Dragon*Con is a four-day non-stop geek and pop culture convention that takes over Atlanta each Labor Day weekend. That’s the simple description. A more in depth description might involve talking about the more than thirty different programming tracks, the parade, the parties, the 400+ celebrity guests, the dozens of musical acts and performances, the art, the costuming, the contests, the friendship, the insanity… the list goes on and on. Dragon*Con is an experience of epic proportions, and words could never quite do it justice. Take it from me, you should just go and experience it for yourself (this will be my 6th year).
The convention is run by more volunteers than I would dare to count, and they are dedicating to creating a great experience for fans – no Hollywood execs trying to push their latest comic book movie, no Angelina Jolie or Will Farrell. And while that might make it sound like Dragon*Con is inferior to the beastly West coast convention that is San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the truth is Dragon*Con fans don’t want their convention to be like SDCC. They like it just the way it is.
That said, Dragon*Con does put together an impressive guest list. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger, and the 2010 convention is no exception. Some of the celebrities on the 2010 Dragon*Con guest list include Mythbuster Adam Savage; Quantum Leap’s Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell; Star Trek’s Avery Brooks, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Robert Beltran, Garrett Wang, Robert Duncan McNeill; The Whedonverse’s James Marsters, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, and Summer Glau; Stargate’s Ben Browder, Claudia Christian, Alaina Huffman, and David Hewlett; artists Stan Lee, Don Maitz, Doktor A, Shag, and George Perez; and musical acts like Cruxshadows, Pandora Celtica, Emerald Rose, Voltaire, and The Extraordinary Contraptions. With over 400+ guests, there truly is something for everyone at Dragon*Con.
Dragon*con is being held at the Marriott Marquis, the Hilton Atlanta, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, and the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. These hotels are massive, with each one having several ballrooms and dozens of conference rooms. The host hotels are all sold out of rooms, but there is a long list of overflow hotels that are nearby (some are closer than others).
Tickets will be available for pre-sale via the Dragon*Con website until September 1, 2010. After that, tickets will only be available on-site in the Georgia Hall of the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. All tickets purchased between August 25, 2010 and September 1, 2010 will be available at a special will call desk in the Capital Ballroom of the Sheraton on Sept 2, 2010. These pre-sale tickets are $100, and for all four days. Single-day or two- and three-day tickets are not available in advance, and can only be purchase on location at the Sheraton. Pro Tip: If you’re buying a ticket on Friday or Saturday, get there as early as you can, or you could end up spending half of the day in line. Dragon*Con attracts upwards of 35,000 people.
Dragon*con 2010 ticket prices, if purchased at the door, are as follows:
- 4 Day (Fridayâ€“Monday): $100
- 3 Day (Saturday, Sunday, Mondayâ€“Available for Purchase on Saturday Only): $75
- 2 Day (Sunday, Mondayâ€“Available for Purchase on Sunday Only): $50
- Friday Only: $35 (Available for Purchase on Friday Only)
- Saturday Only: $50 (Available for Purchase on Saturday Only)
- Sunday Only: $35 (Available for Purchase on Sunday Only)
- Monday Only: $25 (Available for Purchase on Monday Only)
For more information, visit www.dragoncon.org.
CultureMob will be covering this event, so be sure to check back with us for updates before, during, and after the convention!