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Science fiction conventions (a generic term used for science fiction/fantasy/horror conventions) range from intimate 100-person (or fewer!) get-togethers to huge, expensive productions such as WorldCon and Dragon*Con, which attract thousands of members. There is something for everyone, and there are many, many conventions all over the world. Examples of some events you might find at a typical science fiction convention include: panel discussions, dealer room (a.k.a. vendors), art show, art auction, charity auction, costuming competition (a.k.a. masquerade), con suite (a.k.a. hospitality suite), & gaming.

Below is a list of many local (DC-area) conventions and other conventions that may be of interest to GLBT folk (e.g. Gaylaxicons), as well as Worldcons *, NASFiCs **, World Fantasy Conventions, & World Horror Conventions. If you know of a DC-area convention, or another convention you think would be of interest to Lambda Sci-Fi and friends, or if you find any errors on this page, please contact us. The conventions are listed in date order.

* Worldcon is the World Science Fiction Convention
** NASCFiC is the North American Science Fiction Convention, held whenever Worldcon is held outide North America

2017 Conventions
  • AhnCon: January TBA, 2017. Front St. Howard Johnson, Kansas City, MO. The Midwest gay geek & yaoi convention; a welcoming environment for LGBT people & allies to come together & express themselves.

  • MAGFest: January 5-7, 2017. Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. The music & gaming festival: 4 days of non-stop games & concerts. A video & computer gaming festival run by fans, for fans. Similar to an anime or SF con, but aims to be more of a laid-back video game party (including board, card, etc. games).

  • Farpoint: February 17-19, 2017. Radisson Hotel North Baltimore, Timonium, MD. Special Guests: Sam Witwer, Enver Gjokaj, & others TBA. For fans of all genres of imaginative fiction - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, SuperHeroes - in all the media formats in which they might appear - Cinematic Movies, Television, Direct to DVD, Books on Tape, Podcasts, Web Video - you name it, we want to celebrate it!

  • Katsucon: February 17-19, 2017. Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD (just outside of DC). Guests: Various (see web site). A fan convention for multicultural enthusiasts & entertainment that focuses on anime, manga, etc.

  • (Re)Generation Who3: March 24-26, 2017. Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace, Baltimore, MD. Guests: Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Peter Purves (1st Doctor Companion Steve Taylor), & Katy Manning (3rd Doctor Companion Jo Grant). A Doctor Who convention.

  • Fan Con: TBA, 2017 . Student Services Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD. Special Guests: TBA. $2 off admission if you're in costume! Anime, comic books, video games, & all things geeky, including screenings in a real movie theater; mini-convention hosted on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

  • Costume-Con: April 20-24, 2017. Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Theme: Heroes & Villains. Dedicated to the art & craft of costumes & costuming of all types.

  • Fur the 'More: April 28-30, 2017. Hotel TBA, Tysons Corner, VA. Guest of Honor: LatinVixen, Fox & Mandy of CurtailedComic, & others. Theme: Cubicle Jungle Do you have your stapler? Charity: Frisky's Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary, Inc. Annual 3-day furry convention for enthusiasts of Anthropomorphics & the Furry community; the first of its kind in the Baltimore area.

  • RavenCon: April 28-30, 2017. Doubletree, Williamsburg, VA. Guests of Honor: Mercedes Lackey (Author), Larry Dixon (Artist) Ed Beard Jr. (Special Returning Artist), & Chris Addotta-Smith (Fan). Mystery-friendly general SF/F/H convention with a 24-hour gaming room.

  • Game Days: April TBA, 2017. Doubletree Pikesville, Pikesville, MD. Four days of open gaming. Open to the public. Have fun, learn, bond, make friends and compete with the best group of gamers around.

  • World Horror Convention: May 11-14, 2017. TBA. In conjunction with HWA's Bram Stoker Awards Weekend. Guests of Honor: George R.R. Martin (Author), & others TBA. Annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry (publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers) and, of course, horror fans.

  • Outlantacon: May 12-14, 2017. Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, GA. Guest of Honor: TBA. An Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience.

  • Balticon: May 26-29, 2017. Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD. Guests of Honor: Aric Flint (Author), Donato Giancola (Artist), & others TBA. Maryland regional science fiction & fantasy convention.

  • Awesome Con D.C.: June 16-18, 2017. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Guests: Many media guests, voice actors, & comic & literary guests (see web site). A comic and pop culture festival!

  • Maryland Faerie Festival: June 10-11, 2017. Camp Ramblewood, Darlington, MD. Theme: Flower Faeries. Celebrate the Faeries with an atmosphere & entertainment inspired by Faerie folklore & literature, and, of course, by the Faeries themselves.

  • NorthAmeriCon '17 (NASFiC, the North American Science Fiction Convention): July 6-9, 2017. Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Guests of Honor: Diana Chaviano (Author), Tobias Buckell (Author), George Perez (Artist), Brother Guy Consolmagno (Scientist), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Media), & Paula Smith (Fan). Bringing together people, both professionals & fans, from all over the world who have an interest in science fiction & fantasy; the emphasis is on the literary side, but all other forms (media, comics, etc.) are included.

  • Shore Leave: July 7-9, 2017. Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD. Media Guests: TBA. A fan-run science fiction convention that focuses on media; guests include a mixture of actors from current & classic SF TV & movies, as well as genre authors and space scientists.

  • Worldcon 75 (Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Convention): August 9-13, 2017. Messukeskus, the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finnland. Guest of Honor: John-Henri Holmberg (Author/Critic/Publisher/Translator), Nalo Hopkinson (Author), Johanna Sinisalo (Author), Claire Wendling (Artist), & Walter Jon Williams (Author). Bringing together people, both professionals & fans, from all over the world who have an interest in science fiction & fantasy; the emphasis is on the literary side, but all other forms (media, comics, etc.) are included.

  • Otakon: August 11-13, 2017. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Guests: Various actors, voice actors, musicians, etc. (see web site). Celebrating anime, manga, & all facets of Asian pop culture!

  • BronyCon: August 11-13, 2017. Baltimore Convention Center & Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. Guests: Many voice actors & writers from the show (see web site). The world's largest convention for & by fans of the animated TV series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic."

  • WashingCon: TBA, 2017. Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center, Baltimore, MD. Washington, DC's own tabletop gaming convention.

  • SPX (Small Press Expo): September TBA, 2017. Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD. Special Guests: Various (see web site). SPX brings together over 300 artists & publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, distributors, & each other.

  • Intervention: TBA, 2017. Hilton Washington DC/Rockville, Rockville, MD. Guests: Various creators, bloggers, et al. A creator-focused Internet Convention, intended to bring together fans & different independent creators to party, educate, & appreciate the opportunities the Internet gives to all of us; similar to the Sci-Fi/Anime/Other fandom cons, but focused on people who use the internet as the primary way to distribute their work & talk to their friends.

  • Baltimore Comic-Con: September 22-24, 2017. Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD. Guests: Over 150 of the best comics writers, artists, & editors (see web site).

  • CapClave: October TBA, 2017. Location: Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, MD. Guests of Honor: TBA. Where reading is not extinct! Small, relaxed literary convention usually focusing on short fiction.

  • World Fantasy Convention: November 2-5, 2017. Wyndham Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Guests of Honor: Karen Joy Fowler (Author), Gordon Van Gelder (Editor), David Mitchell (Author), & Gregory Manchess (Artist); Toastmistress: Martha Wells. Theme: Secret Histories. Annual gathering (almost a reunion) of professionals, collectors, & others interested in the field of Light & Dark Fantasy art & literature.

  • FaerieCon East: November TBA, 2017. Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD. The largest gathering of faerie artists & authors in the world.

  • Chessiecon: November 24-26, 2017. Radisson North Baltimore, Timonium, MD. Guests of Honor: Ada Palmer (Author), Megan Willis (Artist), & TJ Burnside (Music). This is a very GLBT-friendly convention!

  • EuroQuest: November TBA, 2017. Doubletree Pikesville, Pikesville, MD. Gaming runs 12 Noon Thursday through 8 PM Sunday. A European-style gaming conference with a unique blend of tournaments & open gaming.

  • Anime USA: December 8-10, 2017. Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. Guests: Various special guests including voice actors, ADR directors, cosplayers, & other industry guests (see web site). Theme: Anime USA Explores Fashion: Catwalk, Character, Culture, & Cosplay. Focuses on anime, manga, etc.--a convention of otaku, by otaku, for otaku.

2018 Conventions
  • Worldcon 76 (Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Convention): August 16-20, 2016. McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA. Guests of Honor: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Author), Spider Robinson (Author), Pierre & Sandy Pettinger (Fan), Edgar Pangborn (Ghost), & Bob Wilkins (Ghost); others TBA. Bringing together people, both professionals & fans, from all over the world who have an interest in science fiction & fantasy; the emphasis is on the literary side, but all other forms (media, comics, etc.) are included.

Future Conventions Bids

Also see for a list of Worldcon and NASFiC bids.

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