Geek Out All Family Day Weekend Long at Fan Expo Vancouver

Photo: Rick Chung/YVArcade

Fandom takes centre stage over the upcoming Family Day long weekend when Fan Expo Vancouver (FXV) returns to welcome thousands of pop culture junkies to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the city’s very own comic-con from February 18-20.

The 11th annual comic book convention will bring together fans of all ages with an added focus for families to unite over their shared geek interests over three days of programming and attractions.

Guests can see their celebrity heroes in person live on stage (or during meet and greet photo ops and autograph sessions) and enjoy hundreds of hours’ worth of expert panels and activities across its six programming spaces.

Fan Expo HQ/Christine McAvoy

Be sure to take a long look at fellow attendees dressed out in some incredible cosplay throughout the halls or on the special Cosplay Red Carpet. There are also opportunities to shop directly from hundreds of artists and exhibitors who specialize in original artwork, graphic novels, collectibles, memorabilia, games, toys, apparel, and more.

Building off of last year, FXV organizers are once again welcoming families and fans of all ages for another long weekend celebration with a newly expanded Family Zone packed with activities all weekend.

Photo: Rick Chung/YVArcade

Celebrity Guests

  • Michael Rooker (Yondu) and Sean Gunn (Kraglin) from Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Peter Weller from RoboCop
  • Kayla Compton (Allegra Garcia), Danielle Nicole (Cecile Horton), and Danielle Panabaker (Killer Frost) from The Flash
  • Carl Weathers (Greef Karga) from The Mandalorian
  • Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) from The Lord of the Rings
  • Brent Spiner (Data), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Ethan Peck (Spock), Anson Mount (Christopher Pike), and Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) from Star Trek
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), and James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) from Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Stephen Amell from Arrow
  • Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) from Harry Potter

Photo: Fan Expo HQ/Christine McAvoy

10 Things for Families to Do at Fan Expo

  1. Family Zone – Dig for Dinos in a little Jurassic Park, build an epic box fort, learn some cool science with Science World, or cross the “floor of lava”.
  2. Poké-Monday – Meet the voice actors, hunt for Pikachus, trade Pokémon, or explore a miniature trainer town.
  3. Baby Races – Both crawlers and toddlers are welcome.
  4. Kids Cosplay Contest – For future cosplayers 12 and under.
  5. Meet the voices behind your favourite animated characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars.
  6. Lightsaber battle!
  7. Kingyo-Sukui Booth – Test your (fake) goldfish scooping skills at the Kingyo-Sukui Booth.
  8. Knight fight – Join members of the SCA’s Barony of Lion’s Gate for this medieval combat demo.
  9. Drive a Lego Battle Robot at the Vancouver Lego Users Group booth.
  10. Star Wars Costuming Clubs – Hangout with Jedi, Stormtroopers, and Droids.

Photo: Rick Chung/YVArcade

Stay tuned for FXV’s full schedule announcement closer to the event date.

Tickets are on sale now with early bird rates available until February 3. To celebrate the Family Day long weekend, discount options for youth and family passes are also available.

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