Washington's Top Trade Shows 2010

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1. Washington Auto Show
More than 42 domestic and international automakers showcased over 700 vehicles during this four-day expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Highlighting the show was the 65,000-square-foot green pavilion that displayed the latest in alternative power sources. The 2011 show is set for January 28 to February 6.

2. NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo
In January 2010, Today co-anchor Hoda Kotb and Biggest Loser contestant Abby Rike joined more than 85,000 Washingtonians for the 17th annual health fair, which showcased everything from cooking demonstrations to an alpine ski simulator. The expo returns to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 15 and 16.

3. Washington Home and Garden Show
This year marked the 50th anniversary of this landscaping-focused event that attracts more than 20,000 people to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Next year, the show returns to the convention center March 10 through 13.

4. Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition
Open only to active, reserve, and guard members of the Army, this annual professional development forum at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will focus on “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation” when it gathers on October 25 to 27.

5. D.C. Spring Antiques Show
From antique jewelry to decorative art, hundreds of artists display their wares for four days at the Washington Convention Center. Next year’s show is scheduled for early March.

6. Adventures in Travel Expo
More than 9,000 people had the chance to get vacation advice from Arthur Frommer and author Patricia Schutz at this two-day travel show in February. The expo will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 12 and 13.

7. Smithsonian Craft Show
One of the country’s most prestigious juried craft shows and exhibitions, the 2010 event at the National Building Museum had 1,300 applicants from 30 states. The next show is set for April 14 to 17.

8. Yacht Show
The venerable Washington Boat Show canceled its 2009 outing due to the economy, but local sailing fanatics still had this second annual event to look forward to. About 10,000 people were expected for the May 29 to 30 show, held at the National Harbor complex in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

9. Washington Craft Show
The work of 190 of the nation’s top craft artists is on display at this annual show, scheduled for November 19 to 21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

10. Washington Antiques Show
Now in its 55th year, the show on January 8 to 10 at American University’s Katzen Arts Center featured 44 dealers offering a wide range of furniture, vintage jewelry, and decorative arts.

11. Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart
While flowers are the main draw, this event at the Washington National Cathedral also features a variety of local artisans and vendors. The 2011 event is scheduled for May 6 and 7.