Dates, locations, times, tickets, prices, celebrities and who will be where at the top sci-fi conventions in October 2023
Meet Cixin Liu at Worldcon in China, Andy Serkis, Alyssa Milano, Paul Bettany and the iconic Death from Supernatural. Cosplay all day. Game collect, trade and get the scoop on new and upcoming science fiction – from the US and UK all the way to China for Worldcon and the Hugo Awards – at these awesome sci-fi conventions in October 2023.
Awesome Sci-Fi Conventions in October 2023 (Near You)
Brevard Library Con
Florida US, 1 October 2023
Get ready for the ultimate pop culture extravaganza at Brevard Library Con! This free, family-friendly event is a celebration of all things geek, from comics and anime to science and art. Immerse yourself in the world of fandoms, pop culture, and cosplay. Engage with STEM and STEAM activities, witness exciting demonstrations, and embrace feats of pure nerdiness. Explore a variety of vendors and enjoy the delectable offerings from food trucks at Brevard Library Con.
Watch: The Brevard Library Con Experience
Dates 1 October 2023 Location Viera Regional Community Center, Melbourne, Florida, US Price Free | Info
Fargo US, 13–15 October 2023
From sci-fi and fantasy to comics, anime, horror, gaming, film, and TV, ValleyCon has it all. Get up close with celebrity guests like Adrian Paul, Billy West, and Adrian Lee, known for Highlander and Futurama. Immerse yourself in the Sword Experience, engage in enlightening genre-based panels and workshops, and witness the excitement of the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival. Dive into gaming, showcase your best cosplay in costume contests, and revel in the thrill of ValleyCon.
Watch: The ValleyCon Fargo Experience
Dates 13–15 October 2023 Location Holiday Inn Fargo, North Dakota, US Prices $14–$66 | Get tickets
Springfield US, 13–15 October 2023
Meet Austin Tindle, the voice behind Tokyo Ghoul‘s Ken Kaneki, and Julian Richings, the iconic Death from Supernatural. Join the excitement with Bekka Prewitt from Nashville. Dive into workshops and panels exploring your favourite franchises like Attack on Titan, The Middle, and Resident Evil VIII. Immerse yourself in movies and games, and connect with fellow enthusiasts at VisionCon.
Watch: Some Cool VisionCon Cosplay
Dates 13–15 October 2023 Location Springfield Expo Center, Missouri Expo, US
Prices $35–$60 | Get tickets
Eastbourne UK, 14–15 October 2023
Get ready for the ultimate celebration as Wyntercon X marks a decade of sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, and cosplay extravaganza! Return to the roots at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Quarter, where it all began in 2014. Embrace the magic with Ghostbusters and Star Wars enthusiasts. From life-sized exhibits to RPG games, experience an unforgettable weekend at WynterCon 2023.
Watch: The WynterCon Experience
Dates 14–15 October 2023 Location Winter Garden, 14 Compton St, Eastbourne, UK Prices £19.15 (kids FREE) | Get tickets
Chengdu China, 18–22 October 2023
The highlight of sci-fi conventions in October! The 81st World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) goes to China this year. Since 1939, this annual event has united authors, artists, fans, and creators from all corners of the speculative realm. And this year, you get to meet Cixin Liu of The Three-Body Problem, along with a host of other celebrities, with loads of awesome sci-fi music, shows, games, cosplay and so much more. From the enchanting worlds of books to the dazzling dimensions of film, TV, and art, Worldcon celebrates it all. Immerse yourself in the heart of the convention and witness the pinnacle, the Hugo Awards at Chengdu Worldcon.
Watch: Countdown to Chengdu Worldcon
Dates 18–22 October 2023 Location Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center, Sichuan, China Prices $2–$70 | Info
Dallas Fan Festival
Irving US, 20–22 October 2023
Meet Andy Serkis, Alyssa Milano and Paul Bettany at the all-new Dallas FAN FESTIVAL! A three-day celebration of Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming awaits in Dallas, Texas. Meet stars from Lord Of The Rings, The Flash, and Sandman. Enjoy celebrity Q&As, electrifying cosplay, autographs, and panels. Immerse yourself in comics, anime, gaming, and more. Discover Artist Alley’s creative talents and join workshops. Join this exciting realm of fandom at the Dallas Fan Festival.
Watch: The Dallas Fan Festival Experience
Dates 20-22 October 2023 Location Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Texas, US Prices $20–$159 | Get tickets
Ardingly UK, 20–22 October 2023
South of England Collectors & Gaming Convention (SECGC), a fresh event by seasoned organizers, is your haven for hobbies and collectables. From model railways to comic collections and cosplay enthusiasts, we cater to all. Meet stars like Julie Dawn Cole, Andy Beckwith, and Paris Themmen. Indulge in music, explore the Jurassic Zone, immerse in the Star Wars Zone, enjoy wrestling, marvel at a dog show, and relish the fun fair at SECGC.
Dates 20–22 October 2023 Location The South Of England Event CentrePrices £6.60–£96 | 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: Umbrella Fencing at The Surrey Steampunk Convivial
Dates 21–22 October 2023 Location The Station, Epsom, UK
Prices £15–£20 | Get tickets
Virginia US, 21 October 2023
Prepare for a heroic Halloween at Heroes Assemble 3! Join iconic characters for epic trick-or-treating, candy delights, memorable photo ops and, of course, it’s all to raise money for mental health awareness among fans. Experience vibrant vendor stalls, captivating panels, and the electrifying cosplay fashion show. Meet celebrity guests Osric Chau and Sara Mitich from Supernatural, Arrowverse, and more. Encounter characters from Star Trek Discovery, Expanse, and Control. Unite for thrilling panels, indulge in a cosplay fashion parade. Relish the early trick-or-treating with your favourite heroes at Heroes Assemble.
Watch: The Heroes Assemble Cause
Dates 21 October 2023 Location Dewey Gottwald Center, Richmond, Virginia, US Prices $0–$25 | Get tickets
The Sci-Fi Sea Cruise 2023
Departs from Orlando US, 22–29 October 2023
Join Sylvester McCoy, Michael Jayston, and Frazer Hines at the ultimate Doctor Who event! Immerse yourself in a 7-night voyage from October 22 to 29, 2023, sailing round trip from Florida’s Port Canaveral. Experience port calls at Cozumel, Puerta Maya, Roatan, and Royal Caribbean’s private beach resort island, Coco Cay. Aboard the world’s largest cruise ship, Wonder Of The Seas, indulge in endless entertainment and activities. Celebrate Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary year in style on The Sci-Fi Sea Cruise.
Dates 22–29 October 2023 Location Aboard Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas, departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, US Prices $2699–$3699 | Get tickets
New Jersey US, 27–29 October 2023
Experience the ultimate convergence of anime, gaming, sci-fi, and comics at DerpyCon, New Jersey’s premier geek event! From October 27 to 29, 2023, immerse yourself in a weekend of unparalleled excitement at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. Join Kira Buckland, Jeannie Tirado, Howard Wang, and fellow enthusiasts for an array of electrifying activities including cosplay, a film festival, panels, and tabletop gaming. Discover your inner nerd and join the epic fun at DerpyCon.
Watch: The DerpyCon Experience
Dates 27–29 October 2023 Location Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, 2 Albany St, New Brunswick, New Jersey, US Prices $20–$55 | Register
Denver US, 27–29 October 2023
The ultimate gathering for science fiction, fantasy and horror literary enthusiasts! From October 21 to 23, 2022, join over 100 authors, artists, and participants at the Marriott-Denver Tech Center for a weekend of literary and speculative excitement. Engage with acclaimed authors like Mary Robinette Kowal and Drew Hayes, revel in the largest SF/fantasy art show in Colorado, explore gaming, attend panel discussions, enjoy cosplay and the Masquerade, witness the Critter Crunch Robotic Competition, and so much more at MileHiCon.
Dates 27–29 October 2023 Location Denver Marriott Tech Center, Colorado, US Prices $15–$60 | Get tickets
Atlanta US, 27–29 October 2023
Fan of classic genre cinema? Atlanta’s exclusive convention celebrates all things fantastic in cinema, art, comics, literature and media. From October 27 to 29, the Hilton Atlanta Northeast plays host to a 3-day extravaganza that promises more panels, more vendors, and more monstrous fun! Engage with industry icons like Patrick Wayne (Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger), Caroline Munro (Voyage of Sinband and StarCrash), Linda Miller (King Kong Escapes), and Stephen Manley (Search for Spock). Dive into the world of Star Trek III, The Wrath of Khan, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, and more at Monsterama Con.
Watch: The Monsterama Con Announcement
Dates 27–29 October 2023 Location Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Georgia, US Prices $22–$80 | Get tickets
Mystical Minds Convention
Newark US, 27–28 October 2023
Step into wonder at Mystical Minds Convention—a realm of UFOs, magick, and cryptids. Engage in immersive activities like pendulum divination, paranormal investigation, and tarot reading. Connect with like minds and explore Pagan practices, mysticism, and more. Join experts in discussions and workshops, from nautical astrology to UFO investigation. Uncover the extraordinary in 3 days of presentations, panels, and hands-on experiences that expand your horizons and ignite your curiosity at Mystical Minds Convention.
Dates 27–28 October 2023 Location Comfort Inn & Suites Newark Fremont/Silicon Valley, California, US Prices $30–$300 | Get tickets
Ashton Sci-Fi Comic & Toy Fair
Ashton-under-Lyne UK, 29 October 2023
Experience the ultimate pop culture celebration at Ashton Sci-Fi Comic & Toy Fair 2023. Dive into a world of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and more through specialist exhibitors. Indulge in freeplay arcades, engage in exciting cosplay, and meet featured guests. This family-friendly comic convention brings together artists, authors, and exhibitors who create a colourful, super-fun event. Join in the festivities while supporting charities and exploring the thrilling realms of sci-fi, comics, and collectables at Ashton Sci-Fi Comic & Toy Fair.
Dates 29 October 2023 Location Village Hotel Manchester Ashton, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK Prices £1.50–£3 (at the door)
Plus: Awesome New Fantasy Cons & movies
Live Terry Pratchett’s Discworld universe in Ireland, see the Hugo Awards in China and explore World Fantasy Convention in Kansas City. These are the unmissable fantasy conventions in October, unmissable fantasy movies in October and epic sci-fi movies in October.
And: Crazy-Cool Fantasy LARPs
Fractured, Lands of Exile, Garden of Destinies, Laire, loads of Alliance LARPs and two unique sci-fi LARPs in the UK. These are the ultra-unique LARPs in October.
And: Awesome Communities And Book Clubs
From Pennsylvania to Michigan, Virginia to DC, Lymington and Winchester in the UK, New Mexico to North Carolina in the US. These are a few of the best sci-fi book clubs in October.
Note: I try my best to get every bit of info I can about sci-fi conventions in October. And I’ll 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll make it happen.
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