Summer Con FAQ
Yes. We will have the full food court open inside the show with seating. The offerings will include BBQ, Pizza, Burgers, Fisher Scones, and a Pub/Beer Garden (over 21 only). More booths may be added as we near the event.
The short answer is yes. Because of the nature of the show hundreds of people will be taking photos and short videos to post to their various social media accounts and to share with family and friends. Likewise, our staff will be taking photos and shooting videos for promotional use. YouTubers, celebrity guests, and others will also be recording with various methods as well. Chances are you might end up photographed or videoed.
Attendee tickets will go on sale starting December 1st and go all the way to show time. Early bird tickets will be discounted through March. Tickets can also be purchased at gate on the day of the show.
It is a gathering of toy, comic, movie, television show, collectibles, and other geeky and nerdy individuals in a celebration styled convention. The Washington State Summer Con will deliver the best that the Pacific Northwest offers and caters to fans of all genres, ages, and demographics. It will feature a wide variety of vendors, artists, authors, comic book creators, crafters, games, and that is just the beginning.
The event will feature gaming tournaments, cosplay contests, kids activities, static displays, instructional panels and education, and so much more. Most of the attractions and exhibits at the event will be included in the ticket price. Additional costs will always be clearly outlined.
This show is designed around the attendees experience with quality and interactive content designed to provide a safe and celebratory experience to across the many different fandoms that we all enjoy.
The staff at the Washington State Summer Con is there to help. The Central Pierce Fire and Rescue and the Puyallup Police Department will be at the event in case of any emergency. Each section will have Summer Con personnel assigned to assist with first aid, security, booth concerns, questions, lost items, and any other issues that may arise. Our professional and courteous staff makes the vendors, exhibitors, and attendees their priority with safety being the most paramount followed by ensuring an environment that promotes friendliness and fun.
The tentative event hours are 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday June 20th and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday June 21st. VIP will have access 30 minutes prior to show hours.
You must be an admission ticket holder in order to pre-purchase your Autograph and Photo Ops. Once you have purchased your tickets, the website will allow you to make any Autograph and Photo Op purchases.
Parking is free at the Washington State Fair and Events Center. Use the Blue Parking Lot for entry to Summer Con.
Tickets are purchased on the website. After they are purchased, we will mail you entry bracelets with barcodes that will be how you access the show. Staff will scan the bracelets and allow access to the show. Once a bracelet is scanned, it will no longer be active for that day of the show. Re-entry is allowed with a hand stamp provided at the exit along with an intact and unaltered bracelet.
Bracelets are to be secured on the wrist and are for individual use. If they are loose at entry, a new bracelet will be issued to prevent transfer.
The first round of bracelets will be mailed in late March or early April and the weekly thereafter.
In 2017 the Pierce County Toy & Geek Festival was held on one day in about 10,000 square feet and had more than 2,000 attendees and about 30 vendors.
In 2018 the Washington State Toy and Geek Fest expanded dramatically to a two-day event, with 200,000 square feet, 180 booths of vendors and exhibitors, celebrity guests, panels, comic book guests, interactive displays, lots of photo ops, and more! Attendance was between 9,000 and 9,500.
In 2019, the Washington State Summer Con grew even larger to 280,000 sq feet and attendance was between 13,800 and 14,200.
In 2020, the Washington State Summer Con will cover 300,000 sq ft, feature 250 curated vendors and artists, and many more exhibits in 4 different buildings!
Only State Approved Companion/Working animals are allowed.