7 essential tips for first-timers at Calgary Expo 2019

Mar 29 2019, 10:22 pm

Do you remember your first Calgary Expo?

There’s so much to do and see, and so little time, so it’s only natural to feel a little overwhelmed.

If Calgary Expo 2019, running from Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, is your first event, then worry not.

Here are seven essential tips for first-timers who are planning to make their way to the Stampede Corral later this month.

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Buy tickets in advance


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Avoid the lines to get in by purchasing your tickets ahead of time online. Single-day tickets are currently available for all four days of the event, while a four-day weekend pass will allow you early entry on Thursday to check out all the newest stuff!

Plan your days


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If you’re planning on checking out specific panels, you’ll want to make sure you plan and schedule your day properly. Not to mention, the weekend schedule is a great way to figure out where and when your favourite star will pop up.

The full schedule is available at Calgaryexpo.com.

If you’re hoping to have anything signed, prep your items


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Celebrities will often have pictures that you can pick out, but you can often have your own personal treasures signed as well.

Take note though, most guests have fees for signatures, so check the website to make sure and bring cash. Comic creators will often sign any of their creations for free.

Wear comfy shoes


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Comfort is king. Don’t make that mistake.

Bring cash and act fast


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ATMs can often run out of cash near the convention, so it’s safest to bring cash.

Exclusives also tend to sell out quickly, so if you’re looking for event-specific merchandise, make sure to do it early.

Cosplay if you can


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Cosplay is one of the best parts of con-culture. Visitors will get the chance to see top-notch costumes from characters in every genre.

And in many cases, if you want to take a photo with a cosplayer, all you have to do is ask!

Just remember though, cosplay doesn’t mean consent — just because someone is dressed as a character that enjoys a certain kind of behaviour or attention, doesn’t mean that the cosplayer does. Always be respectful of personal space and ask permission.

Look for photo-ops


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If you’re itching to get your photo taken with one of Calgary Expo’s celebrity guests, you can!

Photo-ops can be pre-booked or purchased on-site. Some celebrity guests will do selfies at their tables, but it isn’t guaranteed.

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo 2019

When: Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, 2019

Time: Thursday: 4 to 9 pm, Friday: Noon to 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Where:¬†Stampede Corral ‚ÄĒ¬†Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary

Tickets: Available online, $20 to $50 for single day tickets, or $110 for a four-day pass. VIP packages are also available

Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo 2019

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