From Star Wars to comics to gamers, Florida has events to satisfy your inner nerd

Thousands from all over the galaxy visited the Orange County Convention Center on Sunday, August 15, 2010, for the last day of Star Wars: Celebration V . The event returns to Orlando in 2012. (Tom Benitez, Orlando Sentinel)

May 24-26, 2013 Oasis 26, Orlando: Events for this convention include panels and signings, gaming, filking, masquerade, a charity auction and a video room. Tickets can be purchased by the day or as packages with discounts provided for children.

May 24-26, 2013 Florida Anime Experience, Orlando: The Florida Anime Experience is a new fan convention designed to focus specifically on Japanese animation, manga and popular culture, this year's convention will be the second annual. Visit

June 1-2, 2013 Knightrokon, Orlando: Knightrokon is a gaming and anime event held in the University of Central Florida's Student Union and hosted by Anime Spot, a club at UCF. Visit

June 15, 2013 Hurricane Who's Summer Night, Orlando: Fans can get autographs and photos at this "Doctor Who"-themed event. Visit

July 26-28, 2013 Megaplex, Orlando: Megaplex has been Florida's furry arts and entertainment convention since 2002. Performances at the convention will focus on fursuiting, puppetry and improvisation. Visit

Aug. 16-18, 2013 Anime Festival, Orlando: This festival, described as Florida's favorite Japanese anime convention, will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Visit

Sept. 6-8, 2013 UmiCon, Daytona Beach: UmiCon will be held at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. It is an up and coming anime and gaming convention with deep roots in the local community, as well as other anime conventions. Visit

Sept. 14, 2013 CGA Nature Coast, Crystal River: This show is devoted to anime and gaming of all types. It will be held at Double Tree Oceanfront. Visit

Oct. 4-6, 2013 ShadoCon, Tampa: This convention is devoted to video games, anime and comics and will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa. Visit

Oct. 18-20, 2013 FANdom, Pensacola: This convention will be hosted at the University of West Florida and will feature costume contests, raves, panel discussions, quidditch, a masquerade ball and more. Tickets range from $8-$45. Visit

Oct. 18- 21, 2013 Necronomicon, St. Petersburg: Christopher Paolini will be the guest of honor at this year's Necronomicon, a convention for science fiction, fantasy and horror. This marks the convention's 30th year and it will be held at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg. Visit

Oct. 19 - 21, 2012 The Vampire's Ball, Orlando: A vampire-themed dance performance put on by the Orlando Ballet. Tickets range from $15-$75. Visit

Oct. 19, 2013 Furloween, Orlando: This year's mascot for the furries dinner dance party is the hyena, but furries of all breeds are welcome. "Visit

Fall, 2014 (Date TBA) Away Mission, Tampa: This Star Trek convention, hosted by Vulcan Events, will return with celebrity guests after a hiatus in 2013. Guests can pay to get an autograph or get a photo with any of the celebrities. Prices vary. Visit

Nov. 1 - 3, 2013 Hurricane Who: Category Four Convention, Orlando: Hurricane Who, a "Doctor Who" fan group, will be hosting a weekend-long convention devoted to "Doctor Who" and British science fiction. Visit

Nov. 22 -24, 2013 Chibi-Pa, Deerfield Beach: Chibi-Pa is an Anime and cultural festival with the goal of expanding guests' knowledge of Japanese Anime. This year's festival is at the Doubletree by Hilton and tickets range from $15-$35. Visit

Nov. 3, 2013 North Florida Comic Con, Jacksonville: Admission is $5 to see collector's comic books, sports cards, toys, statues and more at 3130 Hartley Road in Jacksonville. Visit

Dec. 2-9, 2012 Furry Cruise, Port Canaveral: All furries are invited to come together and cruise to the Bahamas on a Royal Caribbean; the ship will sail out of Port Canaveral.

Dec. 13- 15, 2013 Holiday Matsuri, Orlando: Holiday Matsuri is a new multi-genre convention with holiday cheer. All three days will be celebrating anime, video games, sci-fi, celebrity guests, cosplayers, artists, costume & cosplay contests, parties, and more. Visit