Conventions and California usually draw up one collective thought: San Diego Comic-Con, the massive annual comic book and pop culture convention. In truth, conventions aren’t just a destination for those obsessed with pop culture anymore. This year, Los Angeles will host a range of gatherings—from film and anime festivals to events for beauty lovers and foodies. Here are eight riveting conventions coming to L.A. in 2018.
Film Con Hollywood
When: March 24, 2018
What: Film Con is a chance for young creators (and aspiring creators) to come together and connect with other people looking for like-minded collaborators. This event also hosts a film competition for student filmmakers, with the grand prize winners in every category receiving $3,000 to help finance their next project. Film buffs and cinephiles are also welcome to attend the event, which will feature Q&As and panels with industry professionals from studios—such as Disney and Netflix—workshops, networking, pitching opportunities, and more.
The ipsy Gen Beauty Convention
When: March 24–25, 2018
What: The ipsy Gen Beauty convention is a place for beauty lovers (or “ipsters,” as the brand likes to call their fans) to meet up and divulge their passion for one another. The conference brings together creators and influencers, as well as beauty addicts, and promises every attendee an “epic” gift bag valued at more than $400. For more information, check out the ipsy website.
Foodie Con 2018
When: April 7–8, 2018
Where: Magic Box at The REEF
What: A convention for self-proclaimed food lovers, Foodie Con bills itself as “Comic-Con for foodies” and promises two days of shopping and educational events. During these events, both professional and amateur foodies will connect with the newest trends in eating and making food and some of the most talented local chefs, food trucks, craft breweries, and more. For more information, visit the Foodie Con website.
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RuPaul’s DragCon 2018
When: May 11–13, 2018
What: This three-day event is a celebration of art, pop culture, and all things drag. DragCon, an homage to the cult following of its icon, RuPaul, features talents and panels, more than 300 vendors and even a kid zone because it’s a family-friendly weekend. For more information, visit the DragCon website.
When: May 18–20, 2018
What: An all-out nerdfest for fans of Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse), WhedonCon is something of a cult event. The three-day convention includes cosplay contests and panels (fandom convention staples), in addition to talent meet and greets, autograph sessions, live music, and a special party called “The Prom at The Bronze.” Prices vary depending on the selected package and how many days guests want to attend, but more information is available at the WhedonCon website.
When: May 25–27, 2018
Where: Marriott LAX
What: For the particular fans of BBC’s Sherlock series, Sherlocked USA is a fan favorite. The convention will feature cast and creators from the hit show as well as “a variety of Sherlock-themed activities and events.” For more information, visit the Sherlocked USA website.
Anime Pasadena 2018
When: May 26, 2018
What: An anime nerd’s dream come true, this convention welcomes fans of anime and cosplay and bills itself as a “local alternative to Anime conventions hundreds of miles away.” Anime Pasadena boasts a list of attractions, including more than 120 vendors, cosplay contests, “nerd karaoke,” live music, anime and cosplay panels, and more. For more information (which organizers say will become available closer to the event), visit the Anime Pasadena website.
When: June 6–10, 2018
Where: California Market Center
What: Beauteweek is a collection of conventions focused on all aspects of beauty and the beauty industry. The organizers seek to challenge traditional beauty and fashion standards by bringing creators, celebrities, fans, and brands together to celebrate imperfections and diversity. The five-day event focuses on a different topic every day—BeautyConv, FashionConv, HairConv, MakeupConv, and StyleConv. Visit the Beauteweek website for more information.