About the Con

What is Escapade?

Escapade is a weekend-long convention attended, created, and run by multimedia slash and shipping fans. It features opportunities for conversations from the one-on-one level to large discussion panels about shows/movies/books/etc. and the world of fandom itself. We host parties, vid shows, mixers, a convention suite for snacks and socializing, and a charity/art auction. And if you don’t find what you want, there are plenty of options and spaces to create DIY meetups, games, or panels on the fly. 

Escapade has more than three decades of history meeting in person, in hotels up and down the southern and central California coast. In 2021 we were 100% online, and it went surprisingly well. In 2022 we ran our first hybrid convention. In March 2023, we were predominantly in person, with one track of online programs for those who were not able to attend in person. Online attendees enjoyed this, but gave us clear feedback it was not enough. Therefore, we are testing out Escapade 33.5 online, and still planning Escapade 34, in person in March of 2024.

Who runs Escapade?

Fans run Escapade. There is no corporate involvement, and no profit motive. Escapade is for fans, by fans, about fans and fandom. The content (panels, vid shows, art show) is fan created. Every attendee can suggest as many panels as they like under the broad tracks of general/meta, fandom-specific, tech/workshop, and alternate programming/video to is the catch-all for everything else. The suggested panels are presented to the attending membership for voting, and the schedule flows from there.

So, ultimately, YOU run Escapade. You can see more about the fans who do the background organization here.

What about COVID?

We will do everything we can to make sure continue to ensure Escapade is safe for people who want to attend in person. Our COVID policies will be modified as the convention date approaches, based on the current conditions and any governmental restrictions in place.

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