It’s no secret – every year, comic book, film and cosplay fanatics make an annual pilgrimage to Orlando, FL for MegaCon, one of the largest fan conventions in the Southeast U.S.
For the first time ever, however, MegaCon is migrating west to Tampa and its inaugural event promises a wealth of celebrity sightings, autograph opportunities, shopping and entertainment panels during the three-day weekend, October 28-30, 2016.
MegaCon brings together an exciting array of iconic performers, artists and more. The first-time Tampa convention will include appearances by David Tennant (Doctor Who and Marvel’s Jessica Jones), Billie Piper (Doctor Who), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Brett Dalton (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Brent Spiner and Levar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) and Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files).
Some guests, such as Tenant and Piper, are only appearing on Sunday, but they will be participating in a special event, An Evening with the Doctor, starting at 5:15 p.m. in Ballroom C.
Convention-goers should check the website here to see the full appearance schedule for all attending celebrities, artists and performers.
In addition to meeting celebrities from some of the biggest franchises in horror, science-fiction and pop culture, attendees also can shop more than 100,000-square-feet of vendor space, watch attending artists create work during the show, attend two live shadowcast performances of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Once More, With Feeling” episode and gather in Ybor City for the March of the Pumpkin King Halloween celebration and official MegaCon after-party.
The after-party is being held at The Orpheum, 1915 E. 17th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605, starting at 10:30 p.m.
If You’re Going:
What: MegaCon Tampa Bay
Where: Tampa Convention Center, East Hall, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602
When: Friday, October 28, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, October 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: Available online here or at the door. Single-day tickets are $25 advance, $30 door on Friday, October 28; $40 advance and $45 door on Saturday, October 29; and $30 advance, $35 door on Sunday, October 30. A three-day Deluxe Pass for the entire weekend is $60 advance, $65 door. Tickets for children aged 6 to 12 are $10. Children under the age of 5 are admitted for free. Premium package tickets, which include early entry and convention exclusives, can be purchased in advance for $89.
For more information: MegaCon Tampa Bay