What is Dragon Con 2018?
What do you need to know about this year's event
Author: Michael King
Published: 1:38 PM EDT August 28, 2018
Updated: 12:48 PM EDT September 1, 2018

Here is everything you need to know to have the best time at this year's Dragon Con.


What is Dragon Con 2018?

Chapter 1

What is Dragon Con?

Dragon Con is one of the largest science-fiction and fantasy conventions in the world. It takes place annually over Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta and draws about 80,000 participants.

The convention has hosted the 1990 Origins Game Fair and the 1995 North American Science Fiction Convention. The convention includes guests and fans from many subgenres and areas of fandom, organized into various groups or "tracks," which allows attendees to participate in whatever area they see fit.

Chapter 2

Where is Dragon Con?

Dragon Con encompasses several major hotels in the very center of downtown Atlanta. Host hotels for this year's event include the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the Hilton Atlanta, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel and the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

Chapter 3

Who is at Dragon Con this year?

Dragon Con 2018 will feature more than 200 performers and panelists including cast members from 'Star Trek', 'The Avengers', 'Agents of SHIELD', 'Mystery Science Theater 3000', 'Stranger Things', 'Preacher', 'The Expanse', 'Game of Thrones', 'Black Lightning', 'Doctor Who', 'Power Rangers', 'The Flash', 'Legends of Tomorrow,' 'The Walking Dead' and many other television shows and motion pictures.

Other performers and musicians will be in attendance throughout the convention as well. Click here for a full list of featured performers.

Chapter 4

What can you do at Dragon Con?

DragonCon is organized into event "tracks" which allows participants to follow subject or interest areas throughout the convention. These include everything from American science fiction to costuming to urban fantasy and video gaming, along with every conceivable genre in between.


Panel discussions, presentations, exhibitions, book signings, actor and author talks and participatory events can be found under each track. For a full list of events under each fan track area, click here.

Chapter 5

Dragon Con Parade 2018

2018 Dragon Con Parade Map

The highlight for many fans is the annual DragonCon Parade, which allows the entire Atlanta community to turn out on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta and watch as costumed Dragon Con attendees march down the street, showing off their finest cosplay efforts.

The parade kicks off at the corner of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 1. The parade will proceed southward on Peachtree to Andrew Young International Blvd., where it will turn left and proceed over one block to Peachtree Center Avenue and turn left again. The parade will proceed a block and a half northward to end in front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Updates for the parade can be found here.

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