With the internet at our fingertips, it is easier now more than ever to find people who share the same interests as you. However, meetup events in the form of conventions have also risen in popularity, and New York City is becoming a hot spot for convention-goers. With a line up that covers everyone from foodies to comic book fans, here are the best conventions you can attend in New York City.
The first, and likely the most well known, is New York Comic-Con. The largest pop culture event in North America, New York Comic-Con, is host to a wide range of celebrities, panels, cosplays, and shopping. With all the events occurring, reading a guide is a great way to learn more about this event before purchasing a ticket.
A convention must for beauty lovers is BeautyCon. This full-day convention allows guests to explore booths from well known cosmetic, skin-care, and hair-care brands such as Milk Makeup, L’Oreal, and Not Your Mother’s. BeautyCon also sees its fair share of guests in the form of YouTubers, bloggers, and celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Dove Cameron, and Gigi Gorgeous. These guests lead panels that cover a range of topics, including body-positive talks and tips and tricks for your next makeup look.
If you love books, then BookCon is the convention for you. Talks are hosted for convention-goers by authors such as Margaret Atwood, and celebrity panels invite guests to talk about their recent works or collaborations. Recent guest lists have included Kevin Hart, Krysten Ritter, and Chad Michael Murray.
Foodies will love BrunchCon, a food festival that hosts brunch foods from 50 restaurants. This includes Chalk Point Kitchen, Butter & Scotch, and Manousheh. This convention also hosts a mimosa bar, and a hangover lounge is available for those in need. Those wanting to shop can browse the BrunchCon market, and for anyone looking for something extra, the event also hosts speed dating games.
The LGBTQ community created the convention FlameCon, a two-day expo for LGBTQ pop culture. Panels are hosted by queer writers like Simon Graves, cartoonists like Sara Goetter, and artists like Sara Eileen Hames. This convention is also well known for its cosplays and after-parties.