Retro Con Frequently Asked Questions
What is Retro Con?
Retro Con is a pop culture and memorabilia show catering to anything considered “retro”, especially the 80′s! Transformers, Star Wars, GI Joe, Ghostbusters, He-man, classic video games, etc..
When and where will the convention be held?
This year our show will be a TWO day event: Saturday & Sunday September 27th & 28th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Despite the name, the venue is actually well outside of Philadelphia, is easy to find, and has plenty of free parking available. The website for the expo center (featuring the full address and directions) can be found at http://www.phillyexpocenter.com/. This year the show will be held Hall C which has approximately 54,000 square feet of floor space!
We’ve been told that the address does not register in some GPS devices, so please look at the “Using a GPS” section of the convention center site (it’s among the links at the bottom of the front page).
What are the show hours?
Our tentative show hours will be 9am to 5pm Saturday, and 9am to 4pm on Sunday.
What else can we expect beyond collectibles for sale?
Other programming includes classic video games to play, retro vehicles such as a DeLorean time machine and a lifesize Doctor Who TARDIS, appearances by the 501st Garrison Carida, Philadelphia Ghostbusters and several other costume groups, a costume contest, a spectacular raffle, a trivia contest, guests, panels, and much more! Keep watching the main page and facebook page for the latest updates!
How much are general admission tickets for the show?
Ticket price at the door will tentatively be $15 for Saturday, and $12 for Sunday. This includes a door prize raffle ticket. Kids under 12 get in for free if accompanied by paying adult. This will be a cash-only event.
You can also pre-buy your tickets for both days together for $22 (saving you $5). Advance tickets can be bought here.
How much are vendor spots, how big are the tables, and how can I purchase one or more spaces?
Vendor spots are $75 for one 8 foot table space, good for BOTH days of the show. Full info on how you can reserve a spot at the show can be found HERE!
Are vendor spots and artist spots the same thing?
Yes, and they can be bought at the same Vendor link posted above. Artists have previously been grouped together separately from the collectible dealers, but this year this will not be done. Everyone will be in the same room and randomly placed (unless requested otherwise).
Will power be available at the vendor spots?
Let us know if you need power for your table space ahead of time so we can make sure you’re placed close to a power outlet. There won’t be any additional fees, but you will have to supply your own extension cord(s) if needed.
What can I sell at my vendor’s spot?
We are mainly aiming our show at fans of brands from the 70′s, 80s’, and 90′s, so it is recommended you bring merchandise from (or related to) those eras. But you are entitled to sell whatever you like at your table as long as it falls into the category of memorabilia and is family-friendly. If you have something you’re unsure you can sell at the show, feel free to run it by us first. Examples of items you may sell: Action figures, playsets, board games, puzzles, dolls, video games, DVDs/VHS, posters, comics, models, art and crafts, custom props, etc.. Basically if it’s considered “geek”, you’re good!
Are there any nearby hotels?
Our official hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn, which is located about a 1/3 of a mile from the convention center. We have a convention rate in effect, full details can be found here.
What is parking like at the Expo Center?
The expo center has its own lot. Parking is plentiful, open, and FREE!
Is there an ATM on the premises?
Yes! There is one in the lobby of Hall C.
Where is there to eat in the area?
The convention center will have its own concession stand, but there’s also a nearby restaurant named Max & Erma’s, an eatery called Puttin’ on the Dogs (which has hot dogs, burgers, steaks, etc.), Cheeburger Cheeburger, Arnold’s Family Fun Center (which features a buffet), and more.
What other attractions are in the area?
In close proximity are a Regal movie theater, a Target department store, Arnold’s Family Fun Center (featuring go-karts, video games, bowling, and laser tag), and more.
How do I enter the costume contest?
The costume contest will be held this year on Saturday September 27th around 1pm (exact time to be determined). You just have to be in the back of the main hall in costume at that time if you’d like to take part! More info on the costume contest can be found here.
Do you have a weapons policy at the show?
No real guns or live steel are allowed at the show. Costumers/cosplayers may carry prop weapons and unloaded airsoft guns as long as they carry them responsibly and not use them in a threatening manner. Use common sense and you will be fine.
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue Oaks, PA 19456
Saturday & Sunday, September 27th & 28th, 2014
9AM To 5PM Saturday
9AM to 4PM Sunday
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