Geek Speed Dating!

When you’re at a pop culture convention you’re surrounded by like-minded people, but sometimes meeting folks can be complicated… but not when you’re in a setting designed just for that.  This is a fun way to quickly meet and get to know some of your fellow fans, and who knows, you might just develop a very important relationship in the process. Sign up in person at the show at Booth 124!

 

POW! Parade of Wonders

The POW! Parade of Wonders is a cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown, and the official kick off to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo! It’s free to participate, but there is a catch … to walk in the parade you MUST be decked out in cosplay. Expo goers and downtown office workers alike get involved and join in on the fun and witness this unique event.

Master of Cosplay Contest

This fan favorite event has reached new heights! The Calgary Expo is proud to host the Western Qualifier for FAN EXPO’s very first Master of Cosplay Grand Prix.

The Master of Cosplay Grand Prix will be the “not to be missed” event of the year. Set to take place in Toronto on September 1, 2018, the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix will bring together “Best in Show” contestants from each of the qualifying rounds for their chance to
compete for the ultimate prize of $5,000 and to be crowned as FAN EXPO’s very first Master of Cosplay Champion.

Walk on Cosplay Contest

Want to enter our more casual costume contest (and still win great prizes) without having to participate in the Masters of Cosplay Contest? The Walk-On Costume Contest is for you!

Artbook and Charity Auction

Since the Calgary Expo’s inception in 2006, an exclusive limited edition artbook has been produced featuring the creations of the imaginative and generous artists who have made the Expo possible.

The artists are given a theme and produce original pieces to be published in the artbook. The artbook is produced in conjunction with a select charity, and the original art is donated into our Charity Auction.

501st Legion

In the Star Wars universe, they’re Darth Vader’s personal elite guard. In real life, they’re known as ‘The Bad Guys that Do Good’, and they have chapters all over the world that help raise funds for charity, with over 10,000 members world-wide! Get your photo with Sith Lords, Stormtroopers, Bounty Hunters and even Jawas!

See the Back to the Future Delorean Time Machine

Strike a pose driving behind the wheel, ‘floating’ on the hoverboard, or standing by the gullwing doors like Marty McFly! Get your photo taken with the most famous movie car of “all time” and benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Celebrity Photo Sessions

Don’t miss out on a chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favourite celebrity! This is the only way to get a beautiful 8x10 glossy photo of you with one of our guests in an intimate setting. 

Autograph Sessions

Get that special something signed by your favourite star, or select an 8×10 from their table. Be sure to check their schedules so you don’tmiss out! (Note: Media guests may charge signing fees for their autograph.)

Expo Passport

Travel around the Expo and get your passport stamped at destinations throughout the show. Turn in your completed passport for a spin at our prize wheel plus an entry for our grand prizes! *Note: One passport per person only.

Panels/Q&As

See your favourite celebrities live on-stage! These unique sessions give fans a chance to ask questions and get answers from the celebs  themselves. Prepare to be wowed with personal stories, behind-the-scenes info and more!

 

Artist Alley

Indie meets pro in this special ALL NEW for 2018 area where you will  find all of your favourite creators. This is a ‘must experience’ area for anyone interested in meeting the rising stars and people who work on the front lines of the industry. You’ll also meet a ton of local and up-and-coming artists and crafters! Comics, graphic novels, hand-crafted items, limited-edition prints and best of all, original sketches and 2D & 3D art!

Artist Alley is proudly presented by Kensington Art Supply

Shopping Madness!

Over 750 retailers & artists from all over join Calgary Expo to make your experience an unforgettable one! Specializing in everything comics, anime, gaming, sci-fi, horror and more! It is THE area to find just what you’re hunting for – whether it’s a comic book from any era, original artwork, graphic novels, memorabilia, DVD’s & BluRays, videogames, toys or t-shirts – you’ll find it all here!

Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

Fans dressing up in costume, or ‘cosplay’ as it is often called, is a BIG part of Calgary Expo. Literally thousands of amazing costumes can be seen throughout the weekend! Don’t be shy; get your photo with all of your favourite characters, or come dressed up yourself! View our Prop Policy here


 

Cosplay Corner

Where cosplayers unite! Meet our featured Cosplay Guests, visit specialized vendors, hit up repair stations for that last-minute fix and chat with your fellow cosplayers about the latest & greatest!

Play Zone

Having the time of your life with all your kids in tow? Here’s a spot that’s great for families! For parents with kids under 12, the Play Zone is chock-full of activities for the young ones! Programming on the Kid’s Stage, colouring workshops, making potions, enjoying the inflatable fun-houses and more! And it’s all free with your admission! *Note: – This area is not a daycare service; all children must be with an adult at all times. Play Zone is located outdoors, and is weather-dependant.)

Kid's Costume Showcase

Specifically for costumed kids 12-and-under, the Kid’s Showcase is a chance for the younger cosplayers to shine with the focus on them. With great support and encouragement, these energetic boys and girls will become the next gen of fandom and the future of cosplay!  Contest will be similar to adult walk-on, on-site registration only at Booth 126.

Ghostbusters of Alberta

Are you experiencing spooks, spectres or ghosts? You know who to call… Alberta’s official Ghostbusters franchise is here for all your supernatural elimination needs. Get photos with them and bust some ecto-entities and help them raise funds for a worthy cause!

Tabletop Gaming

Whether it’s tournament play or more casual drop-in fun, we’ve got games here for you! Board games, strategy, RPG’s and more. Play Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan and many more favourites!

Gaming events will be available Friday – Sunday

Outdoor Combat Demos

Want to check out the fighting-styles of yesteryear, or perhaps a fantasy world? Join the Society for Creative Anachronism, Sons of Fenrir, martial arts masters and more. Sessions happen daily all weekend!