​​The Los Angeles International Pen Show

The 2016 Show

​As in years past, the 2016 Los Angeles International Pen Show will be held at the Manhattan Beach Marriott on President’s Day weekend 2016, with dealers and traders attending February 11-14, and the show open to the public from 10AM-5PM on Sunday, February 14. 

​Numerous vendors will again be selling inks, new fountain pens, ballpoint pens and other types of writing instruments.  Vintage writing instruments are also available for sale, and there will be a number of experts on hand that can restore vintage pens.  Have an old pen you would like to know more about? Bring it in!

​In recent years, our tables have sold out quickly and 2016 is likely to be no exception.  Make arrangements early by returning the brochure along with your payment, if you want to be sure you have a table!  It is a requirement that you sign and return the brochure along with your payment for a table.  If you don’t believe you need to make arrangements for a table early, consider the fact that we have already received payments for a number of tables in September, 2015.

​Because Monday, February 15th is the President’s Day holiday, you can extend your stay and see the sites of Los Angeles or simply avoid the Sunday airline fares and return home on Monday.  You might also extend your stay since the room rate in 2016 extends from February 7th through February 16th (subject to availability).

For meals, show attendees have the option of grabbing a quick meal at the Marriott, at the wonderful Lido di Manhattan Beach Restaurant and Bar, or at one of the other local nearby eateries.  Both the Marriott and the Lido di Manhattan Beach Restaurant are again offering discount coupons for meals during the Pen Show. The Manhattan Beach Marriott is providing a discount of 10% off the price of any meal at their restaurant during your stay this year.  The Lido restaurant is joining the Marriott in also providing a 15% discount off the price of meals at their restaurant. (Note: alcohol is not included in the discount offers).

In addition, we want to welcome the Manhattan Beach Johnny Rockets as a new show supporter this year. They are located in the shopping center adjacent to the Marriott at 1550 Rosecrans and are providing a special offer to show attendees. So, be sure to take advantage of this benefit by printing your coupons and presenting them when you pay your bill at any of these three wonderful restaurants.  To get the restaurant coupons, you can simply click the button above that reads “Restaurant Coupons” and it will open to a PDF file.  You can download and print as many copies as you need. 

Special features of the show include both seminars and rare pens for sale and exhibit.  In 2015, a variety of seminars were given by experts in a number of writing-related fields.  The seminars are again on Saturday, are approximately 50 minutes in length, and are held on an hourly basis starting in the morning.  You are welcome to attend the seminars with your paid admission to the Sunday show.  However, your paid admission to the Sunday show does not allow you to enter the trading that is held in the ballrooms and foyer on any day, except Sunday, starting at 10AM.  Attendance at any event other than the Sunday show and Saturday seminars requires your payment as either a “Trader” or “Exhibitor.” The seminar topics and the times will be listed on the web site as we near the date of the Show.

The Show may be reached by e-mail by clicking the Contact Us link in the upper left of the page. Saturday Seminars and Sunday General Admission is $7.00 for adults. 

Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent who pays one of the following:  (1) the Saturday Seminar and Sunday Show only "General Admission" fee, or (2) the “Trader" admission fee.  PLEASE NOTE:  Full details of Admission are in the brochure.  If you want to attend any part of The Show other than the Saturday seminars and the Sunday show, you must pay the “Trader fee".  In making your decision, remember that numerous tables and people selling pens are already in place as early as Thursday afternoon.

​We always try to have something special on exhibit.  The show in 2009 featured rare pens on exhibit dating from 1900 thru 1920 and in some instances were the only versions known to exist.  One could only speculate on the values, but it would be accurate to say that most people never had a chance to see such a display before the Show. 

The Manhattan Beach Marriott is a beautiful hotel.  For those who are traveling to attend and need overnight lodging, special rates have again been arranged at $156/night ( + tax).  In making the reservation, you should advise the hotel that you are requesting the "Pen Show" rate.  If you want to secure this special rate, you have to book your room reservation on or before the cutoff date of January 27, 2016.  If, for any reason you did not get the Pen Show room rate, please be sure to drop us an email using the Contact Us link above as soon as possible with your name, date of arrival and date of departure and we'll see what can be done to secure the Pen Show rate.

​While the Marriott does not offer a shuttle to and from Los Angeles Airport (LAX), a taxi is approximately $20 one-way, and there are Roadrunner shuttles for approximately $15 one-way. Roadrunner shuttles must be booked in advance, and their website is www.rrshuttle.com.

​For many years, the Show has been sponsored in part by our friends at MonteVerde, Delta, and Conklin.  We are delighted that they will be with us again at our 28th Show in 2016!  With their support, show attendance has been excellent every year.  In appreciation of their sponsorship and so that you can see their products, we encourage you to visit them at Yafa.com

In addition, Pen World Magazine is also a sponsor of the 2016 show.

At the 2016 show these sponsors will again be providing some great door prizes! 


What is a “Trader” and what does it allow you to do?  “Traders” may attend every day the Show is open; from Thursday through Sunday and attend the seminars on Saturday.  It allows you to take ½ a table on a space-available basis to display and/or market items for sale from Thursday through Saturday but does not require you to do so.  It does NOT allow for any table space on Sunday.  If you’re a true pen lover it’s a wonderful way to get to know people, attend the seminars and buy the pens you want before the crowd arrives on Sunday.  Simply put, it’s a great opportunity for the new collector or pen enthusiast.

By registering as a “Trader” or “Exhibitor” you agree that you have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions of The Show set forth herein.

Please note that placement and use of all posters and banners must be approved by both The Show and the hotel, and Exhibitors are liable for any damages to wall coverings for posters/banners not hung with the permission of and by the hotel.