Your Dragon Con Rundown

An estimated 82,000 attendees—many clad in cosplay—descend on the city for Dragon Con, making it the world’s largest celebration of pop culture.

This celebration of literature, comics, film, television, art, music and gaming has exploded since the first con in 1987. For many fans, the high quality cosplay and costuming really distinguishes this convention. Plan to have the best time in this galaxy. 

Cosplayers at Dragon Con
(©Dragon Con Photography)

Dragon Con 2017 Membership

This is your access pass to attend all days of the convention, including performers, vendors and a comic and pop artist alley. Stan Lee, creator of some of the best-known comic book superheroes, and Lena Headey, the icy Lannister queen from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” lead a long list of celebrity guests from “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” “Firefly,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Dr. Who.”

Can’t make it for all four days? A limited number of individual day passes for Saturday and Sunday are available.

TIME: Sept. 1-4
PRICE: $140
WHERE: AmericasMart Buildings 1 and 2; Hyatt Regency Atlanta; Atlanta Marriott Marquis; Hilton Atlanta; Westin Peachtree Plaza; Sheraton Atlanta 

Annual Dragon Con Parade
Wizards, superheroes and more take over Peachtree Street during the annual Dragon Con Parade. (©Dragon Con Photography)

Annual Dragon Con Parade

Many attendees spend weeks, months or more on their attire and this is their time to shine. You must be registered to participate in the parade, but watching and cheering from the sidelines is highly encouraged. You never know who—or what—you might see. This event is also family friendly.

TIME: Sept. 2, 10 am
WHERE: Peachtree Street, Downtown 

Mai Tai at Trader Vic's in the Hilton Atlanta
Mai Tai at Trader Vic's in the Hilton Atlanta (©Hilton Atlanta)

Hilton Atlanta and Trader Vic’s

Many cosplayers prepare a different costume for each day of the con. Check them out in Trader Vic’s while sipping a Mai Tai, a special edition “Game of Thrones” wine or Kennesaw-based Southern Sky Brewery’s “Hilton Dragon Beer” served in a collectible cup. More than 40 years old, this location of the iconic restaurant chain is one of only two left in the country—making it a pop-culture oddity in and of itself.

Can’t wait for Friday for the festivities to start? Head to the center lobby on Wednesday night for a “Game of Thrones” party with a DJ. 

TIME: Aug. 30, 5-11 pm
WHERE: 225 Courtland St. NE