Contra Costa Con 2 helps re-open local events this Sunday

Concord, CA — Contra Costa Con 2 returns to Concord this Sunday, July 18, at the Hilton Concord Hotel as one of the first public events since the pandemic shut things down over 16 months ago.

Comics, LEGO, toys, art and much more will be featured at the family-friendly show hosted by Bay Area Festivals and American Brick Builders. Contra Costa Con 2 will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free parking at the Hilton.

Contra Costa Con’s inaugural show was held in November 2019 and was a big hit with attendees, prompting the move this year to the larger Hilton Golden Gate Ballroom, which will be setup with plenty of space for social distancing. Face coverings are encouraged to be worn by attendees.

Contra Costa Con 2 Featured Guests

Andrew Nelson has portrayed Darth Vader for over 25 years in the “Star Wars” movies and is the 1st actor to officially portray both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

Alan Fernandes was one of the two Tusken Raiders in the original “Star Wars” movie.

Cooley Jaxson portrayed White Power Ranger and Grover in a stage production of “Sesame Street Live,” was a Solid Gold dancer and is the man who taught Michael Jackson the Moonwalk.

The Featured Guests enjoy meeting and chatting with attendees. However, the ticket price does not include picture, autograph or audio with featured guests.

Elephant (aka Gerald) and Piggie will be on hand all day to meet and greet fans of all ages with free photo opportunities on the Contra Costa Con 2 red carpet.

Costume Contest with cash prizes

A free, family-friendly Cosplay Costume Contest for attendees will feature cash prizes for creative characters in different age groups. Contest registration will be taken during the day with contest judging at 2:30.

New items and collectibles from Disney, Transformers, Funko Pop, LEGO, Pokémon, G.I. Joe, Marvel, DC, Dragon Ball Z, My Hero Academia, Hot Wheels and much more will be available from the wide variety of exhibitors at the show. Posters, anime, art, prints, t-shirts, hats, books, buttons, classic video games, jewelry and cards are featured too.

The Hilton is located at 1970 Diamond Blvd, two blocks off Interstate 680 in Concord.

Exhibitor spaces for Contra Costa Con 2 are still available on the website.

Kids under 10 are free. Advance tickets can be purchased at with a $2 Toy Buck included with each advance sale. That promotion ends at 9 a.m. on July 18.

Online sales continue until the end of Contra Costa Con 2. Door sales begin Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. at the Hilton.

The Hilton is located at 1970 Diamond Blvd, two blocks off Interstate 680 in Concord.

The producers will also be hosting Tri-Valley Halloween Con in Dublin on Oct 31.