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:
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.
Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret XVI
August 10, Yellow Cab Tavern
The theme for this Ye OIde Yellow Cabaret will be “Gods and Goddesses.” Entertainers such as belly dancers and aerial artists will thrill you. Also, there will be live music and Son of a Biscuit food truck. It’s everything you could want from a variety show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
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.
Gem City Comic Con
April 25-26, 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.
Date TBD, Blind Bob’s
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.