Today, the fine folks who live here in Quebec -- which is a province in Canada for those of you who aren’t familiar with this lovely part of the world -- are enjoying St-Jean-Baptiste Day! Every year, thousands of people gather in parks and enjoy festivals to celebrate our beautiful province, and its history and culture.  And yes, the occasional beer is enjoyed. But hey, it’s a celebration, right?

The arrival of St-Jean-Baptiste Day also inspired us to wonder if there were any geek-centric festivals that members of our community might enjoy. Well, we did a little digging, and found that some really cool ones – namely Geekfest (Canada), Geek Picnic Festival (Russia), and AnimeJapan (Japan) – have already passed for this year. But we found some that are still on the horizon. So without further delay, here are 7 festivals to geek-up your summer:

1- Japan Expo, France : July, 2-5 2015

Can’t go to Japan this summer? Then enjoy the next best thing by heading to Paris and checking out the Japan Expo! It’s THE place to be if you’re a fan of Japanese culture, including aspects that geeks tend to really love, like manga and martial arts. It’s a must-end event that will rock your summer. Learn more at

http://www.japan-expo-paris.com/en/

2- ConBravo!, Canada : July, 24-26 2015

ConBravo! is a celebration of independent creators, gaming, cosplay, and plenty more. Basically, it’s a festival of everything geek. What more could any geek want? Learn more at

http://conbravo.com/

3- ComicCon, USA : July 9-12, 2015

What geek in her or his right mind wouldn’t love the chance to head out west to San Diego and enjoy ComicCon? Think of the laughter…think of the celebrities…think of the swag!!! This year’s ComicCon in July will take place in the gigantic 460,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, and will feature all kinds of cool programs, including a costume competition with prizes and trophies! Learn more at

http://www.comic-con.org/

4-Gamescom, Germany : August 5-9, 2015

If you love interactive games, then Gamescon is for you! This year’s event will take place in Cologne, Germany and will celebrate the next generation of gaming. Last year, more than 335,000 visitors (a.k.a. geeks!) attended the event. Learn more at http://www.gamescom-cologne.com/gamescom/index-9.php

5-Star Trek Convention, USA: August 6-9, 2015

Ah yes: what kind of geeky festival list would be complete without mentioning the geekiest of them all: the annual Star Trek convention! This year it’ll take place in Las Vegas. I can picture it now: Klingons playing poker with Ferengi, Romulans playing craps with Betazoids, and of course: a whole bunch of Captain Kirk look-a-likes having a hard core throw-down against Captain Picard look-a-likes to see who gets the most hot space action. Good times!  Learn more at http://www.creationent.com/cal/st_lasvegas.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVhGF3H_HuI

6- Anime Festival Asia (AFA), Singapore and Indonesia: September 25-26-27, 2015

Since launching in 2008, AFA has become the largest J-pop culture event in the SE Asian region. Basically, if you don’t find it at AFA, then it just isn’t part of Japanese pop culture. Learn more at

http://animefestival.asia/

7- New York Comic Con, USA : October 8-11, 2015

If you happen to miss out on a trip to ComicCon in San Diego, then don’t worry: you can still catch New York Comic Con in October! This celebration will shower all kinds of geeky love on the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and TV. Learn more at

http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

Tell us what you think!

What’s your favorite festival? Will you celebrate one of them? Please share your experiences with us.