With CES 2019, the Detroit Auto Show, the Chicago Auto Show and the Sundance Film Festival all in the rearview mirror, this year’s calendar of tech, automotive and cultural events are already well underway. Just like last year (you remember last year, right? The good and the bad).

 

Toy Fair 2019: New York, Feb. 16-19

Toys and tech go hand in hand these days, and the Toy Fair gives us our first glimpses of how the pairing will take shape in the coming year. Last year we got a party game with its own heart-rate monitor. This year, it’s everything from a home lie detector game to Fortnite and Overwatch Nerf guns. There’s even a new Pictionary that adds augmented reality to the classic drawing game.

 


Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S10 event: San Francisco, Feb. 20

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Samsung unveiled a prototype of its forthcoming 5G phone in its booth at CES 2019. It also announced its Unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20 and sent out the invite pictured above. While we don’t know the full details yet, it’s safe to say Samsung is planning to officially debut the Galaxy S10 (or three of them).

 


Mobile World Congress 2019: Barcelona, Feb. 25-28

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Nokia’s Nokia 8110 4G was the talk of 2018’s MWC.

If you’ve ever wondered why there are no major mobile announcements at CES every year, it’s because of MWC. However, like CES this year, there is sure to be a lot of discussion about 5G.

 


CP+ 2019: Yokohama, Feb. 28 to March 3

CP+ is the most important show for camera and photo imaging for consumers and professionals — at least aside from Photokina, which won’t happen again until May 2020. Cameras including Sony’s A7 IIIFujifilm’s X-H1 and Panasonic’s GX9 were all launched around CP+, for example. If you’ve been waiting for a major camera or lens announcement or you simply love photo gear, you’ll want to look for news just before and during this show.

 


Intl. Home + Housewares Show 2019: Chicago, March 2-5

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There was no shortage of smart home news to come out of CES. But if you can’t get enough of the latest in kitchen appliances, cooking gadgets, home design and other accessories, this Chicago show in March is one to watch. We will be there to bring you the latest in connected coffee makers and Instant Pot rivals.

 


Geneva Motor Show, March 5-6

The appearance of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva show got us amped for a production Supra, which appeared at the Detroit Auto Show this year ready to end its two-decade hiatus. Can’t wait to see what comes this year.

 


SXSW 2019: Austin, March 8-17

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Elon Musk dropped by SXSW 2018

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Saying this conference down in Austin, Texas has become huge feels like a understatement with events dedicated to music, film, comedy, gaming and tech.

 


Apple spring event?

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You didn’t miss anything: Apple hasn’t made any official announcements for its 2019 events. However, it does typically hold three to four major ones throughout the year with the first falling sometimes — but not always! — in the March-to-April timeframe. Last year’s was all about education and featured the launch of the 2018 9.7-inch iPad. For 2019, Apple may shift to entertainment and announce its long-rumored video streaming service.

 


New York Auto Show: April 17-18

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The best part of the 2018 NY Auto Show? Most of the cars that debuted were actually headed to showroom floors including the overhauled 2019 Toyota RAV4 that stole the show. We’re hoping for more of the same in 2019.

 


Facebook F8 2019: April 30 to May 1

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 2018.

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Spring is developer conference season and the social network gets things started. It promises to be filled with “networking opportunities, deep-dive sessions and product demos, all showcasing how technology can enable the best of what people can do together,” wrote Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, in a blog post (full story here). Of course, Facebook still needs to figure out how to deal with the ongoing fake news problem and the heavy-handed tactics that have damaged its reputation in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the 2016 election. Oh, and there’s the next Oculus VR headset, too.

 


Google I/O 2019: May 7-9

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018.

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The search giant announced the dates for its 2019 developers conference in a suitably Google way by posting a puzzle for developers on Twitter. To jog your memory, at last year’s conference Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Duplex, its uncanny artificial intelligence for Google Assistant users that could make appointments and reservations using a human voice complete with pauses, umms and ahhs.

 


Microsoft Build 2019

If you think Microsoft’s developer conference is all about Windows, you haven’t been paying attention. Much of the 2018’s focus was on Microsoft’s work on artificial intelligence (AI) systems, machine learning, edge-computing tools and the company’s moves to integrate with other platforms including iOS, Android and Amazon Alexa. Dates haven’t been announced, but expect it to be in early May.

 


Computex 2019: Taipei, May 28-June 1

The largest IT tradeshow in Asia, Computex is usually good for some interesting PC announcements the latest chip news and an abundance of crazy gadgets and accessories.

 


Apple WWDC 2019 (expected)

Like the others, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference has a heavy focus on its software and operating systems — MacOS, iOS, WatchOS, tvOS — as well as its HealthKit, ARKit and HomeKit platforms. But sometimes we also see new iPads or Macs at this event. There’s no announced date yet, but WWDC 2018 was June 4-8.

 


Samsung Galaxy Note Unpacked event (rumored)

August is a generally a slow month for big tech news with one exception: Samsung’s Galaxy Note announcement. Last year’s Note 9 was a modest update, all things considered, which means the Note 10 could be a complete overhaul. We probably won’t hear any significant rumors about it until we get past the Galaxy S10 announcements, though.

 


IFA 2019: Berlin, Sept. 6-11

Held in Berlin every September, IFA is Europe’s largest consumer-electronics trade show. Although many of the products announced never reach the US, there’s still a lot that does come to market globally. And it kicks off a never-ending parade of consumer tech announcements for the fall (and holiday shopping season).

 


Los Angeles Auto Show: Nov. 18-21

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Although it tends to lack a central focus, LA is one of the most important shows of the year. For example, in 2018, there were several big debuts across categories debuts like the Wrangler-based Jeep Gladiator pickup, the next Kia Soul, Mazda3, Porsche 911 and all-new Hyundai Palisade SUV.

 


Earlier 2019 events

We’re already past these big 2019 milestones.

CES 2019 (January)

Chicago Auto Show (February)