G-FEST is the largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world. Held each summer, it typically attracts more than 1000 attendees, but has seen a gradual increase in attendance over the past few years. G-FEST 2019, its 26th anniversary, was the most successful convention to date, bringing in about 3,500 Japanese science fiction and fantasy film fans!
G-FEST is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju genre. G-FEST features presentations and Q & A sessions by actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films, fan presentations on topics of interest, contests and gaming, new and classic kaiju movies, the western world’s largest kaiju-oriented dealers room, and lots of fun and camaraderie.
The 2022 Convention: July 15th–17th, 2022
We’re very happy to announce that G-FEST will return this summer! It will be held in a new and larger venue, The Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL, from July 15th to 17th, 2022. I expect that the three year span since our last get-together will result in an even greater spirit of celebration and camaraderie than is usually the case. The convention committee is already at work arranging an event that will match the pent-up enthusiasm, and details will continue to be posted here as they become available. Please consider joining thousands of Godzilla and kaiju fans as we once again create our own weekend MonsterVerse celebrating the King of the Monsters and all his kaiju kin.
Special guests appearing will be actor Hiroyuki Kawase, star of Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster and Godzilla vs. Megalon; actor Tomoko Ai, star of Terror of Mechagodzilla; as well as Ultimate Fighting Champion and actor Don Frye. See the Special Guests page for the full details.
Featured movies include Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla (1954), Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Terror of Mechagodzilla. See the Movies page for the times and details.