Your Guide To Dragon Con After Dark

Sci-fi enthusiasts dressed as Star Wars characters march past onlookers during the Dragon-Con Parade through downtown Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

The Dragon Con app, which recently received its 2018 update, shows a diverse range of events for attendees of all ages. But be warned — not everything is G-rated.

Although the schedule could change last minute, you can be sure that Dragon Con, Atlanta’s annual pop culture and sci-fi convention, won’t end when the sun goes down. Events have been scheduled to take place late at night and early in the morning during the event’s run from Aug. 30 through Sept. 3 in five downtown Atlanta hotels and parts of AmericasMart.

For those looking for after hours fun, the Con’s nightlife scene includes karaoke, concerts, dances and other activities that are related to the convention’s fan tracks. Adults only past this point!

Free With Dragon Con Membership

Alternate History Temporal Ball

When: Friday, Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Where: Westin Savannah Ballroom

The Alternate History Track explores how history could have been different, according to its Facebook page. The Dragon Con app says to come to the ball dressed in formal attire. If you need help with your waltzing, stop by the ball early for a dance class held at 8:30 p.m. The ball begins at 10 p.m., according to the Dragon Con app.

 Zombie Prom 

When: Friday, Aug. 31, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Hilton Grand Salon

Stagger across the dance floor at Dragon Con. A Zombie Prom King and Queen will be crowned. Only zombies ages 21 and over are allowed.

Klingon Karaoke

When: Friday, Aug. 31, 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Hilton Galleria

Sing your heart out in “Star Trek’s” fictional language.

Doctor Who Ball 

When: Sunday, Sept. 2, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m

Where: Hilton Atlanta

The fourth annual Doctor Who Ball features DJ Black Sunshine, according to the Facebook event.

Late Night Puppet Slam

When: Monday, Sept. 3, 12 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Where: Westin Peachtree Ballroom

Bob and Carl — the “Sci-fi Janitors” — are the puppets featured in the annual Dragon Con Late Night Puppet Slam. The show features at least 13 puppeteers, according to the app.

Events have been scheduled to take place late at night and early in the morning during the event’s run from Aug. 30 through Sept. 3 in five downtown Atlanta hotels and parts of AmericasMart. (Al Such/WABE)

Events You Have To Pay Extra For

Dark Crystal Ball

When: Thursday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Offsite Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is celebrating the opening of a new exhibit called “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth & Magic,” according to the event page. General admission is $175, and VIP tickets start at $300. Celebrity guests will make appearances. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes inspired by “The Dark Crystal” or dress in masquerade attire with masks.

Night At The Georgia Aquarium 

When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Georgia Aquarium

Explore the aquatic world during Dragon Con. Costumes are welcome. General admission is $30 is advance and $40 at the door, according to the event flyer. VIP tickets are $90.

Brit Track After Dark 

Dragon Con’s Brit Track celebrates popular British works like “Doctor Who,” “Sherlock” and “Black Mirror.” If you want to discuss these works, play trivia and more, stop by the Brit Track’s “After Dark” events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See the track’s full schedule here.


Dragon Con hosts multiple live performances every night except for Monday. The performances include live DJs, bands and karaoke. Check out the app for more information. This is not a complete list of Dragon Con’s late-night events, and schedule could change. So, be sure to keep up with the app during the convention.

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