- Avery Newmark For the AJC
More than 82,000 people are expected to attend the extravaganza of Dragon Con this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4. Undercover fans and attendees are encouraged to wear their nerdiest and most creative costumes as they go throughout their jam-packed days of fun.
The festivities include celebrity appearances, panels, games, workshops, and more all sprawled throughout five hotels in the downtown Atlanta area. If you have the official Dragon Con 2017 App, you may have noticed the infamous parties have been released with times and locations.
Bring your mead and get ready to celebrate the weekend long into the night with these eight peculiar Dragon Con 2017 parties.
8-11 p.m. Thursday. Marriott Pulse Bar. 265 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta.
The majority of Dragon Con attendees can't get enough of the event. Every year the opening gets pushed earlier into the week. For veterans that makes a lot of sense, since being at Dragon Con is like being reunited with family after a long, long year apart. So for those that can arrive early, get to Pulse Bar at Marriott Marquis before the monster of a rush hits on Thursday.
10 p.m. Thursday. Hilton Grand Salon. 255 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta.
Embrace the sexy in you and get amped for the Playboy/girl kickoff party at the Hilton. When you're picking out your costume, keep in mind geek-meets-chic (this is Dragon Con of course). Mash it up with your favorite fandom and be sure to enter the contest to win a fabulous prize. Mature audiences only.
8:30 p.m. Friday. Sheraton Pool and Courtyard. 165 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta.
Just because the neighborhood pool is closing doesn't mean you have to put away your bathing suit quite yet. The Sheraton's got a pool and Dragon Con is hosting one of the hottest competitions of the year. Don your best poolside pinup attire and get creative with a nerdy twist. Don't be shy; the judges will be mixing and mingling with the crowd. If pinup isn't your style, come back later for the Victorian Pool Party at 10 p.m.
11:30 p.m. Friday. Marriott Imperial Ballroom. 265 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta.
Conjure up a cocktail and head over to the Marriott for some boozy trivia. Panelists will tackle geeky questions based around their favorite libations, along with jokes, trivia and more.
9 p.m. September 2. Atlanta Marriott Marquis. 265 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta.
Rick and Morty fans are (burp) something else. This fan-created event is more on the unofficial side of Dragon Con parties, but it is sure to be a good time. Put on your costume and get schwifty at the Marriott for epic space travel stories along with some photo ops in the Multiverse.
10 p.m. September 2. Hilton Grand Salon. 255 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta.
Calling all Princess Leia's and Stormtroopers, welcome to Dragon Con's premier house-electro-pop-anything-music dance party. Party like there's no tomorrow with DJ BZB. You never know who might stop by.
12 a.m. September 3. Sheraton Grand Ballroom A-F. 165 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta.
This two-hour show (brought to you by Talloolah Love) appeals not just to the gluttons for glamour, but also to the OG chic who make Dragon Con what it is. Be sure to mark this on the must-do list for the weekend; you won't regret it. All you need is your badge to attend this event.
10 p.m. September 3. Hilton Grand East. 255 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta.
To all of Dragon Con's LGBTQ attendees and supporters, this one's for you. DJ Neon the Glowgo Bear will be spinning tracks for everyone to "get down" to. Must be 21 and up to party and have valid photo ID to enter. Brought to you in conjunction with OutlantaCon. Mature audiences only.View full experience