Wednesday, September 16, 2015


2050 Events, Inc. ignites the Daytona Beach entertainment scene this Halloween with a new kind of convention experience, 2050 Daytona Beach, bringing three days of epic entertainment for all ages October 30th through November 1st. Attractions include an eSports tournament, more than 40 celebrities, musicians and entertainers; multiple costume contests, large vendors room, panels and workshops, kids expo, movie screenings with fan experiences, VIP parties and concerts.

Gaming fans can look forward to an action packed weekend at 2050 Daytona Beach. The convention, in partnership with Iron Gaming, is hosting IG Daytona at the Ocean Center Arena. The sizeable eSports gaming tournament features HALO 5 and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, and offers a prize pool of $15,000. Teams that want to be part of the game and fans who want to watch can visit the event website at to purchase passes. For classic gaming enthusiasts, the 2050 Challenge Room powered by Gamers Sanctuary will have table top games, trading card games (TCG’s) and video games. Tournaments and drafts for all four TCG's as well as a Super Smash Bros Wii U Challenge are part of the Challenge Room offerings.

The first night of the convention kicks off with a family-friendly Zombie vs. Gypsies street party on Main Street with live music performances at multiple venues, a Best of the Undead costume contest and a Dark Carnival headlined by theatrical Steampunk duo Frenchy and the Punk, along with Daytona’s own Harum Scarum. A roaming band of Celtic Gypsies will make camp on the moonlit shores of Daytona Beach to honor their heritage in a jubilant celebration. Unbeknownst to them Zombies will scour the streets looking to recruit unsuspecting 2050 attendees into their numbers. While watching for a Zombie attack, the over 21 crowd can partake in a pub crawl drink challenge and scavenger hunt. Singles can connect during the Zombie Speed Dating and the Lock n Key Dating Mixer.

The 509 Lounge will be a 2050 hot spot Friday night, taking Daytona Beach nightlife to the next level. 2050’s Soundtrack Release Party brings together 10 of the South's Premier DJ's whose original tracks will be forever memorialized in the 2050 Soundtrack compilation. Headlining the party are musician and remix artist Jesse Slayter and DJ Kid Kamillion. Celebrity cosplayers Holly Wolf and Kristen Hughey will be at the 509 Lounge hosting the 2050 VIP Gamer’s Lounge and a Dark Anime cosplay contest. Cosplayers also have an opportunity to showcase their creations in the Future of Cosplay contest on Saturday. Many entertainment options are scheduled for Saturday night as well; details can be found on the event website at

2050 Daytona Beach presents special screenings of movie classics at Paragon Theaters Ocean Walk 10, with a fan experience following each showing. Actor Michael Biehn hosts a question and answer session for the audience following the screenings of The Terminator and Aliens, and screenwriter Carl Gottlieb along with Actress Susan Backlinie will be in attendance for the Jaws viewing.

Additional convention offerings include panels and workshops throughout the weekend. Topics will cover everything from special effects make up, prop building and costuming; to writing, theatre acting and insider acting tips. SFX Master Tony Dyson who built R2D2 will host a panel on how the beloved droid was created as well as provide insight on BB-8, the newest droid featured in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. There will also be a special convention segment featuring dialogue with actor Jack Noseworthy (The Brady Bunch Movie, Event Horizon, Judging Amy) on anti-bullying and acceptance. Convention attendees with a passion for shopping will enjoy browsing 2050’s Vendors Room in the Expo Hall featuring several booths selling a variety of art, comics and collectibles, toys, clothing, accessories and handmade artisan crafts. Vendors Room booth pricing and applications can be found on the website at

2050 Daytona Beach also has dedicated programming for children ages 12 and under. The Imagine.2050 kids expo offers activities, performances and guest appearances tailored just for this age group. Accompanied by their parents, children can attempt wacky science experiments hosted by Mad Science, participate in an interactive magic show with magician Doug Billingsley and defy gravity in the giant inflatable planetarium provided by the Museum of Arts and Sciences. 2050 Daytona Beach has even planned for a chill zone bean bag lounge with animated movie screenings. Additional kid-friendly activities include face painting, a craft workshop and story time. Imagine.2050 will feature celebrity meet & greets as well as a trick or treat parade and costume contest for kids on the main stage in the Expo Hall. Children ages 12 and under receive free admission to 2050 Daytona Beach when accompanied by a paid adult (limit 2 children per paid adult).
A highly anticipated part of the convention experience is meeting favorite celebrity guests. 2050 Daytona Beach guest highlights include:  Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), Daniel Logan (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones), Joseph Gatt (Thor, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Game of Thrones), Sasha Jackson (Blue Crush 2, The Lost Girls, Dominion), Christy Carlson Romano (Kim Possible), Russell Hodgkinson and Nat Zang (Z Nation), Anthony Montgomery (Star Trek: Enterprise), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Gigi Edgley (Farscape), Steve Lund and Greyston Holt (Bitten) and Joel De La Fuente (Hemlock Grove). Also appearing at the convention are the Power Rangers and several cast members from the anime series High School of the Dead. 2050 has invited a phenomenal mix of television, film and voice actors; film industry professionals, musicians, entertainers, comic creators, artists, authors and professional cosplayers. For a full list of guests, visit

2050 Events, Inc. goes beyond bringing extraordinary entertainment to Daytona Beach by giving back to the local community. The company has started an annual tradition of supporting five non-profit organizations with a gift of 5% of net convention proceeds allocated to the group of charities. Creative Director Lanie Stevens explains: "When we first conceived the 2050 Event it became apparent that we wanted our contribution to reach beyond our valued fans and into those communities where many heroic challenges are faced every day; to those who help to integrate our residents with special needs, to those who help the homeless or provide shelter and care for the legions of abandoned animals and of course, to those who dedicate their time to foster the ambitions and values of our youth. To this end we created The 2050 Five initiative.”  For its inaugural year, the convention’s charitable beneficiaries are The Arc Volusia, Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia, Southeast Volusia Humane Society and Junior Achievement of Central Florida.

With its outstanding array of activities and entertainment for all ages and its stellar list of guests, 2050 Daytona Beach is ‘the’ place to be the weekend of October 30th through November 1st.  Bring the whole family and make this Halloween one to remember. Admission passes are available for the entire weekend or for a particular day. Be sure to check out the amazing perks available with VIP tickets. Visit for more information and to purchase your convention tickets.

  2050 Daytona Beach: Entertain, Exhibit, Empower


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