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Dragon Con Newbies Walking Tour
Want to learn your way around the hotels? Did you know there’s a food court? Come on a tour & meet other newbies. Tours are leaving every 30 minutes. Thu 2:30–5PM, A601–602 (Marriott).
Dragon Con Newbies—Q&A
First Dragon Con? Are you confused or overwhelmed? Savvy con attendees will share tips and tricks. Thu 5:30PM, A601–602 (Marriott).
Geek Trivia for Charity
Last year, we raised over $2,200 for our charity. This year, we aim to improve on that. Bragging rights and a chance at immortality on the famous Bling Gnome Trophy await our champions. Requested donation: $10 per player. Players will be grouped in teams of no more than 10 players. 5:30PM Thu, Augusta B–D (Westin).
Join the Vegetarians and Vegans of DragonCon for a welcome to the con vegan potluck! Make/buy something true vegan (no dairy, eggs, honey, meat) and meet your fellow peaceful eating con goers. Thu 7PM, Sheraton, room TBD. Join the Facebook event page to receive location information.
Let’s Remember the ’80s!
“Stranger Things” has put XTrack and Paranormal Track in a bit of a time warp. Let’s remember the ’80s and get big hair, neon clothes, and weird jewelry. BYOL’eggos! Thu 8:30PM, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton).
Join us for the newest version of our geeky sing-along with all those theme songs, jingles, and videos that stick your head. New songs! It’s your chance to get up & join the conga line—or just sing in your seats! Thu 8:30PM, A601–602 (Marriott).
When did not knowing the words to TV theme songs ever stop anybody? Thu 8:30PM, M103–105 (Marriott).
The 8-Bit Ball
The Video Gaming Track is back again this year with its Thursday night retro dance party—now with classic arcade cabinets! Enjoy classics from the ’80s and ’90s. Costumes optional but always welcome, and you won’t even have to put down a quarter for the next game. Thu 10PM, Peachtree Ballroom (Westin).
Bunny Hutch Party and Costume Contest
Unleash your inner playboy/girl at this geek-meets-chic kickoff party. Embrace your sexy side and dress up—be creative and mash it up with your favorite fandom. You can even enter the contest to win fab prizes as a bunny or Hef! Mature audiences only. Thu 10PM, Grand Salon (Hil).
Dragon Con Newbies—101
First DragonCon? Are you confused or overwhelmed? Savvy con attendees will share tips and tricks. Fri 10AM, Regency V (Hyatt).
Dragon Con’s Pin-Ups by the Pool Party
Be sure to don your best poolside pinup attire, because this is a pinup competition! The judges will be mixing and mingling with you all in the fray, so be sure not to be a wallflower. In the spirit of Dragon Con, do remember that the judges love a good pinup with a nerdy twist. Fri 8:30PM, Pool and Courtyard (Sheraton).
Dragon Olympics Trivia/Challenge Night
The wackiest pub-style Trivia Night Dragon Con has ever hosted! Join our hostest with the mostest Moxie Ann Magnus for Geek Trivia, encompassing all of our fandoms! Donate $5 to join a team. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Georgia. Fri 8:30PM, Regency VI–VII (Hyatt).
Evening in Bree
The annual Tolkien celebration, with dancing and frivolity, plus the much-anticipated Tolkien costuming contest and awards! Fri 8:30PM, Grand West (Hilton).
K-pop Dance Party
Come dance to the K-pop videos you know and love! Fri 8:30PM, Grand East (Hilton).
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Chancellor Gowron rock out to “Dancing Queen.” Fri 8:30PM, Galleria 2–3 (Hilton).
Annual Zombie Walk
The undead horde once again takes to the streets of Atlanta in search of tasty, tasty brains. Participants must be in a zombie or zombie hunter costume. Fri 8:30PM, Chastain F–H (Westin).
The one night of Dragon Con when the decomposing horde reigns. Stop by to shimmy and shamble across the dance floor, lurch into a prom photo, or possibly even be crowned Zombie Prom King or Queen! Fri 10PM, Grand Salon (Hilton).
A Midnight Revelry: Celebrating Five Years of the Urban Fantasy Track
Music from DJ Seraph and a performance from the premier Victorian Chamber Metal band, Valentine Wolfe. In addition, props from the shows and UF authors will be on hand to provide “photo booth” opportunities for fans. Fri 10PM, Savannah Ballroom (Westin).
Can’t Stop the Signal Dance
Aim to misbehave at our shiny new party, celebrating Firefly and Serenity and benefiting Special Olympics Georgia! Bring your dollars for charity, and dance like no power in the ’Verse can stop you! Mature Audiences Only. Fri 10PM, Grand Ballroom A–F (Sheraton)
Left your wand at home? Join the Fantasy Literature track to ensorcell the masses with the magic of a microphone. Bring a friend, some confidence, and your best supportive applause. Bonus points for coming in costume! Fri 10PM, Hanover C–E (Hyatt).
Dragon Con Night at the Georgia Aquarium
Featuring Dragon Con’s cosplay competition “The Chôsen.” Costumes welcome! Sat 7PM, Georgia Aquarium. Tickets very limited; ordering in advance strongly recommended. Shuttle bus available Sat 6PM–12AM; pick-up at the Marriott Marquis back driveway (facing the Hilton).
The Temporal Empress’ Ballroom Dance
The Temporal Empress has set her chronospatial coordinates for the Alternate History Track at Dragon Con. Join us in your finest attire and waltz, foxtrot, and tango to both classic ballroom numbers and the geekiest of danceable themes. Formal attire strongly encouraged. Sat 7PM, 309-312 (Hilton).
Charity Games & Crafts Night
Fun and games and arts and crafts to raise money for Special Olympics Georgia! Military Sci-Fi trivia contest, all manner of card and board games, and activity stations. Sat 8:30PM, Chastain DE (Westin).
Last Party on Alderaan
Dragon Con’s premier house-electro-pop-anything-music dance party! You never know who might drop by, but you can bet the party will be jumping for hours. Party like it’s the end of the world with DJ BZB. Sat 10PM, Grand Salon (Hilton).
10 Forward Party
Go on a musical journey through time in a dance party that shifts you 10 years forward from the classics to today and beyond—that is, if DJ Guinan can fit the headphones over her incredible hat. Sat 10PM, Imperial Ballroom (Marriott).
Heroes & Villains Ball
Back again by popular demand, get your costumes and your dancing shoes ready! DJ Spider will be spinning until the wee hours and you just never know who’s going to stop by. Sat 10PM, Peachtree Ballroom (Westin).
Dragon Con Burlesque: A Glamour Geek Revue
The finest performing artists this country can offer—and the most glamourous geeks imaginable! Featuring That Darling DJ Duo. Mature Audiences Only. Sat/Sun 12AM (midnight), Grand Ballroom A–F (Sheraton).
Black Geeks of Dragon Con 2017 Photo Shoot
The Black Geeks of Dragon Con (BGD) will be holding its third annual photo shoot. BGD began as a way to increase awareness of geek diversity because of a lack of African American interest in science fiction and the associated multigenre conventions. While BGD honors the growing African American community at Dragon Con, it is in no way exclusionary and welcomes all who want to celebrate the diversity of convention. Sun 2–3:30PM, back steps (Hilton).
An Evening at Vic’s—Holo-Karaoke
Recently seen the horrors of war? Looking for a place to recover from a long day at the con? You’re in luck! Vic’s Lounge has recently been approved for rest & rehabilitation by the Ensign Dax! Learn the Great American Songbook classics—or sing whatever you want, it’s your rehab. Sun 7PM, Galleria 2–3 (Hilton).
Come dance the night away with the YA Lit Track and DJ Chris! Parade of costumes at 9:30PM, so come in your Hogwarts finest. All ages invited until 10PM; Mature Audiences Only after 10PM. Sun 8:30PM, Imperial Ballroom (Marriott).
Video Game Karaoke
Sing along with your favorite video game tunes. Our hard & fast rule: Only one performance of the Portal song is permitted. Sun 8:30PM, August B–D (Westin).
Queerios Pre-Party Meetup
You’ve met on Facebook, now meet in person. All your Queerios friends are invited to this meetup. Afterward we will trek over to the Spectrum LGBTQ Party together. 8:30PM Sun, 306 (Hilton).
The Spectrum Party: Celebrating GLBT Geeks & Allies
We welcome all of Dragon Con’s LGBTQ attendees! Enjoy a party just for you: DJ Neon the Glowgo Bear spins the beats, and our go-go grrlz ’n’ boyz dance for you. Must be 21+ to party and have valid photo ID to enter. Brought to you in conjunction with OutlantaCon. Mature Audiences Only. Sun 10PM, Grand East (Hilton).
3rd Annual Doctor Who Ball
The best party this side of Raxacoricofallapatorius! We’ll rock on like an Axon late into the night. Grab your best Sonic and come along. Dance to DJ Weasel’s tunes and stay for our Pageant of Rassilon Winner Announcements at midnight. Allons-y! Sun 10PM, Grand Salon (Hilton).
Mechanical Masquerade: Frontier
The Artifice Club & Alternate History Track’s Mechanical Masquerade returns with “A Night in the Old Weird West.” We drew inspiration for our 6th annual installment from the good, bad, ugly, and weird Western tales. Let the dancing and imagination run free with DJs, go-go beats, and revelry! Sun 10PM, Grand Ballroom A–F (Sheraton).
Film Festival Filmmaker Discussion
Do you want to get your film into a film festival? We’ll tell you the tricks. This is a no-holds-barred discussion of the good & bad about festivals, films, & filmmakers. If you are—or want to be—a filmmaker, this is necessary information. Mon 10AM, Regency V (Hyatt).