50 Board Game Conventions List 2020 (ULTIMATE GEEK GUIDE)

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Board game conventions are gatherings where fans of board games can come together to learn about what’s coming up in the world of their favorite hobby while playing existing board games together as well.

Some of these are standalone conventions, while others are part of comic book, anime, fantasy, sci-fi, or video game conventions.

We’ve made a list of 50 of the best board game conventions out there, so if you live in the US or are visiting, you may want to check out conventions coming up in your area. We’ve featured at least one for every state in this top board game conventions list.

PLEASE NOTE: This list is sorted alphabetically by state. It is not meant to compare and rank conventions against one another, but rather to give you a running checklist of FANTASTIC board game conventions and expos to learn about and check out. So, what are you waiting for? Choose a great convention below and get your board game on!

#1: Play On Con

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.playoncon.com/

Play On Con is a unique convention experience that combines summer camp with convention activities. Although it takes place at a 4-H camp location, this is an adult-friendly event.

Dates: July 4 to 7, 2019 (2020 dates not yet announced)

Venue/City: 4-H Center, Columbiana, Alabama

Estimated Number of Attendees: 100+

#2: Platypus Con

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.platypusgaming.org/

Get together with friends and strangers from all over Alaska to enjoy board games. This is a safe place for kids and adults both to share their love of this hobby.

Dates: January 24 to 26, 2020

Venue/City: Centennial Hall, Juneau, Alaska

Estimated Number of Attendees: 100+

#3: RinCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://rincongames.com/

This smaller convention in Arizona includes tournaments and casual games as well as information about upcoming new games on the horizon, too.

Dates: October 4 to 6, 2019

Venue/City: Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, Tucson, Arizona

Estimated Number of Attendees: 300+

#4: GlitchCon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.glitchcon.com/

GlitchCon is a multi-genre convention, which means it includes anime, video games, board games, comics, movies, and more. It’s a great way to connect with friends who enjoy many of the same interests across different types of media.

Dates: August 2 to 4, 2019

Venue/City: Holiday Inn and Convention Center, Springdale, Arkansas

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#5: Strategicon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.strategicon.net/

Strategicon actually includes three large game conventions that take place in California throughout the year: Orccon, Gamex, and Gateway. Check them all out if you’re really interested in the California board game scene.

Dates: August 30 to September 2, 2019

Venue/City: Hilton Los Angeles Airport, Los Angeles, California

Estimated Number of Attendees: 2000+

#6: Tacticon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://tacticoncolorado.com/

This is a smaller convention in Colorado that allows for a more intimate board game experience for its attendees. It’s a good starter convention for those in the area. More info can also be found on genghisconcolorado.com but for news, features and special guests check their social media pages.

Dates: August 29 to September 1, 2019

Venue/City: Marriott South at Park Meadows, Lone Tree, Colorado

Estimated Number of Attendees: 500+

#7: ConnectiCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://connecticon.org/

ConnectiCon is a huge convention that encompasses a variety of types of media, including video games, movies, comic books, board games, fantasy, and more. This convention will have been going on for 18 years in 2020 and is sure to draw massive crowds.

Dates: July 9 to 12, 2020

Venue/City: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut

Estimated Number of Attendees: 15,000+

#8: VersusCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://versuscon.com/

This one-day convention encourages local board game fans to take part in event tournaments and try out games they might not have otherwise tried. This is a smaller, easier convention than some of the large-scale ones listed here.

Dates: October 27, 2019

Venue/City: University of Delaware campus, Newark, Delaware

Estimated Number of Attendees: 100+

#9: Dice Tower Con

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.dicetower.com/elanding/

Stop by Dice Tower Con in Orlando to enjoy the sunny Florida summer while playing some of your favorite board games. Partake in tournaments or just talk with friends about strategies and new ideas.

Dates: July 3 to 7, 2019 (no dates yet announced for 2020)

Venue/City: Orlando, Florida

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#10: DragonCon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.dragoncon.org/

DragonCon is one of the largest multi-genre conventions in the United States. It continues to draw enormous crowds over the four-day convention and often has some of the best media guests of any convention in the country.

Dates: August 29 to September 2, 2019

Venue/City: Atlanta, Georgia

Estimated Number of Attendees: 80,000+

#11: Comic Con Honolulu

VISIT THEM HERE: https://comicconhonolulu.com/events/table-top-gaming/

This convention encourages new players to join and learn about their favorite games.

Dates: August 2 to 4, 2019

Venue/City: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#12: Gem State Gaming Convention

VISIT THEM HERE: https://tabletop.events/conventions/gem-state-gaming-convention

This is a small but up-and-coming convention that includes a large board game library for all its guests to enjoy.

Dates: July 12-14, 2019

Venue/City: Wyndham Garden, Boise, Idaho

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#13 DieCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.diecon.com/Main/

This smaller convention has been going on for twenty years and continues to draw crowds of local board game fans each year.

Dates: June 5-7, 2020

Venue/City: Gateway Center Convention Complex, Collinsville, Illinois

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#14: Gaming Hoopla

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.gaminghoopla.com

This small convention changes locations each year and contributes funds to Aurora Cancer Care.

Dates: April 24 to 26, 2020

Venue/City: Mundelein, Illinois

Estimated Number of Attendees: 500+

#15: Gen Con

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.gencon.com/

This is one of the largest board game conventions in the country and has been going on since the 1960s. Be sure to make this con a part of your plans for a true board game convention experience.

Dates: August 1 to 4, 2019

Venue/City: Indianapolis, Indiana

Estimated Number of Attendees: 60,000+

#16: Gamicon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://tabletop.events/conventions/gamicon-copper

This convention has been going on for 25 years and is a favorite among board game fans throughout the country. This event is a very good value to attend, as pre-reg weekend player badges are only $25!

Dates: February 28 to March 1, 2020

Venue/City: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Estimated Number of Attendees: 500+

#17: Tri-Con

VISIT THEM HERE: http://tristategamers.org/

This convention is a great way for locals and visitors alike to spend the Labor Day weekend among board and video games.

Dates: August 30 to September 2, 2019

Venue/City: Sioux City, Iowa

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#18: Tsunamicon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.tsunamicon.org/

This convention is fantasy-themed and focused on tabletop RPG gaming. There are also miniatures, LARP events, and more for the avid fan of tabletop.

Dates: October 18 to 20, 2019

Venue/City: Midian Shrine Center, Wichita, Kansas

Estimated Number of Attendees: 10,000+

#19: Lexicon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://lexicongaming.com/

This smaller convention may not draw the huge crowds some of the others on our list do, but it provides board game fans a comfortable place to enjoy their favorite hobby among the beautiful scenery of Kentucky.

Lexicon features a ginormous 2,000+ boardgaming library (one of the largest in the country)! They have two adult gaming parties on Friday and Saturday night with lots of social gaming, sponsored by West Sixth St. Brewing. Expect to have lots of learn to play and play to win board games through out the weekend and a chance to check out many vendors and entrepreneurs at the convention.

Pre-reg badges are $43 (incl. tax) for the weekend. Starts Fri. at noon and ends Sunday at 5pm. Since they are at a hotel, people can game all night long!

Dates: April 5 to 7, 2020

Venue/City: Clarion, Lexington, Kentucky

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1,000+

#20: Southern Board Game Festival

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.southerngamefest.com/

This is a one-day event perfect for newcomers or those who want a quick daily board game fix.

Dates: March 30, 2019

Venue/City: Lafayette, Louisiana

Estimated Number of Attendees: 500+

#21: SnowCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://snowconmaine.com/main/

This convention expects many vendors selling unique and new board games.

Dates: January 18 and 19, 2020

Venue/City: Bangor, Maine

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#22: EuroQuest

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.euroquestcon.com/

Fans of European style board games are sure to enjoy this specialized Eurogame convention experience.

Dates: November 6 to 10, 2019

Venue/City: Pikesville, Maryland

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#23: PAX East

VISIT THEM HERE: https://east.paxsite.com

This huge convention includes anime, video games, board games, comic books, and more. Guests enjoy cosplay, panels, tournaments, and all sorts of unique and fun experiences at PAX East.

Dates: March 28 to 31, 2019

Venue/City: Boston, Massachusetts

Estimated Number of Attendees: 70,000+

#24: Marmalade Dog

VISIT THEM HERE: https://marmaladedog.org

This is a small board game convention with a specific focus on certain themes and games each year.

Dates: 2020 (unannounced)

Venue/City: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Estimated Number of Attendees: 100+

#25: Con of the North

VISIT THEM HERE: http://conofthenorth.org/

This convention includes both judged and casual events for those who want to play board games at their own speed.

Dates: February 14 to 16, 2020

Venue/City: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Estimated Number of Attendees: 2000+

#26: CoastCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.coastcon.org/

CoastCon has been supplying board game fans in Mississippi with a place to gather and have fun for over forty years, and it continues to be a favorite event among the world of board game hobbyists.

Dates: March 6 to 8, 2020

Venue/City: Biloxi, Mississippi

Estimated Number of Attendees: 2000+

#27: Geekway to the West

VISIT THEM HERE: https://geekwaytothewest.com/

This exciting convention offers many options to be competitive or cooperative with friends and strangers and several event tournaments for classic and new board games.

Geekway to the West has been around since 2005 when it first took place in a basement! It has since grown to more then 3000 attendees annually, and is the Midwest’s largest board game convention. This board game event is most famous for the Play and Win promotion. Over 100 hot titles are featured each year, with at least six copies of every game. With Play and Win, each registered play of a game gives you a chance to win a copy of that game.

In addition to Play and Win, you can enjoy a library with more than 2000 games, a huge open play area, a large vendor area, and numerous events and tournaments.

Geekway takes place in May or June of each year in St. Charles, MO – only minutes away from downtown St. Louis.

Dates: June 11 to 14, 2020

Venue/City: St. Charles, Missouri

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#28: MisCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.miscon.org/

MisCon features discussions and panels as well as a unique art show with an auction and buying/selling element, all based on board games and RPGs.

Dates: May 22 to 25, 2020

Venue/City: Missoula, Montana

Estimated Number of Attendees: 700+

#29: Dice Tower West

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.dicetowerwest.com/

Set in Las Vegas, this board game convention lasts four days and is sure to have something for everyone.

Dates: February 26 to March 1, 2020

Venue/City: Las Vegas, Nevada

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#30: Granite Game Summit

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.granitegamesummit.com/

Guests can bring their own games or play games from the included library at this small but growing convention.

Dates: March 6 to 8, 2020

Venue/City: Nashua, New Hampshire

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#31: DexCon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://dexposure.com/home.html

This convention focuses on a select handful of board games as a showcase while including others for attendees to try, play, and participate in. This is a role-playing specific convention.

Dates: July 3 to 7, 2019

Venue/City: Morristown, New Jersey

Estimated Number of Attendees: 2000+

#32: Bubonicon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://bubonicon.com/

This is a fantasy-themed convention that includes board games as part of its events. Visit this con if you’re interested in all aspects of fantasy as well as tabletop RPGs.

Dates: August 23 to 25, 2019

Venue/City: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#33: Council Gaming Convention

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.swa-gaming.org/council

This convention focuses on adventure gaming specifically, so fans of this genre are sure to enjoy this long-running event.

Dates: September 20 to 22, 2019

Venue/City: Schenectady, New York

Estimated Number of Attendees: 2000+

#34: MACE

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.justusproductions.com/

This tabletop-specific convention is ideal for fans of RPGs and miniatures as well as those who are looking to get into this unique and fun hobby.

Dates: November 8 to 10, 2019

Venue/City: Charlotte, North Carolina

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1500+

#35: CoreCon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.fargocorecon.org/

The next theme for CoreCon is dragons, so anyone who enjoys fantasy board games with a dragon influence will enjoy this con. It also includes other media, such as sci-fi, fantasy, and video games. They provide open gaming with an extensive library of 100 + games of varying time & level of challenge. Check it out for DND, Pathfinder, demos of various games throughout the event and the CoreCon Championship offering $100 top prize to Paradox Comics-N-Cards.

Dates: May 21 to 24, 2020

Venue/City: Holiday Inn in Fargo, North Dakota

Estimated Number of Attendees: 800+

#36: Origins Game Fair

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.originsgamefair.com/

This convention has been held for more than 45 years and features tabletop games, RPGs, cosplay, and more. Their vision of “a game on every table, a table for every gamer” is put into practice with over five thousand events held each year!

Dates: June 17 to 21, 2020

Venue/City: Columbus, Ohio

Estimated Number of Attendees: 20,000+

#37: TokenCon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://tabletop.events/conventions/tokencon-2019

This exciting convention hosts several events throughout the year culminating in one large convention annually.

Dates: October 4 to 6, 2019

Venue/City: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Estimated Number of Attendees: 3000+

#38: GameStorm

VISIT THEM HERE: https://gamestorm.org/

Fans of all sorts of games will enjoy this general gaming convention in Oregon.

Dates: March 26 to 29, 2020

Venue/City: Portland, Oregon

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#39: The World Boardgame Championships

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.boardgamers.org/wbcindex.html

This exciting event includes competitions for all sorts of different board games annually, with visitors from all over the world.

Dates: July 20 to 28, 2019

Venue/City: Pennsylvania

Estimated Number of Attendees: 2000+

#40: Rhode Island Comic Con

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.ricomiccon.com/gaming

This convention includes board games, card games, and video games as well as a cosplay contest.

Dates: November 1 to 3, 2019

Venue/City: Providence, Rhode Island

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#41: SCARAB Gaming Convention

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.s-c-a-r-a-b.com/

SCARAB focuses heavily on miniatures and games that use them, although there are several other types of games represented here as well.

Dates: January 17 to 20, 2020

Venue/City: Columbia, South Carolina

Estimated Number of Attendees:

#42: VerminCon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://vermincon.wordpress.com/

This is a smaller event in South Dakota that encourages board game fans to come together for casual and competitive experiences.

Dates: January 24th-26th 2020

Venue/City: Vermillion, South Dakota

Estimated Number of Attendees: 100+

#43: TN Game Days

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.tngamedays.com/

Last year’s TN Game Days saw over 1200 board games played throughout the weekend, so stop by if you’re looking for a place to try out many different, unique board game titles.

Dates: March 6 to 8, 2020

Venue/City: Franklin, Tennessee

Estimated Number of Attendees: 900+

#44: Board Game Bash

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.boardgamebash.com/

This convention includes demos of upcoming board games and those that are just making a splash on the scene as well as tournaments, discussions, and more.

Dates: August 9 to 11, 2019

Venue/City: Austin, Texas

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1500+

#45: BryceCon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.brycecon.com/

This is a family-friendly event that also includes state board game championships.

Dates: January 17 to 22, 2020

Venue/City: Bryce Canyon City, Utah

Estimated Number of Attendees: 700+

#46: CarnageCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://carnagecon.com/

With a different location in Vermont each year, this convention has been going on for 20 years and offers competitive and cooperative group gaming experiences.

Dates: November 1 to 3, 2019

Venue/City: Killington, Vermont

Estimated Number of Attendees: 2000+

#47: PrezCon

VISIT THEM HERE: http://www.prezcon.com/

This convention runs at least one hundred board games per year during its week-long event.

Dates: February 24 to March 1, 2020

Venue/City: Charlottesville, Virginia

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#48: Dragonflight Game Con

VISIT THEM HERE: https://dragonflight.org/

This is a smaller convention that nevertheless provides lots of tournament and competitive play opportunities for guests.

Dates: August 16 to 18, 2019

Venue/City: Seattle, Washington

Estimated Number of Attendees: 500+

#49: CharCon

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.charcon.org

Enjoy miniatures games, RPGs, board games, and more at this event-heavy convention.

Dates: July 12 to 14, 2019

Venue/City: Charleston, West Virginia

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

#50: GameHole Con

VISIT THEM HERE: https://www.gameholecon.com/

This is a tabletop-only gaming convention that includes guests of importance from this genre of gaming. This coming year will feature great designers like Eric Lang and Matt Leacock!

Dates: November 5 to 8, 2020

Venue/City: Madison, Wisconsin

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1000+

Conclusion

If you’re a board game fan, is it worth it to visit a board game convention at least once? Absolutely! Be sure to check out your state’s local board game convention to enjoy a fresh new experience within your favorite hobby. And if you aren’t that devote to board games yet, don’t worry—you’re sure to find something to enjoy at the convention whether you’re a beginner to the hobby or an expert.

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