The Ultimate Guide to Conferences for Creatives in 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Conferences for Creatives in 2019

Looking to learn, grow and network with other creatives? Check out these events for creative entrepreneurs, bloggers, designers, crafters & artists. 

I’ve talked about how meeting other creatives face-to-face at conferences, craft shows and other events has been absolutely crucial for growing my biz over the years.

While there are plenty of conference roundups out there, I couldn’t find one that comprehensively listed the types of creative conferences that I’d like to attend or speak at. So I decided to create one!

What I mean by “creative conference”

I’m taking a pretty broad approach to what it means to be a “creative conference,” which is why I’m including events like Dragoncon, which is full of INCREDIBLY creative people. I also included a lot of Maker Faires here. I’ve been to a few, including the flagship event near San Francisco, and they are awesome events for creatives to meet each other, learn and get inspired. Both of these events are a meeting of like-minded folks and they usually offer some type of workshop or educational panel.

I steered clear of most traditional business and digital marketing industry events for this roundup, but I included a few bigger conferences that are known for kickass speakers and amazing content. (Here’s a great directory of business and marketing conferences if you’re interested. And if you’re into zines and small press publishing, check out this list of zine events.)

Most events listed here are geared towards individual creative entrepreneurs, artists, bloggers, designers, infopreneurs and crafters. I’ve included the primary target audience for each conference below.

The majority of these events are based in the United States, but if you live anywhere in the world and know of a creative entrepreneur conference that should be on this list, please contact me and let me know!

Want to know more about my favorite creative conferences, including the ones I’ve attended and/or spoken at? Listen to Episode 013 of my podcast, Badass Creatives:

This list is being continually updated. As 2020 dates are announced, I will remove listings from the 2019 section and add them to the bottom of this page.

Creative Conferences 2019

January 2019

  • Field Trip // January 8-15, 2019 // Havana, Cuba // photographers and designers
  • Creativation // January ​17-21, 2019 // Phoenix, Arizona // creative industry professionals
  • #BlogHer Health // January 24-25, 2019 // Los Angeles, California // female bloggers

February 2019

  • Southern Coterie Summit // February 6-8, 2019 // Sea Island, Georgia // creatives and entrepreneurs
  • PubWest Conference // February 7-9, 2019 // Santa Fe, New Mexico // writers
  • Digital Summit Phoenix // February 11-12, 2019 // Phoenix, Arizona // digital marketers
  • VidCon London // February 14-17, 2019 // London, United Kingdom // online video creators
  • The Lola Retreat // February 15-17, 2019 // Los Angeles, California // women who want to take control of their finances
  • Kalispell Mini Maker Faire / February 16, 2019 // Kalispell, Montana // makers + creatives
  • WorkbenchCon // February 21-23, 2019 // Atlanta, Georgia // DIYers, makers, influencers and bloggers
  • Self-Employment in the Arts Conference // February 23-24, 2019 // Chicago, Illinois // artists
  • Design Influencers Conference // February 24-26, 2019 // Atlanta, Georgia // interior design influencers and interior designers
  • WPPI // February 25-March 1, 2019 // Las Vegas, Nevada // wedding and portrait photographers and filmmakers
  • Digital Summit Seattle // February 26-27, 2019 // Seattle, Washington // digital marketers
  • Field Trip // February 28 – March 4, 2019 // Marfa, Texas // photographers and designers

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Best creative conferences?

Drop me a note and let me know which conferences for creatives you’ve personally attended or hope to attend. In your opinion, which creative conferences are the best?

I’ll continue to update this list as more creativity conferences are announced, so please contact me if you know of a conference that should be here!

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