Comic-Con Travel

Conventions, Expos, and Fan Fests

In the nerdy universe there is always a comic-con going on somewhere. Here's our list of events, conventions and fan fests we have attended in the past, complete with all the pro details you need to plan out your best experience. Items are in calendar order. 

Tucson Comic-Con

November 1-3, 2019, Tucson, AZ

Started in 2008, this relatively new comic-con has grown to more than 15,000. The organizers have expanded each year to become a citywide event, celebrating all things pop culture. 

Dallas Comic Show

November 23-24, 2019, Richardson, TX

Like the old school comic conventions of our youth, this one is a small show tucked into all the nooks of a civic center within a municipal building but with big time guests and spirit.

 

Long Beach Comic Expo

January 11-12, 2020, Long Beach, CA

A comic expo with a large exhibit hall as the centerpiece and featuring comic creators, space expo, laser tag, gaming and more.

CONsole Room

January 17-19, 2020, Bloomington, MN

CONsole Room is a fan-run Doctor Who convention in its third year. The small size, under 1,000, offers a perfect intimate experience. There are programming tracks geared to all levels of fandom. 

Superhero Saturday

January 18, 2020, Phoenix, AZ

Superhero Saturday is a one-day wonder pop-culture charity fundraising event organized by the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association  with support from the costuming and cosplay community.

Gallifrey One

February 14-16, 2020, Los Angeles, CA

Gallifrey One is an annual Doctor Who convention that is fan-run. All things Whovian are celebrated from the classic to the new at this family-friendly, lively convention, full of costumers and cosplayers. Daleks and K-9s seem to roam free amongst the Doctors and the Masters. 

Amazing! Comic Con Aloha

February 21-23, 2020, Honolulu, HI

Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con’s primary focus is comic books and their creators from both the national stage as well as local talent. An affordable family friendly event.

San Diego Comic Fest

March 5-8, 2020, San Diego, CA

San Diego Comic Fest, put together by some of the original founders of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), strives to capture the original spirit of comic conventions of the 1980s. It has everything you’d expect from a comic-con, like panels, artist alley, comics, collectibles, cosplay, and gaming, but in a smaller, more relaxed atmosphere. 

Emerald City Comicon

March 12-15, 2020, Seattle, WA

Emerald City is a large convention that covers many fields of interest from comic book creators, authors, fandom favorites, current TV personalities, gaming and tournaments, along with Lego exhibits. Emerald City Comicon provides something for all ages and all fandoms.

IndigiPop X

March 25-29, 2020, Albuquerque, NM

A new, small comic convention that features classic superheroes and independent comics from indigenous creators from around the globe.

WonderCon

April 10-12, 2020, Anaheim, CA

This large convention is affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con International. The focus is comic book-related pop culture. Numerous panels from DC Entertainment and other large corporate publishers are featured. 

Free Comic Book Day

May 2, 2020

Comic Book stores across the country participate in handing out free samples. Many locations have comic artists, writers and creators there to sign comics. 

MSP SpringCon

May 16-17, 2020, Falcon Heights, MN

This is a classic, old-school, comic book convention. Operating since, 1988, it's family friendly with artists, pencilers, inkers, and writers making up the majority of exhibitors. 

Phoenix Fan Fusion

May 21-24, 2020, Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Fan Fusion (formerly Phoenix Comic Fest) has grown to be a large and independent convention. Indoors there are panels, exhibits, a film school and tons more programming. And then there are outdoors: Saber walk, live music, and performers.

Heroescon

June 19-21, 2020, Charlotte, NC

Heroescon is all about comic book creators. An enormous artist’s alley and indie island as well as publishers can be found on the exhibit hall floor.

Amazing! Las Vegas Comic Con

June 26-28, 2020, Las Vegas, NV

Amazing! Las Vegas Comic Con’s primary focus is comic books and their creators from both the national stage as well as local talent. An affordable family friendly event.

Denver Pop Culture Con

July 2-5, 2020, Denver, CO

Denver Pop Culture Con is operated by and benefits Pop Culture Classroom. A family-focused, part education convention – part comic-con. A variety of multimedia celebrities, authors, artists, and exhibitors in both the panels and exhibit hall.

San Diego Comic-Con International

July 23-26, 2020, San Diego, CA

This is the comic-con. This is the large, big-daddy, comic-con. More than 130,000 people walked the exhibit halls and waited in epic lines for Hall H. 

Star Trek Las Vegas

August 5-9, 2020, Las Vegas, NV

The Official Star Trek Convention Las Vegas, presented by Creation Entertainment and the CBS Corporation, is inclusive of the entire Star Trek franchise. Many interactive activities like Quark’s Bar, Karoke with Klingons and iconic scene photo ops. Ticket package prices vary by experience and assigned seating. 

CONvergence

August 20-23, 2020, Minneapolis, MN

CONvergence — the celebration where science fiction and fantasy genres converge. The four-day, non-stop fandom event has a unique theme each year, carried throughout panels, guests and often with cosplay.

Star Wars Celebration

August 27-30, 2020, Anaheim, CA

Star Wars Celebration, a pop-culture style convention focusing on all things Star Wars, is produced in conjunction with Lucasfilm Ltd. It provides first looks at upcoming productions, merchandise, movie prop exhibits and more. Locations (worldwide) and dates vary. 

Dragon Con

September 3-7, 2020 Atlanta, GA

At Dragon Con, fans and fandoms collide in an always vast and memorable four days in Atlanta, GA. This fan-centric con is comprised of more than 40 different fandoms, each with its own track and primary location. Great for cosplay sightseeing.