October 2016 Event Preview

  • By Christie Stapf | Thursday, September 29th, 2016
October Event Preview

With summer gone, we’re excited to highlight a few events to help you kick start the fall event season! Check out upcoming cons, festivals, and family events coming to a city near you.

Northeast

New York Comic Con Javits Center, New York, NY – October 6 – 9, 2016

Join thousands as they converge on one of the most talked about pop culture convention of the year, New York Comic Con! See the latest and greatest in comics, anime, video games, cosplay, and teasers from upcoming hit movies and TV shows months before they are released. Then after the screenings, meet the stars in person at the live panels and autograph sessions happening all weekend long with celebs like Kate Beckingsale, Keegan Michael-Key, and the king of comics himself Stan Lee!  

Wicked Walking Tours NIGHT Portland, ME – Every Friday through Sunday in October

Looking for a paranormal experience that will send a chill down your spine? Don’t miss the 70 minute haunted ghost tours through historic Portland, Maine. Hear about the legends and histories of a Mayflower descendant, a disembodied diva, and witch trials happening throughout October. Remember to get your tickets today before they vanish!

VIA Festival Ace Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA – October 6 – 9, 2016

Mark your calendars for this 4-day arts and music festival. With most of these events happening at the prestigious Ace Hotel, you and your friends will enjoy live sought-after musical artists like DJ Anthony Dicap and Rakim, and a virtual reality salon featuring more than 15 works by artists from around the globe.

South

GoGames360 MYLO Obstacle Fitness Center, Austin, TX – October 28 – 30, 2016

Experience the power of play with heated Pokemon tournaments, zombie karaoke, and amazing performances all weekend long at GoGames360! Offering everything from costume contests, an anime car show, and quidditch tournaments, this event has something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets for GoGames360 are going fast, so get yours today!

Walker Stalker Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA – October 28 – 30, 2016

As the new season of The Walking Dead rapidly approaches, mega fans will join the horde at the largest zombie con in the world! Taking place in Georgia, where the TWD is filmed, Walker Stalker Atlanta will host dozens of cast members like Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, and Danai Gurira sitting in on panels, signing autographs, and posing for ops.

Balloona Palooza Helotes Festival Grounds, Helotes, TX – September 30 – October 2, 2016

You’ve never seen hot air balloons like this! Featuring inflatables, thrilling balloon rides, and musical entertainment, Balloona Palooza is an event the entire family will love. Enjoy delicious festival food while taking in the brilliance of a magistical balloon glow show. Fueled by the wonderment of the hot air balloon theme, you’ll need to check out the unique arts and crafts vendors for your event day souvenir!

Midwest

LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI – October 7-9, 2016

Inspiring the young builders of tomorrow comes LEGO KidsFest, an immersive 3-day action packed experience that will harness your child’s imagination and creativity! Take a dive into the world’s largest pile of LEGO bricks, see dozens of movie characters and animals at the LEGO Model Museum, take part in family themed challenges, and meet the masters themselves at the LEGO Master Builder Lab.

Taft Museum of Art Cincinnati, OH – October 22 – January 15

Displaying sweeping landscapes and raging waterfalls, the Taft Museum of Art is welcoming a new exhibition to their museum, Picturing the West. Explore the western frontier just as these adventure driven photographers did when they were capturing the scenic views of the rugged, untouched terrain of the West. Would you like to share your own shots of natural landscapes or picturesque cityscapes? Enter the Taft’s landscape photography competition, and where your art could grace the walls of the Linder Family Cafe this winter!

Monster Truck Nationals Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, MO – October 22, 2016

Don’t miss this earth shaking, car crushing, high flying, Monster Truck event that will get your heart pumping! See your favorite monster trucks like Heavy Hitter, Raminator, and Big Foot drag race, breathe fire, and crush cars in their wake. Don’t worry parents, this child friendly event has a bunch of action packed activities lined up like trick or treat meet and greets, autograph sessions, rides on a real monster trucks and much more!

West 

Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA – October 28 – 30, 2016

Assembling some of the greatest fans in the world to celebrate all things comics, video games, sci-fi, and fantasy, Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con is here to make all your geeky dreams come true. Owned and operated by two true pop culture legends, Stan Lee and Elvira Mistress of the Dark, this event will host over 700 artists and vendors offering unique event themed merchandise.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Festival 2016 Paris Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV – October 14 -15, 2016

Create your battle plan, and become a champion as you and your fellow players take on this year’s FINAL FANTASY XIV Fan Festival. Enjoy heated in game competitions like the Trial Roulette and The Pit that put your skills to the test. Fans also don’t want to miss real-life quests and mini games based on various activities in Eorzea.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon – October 21-23, 2016

Gamers, get ready for a weekend of classic video and arcade games from your childhood at the 11th annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo. Offering over 90,000 square feet of live panels, exhibitors and retro games like Atari and Sega, fans of this action packed event will explore the rich history of gaming and how it plays a strong role in today’s pop culture.

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