What?

GrandCon Gaming Convention is the premier hobby gaming event in Michigan.  A place where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented under one roof:

  • Boardgames
  • Card Games
  • Family games
  • Miniature Games
  • Role-playing Games

Our goal is to create a fun all-ages event that will appeal to the general public, as well as the gaming enthusiast. 

Things to do while you attend GrandCon:  

  • Charity games - proceeds raised for Make-A Wish foundation and Mackenzie's Animal Shelter
  • Tournaments and Championships with some of the most popular game systems
  • Newest games and some released at the show, also playable
  • Lots of exhibitors and artists to shop and/or visit
  • Boffer Arena - a fun area for kids to let loose
  • Paint & Take Events - a fantastic family or solo event, paint a miniature, and keep it and take it home
  • Cosplay Contest (costumed folks) - contest is held Saturday afternoon
  • Industry Guests - meet and mingle with them, play games with them, get to know more about what they do
  • Seminars - open industry discussions with the industry guest aka the pros
  • Open Gaming, Roleplaying Games (RPGs), Scheduled Gaming
  • Volunteers in yellow shirts - if you are new, a little lost or on your own, please ask them for help

Who can come?

GrandCon Gaming Convention is open to the general public (recommended book badges and event tickets in advance).

When?

GrandCon Gaming Convention is held on 3 days in August and/or September. The next show is Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September 2018. We hope that many of you will join us for all three days.

Show Hours

The core of the show - for most attendees will be in Exhibit Hall C and The Grand Gallery Overlook Rooms.  

Friday

Open Gaming in Exhibitor Hall C from 10:00am - 1:00am 

Exhibitors and Artists Hall C from 10:00am - 6:00pm 

Paint & Take Events Hall C from 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday

Open Gaming in Exhibitor Hall C from 9:00am - 1:00am 

Exhibitors and Artists Hall C from 9:00am - 5:00pm

Cosplay Contest Hall C from 2:00pm - 3:00pm 

Paint & Take Events Hall C from 10:00am - 9:00pm

Sunday

Open Gaming in Exhibitor Hall C from 10:00am - 1:00am 

Exhibitors and Artists Hall C from 10:00am - 6:00pm 

Paint & Take Events Hall C from 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where?

The show is held at the DeVos Place in beautiful downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Find out about car parking here

WHO?

Who runs GrandCon?  It is organized by an individual who is a keen - call it fanatical - gamer, who wants to run Michigan's best hobby game convention accompanied by his wonderful volunteer staff. 

Brian Lenz (founder) runs the event; along with some amazing volunteers, Tim Bierema (assistant show manager), Jeff Henders (volunteer coordinator), Eric Wisniewski (community relations), Tim Latshaw (news events), Jessica Fountain (social media). 

GrandCon Gaming Convention is a very time consuming operation and we spend hundreds of hours preparing it.

Brian relies on a host of volunteers, all of which he can't thank more.  All volunteers donate their time and efforts because they want to see the event succeed.

Who comes to UK Games Expo? In 2017 we had 16300 unique visitors and 32000 attendances over the weekend. This includes many gamers of all types but also a large number of families and children. It is open to all and NOT restricted.

How?

How do I find out more and how do I book up for it?

This website has extensive information on all aspects of UK Games Expo. You can read up on where the convention is, about hotels and travel to it, about ticket prices (and you are able to book online or on the day) and all about the companies who attend and what games they will be bringing. There are details about the Family zone, Seminars, Authors and Artists and much more. Just get reading.

We recommend you follow on Twitter and Facebook as well as registering for the newsletter.

You could show up and pay at the door OR (recommended) you can purchase a badge here 

How Much?

It's all on this page