Return of the Con: FAN EXPO Philadelphia (Formerly Wizard World Philadelphia)

Photo Credit: FAN EXPO HQ

As the sun sets on one fan convention, several other fan conventions are already lined up waiting for their turn. It’s a safe bet to state that in person fan conventions are back and stronger than ever. This wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering passion and dedication of fans from all around the world. Anticipation grows stronger as these long-awaited events get closer and closer to opening their doors. Luckily, we are a little over eleven days away from the return of one of the nation’s largest fan conventions to the City of Brotherly Love.

Wizard World Philadelphia 2016
*Photo Credit: Visit Philadelphia*

Formerly the convention known as Wizard World Philadelphia – this long running convention that started in 2001 has been added to the FAN EXPO banner. Known for hosting such conventions as FAN EXPO(s) Dallas, New Orleans, Boston, and Calgary Expo, just to name a few – the lovely folks over at FAN EXPO HQ have great things in store. The lineup for this convention’s return is beyond magnificent and will have some very, very familiar faces. Fans of such shows as Wynonna Earp, Doctor Who, Star Trek – all incarnations -, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy, Good Omens, Star Wars – will get the opportunity to meet some of the amazing people that helped bring these shows to life.

And that is only the beginning.

FAN EXPO Philadelphia will be held April 8 – 10 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in the City of Brotherly Love. Therefore, without further ado, here is the official press release with all of the amazing details:

Photo Credit: FAN EXPO HQ

“The FAN EXPO Philadelphia celebrity roster includes William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”); David Tennant of “Doctor Who”; a cast reunion of the Clerks franchise, including writer/director Smith, Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Trevor Fehrman and Jeff Anderson; Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Suicide Squad), Ming-Na Wen (“The Mandalorian”), Carl Weathers (Rocky, “The Mandalorian”), Marsters (“Smallville”); the “Sons of Anarchy” trio of Theo Rossi, Ryan Hurst and Ron Perlman; “Star Trek” franchise standouts Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, John de Lancie and Gates McFadden; “Wynonna Earp” stars Melanie Scrofano and Tim Rozon, along with a world-class lineup of voice actors, comics creators, industry leaders, cosplayers and more.

The full list of celebrities and creators is available and updated at

FAN EXPO Philadelphia, which was produced as Wizard World Philadelphia from 2001-2019, brings its unique brand of excitement to an event that will feature top celebrities, hundreds of exhibitors, creators and cosplayers as well as compelling programming, meet and greets, special events, kids zones and more. FAN EXPO Philadelphia will feature everything fans have loved about Wizard World Philadelphia with even more all weekend. Executed with the highest level of health and safety measures in place, the show will welcome fans to reunite for a weekend of non-stop programming and special guests.

FAN EXPO Philadelphia will follow official government and local authority guidance as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, please visit


FAN EXPO HQ is the largest comic con producer in the world. Collectively it hosts nearly one million fans annually at FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. In 2022, FAN EXPO HQ will present six new shows previously organized by Wizard World: FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO St. Louis, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, and FAN EXPO Cleveland. The latest schedule of events is available here, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.”

At the time of writing this article, the schedule has been posted on their website and has events for everyone. Everything from panels to special events to gaming – FAN EXPO Philadelphia isn’t holding back. With an anticipated 50,000 attendees, this convention is sure to take the city by storm and yours truly cannot wait. Stay2uned will be there that weekend covering the return of one of the largest fan conventions this side of the East Coast. We hope to see you there!

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