Podcast Events in 2020 | A Handy Guide

There’s no shortage of podcast events in 2020. Fill up your calendar with this handy list!

Podcasting Events of 2020

Podcasting has come into its own as an industry, and with that comes a wide array of events. Podcast events are now held all over the world, with different foci depending on the event. We've collected a list of all of the podcast events in 2020 for easy reference.

The events listed below have all published their dates. Be sure to keep an eye on the “To Be Announced” section to keep an eye on what's yet to come in 2020.

January

Audio Drama Scriptwriting Workshops (sponsored by Podium.me)

Open to all writers or would-be writers aged 18-30 who would like the opportunity to learn more about writing for audio drama podcasts.

Brooklyn Podcast Festival

  • Brooklyn Podcast Festival
  • Date:January 22 – 26, 2020
  • Cost of Admission: Varies by event: Free-$50 (most events are $10-$15)
  • Location: The Bell House, Union Hall, and BRIC House, Brooklyn, NYC, US

Outlier Podcast Festival SLC

“We provide an immersive experience for you to engage with keynote speakers, participate in breakout sessions, and interact with the newest software and audio equipment. You’ll have the opportunity to bring questions to the experts during panel discussions, listen in during live podcasts, and join the conversation with other media disrupters.”

February

Podcast Audio Lab

  • Outlier Podcast Festival SLC
  • Date: February 1st, 2020
  • Cost of Admission: $297 includes snacks and a light lunch
  • Location: The Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN, US

An 8-hour intensive workshop to improve your podcast's audio quality.

Pitfalls of Podcasting by Queer Podcasters Network

Considering starting a podcast, but don't know where to start? Already working on it, but want to know more? Join some jaded old hands (and take notes!) as we talk about the things we wish we'd known before starting our podcasts.

PodUK

  • PodUK
  • Date: February 1st, 2020
  • Cost of admission: £0 – £20 Tickets at Eventbrite, here,
  • Location: Millennium Point in Birmingham, England
  • Featured Guests: Wooden Overcoats, The NoSleep Podcast, We Fix Space Junk, The Orphans, Hostile Worlds (that's us!), A Scottish Podcast, Middle Below, MADIVA, and more

“PodUK is a one-day celebration of UK Podcasting, with Panels, Q&A's, Recordings and Workshops ranging from podcast creation to fandom culture! We aren’t particularly interested in the corporate side of podcasting; PodUK is all about establishing a light-hearted, geek-centric environment for podcasting and podcaster fans.”

Podcast Movement Evolutions

  • Podcast Movement Evolutions
  • Date: February 12-15, 2020
  • Cost of admission: $139-$489
  • Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, US
  • Featured Guests: Aaron Mahnke, Amanda McLoughlin and Mike Schubert, Drew Ackerman, and many more

March

Podfest Multimedia Expo

  • Podfest Multimedia Expo
  • Dates: March 6-8, 2020
  • Cost of admission: $309-1099 US
  • Location: Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, FL, US
  • Featured Guests: Kaitlyn Statz (Fool & Scholar) Sarah Rhea Werner (Write Now), Sean Howard (Fable & Folly)

“Podfest Expo is a community of people who are interested in and passionate about sharing their voice and message with the world through the powerful mediums of audio and video. We’re proud to unite as many people as possible to learn, get inspired, and grow better together.”

Podcast Editors Conference 2020

  • Podcast Editors Conference 2020
  • Date: Friday, March 6th, 2020
  • Cost of Admission: $349 (includes a pass to Podfest Multimedia Expo)
  • Location: Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, FL, US

“Do you edit podcast professionally (or want to)? Gain valuable insights and learn how to improve the profitability of your audio production business. Sessions focused to show you how to handle editing (plus related services), building a book of business, running a profitable company, and expanding to an agency.”

RAIN Podcast Business Summit

“Join us as we explore all that is new and evolving in the podcast business space into 2019! Expert insights from audio innovators, researchers, agency leads, podcast experts, and executive-level marketers sharing invaluable perspectives and insights on the dynamic online audio podcast business space.”

The New Media Summit

  • The New Media Summit
  • Date: March 9-11
  • Cost of admission: $2,997.00
  • Location: Doubletree Hilton, San Diego, CA, US

“If you’re ready to share your message with the world, and are looking to gain an unfair and extreme advantage over others…This event is truly all about helping YOU!”

Podcast Events in 2020

Africa Podfest

  • Africa Podfest
  • Date: 12-13 March, 2020
  • Cost of Admission: KES 500-8000 OR $5-$80 USD
  • Location: YMCA Central, Nairobi, Kenya

As the first African event dedicated to podcasters, the Festival reflects the very nature of audio – seamlessly blending creativity and practical application of this fast-growing platform. With insightful speakers, versatile training opportunities, and the Festival space brimming with ideas and solutions to Africa’s podcasting challenges, you will be part of an experience like no other. The theme this year is Let’s Get Loud! – a call to African Podcasters to get their voices and stories out there audaciously!

Lehigh Valley Podcast Festival

From side splitting comedy podcasts, to more serious takes on topics ranging from science and politics to life in the Lehigh Valley, the festival is designed to showcase the region’s most entertaining and engaging webcasts, with complete podcast episodes being recorded in front of a live audience at SteelStacks throughout the day.

May

Free Live Virtual Community Building For Podcasting Conference, presented by The Independent Podcast Conference

The Future of Podcasting

The Future of Podcasting is an online event with expert podcasters talking on a range of topics covering influencer podcasting, corporate podcasting storytelling, SEO discovery and dynamic ad insertions for monetisation. This event is for all podcast enthusiasts both newbies and seasoned podcasters, producers or podcast hosts. Join us and book now! 

June

HEAR Now Festival

  • HEAR Now Festival
  • Date: June 11-14, 2020
  • Cost of admission: $195-$300 or specific event passes $8-$30
  • Location: ONLINE. “The June 11-14, 2020 Festival has cancelled all in-person programs. Social distancing shouldn't keep us apart. Everything you'd expect from the HEAR Now Festival… at the click of a mouse.”

As we move into the summer for podcast events in 2020 – “HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio storytelling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances; multi-voiced, classic radio drama; experimental narrative; and much more. This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many genres of audio fiction and sound art storytelling in theaters and other “listening” venues throughout the Country Club Plaza and Westport communities in Kansas City, MO. The Festival presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic, and technological innovation. “

September

New Jersey Web Festival

  • New Jersey Web Festival
  • Date: September 17-20
  • Cost of admission: TBA
  • Location: Screenings & Workships at Clairidge Theatre, Montclair, NJ, Awards Gala at The Manor, West Orange, NJ, US.

Independent Podcast Conference

“ICON originally started out as Mid-Atlantic Podcast started (December 2014) as a Facebook group for podcasters who live in the Mid-Atlantic States. After seeing the interest to have a podcast (exclusive) conference in the northeast, Joe Pardo jumped on the opportunity to make it happen. Independent Podcast Conference (ICON) is an extension of Super Joe Pardo’s passion to host amazing events with great people!”

International Podcast Day

  • International Podcast Day
  • Date: September 30th
  • Cost of admission: Free
  • Location: Remote attendance only
  • Featured Guests: To be announced

“International Podcast Day™ is September 30th and is an international celebration of the power of podcasts! The celebration is a great opportunity to connect with fellow podcasters, podcast listeners, podcast enthusiasts, and leaders in the podcasting industry. Help spread the word by telling your friends, sharing the celebration on your podcasts and social media feeds, and using #InternationalPodcastDay. There are several ways to get involved and plenty to benefit from by taking part in International Podcast Day. But first, we must all ‘Start The Conversation' and share the power of podcasts!”

October

Listen In Podcasting Conference (new dates)

  • Listen In
  • Date: October 5, 2020
  • Cost of Admission: $249-$469 (Early Bird discount if you purchase before March 25)
  • Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, US

Listen In is a niche conference providing highly tailored and actionable information for marketing teams of medium to large corporations.

Podcast Movement (new dates)

  • Podcast Movement Dallas 2020
  • Date: October 19-22
  • Cost of admission: $275-$495 (Check website and sign up for their mailing list for possible discounts)
  • Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX, US

“Join over 3,000 podcasters from around the world for over 200 educational sessions, the 100+ exhibitor trade show, and the best parties and networking opportunities in podcasting. Featuring breakout sessions and panels spread across seven topic-focused tracks, Podcast Movement 2020 will once again be the world’s largest gathering of podcasters, and those involved in the podcast industry.”

Austin Film Festival & Conference

November

Pods Up North

  • Pods Up North
  • Date: 20 & 21 November, 2020
  • Cost of admission: Early Bird tickets are £108 with fees
  • Location: Federation House, Manchester, UK

A conference for podcasters of all levels, to learn from and meet the best podcasters in the business.

Podcast Events in 2020 yet to Be Announced

London Podcast Festival, Austin Film Festival, Third Coast International Audio Festival, OzPod, Audiocraft Podcast Festival, PodcastCon (formerly PodX), Adelaide Podcast Festival, Listen Up Portland, PodCamp Toronto, and many more!

Have We Missed Anything?

If there's a podcast event in 2020 you know of that isn't mentioned here, then let us know about it in the comments section below. We'll get it added in as soon as we can.

And if you've yet to start your own show, but want to have one up and running before attending your first event, then check out our step-by-step guide to launching a podcast. You'll find everything you need in there to get going!

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