Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of locations where The Blob was shot, screenings of the film, and other Blob-based events including, a beauty pageant, a fire extinguisher parade, a costume contest, and more. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3 | Photo)
Event panels cover things like holding your breath, underwater modeling, and mermaids in film. Entertainment usually includes an underwater fashion show, photo ops, and a performance by Ariel of Disney's The Little Mermaid. There are also cocktail mixers and a ball, though guests will have to shelve their tails to attend these land-based events. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3)
Just as the show was set on the fictional Craggy Island off the coast of Ireland, the festival is held on a real craggy island in a similar location. Events are based on happenings in the show, like Father Dougal's Breakfast Movie Charades, a Lovely Girls Contest and Charity Auction, and Hide A Nun and Seek. One of the biggest events at the festival is the football championship where participants compete for the Craggy Island World Cup. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)
Started in 2002, the Lebowski Fest features live music, bowling, cosplay, White Russians and, naturally, screenings of the film itself. Occasionally, stars of the movie even show up. In 2005, Jeff Bridges performed the Bob Dylan song "The Man in Me" for fans at the convention.
Can't make it to Kentucky? Well, there are smaller Lebowski Fests throughout the U.S. put on by the organizers of the original, and there is even a festival held in the UK. (Source | Photo)
The largest in the U.S, (and possibly the world) is BrickFair in Virginia. The 2014 convention pulled in over 22,500 LEGO-loving fans for LEGO models, seminars, contests, games, shopping and more. Attendees also get a special badge made from engraved LEGO bricks and exclusive coupons and giveaways.
For those who can't make it to Virginia, BrickFair also offers smaller conventions in Alabama, New Jersey, and New England, promising one a season. (Source 1 | Source 2)
Not surprisingly, many fans aren't too happy about a convention specifically focused on their favorite franchise being taken over by a corporation. That said, those seeking a Transformers-only convention can now attend the TFCon, an unofficial Transformers gathering that is fan operated. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3 | Source 4 | Photo)
The biggest gathering of all is BronyCon, held in Baltimore. With only 30 people at the first meet up, the convention has grown exponentially and attracted over 7,600 attendees in 2016. Despite Hasbro's takeover of the BotCon, Bronycon will continue for the time being. (Source 1 | Source 2)
Like BronyCon, MineCon started out organically as a meetup for around 30 fans and has grown into a full-size convention, with the 2016 event pulling in 12,000 people. Every year, attendees score a free, exclusive in-game cape for their avatars. As for things to do at the convention, you can meet other fans of the game, battle in tournaments, compete in costume contests, and watch panels held by game creators. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)
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