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Fall is around the corner and the days of summer are dwindling away. Why not break out of the doldrums with your best cosplay, medieval gear and pop culture knowledge for a month filled with conventions?

Grayskull Con: Sept. 1-3: Lennestadt: Do you “have the power?” Meet up with fellow “Masters of the Universe” fans, enjoy panels, raffles, exhibitions and more.

Imperial City Festival: Sept. 1-3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Transport yourself back in time for a weekend as the city is transformed into one huge medieval camp.  

Connichi: Sept. 1-3: Wiesbaden: Spend the weekend at “Germany’s largest volunteer anime and manga convention.” Enjoy guest appearances, stage shows, lectures, workshops, competitions, shopping and more.

ANNOTOPIA: Sept. 2-3: Wasserburgenlandschaft Lüdinghausen: Enjoy this semi-annual festival that celebrates fandom, steampunk, medieval times, and even dinosaurs.

HamsterCon 2023: Sept. 2-3: Morfelden-Walldorf: Spend the weekend with trading cards, tabletop gaming and more.

Weekend of Hell: Sept. 2-3: Oberhausen: Meet guest stars and snag some autographs, attend panels, workshops and more at this horror-themed con.

ANI-CON: Sept. 3: Bonn: Compete in a cosplay contest, meet artists, shop art, take part in a raffle and more.

Children’s Comics Day: Sept. 3: Berlin: Bring the kids for a day of readings, workshops, face painting, crafts and more.

Medieval Festival:  Sept. 7-10: Selb: Attend this large medieval festival where you can camp, take part in workshops based on music, dance and combat, shop markets and more.

39th Wetzlar Days of the Fantastic: Climate Fiction: Sept. 8-10: Wetzlar: See how the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi and literature combine with climate change. Attend award ceremonies and panels all weekend long.

Comic and Manga Convention Düsseldorf: Sept. 9: Düsseldorf: Featuring comics, manga, artists, dealers, cosplay and publishers.

Gamesvention 2023: Sept. 15-17: Kempten: This weekend is all about classic and modern gaming: video games, board games, tabletop games and more. Play games, buy games and rent games.

Medieval Market with Knight Tournament: Sept. 15-17: Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg: Cheer on your favorite knight, shop the markets and more.

Retro Games Con: Sept. 16: Soltau: See props and collectibles, shop, cosplay and more.

Comic- und Manga-Convention Oberhausen: Sept. 16: Oberhausen: Featuring comics, manga, artists, dealers, cosplay and publishers.

Comic Con Freiburg: Sept. 16-17: Freiburg: Compete in the cosplay contest, check out the streaming and podcast area, take a workshop and more.

Geeks and Freaks Con: Sept. 16-17: Remscheid: This is the pop culture con for fans of any genre: digital art, pop culture, science fiction, fantasy, comics, cartoon, manga, and gaming.

Retro Games Con: Sept. 23: Ludwigshafen: See props and collectibles, shop, cosplay and more.

Science Fiction Meet-Up: Sept. 23-24: Technik Museum Speyer: Numerous Star Wars, Star Trek, Anime or Marvel and DC fans meet in Europe’s largest space exhibition.

MagicCon 6: Sept. 29- Oct. 1: Bonn: Meet guest stars from the realm of fantasy and mystery, attend lectures and workshops, wear cosplay and more.

Thüringer Tolkien Day: Sept. 30: Jena: Enjoy readings, lectures, workshops, live music and more all day long.

Berlin Book Fair: Sept. 30- Oct. 1: Berlin: Over 300 publishers and authors are present to talk about their books and projects.

Table Top Thursdays: Ramstein Enlisted Club: Every Thursday.

German Salvatore Brothers Con: Sept. 30- Oct. 1: Dortmund: “The Vampire Diaries” fans can get together, meet the stars and attend Q-and-A sessions.

German Hunters Con: Sept. 30- Oct. 1: Dortmund: “Shawdowhunters” fans can get together, meet the stars and attend Q-and-A sessions.

* A note from the Dortmund Organizers: “Originally, the GERMAN SALVATORE BROTHERS CON was only planned for one day, on Saturday, September 30th, 2023. The GERMAN HUNTERS CON was planned for Sunday, October 1st, 2023, to which stars from the SHADOWHUNTERS universe were invited. For organizational reasons, however, we have now decided to present all the stars (unless otherwise announced) from BOTH FAN-DOMS on BOTH DAYS! ATTENTION: IAN & PAUL WILL ONLY BE ON SITE ON SATURDAY!” *

Due to ever-changing regulations and sold-out events, make sure you check the website before traveling for an event. Also, inclusion of an event on this list is not an endorsement for the authenticity or quality of the event.

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Tamala Malerk is a writer and editor with Stars and Stripes Europe. She has been with SSE since April 2022 writing articles all about travel, lifestyle, community news, military life and more. In May 2022, she earned her Ph.D. in History and promises it is much more relevant to this job than one might think.

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