This summer, when you are tired of the beach, try some of the many conventions around town. There are gatherings for gamers, anime fans, brides-to-be, gun enthusiasts, homeowners and more. You can meet like-minded people and learn about new products. These top conventions are some of the most popular draws for people in the Houston area. Check them out to learn something new.
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
(713) 853-8000

Dates: June 17-19, 2016

Gather all your geek groupies, your nerd neighbors and your fan friends for the annual Comipalooza at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This event features some of the biggest names in the comics, video gaming, sci-fi and fantasy industries. This year will feature a reunion of the cast of Alien, including star Sigourney Weaver, in addition to dozens of other well-known guests. In addition to the guests, you will also be able to enjoy the Comicpalooza film festival, a cosplay contest and a full slate of gaming for a range of ages. Young and old will all find something to do, see and participate in at the largest pop culture and gaming convention in Texas.

Texas Home And Garden Show
NRG Center
One NRG Park
Houston, Texas 77054
(832) 667-1400

Dates: June 25-26, 2016

Most home and garden shows occur during the spring or fall, but this year marks the first time there will be such a show in the middle of the summer. The Texas Home and Garden show features the products, seminars and discussions you need to make the most of the steamy hot months. In keeping with the timing of the show, many of the events will focus on pets, outdoor living areas and vacations. Other draws for the show include an expanded kids play area and a vintage market. Ticket prices range from free for kids 14 and under to $10 for adults. This is a rare chance for you to go to a home and garden show before the fall, so take advantage of it.

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Bridal Extravaganza Show
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
(713) 853-8000

Dates: July 23-24, 2016

Summer is the time for weddings, but it can also be the perfect time to spark interest in planning your own ceremony. The Bridal Extravaganza only comes twice a year, and this is a major event for brides-to-be and those who help them to plan their weddings. This event will help you to plan out the perfect wedding. Fashion shows give you ideas for your own gown plus those of your attendants, and seminars can help you with tips for everything from saving money on the event to turning your dream wedding into a reality. Ticket prices depend on whether or not you want just general admission or if you want to see the seminars, too. And future grooms-to-be and children are also welcome at this event, so don’t leave them at home. Whether you are putting the finishing touches for your upcoming wedding or still in the early planning stages for a ceremony in the coming months, you can get all the help you need at the Bridal Extravaganza.

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Delta H Con
Marriott Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive
Houston, Texas 77042
(713) 978-7400

Dates: August 19-21, 2016

If you are looking to cool off this summer with other fans of anime and gaming, head over to the west side of town for the Delta H Con at the Marriott Westchase. This annual event is a family friendly show, so you can bring your kids, but everyone will need a badge to get in. The passes vary in price, depending on the add-ons you select, but a three-day pass online will only cost you $35. Included at this convention is the chance to meet voice actors or to show off your cosplay. If you want to see how gaming and anime creators work, check out the many demonstrations and discussions at this convention. You can also talk to the many vendors on hand who will likely be selling fan items and showing previews of upcoming products. Already in its ninth year, Delta H Con is quickly becoming one of the favorite summer conventions for those who love anime and gaming.

High Caliber Gun And Knife Show
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
(713) 853-8000

Dates: August 27-28, 2016

The High Caliber Gun and Knife Show brings together collectors and enthusiasts at the George R. Brown Convention Center. At the show, you will have the chance to buy, sell and view not only guns and knives but also camouflage, books, old coins and more. Children are allowed into the show, but all attendees under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Whether you are looking to buy a new gun or are just interested in weaponry, check out the High Caliber Gun and Knife Show.

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