Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. There is also a strong cosplay component celebrating these genres, including dragons.
ATLANTA – September 18, 2013 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, announced a record attendance of more than 57,000 for this year’s convention in downtown Atlanta. In addition to attendance, the convention set new records in its charity fundraising and blood drive efforts. “We had a great year,” said […]
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Dragon Con 2014 is the 28th Dragon Con Convention.
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days.
August 29 – September 1, 2014 (Labor Day Weekend)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Westin Peachtree Plaza, and AmericasMart, Building 1 in Atlanta, Georgia
Registration will be located at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.
More than 57,000 fans, dealers, artists, guests, and volunteers attended Dragon Con in 2013. Dragon Con 2014 is expected to draw more than 62,000 attendees.
Registration is open to the public. Four day memberships are $65 through September 15th, $75 through November 15th, $85 through February 14th, $100 until May 16th, $115 until July 18th, $130 until August 15th. Four day memberships are again $130 at the door. Onsite one day memberships are available at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Credentialed members of the news media may attend free of charge with advanced approval.
Dragon Con had a direct economic impact of $40.99 million in 2012, according information from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This placed Dragon Con as the 4th largest convention in economic impact in Atlanta and 11th in attendance.
This year’s official charity is the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
In its fundraising efforts in 2013, Dragon Con raised $87,356 for its three official charities – Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Georgia Conservancy, and Marcus Autism Center. The charities, which were selected in a poll promoted on Facebook and other social media channels, each received a share of the purse.
Since 2005, Dragon*Con has raised more $311,000 for its official charities, which change each year.
Dragon Con’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive attracted a record turnout, with 2,972 attendees donating more than 6,000 units of blood and blood products this year.
Major events include our Annual Parade down Peachtree Street, Comic Book Costume Contest, Guest of Honor Awards Banquet, Masquerade, and Dragon Con Night at the GA Aquarium.
The actors, writers and artists that come to Dragon Con are the backbone of the show. In 2013, George Takei, Lucy Lawless, Brent Spiner, artist Neal Adams and Ed Asner topped a guest list that included close to 400 names. Attendees had the chance to meet their favorites in the Walk of Fame and elsewhere at the convention. In addition to the guest roster, Dragon Con hosts more than 200 attending professionals to support the show’s vast programming.
Members and guests can also participate in panels, workshops, and contests hosted by more than 35 different fandoms covering everything from science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, science, literature, puppetry and film. Workshops give attendees a chance to work closely with experts on writing, tai chi, belly dancing, special effects, and costuming. Other programming events include live concerts, puppet shows, late night parties, DJ hosted dances and Friday Night Wrestling. Dragon Con is also proud to host the largest and most diverse juried art event in fandom, as well as a four-day film festival.