There are a bunch of great podcasting events in 2021. Here, you'll find something to suit every podcaster, every topic, and every budget.
Podcast events are a great way to learn more about podcasting, mingle with folks who sympathize with your obsession, and promote your show. As the podcast industry grows, larger corporations are taking notice. This means that podcast events can range from a gathering in a coffee shop, to a multi-day conference taking over huge convention centers and hotels. Whether you think of yourself as an introvert, an extrovert, a hobbyist doing it for love, or an entrepreneur building a brand, there's always something you can learn, as long as you keep an open mind.
In the past, podcast events have had the benefits of in-person socializing, at the cost of travel. The pandemic of 2020 changed all of this drastically, for better and for worse. Some events were rescheduled for the future. Others pivoted to online spaces. Radiodays Europe evolved to a hybrid model, combining in-person and online events. True, we might miss out on one-on-one conversations that build relationships. The good news is that now podcasters can listen in on panel discussions, lectures and interviews from Austin to Zimbabwe. I might get screen fatigue, but at least I can stretch while listening.
As event coordinators schedule, re-schedule, and change their events, I'll update this page. For now, here's The Podcast Host's Guide to Podcast Events in 2021.
February Podcast Events in 2021
- Africa Podfest
- Date: February 12, 2021, 9am WAT/ 11 am CAT/ 12pm EAT
- Cost of Admission: Free: register via HopIn
- Location: Online Event
This year’s theme is: We are proud to be here! We have prepared a podcast event for all your senses. Look into the future of African podcasting, sharpen your skills and show off what you have been working on. We are dedicated to making this event as inclusive as possible.
March Podcast Events in 2021
Podfest Global Summit
- Podfest Global Summit
- Date: March 1-5, 2021
- Cost of Admission: $49-$995, register via EventBrite
- Location: Online Event
“PodFest Global is a gathering for those who are passionate about sharing their voice and message with the world through audio and video. You will see friendly faces and speakers who are experts in their field to deliver valuable content from the virtual stage but will be there to talk with you afterwards. Our programming, exhibitions, and networking opportunities makes this a podcast event that builds and maintains relationships for years to come.”
The Business of Podcasting Summit
- The Business of Podcasting Summit
- Date: Saturday March 6 10.00am to 8.00pm EST
- Cost of admission: $45-$85, via Eventbrite
- Location: Online Event
“When launching your podcast did you understand the business elements surrounding it? If not, come learn what to do after you’ve launched! StreamYard & Blk Pod Collective have come together to bring you a day long interactive virtual podcast event, featuring workshops, panels and vendors. We aim to provide independent podcasters with information needed to protect and grow your brand.”
Radiodays Asia 2021
- Radiodays Asia
- Date: 24-26 of March 2021
- Cost of Admission: $79-$129
- Location: Online event
“Radiodays Asia focuses on the future of radio and audio businesses, adding something new for broadcasters in Asia. Radiodays Asia is the NEW conference from the team who produces Radiodays Europe, the world´s largest and leading conference for radio and audio development.”
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First Australasia's Podfiesta
- Podfiesta Summit
- Date: April 10-11, 2021
- Cost of Admission: Free-$20 for VIP passes
- Location: Virtual/Online
PodFiesta is a podcast community that aims to bring together passionate podcasters so that they may share their voice and message to the world through their program.This virtual summit is made possible because we want to give back to the community and give future Independent Podcasters and Entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from the best and get to see how podcasts can help introduce and amplify their message.
All Access Audio Summit
- All Access Audio Summit
- Date: April 21 & 22, 2021
- Cost of Admission: $150-$185
- Location: Virtual/Online, “exclusively on the NUVOODOO CONFERENCE CLOUD.”
This event “will bring together audio thought leaders and experts from the U.S. and around the globe to share their knowledge and discuss innovations in radio, streaming, and podcasting.”
May Podcast Events
Podcasting for Beginners Free Virtual Conference
- Podcasting for Beginners Free Virtual Summit
- Date: May 29, 2021
- Cost of Admission: Free
- Location: Virtual/Online, via the Independent Podcasters' Group on Facebook
June Podcast Events
- Podfest Expo 2021
- Date: June 10-13, 2021
- Cost of Admission: $247-745, via Eventbrite
- Location: Hilton Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA
“Our first LIVE event since the pandemic, PodFest Expo is a gathering for those who are passionate about sharing their voice and message with the world through audio and video.”
July Podcast Events in 2021
- Podthon '21
- Date: Saturday, July 17 12pm to July 18, 6:30pm, EDT
- Cost of Admission: $80
- Location: Online Event
“Podthon '21 — the 3rd Annual virtual conference for podcasters highlights speakers of color — offers two days of jam-packed content and connection with others during the third weekend in July.” By Women of Color Podcasters and Asian American Podcasters Association.
The Podcast Show 2021
- The Podcast Show 2021
- Date: Wednesday July 21 9.00am to July 23 5.00pm BST
- Cost of Admission: starts at £55
- Location: The Business Design Centre, London, England, UK
“A unique global gathering of the broad and diverse podcasting community, welcoming industry pros, independent creators, business leaders, keen-eyed fans and more.”
August Podcast Events in 2021
Podcast Movement 2021
- Podcast Movement 2021
- Date: August 3-6, 2021
- Cost of Admission: $180-$400
- Location: Gaylord Resort, Nashville, TN, USA
“Simply put, for the past 7 years, the goal of Podcast Movement has been to bring together and educate active and aspiring podcasters, and to grow the podcast community and industry as a whole. With over 10,000 podcasters joining us over the last seven years from over 30 different countries (and growing), we are excited to continue the mission of Podcast Movement, for years to come!”
Save The Dates! Podcast Movement Evolutions 2022: March 23-26, JW Marriott @ LA Live, Los Angeles, CA, and Podcast Movement 2022, August 23-26, Sheraton Downtown, Dallas, TX.
- PodcastCon (formerly PodX)
- Date: August 20-22, 2021
- Cost of Admission: $150-$450
- Location: McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
“This podcast event has something for every podcast fan. Advance your skills, build your network, power your podcast, play with your faves.”
Please note: Tickets from their 2020 convention are being transferred to this event, so if you don't already have tickets and you want to go, get them while you can, as they might be in short supply.
September Podcast Events in 2021
Independent Podcast Conference
- Independent Podcast Conference or ICON7
- Date: September 9- 11
- Cost of admission: $199
- Location: Holiday Inn Philadelphia South-Swedsboro, New Jersey, USA
Your admission includes Podcast Speakers All Day Saturday Under A Tent, After Party, Free Headshots, Event Badge, and three months of Indie Pod University.
October Podcast Events in 2021
NAB Show 2021
- NAB Show 2021
- Date: October 9-13
- Cost of Admission: TBA
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The National Association of Broadcasters' Show “will be the most significant, in-person media and entertainment event of 2021. The industry will realize unparalleled access to critical information, inspiration and solutions for those seeking to create superior audio and visual experiences that attract listeners and viewers in large numbers for greater reach.”
- Radiodays Europe
- Date: October 9-11, 2021
- Cost of Admission: TBA
- Location: Lisbon, Portugal, and online
“Radiodays Europe was born in 2010 as a response to the needs of the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals with over 1500 participants from 62 countries. It is the meeting point for the European radio industry, both private and public, and a destination for radio people from around the world.”
ShePodcasts LIVE 2021
- ShePodcasts Live 2021
- Date: October 14-17
- Cost of Admission: $247-$1500
- Location: The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
“The purpose of She Podcasts LIVE is to offer women audio creators a chance to learn and experience community in an environment created JUST for them. We focus the education, the social interaction, and even the aesthetic on women only and it makes a big difference in how She Podcasts LIVE feels from other podcast events. “
Podcast Events in 2021
As promoters inform us that they've added or changed events, we'll update this page. You might also want to bookmark pod.events (run by the excellent Podnews email newsletter) which gives you a comprehensive rundown of everything that's happening in the next few months.
If you're promoting a future podcast event, let us know on social media, at @thepodcasthost, so we can include it here.
Learn With Us
We continually educate ourselves about what's going on in the world of podcasting, so we can share it with you. Much of the content you'd find at any of these podcast events is available to you through The Podcast Host Academy. The best part is that the courses are available for you to use at your own pace, on your own schedule. Plus, in our Weekly Live Q & As we can answer any questions you have. Won't you join us?