Events

Spa-Con - September 20 - 22, 2019 at the Hot Springs Convention Center

Spa-Con 2020 schedule announcements coming soon!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

7pm – Batman climbs down the front of the Arlington Hotel!! – free and open to the public!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

5:00 – Registration Opens – Concourse (set and ready by 4:00)
6:00 – Doors open for opening ceremony/concert – Horner Hall
6:30 - Saber Legion live action fighting, Horner Hall
7:00 – Opening Ceremony begins – Horner Hall
7:30 - Cybertronic Spree – Opening Concert – Horner Hall
8:30 – Cybertronic Spree – Photo Ops – Horner Hall
8:30 – Spa-Con Midnight Madness – Room 103
9:30 – VIP Pass Holder Party, Superior Bathhouse Brewery, 329 Central Avenue

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

9:00 – Registration Opens – Concourse
9:30 – Superhero Run begins - Convention Blvd.
10:00 – Expo Hall opens (closes at 6pm)
10:00 – VIP, Will’s Cinnamon Rolls and Coffee, VIP Lounge, Room 209
10:00 – Escape Room opens – NPC Game Hall
10:00 – Laser Tag Arena opens – Bank OZK Arena
10:00 – ArkLUG LEGO’s on display – Expo Hall
10:00 – Artemis Starship Simulator opens – Room 203
10:00 – Table Top Gaming – Grand Lobby
10:00 – RPG Gaming all day– Room 208
10:00 - Spa City Retro Gaming Society '80's Living Room presented by Habitat for Humanity - NPC Game Hall
11:00 - Workshop - How (and Why) to Make Memoir Comics with Randy Duncan, Henderson State University
11:00 – Mid-America Tinker Studio opens – Expo Hall (closes at 3:00)
Noon – Rocky Horror Picture Show Q&A with Barry Bostwick. – Room 207
1:00 – Barry Bostwick Photo Ops – Room 201
1:00 – Spa-Con Showdown Smash Bros Video Game Tournament begins – NPC Game Hall
1:00 – Workshop – “Animating Your Comics” w/ Pat Moriarity – Room 205
1:00 – 501st Legion Diamond Garrison Imperial March
1:00 – Mandalorian Mercs “Jail & Bail” for charity – Expo Hall
2:00 – Panel - “10-Foot Tall Robots Come Alive” w/Thomas DePetrillo of Extreme Costumes – Room 207
2:00 – VIP, Barry Bostwick VIP Meet and Greet, VIP Lounge
3:00 – Panel - How to join the 501st Legion – Room 205
4:00 – Panel – “Women in Cosplay” Panel with Akakioga, Legendary Rose, and Utahime - Room 207
4:00 – HSHS Robotics Club Demo – Mid-America Tinker Studio
5:00 – Panel - “Robot Rockers: Getting Used to Earth Instruments” w/ Cybertronic Spree – Room 205
5:00 – Blast a Trooper for charity with the 501st Legion – Expo Hall
6:00 – Expo Hall closes – 1 hour break
7:00 - Cosplay Club and Cosplay Contest (all ages) – Horner Hall
8:45 – VIP, Pizza and Beer, VIP Lounge, Room 209
9:30 – Rocky Horror Picture Show screening w/ special introduction by Barry Bostwick – Bank OZK Arena

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

9:30 – Registration Opens - Concourse
10:00 – Expo Hall opens (closes at 4pm)
10:00 – VIP, Coffee and Will’s Cinnamon Rolls, VIP Lounge, Room 209
10:00 – Escape Room opens – NPC Game Hall
10:00 – Artemis Starship Simulator opens – Room 203
10:00 – Laser Tag Arena opens – NPC Game Hall
10:00 – ArkLUG LEGO’s on display – NPC Game Hall
10:00 – Table Top Gaming – Grand Lobby
10:00 – RPG Gaming – Room 208 – all day!
10:00 - The Art Sherpa Create your own Art Cards – Expo Hall
10:00 - Spa City Retro Gaming Society '80's Living Room presented by Habitat for Humanity, NPC Game Hall
11:00 – Mid-America Tinker Studio opens – Expo Hall (closes at 3:00)
11:00 – Blast a Trooper for charity with the 501st Legion – NPC Game Hall
Noon – Michelle Harrison, The Flash Panel. – Room 207
Noon – Kid Cosplay Showcase(17 and under) – NPC Game Hall
1:00 – Harry Potter Sorting Hat – NPC Game Hall
1:00 – Mandalorian Mercs “Jail & Bail” for charity – Expo Hall
1:00 – Michelle Harrison Celebrity Photo Op. – Room 201
1:00 – Panel – Comics panel w/ Walden Wong, Sam De La Rosa, Timothy Lim & Nikki Dawes – Moderated by Randy Duncan, Henderson State University – Room 205
1:00 - 501st Legion Diamond Garrison Imperial March
2:00 – Workshop – Armor Building with the 501st Legion – Room 207
2:00 – Michelle Harrison VIP Meet and Greet, VIP Lounge
2:00 – Nerd Informants present, The Dating Game – NPC Game Hall
2:00 – Manga Hokusai Manga Exhibition (select pieces) – Room 205
3:00 – Robot Savior, How Manga & Anime shaped Japan with George Wyatt Tise. – Room 205
4:00 – Spacademy Awards & Stranger Things Bike Giveaway – Horner Hall
5:00 – VIP, Closing party, Core Brewing Company, 833 Central

VIP SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

4:00PM – 8:00PM – Registration begins. Check in at the VIP table in the Grand Lobby Concourse.

7:00 – Opening Ceremony and Cybertronic Spree Concert. VIP pass holders guaranteed access. Horner Hall.

9:30PM - 11:00PM – VIP “Space Force” party at Superior Bathhouse Brewery, 329 Central Avenue. Complimentary Space Force beer and appetizers for VIP pass holders.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

9:30AM – 6:00PM – Registration begins. Check in at the VIP table in the Grand Lobby Concourse.

10:00AM – 6:00PM – VIP Lounge open, Room 209. Complimentary refreshments served all day.

10:00AM – 11:30AM – VIP Lounge, Room 209 – Mimosa’s, Orange Juice, Coffee and doughnuts.

11:30 AM-11:45 AM – VIP pass holder early access to Barry Bostwick Q&A, Room 207

12:00PM – Barry Bostwick Q&A, Room 207

1:00PM – Photo ops with Barry Bostwick, Room 201. VIP pass holders granted first access.

2:00PM – Barry Bostwick Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge, Room 209. Complimentary refreshments and heavy appetizers. VIP pass holders only.

7:00PM – Cosplay Club, Horner Hall. VIP pass holder guaranteed access.

8:45PM – VIP Pizza Party, VIP Lounge. Complimentary refreshments and Grateful Head Pizza! VIP pass holders only.

9:30 – Rocky Horror Picture Show screening, Bank OZK Arena. Early access, VIP seating and complimentary prop bag.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

10:0AM – 4:00PM – Registration begins. Check in at the VIP table in the Grand Lobby Concourse.

10:00AM – 4:00PM – VIP Lounge open, Room 209. Complimentary refreshments served all day.

10:00AM – 11:30AM – VIP Lounge, Room 209 – Mimosa’s, Orange Juice, Coffee and doughnuts.

11:30 AM- 11:45AM – VIP pass holder early access to Michelle Harrison Q&A, Room 207

12:00PM – Michelle Harrison Q&A, Room 207

1:00PM – Photo ops with Michelle Harrison, Room 201. VIP pass holders granted first access.

2:00PM – Michelle Harrison Meet & Greet, VIP Lounge, Room 209. Complimentary refreshments and heavy appetizers.

4:00 – Spacademy Awards, Horner Hall. VIP pass holder guaranteed access.

5:00PM – VIP Closing Reception at Core Brewing, 833 Central Avenue. Complimentary refreshments and appetizers.

ACTIVITIES

ArkLUG

ArkLUG (Arkansas LEGO Users Group) will be set up at Spa-Con! ArkLUG is the official LEGO enthusiast group for teens and adults in or around Arkansas. Build your own creation or just admire ArkLUGS set-up. Creating with LEGO products encourages creativity, collaboration, and fun for all ages. Located in the Expo Hall.

2019 Spa-Con | Hot Springs National Park, AR

Narrow Escape

Get your friends together and try to escape the original, hand-crafted puzzle room. Follow clues and think strategically, or you may never get out. Are you smart enough to escape at Spa-Con? Located in the Expo Hall.

Virtual Reality

“Feel” what it’s like to ‘be’ in Hot Springs! “Hot Springs, The Experience of a Lifetime” is a two part virtual reality experience that shows viewers some of Hot Springs’ best attractions and events such as: Oaklawn Racing, Magic Springs, Bathhouse Row, Lake Hamilton, The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, The World Championship Running of the Tubs bathtub race, and more.

2019 Spa-Con | Hot Springs National Park, AR

Laser Tag

Shoot your friends at Spa-Con! Defeat your loved ones by shooting infrared beams to rack up points. Compete individually or battle it out as a team. Located in the Expo Hall.

Spa Con Showdown

Spa-Con and National Park College presents Spa-Con Showdown, a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament. Start practicing now, the tournament is Saturday, September 21st and registration will open Friday. Located in the Expo Hall.
REGISTER HERE

Superhero Run

Grab your cape and start running! Calling all Spa-Con superheroes now is your time to fly. Registration for this 2K kid friendly run and for the 5K race is open now. Free capes for all 2K racers! Packet Pick up will be located in front of the Hot Springs Convention Center. Running begins Saturday, September 21st at 9:30AM. All proceeds to Tri-Lakes CASA.

[REGISTER HERE]

Spacademy Awards

Say good-bye to our Spa-Con guests and all the new friends you made over the weekend as we give away who our esteemed judges thought had the best cosplay, best vendor, best illustrator, volunteer of the year, and find out who gets the Fandemonium Award at Spa-Con’s Spacademy Awards. Located in Horner Hall. Sunday, September 22 – 4:00PM.

Spa-Con Midnight Madness

Scour the city of Hot Springs for clues to solve this mysterious scavenger hunt at Spa-Con Midnight Madness. Friday, September 20th – 8:30PM.

Mid-America Tinker Studio

Cosplay Club

Go ahead and pull that robot suit out of your closet for Spa-Con’s Cosplay Club dance party and contest. Located in Horner Hall. Saturday, September 21 – 7:00PM

Artemis Spaceship Bridge

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator is a multiplayer co-operative spaceship simulation game that allows you to choose your role as: Captain, Helm, Science Communication, Engineering, or Weapon Control. You’ll have to work together to defeat the evil aliens in this “Out of this World” simulation game. Room 203.

Dating Game

Watch as The Nerd Informants ask cosplayed characters some odd questions that may just lead to the perfect match. See crazy characters try and find their one true love. Half-way comedy-improv, half-way cosplay, and a whole lot of fun! Sign up to be a contestant on the Dating Game at the Nerd Informants Booth in The Expo Hall.