Kick off your WasabiCon experience the night before the convention at the Museum of Science & History (the MOSH) in Jacksonville, Florida! This is the OFFICIAL WasabiCon Kick-Off Party – and tickets are limited.
Become spellbound by the dueling-DJs of the Super Silent Disco as you show off your heroic dance moves on the MOSH Rooftop. Kick-back and relax to laser lights on the dome as you enjoy special edition Cosmic Concerts inspired by the Hall of Heroes exhibition. Whether you’re superhuman, supernatural or supervillan – costumes are encouraged! Fuel up with food trucks and a cash bar.
GLHF Game Bar has partnered with WasabiCon to create the Road To WasabiCon tournament series! Each month (starting April 2018) players from all over will compete in the Revival Fighting Game monthly tournaments held at GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida for a chance to qualify for the WasabiCon 2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter V, and Tekken 7 Championships. The Road to WasabiCon Championships will take place the weekend of October 20-21, 2018 at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk and the final competitors will battle it out for over $2,000 in cash and prizes. All qualifiers also win a weekend pass to the convention (in order to compete).
– Pre-Registration (Online) is $10
– Day of Registration is $12
– Game Entry is $10 per Game
If you put video games, the ’80s, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy into a blender and hit “puree,” you’d have something close to The Mega Ran Experience. Lucky for you… he’s coming to Jacksonville!
– A Weekend (2-Day) Pass (at the door) is $40
– A Saturday Only Pass (at the door) is $30
– A Sunday Only Pass (at the door) is $20
Children ages three and under get in for free. Otherwise, ticket prices include all ages.
PARENTS: If you are purchasing a ticket for your child under the age of 18, you must be present with him/her at the event to pick up and/or purchase a ticket. You signature is required on the on-site registration form.
Congrats to our winner: Alex D. Here’s her winning photo:
Due to circumstances outside our control, the concert in Jacksonville has been cancelled. THE CONTEST IS STILL HAPPENING THOUGH! We will be giving away tickets to the Orlando concert on Sunday, April 30th instead. Sorry for any confusion.
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is becoming the must-see video game concert of the year, giving Pokémon fans of all ages the chance to experience live, beautiful music of the Pokémon franchise, with all-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals draw from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is produced by Princeton Entertainment.
Post your Pokémon! Show us your Pokémon fandom… do you cosplay? Play the card game? Pokémon GO? Watch the anime? WE WANT TO SEE IT.
STEP 1: This contest is limited to FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER. So make sure you’re on one of those social media sites.
STEP 2: Post a photo of YOU and YOUR Pokémon fandom. For example: a pic of you in a Pokémon t-shirt; you with your favorite Pokémon game; you in a Pokémon cosplay; you holding up your phone showing off you playing Pokémon go. Basically YOU ad POKEMON!
Peter Behringer, owner of Sweet Pete’s, was raised in the chocolate industry. In 1985, when he was eleven years old, his mother opened a family chocolate business, which grew to encompass 32 locations and a large production facility. After college, Behringer applied his experience in the industry with an on-going education to further hone his chocolate and candy making expertise. In 2010, Behringer decided to strike out on his own and opened Sweet Pete’s candy shop, located in a whimsically decorated historic home. He quickly went to work, utilizing his confectionary expertise to make the majority of Sweet Pete’s candy by hand.
Peter’s scrumptious, colorful and handcrafted candies steadily gained attention and notoriety in the Jacksonville area. In 2014, Sweet Pete’s was featured on the CNBC hit reality seriesThe Profit, where entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis applies his capital and expertise to lead companies to success. Out of thousands of businesses, Lemonis chose to work with Sweet Pete’s, and a natural partnership flourished.
After appearing on The Profit, Sweet Pete’s opened a new Jacksonville location in the historic Seminole Club, a building that dates back to 1903. The notable location, which hosted a number of well-known visitors such as Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, sat vacant for ten years until Sweet Pete’s and Lemonis renovated the property. This new confectionary emporium is a vast 23,000 sq. ft., making it one of the largest candy shops in the United States.
Today, Sweet Pete’s manufactures a line of handcrafted quality chocolates and sells over a thousand different types of candies. The new location boasts a fully functioning factory with an interactive gallery, two large retail areas, a full restaurant and bar, rooftop patio and dessert bar. Sweet Pete’s also features an event center that offers space for children’s field trips, catered events and parties. Peter also finds joy in sharing his expertise with others by teaching the art of candy making. The fun-filled educational environment includes Sweet Pete’s Sweet Science Classes, hands-on interactive candy making sessions and birthday parties. Sweet Pete’s is run by a group of naturally fun people who are committed to creating the Sweetest Destination on Earth.
We can’t wait to see what the team from Sweet Pete’s will be adding to our WasabiCon 2016 swag bags!!!
A new concept in interactive family fun, date nights, celebrations, and corporate outings. The Great Escape Room is a live room escape game based on the popular computer and mobile phone escape games. Escape games are the newest craze sweeping the nation – a fun, team-building, brain-busting experience!
The puzzles at The Great Escape Room are designed to challenge you to use your collective intellect. After entering a room with your team, the door is locked behind you. 60 minutes are on the clock! You must work together in order to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape. It is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle game. Only about 20% of groups are able to meet the challenge and escape in time!
Is your team clever enough? Come find out for yourself and schedule your Great Escape today!
-Private rooms are available when a minimum of 10 tickets are purchased.
-Private rooms outside our standard hours of operation available upon request.
Check out the Jacksonville location: 11651 CENTRAL PARKWAY, SUITE 103 JACKSONVILLE, FL 32224
First and foremost: THANK YOU! The outpouring of concern during Hurricane Matthew for our convention and our event team was overwhelming. We truly to have the greatest fans in North Florida.
Power was restored to the office (fully) yesterday, and we’ve begun the hectic process of playing catch up for the lost week of production time during the month of our convention. Please be patient with us/the team over the next few days as we work to get everything caught up.
THAT SAID – we can confirm that the Lexington (our host property) weathered the storm and Hurricane Matthew’s presence will have zero impact on WasabiCon 2016. The show is scheduled to go – and we look forward to seeing you all the weekend after next.
DUE TO THE HURRICANE, however, we will be extending ticket pre-sales from October 15th (Saturday) to Monday the 17th. This is to give folks time to get their advance tickets in order to score a free swag bag. (See this post for details.)
Pick up a BUZZ Magazine to take advantage of all that Jacksonville and North Florida have to offer! The October issue will feature a great cover photo from the folks at Red Velvet Photography celebrating WasabiCon and “being geek” in Jacksonville. Pick it up at your local business all next month!
Jenna Esposito is a business woman, cosplayer, crafter, and Wonder Woman superfan based out of Jacksonville, FL. Recognized in the region as an award-winning cosplayer and one of Folio Weekly’s Favorite Cosplayers in Jacksonville, she has enough credential to make Diana Prince gasp. Not only was she hired by the Jacksonville Sharks football team as Wonder Woman herself, she donates her time and efforts to charity causes via the Jacksonville Heroes Alliance.
Not afraid to venture into non-Wonder Woman cosplay territory, she is also a noted member of the North Florida Jedi Academy. In 2016, she was invited as a guest model to GAAM (Games Art and Music) to display her talent as the Mortal Kombat queen Sindel.
As many women can relate, Jenna expands her crafty nature into her other true love: shoes. Her internationally selling shoe and fashion business, Shoebeedoo Boutique, has garnered sales from around the world. Her expert in the craft dons the feet of many a blushing bride, as well as power fans at conventions everywhere.
Though boasting her enviable collection of 1978-to-now Wonder Woman merchandise, closet of Wonder Woman outfits, and guest appearances, Jenna considers her greatest legacy and achievement her two teenage daughters. Determined to lead them down the path of nerdy glory, they often accompany her in awe-striking cosplays, reminiscent of Wonder Woman herself.
We’re thrilled to have one of Jacksonville’s best known cosplay personalities as a part of WasabiCon this year!
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