Reasons Why BravoCon Might Be Taking a Pause in 2024

Andy Cohen at BravoCon 2023
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Bravo’s die-hard fans have been flocking to BravoCon for the last three years. The convention was Bravo’s way of putting its hottest TV personalities in the same room with the viewers who love them. Between customary meet-and-greets, there have been interactive pop-ups like the Something About Her sandwich shop. Luann de Lesseps has had her cabaret shows. There was even a Dorinda Medley aerobics class. So, why is BravoCon taking a pause for 2024?

We know that BravoCon 2025 will occur at Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, and the Linq. Tickets have yet to be released, and more information will be provided at a later date. 

Fans can currently sign up for special sneak peeks of the upcoming event on Bravo Insider. The experience wasn’t cheap and offered multiple packages. But if you could swing it for the weekend, BravoCon was one hell of a time. However, the network just revealed that BravoCon would be put on pause for 2024, which begs the question, why? 

BravoCon could move to a bi-yearly schedule

BravoCon is still very much a baby. And hasn’t been around as long as some conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, which began in 1970. Thus, there are still some major tweaks the network could be figuring out. Like is it feasible to put on BravoCon every year? It takes a lot of work and money. Between having to coincide schedules for most of their on-air talent, the network also needs to pick a specific weekend. And set up travel and lodging for guests. Which brings us to our next point…

BravoCon is an expensive event to host

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The Wrap estimated that Bravo made $13.75 million for BravoCon 2023. The Bravo stars are all paid an appearance fee that also includes travel, accommodation, and styling. Imagine the network paying that every year for over 160 people; the price adds up. Choosing to make BravoCon a bi-yearly event would also raise the excitement level while allowing the network to put together bigger and better excursions. It also allows us fans to save a bit from the previous year’s events. 

Is NBC focusing on the Olympics?

So I love Bravo, but I also LOVE the Olympics. Every four years we get to bring the best of the best in sports together to see who will be triumphant. NBC, Bravo’s parent company, has had the TV right to the Summer Olympic Games since 1988. So it is a pretty big deal.

The Paris 2024 games start Friday, Jul 26, 2024, and run to Sunday, Aug 11, 2024. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into the preparation. So I wouldn’t expect NBC to put BravoCon as a priority. 

Testing out the Watch Party by Bravo format

So even though fans may have to wait until 2025 to get to the next BravoCon, the network did drop us a lifeline. In the network’s press release, they shared that they would be launching Watch Party by Bravo. And no, it’s not just a virtual watch party like most other companies do. This is an in-person event.

The new format will start in the spring in the New York City and Los Angeles area. Fans will be able to enjoy advance screenings and exclusive sneak peeks of some of their favorite shows. It was also hinted that some familiar faces would be making appearances.

While we don’t know much more than that right now, additional details are expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks. Watching Summer House with West Wilson and The Real Housewives of New Jersey with Teresa Giudice? Yes please!