Events & Trade Shows

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Save the Date for The Toy Association’s Annual Summer Happy Hour!
May 20, 2019
Toy Association members and friends are invited to a fun evening of cocktails, appetizers, and networking at the Association’s annual Summer Happy Hour on Tuesday, July 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Get the Latest Info on Tariffs & Influencer Marketing at Annual Business Conference
May 13, 2019
The Toy Association has added two new informative seminars aimed at offering toy companies critical updates about tariffs on Chinese imports and strategies for brands to develop successful influencer marketing campaigns at The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference (ABC), taking place June 18 to 19 in Minneapolis, MN, co-hosted by Target.

Target Teams Up with Toy Association to Host Annual Business Conference in Minneapolis, June 18-19
May 6, 2019
Target will be the featured retailer at The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference, June 18 and 19 in the retail giant’s hometown of Minneapolis, MN.

The Genius of Play™ Launches “Play All May”
May 1, 2019
The Genius of Play, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to raising awareness of play's vital role in child development, today announced the kickoff to “Play All May,” the first-ever month-long celebration of play! The celebration will further The Genius of Play’s mission by educating families about the benefits of play, helping parents understand how a “prescription for play” supports children, and encouraging a healthy dose of play alongside other activities.

Annual Business Conference Offers Sessions on Combating Counterfeits Online & Protecting Your Brand
April 30, 2019
Toy professionals will be privy to two informative seminars to help them protect their businesses from counterfeit products during The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference (ABC), taking place Tuesday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 19 in Minneapolis, MN.

Thousands of Playful Fans & Families Flock to Awesome Con Jr
April 30, 2019
Nearly 70,000 attendees, including 8,500 kids, took part in hours of fun this past weekend in Washington, DC at LeftField Media’s pop culture convention Awesome Con and Awesome Con Jr, the show’s kid-centric programming and exhibition co-hosted by The Toy Association.

Awesome Con Jr Brings Fun for All Ages to Washington, D.C.
April 18, 2019
Awesome Con, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, is proud to present the return of Awesome Con Jr, a family-focused pavilion powered by The Toy Association, which takes over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28. Awesome Con Jr provides hours of fun with entertaining and educational programs for fans of all ages, including interactive workshops with characters from hit shows, costume parades, art sessions with professionals, coloring contests, and more. Full details on the activities can be found at

Target Executives to Impart Key Business Insights at Annual Business Conference
April 15, 2019
Want to hear about the future of retail through the eyes of one of the biggest retailers in the U.S.? At this year’s Annual Business Conference, taking place June 18 to 19 in Minneapolis, MN, executives from Target will enlighten attendees on top issues affecting toy businesses today.

Exhibitor Applications Are Being Accepted for Toy Fair Dallas & Toy Fair NY
April 9, 2019
Toy companies interested in exhibiting at the upcoming Toy Fair Dallas and next year’s Toy Fair New York are invited to submit their booth applications while space is available.

Ideas to Grow Your Business: Toy Industry Execs Share Firsthand Experiences at ABC
March 29, 2019
The latest ideas, innovations, and proven strategies to help you grow your business will be shared at The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference, taking place June 18 to 19 in Minneapolis, MN.

Are You Maximizing Your Brand Exposure? Participate in Upcoming Jr. Con Events
March 18, 2019
Looking for a way to amplify exposure of your brand and products? Companies still have time to participate in The Toy Association and LeftField Media’s upcoming Awesome Con Jr. consumer event, taking place April 26 to 28, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Join Us at The Toy Association and Mojo Nation’s Upcoming Summer Party at DISTOY
March 12, 2019
Who doesn’t like cocktails, connecting with colleagues, and a bit of friendly competition involving music trivia? To kick off DISTOY, The Toy Association and Mojo Nation are co-hosting a joint “Summer Party” at Jerusalem Bar in London, UK, on May 28. Toy Association members who will be attending DISTOY are invited to come to the party and sign up for the Association’s music trivia team.

8-Year-Old Girl Gets Ride of Her Life with Princess-Themed Wheelchair Costume at Toy Fair New York
March 1, 2019
The Toy Association partnered with Magic Wheelchair to create a dream-come-true custom wheelchair “costume” for Sarah Garry, who has cerebral palsy as a result of a traumatic brain injury as an infant. Sarah was next to receive a wheelchair costume from the waitlist of more than 20 children from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut who submitted requests to Magic Wheelchair for their very own wheelchair costume. The design and fabrication of the wheelchair costume was led by Brett Klisch, co-founder of Toy Fair’s Creative Factor educational series and president of Peru Meridian Studios.

Discover Key Insights from Target: Register Now for the 2019 Annual Business Conference
February 26, 2019
Registration is open for The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference (formerly the Summer Business Conference), where toy and youth entertainment industry executives will learn critical insights on the most important issues affecting their businesses through an exclusive educational and networking conference. The keynote presentations will be given by top-level executives at Target on the future of retail and how to enhance their business dealings with this influential retailer.

Toy Fair New York Brings Global Toy & Play Community Together for Four Days of Fun!
February 26, 2019
The global toy and play community came together in New York City for The Toy Association’s 116th North American International Toy Fair. In all, more than 26,000 professionals from 98 countries attended the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere, where they got a sneak peek at hundreds of thousands of ground-breaking and creative toys and games spread out across 447,300 net square feet of exhibit space. The show hosted the equivalent of nearly eight football fields filled with toys during its four-day run from February 16, to Tuesday, February 19, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.