Convention Circuit: Shows To Check Out Once E3 Is Over

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While E3 is the convention we’ll be keeping our eyes on this week, there are plenty of fan conventions going on next weekend that are much easier to attend.

Every week, we’ll round up cons focused on cosplay, gaming or anything we find cool. We’ve linked the con sites, venues, and ticket information below.



Anime Mid-Atlantic 16 (Chesapeake, Virginia)

This con celebrates Japanese culture and fandom.

When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19

Where: Marriott Chesapeake and Chesapeake Conference Center

Tickets: Sunday costs $20, Friday and Saturday cost $45 each, and a three-day pass costs $60. Buy your tickets at the door, and look up prices here


Indy PopCon (Indianapolis, Indiana)

This convention celebrates the creators and fans of games, comics, TV shows, and more. Karen Gillan, Jennifer Hale, Freddie Wong, Tara Strong and many more will be there.


When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19

Where: Indiana Convention Center

Tickets: One-day tickets start at $35 at the door, and a three-day VIP pass is $100. You’ll get a discount if you buy online


Cosplacon (Jefferson City, Missouri)

Anime, cosplay, sci-fi, and gaming dominate this con, which is in its fifth year.


When: Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19

Where: Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Tickets: Pre-registration for a four-day pass is $40. Kids under 9 get in free. Register here


Contamination (St. Louis, Missouri)

Horror is at the heart of this convention, but you’ll find pop culture and sci-fi, too.


When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19

Where: Stratford Inn

Tickets: For adults, tickets start at $15 and go up to $85. Order will-call here


Florida Fandomania (Fort Pierce, Florida)

If you’re a fan of...well, anything, Fandomania wants you. Comics, gaming, anime, and more are part of this con.


When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19

Where: Havert L. Fenn Center

Tickets: Sunday or Friday is $20, and Saturday is $25. A three-day pass is $45, but if you want VIP treatment (clothing, meet-ups, autographs), it’ll be $145. Get them here


ComicPalooza (Houston, Texas)

The comic and pop culture con bills itself as Texas’ largest. Cosplay, films, a code fest, gaming, roller derby bouts and more will be part of the three-day event.


When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center

Tickets: VIP passes are sold out, but a basic three-day will cost you $66. Buy it in advance here



Wizard World Sacramento (Sacramento, California)

Sebastian Stan, Evan Peters, Hayley Atwell and William Shatner and many others will be at the three-day Wizard World con, which returns to the Sacramento Convention Center for the third time.


When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19

Where: Sacramento Convention Center

Tickets: A three-day pass is $75.95, and you can order it in advance here

Planning to attend a convention that didn’t make the list? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Mary Kenney

Weekend editor who writes about games two days per week, makes them the other five.