$49 for two general admissions to ’80s in the Park on September 28–29 (a $98 value)
- Access to all vendor areas and displays
- Access to horror and comic convention tents and celebrity booths
- Concert lawn area (bring your own chair)
80’s in the Park takes guests back in time with Warrant, Quiet Riot. Slaughter, Molly Hatchet, LA Guns, The Motels, Georgia Satellites, Tommy Tutone, Gene Loves Jezebel, Thor, Bertie Higgins, plus special guest appearance by Robbie Dupree and more. In addition to appearances by icons such as Tommy Tutone and Robbie Dupree, ’80s in the Park also welcomes musical facsimiles in the form of tribute bands that honor Motley Crue, Billy Joel, and more. Comedian and known watermelon hater Gallagher oversees the musical mayhem, keeping audiences engaged with snippets of his signature set.
In addition to music, ’80s in the Park also honors the decade’s slasher and cult flicks with an ’80s horror convention. The guest list includes actors and directors responsible for some of the era’s most beloved horror, coming-of-age, and actions films, such as Night of the Comet, The Karate Kid, Blood Tide, Chopping Mall, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Commando. Other guests include comic book illustrators and writers.
In the midst of the live entertainment, guests can escape to other corners of the park for engaging, decade-appropriate activities. An ’80s auto show connects fans with famous vehicles, including Ghostbusters’s Ecto-1 and K.I.T.T. of Knight Rider fame. Free-to-play retro arcade cabinets revive the bleeps and bloops that raised a generation of gamers, and a classic Nintendo contest may prove once and for all that The Wizard is the most inspirational movie ever made. More than 60 local vendors also peddle their wares, hawking everything from memorabilia to comic books to pizza.
The Dragon Festival
For more than 100 years, the citizens of Melbourneshire have lived in fear of the mighty dragon Gedeon, who fills the skies with fire every night. Many knights have dared to face the beast, and just as many have ended up as so much canned meat for Gedeon's lunches. Every year on the anniversary of the dragon's hatching, the Melbourneshirefolk hold a grand festival—during which all who prove worthy are welcome to test their mettle against the birthday boy.
A combination of a Renaissance Fair, Celtic sporting event, and live-action fantasy novel, the Dragon Festival is a family-friendly, all-ages event. Those who demur from the feats of strength can share beer and wine and take in the banquet of sights, including fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, jugglers, magicians, and real-life jousting. After night falls, a silver screen flickers with some of the most popular dragons on cinema history. Proceeds from the festival benefit We Rock for Autism.