Get your costumes ready for the premiere pop-culture fan experience in The Mile High City. Denver Pop Culture Con takes place Nov. 27–29, 2020.
Denver Pop Culture Con is a three-day, family-friendly fan convention that takes place at the Colorado Convention Center. The event features the best in comics, along with popular sci-fi and fantasy TV shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay (fan-created costumes and costumed skits), toys, gaming and celebrity panel presentations. To buy tickets, visit Denver Pop Culture Con's website.
The 2020 event will feature the likes of David Tennant from "Doctor Who" and "Good Omens," Randy Havens from "Stranger Things" and Miranda Otto of "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" and the "Lord of the Rings" movies, as well as authors and comic book artists and writers.
IT'S HULKING HUGE
In 2012, Denver Pop Culture Con's inaugural year (called Denver Comic Con at the time), attendance reached 27,700. The following year attendance jumped to 61,000, and earned Best Fan Convention by Westword. By 2017, a record 115,000 attendees made it to the event, many dressed for the occasion.
WHAT TO SEE, WHAT TO DO
Stop by Celebrity Summit to catch in-person celebrity interviews — and maybe even nab an autograph or professional photo op with your favorite star. Artist Valley is where you can meet over 400 artists, inkers, colorists and comic creators. Similarly, Author Alley gives fans access to favorite authors and publishers. Of course, cosplay is a huge part of the experience. Each year, there's a costume contest and a non-competitive Cosplay Catwalk to watch. You'll want to join the fun and dress up as your favorite superhero or video game, TV, movie or anime character. And if you're bringing the whole family, know that DPCC is ready for your kiddos, with activities like designing shields and masks to face painting to an all-ages stage with art lessons and entertainment.
YOU CAN LITERALLY TASTE IT
Denver knows beer, so it's fitting that Denver Pop Culture Con has its own brew. Each year, Breckenridge Brewery crafts a beer specifically for DPCC and asks the public to help choose the name. Last year's was "Bocks Machina," a play on the adventure group Vox Machina from the web series "Critical Role." Past editions of the DPCC beer have included "I am Brewt" (2017), "Severus Snapricot" (2016), "The Fantastic Pour" (2012), "The Caped Brewsader" (2013), "Brews Wayne" (2014), "Razznarok" (2019) and "Hulk's Mash" (2015). Stay tuned for this year's beer, which will also be available for a limited time at select breweries around town.
A FUN WAY TO LEARN
Denver Pop Culture Con is a program under the Colorado non-profit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy and celebrate diversity. Each year, DPCC hosts a literary conference, offers more than 400 hours of educational programming and provides hundreds of family-friendly activities.