What started off as a list of 18 pop culture conventions in Australia to add to your 2018 diary is now more like two dozen.

There’s so much going on in Australia in 2018 when it comes to pop culture gatherings, that it was hard to narrow it down to just a few.

In addition to the major Supanova and Oz Comic-Con conventions, this year there’s growing interest in events focusing on fast-growing sectors within pop culture such as gaming, horror, magic and more.

There’s also greater focus on niche interests such as Steampunk and furry heroes, which made it onto our list of 9 unique sci-fi/fantasy conventions you may not have known you could attend in Australia (don’t worry, it’s actually a list of nine).

And of course, there’s also a wicked number of celebrities booked to visit our tiny part of the world, including a number of stars from Teen Wolf, a former Doctor from Doctor Who and practically the entire cast from The Walking Dead.

Here are the pop culture conventions in Australia you may want to add to you 2018 diary (divided by city):

 

Adelaide:

creatures of the night (18 march)

Love your Teen Wolf? Then you’ll want to claw your way into this event (not physical though). Organisers have managed to book major stars from the popular series, including Holland Roden aka Lydia, J.R. Bourne aka Chris, and Gage Golightly aka Erica.

 

AVCON (20-22 July)

An anime and gaming gathering, AVCON has an ‘Indie Games Room’ to showcase independent games, there’s also gaming tournaments as well as guests such as popular voiceover stars.

 

Supanova adelaide (2-4 November)

It’s a little early for the Sydney celebrity line-up but you know Supanova will hook you up with some incredible actors. Celebrities aside, the event is also a haven for collectables, cosplay and gaming.

 

 

Brisbane/Gold Coast

creatures of the night (25 march)

Love your Teen Wolf? Then you’ll want to claw your way into this event (not physical though). Organisers have managed to book major stars from the popular series, including J.R. Bourne aka Chris, and Gage Golightly aka Erica.

 

Supanova Gold coast (27-29 April)

Enter the Tardis because Peter Capaldi is heading down under and he’s doing it for Supanova Melbourne & the Gold Coast! The recently retired Doctor from Doctor Who will be joined by Arrow’s John Barrowman to meet and greet TV fans. Celebrities aside, the event is also a haven for collectables, cosplay and gaming.

 

Madman Anime Festival Brisbane (2-3 June)

Celebrate all things Japanese anime with like-minded folk at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, organisers say there’ll be more exhibits for attendees as well as new guests to meet and screenings.

 

SMASH Sydney (14-15 July)

Smash is going to be bigger and better in 2018, with the event shifting to a larger venue – Sydney’s International Convention Centre. This Manga convention has everything from karaoke rooms to film hubs, workshop areas and of course, famous guests.

 

Oz Comic-Con Brisbane (22-23 September)

They say it’s the perfect place to “unleash your inner geek”, and we’d have to agree. Attendees can do everything from meet celebrity guests, indulge in Japanese animation at the anime station, show off cosplay, play games and purchase collectables from one of the many stalls.

 

SciFi Film Festival (17-21 October)

It’s where local filmmakers can show off their work and where sci-fi fans can appreciate it. The event runs annually and is known to receive exclusive releases.

 

Supanova brisbane (9-11 November)

It’s a little early for the Sydney celebrity line-up but you know Supanova will hook you up with some incredible actors. Celebrities aside, the event is also a haven for collectables, cosplay and gaming.

 

 

Canberra:

Cancon (26-28 January)

While the rest of Australia drinks beer by the barbecue on Australia Day, geeks will be having the time of their lives at Cancon. In its 40th year, the convention will have a section for card games, and one for board games, there’ll be trader space and a second hand stall, as well as painting competitions and poster competitions.

 

Gamma.Con (4-5 August)

When the major conventions wouldn’t come to Canberra, Canberra made its own. Gamme.Con is the largest pop culture event in the ACT and is dedicated to fans of TV, anime, movies, books, comics, gaming, technology and collectibles.

 

Conflux Convention (Dates yet to be released)

Love sci-fi, fantasy, horror or slipstream? And live around the Canberra area? Then you’ll love this three-day speculative fiction con.

 

Hobart:

AICon (Anime Island) Hobart (6-8 April)

Pull out the Cosplay or just throw on a pair of jeans and head to Tasmania’s longest running pop culture festival. Running every year, the event covers a number of areas of pop culture but with a focus on Anime.

 

Steampunk Tasmania (30 June)

Every year, dozens of Steampunk fans meet in Tasmania to celebrate the genre by taking part in teapot racing, tea dueling, costume parades and more.

 

 

Melbourne:

Walker Stalker Melbourne (10-11 February)

Stop & play dead because practically the entire cast of The Walking Dead is coming to Australia. No seriously, Walker Stalker sees almost a dozen actors from the hit series, including those that have passed, that we still love and those that we love to loathe (Neegan!!!), travel down under to meet with fans, reveal show secrets and more.

 

ComiXpo (4 March)

The science fiction and fantasy pop culture fair keeps things traditional with a focus on collectibles as well as the popular cosplay.

 

creatures of the night (17 march)

Love your Teen Wolf? Then you’ll want to claw your way into this event (not physical though). Organisers have managed to book major stars from the popular series, including Holland Roden aka Lydia, J.R. Bourne aka Chris, and Gage Golightly aka Erica.

 

Completely Improvised Potter (from 28 march)

Okay so it’s not a convention, but it’s worth checking out this improvised comedy show based on, of course, Harry Potter.

 

Supanova Melbourne (20-22 April)

Enter the Tardis because Peter Capaldi is heading down under and he’s doing it for Supanova Melbourne & the Gold Coast! The recently retired Doctor from Doctor Who will be joined by Arrow’s John Barrowman to meet and greet TV fans. Celebrities aside, the event is also a haven for collectables, cosplay and gaming.

 

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne (9-10 June)

They say it’s the perfect place to “unleash your inner geek”, and we’d have to agree. Attendees can do everything from meet celebrity guests, indulge in Japanese animation at the anime station, show off cosplay, play games and purchase collectables from one of the many stalls.

 

Continuum Convention (8-11 June)

Celebrate the creative crossover of speculative fiction and pop culture and this annual gathering in Melbourne. The event features a range of Guests of Honour, with this year’s being former fiction editor and speculative author, Cat Sparks.

 

Queer Expo (30 june – 1 july)

The hair is bigger and the outfits are brighter are Australia’s first ever full scale LGBTI and Queer Culture Expo returns for another year! Attendees will once again be able to meet and be inspired by some of the greatest LGBTI celebrities, including former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants BenDeLaCreme, Morgan McMichaels and more.

 

Madman Anime Festival Melbourne (15-17 September)

Celebrate all things Japanese anime with like-minded folk at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, organisers say there’ll be more exhibits for attendees as well as new guests to meet and screenings.

 

PAX (2018 dates yet to be released)

Gamers gather at the international gaming convention down under. The annual showcase features everything gaming from Playstation, Nintendo, Twitch, Ubisoft, console free play areas and a merchandise booth.

 

 

Perth:

Genghiscon (19-21 January)

Running for three days, Perth’s most accessible science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention gives fans the chance to indulge in the workshops, board games, tabletop gaming, console gaming, panels are more.

 

Completely Improvised Potter (from 27 January)

Okay so it’s not a convention, but it’s worth checking out this improvised comedy show based on, of course, Harry Potter.

 

Madman Anime Festival Perth (3-4 March)

Returning to Perth in 2018 is the Madman Anime Festival, which will see thousands of anime-lovers meet and greet at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Organisers say attendees will be able to see new exhibits, hear from new guests and even attend screenings.

 

Intergalactic Stock Exchange (24 March)

Hands down the smartest name for a convention! Held just outside Perth, the convention will be split up into different ‘alleys’, such as ‘Artist Alley’ and ‘Cosplay Lane’ where attendees can meet and purchase from 70 exhibitors, attend artist tutorials and learn at cosplay panels.

 

Swancon (29 March-2 April)

Spend five days attending panels and discussions about books, listening to guests of honour, read graphic novels and meet like-minded people at Australia’s longest running science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction convention.

 

Supanova perth (22-24 June)

It’s a little early for the Sydney celebrity line-up but you know Supanova will hook you up with some incredible actors. Celebrities aside, the event is also a haven for collectables, cosplay and gaming.

 

Evolve (2018 dates yet to be released)

Dates may not be out yet, but this is definitely one to keep an eye out for. Evolve Perth features panels, activities and workshops, as well as a Cosplay competition, Cosplay Photography competition and special guests.

 

 

Sydney:

Walker Stalker Sydney (3-4 February)

Stop & play dead because practically the entire cast of The Walking Dead is coming to Australia. No seriously, Walker Stalker sees almost a dozen actors from the hit series, including those that have passed, that we still love and those that we love to loathe (Neegan!!!), travel down under to meet with fans, reveal show secrets and more.

 

RTX Sydney (3-4 February)

Delve into the world of gaming during this two-day gathering where they’ll get to meet industry celebrities including a few of the big guys over at Rooster Teeth.

 

creatures of the night (24 march)

Love your Teen Wolf? Then you’ll want to claw your way into this event (not physical though). Organisers have managed to book major stars from the popular series, including J.R. Bourne aka Chris, and Gage Golightly aka Erica.

 

Supanova sydney (15-17 June)

It’s a little early for the Sydney celebrity line-up but you know Supanova will hook you up with some incredible actors. Celebrities aside, the event is also a haven for collectables, cosplay and gaming.

 

Paracon (16-17 June)

Australia’s only paranormal conference called ‘Paracon’ is dedicated to giving fans of the supernatural a place to converse over all things unearthly.

 

Comic-Con Sydney (29-30 September)

They say it’s the perfect place to “unleash your inner geek”, and we’d have to agree. Attendees can do everything from meet celebrity guests, indulge in Japanese animation at the anime station, show off cosplay, play games and purchase collectables from one of the many stalls.

 

 

Other cities & regional areas:

Free Comic Book Day (5 May)

FREE COMIC BOOKS, yes please! This one may not be a convention, but it’s worth adding to the diary.

 

Nerdmania, Shepparton (22 July)

It’s regional Victoria’s biggest Pop Culture Expo, and it’s the place to be if you love your Star Wars, Doctor Who, Pokemon, Minecraft and more.

 

The Sugar City Con, Mackay (Dates yet to be released)

It may not be a gathering dedicated to chocolate, but it’s just as sweet. It’s described as the place for “nerds and geeks” to meet celebrities, chat over comic books, interact with graphic artists and novelists and more.

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Did we miss any major pop culture events? Let us know below.

4 Comments »

  1. The second FraserPop Pop Culture Festival is on July 21 and 22.
    We attended the first one last year and it was fantastic. Thousands attended. This is a project for the Business Diploma Students at Maryborough High School and featured fantastic projects created by some of the kids including a TARDIS which was bigger on the inside, a Iron Throne, a lifelike Weeping Angel and more.
    It is a smaller con then what you will see in a city but it is fantastic.
    https://www.facebook.com/FraserPopMaryborough/

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