An artist draws in the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo's Artist Alley
A creator works on a piece in Artist Alley | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

Grab your best cosplay and don't miss this annual pop culture extravaganza

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Love superheroes? How about comics? And what about science fiction? If you said yes to any of those questions, you need to hit up this annual pop culture extravaganza.

Celebrate your favourite fandoms as the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo returns for 2019 with four days of celebrity guests, creators, cosplay stars, exhibitors, and so much more.

It’s your chance to browse hundreds of vendor booths and exhibits, attend workshops and panels featuring iconic stars and artists, grab new art from world-class creators, and meet your favourite heroes for a photo or an autograph.

All ages are welcome, and everyone is free to cosplay as their favourite character or come as themselves.

What are we looking most forward to? Here are our picks for this year’s Calgary Expo:

An Evening with Lynda Carter

April 25, 2019, 7:00pm
Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE)
$20 – $195 plus admission

See Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter, live on stage for a beautiful musical journey. This 60-minute performance of her new show, This Life: My Music, My Story, is filled with music and stories from her life. There’s even an audience Q&A.

Artist Alley

April 25 – 28, 2019
Big Four Building, Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE)
With admission

Find all the art and creative goodness you could ever want and visit Artist Alley this year. One of our favourite places to swing by, this is where the Calgary Expo’s comic guests are joined by hundreds of local and regional artists of all types. You can even find custom commissions and 3D art.

POW! Parade of Wonders

April 26, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30am
Stephen Avenue (8th St. to Olympic Plaza)
Free admission, pre-registration is encouraged

A cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown, it’s also the official kickoff to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. It’s free to participate, but to walk in the parade you must be decked out. This year, over 4,000 cosplayers are expected to take part alongside special Calgary Expo guests. Don’t have time to get a costume together? Cheer on from the sidelines at this family-friendly affair.

An Evening with the Cast of Back to the Future

April 26, 2019, 7:00pm
Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE)
$20 – $189 plus admission

Celebrate Back to the Future at Calgary Expo with Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, James Tolkan, Tom Wilson, and superstar Michael J. Fox. This rare reunion includes a conversation with the five cast members.

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo runs April 25 to 28, 2019 at Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE).