That is the question.
I've been going to The Fest for Beatles Fans (previously known as Beatlefest, but the name had to be changed for legal reasons) for several years now. This year, I didn't buy tickets in advance. It's coming up next weekend. Truth to tell, I didn't take notice of the date earlier; I'm used to it being later in the month. So now I'm debating whether or not it's worth attending this year. It tends to be very much the same year after year--same exhibits, same types of programming, same dealers in the huckster's room. Even the guests have been there before.
While it's fun for me to unleash my inner Beatlegeek and go around all day in a Beatles T-shirt and denim jacket listening to Beatles music and admiring photographs of them, it does get old seeing the same things every year. And thanks to more legal issues, the Fest doesn't show the movies in the main ballroom anymore. Yes, I've seen A Hard Day's Night and Help! and Yellow Submarine lots of times, but it's more fun to see them with other fans. Plus it's expensive. It would be $44 bucks just for a one-day admission, and that's not counting parking and food and all the goodies I'd want to buy. For comparison, WisCon is $45 for the whole four-day weekend, and you get access to the con suite with free food and a bag of souvenirs. I was originally thinking to skip the Fest this year and put the money toward our upcoming vacation in London.
So why am I having second thoughts? There will be people I know from Beatlelinks, the forum I belong to, that I haven't seen in a long time. (Unfortunately, I won't be able to go with one of my friends this year, as she can only go Sunday, and I have plans for that day.) Plus, it is a heady feeling to wander around the hotel and see other people who share your passion for the music. It can be fun listening to people play and sing; sometimes singalongs form in the hallways. If I don't go, I'll feel like I'm missing something.
I guess I can wait until next Saturday to make up my mind, since I'd have to buy a ticket at the door. Eugene's telling me I should go if I want to go; I'm still trying to figure out how much I want to go.