Daring New Worlds: 8 Epic Fantasy Conventions in August

All dates, locations, times, tickets, prices, celebrity guests and who will be where at the top fantasy conventions in August 2023

Meet Andy Serkis, Giancarlo Esposito, Kiefer Sutherland, The Punisher and Chevy Chase.   and many more. Check-in with Rebecca Roanhorse and Ness Brown. Cosplay till you drop. Game, collect, trade and get the scoop on new and upcoming science fiction – from Missouri to Chicago, Atlanta to Toronto – at these awesome fantasy conventions in August 2023.

8 Awesome Fantasy Conventions in August 2023 (Near You)


Joplin Missouri US, 5 August 2023

Visit with anime voice actress Ryan Bartley (Hanako and young Rengoku in Demon Slayer) and the Japanese music of Three Trails Taiko. Check out all the cosplay of anime characters and join in on the gaming fun with both tabletop and video games. And there’s no shortage of vendors present to get your fix of original artwork and anime merch. Anime fans of all sorts will find plenty to do here and it’s all happening at JoMoCon 2023!

Watch: The JoMoCon Experience

Date 5 August 2023 Location Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 7th St, Joplin, Missouri, US Prices $10–$15 | Get tickets

Fan Expo Chicago

Illinois US, 10–13 August 2023

Come chill with Back to the Future’s Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, Sam Raimi, Andy Serkis, Giancarlo Esposito, Kiefer Sutherland and so many more. Then cosplay, game, jump in a time-travelling Delorean, try out the unique escape rooms, get some autographs and photo-ops, and stroll through the exhibitors’ hall for all sorts of geeky merch finds. All fans of anime, sci-fi, horror, and comics converge at Fan Expo Chicago.

Watch: The Fan Expo Chicago Experience

Dates 10–13 August 2023 Location Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, William Rd, Rosemont, Chicago, Illinois, US Prices $27-$99 | Get tickets

Station Unity

Maryland, US, 11–13 August 2023

Meet actors Matt Hill (Ed on Ed, Edd and Eddy) and Chase Masterson (Leeta on Star Trek DS9), as well as creative talents like Bill Krause (designer on Star Trek), Daniel Rosales Mendoza (3D Story Artist at Lucasfilm Animation), and Adele Simmons (assistant director on Star Trek: The Next Generation). Get your geek on at all the panels and workshops before finding that collector’s find at the exhibitor’s hall. Geeks of all sorts can find so much to do at Station Unity.

Watch: The Station Unity Experience

Date 11–13 August 2023 Location Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, Maryland, US Prices $25–$55 | Get tickets

Fan Expo Canada

Toronto, 24–27 August 2023

Get a chance to meet with such talents as Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith), Chevy Chase (Clark from National Lamptoon’s Vacation), Jon Bernthal (Punisher from The Punisher), Anson Mount (Captain Pike from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), and many more. Get their autographs and then have a blast with the many panels, vendors, and cosplay all centred around anime, comics, sci-fi, and more at Fan Expo Canada.

Watch: Fan Expo Canada Experience

Dates 24–27 August 2023 Location Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W, Ontario, Canada Prices $28–$180 | Get tickets


Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, 25–27 August 2023

Get a chance to meet such notable authors as Rebecca Roanhorse (Star Wars: Resistance Reborn), Carrie Vaughn (Questland), Kelly Robson (High Times in the Low Parliament), and Ness Brown (The Scourge Between Stars). After getting a chance to appreciate their work at panels, be sure to check out the dealer’s room for your next big book find. There’s lots to do for lovers of books and art at Bubonicon 2023.

Watch: A Way-Back Look at Bubonicon ft. George RR Martin

Dates 25–27 August 2023 Location Marriott Albuquerque, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, New Mexico, US Prices $40–$55 | Get tickets

New England WizardFest

Boxborough US,  25–27 August 2023

Meet a host of Harry Potter actors including Chris Rankin, Ellie Darcey-Alden, and Sean Biggerstaff. Then enjoy the showcase of tricks as magicians Jeff McBride, Jon Stetson, Christopher Grace, and many more hit the stage. Dance the night away at the Wizards Ball, complete with an Italian buffet and gifts. Take in the cosplay and have a go at Wizard Chess as the world of Harry Potter comes to life at New England WizardFest.

Dates 25–27 August 2023 Location Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Massachusetts, US Prices $10–$134 | Get tickets


Florida US, 26 August 2023

Show off your cosplay with a photo by professional photographer Eric Paul-Louis Webster and then visit such organizations as Mystic Spiral Crafts and Heroes 4 Causes. Get in on the gaming, panels, and the 10,000-square-foot marketplace with awesome wears and merch. The best part is it’s a cheap one-day convention where you can see it all for only $5. There’s plenty to do for very little at My-Con.

Watch: A Taste of the My-Con Experience

Dates 26 August 2023 Location Wyndham Orlando Resort, Florida, US Price $5 | Get tickets

Dragon Con

Atlanta, Georgia, US, 31 August–4 September 2023

Meet the many geek icons like Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Futurama), Maurice LaMarche (Pinky & The Brain), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Adam Savage (Mythbusters), George Takei (Star Trek), Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who), Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager), and so many other talented people. Enjoy the abundance of insightful panels as well as the allure of the art gallery. Browse the best geeky finds in the dealer’s room and take part in the joyous parade of cosplayers. For those who enjoy big cons with plenty of people to meet and so much to do, you won’t want to miss Dragon Con.

Watch: Dragon Con Experience

Dates 31 August–4 September 2023 Location Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Georgia, US Prices $175–$4500 | Get tickets

Note: I try my best to get every bit of info I can, and will keep updating this page all the time. If you know of a book, author, show, channel or event that should be on this list, let me know at elvorne@scifixfantasy.com and I’ll make it happen.

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