SEMA Show Special Events



The SEMA Show is so much more than just exhibits---it’s the chance to connect with your peers, see what’s new and really experience the industry in a unique way. Make the most of your time in Las Vegas by being part of our special events.

It’s easy to register. Click here and “ADD EVENT TICKETS.” See you in Las Vegas!


Cars and Coffee, SEMA Edition
Tuesday – Friday, Nov. 5-8
8:00 am – 9:00 am
LVH, Outdoor Patio

**No tickets required**

Among the new attractions at the 2013 SEMA Show will be Cars & Coffee, SEMA Edition. Taking place in the outdoor patio on the south side of the LVH (adjacent to the LVCC North Hall) from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. each morning of the Show, Cars & Coffee gives attendees a great place to start their day. Grab a cup of coffee and a donut, check out some cool vehicles, mingle with colleagues, then get a jumpstart on your day by visiting the newly expanded Featured Exhibitors section at the LVH.

Manufacturers Rep Roundtable
Sunday, Nov. 3
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
LVH, Ballroom D

Building on the success of the sold-out 2012 Rep Technology Roundtable, the Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN) will again host a collection of business-critical discussions moderated by industry leaders on Sunday, November 3, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Hotel. Through these intimate roundtable discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive practical solutions to real-world issues. Visit the Rep Round Table Event Page for details and tickets. 

Exhibitor Appreciation Party
Monday, Nov. 4
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
LVCC Entrance

This is SEMA's chance to say thanks to exhibitors and kick off what will be another amazing Show. The Exhibitor Appreciation Party will be held Monday evening, November 4, 5:00-6:30 p.m., “out front” at the Las Vegas Convention Center, right in the heart of the coolest car displays at the show. This event is open to all exhibitors and will include refreshments, entertainment and great networking—compliments of SEMA.

New Products Breakfast/SEMA Award Presentation
Tuesday, Nov. 5
7:30 am – 8:45 am
LVH, Ballroom A

SEMA’s annual New Product Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievements in the development of products being introduced to the automotive specialty-equipment market at the SEMA Show. The award winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 1, from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the New Products Awards Breakfast, which will take place in the LVH. Products are judged in 16 award categories, and each category will have one winner and two runners-up. For more information about entering products in the New Products Showcase, visit 

SEMA Award
Tuesday, Nov. 5
7:30 am – 8:45 am
LVH, Ballroom A

In addition, the New Products Breakfast will be the venue for the announcement of the SEMA Award honors. The SEMA Award is bestowed on vehicle models in four categories: “Hottest Car,” “Hottest Sport Compact Car,” “Hottest Truck” and “Hottest 4x4-SUV.” The SEMA Award winners represent the models that industry experts—the SEMA Show exhibitors—most often feature in their booths as the hottest rides for the enthusiast market. It also underscores the cooperative relationship between the automakers and SEMA-member companies. 

SEMA Seminars
Monday – Thursday, Nov. 4-7
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
LVCC, North Hall Meeting Rooms

The SEMA Education Institute (SEI) offers more than 50 free and several “pay-to-attend” educational events that cover everything from online marketing to customer service, management, industry trends and more. These courses are designed to provide practical tools, and they are presented by top industry experts. The courses and events are open only to registered 2013 SEMA Show attendees, exhibitors and media. For a complete list of the 2013 curricula, visit

Health-Care Reform Law Seminar
Monday, Nov. 4
11:00 am
LVCC, N253

Of particular interest to SEMA-member companies is a unique offering from the SEMA government affairs staff on the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare.”) The seminar will cover what SEMA members need to know about the act, including the recent delay in implementation of the employer mandate portion of the law. It is critical that all SEMA-member companies understand the law and plan accordingly. The presentation will included details on the employer and individual mandates, tax credits available to small businesses and the insurance exchanges being created to assist smaller companies and individuals in shopping for affordable coverage. The session will be held Monday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. in the upper North Hall, room N253. 

SEMA Vehicle Technology Center and Theater
Tuesday – Friday, Nov. 5-8
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
LVCC, Grand Lobby

The SEMA Vehicle Technology Center (VTC) and the Technology Briefing Seminar (TBS) program are designed to connect members to the benefits of vehicle technology and performance product development solutions, resources and partnerships. The VTC will once again be located in the LVCC Grand Lobby and includes a wide range of high-profile speakers who will address vehicle and system technologies, mobile youth and lifestyle trends and performance branding. Visit or for a complete schedule of VTC keynotes and briefing sessions.

NHRA Breakfast
Wednesday, Nov. 6
7:30 am – 9:00 am
LVH, Ballroom A

The much-anticipated and popular annual NHRA Breakfast is always a standing-room only event. The breakfast will once again include several interesting personalities from the world of drag racing. Don’t miss this popular event on Wednesday, Nov. 6. A continental breakfast will be served. 

SBN 20th Anniversary: Celebrating Past, Present and Future
Wednesday, Nov. 6
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
LVH, Club Oasis

The SBN also is celebrating 20 years of advancing women in the aftermarket with a reception on Wednesday, November 6, from 6:00 8:00 p.m. in the LVH. The event is free for SBN members, and the highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Athena awards. The Athena Award winners are chosen through a peer nomination and selection process. This year’s awards will include the SBN Champion, Mentor of the Year, Woman of the Year and Rising Star. To join the celebration, register at 

Speed Networking Breakfast, Powered by the SBN
Thursday, Nov. 7
7:15 am – 9:00 am
LVH, Ballroom A

The annual Speed Networking Breakfast, sponsored by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Netowork (SBN) is open to all SEMA members and is the fastest and easiest way to meet peers, prospects and vendor associates. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet movers and shakers in short, three-minute intervals—but hurry: The breakfast has sold out each of the last five years, and attendance is limited to just 250 people. The breakfast will be held Thursday, November 7, from 7:15 to 9:00 a.m. in the Las Vegas Hotel. Visit for details and tickets. 

SEMA Launch Pad Presented By YEN
Thursday, Nov. 7
9:00 am – 10:30 am
LVCC, Grand Lobby, Vehicle Technology Center

**No tickets required**

SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN) celebrates the next generation of entrepreneurs with its inaugural Launch Pad competition. This contest offers innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 an industry platform to showcase their business plans for marketing new automotive products or services. Five finalists will pitch their business plans to industry leaders in a live event on stage at the 2013 SEMA Show, and the judges will select and award the winning YEN executive with a prize package designed to help take his or her business to the next level. The finals will be held Thursday, November 7, from 9:00 to10:30 a.m. at the Vehicle Technology Center in the Grand Lobby of the LVCC. 

SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet
Thursday, Nov. 7
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
LVH, Garden Patio & Paradise Ballroom

The SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet is the annual celebration of the specialty-equipment industry and is highlighted by top-flight entertainment. It also provides the backdrop for the presentation of industry awards that include the SEMA Person of the Year, the SEMA WD of the Year and the SEMA Manufacturers’ Rep Agency of the Year. In addition, the 2013 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees— George Barris, Eric Grant, Wade Kawasaki and Joe Schubeck—will be honored for their contributions to the industry. The banquet will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 7. 


SEMA After-Party
Thursday, Nov. 7
10:00 – 11:00 pm
LVH, Paradise Event Center

"American Idol's" Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks has been added to the 2013 SEMA Show Banquet's entertainment lineup. He will sing the National Anthem at the SEMA Awards Banquet and return after the dinner to perform a 60-minute acoustic set at the SEMA After-Party starting at 10:00 p.m.

Café SEMA: In the Know With a Cup of Joe!
Friday, Nov. 8
9:00 am – 10:00 am
LVCC, N251

Café SEMA is not a classroom lecture; it’s a one-hour conversation between business pros who provide expert advice about how to help an organization take the next step. Topics for this year’s Café SEMA will include effective female leadership in a male-dominated environment, social media, websites and product development. It’s a great opportunity to get a lot of information in a very short time. The event will be held Friday, November 8, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the LVCC. Visit for details and to order tickets. 

SEMA Cruise at Show Close
Friday, Nov. 8
4:00 pm
LVCC, Gold Lot

**No tickets required**

The capper for the 2013 SEMA Show will be the now-annual SEMA Cruise. As the booths are dismantled and the products are packaged for shipment home, the booth and feature vehicles depart the convention center. This parade of rolling art became an official part of the Show two years ago and is now one of the most-anticipated aspects of the annual gathering by the local populace. The cruise begins when the Show ends at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. The festivities include awards, giveaways, entertainment and seating for the crowd—expanded this year with additional bleachers. The parade culminates in a car show that will be housed in the Gold Lot across from the convention center. It’s a great way to celebrate a fantastic week of innovation and invention.

To register for these events, please click here and select “Add Event Ticket.”