Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, hosted its annual Geek Gala, a costume dance party celebrating nerdom and fandom of all type, on Saturday February 17, 2018. Proceeds benefitted Dayton Children’s Hospital through Extra Life Dayton. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Calling all Dayton geeks! These events are for you

Comic books, anime, tabletop gaming and more await you, pop-culture enthusiasts

The Miami Valley is a great place to be if you get excited about things like tabletop, comic books or anime. Dayton is home to many awesome events for pop-culture enthusiasts. Whip out your calendar and put these down, because 2019 is already filling up with cool stuff to do. Here are some of our picks: 

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The second annual DayCon Gaming, an all-day event for people to play board games, card games, miniatures games, and role-playing games, will take place this Saturday at Shelter Community Church from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


April 5-6, Shelter Community Church

DayCon is a super fun and friendly gaming convention with games of all kinds. Fans of board games, miniature games and RPGs will feel right at home at this Dayton-sized version of a Gen Con or Origins-type convention. 

Back in 2019 with it’s 15th and 16th events, Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret will feature the themes “Roaring ‘20s Speakeasy” on April 6 and “Gods and Goddesses” on August 10. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Rob Badger

Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret XV

April 6, Yellow Cab Tavern

The theme for this season’s Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret is “Roaring 20’s Speakeasy.” Entertainers such as belly dancers and aerial artists will thrill you. Also, music and a food truck. It’s everything you could want from a variety show. 

Gem City Comic Con will be the place to be on April 27 and 28 if you want to shop comic books, meet comic creators, and try local games in development. CONTRIBUTED

Gem City Comic Con 

April 27-28, Dayton Convention Center

GCCC is one of Daton’s longest-running events. Attendees can expect to meet comic creators, shop fun booths, and go to neat workshops. There’s also a costume contest and a game developer’s lab. 

Geek Gala at Bob’s is a party for a good cause. Proceeds go to Dayton Children’s Hospital. This year’s event will take place on June 8. This photo is from the 2018 event. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Geek Gala 

June 8, Blind Bob’s

Back for its third year, this pop culture-inspired dance party is a benefit for Dayton Children’s Hospital through Extra Life. Start working on your cosplay now; the costume contest at Geek Gala is off the chain, and so are the raffle prizes. 

The fourth annual GeekFest at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is sure to be the best GeekFest yet! Don’t miss it on June 21 and 22. CONTRIBUTED


June 21-22, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The fourth annual GeekFest is sure to be a blast. In addition to the throngs of vendors, cosplay, and family-friendly fun that we’ve come to expect, they’re adding an adults-only “geek prom” this year. 

Elves and fairies enchanted the Yellow Cab Tavern in downtown Dayton for the 14th Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret on Saturday, August 4. The event is a celebration of all things fantastic and features burlesque dancing, fire spinning, aerial arts, live music, a food truck, and several vendors. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret XVI

August 10, Yellow Cab Tavern

Not many details about this event have been announced yet, but the theme will be “Gods and Goddesses.” 

Kabo 2018: Fandom Fundraiser is a charity event to benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital through Extra Life Dayton. There will be gaming, a raffle, a costume contest, and a showing of the anime film, "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie." CONTRIBUTED


October 5, D20

Kabo is an anime-centric shindig that raises money for Dayton Children’s through Extra Life. Celebrate your fandom with game tournaments, raffles, and special guests, all at our region’s first board game bar. 

The second annual Dayton Mini Maker Faire is August 5 and 6 on Carillon Historical Park s beautiful 65-acre campus. As Montgomery County s official historical organization, Carillon Historical Park celebrates how Dayton changed the world. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Dayton History

Make It Dayton Festival 

October 5, Carillon Historical Park

This festival is a gathering of Dayton Makers of all kinds. It’s the perfect event for people who want to experience unique inventions and cool gadgets. Many activities and demonstrations. 

Un-Con XIII 

October 11-12, Comfort Inn Miami Valley Centre Mall

Hanging out at this unique convention in Piqua is like going to a family reunion. It’s a warm, welcoming crew of cosplayers and geeks. Special guests, activities, and lots more await you at this magical celebration. 

You can play fun RPGs and watch playthroughs run by experienced gaming podcasters at AcadeCon. The fun goes from November 8-10 at Dayton Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED


November 8-10, Dayton Convention Center

The worlds of gaming and podcasting collide at this full-scale convention hosted by The RPG Academy podcast. All kinds of games for every comfort level, plus panel discussions, live-plays, and tons of vendors.

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