Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2017

Minnesota, and particularly the Twin Cities area, is a great place for gamers. Maybe it’s all the time we spend indoors due to the weather, or maybe it’s just a natural evolution of the fan culture that has thrived here for over 50 years, but it’s difficult to do a perception check above zero without detecting another gamer. There are so many MN gaming events all year round that it can be difficult to keep track of them all! Fortunately for you, Twin Cities Geek is here to help you throw dice and level up with your 2017 list of gaming conventions and events in Minnesota.

cross section of people playing tabletop and video games at a convention

2D Con 2016 via Rivet City Limited

Some of these events are dedicated gaming conventions, while others enjoy a broader focus but have enough gaming going on that we thought they were worth telling you about. As always, check out the event’s website for more specific information about what they are offering this year, as well as the most accurate dates, locations, and prices.

Winter

Protospiel MN (January 27-29, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Games: Prototype tabletop and board games

Con of the North (February 17-19, 2017)
Plymouth, MN
Games: Tabletop, board games, LARP, CCG, miniatures

Spring

Marscon (March 3-5, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Games:  Tabletop, board games

Anime Detour (April 7-9, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Games: Tabletop, board games, video games

Minicon 52 (April 14-15, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Games: Tabletop, board games, puzzles

Wizard World Minneapolis (May 5-7, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Games: Video games

GlitchCon (May 5-7, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Games: Video games, prototype video games

Berserkon (May 20-21, 2017)
Duluth, MN
Games: Tabletop, board games, CCG, miniatures

MantiCon (May 26-28, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Games: Tabletop, board games, Artemis Bridge Simulator, Fallout Shelter Arcade

AniMinneapolis (May 26-28, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Games: video games, tabletop, board games

Summer

CONvergence (July 6-9, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Games: Tabletop, board games, CCG, LAN, miniatures, Artemis Bridge Simulator

MTG Grand Prix Minneapolis (August 4-6, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Games: Magic the Gathering

PokéCon (August 5–6, 2017)
St Louis Park, MN
Games/Themes: Pokémon video games and CCG

2D Con Digital Destruction (August 11-13, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Game Types: Tabletop, board games, CCG, video games, LAN

Autumn

Meta Con (September 1-3, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Games/Themes: Tabletop, board games, CCG, video games

LionCon (September 2–3, 2017)
St. Cloud, MN
Games/Theme: Tabletop, board games, CCG, video games

Other Events

Obviously, conventions aren’t your only option for gaming in social settings, and Minnesota comes through for gamers in this respect too. Here are a few organizations and their regular gaming events in MN to consider checking out:

Of course, virtually every gaming store in MN also hosts more regular gaming events than we could possibly list, so it’s a good idea to check the calendar where you buy your dice for more great gaming opportunities. And don’t forget to add annual events to your calendar that many local gaming groups and game stores participate in:

Did we miss a gaming group, convention, or event that you think more Minnesota gamers should know about? Please let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to take a moment and add your gaming events to the Twin Cities Geek free community calendar!

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