The 2024-2025 Guide To Board Game Conventions

Looking to attend a board game convention? Our guide to board game conventions can help you decide what to pack, play, and pass on!

Event calendar last updated: May 24, 2024

Click here for an up to date list of worldwide board game conventions

The board gaming hobby can be quite overwhelming for a newly budding board game geek. With thousands of new games coming out each year, it can certainly be hard to jump in head first. Maybe you’ve started your own gaming community, but you want an opportunity to meet even more gamers? Maybe you’ve started to build up a collection, but you want to get to try some of the new hot games before they come out? Checking out a board game convention might be the next best step for you!

If you’re still trying to get a grasp of the hobby, that’s totally fine as well! Go ahead and check out our previous article, So you like board games… What now?, before jumping head first into the convention scene.

If you are ready to take this next step, read on! It’s the perfect time to jump aboard since we are just kicking off convention season!

What is a board game convention anyway?

Origins 2017 - Renegade Games booth
Origins 2017 – Renegade Games booth

Board game conventions come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small intimate gatherings where people marathon through games, and some are weeklong events with large dealer halls and lots of gaming events. We’ll mostly be talking about larger conventions, but before we jump in too deep, let’s take a look at what the difference is.

Small Con vs. Large Con

For the most part, gaming conventions can be put into two categories: either small conventions or large conventions. Of course, small and large can mean different things to all people, so we’ll try to distinguish that a little more.

Small/Local Conventions

Small conventions are often also called “Local Conventions.” The reason for this is that most of them simply attract a local crowd instead of drawing people in from all over the country. These conventions usually host anywhere from 200 – 5,000 attendees. Usually, they are more focused on bringing people together just to play games and often lack an exhibitor hall.

CMON Expo 2017
CMON Expo 2017

Personally, I love these kinds of conventions. With their small size, you often feel like you get to know a lot more people, especially if you come back year after year. We have a local convention called Tennessee Game Days that has grown to about 700-800 people over the years. Now that I’ve been coming for the past few, there are so many familiar faces. I even have friends in other states whom I only get to see at the convention each year. The small intimate feel is a huge perk to these local cons.

Meeple Mountain also runs Nashville Tabletop Day, a single day event in April. It’s small, but growing, with attendance nearing 500.

Large Conventions

The big conventions are always huge, vibrant, and exciting events. These can be hard to categorize because their attendance is so high in variance, but usually they host between 15,000 all the way up to 200,000 people. Most conventions that break the 15k mark of attendance will have a large dealer hall where you can buy games directly from the publishers and large event halls where you can sign up to play specific games or in tournaments. There is often not an emphasis on just playing games all day, and instead are focused on the shopping aspects, events, panels, etc. Large conventions can be quite overwhelming, so hopefully this article will help you understand them!

Gen Con 2016
Gen Con 2016

Online Board Game Conventions

Online events are on the rise! As bandwidth becomes cheaper and more reliable, more gamers are looking to save money on travel and lodging by attending online board game conventions (also called virtual board game conventions). Their numbers are small, but growing, and you can expect to see more in the coming years. If you’re not sure what to expect then make sure to check out our tips for attending an online board game convention so that you can get the most out of one. Then when you’re ready, check out our listing of online board game conventions in our master list.

Why should I go to a board game convention?

There are lots of great reasons to go to a convention! Everyone gets something different out of their experiences, but here are some prominent reasons that a board game convention might interest you.

You want to:

  • play a lot of games.
  • try the hot new games before they are released.
  • meet your favorite designers, authors, artists, publishers, or media personalities.
  • compete in large gaming tournaments.
  • find really cool stuff to buy and take home.
  • survey lots of different board games from different publishers to find something new that you might like.
  • meet other gamers with similar interests.
  • hear talks and panels about topics in the industry that interest you.
  • get ahold of exclusive promotional cards/pieces/expansions for your favorite games.

If any of those interest you, then giving a gaming convention a shot might be right up your alley! In all honesty, there is so much more to do at conventions, but these are a few of the cool things that really stand out.

Ok! I want to go! Now what?!

Good question! The first thing you’ll need to do is decide on whether you want to go to a smaller or larger convention. For many people, location will be a big factor in this decision, while others may be willing to travel long distances. Let’s take a look at some of the options available. Most of these will be “large” conventions, but there are some smaller ones that squeak through based on popularity.

Most Popular Board Game Conventions

This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of gaming conventions. There are hundreds of game conventions each year, just in America, so it would be quite difficult to cover them all. The selections below are all either significant because of their pure size or following. Some may be “smaller” conventions, but they are still very prevalent in the board game industry or even run by a large publisher or media outlet. Check out the bottom of this article for an up to date list of worldwide board game conventions!

Small to Medium Conventions

Dallas, TX
Atlanta, GACheck out Phil & Justin’s experience at CMON Expo!
Dice Tower Con
Dice Tower Con
Orlando, FL
Geekway to the West
St. Louis, MO

Large Conventions

UK Games Expo Expo
UK Games Expo
Birmingham, UK
~21,698 attendees
Origins Game Fair
Origins Game Fair
Columbus, OH
~20,642 attendees
Pax Unplugged
PAX Unplugged
Philadelphia, PACheck out Ashley & Justin‘s recap of PAX Unplugged 2018.
Gen Con
Gen Con
Indianapolis, Indiana
~60,000 attendees
Essen Spiel
Essen Spiel
Essen, Germany

I’ve picked a convention, how do I prepare for it?

Buy your badge

Gen Con badge

First things first, you’ve got to purchase a badge. Some conventions only last a day or two and only have one badge option, while others will allow for you to purchase a badge for individual days or just the weekend. Since most conventions run through both weekdays and weekends, you’ll need to decide what works best for your schedule. Purchasing a badge is usually simple and can either be done online or at the door. Be careful, though! Many conventions sell out ahead of time!

Find housing

Find housing
We got lucky with a beautiful airBnB at Gen Con in 2016!

Housing can be one of the most frustrating parts of prepping for a gaming convention. Each con is a little different, but most are infamous for making this a true pain. If you buy your badge as early as possible, you should receive some sort of communication before the hotel sales go live. This can be a tricky process as some will have a “queue” system and others will have a “whoever can get through” set up. Either way, for larger conventions these websites will often become bottlenecked and crash. Honestly, there is often just a lot of luck here. Make sure you’re online the second they go live!

If you aren’t interested in a hotel or you weren’t able to get one, there are still lots of other options! I’ve used airBnB a couple times for this and it has worked wonderfully. You might have to walk a bit farther or drive to the convention center, but you also might save some money and stress, so it’s often worth it for many people.

Register for events

Giant King of Tokyo at Gen Con 2016.

Each convention will have a long list of events that you can attend. These can range from talks/panels, gaming tournaments, game demos, and more. Some events will cost while others will be free. Most conventions open their events up to pre-registrations and many events fill up. Each convention website should have a portal that you can log into to find and register for each event. If you miss out on registering in advance, sometimes you can still make it into them, though! Most large conventions will offer “generic tickets” that you can purchase and spend for events. If it isn’t full, you should be able to spend these “generics” to jump in. If a “full” doesn’t have all of its registered attendees, you might be able to jump in with generics as well!

Make a plan of attack

The convention floor can be overwhelming! With so many booths to stop in and so many new games to try, it’s easy to see why you could get lost in the mix. To help ease this sensory overload, it can be helpful to have a plan before you even begin your travels to the convention. There are two things that can help with this: making sure you know which games you are interested in up front and preparing your path in the expo hall.

It can be hard to keep up with all of the games coming out each year, especially with so much going on during the convention season. One of the best ways to keep an eye out on new releases during the major conventions is through the Boardgame Geek Preview lists. Board Game Geek usually releases their preview geeklist a month or two in advance of each major convention. These lists have all of upcoming convention releases and their information listed in order by publisher. This is a great resource to scope out the games that really interest you the most. Be careful, though, as you don’t want to miss out on a game that you didn’t expect to enjoy by counting it out ahead of time!

Once you’ve found the games you are most interested, you can either register for demo events or seek them out in the exhibit hall. The advantage to demoing games in the hall is that you usually will only play a quick demo to get a feel for them. Of course, if you want to play a full game or don’t want to wait in a line, events might be better for you. If you do chose the path of the exhibit hall, it can be a huge help to familiarize yourself with where booths you want to visit are actually located. Most conventions will post a map of the exhibit hall ahead of time, and you can even print it out to highlight and draw the most efficient path for you!

One more thing to keep in mind is that sometimes it can be important to prioritize the “hot” booths first. Every year there are certain games that everyone knows will sell out quickly. If you want those games, you’ll need to make sure that they are your first stops! This can be hard to tell sometimes, but keeping an eye on the comments of the preview lists can help you gauge people’s interest.

Pack accordingly

My pre Gen Con shopping trip from 2016
My pre Gen Con shopping trip from 2016

So, what do you bring to a convention? Well, outside of the obvious answer of clothes, there are some things that I’ve found helpful to have on you.

  • Hand sanitizer. Seriously. The “con crud” is real and you don’t want to mess with that! Think about it, tens of thousands of people in one room does not lead to good sanitation.
  • Snacks. Cliff bars, trail mix, crackers. Whatever you need, make sure to keep some snacks on hand to keep yourself energized.
  • Water bottle. Similar to the snacks, you’re going to want to keep hydrated to stay healthy.
  • Battery chargers. My phone always seems to die twice as fast during conventions. The last thing you want is to not have a way to find your friends in the midst of tens of thousands of people!
  • Games. Ok, I’ve overdone this too many times. In my experience, it isn’t worth bringing big box games unless you have a specific plan to play them. Instead, I always make sure that I have a couple small card games in my bag for those times where you’re stuck in a line or waiting on something to start.

Get Out of the Con

Yes, we know you’re there for board games. But if you’re traveling to a new city, then consider getting out of the con at least once and seeing sights. Visit an art museum, eat at a great local restaurant, or look for a board game cafe in that city.

Update: Since this piece was originally published we’ve added lots more Gen Con content. Make sure to check out our Gen Con 2017 wrap up, and Gen Con 2017 interviews, along with our newbie’s guide to Gen Con.

Run Your Own Gaming Event

If all of this seems a bit overwhelming, perhaps you should start smaller. Check out our guide to running a successful board gaming event and start your own event in your hometown!


I know this process can be quite stressful, but hopefully this gives a little bit of direction for your journey to your first convention! Do you have any other tips or tricks? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!

Worldwide Board Game Convention List

The following list of worldwide board game conventions is updated regularly.

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Oz ComicCon

Adelaide Jun. 1-2

Oz ComicCon

Brisbane Sep. 14-15


Gate: 5,000

Canberra Jan. 26-28
Cosplay Food Trucks Game Design / Playtesting Miniatures Gaming RPG

Oz ComicCon

Canberra Aug. 24-25

Oz Bunny Con

Glen Waverley Apr. 1

Supanova Pop Culture

Gold Coast Apr. 13-14

LFG Canberra

Gate: 100

Grifith Nov. 24-26

Supanova Pop Culture

Melbourne Apr. 6-7

Oz ComicCon

Melbourne Jun. 8-9

Oz ComicCon

Melbourne Dec. 7-8

Oz ComicCon

Perth May. 11-12


Shepparton Jul. 5-7

PAX Australia

South Wharf Oct. 6-8

Play Con

Gate: 500

Sydney Jul. 12

Oz ComicCon

Sydney Sep. 21-22


Spielfest Vienna

Vienna Jun. 15-16



Antwerp Nov. 23

Brussels Game Festival

Brussels Aug. 23


Brussels Oct. 19-20


Genk Oct. 1


Merelbeke May. 4-5


Kriativos on Board – Cruise

São Paulo Mar. 22-25

Diversão Offline

São Paulo Jun. 1-2


Board Game Fest

Chavdar Jun. 15-16



Calgary Tabletop Day

Gate: 1,000

Calgary, Alberta Nov. 17-19
Auction / Flea Market Game Design / Playtesting Painting Tournaments Vendor Hall


Gate: 850

Calgary, Alberta Aug. 23-24
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win Vendor Hall


Edmonton, Alberta Mar. 15-17

British Columbia

Terminal City Tabletop Convention

Gate: 1,200

Aldergrove, British Columbia Mar. 15


Gate: 500

Kamloops, British Columbia Oct. 4-6
Cosplay Family Friendly RPG Tournaments Vendor Hall


New Westminster, British Columbia Nov. 2-5

SHUX | Shut Up & Sit Down Expo

Vancouver, British Columbia Oct. 7



Brandon, Manitoba May. 24-26


Winnipeg, Manitoba Jan. 26-28

New Brunswick

Impossible Realities

Saint John, New Brunswick Sep. 7-8


Ragnarok XP

Gate: 250

Kitchener, Ontario Apr. 20-21
Game Design / Playtesting Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG Vendor Hall

Niagara Boardgaming Weekend

Niagara Falls, Ontario Jan. 18-21


Ottawa, Ontario May. 17-19


Stratford, Ontario Mar. 22-24


Thunder Bay, Ontario Sep. 21-22

Breakout Con

Toronto, Ontario Mar. 15-17


Les Jeux Au Boute

Chertsey, Quebec Apr. 24-28

Terra MystiCon

Gate: 150

Montreal, Quebec Sep. 19-22
Auction / Flea Market Game Design / Playtesting Panels Play to Win Tournaments



Amerikavej Mar. 27 – Apr. 1


Copenhagen Oct. 13-15


Copenhagen Oct. 11-13




Basildon, East Feb. 23-25

Norwich Games Convention

Norwich , East Aug. 24


Tring, East Oct. 7

East Midlands

Field Of Games

Silverstone, East Midlands Aug. 12-19


Worthing, East Midlands Nov. 17-19



London, London Apr. 15


London, London Dec. 2

North West

Warhammer Fest 2023

Manchester, North West Apr. 29 – May. 1


Manchester, North West Nov. 10-12

Airecon Northwest

Gate: 0

Manchester, North West Aug. 16-18



Hunstanton, Northwest Jan. 17-21

South East


Eastbourne, South East Apr. 28 – May. 1


Farnham, South East Nov. 11


Maidenhead, South East Jan. 19-21


Maidenhead, South East Mar. 23


Maidenhead, South East Apr. 19-21


Maidenhead, South East Aug. 9-11


Maidenhead, South East Oct. 25-27

Stabcon South

Southampton, South East Sep. 29 – Oct. 1


Southampton, South East Oct. 15-30


Worthing, South East Feb. 10

South West

Grand Tribunal

Cheltenham, South West Aug. 9-11

The 24 Hour Board Game Marathon UK 2023

Gate: 200

Ilminster, South West Aug. 3
Family Friendly Play to Win Special Events / Parties Special Guests Tournaments


Kennford, South West Apr. 3-7


Gate: 300

Taunton, South West Nov. 15-17
Game Design / Playtesting Special Guests

West Midlands

UK Games Expo

Birmingham, West Midlands May. 31 – Jun. 2

epic.LAN TT1 – Tabletop Weekender

Coventry, West Midlands Feb. 22-25


Gate: 700

Telford, West Midlands Oct. 18-20



Gate: 5,500

Harrogate, Yorkshire Mar. 14-17
Family Friendly Food Trucks Play to Win RPG Special Guests Vendor Hall

North Star

Sheffield, Yorkshire May. 13-14


Sheffield, Yorkshire Oct. 7-8

7 Hills

Sheffield, Yorkshire Apr. 6-7



Helsinki Jul. 19-21



Deux_Sevres Jul. 10-21

Gondreville est ludique

Gate: 2,000

Gondreville Apr. 6


Lyon Sep. 29 – Oct. 1


Mons-en-Barœul Mar. 23-24

LPO Board Games Holiday

St Gilles Croix de Vie Sep. 9-16

Alchimie du Jeu

Toulouse May. 5-7


Berlin Brettspiel Con

Berlin Jul. 19-21


Bielfield Nov. 11-12

Bremer Spieletage

Bremen Mar. 9-10

Spiel (aka Essen)

Essen Oct. 5-8

Nord Con

Hamburg Jun. 14-16


Munich Nov. 3-5

Ratinger Spieletage

Ratingen Mar. 23-24


Társasjátékok Ünnepe és Társasjátékvásár

Gate: 3,000

Budapest Nov. 18-19
Family Friendly Special Guests Vendor Hall



Dublin Oct. 27-30


Galway Feb. 17-18



Tel Aviv Aug. 20-21


Delbello Ludico

Cerveteri Nov. 24-26

Modena play

Gate: 40,000

North Tonawanda May. 19-21
Cosplay Game Design / Playtesting Miniatures Gaming Painting Special Guests


Parma Jan. 12-14


Game Market 2024 Spring

Gate: 10,000

Chiba (Tokyo) Apr. 27-28
Family Friendly Food Trucks Panels Special Guests Vendor Hall

Game Market 2024 Kyoto

Gate: 7,000

Kyoto Sep. 21-22
Game Design / Playtesting Special Guests Vendor Hall



Gate: 200

Druskininkai May. 13-14
Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Panels RPG Tournaments


Mega XP

Mexico City Jun. 1-2


Roll Initiative Con

Ewijk Apr. 6-7


Gate: 150

Amsterdam Jan. 14


Amersfoort Sep. 21


Utrecht Nov. 4-5


Veldhoven Mar. 16-17

New Zealand

Boardgames By The Bay

Auckland Sep. 30 – Oct. 1

Games Fair

Auckland May. 4


Gate: 3,000

Wellington Jun. 1-2



Haugesund Mar. 7-10


Oslo Jun. 21-24


Planszówki w Spodku

Gate: 7,000

Katowice Sep. 28-29
Family Friendly RPG Tournaments Vendor Hall


Poznan Jun. 14-16


Wrocław Mar. 9-10


Wrocław Nov. 16-17



Vieira de Leiria Mar. 14-17

San Marino

San Marino Game Convention

Serravalle Apr. 26-28


Tabletop Scotland

Gate: 3,000

Perth Sep. 6-8
Family Friendly Food Trucks Game Design / Playtesting RPG Vendor Hall


Asian Board Games Festival

Singapore Dec. 1-3



Na meji nevidnega

Ljubljana May. 25


DAU Barcelona

Barcelona Nov. 17-19


Barcelona Jun. 30 – Jul. 7



Gothenburg Mar. 29-31


Kalmar Feb. 21-23


Linköping May. 18-21


Skellefteå May. 9-10

Prolog (skipping to 2024)

Västerås Feb. 23-25



La Chaux-de-Fonds Mar. 15-17

United States



Juneau, Alaska Jan. 26-28


Play on Con

Birmingham, Alabama Jul. 4-7

Rocket City Gamefest

Huntsville, Alabama Feb. 2-4



Gate: 250

Bentonville, Arkansas May. 24-26
Family Friendly Food Trucks Play to Win RPG Tournaments

Bears Con

Fayetteville, Arkansas Oct. 14-15


Springdale, Arkansas Nov. 3-5



Mesa, Arizona Nov. 10-12

HMGS-PSW Sand Wars

Mesa, Arizona May. 18-19

Tucson Comic-Con

Mesa, Arizona Aug. 30 – Sep. 1

Phoenix Fan Fusion

Gate: 30,000

Phoenix, Arizona May. 24-26
Family Friendly Panels RPG Special Events / Parties Special Guests


Phoenix, Arizona Aug. 16-18

Consim World Expo

Tempe, Arizona Jul. 12-20

Southwest Con

Tolleson, Arizona Oct. 7-8


Gate: 600

Tucson, Arizona Nov. 15-17
Family Friendly Panels RPG Special Guests Tournaments



Anaheim, California Mar. 29-31

Board Games at Berkeley Con

Berkeley, California Apr. 7

SoCal Games Day

Burbank, California Jan. 27

KublaCon Game Convention

Burlingame, California May. 24-27

Veterans Game Fest

Gate: 400

Clovis , California Jul. 12-14
Family Friendly Miniatures Gaming RPG Tournaments Wargaming


Irvine, California Feb. 15-18

Long Beach Comic Con

Long Beach, California Sep. 14-15


Los Angeles, California Feb. 16-19


Los Angeles, California May. 24-27

Anime Expo

Los Angeles, California Jul. 4-7


Los Angeles, California Aug. 30 – Sep. 2

Board Game Extravaganza

Modesto, California Nov. 18

East Bay Board Game Convention

Oakland, California Jul. 5-7

Anime Los Angeles

Palmdale, California Jan. 4-7


Sacramento, California Aug. 30 – Sep. 1

ConQuest Sac

Sacramento, California Oct. 11-13


San Diego, California Feb. 2-4

JoCo Cruise

San Diego, California Mar. 9-16

San Diego Historical Games Convention

San Diego, California Jun. 8

San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego, California Jul. 25-28


San Francisco, California Nov. 24-26

Big Bad Con

San Francisco, California Oct. 24-27


San Jose, California May. 24-27

Game on the Table Con

Gate: 250

San Jose, California Jul. 13
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Miniatures Gaming RPG Vendor Hall

Game on the Table Con

San Jose, California Jul. 13


San Marcos, California Jan. 5-7


Santa Clara, California Feb. 16-19

South Pacificon Game Fest

Santa Clara, California Aug. 30 – Sep. 2

Pacificon Game Expo

Santa Clara, California Aug. 30 – Sep. 2



Aurora, Colorado Aug. 22-25


Auroro, Colorado Feb. 15-18


Gate: 500

Broomfield, Colorado Jan. 12-15


Denver, Colorado Oct. 25-27


Compass Games Expo 2022

Meriden, Connecticut May. 16-20


North Canaan, Connecticut Apr. 20-21


West Hartford, Connecticut Jul. 18-21

District of Columbia


Washington, District of Columbia Oct. 18

AwesomeCon (Washington, DC’s Comic Con)

Gate: 0

Washington, District of Columbia Mar. 8-10

Scrum Con

Washington, District of Columbia Mar. 29-30


Washington, District of Columbia Aug. 28 – Sep. 1


Gaming By Sea

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Jun. 18-29

Dice Tower Cruise

Ft Lauderdale, Florida Jan. 14-21


Jacksonville, Florida Oct. 11-13

Meeples at Sea

Miami, Florida Apr. 6-13

Gaucon Game Cruise

Miami, Florida Aug. 24-29

GACUCON – Game Cruise

Miami, Florida Aug. 24-29

Meeples & Peoples

Orlando, Florida Sep. 28 – Oct. 1

Crucible X

Orlando, Florida Sep. 29 – Oct. 1

Quest Con

Orlando, Florida Sep. 29 – Oct. 1


Orlando, Florida Feb. 1-4

Escape Winter Con

Orlando, Florida Feb. 14-18

D20 Cruise

Orlando, Florida Apr. 27 – May. 2

Dice Tower East

Orlando, Florida Jul. 3-7

Dice Tower Retreat

Orlando, Florida Aug. 28 – Sep. 1

FlaMinGoCon #24

Gate: 110

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Feb. 3

FlaMinGoCon #25

Gate: 250

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Jun. 8

Pensacon Pensacola Comic Con

Pensacola, Florida Feb. 23-25

Game and Party Con

St. Augustine, Florida Aug. 8-11

PrimeTimers® Worldwide Biennial Convention

St. Petersburg, Florida Oct. 1-5

Tampa Nerd Con

Tampa, Florida Nov. 1-3


Furry Weekend Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia May. 11-14


Atlanta, Georgia Feb. 22-25

Proto ATL

Atlanta, Georgia May. 16-19


Atlanta, Georgia May. 24-27

Southern-Fried Gaming Expo

Gate: 10,000

Atlanta, Georgia Jul. 19-21
Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG Tournaments Vendor Hall


Atlanta, Georgia Aug. 29 – Sep. 2

Siege of Augusta

Augusta, Georgia Jan. 12-14


Gate: 100

Marietta, Georgia Mar. 23
Family Friendly Play to Win

Dice + Diversions

Gate: 350

Peachtree Corners, Georgia Jan. 12-14

Atlanta Game Fest

Gate: 250

Peachtree Corners, Georgia Feb. 22-25
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly

Atlanta Game Fest

Gate: 250

Peachtree Corners, Georgia Jun. 6-9
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly

Atlanta Game Fest

Gate: 250

Peachtree Corners, Georgia Oct. 10-13
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly


Kawaii Kon

Gate: 0

Honolulu, Hawaii Mar. 29-31

Podfather: The Cruise

Honolulu, Hawaii Apr. 30 – May. 8

Comic Con Honolulu

Gate: 13,000

Honolulu, Hawaii Sep. 6-8
Cosplay Family Friendly Play to Win RPG Vendor Hall



Gate: 600

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Feb. 23-25

Gamicon Arsenic

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Feb. 23-25

Kee Con

Cherokee, Iowa Nov. 3-5

Sioux City Tabletop Gamers Fall

Sioux CIty, Iowa May. 17-19

Cardboard Caucus

West Des Moines, Iowa Oct. 27-29


Gem State Gaming Convention

Boise, Idaho Jul. 19-21

iCON – Idaho Convention for Boardgamers

Idaho Falls, Idaho Apr. 12-13



Bloomington, Illinois Oct. 6-8

Saluki Con

Gate: 3,000

Carbondale, Illinois Apr. 6-7

Winter War

Champaign, Illinois Feb. 2-4

Autumn Wars

Chicago, Illinois Sep. 30 – Oct. 1


Collinsville, Illinois May. 31 – Jun. 2


Collinsville, Illinois Oct. 4

Protospiel Chicago

Gate: 200

Countryside, Illinois Sep. 13-15
Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Special Guests


Decatur, Illinois Nov. 8-10

2020 D8 Summit Charity Convention

Dixon, Illinois Apr. 19-21


Effingham, Illinois Nov. 1


Glen Ellyn, Illinois Apr. 12-14


Lane, Illinois Nov. 4

Polar Vortex

Gate: 500

Lisle, Illinois Feb. 16-18

Little Wars

Lisle, Illinois Apr. 18-21

The Gaming Hoopla

Gate: 600

Mundelein, Illinois May. 3-5

Play for a Purpose

Gate: 200

Naperville, Illinois Nov. 11-12
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Special Events / Parties

Windy Con

Oak Brook, Illinois Nov. 10-12


Rockford, Illinois Nov. 3-5

Tabletop Central

Gate: 250

Savoy, Illinois Sep. 7-8
Family Friendly Food Trucks Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG


Schaumburg, Illinois Mar. 20-24


Wheeling, Illinois Feb. 1-4


Winter Fantasy

Fort Wayne, Indiana Feb. 7-11

Who’s Yer Con

Gate: 1,750

Indianapolis, Indiana Mar. 29-31
Family Friendly Miniatures Gaming RPG Special Events / Parties Vendor Hall


Indianapolis, Indiana Jul. 5-7

Gen Con

Indianapolis, Indiana Aug. 1-4

City of Firsts

Kokomo, Indiana Jan. 20

PopiCon! Game Convention

Gate: 1,000

South Bend, Indiana Feb. 3

Tabletop Adventure Game Fest

Warsaw, Indiana Sep. 30



Gate: 1,100

Overland Park, Kansas Jul. 5-7
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win RPG


Wichita, Kansas Oct. 20-22



Gate: 200

Bowling Green, Kentucky Sep. 27-28
Family Friendly Food Trucks Play to Win


Gate: 750

Lexington, Kentucky Apr. 5-7

River City Con

Gate: 600

Louisville, Kentucky Jan. 12-14


Southern Board Game Festival

Lafayette, Louisiana Oct. 14-15


Lake Charles, Louisiana Apr. 5-7



Boston, Massachusetts Jan. 12-15

PAX East

Boston, Massachusetts Mar. 21-24


Fairhaven, Massachusetts Mar. 14-17

Armour Con

Marlborough, Massachusetts Oct. 13-15

Total Confusion

Marlborough, Massachusetts Feb. 22-25

Rising Phoenix GameCon

Gate: 600

Milford, Massachusetts Apr. 19-21
Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Panels RPG Vendor Hall


Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Apr. 5-7

Havoc Game Convention

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Apr. 5-7


Waltham, Massachusetts Dec. 9-10
Miniatures Gaming Painting Tournaments Vendor Hall Wargaming

Redemption Convention: LEVELED UP

Worcester, Massachusetts Nov. 4


Game Days

Annapolis, Maryland Apr. 5-7

Unpublished Games Festival

Baltimore, Maryland Mar. 14-17


Baltimore, Maryland May. 24-27

Winter Offensive

Bowie, Maryland Jan. 11-14

Epic Nerd Camp

Darlington, Maryland Aug. 17-20

Cold Barrage

Havre de Grace, Maryland Mar. 2


Havre de Grace, Maryland Sep. 27-28

Hawkland Gaming Festival

La Plata, Maryland Sep. 14


Oxon Hill, Maryland Jan. 18-21

Congress of Gamers Winter Session

Gate: 300

Rockville, Maryland Jan. 13-14
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win Tournaments

Congress of Gamers Spring Session

Gate: 300

Rockville, Maryland May. 4-5
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win Tournaments

Congress of Gamers Fall Session

Gate: 275

Rockville, Maryland Oct. 12-13
Auction / Flea Market Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win RPG Tournaments


Timonium, Maryland Nov. 7-10



Gate: 400

Orono, Maine Jan. 13-14


Portland, Maine Jun. 27-30


South Portland, Maine May. 17-19


U-Con Gaming Convention

Ann Arbor, Michigan Nov. 15-17

Fandom Fest of Southwest Michigan

Gate: 800

Berrien Springs, Michigan Apr. 20

Bayou Wars

D’iberville, Michigan Jun. 7-9


Dearborn, Michigan Jan. 19-21


Detroit, Michigan Nov. 2-5


DeWitt, Michigan Jan. 13

Night at Sea

Grand Rapids, Michigan Nov. 16


Grand Rapids, Michigan Aug. 30 – Sep. 1


Grand Rapids, Michigan Sep. 6-8
Cosplay Game Design / Playtesting RPG Special Guests Vendor Hall


kansas city, Michigan Aug. 15-18

Michigan GT

Lansing, Michigan Oct. 6-8

Capital City Comic Con

Lansing, Michigan Jul. 12-14

Mid Mitten

Mount Pleasant, Michigan Nov. 3-5

Motor City Comic Con

Novi, Michigan May. 17-19

Big Geek Con

Saginaw, Michigan Sep. 20-22

Board to Death

Wayne, Michigan Oct. 28


Gate: 200

Wixom, Michigan Apr. 26-28
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Painting Special Events / Parties Special Guests



Gate: 400

Austin, Minnesota Oct. 18-20

Protospiel Minnesota

Gate: 400

Bloomington, Minnesota Feb. 2-4

2D Con Unplugged

Gate: 400

Bloomington, Minnesota Feb. 2-4
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Special Events / Parties

Con of the North

Bloomington, Minnesota Feb. 16-18


Bloomington, Minnesota Apr. 26-28


Gate: 3,500

Golden Valley, Minnesota Jul. 4-7


Minneapolis, Minnesota Oct. 20-22

2D Con Prime

Gate: 3,750

Minneapolis, Minnesota Aug. 23-25


Plymouth, Minnesota Sep. 27-29


Heartland Gaming Convention

Gate: 200

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Jun. 1-2
Painting Play to Win RPG Tournaments Vendor Hall

Midwest GameFest

Gate: 1,000

Independence, Missouri Apr. 18-21
Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG Tournaments Vendor Hall


Kansas City, Missouri Jun. 2-4


Kansas City, Missouri Nov. 17-19


Springfield, Missouri May. 31 – Jun. 2


Gate: 200

Springfield, Missouri Jun. 21-23
Family Friendly Play to Win Private Game Rooms


Gate: 3,000

Springfield, Missouri Nov. 15-17

Warfaire Weekend

St. Louis, Missouri Nov. 3-5

Geekway To the West Mini

Gate: 400

St. Louis, Missouri Jan. 12-14

Geekway to the West

Gate: 3,000

St. Louis, Missouri May. 16-19


Gate: 1,800

West Plains, Missouri Apr. 26-28



Biloxi, Mississippi Mar. 1-3

Mississippi Comic Con

Jackson, Mississippi Jun. 22-23

Siege of Vicksburg

Vicksburg, Mississippi Oct. 20-21


Miscon 33

Missoula, Montana May. 24-27

North Carolina

Mythic Con

Asheville, North Carolina Mar. 1-3

Armchair Dragoons Fall Assembly

Carson City, North Carolina Oct. 20-22


Gate: 1,000

Charlotte, North Carolina Jan. 25-28


Charlotte, North Carolina May. 31 – Jun. 2

Mythic Con

Charlotte , North Carolina Nov. 10-12

Whose Turn Is It Anyway?

Gate: 500

Durham, North Carolina Jan. 25-28


Greensboro, North Carolina Jul. 12-14


Gate: 300

Kernersville, North Carolina May. 25-27
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win RPG

Southern Front

Morrisville, North Carolina Sep. 20-22

Playthrough Game Convention

Raleigh, North Carolina Mar. 16-17

North Dakota


Fargo, North Dakota May. 23-26


Punchboard Paradise Con

Ashland, Nebraska May. 4-7

Great Plains Game Festival

Gate: 1,250

Lincoln, Nebraska Mar. 22-24

Great Plains Game Festival (Harvest)

Gate: 250

Lincoln, Nebraska Nov. 1


Omaha, Nebraska Oct. 20-22


Omaha, Nebraska Jul. 19-21


Omaha, Nebraska Oct. 4-6

New Hampshire


Lebanon, New Hampshire Apr. 19-21

Granite Game Summit

Nashua, New Hampshire Mar. 7-10


Gate: 50

Star Island, New Hampshire Jul. 31 – Aug. 4
Family Friendly Miniatures Gaming Private Game Rooms RPG

New Jersey


Cape Liberty, New Jersey Sep. 12-21


Morristown, New Jersey Nov. 2-5


Morristown, New Jersey Feb. 22-25


Morristown, New Jersey Jul. 4-7


Morristown, New Jersey Nov. 7-10


Princeton, New Jersey Mar. 8-10

Level Up Retreat

Gate: 500

Woodbridge, New Jersey Feb. 2-4

New Mexico


Albuquerque, New Mexico Aug. 23-25


Meeple Peak

Gate: 300

Carson City, Nevada Mar. 15-17

Dice Tower West

Gate: 3,500

Las Vegas, Nevada Mar. 6-10
Auction / Flea Market Game Design / Playtesting Painting Tournaments Vendor Hall

World Series of Board Gaming

Las Vegas, Nevada Sep. 22-26


Reno, Nevada Jun. 28-30

New York

Great Escape on the Lake

Gate: 350

Bradford, New York Aug. 21-25


Gate: 250

Croton-on-Hudson, New York Aug. 30 – Sep. 1
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly RPG


Gate: 450

East Syracuse, New York Sep. 19-22

Twin Tiers Comic-Con

Elmira, New York Nov. 11-12

Long Island’s Tabletop Gaming

Garden City, New York Apr. 6-7

Long Island Retro Con

Garden City, New York Aug. 9-11

Running GAGG

Geneseo, New York Feb. 9-11

ADK Tabletop Day

Glens Falls, New York Apr. 6


Gate: 350

Ithaca, New York Nov. 3-5
RPG Tournaments


Lockport, New York Nov. 18-19


Gate: 50

Pleasant Valley, New York Jun. 8
Family Friendly Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG Special Guests

OttoCon III

Gate: 50

Pleasant Valley, New York Jun. 8
Family Friendly Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG Special Guests


Gate: 500

Rochester, New York Mar. 22-24

Flower City Comic Con

Rochester, New York Sep. 13-15

Council 42 Gaming Convention

Schenectady, New York Sep. 20-22

Retro Game Con

Gate: 10,000

Syracuse, New York Oct. 11-13
Cosplay Panels Play to Win RPG Special Guests


Gate: 40

White Plains, New York Apr. 6



Cincinnati, Ohio Jan. 12-15

Tabletop Collaborative

Cincinnati, Ohio Feb. 2-4

Cleveland ConCoction

Cleveland, Ohio Mar. 8-10

Buckeye Game Fest

Columbus, Ohio May. 2-5

Origins Game Fair

Columbus, Ohio Jun. 19-23


Columbus, Ohio Oct. 24-27


Gate: 600

Dayton, Ohio Nov. 8-10


Hamilton, Ohio Mar. 1-3


Kettering, Ohio Apr. 12-13

Ratha Con

New Marshfield, Ohio Apr. 13

Drums at the Rapids

Perrysburg, Ohio May. 17-28

Hold The Line

Port Clinton, Ohio Sep. 13-14

Con on the Cob

Richfield, Ohio Oct. 3-6


Springfield, Ohio Mar. 23

Be Excellent Festival 2024

Gate: 350

Toledo, Ohio Jun. 8


Soonercon 28

Midwest City, Oklahoma Jun. 21-23


Gate: 1,000

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Mar. 15-17

Twisted Lords Con

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Jul. 12-14

Tokyo in Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma Jul. 12-14



Portland, Oregon Mar. 21-24

Rose City Comic Con

Portland, Oregon Sep. 6-8


The Dalles, Oregon May. 3-5



Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Apr. 19-21


Butler, Pennsylvania Mar. 22-24


Butler, Pennsylvania Sep. 22-24

S’mores & Meeples Board Game Camp

Coatesville, Pennsylvania Oct. 26-29

Erie Days of Games

Erie, Pennsylvania Oct. 13-14


Lancaster, Pennsylvania Oct. 20-22

Fall In!

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Nov. 3-5


Lancaster, Pennsylvania Jul. 17-21

Pittsburgh Gaming Expo

Monroeville, Pennsylvania Sep. 30 – Oct. 1

Steel City Con

Monroeville, Pennsylvania Apr. 12-14

Too Many Games

Oaks, Pennsylvania Jun. 28-30

Susquehanna Scuffle

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Oct. 7

Philadelphia Area Gaming Expo

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jan. 4-7

PAX Unplugged

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dec. 6-8

Winsome Choose Some

Gate: 40

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Jun. 6-9
Special Guests Tournaments

Splotter Con

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Aug. 30 – Sep. 2

World Boardgaming Championships

Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Jul. 20-28

World Boardgaming Championships

Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Jul. 26 – Aug. 3

World Boardgaming Championships

Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Jul. 25 – Aug. 2

World Boardgaming Championships

Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Jul. 24 – Aug. 1

S’mores and Meeples Board Game Camp

Gate: 175

Spring City, Pennsylvania Oct. 26-29
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Special Events / Parties Tournaments

Save Against Fear

York, Pennsylvania Nov. 9-12

Rhode Island


Warwick, Rhode Island Feb. 2-4

South Carolina


Gate: 500

Columbia, South Carolina Jan. 12-15

Soda City Comic Con

Columbia , South Carolina Aug. 24-25


Pawleys Island, South Carolina Mar. 8-10


Richburg, South Carolina Sep. 20-22

South Dakota


Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sep. 29 – Oct. 1


Vermillion, South Dakota Jan. 26-28



Chatanooga, Tennessee Feb. 23-25

Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge

Chattanooga, Tennessee Jan. 11-14


Chattanooga, Tennessee Jan. 12-14

Metrotham Con

Gate: 3,500

Chattanooga, Tennessee May. 17-19

Fun K-Town

Knoxville, Tennessee Apr. 26-28

Protospiel Knoxville

Gate: 30

Knoxville, Tennessee May. 10-12
Game Design / Playtesting Panels

Rocky Top Game Con

Knoxville, Tennessee May. 24-26

Board Game Days

Gate: 200

Knoxville, Tennessee Jul. 25-28
Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win RPG


Memphis, Tennessee Jan. 5

MidSouth Con

Memphis, Tennessee Mar. 22-24

Music City Multi Con

Nashville, Tennessee Oct. 27-29

Tennessee Game Days Spring

Gate: 1,000

Nashville, Tennessee Mar. 1-3
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Play to Win Tournaments

Nashville Tabletop Day

Gate: 500

Nashville, Tennessee Apr. 20
Family Friendly Food Trucks Play to Win Tournaments

Nashville Comicon

Nashville, Tennessee Jun. 1-2


Nashville, Tennessee Aug. 15-18

Tennessee Game Days Fall

Nashville, Tennessee Nov. 1-3



Arlington, Texas Mar. 29-31

Geek Game Days

Gate: 400

Arlington, Texas Aug. 2-4
Family Friendly RPG Vendor Hall


College Station, TX (Feb 2-4, 2024), Texas Feb. 2


Dallas, Texas Nov. 15-19


Dallas, Texas Mar. 14-17


Dallas, Texas Nov. 13-17


Dallas, Texas Nov. 19-23


Denton, Texas Aug. 28 – Sep. 1


Gate: 800

Galveston, Texas Feb. 7-9
Miniatures Gaming RPG Tournaments Wargaming


Houston, Texas Jan. 11-14


Houston, Texas Feb. 23-25


Houston, Texas May. 24-26


Irving, Texas Feb. 23-25


Irving, Texas Jun. 5-9

The Long Con

Longview, Texas Nov. 9-12

No Quarter Con

Plano, Texas Sep. 29 – Oct. 1

ChupacabraCon Gaming Convention

Round Rock, Texas May. 17-19

Alamo City Game Convention

San Antonio, Texas Mar. 22-24

San Japan

San Antonio, Texas Aug. 30 – Sep. 1


Gate: 600

Wichita Falls, Texas Apr. 5-7



Gate: 1,200

Bryce Canyon City, Utah Aug. 30 – Sep. 1

SaltCON Bryce

Gate: 350

Bryce Canyon City, Utah Jan. 17-19
Family Friendly Play to Win Tournaments

SaltCON Summer

Gate: 1,200

Layton, Utah Jun. 7-9
Play to Win RPG Vendor Hall


Provo, Utah Nov. 3-5

GameOn BlissCon: Board Games and Brews

Salt Lake City, Utah Oct. 21


Salt Lake City, Utah Nov. 20-21



Charlottesville, Virginia Feb. 19-25

RiVirCon – Spring

Gate: 150

Mechanicsville, Virginia Mar. 8-9
Family Friendly Food Trucks Play to Win Tournaments

RiVirCon – Fall

Gate: 150

Mechanicsville, Virginia Nov. 8-10
Family Friendly Food Trucks Play to Win Tournaments

Richmond Open

Richmond, Virginia May. 5-7

GalaxyCon Richmond

Richmond, Virginia Mar. 15-17


Gate: 500

Richmond, Virginia Apr. 26-28

TCEP 28: 28 Years Later

Sterling, Virginia Aug. 30 – Sep. 2

Tad & Craig’s Excellent Party (TCEP)

Sterling, Virginia Aug. 30 – Sep. 2

Clocktower Con

Tyson, Virginia Apr. 11-14


Williamsburg, Virginia Jan. 12-14

Williamsburg Muster

Williamsburg, Virginia Feb. 16-18


Winter Weirdness

Barre, Vermont Feb. 3

Mountain Mania

East Burke, Vermont May. 10-12


Killington, Vermont Nov. 1-3

MEGA Spring Meltdown

Gate: 150

Springfield, Vermont May. 4

Hot Game Summer

Vergennes, Vermont Jul. 20


Dice Fest

Bellevue, Washington Oct. 26-29


Gate: 1,200

Bellevue, Washington Jan. 5-7
Food Trucks Panels Play to Win Special Guests Vendor Hall


Bellevue, Washington Feb. 7-11

Dragonflight Game Con

Gate: 900

Bellevue, Washington Aug. 16-18
Auction / Flea Market Game Design / Playtesting Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG


Bellingham, Washington Jan. 12-14


Olympia, Washington May. 24-26


Gate: 200

Pasco, Washington Apr. 19-21

Washington State Gaming Expo

Puyallup, Washington Mar. 29-31

Evergreen Tabletop Expo

Redmond, Washington Jun. 1-2


Gate: 4,000

Sea-tac, Washington Mar. 28-31
Art Show Cosplay Panels Special Events / Parties Special Guests


Seattle, Washington Oct. 7-8

Emerald City Comicon

Seattle, Washington Feb. 29 – Mar. 3

Board Games, Beaches & Brew

Seattle, Washington Apr. 13-20

Go Play NW

Seattle, Washington Jul. 26-28

PAX West

Seattle, Washington Aug. 30 – Sep. 2


Phoenix Con

Gate: 800

Appleton, Wisconsin Aug. 15-18

Strong Tower Gaming Convention

Gate: 450

Brookfield, Wisconsin Sep. 6-8


Green Bay, Wisconsin Jul. 19-21

Coulee Con

La Crosse, Wisconsin Aug. 16-18

Dragon Fall

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Oct. 7-8

Founders & Legends

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Mar. 16-18

Gary Con

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Mar. 21-24


Madison, Wisconsin Oct. 19-22

Gamehole Con

Madison, Wisconsin Oct. 17-20

Fire and Ice Convention

Manitowoc, Wisconsin Feb. 23-25

Protospiel – Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Apr. 14-16

Midwinter Gaming Convention

Gate: 1,000

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jan. 11-14

Midwestern Gaming Classic

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Apr. 5-7


Milwaukee, Wisconsin Apr. 20
Family Friendly Panels RPG Special Guests Tournaments


Oshkosh, Wisconsin Oct. 13-15


Oshkosh, Wisconsin Jan. 6-7


Oshkosh, Wisconsin Feb. 3


Oshkosh, Wisconsin Nov. 1-3


Gate: 300

Platteville, Wisconsin Feb. 23-25
Cosplay Family Friendly RPG Tournaments Vendor Hall


Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Jul. 19-21

Con of the Lakes

Twin Lakes, Wisconsin Jul. 13


Wausau, Wisconsin Mar. 1-3

No Brand Con

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Sep. 1-3

West Virginia

CharCon Game Convention

Charleston, West Virginia Jul. 12-14


Martinsburg, West Virginia May. 5-7


Cheyenne Gaming Convention

Cheyenne, Wyoming Apr. 26-28

About the author

Elijah Longwell

Recruiter by day, board game enthusiast by night. Despite controversy, i’m a firm believer that collecting can be just as fun as playing games. My favorite aspect of the board gaming hobby is its ability to bring people together in a meaningful way.


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