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Long Island Retro Gaming Expo

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 9-11, 2024
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The LI Retro Gaming Expo Returns August 9th-11th, 2024!

The Long Island Retro Gaming Expo returns to the Cradle of Aviation Museum this August 9th, 10th, and 11th. Tickets are available now for Weekend and Single Day passes as well as merchandise add-ons.

It is highly recommended to purchase your tickets online in advance before they sell out. All ticket sales are final.

Held annually every August at our home venue The Cradle of Aviation, LI Retro houses over three levels of arcades, hundreds of console and PC gaming events, exclusive exhibits, engaging panels, curated vendors, live performances, and more.


Please Note: Museum Library Passes are not valid for this event

About the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo

The Long Island Retro Gaming Expo, home to New York’s premier video game convention, returns to the historic Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Experience over 50 years of video game history across three exciting days.

The Long Island Retro Gaming Expo is where gamers, new and old, can experience the joy and history of videogames in an environment that encapsulates the golden eras of gaming but re-imagined for today’s player.

Interact and Play the History of Video Games
Experience dedicated retro gaming sections across different platforms set up for specific genres, eras, and levels of competition. Attendees at LI Retro will find no shortage of retro games to play ranging from fighting, puzzle, adventure, and open world games to games requiring special peripherals such as light gun. music, and racing games. With a huge assortment of iconic and hidden gems in each section, you’ll be amazed at the amount of games you’ve barely scratched the surface of playing.

Gaming Zones
Experience over half a century of games with the widest selection of gaming hardware and selection to get your hands on. Utilizing original hardware and hundreds of CRT TVs, players will get the most authentic means of playing classic retro games. LI Retro’s gaming curators masterfully arrange the expo’s gaming stations to align with various categories, eras, and genres to create the most immersive experience for every player.

Players of all skill levels come to LI Retro to show they are on top of their game. A variety of open invitation tournaments across various genres and retro/modern eras will be available for players to compete in. Whether you’re entering for the thrill, the glory, or simply to enjoy, all of the tournaments at LI Retro provide players an exhilarating and rewarding atmosphere to share their love of competition.

High Score Challenges
Prove you can land the top score! A number of high-score challenges will be hosted at LI Retro 2023 that will provide players the chance to show off their skills in both familiar and not-so-familiar gameplay settings. Whether its landing the highest score in a classic retro game or pulling off unique tricks in a deep-cut classic, players of all skills are welcomed to give these high score challenges a shot!

Home Console LAN-Play
Experience the ultimate multiplayer setup with an incredible assortment of local area network connected systems that captures the magic of competitive play before the advent of online gaming. Competitive battles in multi-screen Halo 2, the high-end mech-simulator Steel Battalion on XBOX, 8-player Mario Kart Double Dash, and even a never-before-seen two-player Virtual Boy setup are just some of the experiences you’ll get to play at LI Retro’s various LAN setups.

Cosplay - Get In The Game by Getting In Character
Cosplayers from all fandoms come to LI Retro to share their passion for their favorite game, anime, comic, film or art. All attendees are welcome to share their passion and dress up as the character or concept of their choice. Cosplay at LIRetro 2024 events and contests coming soon.