Dates, locations, times, tickets, prices, celebrities and who will be where at the top fantasy conventions in April 2023
Meet Derek from Teen Wolf, Danny Trejo and Christina Ricci, plus loads more from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Vikings, Arcane, The Legend of Korra and more. Cosplay till you drop. Pokemon all day. Watch the Phillip K Dick Awards live in person. And fan con in an actual European castle with these awesome Fantasy Conventions in April 2023.
12 Awesome New Fantasy Conventions in April 2023 (Near You)
Gent Belgium, 1–2 April 2023
Meet DC’s Arrowverse Superman and Teen Wolf’s Derek, Tyler Hoechlin, Elijah from The Originals, Daniel Gillies, Björn Ironside from Vikings, Alexander Ludwig, Harry Potter’s and Arcane’s Katie Leung and more celebrities from Star Wars and Overwatch. Go-kart, LARP, speed date like-minded fans, cosplay, go on a Pokemon hunt and play some D&D (and more!) at FACTS in Belgium.
Watch: The FACTS Experience
Dates 1–2 April 2023 Location Flanders Expo, Gent, Belgium
Prices €30,5–€175 | Get tickets
New Orleans US, 1 April 2023
Meet Batman ‘66 writer Gabe Scoria, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Terence Rosemore, Black Panther actor Stanley Aughtry, Daredevil’s Royce Johnson and loads more from Venom, Spider-Man, Django Unchained and more. Cosplay, game (VR), join a tournament or a panel and indulge in Blerdfest.
Date 1 April 2023 Location McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School, New Orleans, US Prices $15–$30 | Get tickets
Seattle US, 6–9 April 2023
Proud home of the Phillip K Dick literary awards, and very much geared towards professional fantasy and sci-fi writers, Norwescon is an entirely voluntary and non-profit event – one of the largest of its kind in the US. And, if you’re a creator, it’s an absolute treasure trove of inspiration, networking and collaboration. Featuring insanely in-depth panel discussions like “the hero’s journey” and “worldbuilding dos and don’ts” led by pro writers, you don’t want to miss Norwescon.
Watch: This Year’s Phillip K Dick Awards Live
Dates 6–9 April 2023 Location DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport, Washington, US Prices $40–$100 | Get tickets
Arlington Comic Fest
Texas US, 15–16 April 2023
Come meet Burton Gilliam from Blazing Saddles and Back to the Future 3, as well as Drew Breedlove, the voice behind Meguru Bachira of Blue Lock. The main attraction, though, is the incredible collection of new and vintage comics for trading, as well as merchandise and collectables at Arlington Comic Fest.
Watch: The Arlington Comic Fest Experience
Dates 15–16 April 2023 Location Bob Duncan Center, Arlington, Texas, US
Prices $7–$15 | Get tickets
Atlanta Georgia US, 21–23 April 2023
Meet The Lives of Tao author Wesley Chu, Random House/Disney artist Omar Rayyan and many more creatives. Delve into Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere, cosplay, game and discover endless topics around fantasy and sci-fi literature – with a special focus on (what inspired the convention) Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.
Watch: Wheel of Time Promo from Past JordanCon
Dates 21–23 April 2023 Location Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, Atlanta, US Prices $70 | Get tickets
Boddington Medieval Fayre And Feast
Australia, 22 April 2023
A very unique entry on this list, Boddington Medieval Fayre and Feast is a full-on LARP, market and mini convention, complete with exhibits, artists and stalls – including amazing cuisine (hence the Feast in the name) in Australia. But it stands out among conventions in that it offers awesome LARP experiences – from jousting and LARP games to virtually everything (even exhibitors) being in-character, nearly all the time. Also a great place to stock up on LARP gear, that’s Boddington Medieval Fayre and Feast.
Watch: The Boddington Medieval Fayre and Feast Experience
Type Convention with LARP Where Lions Rodeo Grounds, Boddington, Western Australia Cost $25–$60 | Get tickets
Cookeville Tennesee US, 22–23 April 2023
Catch ‘em all in all-day Pokemon GO, Belegarth fantasy armour and mock combat all day, cosplay, go Avengers 101, join the anime lipsync battle, and come hash out your faves – Marvel VS DC, who’s best? And what’s next for Star Wars? There are also loads of cool collectables and awesome snacks to buy at Alpha Psi Phi university member-organised anime convention, Omni-Con.
Watch: Some Way-Back Anime Cosplay at Omni-Con
Dates 22–23 April 2023 Location Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, US Prices $10–$15 | Get tickets
Utrecht Netherlands, 22–23 Apri 2023
Come visit Tolkien’s Númenor, enjoy free carriage rides (if you can get past the Elfian guard posts), witness the crowning of a new warrior-King Roel, bounty-hunt werewolves for the Raven’s Inn, LARP, cosplay, eat and be merry! Elfia is one of the most celebrated and longest-standing fantasy events in the world, with something for everyone – even several emergency cosplay-repair shops. There’s nothing quite like the Elfia Festival.
Watch: The Elfia Experience
Dates 22–23 Apri 2023 Location Castel De Haar, Utrecht, Netherlands
Prices €18,90–€37,90| Get tickets
Canada, 27–30 April 2023
Come meet Lou Ferrigno, Danny Trejo, James McAvoy, Sam Raimi, “Jim Hopper” and “Vecna”, Christina Ricci, Vincent D’Onofrio, Zachary Levi and many more from Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Obi-Wan Kenobi and more. Game, cosplay, collect, trade, discover new anime, sci-fi and fantasy, and fans meetups. It’s all happening at Calgary Expo.
Watch: The Calgary Expo Experience
Dates 27–30 April 2023 Location Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Prices $27–$109 | Get tickets
Siren Wisconsin US, 28–30 April 2023
And for something very different, how ‘bout a relax-a-con (decadence con) at Crooked Lake Wisconsin? No, there’s no serious programming, no pressure to cosplay, and not much trading or spending required. Just a group of awesome geeks meeting, playing games and generally geeking out about everything from Tolkien to Start Trek – and whatever else – in an awesome laidback setting or the weekend. More of a sci-fi fantasy retreat, if you like. At OmegaCon.
Dates 28–30 April 2023 Location The Lodge at Crooked Lake, Siren, Wisconsin, US Prices from $45 | Get tickets
South Texas Comic Con
McCallen US, 28–30 April 2023
Come meet William Shatner, Ron Pearlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Rose McGowan, Mick Folley and animators from Halo, The Legend of Korra, One Punch Man and more. Cosplay, game, trade and collect, catch shows and get celebrity photo ops at The South Texas Comic Con.
Watch: The South Texas Comic Con Experience
Dates 28–30 April 2023 Location McAllen Convention Center, Texas, US
Prices $15–$25 | Get tickets
Budapest Hungary, 29–30 April 2023
Anime, cosplay, gaming – it’s all happening at MondoCon in Hungary. Battle it out in the Tekken 7 or Just Dance tournaments, show off your cosplay and rub shoulders with the pros. Eat, drink, collect and be merry at MondoCon.
Watch: The MondoCon Experience
Dates 29–30 April 2023 Location Hungexpo, Budapest, Hungary
Prices HUF 6000–8000 | Get tickets
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