Convention Season 2023

CosPlay Tips

Cosplay (short for costume play) has been a staple of fan conventions since their inception.  Cosplayers share their love of fandoms by creating and wearing costumes inspired by their favorite characters.  Join in the fun with these cosplay tips!

Learn To Sew At OCLS

Learn to create your own costumes and accessories for your next cosplay event by taking sewing classes at the library!

Megacon (Orlando, March 30-April 2)

Megacon is a large convention right here in Orlando that focuses on pop culture, comics, science fiction, anime, and more.  Find out more information and get your ticket below.

Dice Tower East Con (Orlando, July 5-9)

Try out new games, meet new people, and have fun at this family friendly board gaming convention.

Comic-Con@Home (San Diego, July 20-23)

Comic-Con one of the largest and most well known conventions in the country.  This summer the event will be held virtually.  Don't miss out on the latest news about the event.

Tampa Bay Comic Con (Tampa Bay, July 28-30)

Meet celebrity guests, hear the latest news from industry professionals, and find exclusive merchandise at the Tampa Bay Comic Con.

Otakon (Washington DC, July 28-30)

Okaton is one of the largest anime conventions in the US.  It features artists, voice actors, cosplayers, and more.

Gen Con (Indianapolis, August 3-6)

Gen Con focuses on the game industry and hosts industry insiders, artists, new merchandise, and social gaming.  This year the event will include a mix of in-person and online events.

Dragoncon (August 31- September 4)

DragonCon is one of the largest multigenre conventions in North America with thousands attending every year.  Celebrity guests, famous cosplayers, and industry professionals will all be in attendence.  Check out the links below to find out more.

New York Comic Con (October 12-15)

New York Comic Con is one of the largest comic conventions on the East Coast.  Check out the links below for details.

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Essential Convention Gear

Don't find yourself unprepared at the convention, bring the essentials with you!

  • Water and snacks: You can buy these at the convention, but if you want to be cost effective these are a good idea.
  • Bag for your swag: You never know what what you will find that you need.  Make sure that you check the convention website for any bag restrictions before entering the event.
  • Comfortable shoes: You will be walking and standing a lot so you will want to be comfortable.
  • Cash: Most vendors will accept credit cards, but having cash on had is a good idea in case they do not.
  • Phone charger: Taking pictures of all the amazing things at the convention will drain your battery quickly.
  • Emergency mending kit and Band-aids: These are essential for cosplayers to repair any damage to your costume and to prevent painful blisters.
  • Mask and Vaccination Card:  To prevent the spread of COVID-19, some conventions are requiring masks and/or proof of vaccination to attend their event.  Check the official website of your convention, and sign up for updates, so that you are aware of any health and safety policies.