All the dates, locations, times, tickets, prices, celebrities and who will be where at the top sci-fi conventions in August 2023
Meet William Shatner, Hayden Christensen, Michael J Fox, Andy Serkis and many more. Greet the Guardians of the Galaxy. Cosplay till you drop. Game, collect, trade and get the scoop on new and upcoming science fiction – from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas, Boston to New Zealand and Canada – at these awesome sci-fi conventions in August 2023.
17 More Awesome Sci-Fi Conventions in August 2023 (Near You)
Pennsylvania US, 3–6 August 2023
Meet legendary pulp artists like Mark Schultz and Mark Wheatley, as well as authors/editors like John Betancourt, Win Scott Eckert, Craig McDonald, Will Murray, Gary Phillips, and Darrell Schweitzer. Celebrate the legacy of pulp literature by attending the many panels on various novels and maybe even buying some rare ones at the auction. Don’t forget to check out the dealer’s room to stock up on the history of exciting writing at PulpFest.
Dates 3–6 August 2023 Location DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh, 910 Sheraton Dr, Pennsylvania, US Prices $10–$50 | Get tickets
Star Trek Las Vegas (STLV)
Las Vegas US, 3–6 August 2023
Come meet originals like William Shatner, Sulu and Chekov, Next Generation’s Data and La Forge, Voyager’s Seven of Nine and Captain Janeway, and Discovery’s Saru (Doug Jones). You’ll even find Strange New Worlds’ Captain Pike and Lower Decks’ crossover Boimler, aka Jack Quaid, in attendance. Get Trekked out in all the panels, fan events, auctions, and various vendors showcasing the best in Star Trek merchandise. There’s plenty to explore in the ongoing mission of sci-fi delights at STLV: 57-Year Mission.
Watch: The STLV Experience
Dates 3–6 August 2023 Location Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, US Prices $70-$1099 | Get tickets
Fan Expo Boston
Massachusetts US, 4–6 August 2023
Meet Hayden Christensen, Ahsoka, Shazam, Peter Weller’s original Robocop, Danny Trejo, Henry Winkler, and many more. After partaking in the photo-ops and autographs, cosplay, shop the dealer’s room for deals on all manner of merch. There’s something for geeks of all sorts at Fan Expo Boston.
Watch: Fan Expo Boston Experience
Dates 4–6 August 2023 Location Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Massachusetts, US Prices $47–$105 | Get tickets
The Surrey Steampunk Convivial
Epsom UK, 5–6 August 2023
Fling your familiar with a g-string, have a teapot race, orange war, oh and play some pneumatic billiards. Yes, it’s time for another dose of British steampunk eccentricity, including live music, food, drinks, performances and steampunk pub games at the May edition of The Surrey Steampunk Convivial.
Watch: Pneumatic Billiards and Tea Duelling at The Surrey Steampunk Convivial
Dates 27–28 May 2023 Location The Station, Epsom, UK
Prices From £16.96 | Get tickets
Armageddon Expo Palmerston North
New Zealand, 5–6 August 2023
Meet with famed anime actors Sarah Wiedenheft (Chainsaw Man), Aaron Dismuke (Fruits Basket), and Katelyn Barr (My Girlfriend Is Shobitch). Then get in on all the panels on all things comics, movies, television, animation and gaming. Then be sure to check out the exhibitors’ hall for plenty of choices in collectables, merchandise, gaming and memorabilia. There’s no shortage of geeky fun as there is so much to do at Armageddon Expo Palmerston North.
Dates 5–6 August 2023 Location Fly Palmy Arena, Pascal Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand Prices $11–$17 | Get tickets
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
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
Key City Steampunk Convention
Gettysburg, US, 11–13 August 2023
Meet such talents as artist Dave Lee, cosplayer Sharon Rose, playwright Leanna Renee Hieber, Pricesume expert Brett King, and many more. They’re all part of the Steampunk community, and you can get in on it with the many workshops offered at the event. Vendors will be present to sell the best in Steampunk wear to make your ensemble complete. Steampunk enthusiasts of all sorts will find so much to do and learn at the inviting nature of Key City Steampunk Convention.
Watch: Cosplay at Key City Steampunk Convention
Dates 11–13 August 2023 Location Wyndham, Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Cir, Pennsylvania, US Prices $80–$84.80 | Get tickets
Deep South Para-Comi-Con
Ozark, Alabama, US, 19–20 August 2023
Get a chance to meet such paranormal-geek figures as Leitreanna Terry-Brown (Repossessed), Jeff Leeper (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), Charles Campbell (ADR Engineering at Crunchyroll), Sonya Thompson (The Walking Dead), and many more. For those interested in getting in on spooky experiences, you’ll want to be present for the Hands-On Haunted Investigation with guest Paranormal Investigators. Enjoy all the panels, workshops, and exhibits that will delight any believer of ghosts at Deep South Para-Comi-Con.
Watch: The Deep South Para-Comi-Con Trailer
Dates 19–20 August 2023 Location Ozark Civic Center, 320 E College St, Alabama, US Prices $15–$30 | Get tickets
Central Alberta Fanfest
Ponoka, Canada, 19 August 2023
Assemble at the library for the ultimate geek convention. There will be plenty of cosplay contests, a marketplace, interactive panels, trivia, coffee, and treats to please fandoms of all sorts of geekdom. Get insight from panels, enjoy the splendour of the cosplay showcased, and the vendors boasting all manner of geek merchandise. It’s a small-town convention with a welcoming atmosphere for being hosted at a library. So if you like low-key conventions, you’ll want to head to Central Alberta Fanfest.
Date 19 August 2023 Location Ponoka Jubilee Library, 50 St, Ponoka, Alberta, Canada Price Free | Register
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
Planet Funk Con
Davenport, Iowa, US, 25–27 August 2023
Meet geeky legends Mick Foley (WWE), Jason Marsden (A Goofy Movie), Gregg Berger (Duckman), Cal Dodd (X-Men: The Animated Series), and many more. Then get a chance to meet prolific artists like Angus Oblong (The Oblongs), Matt Dinniman (Dungeon Crawler Carl), and others. Check out the fantastic cosplay on display from such icons as Sunny Doom Cosplay, Remy Dee, Celtic Honey, Knightmage, and more. All this and panels and vendors will be waiting for you at Planet Funk Con.
Watch: Planet Funk Con Experience
Dates 25–27 August 2023 Location RiverCenter 201 E 3rd St, Davenport, Iowa, US Prices $10–$30 | Get tickets
Indianapolis, US, 25–27 August 2023
Meet a host of actors including guests like Patrick Warburton (The Venture Bros, Family Guy), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Kara Edwards (Dragon Ball), Caitlin Glass (My Hero Academia), and many more. Then check out all the geeky cosplay, especially from notable guests Kim is Possible, Kari Lewis, and Freckled Zelda. After browsing the dealers, stick around for some fun afterparties and secret games just for kids. It’s all going down at PopCon Indy.
Watch: PopCon Indy Experience
Dates 25–27 August 2023 Location Indiana Convention Center, 100 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, US Prices $33–$66 | Get tickets
Northeast Ohio Steampunk Festival
Burton, US, 26–27 August 2023
Partake in the plentiful partying of Steampunk enthusiasts. Set at the historic Western Reserve Village, Steampunk cosplayers will descend to showcase their Pricesumes and have some retro-futurism fun. Converse and observe the astounding tech-based wear and maybe buy some for yourself with the mendor vendors present. If you come in Pricesume, be sure to enter one of the many contests including The Moustache Contest, Pricesume Contest, and Tea Dueling Contest. Rousing and retro fun for all is unfolding at Northeast Ohio Steampunk Festival.
Dates 26–27 August 2023 Location Century Village Museum, Burton, Ohio, US
Prices $10–$15 | Get tickets
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
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