If your city has any kind of model railroad club, looks like the weekend of August 6-7 there's bound to be some kind of activity in your area.
--Turkey Creek Division Model Train Show in Lenexa, Kansas
--The Great Train Expo in Orlando, Florida
--The Northwest Jersey Train-O-Rama in Dover, New Jersey
--The California Express Railroadiana & Transportation Show in Beuna Park, Californa
--The Reading Society of Model Engineers is having its open house in Reading, Pennsylvania