Top 27 VR/AR Events, Expos and Conferences to Attend in 2018

7 Dec , 2017 Others Mina Bradley

Top 27 VR/AR Events, Expos and Conferences to Attend in 2018

There are many VR events, conferences, expos and film festivals worth attending, and we’ve handpicked the best ones with agenda & venue, as well as social media information attached. Give this a read and pick out your favorite ones to visit! 

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VR/AR/MR Conferences, Expos, Festivals & Summits

Top VR events-SXSW

Date (for VR/AR events only): March 10 & 13-15, 2018

Venue: To be announced

South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.

IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

Top VR Event IEEE-VR-2018

Date: March 18-22, 2018

Venue: Stadthalle Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany

Check here for pricing.

Top VR AR Event GDC

Date: March 19-23, 2018

Venue: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, USA

Check their passes and pricing for more information.

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Top VR AR Event SVVR

Date: March 29-31, 2017

Venue: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

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Date: April 11-13, 2017

Venue: Millenium Square, Bristol, UK

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Top VR Event World-VR-Forum

World VR Forum is a Swiss non profit organization dedicated to advancing the virtual, augmented and mixed reality industries.

Date: June 7-10, 2018

Venue: Crans-Montana, Switzerland

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Top VR AR Event VRLA

VRLA is a high-end virtual reality expo based in Log Angeles, CA, USA. For VRLA 2018, you can purchase a $299 Pro Pass for an all-inclusive two-day pass to access everything the exposition has to offer, or a $40 Saturday Pass, and if you’re a student you can get an additional discount off the Saturday Pass which only grants access on Saturday.

Date: May 4-5, 2018

Venue: South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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VR Event AR-VR-Innovate

Date: May 10-11, 2018

Venue: RDS Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

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Date: March 19-20, 2018

Venue: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Top VR AR Event AWE-USA-2017

Augmented World Expo (AWE) is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to AR/augmented reality and VR/virtual reality with events in the USA, Asia and Europe. 

These event brings together a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and top press in a fantastic opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and experience first hand the most exciting industry of our times. 

AWE also has events in Europe and Asia

Date: May 30 - June 1, 2018

Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, USA

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Top VR AR Event ARVR E3-2018

Date: June 12-14, 2018

Venue: To be announced

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Top VR AR Event ARVR-World

AR & VR World now in its third year, is the principal annual meeting place in Europe for the enterprise-focused AR, MR and VR community.

AR&VR World is the only practical conference and exhibition dedicated to serving the community. Its aim is to develop a blue print for enterprises who are thinking of utilising ARVR technology and, to walk current users through the next stage of their application development with the goal of spearheading commercialisation.

Date: June 12-14, 2018

Venue: ExCel, London, UK

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VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo-Toronto

Date: June 15-18, 2018; 10am-6pm.

Venue: Rogers Communications Centre, Toronto, Canada

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The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories focuses on curating the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms. FIVARS is the first Canadian festival of its kind featuring many world premieres and in our preview screenings and events, audience responses are consistently full of contemplation, surprise, delight, controversy and wonder.

FIVARS is a presentation of VRTO – Toronto’s virtual reality meetup group and think tank.

Date: To be announced

2017 Venue: House of VR, Toronto, ON, Canada

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You can also download the FIVARS VR Festival app for Android devices on Google Play

Top VR AR Event Virtual-Reality-Summit

Date: June 27-29, 2018

Venue: Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX), Seoul, South Korea

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Virtual Reality 20/20 is the must-attend event for film/television/digital content/gaming industry executives, consumer electronics companies, VCs/angel investors, retailers, publishers, news outlets, sports franchises, advertising agencies, brands, social media channels, educators and other business leaders.

Date: October 16th, 2017

Venue: Stewart Hotel, New York City, New York, USA

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Date: October 24-26, 2017

Venue: DeLaMar Theater, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Top VR AR Event NYVR-2017

Date: October 25-27, 2018

Venue: Jacob Javits Center, New York City, NY, USA

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Top VR AR event VRevolution

Date: November 15, 2017

Venue: Union Fare, New York, NY, USA

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top VR event VRST

Date: November 28 - December 1, 2018

Venue: Masaru Ibuka Auditorium, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

You can contact for more information.

Top VR Event VRX-conference-expo-2017

Date: December 7-8, 2017

Venue: Marriott Marquis Hotel, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Tech Conventions by Industry Magnates

top VR AR event Vision VRAR Summit

Date: May 1-2, 2017

Venue: Loews Hollywood Hotel, Log Angeles, CA, USA

Top VR AR Event F8-Facebook-2018

Date: May 1-2, 2018

Venue: McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

You can sign up for updates about the F8 on its website.

Top VR AR event Google-I-O

Date: May 1-2, 2018

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, USA

There are two types of tickets for Google I/O, whether for drawing applicants or invitees: 

General Admission: $1,150

Academic Admission: $375

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You can also check for updates on Google Developers blog.

Top VR AR Event WWDC-Apple

Date: June 5-9, 2017

Venue: McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

Top VR AR Event Oculus-Connect-4

Date: October 11-12, 2017

Venue: McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

Oculus Connect is an annual virtual reality developer conference hosted by Oculus from Facebook. It’s designed to bring together VR developers from around the world with expertise in a variety of platforms and mediums to collaborate and share ideas to push the VR industry forward.

If you’re a student or academic faculty you may be considered for the $99 Student/Academic Pass rate. If you’re a VR content creator and developer, you might be eligible for a discount if you reference your portfolio in your application.

Top VR AR Event Samsung-Developer-Conference

Date: October 18-19, 2017

Venue: Moscone West, SanFrancisco, CA, USA

Besides the events mentioned above, you can also find local VR events to attend by searching on Meetup.

This page is consistently updated, so check back for updates regularly. If you know of any events that we haven’t included yet, let us know in the comments below!

Mina Bradley

Mina is a digital marketing strategist, content marketer, and editor-in-chief of the VeeR VR Blog. She specializes in feature shorts, tech news and product reviews.

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8 Responses

  1. K says:

    Woah! This must have taken a loooot of work! Thanks for the info!!

  2. Ighuaran says:

    Excellent work.Thank you for the list.

  3. Mauricio Santos says:

    Hi. I was invited to attend the Realities 360 2018 organized by eLearning Guild in San Jose in June. I realized it was not listed by you. Would you able to give an analysis regarding this event?

  4. Lucas says:

    I’m working on the Byron Bay International Film Festival’s VR events including Co_Lab_Create which is an Industry only conference held in one of the most beautiful beachside towns in Australia.
    As a key listing for world-class XR events like ours we would very much appreciate it if you would add us to your listing.

    You will find some key information regarding the event below.
    Location: Byron Bay, Australia
    Event Type: Symposium/Festival
    What It’s All About:
    2018 sees the 3rd edition of this annual networking, collaborative think-tank for XR professionals seeking to unleash their creativity, grow their technical knowledge and the possibilities for Australasia’s Realities Industry. Alongside the Byron Bay International Film Festival’s established program of cutting-edge film content, Co_Lab_Create encompasses a rich program of events, workshops and masterclasses — providing connections, skills and knowledge enhancement in the unique and beautiful setting of one of the world’s most famous beachside towns.
    Considered by many to be Australia’s Key XR event Co_Lab_Create brings representatives from leading and emerging Australian and New Zealand VR/AR/VFX companies together along with key international Developers and Directors.
    Co_Lab_Create is a selective event with limited spaces available for more information about how to apply visit

    With thanks

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