Dragon Con is one of my favorite weekends of the year and, in my opinion, the best way to spend Labor Day weekend. It is a special event because it celebrates everything pop culture, literature, music, art, gaming, and really anything you may be a fan of.
Dragon Con began in 1987 with only 1,400 attendees and has grown to include all types of fandom and was expected to have over 62,000 people attend this year. It has over 3,500 hours of panels, programming, workshops, concerts, and seminars, so there is something for just about everyone. My favorite thing to do during the weekend is people watch because many attendees create and wear fantastic costumes featuring their favorite characters, many of which are literary based, such as characters from comic books and manga, Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Alice in Wonderland, and I even saw a couple of Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2!
I also love to attend the Artist Alley and Gallery, which features artists from all over the country. The parade is another must-attend event, as it has over 3,000 participants all dressed up as their favorite characters and can have as many as 80,000 spectators. Dragon Con also offers a lot for book lovers too. There are multiple different tracks with programming dedicated to Fantasy Literature, Science Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Anime/Manga, and Writers development.
Overall, Dragon Con is a great conference to visit, whether you are wanting to meet new people with similar interests, discuss your favorite books, learn more about your favorite fandom, or just see some fascinating people and costumes, and have a lot of fun doing so.