Convention centers sometimes get overlooked as gathering places for events, but they're often chock full of useful information -- either through shows, displays, expos, or conferences.

Here are three worthwhile events coming up at the Washington Convention Center in the second half of January.

WHERE:

Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Washington Wedding Experience

WHEN: Sunday, January 14 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. COST: All-day admission is $15 per person | Admission after 1 p.m. is $10 per person Whether you’re planning a wedding or are just wedding-obsessed (no shame in your game!), this bridal showcase will be your one-stop shop for inspiration and resources. The Wedding Experience will definitely be an all-around experience, featuring booths from all aspects of the big day. You can scout out the perfect dress from the runway fashion show, get caught up on the latest wedding trends, sample cakes, and find beautiful flowers for your theme. There will be tons of wedding experts and planners present to answer all your burning questions. View all the details on what you can see and do here, and get general information here. [caption id="attachment_6553" align="aligncenter" width="970"]convention center Courtesy of weddingexperience.com[/caption]

Travel and Adventure Show

WHEN: Saturday, January 20: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, January 21: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. COST: All pricing information can be found here. For a limited time you can buy tickets online for $11 per person for a one-day pass, or $18 per person for a two-day pass. Whether you’ve got a case of wanderlust or you’re seriously planning your next big trip, the annual Travel and Adventure Show has got you covered. It’s rated as one of the best travel series expos in the country, and these experts really know their stuff. You can meet your favorite celebrity travel speakers (including people like Samantha Brown!) and get tons of travel tips from choosing an interesting destination to acting like a local anywhere you go. And, there will be tons of opportunities to win incredibly cool vacation prizes! You can read more about the show here. [caption id="attachment_6555" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]convention center Courtesy of setarra.com[/caption]

The Washington Auto Show

WHEN: Friday, January 26 – Sunday, February 4 COST: Tickets are $12 per adult; the full ticket and hours summary can be found here. The Washington Auto Show is the largest indoor show that Washington, D.C., hosts all year, so it’s kind of a big deal. Wildly popular among locals and visitors alike, this annual show has been rated in the top five auto shows in the country. The 10-day event will feature car brands on both the low and high end, and you’ll be able to see displays of brand new models. This is your chance to sit in luxury vehicles and cool vintage collectibles. According to the website, “Along with the engineering prowess on display among the more than 600 new models from over 35 manufacturers, the 2018 show will feature VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers and a special exhibit area for live painting of 'art' cars. As a bonus, there will be onsite visits from celebrities and sports personalities.” You can view the detailed schedule of events here. [caption id="attachment_6556" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]convention center Courtesy of washingtonautoshow.com[/caption] Are you excited and planning to attend any of these convention center events? Let us know in the comments below!

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