After a rough 2020 and an uncertain majority of 2021, fan conventions are back. October is jam packed with conventions for nerds to enjoy everywhere. Here is a list of cons that are still going forward. Please check with each event’s website for COVID regulations.
Also be sure to click each websites link to check on updates for cancellations, postponements, and guest updates.
September 30th – October 3rd, 2021
Gaslight Steampunk Expo 2021
San Diego, CA
The “largest gathering of Southern Californian Steampunks.” Their theme this year is the 1889 Universelle Exposition du Paris (World Fair) where Gustave Eiffel built the largest structure on the planet.
ORIGINS FAME FAIR
The annual tabletop gaming convention returns. Feathuring 2,000+ gaming events through the week and over 200 vendors.
ROMICS CON 2021
International exhibition of comics, animation, and games. Featuring special guests, panels, and workshops. There will also be vendors.
October 1st – October 3rd, 2021
ANIME OKLAHOMA 2021
Midwest City, OK
A Japanese pop culture conventions. Chances to meet your favorite voice actors and shop 40 vendors. Kids 12 and under can get in for FREE!
APPLECON MAINE 2021
Boutique tabletop RPG convention that takes place at the start of Maine’s fall apple and leaf season. Family friendly convention that has role playing adventures for all ages and experience levels.
BANGOR COMIC AND TOY CON
Pure GEEK fun all weekend! This years guests include Jay Mewes , Brian O’Halloran, and Jeff Anderson for a Clerks Reunion.
CAPE COMIC CON 2021
Cape Girardeau, MO
Three days of pop culture icons, professional and independent artists, panels, cosplay. and vendors.
FRIGHT NIGHT FILM FEST
A horror convention with film festival programming. This convention has run for over 15 years and is focused on horror content and films.
Colorado’s oldest sci-fi and fantasy literary convention. It will feature authors, artists, speakers, and cosplay.
Sioux Falls, SD
This anticipated annual event is back for its fifth year! This is a family-friendly and inclusive con that will feature cosplay. gaming, artists, vendors, and more!
Las Vegas, NV
“More than just a comic convention.” This con has games, comics, cosplay, anime, gaming, sports, special guests, artists, and more! There are also events like a costume contest and hall of fame dinner.
October 2nd, 2021
MS TOY CON 2021
The place for toy collectors in Mississippi!
NORTH DALLAS TOY SHOW
Farmers Branch, TX
Texas’ #1 toy show!
Palm Beach County con back for its 10th anniversary!
Back for another great year. A day of vendors, special guests, comic book dealers, cosplay contest and more!
UPPER VALLEY COMIC EXPO 2021
West Lebanon, NH
A one day event that will feature a silent auction to benefit Children’s hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
October 2nd – October 3rd, 2021
BIRMINGHAM ANIME & GAMING CON
An all age event for anime fans, gamers, and cosplayers.
PITTSBURGH GAMING EXPO 2021
A celebration of modern and retro gaming!
TWIN CITIES CON 2021
A celebration of comics, toys, TV, film. cosplay, and all things nerdy.
VERMONT SCI-FI AND FANTASY EXPO
Essex Junction, VT
This event will be host to guests, fans and vendors from TV, movies, and books!
October 3rd, 2021
LONDON COMIC MART
An event that has been running for over 30 years is the place for anyone who considers themselves a nerd.
October 4th – October 7th, 2021
GEEKWAY TO THE WEST
St. Charles, MO
Geekway to the West is a four-day event that happens each spring just outside St. Louis, Missouri. Three thousand gamers spend four days playing games from their own collection as well as the extensive Geekway library.
October 7th – October 10th, 2021
Everything gaming under one roof! Find indie games and unreleased blockbuster games.
NEW YORK COMIC CON 2021
New York, NY
“Where you can feel unafraid to geek out.” Exclusive fandom gear, award winning comic artists, and special guest stars await you in NYC.
October 8th – October 10th, 2021
ALAMO CITY FURRY INVASION
San Antonio, TX
Returning for 2021 for the Texas furry community.
Three day event that is host to live concerts, performers, media guests, vendors, artists, and more!
BIG TEXAS COMICON
San Antonio, TX
Pop culture con for the whole family. Opportunities to interact with your favorite celebrities, get one of a kind autographs, and shop unique vendors.
FANTASY BASEL 2021
The Swiss Comic Con!
LAIR CON 2021
Small, exclusive convention that focuses on playing games.
MADE IN ASIA/RETRO MADE IN ASIA
A place for fans of manga, anime, video games, cosplay, and Youtubers.
Horror convention that debuted in 2014 bringing you a weekend of horror and sci-fi.
MOTOR CITY FURRY CON
An 18+ furry convention for furries and fans.
SCI-FI VALLEY CON
More than just a convention! Experience a weekend of fun with celebrity guests, exhibitors, and a chance to meet and get autographs with guests.
SIXTY SIX GAMES EXPO
A convention that brings gamers, industry leaders, and personalities together in a celebration of gaming.
TOO MANY GAMES
Convention that began 15 years ago. This convention has grown from a free event to an all encompassing three day event for all things gaming.
West Virginia’s first anime, gaming, and cosplay con. Founded in 2004, this convention returns in 2021 to bring a weekend of pop culture.
October 8th – October 11th, 2021
DISCWORLD CONVENTION 2021
Biennial event for fans of the Discworld book series by Sir Terry Pratchett.
October 9th, 2021
GREAT LAKES FALL EXPO 2021
Madison Heights, MI
An annual comic, toy, and collectible event that aims to promote literacy in children and support children’s charities. This event will also happening on December 11th!
GRIT CITY COMIC SHOW
One day, family friendly convention focused on creators and comic books.
POWERHOUSE COMIC CON
Annual pop culture event with celeb guests, vendors, video games, and more!
The only event of its kind on the north Shore. There will be toys, video games, pop culture, local artists, and more!
October 9th – October 10th, 2021
ALABAMA COMIC CON
Two day convention that will bring a diverse list of vendors, artists, guests, and fan groups.
Anime convention combining food, workshops, and exhibitors.
A celebration of Japanese animation and pop culture. Fans can meet guests from their favorite shows, attend panels, host and attend fan panels, and compete in cosplay contests.
BRICKWORLD FORT WAYNE
Fort Wayne, IN
An event for the entire family that will be host to 38,000 square feet of creations built from LEGO.
COMICON DE QUEBEC
Quebec, QC, Canada
Pop culture fan convention that showcases artists and products from horror, anime, and gaming genres. And of course comic books!
NEWCASTLE ANIME AND GAMING
All age event for anime fans, gamers, and cosplayers.
Longest running My Little Pony convention in Europe.
CINCINNATI TOY AND COLLECTABLE SHOW
A place to buy collectibles!
October 14th – October 17th, 2021
A gaming convention where you can buy, play, and test thousands of games with fellow gamers.
October 15th – October 17th, 2021
Utah’s premier and largest anime convention. Celeb guests, gaming, panels, cosplay, and arcade, and more!
Biggest show of Japanese pop culture is back is Lisbon! 50 activities including, concerts, cosplay, martial arts, workshops, and more!
Formally only one day, this convention has grown to a three day event! It will have events for fans of all ages.
A con for lovers of sci-fi and fantasy. Also featuring art and media, gaming, and science.
Back for its 10th convention. Board games, RPGs, PFS and more!
The nation’s largest trading card and pop culture con. With VIP guests, live music, vendors, and more!
INDIANA COMIC CONVENTION
Indianapolis’ largest comic convention. Will be host to exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests from comic books to cosplay. Children get in FREE to this family friendly event.
This event has been going for 20 years! Over 3,000 people will attend this convention full of vendors and activities.
Anime, gaming, sci-fi, steampunk, and video game convention.
A convention that has been around for over three decades is back! Over 250 comic book creators, writers, and artists will be attending this event. Celebrity guests will also be available for events.
Peterborough, ON, Canada
A sci-fi and fantasy role playing convention.
SUPER SMASH FALL FEST
A smaller-scaled version of the larger event. Registration is sold out, but you can be added to a wait list for cancellations.
SUPERNATURAL OFFICIAL CONVENTION DENVER
Official convention for the series Supernatural. Guest panels, autographs, and photo ops available for fans to interact with their favorite celebrity guests.
VAMPIRE DIARIES AND ORIGINALS OFFICIAL CONVENTION
The casts reunite for a weekend of panels, autographs, and photo ops.
Fan- based convention for fans of anime and Japanese pop culture.
Burnaby, BC, Canada
Sci-fi con with fantasy and gaming programming. This convention has gone virtual for this year.
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO
Join other fans to celebrate the best in pop culture!
October 16th, 2021
Northern California’s newest horror convention.
A place to celebrate and share love for cosplay and gaming.
Effingham’s only game convention. This is the first year for this convention and attendance is FREE!
TEXAS TOY SHOW
The largest bi-monthly toy show in Texas. Vendors will be selling wide-ranging collectables. Cosplay contests, giveaways, artists singings, and more will also take place.
October 16th – October 17th, 2021
GEEK DAYS CAEN 2021
Anime, sci-fi, and video gaming convention.
HEROES MADE IN ASIA
An event for fans of Asian pop culture.
LIVERPOOL ANIME AND GAMING
All ages event for anime fans, gamers, cosplayers, and comic fans.
An annual all ages event celebrating anime, cosplay, gaming, and pop culture.
October 17th, 2021
CAPITAL TRADE SHOWS
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Monthly sports card, sports memorabilia, and comic book trade show. FREE admission.
QUADCON ST CHARLES
St Charles, MO
Fan can come together to enjoy aspects of pop culture including, cmics, toys, video games, role playing, and more!
WOODBRIDGE TOY SHOW
Woodbridge Township, NJ
40+ tables of collectable comic books, action figures, and pop culture items. Current and vintage collectables available.
October 21st – October 24th, 2021
ATLANTA GAME FEST
Board game fans gather for fours days of fun. Hundreds of the best board games available for play. Vendors available for purchasing at the flea market.
BIGGEST LITTLE FUR CON
An event for furries and fans in Reno.
Kansas City, MO
Founded in 2017 on the principle of “less is more.” This convention is designed to be small and personal that maximizes face-to-face time with favorite cast members. 18+ Event.
October 22nd – October 23rd, 2021
DARK HISTORY AND HORROR CON
Here to unite those interested in criminal justice, history of crime, criminal behavior, abnormal psychology, and crime prevention. This is an educational and entertaining exerience with guest speakers, experts, and memorabilia.
October 22nd – October 24th, 2021
Non-profit convention for Twin Cities fan community. Brining old favorites and new releases from Japan. Die-hard fans and newcomers will have equal fun.
Anime NebrasKon 2021
Council Bluffs, IA
Anime NebrasKon is Nebraska’s longest running Anime Convention! Our mission is to connect all people and community through Japanese animation and pop culture with education and activity.
Another Anime Convention 2021
Another Anime Convention offers Panels, Workshops, a Masquerade, Vendors & Artists, Karaoke, Game Shows, Arts & Crafts, Video Games and Much More!
Baltimore Comic-Con 2021
Each year, the show features marquee-name comic book creators past and present, publishers, charitable organizations, and vendor booths offering genre-related items, including comic book back-issues, limited edition collectible items.
Cincycon is the annual gaming convention presented by The Gamers of Ohio, Indiana, & Northern Kentucky. It is Cincycon’s mission to bring Historical, Fantasy, and Science Fiction gamers along with Card, Role-Playing, and Board Gaming enthusiast under one roof for a full weekend of fun. Attendees of all ages welcome!
FanExpo Canada Limited Edition 2021
Toronto, ON, Canada
The coolest celebs, cosplayers, artists, and more are all attending and, if you haven’t gotten your cosplays ready, hurry! Only a few weeks to go!
Meet your favortie stars from various sci-fi films and TV shows. Three days full of star guests, autographs, photo shoots, lectures, workshops, cosplayers, like-minded people, campaigns, parties, merchandise – just three days full of fun – don’t miss it!
Halifax, NS, Canada
Hal-Con is a sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention run completely by much-too-dedicated volunteers. We are community focused, participating in many events around the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia (such as other festivals, parades, and gaming events).
LAN All Night 2021
The event is themed around Halloween so we present to you “LAN All Night IV: ZombieLAN.” The event will also be welcoming online participants throughout the event. The event is free to attend online, but if you want to be eligible for raffles, prizes, tournaments and contests, an online pass will need to be purchased.
MCM Comic Con London 2021
We’re looking forward to welcoming you back for an unforgettable three-day celebration of all things pop culture! Don’t miss the chance to meet your favourite TV and film stars, the joy of browsing art from independent creators, the freedom to be yourself and all the special little moments you don’t get anywhere else.
MEX Berlin 2021
MEX stands for Manga and Entertainment Expo, or to put it another way – a whole weekend full of fun all about manga, anime, Korea and gaming in the exhibition halls under the Berlin radio tower.
This Rockford convention features historical and fantasy miniature gaming, collectible miniatures, role-playing, board gaming, and other events that cover the entire spectrum of adventure gaming.
The Scarefest is America’s premier independently owned horror and paranormal fandom expo. Featuring celebrities from your favorite movies and TV shows, hundreds of vendors, a weekend long film festival, midnight movies, celebrity hosted events, seminars and now Lexington’s largest Halloween party.
Spooky Empire 2021
Spooky Empire has quickly become one of the most respected horror event promotions companies in the United States, bringing to life two of the most popular horror conventions in the nation, with fans attending from all over the world.
TFcon Baltimore 2021
The world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention.
October 22nd – October 25th, 2021
Armageddon Auckland 2021
Auckland, New Zealand
The Entertainment Expo! Armageddon features sci-fi, gaming, anime, collectibles, TV and Movie stars and comic in a massive family entertainment event.
October 23rd, 2021
ClarksvilleCon is a collectors’ mecca convention located in the beautiful City of Clarksville, Tennessee. Striving to be Tennessee’s best and truest comic convention featuring fandoms of multiple genres.
Eckman’s Card, Comic and Toy Show 2021
San Antonio, TX
Providing a family and community friendly show including collectibles from all fandoms, mediums and genres.
Super Dimension Convention 2021
October 23rd – October 24th, 2021
Brickworld Milwaukee 2021
West Allis, WI
Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See 32,000 square feet of spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts.
Brooklyn Horror Con 2021
Brooklyn Horror Con is New York’s first horror convention. Slashing its way though Brooklyn!
Find everything related to Manga, Series, Kpop, Animation … as well as video games and board games.
A celebration of all things retro! An annual event featuring some of the best YouTube personalities in the universe, free-play console games, contests and competitions, guest panels and over 150 vendor booths. Kids 12 and under are FREE!
Roswell Galacticon 2021
An event that has a dual nature comprising the Roswell SciFi Film Fest and the Roswell Galacticon. Many of the films for the film fest will be shown virtually at http://www.RoswellFilmCon.com and at the event location. The comic con portion will feature sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, and cosplay for families, including a child education emphasis.
October 27th – October 31st, 2021
Golden Leaves Con 2021
With 300 participants, Golden Leaves Con is the biggest furry convention in the alpine region.
October 28th – October 31st, 2021
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2021
Anime Weekend Atlanta is the largest anime convention on the east coast, and is a 4 day celebration of all things anime, manga and Japanese culture.
Now in its 17th year, highlights for Youmacon 2021 will include large video game and table-top gaming rooms, a Charity Masquerade Ball, national bands and DJs and a massive 150,000 sq. foot dealer’s room for shopping Anime, artwork, figures and other collectibles.
October 29th – October 31st, 2021
ALL-CON continues to explore fandoms, their expansions and their evolution. Unlike industry events, ALL-CON is a participation convention built around core feature activities and supported by content driven by demand – both popular and obscure. It is a unique formula that has thrilled and astonished our beloved attendees for the past sixteen years.
Anime Halloween 2021
This convention has been serving the local fan community since 1991. We specializing in sci-fi and fantasy literature and art. Our art show has artist works from artists all over the country. Also enjoy are video room with independent genre films and anime. So meet the fans and let loose. That’s why it is your personal sci-fi convention.
Cherry Capital Comic Con 2021
Connect with your favorite creators at a variety of panels. Meet up and coming talent in Artist’s Alley. Find great deals on comics and collectible merchandise at our gathering of exhibitors. Participate in our costume contest, with categories for both adults and children.
New Brunswick, NJ
DerpyCon is a family-friendly and exciting convention of sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, and beyond. The weekend event will have panels, LARPs, concerts, video gaming, cosplay, vendors, dances, table-top gaming, AMVs, and more!
Dragonflight is a non-profit volunteer-run organization that promotes the educational and social benefits of the tabletop gaming hobby in the Pacific Northwest.
Earp-a-palooza is the first U.S. fan convention dedicated to SYFY’s hit TV show, Wynonna Earp.
Fan Expo Denver: Special Edition 2021
Why is this called a ‘SPECIAL EDITION’? Tickets will be limited, and the event will be 75% of the size planned for FAN EXPO Denver 2022.
Fanboy Expo Knoxville Convention 2021
Join us for a weekend of fun with celebrities, cosplayers, vendors, artists and more!
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo 2021
The Grand Ole Gameroom Expo is a public event for gamers of all ages. Join us for a weekend packed with over 200 arcade and pinball games all set to free play.
Theme: Gamblers Nightmare.
LeakyCon Denver 2021
Join Harry Potter fans from across the globe as we gather in Denver, CO for a weekend-long celebration of The Boy Who Lived and the extraordinary impact his story has had on both the Wizarding and Muggle worlds.
LUMI-CON brings with it one of the best hotel Anime/Gaming/Cosplay experiences around! We not only build on classic convention past times but also creating new entertainment with you in mind!
Morphinominal Expo 2021
Morphinominal Expo is more than just a power ranger show it’s a place to forge new friendships and get acquainted with old ones, and its back for another year! Come out to Morphinominal Expo and celebrate with us!
New Mexico Comic & Film Expo 2021
New Mexico’s largest Comic Expo! Bringing you top-tier creators from the Comic book world along with some A-list celebrities and so much more!
SNAFU Con 2021
Sierra Nevada Anime Fans Unite Convention (SNAFU Con) is a collaborative effort of local anime, game, comic-book, and science-fiction fans.
YuniCon is one of the fastest growing anime events in Austria, as a lot of visitors have called it the most entertaining Convention they have been to. With constantly evolving programming, the quality of the event is the main focus, and with the location being very close to the airport, YuniCon has become a hub for European and international creators and visitors alike.
October 29th – November 1st, 2021
Furry Blacklight 2021
Whether you are a space travel veteran or a scientist recently landed at NASA, an expert astronomer or a budding observer, come aboard with us to discover new galaxies!
Manga Barcelona 2021
October 30th, 2021
BristolCon is a one-day science fiction and fantasy convention organized by the BristolCon Foundation, a charitable foundation set up to support and promote speculative fiction writing, art and related activities in the South West.
QuadCon Des Moines 2021
Des Moines, IA
Quad Con is all about coming together and enjoying different aspects of pop culture. Video games, sci fi, role playing, comics, toys, board games, vintage magazines, posters, & more.
October 30th – October 31st, 2021
Gorgekeep Festival 2021
Celebrating Magic and Fantasy in NYS since 2016.
Arctic Comic Con 2021
Arctic Comic Con Alaska is the largest comic book and pop culture convention in Alaska.
Brick Fest Live Landover, MD 2021
LEGO® Exhibits On Display! LIVE Interactive Seated Stage Shows, Guinness World-Record Setting Brick Mosaic: Build your part of Brick Fest Live’s Mystery Mosaic
Destination Tokyo 2021
Destination Tokyo is a small Swiss (French speaking mostly) convention about Japanese culture, including two cosplay contests and the international DeTo Cosplay Crown (DCC).
Frightmare In The Falls 2021
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Join us at Frightmare in the Falls for two days of the most intimate and interactive Horror Festival in North America at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in majestic Niagara Falls, Canada on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 2021.
Hampton Comicon 2021
2 Full days of Vendors, Artists, Panels, and Contests for fans of all ages.
Manchester Anime & Gaming Con 2021
An all age event for anime fans, gamers, cosplayers and comic fans. Invite your friends and help spread the word!
Oni-Con is an anime and Japanese pop-culture convention typically held during Halloween weekend in Galveston, Texas. Oni-Con offers many things to do such as: anime viewing rooms, a manga lounge, table top and card gaming, an arcade, concerts, contests, dances, demonstrations, a masquerade and various panels.
ScareCon India 2021
ScareCon India is Asia’s biggest paranormal convention that hosts some of the biggest names from the horror and paranormal industry. Demonologists, Psychics, Authors, Filmmakers, Producers, Spiritualists all at one place to celebrate the spirit of Halloween.
SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2021
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
SMASH! 2021 is making its comeback! We will be returning to the ICC Sydney on October 30th and 31st for another weekend of activities, cosplay, merchandise, and fun!
Soda City Comic Con 2021
Soda City Comic Con is coming to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC and will be a comic and pop culture event to remember! Featuring vendors and artists from South Carolina and beyond this will be a show you won’t want to miss!
Supanova Comic-Con & Gaming Expo – Adelaide 2021
Wayville, South Australia, Australia
Supanova Comic-Con & Gaming Expo has been the welcoming home of Australia’s pop culture fandom since 2000; a place where fans inspired by imaginary worlds emanating from comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, nostalgia and literature have been able to come together to celebrate.
The Surrey Steampunk Convivial 2021
The Surrey Steampunk Convivial is a gathering that includes a full weekend programme of features and entertainment that may include umbrella fencing, snail racing (subject to availability) tea dueling, talks, ostrich racing, all manner of splendidly silly games, workshops, and more!
This is our end of year fundraising showcase event. Managed by Wyntercon CIO, its purpose is to raise funds for, and awareness of, our activities and workshops that run throughout the year with support from our partners and sponsors.
WHEW! We made it to the end of the list. Congratulations! Treat yourself by buying a ticket to a convention near you this month.