If you're looking for a unique way to get your pop culture fix, you're in luck. GalaxyFest returns this weekend.
The annual pop culture event, which began in 2012, is the longest-running local convention of its kind and offers a little something for everyone.
Whatever genre your inner geek loves - from comic books to horror to steampunk - you're likely to find it here.
Packed with panels, artists, merchandise and celebrity guests, GalaxyFest has seen attendance grow substantially since its inception. About 4,000 people attended last year, along with stars from "Star Trek: Voyager," "Once Upon a Time" and "Spartacus" and a plethora of artists, cosplayers and authors.
This year's GalaxyFest lineup looks to be even more impressive. The celebrity guests come from a wide range of geek culture, led by the "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" Michael Winslow ("Police Academy," "Spaceballs"), Garrett Wang ("Star Trek: Voyager") and Emmy Award winner Dan Wilcox ("Sesame Street," "M*A*S*H").
For those seeking more mature fare, GalaxyFest offers original, adult-only events starting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for attendees 18 and older. If you're looking to party the night away with some like-minded adults, GalaxyFest has you covered.
And if a whole weekend of pop culture fun feels overwhelming, you can get a free taste of GalaxyFest from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday. If you're on a budget, Sunday is Family Day, with children 12 and under admitted for free with a paying adult.
"Great things are planned for this year's GalaxyFest, some favorites and some new," said founder/co-owner Diann Wacks. "I'm so proud that GalaxyFest is growing every year and continuing to engage our local community."
Terry Terrones, The Gazette, firstname.lastname@example.org.