Beach City Con 2018 (Steven Universe Fan Convention)

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Guest Post By Susan Smigielski Acker 

The Crystal Gems are coming to Virginia Beach with the Beach City Con set for October 12-14, 2018.  

The Steven Universe-themed convention, produced by Saga Event Planning, LLC, will be at The Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center, said K-K Bracken, event planner. 

Steven Universe is Cartoon Network show with magical beings who appointed themselves guardians of the universe. Steven goes on adventures with the Crystal Gems. Despite not being as powerful as his fellow team members, he manages to save the day. The show also emphasizes inclusion amongst all no matter what their personalities. 

Bracken said Steven Universe is a hit because it is more than entertainment. 

“Its message is that anyone can make the world a better place. It also deals with bullying and anxiety on an age-appropriate way,” she said.

Created by Maryland native Rebecca Sugar, she is the first woman to create a show for the network. The convention location was chosen in keeping with cartoon’s setting of the mythical Beach City. 

“We wanted to have it in the Delmarva area, just like the show,” said Bracken, who lives in Ohio.

A highlight of the convention will be a question and answer session with Grace Kraft, a storyboard artist and comic author for Steven Universe. Her previous works include The Powerpuff Girls. Another special guest will be Grace Rolek, who is the voice of Connie.

Cosplay entertainers Clod and Kelly Kirstein will also make an appearance. In addition, there will be a magic show, Bracken said. Like all conventions, there will be a vendor area.

Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach VA

When: October 12-14, 2018

Cost: Tickets are $45 for day passes and a three-day pass is $90 until Sept. 14. After Sept. 15, Tickets are $50 for the day and $100 for a three-day pass. The sale date for all tickets is Oct. 5. No tickets will be sold at the door. Children 5 and under are free with their guardian's admission.

More Information: For tickets and more information visit

Event Age Policy: Our venue requires all minors to have a guardian present, but these guardians do not have to attend the event if the attendee is between 15-17 at the time of the convention. For attendees 14 and younger, we will require the guardian to also purchase a weekend pass to the convention. We plan on having 18+ events in 2018 and beyond, but the goal is to keep Beach City Con fun for all ages. All attendees 18+ must present a state-issued ID upon registration. For 15-17 year-olds we will accept school ID. Children 5 and under are free with their guardian’s admission.

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