In 1987, DragonCon was born in Atlanta with 1400 fans. It continues to be the anchor of the city's busiest tourism weekend. This year, attendance is up more than 10% with 62,000 people expected to attend during Labor Day Weekend. They call themselves "the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe". It's also the best people watching in the southeast.
DragonCon stretches across four days from August 29 - September 1. It includes 3500 hours of panels, seminars, demonstrations, work shops, and fan meets. According to statistics from Georgia State University, DragonCon brought $25 million in economic impact to Atlanta in 2008(the event has grown considerably since then). If you have photos from this year's DragonCon, be sure to email them to photos@11Alive.com so we can include them in our online gallery!
DRAGONCON EVENT GUIDE: Download pocket program
2014 DrgonCon Photo Gallery:
Take a look back at last year. Check out photos from 2013:
Charity plays a major roll in DragonCon. Each year, they hold a huge blood drive and choose a different benefit each year. In 2012, DragonCon raised $45,000 for the Georgia Chapter of the ALS foundation. This year's charity is the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
The DragonCon parade included 3,000 participants and 80,000 spectators, making it Atlanta's largest parade.
Don't forget to send your parade photos to photos@11Alive.com!
DragonCon has a huge cast of stars planed to attend this year's event:
Check out the full list of celebrities planning to attend DragonCon in Atlanta this year.
Labor Day weekend in Atlanta includes not just DragonCon, but also the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff, the Decatur Book Festival, Black Gay Pride weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway Labor Day Races, and Atlanta Braves vs. Marlins games.
FULL GUIDE: Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta
AVOID THE TRAFFIC: Real-time traffic guide to Metro Atlanta
MARTA will run extra trains through the weekend to help handle the extra traffic. Weekday rail service will be running Saturday with additional trains added to the Blue and Green lines to the Georgia Dome.
MARTA SCHEDULE: See full Labor Day weekend schedule