St. Louis is a great place to live, play and work. It’s also a great place for conventions, meetings, and gatherings of any size and type. This summer brings a new season of diverse and interesting conventions in our area. Check them out and enjoy what they have to offer our great region.
St. Louis Comic Con
St. Charles Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 669-3000
www.stlouiscomiccon.com

The June 2016 St. Louis Comic Con is presented this year by The Mighty Con, otherwise know as the midwest’s premier convention promoter. The weekend of the 18th and 19th will host a full presentation of artists, special guests, toys, games, and of course, among other things, comic books. Check out their website to revel in the long list of artists, vendors and special guests. Teen Titans creator George Perez will be there along with Ghostbuster’s Tom Cook and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jeff Balke. And they are just a few on the long list of talent that will be inspiring you over the course of the weekend. If you are 12 or younger, enjoy the conference for free. Everyone else can pre order tickets on the website.

The Prego Expo
St. Charles Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 669-3000
www.thepregoexpo.com

Expecting a baby? Already have one, or two, or more? If parenting is dominating your life, celebrate it September 18th, in St. Charles, Missouri. The Prego Expo will be there with a huge schedule of great speakers, vendors and exhibits for anyone with children in their lives. Yeah, parenting is overwhelming, but this expo may have many answers to those every day challenges that come with trying to raise kids in today’s culture. Get baby shower ideas, come away with super swag bags, talk to maternity constants, enjoy the baby fashion show, and so much more. Tickets are $15 dollars at the door, or $12 in advance. Get an early bird pass for $20 or a VIP pass for $50. 

Gateway Preparedness Expo
St. Charles Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 669-3000
www.gatewaypreparednessexpo.com

If you don’t know anything about prepping, maybe you should. Would you be prepared in the event of a disaster or emergency? In St. Louis, we don’t experience hurricanes or many other natural disasters, but emergencies are not completely out of the question. Do you know remedial medical procedures? Do you have an alternative power source? Is self-reliance important to you? If so, you don’t want to miss the weekend of September 18 and 19. Come to check out the exhibits and products that could save your life, or at least make you more comfortable in the event of a disaster or an unforeseen unfortunate event. 

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2016 SBC Annual Meeting
America’s Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 342-5036
www.sbcannualmeeting.net

Beginning on June 14 through the 15th, St. Louis will be home to hundreds, if not thousands, of Southern Baptists who will celebrate their commitment to their faith. “Awaken America – Reach the World” will host a full program of fellowship and education and spiritual leadership for Baptists who want to share and enrich their love of their faith. Check the website for the full lineup of events, and don’t wait to book your reservations and get your hotel arrangements. Book online for your convenience. The SBC is a family event so don’t forget to make arrangements for the kids, too.

Kids Block Party
St. Charles Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 669-3000
www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com

Pack the kids up and head down to the St. Chalres Convention Center for a day of fun and excitement at the Kids Block Party. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 27, you will find a great collection of entertaining arts, crafts and games that will make family memories you and your kids will remember for ever. Let the kids enjoy, and wear themselves out, on the inflatables while you enjoy the music and dancing. There is also great info and exhibits for parents on health, safety and nutrition, too. The event is free to the public, but a donation of personal care products will get you a 10 percent discount at the concession stands. It’s a day of fun for both parents and kids.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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