FIRST TIMERS

What there is to know about Minnesota Fan Fest

It’s my first time at Minnesota Fan Fest. What Should I Expect?

Minnesota Fan Fest is a celebration of comics, creators, and collectibles. We focus on local creators and artists to showcase the finest talent in the Twin Cities area, but welcome artists and authors from around the country. Minnesota Fan Fest offers a fantastic display of exhibitors with pop culture, geek, mainstream, and hard-to-find items. With five programming rooms, MN Fan Fest seeks the best presenters to offer insights, trivia, fun, and excitement on a variety of comic book, sci-fi, fantasy, and cosplay related topics. Come for a day, or come for the weekend. There’s plenty to do.

Dress the Part

Cosplay and costuming are central to most comic conventions and Minnesota Fan Fest welcomes cosplayers of all kinds. From novice to expert to professional, costumes are a big part of our shows.

You should expect to see lots of popular characters from comic books, movies, and TV shows. MN Fan Fest is a family-friendly show so we have specific rules about costumes. Safety of all our attendees is important to us, so we also have safety practices that limit some costuming props. Be sure to visit our policy pages before you dress up.

I can meet WHO!?!

Minnesota Fan Fest brings your favorite comic book authors and writers, movie and TV stars, pop culture icons, and fandom celebrities right to you. Guest panels give you an opportunity to hear our guests talk about past, current, upcoming projects, and sometimes answer questions from the audience.

What to Do! What to Do!

The programming and activities at Minnesota Fan Fest provide opportunities to learn and meet with people who have the same interests, whether it’s DC & Marvel Comic characters, Doctor Who & Sherlock Holmes, Star Wars, or Star Trek, there’s a little bit of everything happening throughout the day. Keep checking the schedule for updates and download the Minnesota Fan Fest app for up-to-the-minute information.

Activities include competitions and trivia games, kids’ activities, celebrity guest appearances, and discussion panels where you can learn from and interact with local and national experts and enthusiasts on a whole host of topics.

Fun for the Whole Family

Minnesota Fan Fest is a family-friendly event. We offer many activities for kids of all ages. Sunday at Minnesota Fan Fest is Family Day. We will have special programs dedicated to the children in your family and the child at heart in all of us. Specific information will be on our programming page and on our Facebook page.

Read, Shop, Sign, Shop, Eat, Shop… Repeat!

The exhibit floor at Minnesota Fan Fest will feature many local shops that you may already know as well as some new ones you haven’t seen before. Grab copies of some of your favorite pop culture books and comics and find out about authors and artists you haven’t seen. Many guests will autograph copies of books and comics right in their booth. You can also find memorabilia from almost every genre, including prints, original art, collectible items, and more! Be sure to schedule plenty of time to visit all of our exhibitors, grab some lunch, and visit with friends.

The Nitty Gritty

Minnesota Fan Fest is on several floors of the St. Paul River Centre and seeing everything requires a lot of walking. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Clear bags are allowed but may be searched at entry. Metal of any kind is not permitted and metal detectors will be in use. For the safety of all our attendees, please leave heavy, wooden, metal, or sharp objects at home.

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