DragonCon 2019 – Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2019 Downtown Atlanta
Labor Day is this weekend and geeks far and wide know what that means, Dragoncon! Located in 5 downtown hotels, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree Plaza and at AmericasMart 1 and 2. This year, DragonCon’s footprint will expand to include 200 Peachtree, an event space next to the Westin Peachtree, for selected events including the 8-Bit Ball on Thursday, 10 pm to 2 am, and the Heroes and Villains Ball, Saturday, 10 pm to 2 am, both in the Whitehall Ballroom. DragonCon brings together actors, writers, comic book artists, singers, dancers, and cos-players to celebrate all things pop-culture related. Last year a record crowd of over 80,000 attended the event and they expect record crowds again this year.
While you do need a pass to get into the Con, you can watch the famous DragonCon parade on Saturday morning for free. You will see just about every cartoon, anime, and superhero character, along with a variety of other delightful cos-players in the procession. The highlight of the parade is the legion of “Star Wars” Stormtroopers that finish the parade. The Parade is a fan favorite with the festivities starting at 10 am. Check the DragonCon website for details of the parade route. Be sure to get to the parade site early, as the sidewalks along the parade route fill up quickly and taking Marta to the parade is highly suggested. If you can’t make it to the parade, then stay at home and watch it on Atlanta’s CW starting at 10 am. You will beat the crowds and still have all the fun of watching the amazing costumes and floats in a parade that is uniquely Atlanta.
The cool thing about DragonCon that no matter what your interest is in, there is probably a panel or even a track (pannels and events that fall under one subject like Star Wars, Star Trek or even just Space) that will peak your knowledge of your favorite Sci-Fi subjects.
The Dragon Con Dealers Hall, located in AmericasMart, is where you can buy just about anything your geeky heart desires – from Steampunk clothing to comic books and rare collectible artwork.
There are a ton of panels throughout the weekend. Some are located in enormous halls while others occupy smaller conference rooms. You can find panels on just about everything you can imagine covering the gambit of fandom; from your favorite current and past Sci-Fi shows, such as “Battlestar Galactica,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Game of Thrones” and CW’s own “The 100,” along with a look back at the wonderful world that “iZombie’ created.
Gaming will once again be open Thursday of the show at 4 pm at the America’s Mart, Building 1, with some events and tracks at the Westin and Hyatt. Gaming runs throughout the con with some gaming contests going on 24 hours a day. No matter what kind of gaming you are into, Dragoncon has it including Board Games, Collectible Card Games, LAN Gaming, Live Action Role Playing, Table Top Gaming and of course, all types of Video Gaming.
If art is your thing, then you will want to go to the Comic and Pop Art Alley. You can talk to and buy work from comic book writers, artists, and publishers. Panels and how-to-workshops on comics are held throughout the con. There are also a bunch of live performances by bands of just about every genre, including jazz, punk, rock, and folk.
In the spirit of the Dragon and with infinite admiration, Dragon Con has created The Dragon Award as a vessel to recognize excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy. These awards will be by the fans, for the fans, and are a chance to reward those who have made real contributions to SF, books, games, comics and movies.
Every year DragonCon selects a partner to be the official charity of the con. This year it is the Atlanta Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Dragon Con will again match dollar for dollar, up to $100,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2019 convention. A charity auction will be going on during DragonCon to raise money for this great organization.
And of course, the Walk of Fame will be ongoing throughout the con where you can get an autograph of your favorite personality.
DragonCon is in downtown Atlanta Aug. 29th – Sept. 2nd.
For more information go to www.dragoncon.org