Dallas FAN FESTIVAL is pulling out all the stops this weekend on all things pop culture. The recently announced schedule includes face-to-face interaction with stars, icons, characters, and genius artists as well as celebratory gatherings and contests for the most creative of fans and friends in North Texas and beyond. From Star Wars to Stranger Things, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL 2022 is coming in with a bang, with some once-in-a-lifetime Main Stage experiences including:
- THIS IS THE WAY: A Q AND A WITH THE ARMORER EMILY SWALLOW on Friday, October 14th at 5pm in the Main Theater
- COSPLAY MASHUP COMPETITION on Friday, October 14th at 6pm in the Main Theater
- TO BOLDLY GO WITH GATES MCFADDEN AND JOHN DE LANCIE on Friday, October 14th at 7pm in the Main Theater
- FLY AWAY WITH BLACK CANARY – A Q AND A WITH KATIE CASSIDY on Saturday, October 15th at 11am in the Main Theater FROM CLARA TO CONSTANTINE WITH JENNA COLEMAN on Saturday, October 15 at noon in the Main Theater
- DRAGONS, DOCTORS, AND RULING THE REALM WITH MATT SMITH on Saturday, October 15th at 2pm in the Main Theater
- A HOWLING GOOD TIME WITH COLTON HAYNES on Saturday, October 15th at 3pm in the Main Theater
- EXPLORING THE PATHS TO JUSTICE WITH STEPHEN AMELL on Saturday, October 15th at 4pm in the Main Theater
- MONSTEROUS COSPLAY COMPETITION on Saturday, October 15th at 5pm in the Main Theater
- DANCING WITH DESIRE - CONFRONTING THE ENDLESS AND MASTERING THE LIVING WITH MASON ALEXANDER PARK on Sunday, October 16th at noon in the Main Theater
- "SURFER BOY PIZZA, THIS IS ARGYLE..." A Q AND A WITH EDUARDO FRANCO on Sunday, October 16th at 2pm in the Main Theater
- A TIME FOR DREAMING - EXPLORING THE ENDLESS WITH TOM STURRIDGE on Sunday, October 16th at 4pm in the Main Theater
The Cosplay Red Carpet is getting super-star treatment on Sunday, October 16th from 2pm-5pm with THE CORUSCANT TEMPLE SABER GUILD Takeover:
- MEET AND GREET WITH THE CAST OF THE CORUSCANT TEMPLE SABER GUILD on Sunday, October 16th at 2pm on Cosplay Red Carpet
- PADAWAN TRAINING WITH THE CORUSCANT TEMPLE SABER GUILD on Sunday, October 16th at 2:15pm on Cosplay Red Carpet
- SO YOU WANT TO BE A JEDI? (OR A SITH!) WIT THE CORUSCANT TEMPLE SABER GUILD on Sunday, October 16th at 3pm on Cosplay Red Carpet
- PADAWAN TRAINING WITH THE CORUSCANT TEMPLE SABER GUILD on Sunday, October 16th at 4pm on Cosplay Red Carpet
- Q AND A WITH THE CAST OF THE CORUSCANT TEMPLE SABER GUILD Sunday, October 16th at 4:30pm on Cosplay Red Carpet
In addition to the Cosplay Red Carpet and Main Stage features, Dallas Fan Festival’s perennial main attractions include celebrity photo ops and meet and greets, the chance to meet legendary comic book creators, and an unrivaled shopping experience. This year, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL is ‘upping their game’ with Texas Gaming Empire, using premium gaming experiences to unite the gaming community via tournaments, leagues (High School, College & Amateur) & special events, while increasing life skills, providing educational opportunities & creating career pathways for gamers!
For the festive at heart, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL has announced themed days throughout the weekend:
- FRIDAY COLOR FEST - AN ART EXPLOSION! Comics, cosplay, chalk art, painting, and more - come explore the diversity and creativity of art in pop culture!
- HAUNTED SATURDAY - A HORROR FEST! Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and ghastly fiends, you won't want to miss this year's horrifying panels, terrifying activities, and monstrous cosplays!
- FAMILY FUN FEST on SUNDAY! Dance parties, crafts, carnival games, lightsabers, and more - it's time for fun for the whole family!
And ever a supporter of the community, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL has partnered with multiple North Texas non-profits and Fan Groups to spread their messages and missions:
- BROADWAY DALLAS--Broadway Dallas brings all the top touring Broadway shows to Dallas each year. Visit the Broadway Dallas booth to learn more about their upcoming shows (such as SIX, MOULIN ROUGE, and HAMILTON). You can win tickets and other Broadway-themed prizes just by stopping by.
- CAUSE TO PLAY--Cause to Play is a non-profit organization comprised of cosplayers who volunteer for philanthropic and community events. Visit their booth to learn more about their volunteers and events they're appearing at in the community!
- FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION--Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. They will be hosting a Mini March Out of Darkness on Friday, October 14th at 4pm.
- GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEAST TEXAS--The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves girls and adult volunteers across 32 counties. Stop by their booth to learn more about how they are meeting the urgent need for female voices, engagement, and leadership in STEM.
- Participating Fan Groups including the DFW Critter Crew, DFW LUG, DFW Cosplay Gallifrey and Star Garrison of the 501st, will all be in the Community Zone at Dallas FAN FESTIVAL.
Dallas FAN FESTIVAL features three BIG days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions, and world-renowned celebrities who are available for Photo Ops and Autographs. Activities include themed days, costume contests, community partners, workshops, the chance to meet legendary Comic Creators, and an unrivaled shopping experience.
Tickets are on sale now. Hours and information are available at fanexpohq.com/dallasfanfestival.
DETAILS: Dallas FAN FESTIVAL runs Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2022
Friday, October 14 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, October 16 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
The Irving Convention Center is located at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039
ABOUT: With over a million fans and counting, FAN EXPO HQ attracts pop culture enthusiasts, locally and internationally, to come together to celebrate all things fandom. Collectively it hosts nearly one million fans annually at FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, CALGARY EXPO, FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, FAN EXPO Cleveland FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL, and EDMONTON EXPO. The latest schedule of events is available here on their website, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.