The 2018 NAMM Show: Everything You Need to Know Before You Arrive

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The NAMM Foundation brings college music students and faculty, music educators, nonprofits and partners together to attend the world’s largest music products trade show, The NAMM Show. Next week you’ll be networking with peers and industry leaders, learning tips for success at professional development sessions, and more.

Below is everything you need to know prior to arriving at The 2018 NAMM Show.

Plan Your Show!

View The NAMM Show Event Guide, download the NEW NAMM Show mobile app and search for GenNext, Music Education Days, and Nonprofit programs to add events to your calendar. You can also search for a complete schedule of education sessions, concerts and events on

Where to Pick Up Your Badge On Site

ACC, Back of Hall B/C (in front of EAC desk)
ACC, Back of Hall D
ACC, Box Office C/D
ACC, Grand Plaza Tent
ACC, Hall E Ticket Office
Marriott, Platinum Desks
ACC, ACC North

Don’t forget to bring your badge confirmation, which you received via email when you registered.

Onsite Registration (if you are registering for a badge on site)
Hilton, Lower Level, Tour Lounge    

Badge Will Call Hours for All Badges
Wednesday, Jan. 24: 8 – 5 pm (Grand Plaza tent and ACC North open until 10 pm)
Thursday, Jan. 25: 7 – 6 pm
Friday, Jan. 26:  8 – 6 pm
Saturday, Jan. 27: 8 – 6 pm
Sunday, Jan. 28: 8 – 4 pm (excluding Anaheim Marriott)

Parking Options

Plan ahead to make parking less stressful. We recommend carpooling if possible as lots will be busy. View the parking and badge map for parking pricing and badge pick up locations on The NAMM Campus. For information on parking locations, please read this important parking and transportation article

What You Should Bring With You

  • Comfortable shoes, as there are literally “miles” of exhibits
  • A printed copy of your emailed badge confirmation
  • Photo identification- this will be required at every entrance

Exhibit Floor

Exhibit locations: Anaheim Convention Center, ACC North Hall & Anaheim Marriott

Exhibit Hours at The 2018 NAMM Show:
Thursday, Jan. 25        10 am – 6 pm
Friday, Jan. 26             10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, Jan. 27        10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, Jan. 28           10 am – 5 pm

Your GenNext, Music Education Days, or Nonprofit badge allows access to the trade show floor everyday during Exhibit Hours.

Education Campuses

Hilton Anaheim - GenNext and NAMM Foundation events
Anaheim Convention Center -  Music Education Days and the Nonprofit Management Institute

This year, education at The NAMM Show is tripling, offering hundreds of sessions across multiple topics and disciplines that will help you grow your business and career. Search the comprehensive education schedule.

Luggage & Bags

No luggage is allowed in the Convention Center. Backpacks, briefcases or rolling briefcases are okay. Bags may be no larger than 17" x 12" x 8." All bags are subject to search.

There is no bag check in the Anaheim Convention Center.  Bag and coat check is only available in the Hilton Hotel and space is very limited so plan ahead!

What To Wear

The weather in So-Cal is typically moderate, never humid, and always PERFECT. This year is the one exception! Weather is predicted to be in the 60s. Dress in layers and bring a coat and you’ll be fine. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella though- there’s always a chance of rain in Southern California in January!

What to Eat
Find food at the following locations:

  • Concessions located throughout the entire Anaheim Convention Center
  • Concessions located within each show floor community lounge
  • Beverage Bars located throughout the Halls and Levels 2 & 3
  • Grand Plaza Food Trucks (outside)
  • Arena Plaza Food Trucks (outside)
  • Hilton Anaheim
  • Anaheim Marriott


Where to Find LIVE Music
NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza – Live music, all day & nightly Headliners
Arena Plaza – live music, all day
Marriott – live music, all day
Hilton – live music, nightly
Sheraton – live music, nightly

Be Social

Use social media to share your NAMM show experience. Use the Twitter hashtags, #NAMMShow and #NAMMGenNext, and tag @NAMMFoundation and @TheNAMMShow on Instagram.    

Follow us here:
Twitter:  NAMM Show | NAMM Foundation | NAMM GenNext | Mary LuehrsenTEC Awards
Instagram: NAMM Show | NAMM Foundation
Facebook: NAMM Show | NAMM Foundation 
Snapchat: Search for The NAMM Show


General questions about the show? Check out general show information, here.
Inquiries about educational sessions? Email Eric Ebel.

A positive experience and safety for all attendees is NAMM’s highest priority. See you at the show!

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