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The top two locations for Rock, Gem and Mineral Shows in the USA are; #1 Tucson (Feb), #2  Denver (Sep). People travel from all over the world to visit these two shows. The Tucson event is made up of multiple shows (approx. 40) that, almost, seem to consume the entire city.  The Denver event is much smaller (5 shows) but all the quality dealers are present and it is often said the prices are more reasonable. You will also find some dealers at the Denver show that you will not see at Tucson. With attendance that range above 40,000 these shows really fall in to the super-show catogory.

You can verify dates and times for each Mineral Show and obtain directions to the show by going to the Club’s website.


To be included in this list the shows should have 50+ Vendors.  But, vendor numbers can deceive, see my note at the bottom and left corner of this page.


I am certain I have missed some major show from this list.


2018


SEPTEMBER


8-16--- DENVER, COLORADO: Denver Coliseum & Stadium Show; Eons Expos; 5 shows - show is located at I-70 exit 275B, Brighton Blvd, one mile east of the intersection of I-70 and I-25. ( The Shows straddles both sides of I-70) The addresses of the Coliseum show venue is: Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt Street.  Daily 9-6; free admission; 400 wholesale and retail dealers, fine minerals, fossils, meteorites, petrified wood, amber, museum exhibits. For booth rentals contact, Heather, ; e-mail: Heather@EonsExpos.com Web site: www.ColiseumShow.com


DENVER COLORADO; Annual Denver Gem and Mineral Show - staged by 8 area clubs; 140+ dealers, special exhibits, competitive cases, featured presentations. http://www.denvermineralshow.com/


Find Mineral Show Denver - http://finemineralshow.com/Denver/


OCTOBER


12-14 --- Warren, MICHIGAN: Michigan Mineralogical Society Annual Show.  Fri 9 am - 6 pm; Sat 10 am - 7 pm; Sun 11 am - 5 pm. South Macomb Community College Expo Center, Building P located in the southeast section of the campus (14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088) and is best reached off of Hayes Road. 60+ dealers. Contact: dlurie2001@comcast.net Web site: www.michmin.org




2019


January


Jan - 1 through Feb. 28 --- QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA: Wholesale and retail show; Desert Gardens RV Park; Desert Gardens RV Park; 1055 Kuehn St.; Mon. 9-dusk, Sun. 9-dusk; free admission; crystals, minerals, rough, polished, jewelry, lapidary equipment; contact Sharon (manager), 1055 Kuehn St., Quartzsite, AZ 85346-2818, (928) 927-6361; e-mail: info@desertgardensrvpark.net http://desertgardensrvpark.net/DGShowHome.html


Jan 4-6  --- MESA, ARIZONA: annual show; Flagg Mineral Foundation; Mesa Community College; THE WEST PARKING LOT ON DOBSON ROAD JUST NORTH OF THE SUPERSTITION FREEWAY (ROUTE 60), MESA, ARIZONA; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; free admission, more than 100 dealers, crystals, minerals, fossils, club and museum booths;  Web site: http://www.flaggshow.info/


January -February 2019


Jan 31 - Feb 17 --- TUCSON, ARIZONA: 22nd Street Show. Wholesale and retail; Eons Expos LLLP; large tent; 22nd St. at Interstate 10 (600 West 22nd Street); Daily 9-6; free admission; 220 booths, minerals, fossils,, meteorites, petrified wood, amber, gems, jewelry; Web site: http://www.22ndstreetshow.com/


Feb 1-13 --- TUCSON, ARIZONA: PUEBLO GEM & MINERAL SHOW.  Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway Rd. Tucson, Arizona, USA. Hours: Daily 10-6:30 Free and open to the public. Wholesale and retail. Show Promoter: Tucson West Hotel Associates, LLC Phone: (310) 586-6816 Email: info@pueblogemshow.com http://www.pueblogemshow.com/



Feb 2-13 --- TUCSON, ARIZONA: Wholesale and retail show -; Martin Zinn Expositions, LLC; Hotel Tucson City Center; 475 N. Granada; Daily 10-6, 10-5 on 2/10; free admission; over 330 dealers, Gallery of Artists displays; contact Regina Aumente, PO Box 665, Bernalillo, NM 87004, (505) 867-0425; e-mail: mzexpos@gmail.com See website https://www.mzexpos.com for addtional info.


??? --- TUCSON, ARIZONA: Wholesale and retail show - Kino Gem & Mineral Show, Kino Sports Complex. Hours: Daily 10-6, final day 10-4 Admission: Free parking. Wholesale and retail. Show Promoter: AS Shows, Inc.  Email: info@as-shows.com Website: http://www.as-shows.com/kino-gem-show


February 2019


8-11 --- TUCSON, ARIZONA: Westward Look Show; Fine Minerals, Westward Look Resort; 245 E. Ina Rd.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-6, Mon. 10-5; free admission; Email: info@finemineralshow.com Web site: http://www.finemineralshow.com


14-17 --- TUCSON, ARIZONA: (The Main Show) Annual show of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society; Tucson Convention Center; 260 S. Church Ave.; Thu. 10-6, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $13 ;Tucson Gem & Mineral Society, Email: tgms@tgms.org  Website - http://www.tgms.org/


List of 43+ Tucson Winter Shows at http://www.tucsongemshows.net/coming.html


MARCH


???--- SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society; Santa Clara County Fairgrounds; 344 Tully Rd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, children (under 12) free; 50+ dealers; Web site: www.scvgms.org  



April


3-7 --- EDISON NJ: NY / NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show. NJ Convention & Exposition Center, Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Ave. Edison NJ. Presented by Eons Expos. . Wen-Fri open Noon - 8 pm, Sat & Sun:10 am - 6 pm. Parking: Free, Admission: Wen - Fri $10 Entry, Ages 4 - up, under 4 years old are Free. Sat-Sun $15 Entry, Ages 4 - up, under 4 years old are Free, check website for Sat & Sun discount tickets for on-line advance sales. web site -

http://www.ny-nj-gemshow.com/show_details.php


May


May 3th - 5th ( a noteworth show but not, yet, a Major USA Show) ---  KALAMAZOO, MI.  Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society (KGMS) 60th Annual Gem & Mineral Show.  Location -  Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Fri 4-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. At 40,000 square feet of show space the KGMS show is one of the largest and best attended shows in Michigan. While it does not make the vendor count of 50+ vendors to qualify as a major USA rock & mineral show it has grown continually since 2013. Due to a number of extra large vendor booths, extra club and  non-profit booths, the show has the feel of a larger show than it is. 2019 is the 60th birthday for the KGMS Rock and Mineral Show, KGMS anticipates more than 40 booths of vendors, activities and attractions, in 2019; expect something special! Get, or make your mother day gift here. An event for the whole family.  Entrance Fees: Adults (12 and up) $4.00 , kids (under 12) free with paid adult. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, Bluebirds free when in uniform! CONTACT: KalamazooRockClub.org or the  Dealer Liaison


4-5--- CINCINNATI, OH; Wholesale and Retail Show, Cincinnati Mineral Society, SHARONVILLE CONVENTION CENTER 11355 Chester Road,  Sharonville, OH 4524.  Sat. 10:00-6:00, Sun. 11:00-5:00,  50 retail dealers, 4 wholesale dealers.

For more information  http://www.geofair.com


June


21-23  --- Bedfort, IN (formaly known as the Bloomington Show)

GEM MINERAL - FOSSIL SHOW - SWAP

Sponsored by Lawrence County Rock Club, Inc. Show and Swap Schedule - EDT

Friday          10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Saturday       9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Sunday        10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Held: Lawrence County Fairgrounds, South of Bedford, IN  Directions: From the junction of IN 37 and US 50, south of Bedford, turn west on US 50W. Go about 0.6 miles, fairgrounds on right.

Address: 11265 W US 50, Bedford, IN. http://www.lawrencecountyrockclub.org/rockshow.html

For information call: 812-675-6034


AUGUST


??? --- Springfield, MA; East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show; 305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Admissions $8, under 13 free with adult, parking -$5 a day. Martin Zinn Expositions LLC; 200 dealers from the U.S. and abroad, offering a variety of items related to earth sciences. Door prizes, guest speakers and  museum quality exhibits.  Largest wholesale section in the East! https://www.mzexpos.com/east-coast-show



Southern Michgian Rock and Mineral Show page


Major Rock and Mineral Shows in the Midwest page



Major ROCK, GEM AND MNINERAL SHOWS in the USA

2018

Join me May 3 -5, 2019 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Adults (12 and up) $4.00, kids (under 12) free with paid adult.


The KGMS Rock, Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show a great event for the whole family!


Bigger in 2019! With two large rooms, totaling 40,000 square feet, the KGMS  Show qualifies as a major midwest rock and mineral show. It is one of the best attended and largest shows in Michigan. KGMS is anticipating over 40 booths of vendors, activites and attractions.


The Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society  (KGMS) annual Show is held at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI


The Show always takes place the weekend before Mother’s  Day (Either the last weekend of April or the first weekend in May)


Vendor contact mailto: KGMSvendors@gmail.com -

website - www.kalamazoorockclub.org

When you go to a Rock and Mineral  Show - you will know if you are at a major show.

The problem with using a vendor count to determine if a show is a major show, is a booth can be 14 tables or one table. While it is improbable to have a 50 vendor show made up of 50, 1 table booths, many shows have small booths mixed in with larger booths.

I have not been to all the shows on this page and I am certain I have mised a few large shows that should be on this list. I may have also include a few shows that do not quite qualify as a major rock and mineral show.