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! Get a glossy 8×10 photo of you and the guest(s) of your choice!
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’t miss out! (Note: Media guests may charge signing fees for their autograph.)
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS
Participate in numerous workshops and seminars, held by the community and the pros! Whether it’s advancing your drawing skills or crafting new costumes, we have a wide variety of workshops for you to enjoy!
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!
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!
Geekiness abounds! From big exhibitors to small, you’ll find so much to choose from on the show floor! Try your hand at the latest VR, or select hand-crafted leather items, or maybe Cap’s shield! And don’t forget comics, comics and more comics!
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!
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 *link*
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!
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.)
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.
ANNUAL COSTUME CONTEST
The annual Calgary Expo Costume Contest! This exciting family-friendly event features creative fans showcasing their costumes derived from many comic, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, TV and movie worlds – all on stage for a chance to strut their stuff. You’ll be in awe at the creativity and skill. For more details, click here. *Link to info & registration when open*
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! Get more info here! *Link to info & registration when open*
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!
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!
Meet the faces behind the microphones! Whether they’re known for anime, cartoons or video-games, this is your chance to meet your favourite voice face-to-face. So to speak.
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!
From Street Fighter to Pac-Man, our Classic Arcade features a ton of old-school stand-up games. No MAME cabinets here, these are the real deal! Plus you don’t need a pocketful of quarters… all games are 100% free!
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!
PARADE OF WONDERS!
The POW! Parade of Wonders is our annual cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown, starring Expo’s special guests and YOU, the fans of Calgary Expo! It’s free to walk in the parade, but you have to be decked out in costume. Join thousands of your fellow cosplayers, or join the spectators along the route. You don’t wanna miss this one-of-a-kind celebration, which culminates in our official opening ceremony at Olympic Plaza! Get more info here! *link to parade info and registration*