Despite its name, the Hartford Comic Con doesn't just celebrate comics?it dives headfirst into the multiverse of pop culture. The two-day event brings together fans and artists from film and TV, gaming, comics, and genre literature for a chance to learn and revel in fandom at the same time. Special guests?from celebrity stars of sci-fi and fantasy TV and film to the artists of beloved comic book runs?headline the convention. Guest artists from a range of titles and nearly 60 independent artists in the Artist Alley are also on hand to show off their ink-based works.
Celebrities from both of those worlds participate in panel discussions. The Comic Con is also interactive: a cosplay contest gives visitors a chance to show off their creativity and attention to detail, while kid-friendly workshops let little ones enjoy arts and crafts.
The full-sized Allen Community Ice Rink hosts open skate times, learn-to-skate programs, and adult and youth hockey leagues. Off the ice, the facility boasts locker rooms, an equipment shop, and skate rentals, plus seating for more than 300 spectators. Skaters can even rent the rink for special events, such as birthday parties or zamboni family reunions.
Some towns have Oktoberfest, but only Little Elm, Texas has Shredtoberfest. The annual event rings in the National Wakeboard Points Chase, a wakeboarding competition that challenges its participants to perform ollies and air tricks as they soar above the waters at Hydrous Wake Park. In between sips of craft beers and bites of bratwurst and polish sausage, attendees enjoy the festival's activities, which include raffles, games, and giveaways and opportunities to hop on paddleboards or jump around in bounce houses. Guests can even enter the kicker contest, showing off their airborne skills while clad in their finest lederhosen wetsuits.
Grover’s Pub & Grill's wide-ranging menu of time-tested pub fare corrals crowds alongside drafts and nightly live music. Diners can head outside to the patio or sink into cushy high-backed booths and munch on classic American fare such as chicken-fried steak or flatbread pizza. Large flat-screen TVs speckle the restaurant, and are concentrated around the bar, drawing sports fans to belly up and order a beer, glass of wine, or specialty cocktail as they cheer on their favorite basketball team or toe-wrestling squad. Grover's full stage hosts nightly live music, welcoming rock bands and slews of tongue-in-cheek cover bands—ranging from The Beatles to Kiss—to entertain crowds jockeying to bathe beneath the colored light shows.