Are you a fan of comic books, gaming, or pop culture? If so, you’ll be delighted to know that California is home to several amazing entertainment conventions that are sure to please any fan. From the world-famous San Diego Comic Con to the lesser-known Sac Anime Expo, these conventions offer fans the chance to meet their favorite creators, take part in cosplay competitions, and just have an all around great time. Let’s take a look at eight of the must-see entertainment conventions in California.

San Diego Comic Con 

San Diego Comic Con is one of the most famous comic book conventions in the world. It takes place every year over a four day period in July and features panels from some of the biggest names in comics and pop culture as well as exclusive screenings and merchandise from vendors. Not only does SDCC offer fans a chance to meet their favorite writers and artists but it also gives them a glimpse into what’s coming next from Hollywood’s biggest studios.


WonderCon is another popular convention that takes place in Anaheim each year in April. The convention offers fans the chance to explore their interests with panels ranging from comics to horror films and everything in between. There are also special events like autograph signings and exclusive screenings that give attendees even more reasons to attend this amazing convention.

Anime Expo

Anime Expo is one of the largest anime conventions on the West Coast taking place annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center over four days each summer. The event offers fans a chance to meet their favorite Japanese voice actors, participate in cosplay competitions, see exclusive screenings of upcoming anime titles, and much more. 

Sac Anime Expo

This smaller convention takes place annually at Cal Expo each September and offers attendees an intimate setting for getting up close with some of their favorite creators from Japan and North America alike. Attendees can also participate in cosplay contests for prizes or pick up some unique items from exhibitors scattered throughout the convention hall areas. 

Long Beach Comic Con

This annual event takes place every fall at Long Beach Convention Center and brings together comic book enthusiasts from all over Southern California for panels featuring industry professionals as well as unique artist alley vendors selling prints of original art pieces. Cosplayers are welcome as always!

Silicon Valley Comic Con

This annual three-day event held each spring at San Jose McEnery Convention Center celebrates science fiction and fantasy with celebrity guests such as Stan Lee, William Shatner, and other iconic figures plus cutting edge tech demos and interactive experiences making it one of California’s must-attend events for any fan. 


Held each May at San Jose McEnery Convention Center, FanimeCon celebrates Japanese animation and popular culture with special guests such as voice actors & animators plus tons of fun activities including an Artist Alley where you can find original artwork by talented creators.

No matter your fandom – comic books, anime, gaming – there’s sure to be a convention for you in California. Whether it’s one of these must-see entertainment conventions or something else entirely doesn’t matter; what matters is that you get out there and enjoy yourself! So grab your friends (or go solo), book some suites near the Anaheim convention center, and get ready for an unforgettable experience full of fun activities, cool people-watching opportunities, awesome merchandising options – whatever it is that makes you happy when it comes to your fandom!