Prepare to Enter a Galaxy Far, Far, Away at Pensacon February 23-25


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A stellar lineup of stars, including characters from international hits like “Harry Potter,” “Star Trek,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Doctor Who.”

Pensacola, Fla. (Dec 26, 2017) -  The sugar-white sand and turquoise water of this Gulf Coast vacation hotspot have long beckoned visitors from far, far away. You see, even Darth Vader needs a day off, and we invite you to join him and all of his other friends for spectacular sunsets, fresh Gulf seafood, waterfront dining at award-winning restaurants and leisurely strolls down one of America’s top streets. 

This Winter, Downtown Pensacola will roll out the welcome mat for travelers of a different sort — the intergalactic kind. Pensacon 2018 — the Gulf Coast’s annual celebration of all things nerdy — will kick off Feb. 23 and run through Feb. 25. Headquartered at the Pensacola Bay Center and the Pensacola Grand Hotel, Pensacon brings with it a full roster of celebrity guests, fandom-themed parties and reveling cosplayers.

For three days in February, Wookiees, Daleks, Trekkies, Hogwarts students and superheroes become a common sight in historic Downtown Pensacola. Even the airport gets in the act, upgrading from merely International to the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport.

Among the most anticipated guests this year: Jason Isaacs from the “Harry Potter” film series and the HBO series “Game of Thrones”; “Sons of Anarchy” and “Bates Motels” actor Ryan Hurst; “Star Trek” mogul Brent Spiner; “Power Rangers” star Jason David Frank; the famed “Incredible Hulk,” Lou Ferrigno,; voice actor Christ Sarandon from the “Princes Bride”, “Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “Fright Night”; and a slew of Marvel Entertainment actors and actresses that include John Barrowman, Alex Kingston, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Arthur Darvill.  

VIP passes for this year’s event are sold out, but regular weekend passes are still are available for $65. Single-day tickets start at $30 and will be available for purchase beginning January 1, 2017. Children 10 and under are admitted free. To learn more, or to purchase tickets or photo ops, visit

For more information on travel to the Pensacola Bay Area, visit


About Visit Pensacola

Visit Pensacola is the destination management organization for Escambia County which includes Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. With over 450 years of rich history and 18 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordered by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors from all over the world are lured to our pristine shores every year. Visit Pensacola supports the community vision of tourism by serving as the central body responsible for building tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, connection, collaboration and communication.