The 5 things you NEED to check out at Calgary Expo 2019

Apr 19 2019, 3:41 am

The countdown is on and Calgary Expo, one of Alberta’s largest pop-culture events, is just a few days away.

Expect a packed house drawing in tens of thousands of people ranging from comic book fans to cosplay lovers to video game fanatics, to name only a few.

If any more excitement was needed, Calgary Expo has prepped a list of the top things to do/events check out at this year’s show.

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Snap a photo in the Delorean or the Tardis


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No matter your ideal way of travelling through space, time, or spacetime, you’ll be able to get a fun photo inside one of these two iconic vessels.

Bonus points for dressing as Doc, or Doctor Who!

Visit Artist Alley for custom art


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It’s time to deck out those bare walls with some amazing artwork.

The event will boast more than 150 vendors and artists, and you’ll be able to meet the people behind some gorgeous works of art that would look seriously good in your home… Just sayin’.

Attend panels


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Panels make for one of the most interesting aspects of Calgary Expo, as some of your favourite stars will engage in candid interviews right in front of your eyes.

You’ll get a chance to hear from the actors behind your most beloved characters and their creators live on stage, and sometimes, the chance to hear big news before it breaks!

Make sure to check the website to see the weekend schedule and plan your days accordingly.

Watch the POW! Parade of Wonders


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Kicking off the entire exciting weekend is the seventh annual POW! Parade of Wonder, which will take to Calgary’s streets on the morning of Friday, April 26.

Expecting to see over 20,000 attendees — and over 5,000 cosplayers — the parade is the perfect place to get into the Calgary Expo spirit, and it’s completely free to attend!

Keep an eye out for Naheed Nenshi as parade marshall, and feel free to register online to become a part of the parade yourself.

Go shopping


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With everything from video games to Magic cards to metal D&D dice on offer at Calgary Expo, this is the place to be to expand your ever-growing collections.

Whether it’s a new board game you’re looking for or a literal suit of armour, make sure to bring some cash, as ATMs at the event can often run out at this event.

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 — 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

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