While geeks may be stereotyped as introverts who shy away from social events, the proliferation of events catering to geeks of all sorts demolishes that stereotype in one fell swoop. Sure, the events may not be your run-of-the-mill social gathering, but that’s what makes them all the more attractive to geeks.
If you have had your fair share of convention experience, then you probably have your bucket list with a lot of items ticked off. If you are still new in the scene (after all, it does take some people longer to get used to the idea of actually going out to mingle with others), you might want to take a look at the most exciting events first.
To find out about relevant events and specific information, you can use sites like Venuefinder. You can also read our hand-picked list of geek conventions you have to attend at least once in your life. (Well, not really have to, but if you’re entering the convention scene, you might as well make sure you don’t miss out on the best.)
Best Geek Conventions
San Diego Comic-Con International
Fondly called SDCC, the San Diego Comic Con may very well be the biggest and best geek convention there is. Its popularity in the geek scene is so much so that it doesn’t really need much introduction. It may even be safe to say that SDCC has become mainstream, covering anything and everything from movies to TV to specific fandoms to comics to gaming, and so on.
It’s a great place to meet your favorite actors, goggle at awesome cosplayers, and meet like-minded people.
This year’s event is from July 9-12, and since the SDCC is always packed, better start booking now.
WonderCon is a sister event of the SDCC and arguable provides a mellower experience – without taking away the quality of a convention experience. It’s all about comics (finding rare issues and burning through your money is common!), movies, and cosplay as well. Less mainstream, just as fun.
This year’s WonderCon will be held from April 3 to 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Source: Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Another household name, E3 is the event that should be at the top of every gamer’s/technophile’s list. It’s all about computers, video and mobile games, other related devices.
Every year, we wait for the unveilings at E3 to wow us with new technology and their applications.
Get ready for this year’s E3: June 16-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
If SDCC is the biggest convention for all sorts of interests, then Gen Con is the must-attend convention for gamers.
The convention’s tag line, “The Best Four Days in Gaming” is backed up by its attendees from all 50 states plus more than 40 countries, not to mention more than 10,000 events. It’s family-friendly, too, so you don’t have to worry about getting sitters for your kids.
Get ready for this year’s Gen Con, which is going to be held from July 30 – August 2 at the Indiana Convention Center.
For anime lovers – and Japanophiles in general – Anime USA is the convention to participate in. It’s organized by a non-profit of the same name, whose goal is to promote awareness of Japanese art and pop culture.
Treat all your senses to everything anime, cosplay, maid cafes, and more!
Mark your calendars: October 30 to November 1 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.