Frequently Asked Questions
Toy Fair®, aka the North American International Toy Fair®, is owned and operated by The Toy Association®. It is the largest and most comprehensive play-focused experience, marrying the industry’s entire
ecosystem with key players to help with business development and sourcing the latest products from
across all forms and stages of play. Featuring thousands of new and unique toys, games, edutainment,
entertainment-driven experiences, and more from around the world, Toy Fair offers attendees a
competitive edge no other trade event can match.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, March 1-4, 2025.
Before the pandemic, we heard repeatedly that changing manufacturing lead times and retailer buying patterns demanded a shift of the show's timing from February to an earlier fall timeline. We also conducted extensive research into what would be best for the toy community. Based on all these considerations, The Toy Association Board of Directors was responsive and moved the show to fall for 2023.
Our Board, which is made up of representatives from toy companies and retailers of varying sizes, continues to listen to all stakeholders when making decisions about the future of Toy Fair. The show's key audiences have returned to traditional views that Toy Fair is most valuable as a North American trade event when it takes place in the first quarter of the year. In fact, we have heard that an earlier timeframe than in the past is most ideal — so we plan to host the show in mid-January for 2026-2028. In 2025, we will host Toy Fair in early March at the Javits Center in New York City. We remain open to returning to New York for 2029 should space come available.
Following the decision to move Toy Fair to Q1, it was simply impossible to host a show in a few short months from now.
The global toy and play industry gathers to conduct business at Toy Fair. This includes manufacturers, retailers, the global press, sales representatives, licensors, inventors, designers, financial professionals, and more.
Toy Fair is a trade-only event. Absolutely no consumers will be permitted to the Javits Center exhibit halls.
No one under the age of 18, including infants, will be admitted. Toy Fair participants will be required to show government issued I.D. such as a driver's license or passport, upon request.
Yes, there are retailers who write orders at Toy Fair. Order writing is done at the discretion of each individual buyer.
Yes, Toy Fair is held in the media capital of the world and welcomes more than 1,000 members of the global press. Each member of the media in attendance is highly vetted by The Toy Association’s team.
is the exclusive event accommodations partner for Toy Fair. They secure reduced-rate hotel rooms in New York City during the Fair.
Toy Fair exhibitors should address exhibit space and sponsorship billing questions to Emily Brown
The Javits Center has sidewalk ramps, automatic doors, and accessible restrooms and elevators. Payphones, located in the corridor on the north side of the Special Events Hall lobby, are accessible and equipped with volume and TTY capability for those with speech and hearing challenges. A limited number of manually operated wheelchairs is available at no fee. For details or to reserve a manual wheelchair, call 212.216.2196.
Motorized mobility devices may be used by people with mobility impairments subject to reasonable safety restrictions. Motorized mobility vehicles are available for rent in the Attend section of javitscenter.com. Please call Javits Center Security and Safety Solutions at 212.216.2196 if you have any questions or would like details on applicable restrictions.
The Javits Center does not offer parking. Many private parking facilities, each with its own hours and prices, operate nearby.
Served by the 7 subway line, the 34th Street/Hudson Yards station on 11th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets is the closest subway station to the Javits Center. New York City Mass Transit Authority bus routes with service nearest the Javits Center include the M12, M34, and M42. Visit www.mta.info
for more information about New York City mass transit options.
The Javits Center offers free wireless internet access up to 256K of bandwidth, accessible by any wireless capable device from any location throughout the facility. The free Wi-Fi service has been optimized for light business uses such as simple web browsing and e-mail. Paid internet access options with higher bandwidth for video streaming and other high bandwidth needs are available for single or multi-day use.