It’s no secret that Atlanta is a nerdy city, and with convention season just around the corner we rounded up a master list of conventions coming up this year. So sit back, grab a fizzy beverage and start marking your calendar because it’s going to be a busy year.
*Due to the extremely nerdy nature of Atlanta we've excluded a few conventions
Atlanta Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo (Feb 21-22)
This free two day event is a celebration of pop culture creators and fans. It will be held at the North DeKalb Mall and includes panels, gaming tournaments, workshops, a dealers area and even live entertainment.
Anachrocon (Feb 27 - Mar 1)
Anachrocon is generally known as Atlanta’s “steampunk” convention, but it also celebrates historical reenacting, alternate history, sciences, horror, etiquette & indulgence, fashion, fabrication, history, literature & media. Each year the con has a new general theme, with 2015’s being The 18th Century: Rococo & Revolution. Get ready to lace up your corsets and dawn your top hats folks.
Cardboard Con (March 7)
It is exactly what you think it is, Cardboard Con is the first and only sci fi-fantasy convention focusing on the art of cardboard costuming. It’s also the most affordable con (attendance is free!) Just make sure you wear comfortable shoes, because it’s a traveling convention that lasts only 5 hours and spans several convention hotels.
Joelanta & The Great Atlanta Toy Convention (March 13-15)
GI Joe and toy collectors gather round, Joelanta is a must on your con route. While the non-profit con revolves around toy collecting and pop culture, it also features specials guests, toy dioramas,events, and costuming. All proceeds from the convention are donated to The Cody Lane Foundation.
Sukoshi Con (March 20-22)
Sukoshi Con is not a single anime convention, but a brand of conventions in the Southeast. It aims to be a “Social Anime Convention” that focuses on interacting with fellow fans.
Taiga Con (Apr 3 - 5)
2015 will be the first year this new anime con graces Atlanta. There will be the normal events going on: events, special guests, dealers, and cosplay. Since this is Taiga’s first year around, they made the membership cost very affordable at $25 if you pre-register.
Furry Weekend Atlanta (April 9-12)
Furry Weekend Atlanta is the 5th largest furry convention and has a new theme every year. This year’s theme is “Shangri-La--The Forgotten Orient.” Prepare you fursuits, kimonos, and qipao ladies and gents. FWA also donates to a charity every year, with Conservator’s Center Inc. being the charity of choice for the last few years.
221B Con (Apr 10 - 12)
Lovers of the world’s most famous fictional detective will find a lot to love at this convention, whether you’re a neophyte who learned to love Sherlock thanks to Cumberbatch or a long-time reader of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. This one’s a must if you love mystery fiction.
JordanCon (April 17-19)
Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series is one of the most popular fantasy series out there, but there’s room at this con for all fans of the genre. The Art Show should be spectacular.
Ren Fest (Apr 18 - Jun 7)
While Ren Fest isn’t technically a convention, it’s an event should be included (plus giant turkey legs and costumes.)
Shatterdome Atlanta (June 13-14)
Another new fan-run convention, Shatterdome focuses on the recent Pacific Rim franchise (which we love.) Be sure to bring your drift compatible partner!
Treklanta (Apr 24 - 26)
Previously known as Trek Trax, Treklanta began as a Trekkie convention. Last year it expanded it’s fandom to include Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Babylon 5 and other space operas. A few highlights of the con are the MIss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant & Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards.
World Horror Convention (May 7-10)
This one’s been around for a long time. There’s a pretty great lineup of guests for this one, including Bob Eggleton, who has been painting covers for Godzilla books, comics, and magazines for decades! Oh, and Charlaine Harris (of Sookie Stackhouse fame) will be there, too.
TimeGate (May 22 - 24)
This sci-fi conventions revolves around Doctor Who, & British media and culture. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of TimeGate.
Game-O-Rama (May 21-25)
This convention dedicated to all things tabletop- RPGs, board games, wargames, etc.-
Momocon (May 28 - 31)
Momocon is the fastest growing anime convention in Atlanta. What started out as a free 2 day convention created by Georgia Tech’s anime fan club, it is grown into a 4 day event that attracts oktaus, comic book loves, and gamers alike. We never miss Momocon.
Sci-Fi Summer Con (June 13-14)
This con is on the small and inexpensive side with sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics and gaming themes.
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo (June 19-21)
SFGE is a celebration of old school arcade games, pinball machines and home gamerooms. Games like are available to play. Last year at Momocon, SFGE provided a fantastic assortment of arcade games for the gameroom.
DragonCon (Sept. 4 - 7)
Everyone knows about Dragoncon, and for good reason. It’s the biggest sci-fi/fantasy con in Atlanta and attracts attendees from around the world.
Anime Weekend Atlanta (Sept. 24 - 27)
AWA is a popular 4-day con that celebrates anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese culture.
SIEGE (Oct 1-4)
SIEGE is a con centered around the gaming industry, professionals and amateurs alike. If you’re one of the many game design students out there looking to make some connections in the industry or just pick up some pointers from the seminars, this one should be on your radar.
Monsterama (Oct 2 - 4)
What do you get when you combine Dracula, Swamp Thing and Godzilla? Monsteramaa, a con focused on the fantastic in film, literature, and art.
Walker Stalker Convention (Oct 30 - Nov 1)
Confession time: we’re not really the biggest fans of Walking Dead. It might not be for us, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons of the last several years… and now it has its own convention, spawned from the Walker Stalker podcast. If you love zombies, you need to check this one out.
CONjuration (Nov 13 - 15)
2014 was CONjuration’s first magical year. A fan-run con, it aims to create a environment for fans of Harry Potter, LOTR, Hobbit, Supernatural & other magical literature & movies.
ACC, Atlanta Comic Con
ACC is a one-day show held four times a year here in Atlanta. It’s a smaller con, but it’s a great place to hunt down that one rare issue that has been eluding you for ages. The free totes and t-shirts are always great, too. Don’t show up to this one broke!
Wizard World Atlanta
Wizard World is one of the biggest and most well-known nerd conventions in America, and its Atlanta incarnation is the convention we probably want to hit up the most this year. The celebrity guest lineup is top-notch!
Cover photo by coka_koehler