We are excited to feature many engaging and fun events at this year's ACE! Check back regularly for updates on costume contests, panels, and gaming. 

Costume Contest

ACE encourages cosplayers of all ages, genders, and skill levels! There will be three levels to our contest: kids, novice, and advanced. This contest will be a technical one focused on your costume itself, not a performance based contest.

Location: Mezzanine Level - Panel Room

Registration at ACE info desk directly outside the entrance to the convention.


11:15 - 11:45: Cosplay Basics w/ Moira Asheland

12:00 - 12:30: Jennifer Cihi Performance

1:30 - 2:30: Costume Contest

2:00: Erin Cahill photo ops with Indulge Images

4:30 - 5:00: Q & A - Erin Cahill

5:00 - 5:30: Costume Contest Winners Announced

5:30 - 6:00: Q & A - Samantha Newark

5:30: Deadline to Enter Charity Raffle

6:00: Charity Raffle winners announced

The Panel Room is located on the Mezzanine Level in Mtg. Rooms 4 & 5


Take a break from walking around the con to enjoy some gaming! ACE 2018 will include a sanctioned Magic Tournament as well as a variety of gaming demos and free play opportunities. The will be deck building games, tile games, D &D, and more! Check out both rooms on the Mezzanine Level. ACE will also include video games from the Asheville Retrocade!


Drink & Draw - ACE Pre-Party

Friday November 9th - Doors at 8pm

Get ready for Asheville Comic Expo with a pre-party at Well-Played the night before! Featuring Asheville's first DRINK AND DRAW, we will have live drawing and finished pieces for you to buy, with all proceeds going to ARTS AND WELLNESS FOR VETERANS! It's a great time for a good cause, and the perfect way to kick off ACE WEEKEND. See you there!


ACE Official After-Party

Brought to you by Static Age Records!

Doors at 8pm - 18 and up ONLY

Featuring performances by our special guests and local musicians. Only $5 with ACE wristband or badge!

Location at Con: V409

Location of After-Party: 110 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801


Charity Raffle

ACE 2018 is excited to give back to our community! This years charity raffle will include all kinds of toys, comics, and art donated by vendors and artists. Raffle tickets will only be $1 or you can donate to our food drive for Mana Food Bank or our Book drive with POP! Please follow the link to see appropriate items for donation.

Location: V102/103

Charities: Open Hearts / Youth Outright / Buncombe County Library / POP Project / The Literacy Council of Asheville