Animatic Con creates a space where fans of all stripes can celebrate their favorite animation through cosplay, art, collectibles, and discussion panels. With an experience that's optimized for people with disabilities, the convention brings in guests from across the country, including makeup artists, voice actors, comic-book illustrators, and cosplay experts. A portion of the proceeds goes to support children with autism through The Make It Fit Foundation and Autism Rocks.
All the world's a stage, but Cincinnati Fringe Festival in Cincinnati offers the best shows around.
Sure you could eat at home, but you'll want to take advantage of this theater's restaurant for high-class food.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
It's easy to get to the Old West Festival—first head about 15 minutes east of Cincinnati, then turn about 150 years back in time. Modeled after the infamous Dodge City, Kansas, the permanent establishment opens its doors every summer to display rootin', tootin', and even a bit of trick-shootin' by professional performers. Take a look at just a few of the sights to keep your steely eyes open for:
Cowboy Chow: At the Long Branch Saloon, cowpokes and lil' doggies can saddle up to the bar for a big bowl of rattlesnake chili, buffalo burgers, Texas-style roast beef, and loaded waffle fries. Wash it all down with soda, beer, and sarsaparilla.
Wild Times in the West: All day long, the Arena hoots and hollers with the Rider Kiesner Roping, Whipping, and Spinning Show, and throughout the park, conveniently scheduled gunfights thrill young and old. Be aware, though—carrying firearms is strictly prohibited unless you're part of the show or can prove you're related to Billy the Kid.
Singing Songs and Spinning Yarns: At the Mockingbird, storytellers tell Fantastic Tales of The West all day long, and at Chisholm Trail, musicians host family sing-alongs and banjo-and-fiddle concerts.
Fun and Games: families can enjoy activities such as a covered wagon ride, pony ride, train ride, slingshot-shooting range, gold-panning sluice, magic show, or lasso practice.
Theme Weeks: Check out the special themed weekends to experience the West you'd want to live in, whether that's a Steampunk outpost, a baseball-crazy town that plays according to 1878 rules, or a haunted ghost town held over Halloween weekend.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Headliners Music Hall.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Headliners Music Hall for easy seating.
Feel the beat on the restaurant dance floor and groove to live music.
Noisy crowds plus raging music creates a very loud environment at this restaurant.
Headliners Music Hall's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Headliners Music Hall.
Headliners Music Hall is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Short on cash? No problem. Headliners Music Hall happily accepts all major credit cards.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Headliners Music Hall.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Headliners Music Hall.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Headliners Music Hall and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
The starting pistol fires and the runners are off, but they're in for a surprise. Rather than running an easy 5K around gentle bends and smooth pavement, they have to clamber over parked cars, carry hefty tires, and participate in burlap sack races before they even get near the finish line. This is the Waterfront Challenge, an urban race designed to test a runner's mettle, strength, and endurance on a route that runs through Louisville's scenic, 85-acre Waterfront Park along the Ohio River. The excitement extends beyond the unorthodox obstacles with waves that run late into the night—those who take off at 9 p.m. make up the Glow Race, which elevates the fun by illuminating runners with glow sticks, glow-in-the dark costumes, and the runners' own sweat, which is naturally bioluminescent. At the end of the race, runners celebrate their victories on Big Four Lawn where music, cold beer, and food join an awards ceremony for top finishers and best glow-in-the-dark costume.
A celebration of all things entertainment, from comic books and literature to television and film, Fandomfest Louisville lets likeminded hobbyists delve into "every possible geek activity imaginable." That includes hobnobbing with celebrities from throughout geek culture during autograph sessions and panels. Some guests confirmed to appear include the likes of Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Peter Mayhew from Star Wars, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes of Jay and Silent Bob fame, and actors from the original '90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.
Many of the special appearances at Fandom Fest, however, are from guests themselves. Cosplaying is widely encouraged at Fandom, so much so that attendees have the chance to win cash and prizes in eight costume categories. Don't cosplay as a table, though, as guests might confuse you for one of the many vendors in attendance, ranging from comic stores and artists to authors to music exchanges.