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Best Local Pop Culture, Comic & Gaming Events

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If you are into comics, gaming and collecting, Long Island is the place for you this summer. There are many festivals close to home that will keep any pop culture fanatic entertained. From gaming expos, to toy shows and anime conventions, you can find entertainment that interests you.

Five Points Festival

Date: June 2nd & 3rd

 Time: 2nd – 11am-6pm

3rd – 11am-5pm

Location: Brooklyn Expo Center

72 Noble Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Cost: Saturday Single Day Pass- $35

Sunday Single Day Pass- $20

Weekend Pass- $45

Five Points Festival is a mixture of art, toys, counterculture and craft beer. You can see things such as, toys, original art, indie designers, posters, prints, apparel and more.

Borough Con

Date: June 15th -17th

Location: Brooklyn Expo Center

72 Noble Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Cost: Friday Day Pass- $32

Saturday Day Pass- $36

Sunday Day Pass- $28

Weekend Pass- $45

This convention celebrates anime, gaming, comics, sci-fi, manga and much more. It will also include voice actors, comic book and cosplay guests and media guest Jamie Chung.

Eternal Con

Date: June 16th & 17th

Time: Saturday 10am-7pm

Sunday 10am- 5pm

Location: Nassau Coliseum

1255 Hempstead Turnpike

Uniondale, NY 11533

Cost: Saturday Single Pass- $29/adult & $15/child (6-12)

Sunday Single Pass- $25/adult & $12/child (10-12)

Eternal Con is the most popular pop culture event on Long Island. Last year, this event had over 12,000 fans in attendance. This event will feature celebrities such as, William Shatner, Margot Kidder, Jeff East and Steve Cardenas that you can meet and greet. Sunday is Kids Day; there will be fun activities for kids such as, Jedi training, and even a kid’s costume contest. This event will feature comedy shows, Jedi battles and live performances all weekend long.

Cradle Con

Date: June 23rd & 24th

Time: 23rd – 10am-7pm

24th – 10am-5pm

Location: Cradle of Aviation Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530

Cost: Sat/Sun Day Pass- $20

Weekend Pass- $30

This brand new event was created by fans for the fans. This convention celebrates the comic book culture. Fans can meet and greet their favorite comic book creators. Collectors can find rare books and toys they have been looking for, and cosplayers can show off their best costumes.

Long Island Toy Show

Date: July 21st

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Hofstra University North Campus Student Center

Multipurpose Room

900 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, NY 11550

Cost: $10 at door or $7 in advance (Kids under 12 are free)

If you are into collecting toys, this convention is for you. This toy show showcases local dealers who specialize in toys and collectibles from the 1970s to now. Bring your toys and money to buy, sell and trade toys. Some old favorites include Transformers, Masters of the Universe, G.I Joe, Star Wars and LEGO.

 

Long Island Retro Gaming Expo

Date: August 11th & 12th

Time: 11th- 10am-10pm

12th- 10am-5pm

Location: Cradle of Aviation Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530

Cost: Saturday Single Day- $22/adult & $12/child (4-12)

Sunday Single Day- $20/adult $10/child (4-12)

Weekend Two Day Pass- $35/adult & $20/child (4-12)

Play all your retro favorites, browse gaming vendors and participate in panel discussions. Listen to music performers and enter tournaments to win prizes at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo.

 

Terrific Con

Date: August 17th -19th

Time: 17th- 3pm-9pm

18th- 10am-7pm

19th- 10am-5pm

Location: Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd Uncasville, CT 06382

Cost: Friday Day Pass-$26.75

Sat/Sun Day Pass-$29.75

Three Day Pass-$75.00

Kids under 10 get in free.

If you are looking for a quick getaway that is only a ferry ride away, Terrific Con is an ideal weekend vacation. This convention is three days of fun and is only a short trip away to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Terrific Con is considered the #1 Comic Convention for fans of comics, actors from super-hero films, sci-fi films and horror shows. You can purchase comic books, artwork, memorabilia and gaming goods.

INBEON CON

Date: August 25th

Time: 10am-6pm

Location: Hofstra University Students Center

East Cir Hempstead, NY 11550

Cost: $15 a ticket or $30 for VIP

INBEON CON is a Comic Con for artists. If you have a love for anime, comics, cosplay and gaming, this event is for you. You can meet local artists such as Sarah Hopkins, Mel Doodles, Kyle Horne and Eric Hutchison. Costume designers, animators and game developers will also be there. You can even learn how to become an artist at this event.

 

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Hops & Props 16th Annual Craft Beer Festival

Every February, craft beer enthusiasts look forward to the Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. This year the event changed hands and the Galaxy Events Company organized the event. Even though the homebrew clubs and some local breweries were absent from the event, the festival was more spread out and showcased a few new vendors. Here are highlights from this year’s event.

Cryo Cream

Looking to add a little sweetness to your day? Cryo cream uses liquid nitrogen to whip up ice cream, caffeine and other delicious confections. Watch your favorite frozen treats emerge from the cool smoke. Cryo Cream is truly revolutionizing ice cream making and is available for special events and parties.

Maple Craft Foods

Breakfast lovers were able to snag some sticky and sweet treats from the Maple Craft Foods booth. Some of items for sale included Blueberry, Salted Caramel, and Bourbon Barrel Maple syrups, maple candies, fresh waffles and pancake and waffle mixes.

Bra Pong

I’m sure you’ve heard of beer pong before or even played in college or at a house party, but have you heard of Bra Pong? Pure Romance was spicing up the game promoting their parties and line of lotions, candles and other products, perfect for bachelorette parties.

New Breweries

Some new breweries present at Hops & Props included Braven Brewing Company from Bushwick, Icon NYC from Astoria and Five Boroughs Brewing Company from Brooklyn. Mill House Brewing from Poughkeepsie and Rootstock Ciderworks represented upstate New York. Mill House Brewing Company poured Cucumber Blessing, this beer is trip to the spa in your mouth. If you are looking for something light and refreshing to drink when the weather gets warmer, definitely pick up a six pack of these. Six Harbors Brewing from Huntington poured their Bay Hill Blues, which was finished off with a few fresh blueberries; watch out Blue Point Brewing, a new blueberry beer making a splash on the local scene.