Memorial Weekend Conventions in the Bay Area (California)


Every memorial weekend in the Bay Area is marked with conventions for all kinds of gamers, sci-fi fanatics and cosplay events. This year is no different. In the past, many of the well known conventions in the area didn’t include too many video game related topics, but as video games become more of a pop culture symbol, it’s starting to happen. BayCon is one of the largest events and should bring out a lot of people in the California Bay Area.

Thousands of people will be going geek wild over Memorial Day weekend in the Bay Area, but we’re not talking pocket-protector, computer-nerd geeks. No, we mean sci-fi geeks and Tolkien geeks. Board-game geeks and costume geeks. Or Poke`mon geeks and unicorn geeks.

Starting today and continuing through Monday, these folks are going to assemble at three annual conventions, talking in jargon or Klingon, and flirting with any number of blue- or green-haired fellow souls. FanimeCon in San Jose focuses on anime (Japanese animation); BayCon in San Mateo is a celebration of science fiction and fantasy, and KublaCon in Burlingame is about tabletop, collectible-card and role-playing games.

Photo = Doug Garrett sits in front of a board game called Arkadia in the game room of his Mountain View home on May 13, 2007. Garrett, a veteran of the KublaCon convention, collects board games. His collection has grown to over 450 games. ( (Gary Reyes / Mercury News)

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