SALT LAKE CITY - If you’ve ever dreamed of stepping into a world of dwarves, Time Lords and hobbits, this is your chance.
Fantasy creatures of all shapes and sizes will be on hand for the first-ever FantasyCon is coming to the Salt Palace Convention Center July 3-5. With three days of workshops, games, performers, contests and appearances by well-known names such as Elijah Wood and Simon Pegg, FantasyCon gives everyone the opportunity to believe in magic again.
“Whether we’re 8 or 80, we respond like children to fantasy,” said Josh Patel, CEO for FantasyCon. “It brings adults back to a state of innocence that feeds the spirit.”
A whole host of well-known fantasy and sci-fi figures will be in attendance, including Wood (best known as Frodo from “Lord of the Rings,” Simon Pegg (Best known as Scotty from the latest Star Trek movies), Summer Glau (best known as River from “Firefly” and Isabel Rochev from “Green Arrow”), Sean Astin (Sam from “Lord of the Rings”), Billy Boyd (Pippin from “Lord of the Rings”) and much more.
There are also several gaming opportunities and workshops scheduled throughout the convention. Some workshops focus on sharpening skills in everything from podcasting to costume creation, while others analyze fantasy staples such as the music of “The Lord of the Rings” and fantasy and horror on television.
For those whose fantasies include Hollywood, the TV show “The Quest” will hold auditions for their potential season 2 on July 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show, which premieres July 31 on ABC, is a reality show that sends 12 contestants through a series of fantasy-based competitions. “The Quest” will also be sponsoring the convention’s battle arena, where mock battles by costumed warriors will be held throughout the event.
If movies are more your thing, the FilmQuest Film Festival features fantasy film submissions from all over the world. A complete schedule and tickets are available online at filmquestfestival.com, and the festival is joining with FantasyCon to hold a special screening of “Troll 2” on July 3 at 6 p.m. The cast and crew of the film will be in attendance.
In between events, the convention offers plenty for attendees to do out on the floor. Jugglers, musicians and professional cosplayers will be out entertaining guests, with a smoke-breathing animatronics dragon presiding over the entire show.
Tickets are still available, both at the door and online at fantasycon.com/tickets.
A three-day pass for adults is $60, a Saturday-only pass is $40, a Friday-only pass is $30, and a Thursday-only pass is $20. Tickets for photo opportunities are also available online at fantasycon.com/celebrity-photo-op-ticket-page, along with a complete appearance schedule and list of prices.