Awesome Con 2018 is over but we cannot wait to join in the fun again next year. Our whole family had fun surrounded by all things geeky. It was the kids' first experience at any type of Con and they loved it. I had to drag them away each day when it was over. Thinking this might be the event for you? Check out my 5 reasons why you need to attend Awesome Con!
Thank you to Awesome Con for the press access to the event. All opinions are my own.
5 Reasons Why You Need to Attend Awesome Con
1. You can dress up!
And I am not just talking about the kids. Adults, we can put on our best cosplay, Disneybound, or fandom t-shirt and no one will think you're too old to be playing dress up. Seriously, one of my favorite things about any Con. I love an excuse to wear a costume!
And not only do fans dress up but there are groups of cosplayers who have the coolest booths! I'm a little bias but it was a lot of fun being captured by the Mandalorian Bounty Hunters. They thought they could contain me but they were wrong. No one gets the better of Han Solo!
Word to the wise: when you try to put Captain America's mom in jail you're going to regret it.
2. Meet the talent of the geekdoms you love.
From on screen stars like John Boyega, voice actors like Phil Lamarr, to animation artists like Bryan Turner, you can get face time with some of your favorite people. Attend panels where the stars and creators discuss their work. Some even allow Q&A from the audience, so if you ever wanted to know if Michael Rooker still plans to watch Guardians of the Galaxy, that would be the panel for you. The artists were my favorite to talk to. They had some interesting stories about how they created characters for their respective shows and what feeds their passion for what they do in the world of geek.
I know we loved meeting BB-8. Him and I caught up from our meeting during The Last Jedi. He was excited I had the kids with me this time.
3. Cool collectibles, comics, art, and one-of-a-kind merchandise.
I spent a lot of time, and yes money visiting the vendors during Awesome Con. We all got new (to us) comic books, including some Disney ones from the 90s. Which according to my kids was so long ago but you and I agree it was only about 10 years ago right? Okay, just checking.
There were costuming booths, journals, nerdy collectibles, original artwork, you name it I probably saw a booth for it.
My husband and I also picked out pieces from different artists. Added bonus that they signed their artwork for us. So cool!
4. The feeling of community.
This is something that I first noticed when I attended Star Wars Celebration, the geek community is a welcoming place. No matter your race, religion, gender, or Hogwarts House, you are welcomed by all.
It was a great feeling to be surrounded by positivity and fun rather than hatred and drama. If only the whole world could be as amazing as this community of fans.
5. Family-friendly event.
Awesome Con is fun for the whole family. With something for everyone and almost every fandom you could imagine represented, you seriously will have a blast. It was nice to spend time together as a family, all dressed up, enjoying some of our favorite things about geek culture.
For the kids, Awesome Con Jr. was the place to be. They had gaming, character meet-n-greets, activities, and more. My kids only agreed to leave if they could visit with the Mandalorians, Darth Vader, the Resistance, or to look for new comic books and Funko Pops.
Don't just take my word for it. I asked the kids what they thought about Awesome Con and this is what they had to say:
Awesome Con was awesome. There was a game truck that was cool. I saw a lady wearing a Black Panther outfit, I said Wakanda Forever and she laughed. I ate candy, thanks Mommy! Spider-Man saved the day when she stopped the elevator from leaving us. We had fun with our friends too and I got a new Funko Pop. I can't wait to go next time! – Captain America/Thor age 8
We went to Awesome Con and it was awesome! There were lots of people dressed up. I dressed up as Rey. We met BB-8 and R2-D2, so cool! I got a new comic book and a pop figure of Groot. I love him. There were so many booths, some even had free stuff. I thought the costumes were really cool. We even saw a Porg! I had an awesome time at Awesome Con and I can't wait to go back next year! -Rey age 12
It sounds so fun! I definitely think we’d enjoy it as a family. I love that they have a Jr. side!
My family would enjoy awesome con! We’re big on Superheroes and Star Wars. My daughter would probably dress up. So cool that you guys saw a Porg! We love them!
I know several families that would really get into this and really enjoy themselves. The dressing up part would be a total blast.
I really love family-friendly events because I take the grandkids everywhere with me. I can see why this would be a great event to attend and I’ll have to consider it.
I think it would be great to dress up as a superhero or an action movie character, like Han Solo. Sounds like a wonderful time!
My kid I would find any excuse in the book to wear a costume. He would totally be into this. I’m glad it’s family-friendly and that you all had such a good time. If it comes into town here we might just go!
My kids would totally love this. We’ve been to a couple of similar events and they had a blast. Some folks really take it up quite a notch and their costumes are spot on. You can tell they put a lot of time and money into them.
Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com
Awesome Con looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing the date for next year. I have to look into bringing the kiddos.
This convention looks like so much fun! I know my kids would have such a fun time going and getting to meet their favorite characters.
Well that looks like a lot of fun. No doubt my kids would love it too. They love star wars.
Awesome com looks like it lives up to its name. I love all the photo opps!
Now this looks so much fun for both children and adults. I love the fact that you can dress, that’s exciting.
I’ve never been to something like this. It looks like your family had a fun time. Plus, who can pass up an opportunity to wear a costume!
That looks like a lot of fun and I like the fact that you can dress up and get all the merch that you want. It’s definitely a good event for the whole family!
Sandy N Vyjay
Awesome Con looks like a rocking event full of fun and frolic. Of course, kids would love it and so would the adults. Loved the fact that you can get your own artwork autographed by the artists too.
I have a couple of kids who adore this kind of stuff. I myself can’t get into it though. I wish I could!
My kids would absolutely LOVE to attend this. They are currently in a super hero phase and literally can’t get enough of the Avengers.
We have never been to one of these events, but I can see how the whole family would have fun going. Looks like there is a lot to do!
Awesome Con sounds well, awesome!! What a fun event to bring your entire family to. Thanks for sharing this.