General Geek Culture Conventions
The dragon in the room on the convention circuit this weekend is Dragon Con 2018 taking place in Atlanta, Georgia from August 30 through September 3. Dragon Con is the largest multi-media pop culture convention focusing specifically on science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, and film in the United States. I could go into all the things to see and do at Dragon Con and all of the guests you can meet over the weekend, but that’d take up way too much space and, really, it’s probably best for you to just visit the con’s website and drill down into the topic you’re specifically looking for.
Other general geek culture conventions:
Fan Expo Canada: August 30 through September 2; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Comic Con Amsterdam: September 1 & 2; Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Quad Cities Comic Con: September 1 & 2; Rock Island, Illinois
Ark-La-Tex Comic Con: September 1 & 2; Texarkana, Texas
In the world of video gaming, the featured convention this weekend is PAX West in Seattle, Washington from August 31 through September 3. No TV stars, no comic book artists, no anime, no cosplay… PAX West is a weekend completely devoted to video game programming, tournaments, developer discussions, and the like. Even the non-gaming content is built with gamers and gaming in mind.
Other gaming conventions:
Tabletop Scotland: September 1 & 2; Perth, United Kingdom
Gateway 2018: August 31 through September 3: Los Angeles, California
GEXCon 2018: August 31 through September 2: Chantilly, Virginia
Crunchyroll Expo 2018 is the convention hosted by the world’s largest anime streaming company. The event runs from September 1 through 3 in San Jose, California. Guests include actors, artists, and creators from the world of anime. Attendees can experience cosplay, screenings, and panels exploring the wide range of anime fandom.
Other Anime Conventions:
Alcon 2018: August 30 through September 2; Leicester, United Kingdom
San Japan 2018: August 31 through September 2; San Antonio, Texas
Nan Desu Kan 2018: August 31 through September 2; Denver, Colorado
Saboten Con: August 31 through September 3; Phoenix, Arizona
Specific Interest Conventions
The Big River Steampunk Festival is held every Labor Day weekend in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. This weekend’s event runs from August 31 through September 3. One of the unique aspects of Big River Steampunk Festival is that the event takes place outdoors on the preserved Victorian-era buildings of Hannibal’s pedestrian-only Main Street, along the western bank of the Mississippi River.
Other Specific Interest Conventions:
CoKoCon 2018: August 31 through September 3; Phoenix, Arizona
Crystal Mountain Pony Con: August 31 through September 1; Provo, Utah
Heading out to a convention this weekend?
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There is no way we can cover every convention every weekend. If there is a convention not covered above that you plan to attend this weekend, feel free to post the name of the convention, dates, location, and link to the convention’s website in the comments below.