A: IFAI Expo 2021 will be held on Tuesday-Thursday, November 2-4, 2021 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with education happening Monday – Thursday, November 1-4.

A: Barring and local, state, or federal restrictions, IFAI will host the 2021 Expo live and in-person in Nashville, TN USA, November 2-4, with education happening November 1-4.  IFAI is in constant contact with leadership at the Music City Center and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. to receive the latest updates on allowable gatherings, safety measures, and other news related to COVID-19 that may affect Expo 2021.

Please visit https://www.visitmusiccity.com/covid-19-information for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Nashville.

For specific health and safety measures being implemented at IFAI Expo, please visit https://www.ifaiexpo.com/covid-19.

A: In partnership with our hosts in Nashville, we have detailed information about the current COVID-19 status that is updated regularly as new information and data is made public.  You can view that information here.

The Music City Center’s facility guidelines outline all current (and frequently updated) rules in place for COVID mitigation, if necessary: https://www.nashvillemcc.com/sites/default/files/media/media-kit/healthandsafetyguidelines.pdf.

For specific health and safety measures being implemented at IFAI Expo, please visit https://www.ifaiexpo.com/covid-19.

If, for any reason, you require testing for COVID-19 during your time in Nashville, below are options in the vicinity of the Music City Center.

Same Day Health

300 Jefferson St.
Nashville TN, 37208
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Call Ahead: (310) 697-8126

TDS Labs

342 22nd Avenue
Nashville, TN, 37201
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Call Ahead: 615-526-6613

Precision Health Solutions

Davidson County, TN
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sat-Sun 8:00 am – noon
Call Ahead: 615-205-6006

Complete Health Partners – Urgent Care

301 Church St.
Nashville, TN, 37201
Hours: 7 days a week, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Call Ahead: 615-255-7902
Book appointment online

A: IFAI does not typically provide accredited continuing education credit at our annual Expo. We are able to provide a certificate of attendance for specific sessions if needed upon special request.

A: For 2021, IFAI Expo contracted with three downtown Nashville hotels, all within 5 minutes walking distance to the Music City Center:  The Omni Nashville Hotel, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, and the Westin Nashville.  Hotel reservations on IFAI’s discounted block closed on October 15.

A: We have a process for applying to receive a letter of invitation that first requires an individual to be fully registered and fully paid.  Once that is complete, please follow the instructions outlined here.

A: Registration for IFAI Expo is now open!  Pricing varies based on IFAI membership status.  Registration details and rates can be found on this page.

A: Anyone and everyone within the textile industry is invited to attend IFAI Expo. This event is designed to serve those who are in any way a part of the industrial fabrics industry. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the industry or source new materials for projects you have in development that you need assistance with. Our exhibitors offer a wide range and depth of options in the industrial fabrics markets.  We also offer dozens of hours of classroom education relevant to specific markets and divisions of IFAI’s membership.

To view a full list of exhibitors and do an advanced search for your specific interest area, view our show floor map!


A: We have both a schedule at a glance (which you can find here) and a detailed breakdown of daily education here!  Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

A: Companies from around the world will be displaying their products, services and solutions in our exhibit halls! Attendees can visit exhibitors to discover new products and services, see a product demonstration, chat with exhibitors, and learn about existing products and services available to help move their own businesses forward.

What else can you expect to find on the show floor?  A wealth of engaging content! 12+ hours of “campfire” education – exciting 25 minute interactive sessions, demos, and more spread out across three separate campfire spaces.  The IFAI Hub is your central location for all things IFAI!  Chat with membership benefits partners, IFAI staff, or check in for our Division Connection meetings. And don’t forget about our Adopt-a-Puppy Fundraising booth!

There is more than enough to keep you busy all week!

A: Yes! The Expo Show Guide will be your place to find out everything happening at the show from the list of exhibitors and products/services on display to information on education and networking. The Expo Show Guide will be available for you as a hard copy publication when you arrive at Expo in November.

A: Yes! Join us for a selection of unique 50-minute classroom sessions that will cover themes such as sustainability, innovations in e-textiles, medical textile breakthroughs, and robotics in the manufacturing of textiles. Note you must purchase an All Access Registration to attend the Advanced Textiles Conference. The Advanced Textiles Conference takes place the day before the show officially starts, on the afternoon of Monday, November 1, with AT education continuing on the mornings of Nov. 2-3.  Visit our Advanced Textiles Conference page for details.

A: IFAI Expo 2021 will offer more education than ever before!  Our Advanced Textiles Conference is a half day on November 1 that features hours of division specific education.  During show floor hours on November 2-4, you can also engage in over 12 hours of 25-minute “campfires”; interactive sessions, product demos, and more on the topics of Advanced Textiles, Shade & Weather Protection, and Specialty Fabrics.  Show floor education also includes sponsored content on our Innovation Stage, and division membership open meetings.

If you are looking for deeper dive education, you’ll find 24 hours of 50-minute sessions spanning Advanced Textiles, Shade & Weather Protection, Specialty Fabrics, and General Business topics!

For 2021, we are also introducing our first ever “Fabric Structures Summit”, a half day to close out IFAI Expo that includes an engaging “State of the Industry” panel specific to fabric structures in architecture and an hour of roundtable discussions focused on critical issues in the industry.  Closes with a networking reception.  Add-on purchase is required.  Thursday, November 4, 1-5 pm.


A: Yes!  As always we are delighted to offer opportunities to our attendees beyond the show floor and classroom education.  Attendees can expect to engage with each other, catch up with old friends and make new friends at our Expo Opening Reception!

We will also be hosting a downtown Nashville Fun Run/Walk, a night on the town supporting our Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), a networking breakfast honoring IFAI Annual Award Winners, and an adopt-a-pet fundraising booth.

Full details about special features can be found here.

A: Like every year, IFAI Expo will have a companion mobile app to help you plan your conference agenda, find exhibitors and products, and connect with your peers, available to download for free in the weeks leading up to the event.

Beyond that, there will be additional options for networking, matchmaking, and sourcing via online platforms.  There will be no “virtual only” aspect of IFAI Expo 2021.

Expo ONLINE is our newest addition to the IFAI programming lineup!  All registered attendees will get access to Expo ONLINE, built within our IFAI Connect platform.  Browse exhibitor listings, network with vendors and attendees, and view exclusive on-demand educational content.

A: Our friends at the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. have set up a fantastic website for IFAI Expo attendees to learn about everything Nashville has to offer!  Click here to check it out!

A: Please email:

Aaron Monson
Education and Events Manager