SoonerCon is a nonprofit pop culture, science fiction, fantasy and educational convention that’s been happening in Oklahoma since 1983. Put on by The Future Society of Central Oklahoma, SoonerCon is a collaborative, volunteer-organized effort that brings together fans, creative and academic professionals, artists, authors, musicians, small and large businesses and community members each June in the Oklahoma City metro. The convention draws more than 2,000 attendees and participants. Additionally, charitable giving is a central focus of the convention’s community outreach endeavors, with these contributions from members growing year after year.
Discover brave new worlds and a multiverse of things to do at Oklahoma’s largest, longest-running sci-fi, fantasy, games, anime, fandom and pop culture convention. SoonerCon 28 hyper-drives into Norman the weekend of June 7-9.
The three-day event hosts more than 200 guest writers, actors, scientists, artists, costumers, performers and more. Guests will be interacting with fans during exclusive workshops, as well as discussion panels and Q&A sessions.
The convention moved this year to Norman’s Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center following growth in both its audience and content, SoonerCon Social Media Coordinator Amber Hanneken said.
“The expanded convention space has given us the opportunity to offer new activities we simply couldn’t in the past,” Hanneken said. “This year, you’ll find a wider variety of hands-on crafting, kids programming, esports, tabletop games, unique shopping opportunities, fan meetups and just about everything. We are so excited for our guests to see what’s in store.”
Some activities attendees can expect include celebrity meet and greets; games like “Magic: The Gathering,” “Dungeons & Dragons” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate;” film and anime screenings; original artwork and prints from national artists; improv comedy shows, magic tricks, live music, karaoke, afternoon teas and evening receptions.
The convention has always embraced costumers of all ages, who roam the convention throughout the weekend. Costuming events kick off Friday, June 7 with an all-ages dance. There are two costume competitions separated by age division. Contestants will showcase their original costumes, competing for awards, cash and prizes. The teen-adult division occurs Saturday night, June 8 and the inaugural kids costume contest is Sunday, June 9. The grand prize Bernina 535E sewing and embroidery machine is valued at $4,699 (manufacturer’s suggested retail price).
SoonerCon’s membership fees are $50 for the weekend at www.soonercon.com and $55 at the door, or $30 for a single day. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult membership. Active duty and retired military members receive free entry to the event Friday, June 7, with an option to upgrade to a full weekend badge at the door.
SoonerCon’s featured guest this year is actor Nana Visitor, whose groundbreaking role in Star Trek’s “Deep Space Nine” as security chief Major Kira bolstered the success of the franchise for seven seasons.
Literary guest of honor is Kevin J. Anderson, author of more than 140 novels, including “Tales of Dune,” “Jedi Search: Volume 1” of “The Jedi Academy Trilogy” and “Clockwork Angels”, a collaboration with legendary Rush drummer Neal Peart.
Also featured will be anime voice actors Austin Tindle and Sarah Wiedenheft, bestselling author Rachel Caine, artist Julie Dillon, rocket scientist Dr. Lonnie Johnson, comic artist Matt Frank, Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf, Star Trek historian Larry Nemecek and many others.
Oklahoma’s Oldest and Longest Running Fan-Run Extravaganza, SoonerCon, happens June 7 through the 9th this year at their new venue, Embassy Suites, in Norman. In the three days, there’s a wonderful selection of activities and panels to check out.