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Convention Circuit: Toys, Cosplay and Terror, Oh My

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Got big plans this weekend? If your answer is no (or an unenthusiastic yes), you could always head to your friendly neighborhood con.

Just because we’re stuck inside working all weekend doesn’t mean you have to. Every week, we’ll round up cons with cosplay, gaming, collectibles, or anything else we find particularly awesome. We’ve linked the con sites, venues, and ticket information below.


Scare-A-Con (Springfield, Massachusetts)

The horror and pop culture fan convention started yesterday and goes until Sunday evening. Ernie Hudson, Adrienne Barbeau, Tony Moran and other celebrity guests will be there.


When: Started yesterday at 5 pm, opened today at 11 am. Ends with an 8 pm costume party. Open tomorrow from 11 am to 3 pm.

Where: MassMutual Center

Tickets: Start at $25 and go up to $175 for the celebrity VIP experience. Get them here


Awesome Con (Washington, DC)

Comic books, collectibles, and tabletop presenters will be in the capital for three days.


When: 10 am to 7 pm today, 10 am to 5 pm tomorrow

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Tickets: Range from $15 to $465 (!). Buy them in advance here


Villains Con (Danville, Illinois)

Robert Axelrod, Selene Loomis and other celebrity guests will be here, right alongside cosplay contests and videogame and tabletop tournaments.


When: Today and tomorrow starting at 10 am, with a Pajama Party at 7:30 pm. tonight

Where: The David S. Palmer Arena

Tickets: Start at $15 and climb up to $175. Get them here

Arch Anime (St. Louis, Missouri)

Cosplay is at the core of this convention, which is in its third year. It’s hosted for and by fans of anime, video games, Japanese culture and “nerd life in general.”


When: Opened at 10 am and goes until 10:30 pm. Opens tomorrow at 10 am, and closing ceremonies end at 6 pm

Where: Gateway Center

Tickets: $35. Get one here

British Fest (Omaha, Nebraska)

British-themed games are welcome at this Harry Potter, Doctor Who and British pop culture convention.


When: Runs until midnight tonight and from 10 am to 3 pm tomorrow.

Where: Comfort Inn & Suites Omaha Central

Tickets: You can pick them up at the door. A day pass for Saturday is $25, and Sunday is $20. You can get the three-day pass for $40


Lake Effect Comic Con (Cleveland, Ohio)

Comics are the centerpiece of this one-day con.

When: 10 am to 5 pm tomorrow

Where: Holiday Inn Cleveland Northeast - Mentor

Tickets: $5 for adults, free for children. You can buy them at the door

Colossalcon (Sandusky, Ohio)

This four-day con is for fans of anime, gaming and Japanese culture.

When: Open until midnight tonight and from 9 am to 5 pm tomorrow

Where: Kalahari Resort

Tickets: You can buy them at the door. A four-day pass is $60, but one-day passes are $38 today and $22 for Sunday



ConCarolinas (Concord, North Carolina)

This convention is focused on science fiction and has events for gamers, cosplayers and fans in general.


When: Open now and ends with a showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 12:30 am. Open from 8 am to 4:30 pm tomorrow

Where: Embassy Suites

Tickets: Buy them at the door. $20 for a day pass on Sunday, $40 today. Go all weekend for $50


A-Kon 27 (Dallas, Texas)

Artist galleries, games, cosplay and masquerade balls, oh my.

When: Open today until the wee hours of tomorrow. Opens tomorrow at 8 am

Where: Hilton Anatole

Tickets: $53.75 today and $43.75 tomorrow (the weird number includes a service fee). Buy them at the door or register here



Power-Con: The He-Man and She-Ra Toy & Comic Book Experience (Torrance, California)


Toys, comic books, cartoons, collectibles, cosplay and voice actors will be on display at this convention.

When: Open until 6 pm (West coast time) today, from 10 am to 5 pm tomorrow

Where: Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach

Tickets: $25 at the door for either day

Coming up next weekend:

DieCon 16 (Collinsville, Illinois)

Magic City Con (Birmingham, Alabama)

OMG!con (Owensboro, Kentucky)

Oz Comic-Con (Melbourne, Vic, Australia)

Red Deer Comic & Entertainment Expo (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada)

Reiyacon (Rochester, New York)

Sci-Fi Valley Con (Altoona, Pennsylvania)

Sci Fi Summer Con (Atlanta, Georgia)

Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo (Atlanta, Georgia)

YetiCon (The Blue Mountains, Ontario)

Attending a convention this weekend that didn’t make the list? Tell us about it in the comments.


Correction: An earlier version of this article stated this was Awesome Con’s first year in Washington, DC, but it was hosted there in 2015.