GrandCon Gaming Convention

In 2013 Brian Lenz and Marc Specter produced a 3 day hobby gaming and comic book arts event in Grand Rapids, called GrandCon Gaming & Comic Arts Convention. The first event of it’s kind was held at the Prince Conference Center on Calvin College’s campus. Proving to be a successful gathering of gamers and artists, GrandCon Gaming and Comics Arts continued to evolve and grow over the next couple of years. Eventually it became apparent that the majority of attendees where coming for the hobby games; in 2015, Specter decided to turn his focus on other areas within the hobby industry; Lenz’s vision was to expand and grow the show. Lenz officially renamed the show in 2016 to GrandCon Gaming Convention.

In 2017, Lenz moved GrandCon to downtown Grand Rapids, and It’s now being held at the beautiful DeVos Place Convention Center every Labor Day. The show focuses on bringing in anyone who wishes to be entertained, while having some FUN, with what we do in the hobby gaming industry.

GrandCon is a family friendly board gaming convention. A place where you can shop vendors and artists, cosplay, play hobby games all day long, attend seminars, participate in tournaments, and meet industry guests.  GrandCon welcomes all, and we invite you to come play with us!

GrandCon features tabletop (board, card, and roleplaying) gaming including the creators and or authors behind them.  You can attend tournaments, special charity events, come dressed as your favorite character, or get involved in open gaming from our library of over 1300 games!  Mingle with industry guests and other gamers that appreciate similar gaming interests, ranging from games like Monopoly to Tokaido, Champions to Dungeon & Dragons, or Euchre to Fabled Fruit.  Make sure to check out prototypes-unpublished games; maybe you'll learn how to design a game or simply sneak a peek at some cool upcoming games.  

GrandCon, at its soul, is a diverse community gaming event that wants to support charitable organizations, all while having some FUN. It’s an event that creates unique community gaming opportunities, as well as a place to make new friends and see old friends alike.  It's a gateway for discovering a world of creativity into the gaming industry, that maybe you didn’t even know existed. We would wish to see you at GrandCon for our next adventure in gaming.

Come Play with US!