LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The third annual CatCon returns to Los Angeles as the only cat-centric, pop culture convention in the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet cat-loving celebrities, and the felines taking over social media, as well enjoy a myriad of experiential activations and shop for unique and one-of-kind items for humans and their furry friends. Tickets can be purchased at catconworldwide.com. Anticipated attendance – 20,000 human feline fans!
Both human and feline celebrities and influencers will be on hand for the event which takes place Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Current list of talent includes: Ian Somerhalder ("Vampire Diaries"), Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galatica"), Gilles Marini ("Switched at Birth," Sex and the City), Julie Newmar (Catwoman from "Batman"), Hannah Shaw ("Kitten Lady"), Addison Riecke ("The Beguiled"), Nickelodeon's Lizzy Greene, model Tess Holliday, Lil Bub, Aaron Benitez, Prince Michael, and Phil ("Aaron's Animals"), Moshow the Cat Rapper with Ravioli, Cats of Instagram, Pudge the Cat, Nala Cat along with siblings White Coffee and Luna, Oskar the Blind Cat and his dad Mick, Chris Poole ("Cole and Marmalade"), Jonathan Zurbel ("Catstradamus"), Michael Nielsen ("Monty Boy"), Scott Stulen (Internet Cat Video Fest), Angie Bailey, ('Texts from Mittens'), Kate Benjamin ("Catification"), Rachel DeMita (TV host), Simone Tipton ("Doc"), Dr. Paul Koudounaris and more to be announced.
Seminars include: They Put the Special in Special Needs presented by Halo, Men and Cats: a Love Story, CatCon Video Festival presented by The Pet Collective, Kitten Lady Tells All presented by ASPCA, Southern Cat-fornia: a Tail of Local Felines.
On Sunday, August 13 at 3:00 PM, the 1st Annual CatCon Awards, presented by the Maker of FRONTLINE® Gold will be held. Hosted by Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica" and "Lucifer"), winners will be honored in such categories such as Freshest Loaf and Biggest Newcomer. Plus, actor and animal activist Ian Somerhalder ("Vampire Diaries") will present Kitty Lady Hannah Shaw with the Advocate of the Year Award.
CatCon 2017 is presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish.
Additional sponsors include: FRONTLINE® Gold for Cats, Petsmart, The Pet Collective, BuzzFeed, ASPCA, ModCloth, Blue Buffalo, VIP Petcare, NatGeo WILD, World's Best Cat Litter, Halo, Litter Robot, Sleepypod, Trackums, The Westin Pasadena, and Petsafe.
CatCon 2017 Info: Dates: Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, 2017 Location: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101 Hours: Saturday, 9AM- 6PM; Sunday, 10AM - 5PM Tickets: $30 per day for adults, $15 for children ages 5-12, under 5 free
Created in 2015, CatCon® has donated nearly $75,000 to organizations including FixNation, Lil BUB's BIG Fund and Kitten Rescue. This year, CatCon will donate $2 of every ticket sold to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Parent company Ticket Out also runs Cat Art Show, an exhibition series that has showcased some of the biggest names in worlds of art and culture, including Shepard Fairey, Norman Reedus, Kat Von D, and Mark Ryden. To date CatCon has had nearly 30,000 attendees.