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Dates, locations, times, tickets, prices, celebrities and who will be where at these exciting new sci-fi conventions in July 2023

Come meet Christopher Lloyd, Emperor Palpatine, C3PO, La Forge, Dolph Lundgren, Vincent D’Onofrio and Boba Fett himself. Chill with top game creators, cosplay like a legend, from Sweden to Texas to Manchester – and even have a fan con on a Caribbean island. These are the awesome sci-fi conventions in July 2023.

Way-Cool Sci-Fi Conventions in July 2023 (Near You)


California US, 1–4 July 2023

Meet Star Trek’s Robert Picardo (The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager), best-selling author Catherynne M. Valente (Orphan’s Tales), musical guest Laser the Boy, tech journalist Brianna Wu, and award-winning author/artist Frank Wu (Amazing Stories). Then take in the panel and events celebrating sci-fi and fantasy pop culture, including the GALLOWCLASS writing workshop. Plenty of insights, books, and geeky glee to be sought at this long-running and fan-run convention of the SF Bay Area since 1982 at BayCon.

Watch: The BayCon Experience

Dates 1–4 July 2023 Location 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, California, US Cost $50–$150 | Get tickets

Preston Sci-Fi Comic & Toy Fair

Samlesbury UK, 2 July 2023

Come delight in your geekiest of hobbies with Preston’s sci-fi comics and toy fair. You’ll find all manner of classic collectables and geeky merch from notable franchises of Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, and many more. Many exhibitors will be in attendance to offer up some of the greatest finds in everything from preserved comic books to notable action figures. Best of all, the event is cheap with free parking and a great place to connect with like-minded collectors at Preston Sci-Fi Comic & Toy Fair.

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Date 2 July 2023 Location Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston, UK
Cost £1.5–£3 | Get tickets

London Film & Comic Con

London UK, 7–9 July 2023

Meet Danny Trejo, Dolph Lundgren and Boba Fett himself, plus: Agent Coulson, Matt Smith (10th Doctor Who), Colin Baker (6th Doctor Who) and many more. Then take part in all the photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions, crafty cosplayers, and hundreds of vendors and exhibitors displaying everything from artwork to geeky collectables. Keep an eye out for Daleks and Cybermen that may invade Olympia London when the con hits with all its onslaught of guests and activities at London Film & Comic Con.

Watch: The London Film & Comic Con Experience

Dates 7–9 July 2023 Location Olympia London, UK
Cost £18–£260 | Get tickets

Shore Leave

Maryland US, 7–9 July 2023

Meet with some of the most iconic of starship crews including Ben Browder (John Crichton from Farscape), Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun from Farscape), Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol from Battlestar Galactica), Grace Park (Boomer from Battlestar Galactica), Peter Macon (Bortus from The Orville), Richard Picardo (The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager), and many more! Get a picture with them at the photo shoots and then enjoy a plethora of panels, cosplay, games, merch, and more. Space-Jump into all the sci-fi fun going down at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley for Shore Leave 2023.

Watch: The Shore Leave Experience

Dates 7–9 July 2023 Location 245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, Maryland, US
Cost $50–120 | Get tickets

The X-Files 30th Anniversary Event

New York US, 7–8 July 2023

Meet legendary X-Files figures: Cigarette Smoking Man, Annabeth Gish, Bruce Harwood, and the infamous Alien Bounty Hunter. Then take in all the sights of various X-Files merch and memorabilia that have been lovingly preserved in the X-Files Preservation Collection. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic sci-fi mystery series as it takes over the Saratoga Springs City Center. While the truth might be out there, the excitement is inside here at The X-Files 30th Anniversary Event.

Watch: The X-Files 30th Anniversary Experience

Dates 7–8 July 2023 Location 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York, US
Cost $30–$100 | Get tickets


Massachusetts US, 13–16 July 2023

Avid readers will want to miss out on meeting Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation), Justina Ireland (Ophie’s Ghosts), and Ann VanderMeer (The Time Traveler’s Almanac). Then take in all the panel discussions, author readings, solo talks and workshops the convention has to offer. Be sure to browse the many books for sale in the bookshop bursting with novels new, used, collectables, and rare finds. Don’t forget the hospitality suite and party rooms. There’s plenty of fun for the bookworms at Readercon.

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Dates 13–16 July 2023 Location 1200 Crown Colony Dr, Quincy, Massachusetts, US Cost $35–$75 | Get tickets

Kelowna Fan Experience

Kelowna Canada, 14–16 July 2023

Meet a host of cosplay stars like Kristicles, Ethereal Ashie, Cap, and Okanagan Batman, alongside such performers as Charles Ross (One Man Avengers) and the D&D improv stylings of The Freudian Slips. Then enjoy a plethora of exciting panels, photo-ops, meet-ups, and improv, all about anime, comics, fantasy, gaming, horror, science fiction, video gaming, and more. Don’t forget to check out the exhibitor hall for geeky collectables and the lobby for the Star Wars-themed cosplay group, 501st Legion. You’ll be transported to a fan experience like no other at Kelowna Fan Experience.

Watch: The Kelowna Fan Experience

Dates 14–16 July 2023 Locations Kelowna Community Theatre, 1435 Water St, British Columbia, Canada Cost $15–$40 | Get tickets

Montreal ComicCon

Quebec Canada, 14–16 July 2023

Meet Grace Van Dien and Vecna/Number 1 from Stranger Things, Christina Ricci (The Addams Family), as well as sci-fi legends like Emily Swallow (The Mandalorian), John Barrowman (Doctor Who), Commander William Riker and Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation, that creepy white-blooded android Bishop from Aliens and many more! Be sure to grab their autographs and get a photo with them before taking in panels, gaming, concerts, and cosplay, including local geek movements like Vikings Cosplay Quebec and The Doctor Who Society of Canada. All of that and Ghostbusters can be found at Montreal Comiccon.

Watch: The Montreal ComicCon Experience

Dates 14–16 July 2023 Location Congress Palace, #517a, Montréal, Quebec, Canada Cost $20–$350 | Get tickets

Texas Author Con

Richardson US, 14–15 July 2023

Celebrate the brilliance of authors and artists with appearances by Chris Miller, Mike Ennenbach, C Derick Miller, Eric Butler, Chase Will, Heather Miller, DW Hitz, Ruthann Jagge, Bruce Cuttman, Kayla Krantz, Jason Nickey, Jay Bower, Ben Chadwick, and many more. The whole family can enjoy reading by getting autographs, attending panels, and shopping for the best books in the dealer’s room. Featuring several members of the indie horror scene, there’s a little something for every book lover, no matter the age, at Texas Author Con.

Watch: The Texas Author Con Experience

Dates 14–15 July 2023 Location Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel, Richardson, Texas, US Cost Free

8-Bit Block Party

Texas US, 15–16 July 2023

Geeks are welcome at this convention that goes beyond video games. The guest organizations of Heroes n More and Ghostbusters SATX are joining in on the fun. Then partake in the many pop culture merch vendors selling comics, toys, and more. Don’t forget to party down at night with the Saturday evening rave. Be you a nerd, geek, Trekkie, Hobbit, Whovians, Rebels, Jedi, Sith, or just a casual fan who enjoys a good dose of science fiction, there’s something for everybody down at 8-Bit Block Party.

Dates15–16 July 2023 Location New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, Texas, US Cost $7–$16 | Get tickets

605 Pop Culture Con

South Dakota US, 15 July 2023

Now’s your chance to meet Gimli from Lord of the Rings (John Rhys Davies), Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica), Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Grey from Star Wars: The Bad Batch), Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and C3PO (Anthony Daniels). After attending their photo ops, you can check out the dealer’s room with its vendors of various pop culture memorabilia. The best part is that you can support Voices Against Cancer Initiative by attending 605 Pop Culture Con.

Watch: The 605 Pop Culture Con Experience

Date 15 July 2023 Location Sioux Falls Convention Center, South Dakota, US
Cost $10-$50 | Get tickets


Connecticut US, 20–23 July 2023

Meet the talents of author Rick Heinz, game designer Steve Jackson, video game voice actor John St. John, and a plethora of anime voice actors that includes David Matranga, Richard Epcar, Amalee, Susan Egan, Justin Cook, Mela Lee, and so many more. Check out all the cosplayers showcasing their fantastic costumes and engaging workshops. Enjoy the insight and fun of the various panels from both fans and guests. With plenty of gaming to join in on and vendors selling geeky essentials, there’s so much to do at ConnectiCon.

Watch: The ConnectiCon Experience

Dates 20–23 July 2023 Locations Connecticut Convention Center & Hartford Marriott Downtown, Hartford, Connecticut, US Cost $78.49–$104.24 | Get tickets


Pennsylvania US, 21–23 July 2023

Visit with such noted geek figures as author/historian Ada Palmer, geeky songwriter A Halo Called Fred, comedian Robbie Ellis, artist Susan Dexter, musical guest Sassafrass, and many other authors. They’ll be plenty of panel discussions, concerts, workshops, art galleries, and talks to get your creative juices flowing. Be sure to stick around for Saturday evening when the major entertainment of the con really kicks into high gear. Enjoy all the excitement of Pittsburgh’s longest-running literary convention at Confluence 2023.

Watch: The Confluence Experience

Dates 21–23 July 2023 Location Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US Cost $32–$65 | Get tickets

GalaxyCon Raleigh

North Carolina US, 27–30 July 2023

Come and see a host of iconic, geeky guests that includes Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy (Karen Gillan ), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), the young new James T Kirk from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paul Wesley), Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian), Vincent D’Onofrio, William Shatner, Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next GenerationI (Levar Burton), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Grant Gustin (The Flash) and so many more. Get a chance to meet with them for photo ops and autographs and browse the vast dealer’s room of geeky finds. There are as many things to do as there are stars in the galaxy at GalaxyCon Raleigh.

Watch: The GalaxyCon Raleigh Experience

Dates July 27–30 July 2023 Location Raleigh Convention Center, Salisbury St, Raleigh, North Carolina, US Cost $15–$420 | Get tickets

NärCon Sommar

Linköping Sweden, 27–30 July 2023

Take your fandom outside with this fantastic and family-friendly geek festival held at Linköpings University. Show off your latest costume at the cosplay competition or attend one of the many workshops to get great ideas on what to make for the next con. Enjoy casual and competitive gaming with plenty of consoles in play and arcade cabinets for classic gaming fun. Don’t forget to check out the exhibitors’ hall, with hundreds of artists and vendors showcasing the best geeky convention finds, be it a rare comic book or that nostalgic toy you’ve been searching for since childhood. All of this, along with parties and concerts, can be found at the joyous NärCon Sommar.

Watch: The NärCon Sommar Experience

Dates 27–30 July 2023 Location Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
Cost 39Skr–299Skr | Get tickets

Alias Entertainment Expo

Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago, 28–30 July 2023

What about a Con on a Carribean island? Meet veteran voice anime voice actor Keith Silverstein (Hunter x Hunter, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) and have a chance to get his autograph. Then enjoy all the genres of geekdom represented at the con through the many panels, games, workshops, and activities to participate in. Gaming includes everything from consoles to Dungeons and Dragons, as well as scavenger hunts. Stick around at night for a host of parties and the Cosplay Met Gala. As a merging of fantasy and comic books, there’s enough to delight everybody from druids to dragons at Alias Entertainment Expo.

Watch: The Alias Entertainment Expo Experience

Dates 28–30 July 2023 Location Centre Of Excellence, 17A Macoya Rd, Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago Cost $100–$300 | Get tickets

MegaCon Live Manchester

UK, 29–30 July 2023

Meet a host of stars from the sci-fi hit Red Dwarf, including Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Hattie Hayridge, Norman Lovett, and Doug Naylor. Other notable guests include Ellie Darcey-Alden (Doctor Who), Matt Ryan (Constantine), Brittany Cox (Genshin Impact), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), and many more. Check out all the cosplay and meet up with like-minded fans at meet-ups for DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Demon Slayer, and more. And there are plenty of panels, vendors, and even a special area for the kids at Kidtropolis. True to its title, there’s a mega-level of fandom fun to be had MegaCon Live Manchester.

Watch: The MegaCon Live Manchester Experience

Dates 29–30 July 2023 Location Manchester Central, Windmill St, UK
Cost £15–£37 | Get tickets

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