Summer’s almost here!
If you’ve never been to a plus size-geared event or any event that aims to empower and inspire you, let 2019 be the year that you attend one. We promise you, you won’t regret it.
These events are a way to meet your favorite influencers, shop and meet indie designers in person, network and just have a great time.
Here’s 5 events coming up that are perfect for first-timers and basically anyone wanting to immerse themselves more within the plus size community while being empowered and having a great time.
#1: NAAFA Conference
When: June 14 – 16, 2019
Where: Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, NV
Why you should attend: In its 50th year (!), this annual three-day conference brings activists, entrepreneurs, industry powerhouses and plus size men and women under the same space with a powerful theme of support, healing and empowerment. NAAFA’s goal with this conference is to advance fat acceptance and equality at any size through speakers and educational workshops, as well as offering a safe place for plus size folks to just have a fun time by the pool and/or at their annual gala and fashion show.
- Body Positive Entrepreneurship with Jamie Lopez, owner of Babydoll Beauty Couture, a full-service beauty salon geared towards serving people of ALL sizes.
- Living #fatandfree with plus size model and activist Saucye West.
- Fat Positive Fitness: Movement for Bigger Bodies with Courtney Marshall, certified Zumba and Spinning Instructor.
- Love & Relationships in a Big Fat World with Dan Oliverio, author and speaker
I’ll also be there as the emcee for the fashion show, where there will be models of ALL sizes represented.
More info/tickets: www.naafaonline.com/dev2/community/index.html
When: August 2 – 4, 2019
Where: Philadelphia, PA (Swim Soiree event portion will be held at Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlin, NJ)
Why you should attend: Fun in the sun and curves all over… that’s what Philadelphia Curve Weekend is all about. So get your favorite swimsuit ready, grab your shades and get ready to dance, mingle and have a great time. Last year’s event also included a partnership with Curvy ALLSTARS to host a cookout and game of touch football. We can’t wait to see what this year’s weekend will bring.
More info/tickets: www.philadelphiacurveweekend.com
#3: TCF Style Expo
When: August 8 – 9, 2019
Where: Atlanta, GA
Why you should attend: This body-positive fashion event is celebrating its 5th year so we’re expecting some major fashion shows, including one featuring big and tall men, as well as some amazing panels, speakers, vendors and more.
Created by Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, this event brings bloggers, influencers, models and media from all over the world under one roof to bond over style, entertainment and empowerment. Fans and followers can get some major face time and mingle with their favorite industry personalities and also shop, party and just have a great time.
More info/tickets: tcfstyleexpo.com
When: August 17 – 18, 2019
Where: Chicago, IL
Why you should attend: Whether you’re an aspiring plus model, blogger, makeup artist or entrepreneur, this is the event to attend if you’re looking to take your brand to the next level, focusing on fashion, preparation, and education.
This unique curvy experience offers aspiring models the chance to get face time with major modeling and talent agencies such as Wilhelmina Models, 10 MGMT, MP Management, 4 Star Casting Agency and more, who will be there scouting for new faces.
Key speakers offer gems of wisdom on business-related topics and workshops offer hands-on information and education in a friendly and open atmosphere. The weekend ends with a fashion show set up in a Project Runway fashion, featuring looks from fashion design students at Columbia College Chicago. Last year’s speakers included Project Runway Model winner Liris Crosse and Author/Influencer Anna O’Brien of Glitter & Lazers.
More info/tickets: www.dreambigmidwest.com
When: August 23 – 26, 2019
Where: Hendersonville, NC
Why you should attend: This sold-out Fat Positive retreat held in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains offers plus size campers all the activities of summer camp while enjoying a retreat-like getaway in a judgment-free space. From pool parties and arts & crafts to Happy Hour and themed parties, Fat Camp is not your typical fat camp. Diet talk is off the table.
Created by Annette Richmond of Fat Girls Traveling, her mission is to offer women of ALL sizes a place to experience camp just like everyone else. While this year is sold out, this is definitely an event to put on your calendar for 2020.
What events will you be attending this summer? Follow us on social media and let us know.