person events and benefit from the creativity that thrives when we are face-to-face.”

In accordance with Clark County safety guidelines, masks were required throughout the show and in all indoor locations. PPAI provided both surgical and cloth masks for all attendees, and numerous additional safety precautions were in place.


The Consumer Electronics Show took place with an abbreviated schedule Jan. 5-7 in Las Vegas, despite wariness over the Omicron surge and cancellations by high-profile exhibitors. Omron Healthcare and Mobileye are the latest companies to withdraw from the in-person event. Amazon, General Motors, AT&T and others had previously dropped out. Social media companies Twitter, TikTok, Pinterest and Facebook parent Meta Platforms also did not attend. The 40,000 participants had to be fully vaccinated, and masks were required to be worn indoors. Guests also received a complimentary rapid test when picking up their event badges. in person.

Surf Expo

Surf Expo was one of the earliest 2022 events to take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The three-day event was held Jan. 5-7. Face masks were required regardless of vaccination status. All attendees were encouraged to complete daily health assessments.

Convening Leaders

The Professional Convention Management Association hosted its 2022 Convening Leaders event on Jan. 9-12 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas. All participants, including staff members, service providers and guests, had to show proof of vaccination and abide by the indoor mask mandate. Guests were encouraged to take a PCR test before traveling and on-site testing was available throughout the event.