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Top 25 Don't Miss Things at Spa-Con 6.0 | Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

Top 25 Don't Miss Things at Spa-Con 6.0 | Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Spa-Con 6.0 is almost here! There will be capes, masks, wigs, elaborate hand-made cosplays. There will be comics, illustrated novels, and fan art. There will be video gaming, table-top gaming and even a "nerd dating game." Spa-Con is more than just comics sold over folding tables. It's a full blown production of parades, concerts, confetti cannons and celebration of all things in nerd pop-culture. It's also the best people watching in the state. Here are the top 25 things not to miss at Spa-Con, September 23-25 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Lori Petty

Actress Lori Petty will be a guest at Spa-Con 6.0! Tank Girl herself will hold a Q & A Saturday at Noon in The Spa-Con Theatre, followed by Free Photo Ops for Convention Goers in Room 201! On Sunday, Petty will be in the Expo Hall from 12 PM to 3 PM selling autographs and pictures.

Beau Billingslea

Beau Billingslea, best known for voicing Jet Black in "Cowboy Bebop" will be joining us as a guest at Spa-Con 6.0! Beau will hold a Q & A session in the Spa-Con Theatre Saturday at 3 PM, followed by FREE photo ops at 4 PM in Room 201. Billingslea will be selling signed prints, selfies, autographs, voicemail recordings, and videos in the Expo Hall Sunday from 12 PM to 3 PM!

Mark Rolston

Actor Mark Rolston will be joining all the fun at Spa-Con 6.0! Rolston who can be recognized from his roles in films including "Aliens", "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Supernatural" will hold a Q & A in Room 205 on Sunday at 1 PM. He will also be in the Expo Hall ALL Weekend!

Rodger Bumpass

AKA the voice of Squidward from Spongebob SquarePants will be at Spa-Con 6.0 ALL weekend! Don't miss his panel "It All Starts in Arkansas" with Ashlie Atkinson Sunday at 10 AM in the Spa-Con Theatre! Bumpass will also be in the Expo Hall Saturday and Sunday selling autographs, selfies, video and audio recordings, and signed cards and buttons.

Artists and Animators

Some incredibly talented artists and animators will be in attendance at Spa-Con 6.0! You won't want to miss Tony Buck's FX Mask Sculpting Workshop, Rodney Ramos', Inking for Comics Panel, or Tom Cook's Saturday Morning Cartoons Panel!

Cosplay Guests

Cosplayer's at this year's Spa-Con Convention include: Spa-Con fan favorite, Gregory Harris, Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay, Notgrima, and Tony Buck! Harris will be hosting the Kids Cosplay Showcase with Notgrima in the Spa-Con Theatre Saturday at 10:30 AM. Cowbutt Crunchies will be hosting a hands on Chainmail Mesh Workshop Saturday at 2 PM. Bruce Holt will be holding a panel on Ways to Enhance and Add Detail to your Foam Builds on Sunday at 11 AM, and Notgrima will be holding Big WIgs: Advanced Wig Styling Workshop Sunday at 12 PM.

Celebrity Cars

You HAVE to check out the Celebrity Cars in the Expo Hall at Spa-Con 6.0! I mean, you can't miss them! The Supernatural 1967 Impala AND the famously flipped Hawkins Power and LIght Van from season 1 of "Stranger Things" will be parked in the The Expo Hall Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM.


Kick off Spa-Con a little early! Watch as superheroes rappel down the side of a 4 story building as part of the Over the Edge Event for The Jackson House! The descent down to the ground starts at 4 PM on Exchange Street on Friday, September 23rd!

Bit Brigade

A Pop-Culture and Comic Convention AND a concert! No way you say? Yes way! Spa-Con 6.0 will start off with a live performance by Bit Brigade in Horner Hall. Attend the opening ceremonies to see all the Spa-Con guests be announced on stage, and stay to see Bit Brigade live run Megaman II and Castlemania while they play the game soundtracks live! Doors open at 6 PM and the show starts at 7 PM on Friday in Horner Hall.

Vendors and Artists in the Expo Hall

Spa-Con 6.0 is lucky to have incredibly talented vendors and artists taking over the Expo Hall! Browse and shop the rows and rows of booths to find just the right Spa-Con buy! The Expo Hall is open from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.

Workshops! Sponsored by Johnson Floral

Take your craft up a notch at Spa-Con's workshops! Workshops are hands-on classes taught by masters of their craft. Start Spa-Con off in Tony Buck's FX Mask Sculpting workshop at 10 AM on Saturday followed by Cowbutt Crunchies Chainmail Mesh Workshop at 2 PM Saturday. Keep the action going on Sunday with Notgrima's Big Wigs: Advanced Wig Styling Workshop!


Learn something new at Spa-Con's panels! Hear from animator Tom Cook for his Saturday Morning Cartoons Panel (cereal provided), Rodney Ramos' Inking for Comics Panel, and a panel on how to Join the 501st Legion!


Spa-Con is leveling up, with an entire wing dedicated to gaming! Visit the North Concourse for RPG's or the main concourse for table top board games. There will even be space for Pokemon Trading Card Free Play. And don't forget about Laser Tag and the Spa-Con Showdown Super Smash Bros Tournament on Saturday.

CASA Superhero Parade Led by the 501st Legion

Up Up and Away! Superheroes (under the age of 13) assemble! Grab the kiddos' favorite superhero costume and join the Spa-Con Superhero March that supports a great cause! This year The Diamond Garrison of the 501st Legion will be leading the CASA Superhero Parade through the Expo Hall to kick off the convention! The parade starts at 10 AM in the Spa-Con Theatre. Register at

Kids Cosplay Showcase

Back at it again, Spa-Con's fan favorite, Gregory Harris will be hosting the annual Kids Cosplay Showcase at 10:30 AM in the Spa-Con Theatre. Bring the kiddos and let them walk the stage with cosplayers just like them! Spa-Con's friends down at Rocket Fizz have even prepared a goody bag for the first 100 kid cosplayers to take home with them!

Spa-Con Showdown Smash Bros Tournament

The Spa-Con Showdown Video Game Tournament brings the best Smash players in the region to a head to head double elimination with a $1000 + pot on the line for the top players. Play begins at 1 PM Saturday in the Bank OZK Arena. There's still time to register at

Cosplay Club! Sponsored by Hot Springs Beauty College

For sure a don't miss at Spa-Con and one of the events that sets Spa-Con apart from other Cons in Arkansas. A nightclub setting with fog, lights, and a DJ spinning all the best dance songs. Guest cosplayers: Cowbutt Crunchies, Notgrima, Bruce Holt, and Gregory Harris will be there to join the fun! The night features a cosplay contest, sponsored by Hot Springs Beauty College, where the best of the best cosplayers show off their creations for cash and prizes! You don't want to miss it! Saturday at 7 PM in Horner Hall!

Nerd Informants' Dating Game

Are you ready to laugh and maybe even fall in love? The Nerd Informants are back at Spa-Con again to host the Dating Game in the Spa-Con Theatre Sunday at 12 PM. Will Shrek finally see that the love he was looking for was Harley Quinn all along?

Boxing Bots

A new addition to the Spa-Con Expo Hall will be The Boxing Bots! Duke it out with this huge version of the classic tabletop game. Block, punch, and lean your way to victory.


The talented crew from Arklug (Arkansas LEGO Users Group) will be setting up their expansive display in the Grand Lobby all Spa-Con long. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

Pirate Ship

The Hot Springs Renaissance Faire will be showing up to Spa-Con 6.0 in full force. Stepping up the game on Expo Hall displays the Ren Faire's display will include a 23 foot pirate ship! Take to the seas at Spa-Con 6.0! The Expo Hall will be open Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator

A most impressive set up for a fun group gaming experience. Players forma crew, lead by a Captain and head off on expeditions and battles. The Spa-Con team takes great care in top notch projection, lights, and sound to make Artemis unforgettable. Open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 3 PM in room 203.

SpAcademy Awards

When the convention is all wrapped up, we will be recognizing some of the incredible talent that we had. From best guest to best tiktok. Will you be nominated as one of the best volunteers? There's only one way to find out- SpAcademy Awards in the Spa-Con Theatre at 4 PM on Sunday!

Spa-Con Merchandise

Spa-Con Merchandise - Chad Maupin really went out of his way this year to give Spa-Con 6.0 some of the best merchandise around! Come by the Spa-Con merch booth and get yourself a Spa-Con T-Shirt or Poster Pack.

All the Con-goers like YOU!

Spa-Con would be no fun without incredible attendees like yourself. Make sure you take the time to meet new friends all weekend long at Spa-Con 6.0. Maybe you'll even find your newest bestie by bonding over all your favorite guests and Spa-Con activities. We'll see you soon at Spa-Con 6.0!

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