As we wish the cold winter winds behind us, we look forward to attending cons we love. Dive deep into your favorite alternate universe, be the first to see unreleased screenings, and bring home the gold at one of our major cons’ cosplay contests happening this spring. Check out some of our favorites:
Oz Comic-Con Adelaide Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville, South Australia – April 1-2, 2017
Oz Comic-Con is Australia’s premier pop culture immersive experience, now spanning across five Australian states. Dress your best for Cosplay Central, Cosplay Active, or the Cosplay Parade, bring the kids along to the Family Activity Room, or tap into your competitive side in the Gaming Zone. Also, new this year, is the Anime Station: an entire section on the show floor specifically for the Anime and Manga fan communities. Enjoy the screening room featuring dual sound tracks or lounge in the Manga library. Oz Comic-Con encourages you to unleash your inner-geek and join them in Adelaide for the pop culture event of the Australian year.
Steel City Con Monroeville Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA – April 7-9, 2017
Pop culture and our great hometown of Pittsburgh collide this April for Steel City Con. Sprawled across over 100,000 square feet of convention center floor, Steel City Con has booked an all-star lineup that will delight any pop culture junkie. Meet Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs), catch a photo-op with wrestling star Sting, or get an autograph from everyone’s favorite 3PO unit protocol droid, C3PO (Anthony Daniels). As always, there will celebrity Q&A sessions and a cosplay contest for the savvy cosplayer. This is an event you won’t want to miss!
Star Wars Celebration Orlando Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL – April 13-16, 2017
In a not so galaxy far, far away Star Wars Celebration brings you the ultimate fan experience. Four jam-packed days of everything Star Wars seeks to commemorate the fandom’s past legacy while celebrating the upcoming additions in movies and television to the phenomenon. From screenings to merchandise, celebrity guests to panels, or fan-inspired activities, this is an event for the history books for every Star Wars fan. Take a step into the universe of the fandom sensation that is Star Wars.
Walker Stalker Con San Francisco Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA – April 15-16, 2017
Walker Stalker Con comes to San Francisco for another nearly sold-out event dedicated to The Walking Dead fandom. Catch your favorite personalities like, Daryl (Norman Reedus), Jesus (Tom Payne), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), and more! All guests will be attending both Saturday and Sunday sessions, so you’ll be able to heighten your chances of scoring facetime. Be sure to sign up for their free, official app, available for download the week of the event!
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) South Building at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL – April 21-23, 2017
Be the first to check out the latest and greatest from the comic book and pop culture universe. In the heart of downtown Chicago, attendees get the opportunity to mingle with their favorite creators and celebrities. Attend panels, catch sneak peeks at upcoming films and TV shows in the screening rooms, or get an autograph from a celebrity guest. Opt to add-on a ticket to Maker Faire Chicago – a family friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness to celebrate the maker’s movement and keep your weekend packed with excitement!
RuPaul’s DragCon Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA – April 29-30, 2017
RuPaul’s DragCon returns to the LA Convention Center for its third year! Brush elbows with your favorite drag stars in Q&A sessions, watch (or participate) in lip sync contests, learn more about the rich history of drag, or attend a hair or makeup workshop to sharpen your skills. In the words of RuPaul: “For all the super creative and super sensitive people out there who live in a world that says you’re too much or that you don’t fit in, DragCon says, “Welcome home, baby”.”
EyeCon – Wilmington Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC – May 5-7, 2017
EyeCon featuring stars from One Tree Hill (OTH) returns to their roots in Wilmington for their sixth event. If you’re still borderline obsessed with the early 2000s hit, EyeCon is here to give you the OTH fix you’ve been missing. With a guest lineup of Sophia Bush, Ashley Richards, and Robert Buckley, and celebrity parties throughout the weekend, this is a con you won’t want to miss.
Heroes and Villains Fan Fest London Olympia London, London, UK – May 27-28, 2017
Polish up your superhero toolkit in London with Heroes and Villains Fan Fest. Interact with guests like Milo Ventimiglia, Sean Gunn, and Michael Rooker or sign up for autograph session. Don’t forget about the panels, photo-ops, and dozens of vendors with exclusive fan merchandise. Heroes and Villains encourages you not to just meet your favorite heroes, but become one.
BookCon Javits Center, New York, New York – June 3-4, 2017
Storytelling and pop culture collide at BookCon! Celebrate storytelling in all of its various forms by interacting with your favorite authors, publishers, celebrities, and content creators that influence the things we read, hear, and see. Immerse yourself in literary worlds with storytelling podcasts, screenings, quiz shows, Q&As, and so much more! Celebrate one of the oldest and greatest traditions of storytelling at BookCon!
Awesome Con Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C. – June 16-18, 2017
Attend Washington DC’s premier fandom event, Awesome Con. Seeking to celebrate all aspects of great Geek Culture, this con packs in comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, animation, science, and more! Check out The Backlot, a feature of Awesome Con housing props, costumes, and larger-than-life set pieces from your favorite TV shows and films. Or attend the Science Fair – a fusion of science fiction and science fact, the show promotes advocacy and new awareness for all things nerdy, techy, wonky, and smart.