Dallas Market Center Ramps Up 2021 Buying Events

Dallas Market Center has set its official 2021 calendar that includes 31 markets and trade events, the highest number of events it has hosted in more than a decade, said company officials.

For 2021, in addition to its traditional market events, the center will continue to host smaller open houses and First Monday/Tuesday events as well as new global events for commercial and architectural lighting as well as Western and English products.

“We are anticipating strong momentum continuing into 2021 as more buying and selling is done in Dallas than any other marketplace,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “As a market center with tremendous flexibility we are able to respond quickly to serve buyers year-round with additional events to support their business. We are gearing up for a highly successful new year.”

Highlights for 2021 include four Total Home & Gift Markets, featuring hundreds of permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits showcasing gift and home, gourmet and housewares, holiday and floral. Five Apparel & Accessories Markets showcase the nation’s largest collection of apparel, accessories and footwear. There will be two editions of Lightovation, the largest residential lighting trade event in North America. And four KidsWorld Markets will be held inside the largest permanent marketplace in the U.S. for apparel and accessories, toys and gifts.

In addition to in-person events, the market center continues to support omnichannel digital tools and virtual experiences for product discovery and buying. A partnership with MarketTime, a provider of B2B software as a service solutions, is accelerating the adoption of MarketTime’s business management suite for manufacturers, sales teams and retailers.

DMC also said a platform for virtual trade shows and a global B2B e-commerce marketplace for buyers will drive discovery and 24-7 commerce via thousands of products from leading brands across a wide range of product categories. A MarketTime Experience Center will be opening inside Dallas Market Center in the coming weeks.

Dallas Market Center will host the first U.S. markets of the year in 2021 including Total Home & Gift Market (January 6-12), Lightovation (January 7-10), Apparel & Accessories Market (January 12-15), KidsWorld (January 12-15), WESA’s International Western/English Apparel & Accessories Market (January 14-17), AETA International Trade Show (January 14-17), and the Dallas Men’s Show (January 30-February 2).

Following the January events will be open houses, First Monday & Tuesday events, and spring trade events including the combined Apparel & Accessories Market + Total Home & Gift Market + KidsWorld (March 23-26) followed by Spring Design Week (April 5-8).