Minecraft Festival coming to Orlando in September, returns to convention format

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Minecraft Festival will take place in Orlando this September.
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“Minecraft” lovers rejoice. On Thursday, Mojang and Microsoft announced that they are teaming up to bring the game’s annual real-world gathering back. After Minecon became a streaming-only event in 2017, “Minecraft” is coming back to the real world with a new name and plenty of excitement to go with it.

This year, Minecraft Festival will arrive in Orlando at the end of September, barring any unforeseen health concerns. It will include everything from “Minecraft” panels to appearances from popular creators to news about the beloved game. For any fans out there, this isn’t an event you’ll want to miss.

Real World Blockstravaganza

“Minecraft” has been bringing people together for more than a decade. The game’s simple premise and unending nature make it a timeless classic that millions of players enjoy on consoles, PCs, and even their smartphones.

Previous Minecon events brought gamers together in the real world to celebrate the title. Unsurprisingly, the popular convention moving to an online-only format didn’t go over well with fans. After Thursday’s news, the prayers of these fans have been answered.

This year’s Minecraft Festival will take place at Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center. The venue attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year thanks to an array of conferences and showcases. It has more than two million square feet of exhibition space for “Minecraft” lovers to spawn across.

Minecraft Festival arrives in Florida on September 25 and runs through September 27. Microsoft is dubbing it as “an in-person celebration of all things ‘Minecraft.’”

Fans hoping to be in attendance can start getting their passes on March 6, which is just a week away. Tickets will start at $60 for one day, but dedicated fans can get a three-day pass for $165. As a fun bonus, attendees will get a virtual Minecraft Festival cape that works with both the Java and Bedrock versions of the game.

Those who want a diamond-caliber experience can upgrade to several VIP packages. These offer festival-exclusive items and early access to events, exhibits, and panels.

Completely New Experience

While Minecon events of the past were a fun time, Microsoft promises that the inaugural Minecraft Festival will be a completely new experience. A blog post on “Minecraft’s” official website says that the event will be “Our [Microsoft’s] version of a house party will be a fully-fledged ‘Minecraft’ experience with thousands of guests, featuring interactive exhibits, inclusive gameplay, fiercely competitive tournaments, intense live entertainment, creativity-sparking panels, and the opportunity to meet your favorite content creator or Mojang developer.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft plans to integrate Minecon Live, a live show that reveals all the latest “Minecraft” news, into the conference. Now called Minecraft Live, it will disperse lots of exciting new details about what the future holds for the game. The show will still be live-streamed from the festival for those not in attendance.

Mojang’s chief brand officer, Lydia Winters, says, “We think of Minecraft Festival as a place to meet, hang out with, and learn from like-minded players—all in an interactive space full of surprising experiences and opportunities for discovery.”

If you want to attend, don’t forget to grab your passes on Friday, March 6 starting at noon EST. If you’re the forgetful type, you can sign up for Microsoft Festival’s email list and get reminders when tickets go on sale and updates on the latest news about the event.

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