16 Survival Expos You Don’t Want to Miss

When it comes time to learn about new gear, improve your skill set, or pick up some high quality reliable gear, only the best will do. Survival and prepping expos are great ways to do it all at once. No matter where you are in the country, you don’t want to miss these survival expos. Many long-standing survival expos have changed locations or shut down altogether in recent years. We scoured the Internet to find those that are still scheduled.

These expos are a great place to see all the latest advances in gear as well as meet and exchange ideas with likeminded people from all over your region. You’d be surprised at the new ideas, information, and skills you can gain from interacting with other people who are survival or prepping minded. In fact, sometimes the opportunity to meet and chat with other people in your region who are also prepping is one of the biggest benefits of attending a survival expo.

Northeastern United States Survival Expos

#1. New England Bushcraft & Outdoor Expo (Charlton, Massachusetts)

April 28th

This is New England’s main show for wilderness and bush craft skills, adventure travel, and survival. Rescheduled from November, it includes workshops, skills training, and vendor demonstrations. Held on an outdoor programming venue with more than 22-acres including setups for vendors, bush craft village, base camp and onsite food trucks. It’s a family friend event and kids younger than 10 years of age get in free

#2. Ohio Prepper, Survivalist & Firearms Show (Bowling Green, Ohio) – link removed as it wasn’t working anymore

June 9th & 10th, 2018

Hosted by Oath Keepers with an excess of $1,000,000 in merchandise and products from vendors in the areas of survival food, camping, herbs, military surplus, natural healing, homesteading, prepping, tactical, preservation, firearms, and a monster truck show!

#3. Ready Livingston Family Emergency Readiness Expo

Sept 8th, 2018

A free readiness expo with 16 speakers offered nonstop from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Free admission and free parking. Tour the University of Michigan Survival Flight Helicopter, Fire Trucks, Police Vehicles, and Livingston County Sheriff’s Dept Tactical Vehicle & Mobile Command Center.  Focus is on products in the areas of water & food storage, solar panels, batteries, generators, power systems, water collection, purification and water storage, wind energy, self-defense training, freeze dried foods, survival gear, and more.

#4. Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo (Birch Run, Michigan)

Sept 29th, 2018

The largest event like this in the area. Over 15 educational presentations and seminars. The place to be for information and exhibits on survival gear, self-sustainability, off grid living, alternative energy, farming and more.

#5. Bullseye Preparedness & Outdoors Expo (Charleston, West Virginia)

Oct 12th, 13th, & 14th

This is a 3-day expo event with a focus on emergency preparedness, self-reliance, agriculture, financial planning, and primitive skills. This is your chance to purchase supplies, gear, and learn new skills in a family friendly atmosphere.

Central United States Survival Expos You Don’t Want to Miss

#6. Survival, Gun, & Outdoor Show (Rock Island, Illinois)

April 7th & 8th, 2018

More than 400 vendors with survival and prepper gear including knives, ammo, fishing, optics, and more. One stop shopping for weapons, survival, and outdoor vendors.

#7. Greater Ozark zrea Survival Expo & Gun Show-RK Prepper (Springfield, Missouri) June 23rd & 24th

Hundreds of booths with preparedness and survival gear on display. Expert seminars held daily on topics related to preparing for natural disasters, long-term power outages, and more.

#8. Inland Northwest Preparedness Expo (Sandpoint, Idaho)

Sept 22nd & 23rd, 2018

The 3rd annual Preparedness Expo is two days of classes on preparedness topics and includes displays and vendors. See website later this year for details and registration info.

#9. Greater Kansas City Survival Expo & Gun Show-RK Prepper  (Kansas City, Missouri)  

Sept 29th &30th, 2018

Whether it’s a natural disaster, extended power outage or worse, the Greater Kansas City Survival Expo & Gun Show is designed with the serious prepper in mind. Vendors and experts available on topics such as solar power, tactical gear, bug out kits, long term food storage, and more.

Southern United States Survival Expos

#10. South Atlanta Survival Expo & Gun Show-RK Prepper  (Atlanta, Georgia)

May 5th, 2018

Hundreds of booth’s demonstrating preparedness and survival gear. Daily expert seminars.

#11. Greater Alabama Survival & Green Living Expo-RK Prepper  (Huntsville, Alabama) July 14th, 2018

Preparedness & Survival gear on display throughout hundreds of booths. Expert speakers daily on topics such as bug out kits, long term food storage, and tactical gear.

#12. North Atlanta Survival Expo & Gun Show-RK Prepper  (Lawrenceville, Georgia) Aug 25th & 26th, 2018

Focused on preparedness for a natural disaster or extended power outage. Hundreds of booths filled with gear for survival and preparedness. Daily expert speakers on topics such as solar power, long term food storage, tactical gear, bug out kits, and more.

Western United States Survival Expos

#13. Southern Utah Self-Reliance Conference (South Washington, Utah)
May 4th & 5th, 2018

Vendors from all over Utah and across the country come together for this indoor show with a goal of helping folks be better prepared.

#14. PrepperCon (Sandy, UT)

May 18th & 19th, 2018

One of the largest survival and preparedness expos in the nation. The one stop place to learn it all including self-defense techniques, preparedness fundamentals, homesteading, alternative power, first aid and medical, even advanced training. PrepperCon includes panel discussions, Film & TV celebrity speakers, and more than 80 educational classes.

#15. Self Reliance Expo (Denver, Colorado) 

Sept 21st & 22nd

Coordinated by The National Self Reliance Project, the Self Reliance Expo, provides an interactive experience based on survival, preparedness, homesteading, and sustainability. For those looking for a more hands on expo experience, those who want to get back to basics, revive time-honored traditions, and embrace a simpler life, the self-reliance expo is the one to see.

No matter which part of the country you are in or what level of prepping you are currently at, you don’t want to miss these survival expos. Find the one nearest to you and start making plans to get there. Do you know about a survival expo that we didn’t list here? Share the details of your favorite survival expo in the comments below so we can update the list throughout the year.

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9 thoughts on “16 Survival Expos You Don’t Want to Miss”

  1. well these are a little late the ones in utah preper con which was in may 18-19 2018 by the way its now july and i never heard a word until now about it THANKS FOR THE LATE INFO

  2. Most of these shows are annual and the website links are provided so that you can check for next year’s dates for any of the shows you missed. I recommend getting on the mailing list for shows you are interested in so that you get the most up to date information.


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