The Ultimate Guide to Conferences for Creatives in 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Conferences for Creatives in 2018

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 2019 dates are announced, I will remove listings from the 2018 section and add them to the bottom of this page.

Creative Conferences 2018

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

  • UI/UX Conf 2018 // September 1-2, 2018 // Shanghai, China // UI/UX designers
  • The Weird Experience // September 2-6, 2018 // Þíngeyri, Iceland // creative women
  • Catalyst Art Retreat // September 2-8, 2018 // Tuscany, Italy // artists & creatives
  • Inbound // September 4-7, 2018 // Boston, Massachusetts // digital marketers
  • // September 5, 2018 // Stockholm, Sweden // designers
  • Hopscotch Design Festival // September 6-7, 2018 // Raleigh, North Carolina // designers & creatives
  • theCURVYcon // September 6-8, 2018 // New York, New York // plus size fashion bloggers
  • TBEX North America // September 11-13, 2018 // Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York // travel bloggers
  • Digital Summit Detroit // September 12-13, 2018 // Detroit, Michigan // digital marketers
  • Brand New Conference // September 13-14, 2018 // New York, New York // marketers & designers
  • Bloggy Conference // September 14, 2018 // Sandusky, Ohio // bloggers
  • Pinners Conference & Expo // September 14-15, 2018 // Arlington, Texas // Pinterest influencers and bloggers
  • Circles Conference // September 19-21, 2018 // Fort Worth, Texas // designers, tech junkies and makers
  • STORY // September 20-21, 2018 // Nashville, Tennessee // creatives
  • Savor Life Summit // September 23-25, 2018 // Saugerties, New York // women entrepreneurs
  • Digital Summit Chicago // September 26-27, 2018 // Chicago, Illinois // digital marketers
  • FinCon // September 26-29, 2018 // Orlando, Florida // financial bloggers and podcasters
  • Type-A Parent Annual Conference // September 27-29, 2018 // Chicago, Illinois // bloggers who happen to be parents
  • ZBrush Summit // September 27-30, 2018 // Los Angeles, California // digital artists
  • Portland Creative Conference // September 28, 2018 // Portland, Oregon // creative industries professionals
  • Art Makers Denver // September 28-30, 2018 // Denver, Colorado // artists
  • Better World By Design // September 28-30, 2018 // Providence, Rhode Island // socially-driven designers and creatives
  • Spark Women’s Retreat // September 28-30, 2018 // Zion National Park, Utah // creative women
  • In the MKNG // September 29-30, 2018 // Bethel, New York // creatives
  • VenturePOP! // September 29-30, 2018 // New Orleans, Louisiana // creative entrepreneurs

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018


Best creative conferences?

Drop a note on Instagram 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?

What did I miss?

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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