Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS TWIN CITIES CON?
Twin Cities Con is a celebration of comics, toys, TV, film, art, cosplay, games, and all things nerdy. If you're a fan of Batman, the Avengers, Doctor Who, Star Wars, LEGO, Disney, Star Trek, the Walking Dead, Power Rangers, Game of Thrones, etc., you'll probably fit right in at TCC!!
WHEN IS TWIN CITIES CON?
TCC is October 2-3, 2021. The con is open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday, and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.
WHERE IS TWIN CITIES CON?
TCC takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, in Minneapolis, MN!
WHO IS BEHIND TWIN CITIES CON?
TCC is run by fans! TCC was founded by Ben Penrod, also the founder of Awesome Con, Central Florida Comic Con, Annapolis Comic-Con, Southern Maryland Comic-Con, Star Con, Des Moines Con, and co-founder of Alaska ComiCon. Ben has been obsessed with superheroes his entire life and has been running comic cons since 2011.
WHO IS COMING TO TWIN CITIES CON?
WILL A CELEBRITY GUEST SIGN MY (TOY, POP, DVD, POSTER, ETC)?
In general, our celebrity guests are happy to sign items that you bring from home. There may be an additional charge for certain items, and there may be specific items that some celebs are not willing to sign at all. Please do not bring any weapons for them to sign that would violate our prop weapon policy.
HOW CAN I GO TO TWIN CITIES CON?
You can purchase tickets to TCC from our ticketing website, https://www.nerdstreetusa.com/twincitiestix
CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE CONVENTION CENTER?
Yes, you can buy tickets on-site, but we suggest purchasing early to save time. We will not be accepting cash on-site, only credit cards.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS TICKETS?
Kids 10 and under are free. You'll need to get a kids' wristband for them at the con when you pick up your pass.
IS THE MCC ACCESSIBLE?
The MCC is highly accessible for people with disabilities and limited mobility. The facility includes locations for easy curbside drop-off along 2nd Ave., automatic building entrances, automatic 3rd Ave. Parking Ramp doors, and wheelchair-accessible elevators and bathrooms. There is more info on the MCC's website.
IS THERE A HOTEL NEARBY THAT I CAN STAY AT?
We have rooms at the Doubletree Suites downtown for $99 per night. Click Here to book your room.
I'M A MEMBER OF PRESS; HOW CAN I GET ACCESS TO TCC?
Please fill out our Press/Media Request Form HERE
Important Info & Policies
Nerd Street Events/Twin Cities Con is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and rewarding atmosphere. Our events are meant to be an inclusive space for fans, with a zero-tolerance policy against harassment, groping, stalking, and inappropriate photography. Gender-based harassment is unacceptable at TCC.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment of any kind is unwelcome at TCC and will not be tolerated.
COSPLAY & COSTUME WEAPONS POLICY
Any weapon that could seriously hurt somebody is not allowed at TCC. Specifically, but not limited to:
Functional firearms – that includes paintball, airsoft, bb guns, cap guns, any gun that shoots a real projectile or causes a real explosion.
Realistic firearms – any gun that could be confused for a real gun. If it looks like a real gun, it is not allowed. Realistic prop guns with brightly-colored caps are not allowed.
Prop weapons made of a hard material such as metal, wood, or glass
Functional projectile weapons – any weapon (crossbow, slingshot, etc) that discharges a projectile
Blunt weapons like bats, clubs, or hockey sticks
Loud props such as whistles, horns, etc.
Prop weapons are allowed, as long as they meet the following criteria; That they are composed of cardboard, foam, something light. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips and will not be shot. Prop weapons will be allowed at the discretion of staff and uniformed security personnel. Safety is paramount, we will always err on the side of caution. There will be no place to store prohibited weapons on-site. If you have a weapon that is prohibited, you will be escorted from the building and not allowed back in with the weapon.
Hateful symbols aren’t welcome at Twin Cities Con. Historical costumes can be great, but reminders of unspeakable atrocities are not appropriate, ever. This includes any sort of “ironic” or satirical costumes that re-appropriate Nazi paraphernalia or gear.
WHAT ABOUT COVID-19?
We have heard all of your requests and we want to put everyone’s safety first.With the number of COVID-19 cases climbing, we have updated our health and safety protocols for Twin Cities Con. We are now requiring Twin Cities Con participants to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test received within 72 hours of entry.
Additionally, as of August 4, Mayor Jacob Frey stated that any individual who is over the age of two is required to wear a mask or cloth face covering in the Minneapolis Convention Center, regardless of vaccination status. We will have disposable masks on hand if you don't have one. This is a great opportunity to bust out that sweet Sub-Zero cosplay you've been meaning to do since 1996.
While COVID-19 exposure is a risk in any public place, we are dedicated to making Twin Cities Con as safe as possible. This event doesn’t exist without our fans, and we want everyone to be healthy at the con and when they go home. We are working with the Minneapolis Convention Center to create a safety plan for all attendees, exhibitors, staff, etc., so our policies may be updated as the con approaches.
This con is not possible unless everyone plays their part and we will be very strict about enforcing these safety measures. Safety is our #1 priority!
Info about steps the Minneapolis Convention Center is taking:
The MCC is an accredited GBAC STAR™ facility and has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. The MCC has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-approved disinfectants in all public and private spaces with an emphasis on high touchpoint areas and has incorporated new technology such as Electrostatic Disinfecting Machines.
The majority of all meeting rooms are equipped with Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization which works by safely introducing ions into the airflow, combining with particles in the air such as viruses, bacteria, odors, and other airborne particles, and then eliminating or neutralizing them. All of our spaces are flushed with outside air before and after use. Engineers monitor all occupied spaces and maximize the use of outside air.
For more info, check out the MCC's website: https://www.minneapolis.org/minneapolis-convention-center/safety-updates/
We're going to need help making TCC happen, and that's where you come in! Fill out this form if you're interested in volunteering with TCC.
Produced by Nerd Street
Nerd Street is an event production company started and operated by professional nerd Ben Penrod. Other events produced by Nerd Street are Central Florida Comic Con, Alaska ComiCon, Annapolis Comic-Con, Southern Maryland Comic-Con, Des Moines Con, and Star Con Orlando.