Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention, is back and bigger than ever, with a record 85,000 people headed to downtown Atlanta for the Labor Day weekend.
Dragon Con, making Labor Day Atlanta’s favorite holiday since 1987, runs from Thursday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 3 with events and activities across five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta – and AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2.
Fans will travel from all 50 states and several foreign countries to meet their favorite actors, artists, authors, creators, and experts, show off their latest cosplay, make new friends, and revel in the joy that is Dragon Con.
In addition to the guests and the fabulous cosplay, Dragon Con offers more than 140,000 square feet of gaming, making it one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation. From the latest video games to the most popular tabletop games, plus Japanese and classic American arcade games, ‘round the clock gaming is free to Dragon Con members starting Thursday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.
More than 400 guests, from the worlds of movies, television, comics, literature, and other universes, will lead panel discussions and meet with fans. Some of this year’s top guests include Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison, Ant Man & The Wasp’s Evangeline Lilly, Luke Cage’s Mike Colter, and Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things.
Helping to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Superman, two actors who wore the cape – Smallville’s Tom Welling and Superman Return’s Brandon Routh – plus one who played arch-villain Lex Luthor, Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, will meet fans, lead discussions, and sign autographs.
In honor of Sesame Street’s 50 years on television, Dragon Con welcomes Carrol Spinney, the Muppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, plus human character actors Bob McGrath (Bob), Emilio Delgado (Luis), and Roscoe Orman (Gordon).
Some other films and television represented by guests at this year’s convention include the Avengers: Infinity War; The Hobbit; Hot Fuzz; Game of Thrones; Dr. Who; the Star Trek franchise, including the original series, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Discovery; The Expanse;The 100; CW’s Arrow-verse (Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl); Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Black Lightening; American Gods; Lost; TheX-Files; Lost Girl; the Stargate franchise; Warehouse 13; and The Incredible Hulk.